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Sunday, January 29, 2006

The FUN Part of my Weekend


I made this wallhanging about 2 years ago. Most of the blindstitch applique and the big stitch quilting was done while I was at work. ;-) All of the buttons came from my Gramma Maple's button tin. Some of my fondest memories are of that ole blue button tin.

Once I acquired the tin from my baby sister, I had to use some of the buttons. I wanted to see them and touch them again. When I saw this wallhanging in a magazine, I knew that was where some of Gramma's buttons would live. How it hangs right beside my bed.

This weekend has been spent making 6" nine patch blocks. I joined an internet swap even though I swore I was not going to do any swaps this year. The blocks are made with floral prints and cream --5 flowers, 4 creams. I have made 7 sets of 11--10 for the swap, 1 for me. I have strips cut for 8 more sets.

I couldn't believe I had to go to the quilt shop for this swap. I knew I had lots of florals. Wrong! I had several but not enough for what I want. And very little cream background fabrics. So on Friday--it took a 3 day sewing weekend--I made a trip to my favorite quilt shop. I only bought 6 floral prints--3 FQs and 3 1/2 yard pieces and 5 different cream backgrounds.

I think I need to replenish some of my stash. I didn't realize how little background fabrics I have. I have been very good about not buying fabrics. I have been living the "Use what you have or do without." mantra for about 4 years now. Now I think I have to live the "Only buy what you need." mantra.

So now I will clean up from dinner, fold the last load of clothes, finish those dreaded gun socks and then work on some 9 patches.

Work has been too busy all week to get much sewing done. I still have my strip twist blocks to finish sewing together but I think I will do that at home. I will work on my tumbling blocks quilt this week. It is all hand work so I might make a bit of progress on it.

Until next time,
Have some fun.

3 comments:

Leah S said...

Gun socks... what a thing! And why so many guns? Does he have 8 arms? ;)

I so can relate to the background problem!! My last trip to JoAnn's resulted in buying only rulers, muslin and clearing off one bolt of cream background fabric. Gotta start somewhere! :)

JENNY B said...

hey mom-you're way better about typing on your blog than I am on mine. can I have some of gramma maples buttons? puhleeeeeeze???????? I didn't know you had her button tin =)
ttfn--jenny b

Sue aka Your Highness Queen Granny :) said...

Jenny that is because she is a big old pig hog. I though HJ still had the old button tin. I'm glad you got is Sis, she would never have done anything with them and I know you will. I sure miss Gram this time of year. Hard to believe she is gone. Little E is a darling. You tell Mommy Crys that she did good! I hope I can see him soon. Off to read more of your blog :)