We had a great day sewing on Monday. Since it was a holiday we did not have regular Monday Motivators, but I offered my studio and we had a full house. Everyone was working on their homework for some of the ongoing classes. As usual, loads of laughs and LOTS of work got done.
I love that lightbulb moment when people figure out to solve their own problems. I am not going to show you that show n tell until the class on Saturday.
However I will have to warn people that they are NOT allowed to bring OTHER projects for show n tell. It has happened on numerous occasions where someone brings out a quilt to show and I either have the kit, pattern or a UFO. In this case - I had the kit. Have a look.............
|Kaleidescope quilt by Elaine M - I just LOVE this quilt.|
The first quilt shop I ever went to was Quilter's Fancy in Toronto. I remember walking into that shop and my jaw dropped. Seeing the fabrics sorted by colour - well I had never seen so many blues together, yellows, reds, etc. I was in LOVE. Well I saw this kit on my first or second visit to the store. I remember hesitating to purchase it. The cost was around $80. How could I justify spending that much money on a kit?
Oh boy - times have changed!!! Anyway - I was able to whip that project off the shelf (in the stash room) in about 5 seconds. I love an organized space!!!!!
|My kaleidescope kit|
|The pattern was from South Seas Import and I believe the fabrics match the pattern|
From what Elaine said it was a bit of a challenge to assemble the top since it was made with 9 inch squares, NOT strips. But now that I have seen it complete - I want to make mine too!!!!!!!!
I think I am going to have to ban all people named Elaine from my studio! Because another Elaine wants me to work on a different quilt with her. It is also a kit but NOT as old as the Kaleidescope.
|Remembrance Poppies by Pam Bono|
I did have the kit out at one point. Hmmmmm - well I am looking for something as a Thursday project and I am going on a retreat soon. Hmmmmmmm................ Oh gosh - I have SO MUCH other stuff to do - I NEED 60 hours in a day!!!!!!!!!!!!!
However there are a few good Elaines in the world. They are the ones that take stuff off my plate.
Another Elaine is working on those tractor placemats. (I know - when I grew up I was the only Elaine that I knew). Now - I know LOTS of people named Elaine.
Well I had FOUR of those placemats - two with kids on them and two without. I wanted only the ones without the kids so I am giving her the two with kids. I was hoping to have three of the ones without the kids, but she had already made up all the panels. No worry - they are gone so I am NOT going to have to deal with those extra panels. Thanks to all the ELAINES - you keep life interesting!!!!
|This is what I am giving away|
|And this is what I am keeping!!|
Then I have other friends who add to the stash issue and I LOVE them all.................
|Got TWO of these Halloween panels and they are HUGE. Just add an extra border and VOILA - two big quilts for Halloween. Thanks Ronda!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|And some nice warm flannel with bikes on it!!!!!|
It has been a couple of crazy days with lots of classes. Here are some NON class show n tell.........
|This is a memory quilt - let's just say that I am very happy that I am NOT quilting this one. There are loads of areas that are going to be very interesting to quilt.|
|Diane made this big star quilt in a class at The Work Room (I think that is the name of the store). I love how that striped fabric twirls around the center star. She used very modern fabric and it looks awesome.|
I think I mentioned that I finally got the John Deere quilt quilted!!!!
|John Deere quilt - DONE - well quilted.|
|Here is the quilting pattern|
|Warm plush on the back|
I love getting ideas from everyone and this is an excellent idea which I will pass onto you. Diane likes little projects - hand work projects. She purchased this small photo box from Michaels
|Diane's little project box. Much better than a Ziploc as there are NO holes to get poked by scissors or pins. It is a sturdy little case and Diane placed a strip of magnet on the lid to hold her sewing needle.|
I liked the idea so much that - well I had to get some too...............
|Four little hand work cases. Now I have to find something to put in them. Easy to keep in the purse and have a project to go!|
Finished up another block on my embroidery project. Now the blocks are not that big and I seem to get one done a week - no time outside of embroidery club to work. See - a definite need for those 60 hours a day! Just that this project has a LOT of little blocks and I think there are still 12 ????? Oh well - doesn't matter - it is a Christmas quilt and there is LOTS of time before Christmas - right??
My bags are packed and I am ready for my road trip today!!!!!!!!!!!! Going to be fun fun fun!!!! and I have my shopping list with me as well.
On that note - I am out of here.
Have an AWESOME DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!