Sunday, September 9, 2012

A chill in the air!

On my morning walk today, there was a real chill in the air!  Fall in here, and I'm loving it!  Warm days, cool evenings......quilts on the beds......yep......my favorite time of year!  I hope to have lots of pics once the leaves start turning......I don't think I posted any last year!  What was I thinking!?!  :o)

So it's been a while since I last posted......And I've been busy busy busy!  Mostly with canning!  But I have worked on quilts, too!  I was on Tim Latimer's blog last week, and he was showing a whole slew of quilt tops that he has ready for quilting.  (He has purchased quilt tops from ebay, and he hand quilts them into beauties!)  His 'next' quilt to be quilted was a stunner!  I just loved everything about it!  So, of course, I had to make one!  lol  When I got the blocks all done and lined up......I auditioned several backgrounds; a red (like Tim's quilt), a grey, and a black.  And hubby insisted that I go with the grey.  I love that he made me do it.....cuz it is cozy and pretty and soft looking and gentle and ......well, you get the idea!


I'm really in love with it!  I used nothing but cut up thrift store shirts for the blocks......in shades of grey, black, cream, pink, with little red bits here and there.  It will fit my queen sized bed.  I'll be machine quilting it, but I'm not sure what design to do in those big solid stripes.....so I'll have to think on it!

This was originally going to be my leader/ender project, cuz I was desperate for one, and this looked easy enough to do it that way.  But then I started sewing them up, and realized I would have to be WAY more organized to have them not get mixed up while waiting for the next piece to add......so I scrubbed that idea, and just started sewing them up!  Which means that I still need a leader/ender project!  Sheesh!  So took the scraps from the 1.5" strips I used for these blocks, and now I've cut them into squares, and will use a bazillion of those until I get enough for a coordinating wall hanging!  That works for me!

I've realized I can't even sew a simple seam if I don't have a leader/ender for it.  I just can't function properly now if I think I'm going to have a thread tail!  Eee gads!  :o)

Our power was out for about an hour today, so instead of machine sewing, I got busy on the hand piecing of my 8 pointed stars.  I now have 168 of them completed!  Woohoo!  I'm nearly half way there!  :o)  My goal is to try and do 20 a week......and so far, I've managed to do more than that!  Today alone I did 12!  Woot!

No pics of them, but I do have a pic of the best darn little light I recently purchased.  I've been using it every night to do my stars with, and it worked out very nicely while the power was out today!  :o)

(Picture courtesy of Beam & Read.com)

I ordered this Beam & Read light from Amazon.....and I love it!  It shines a very good light on your handwork as you sew, and it's very lightweight around your neck.  It also adjusts for length (the cord is elastic as well), and you can use 3 or 6 of the LED lights.  It's awesome.....if you've been thinking about one, get it!  (And no, I have no affiliation with this light or company......I just loved it.....and know you would, too!)

It was a little pricey at $30, but Amazon was offering a $30 gift card if you signed up for their credit card, so I did, and the light was free!  Woohoo!  Which, of course, meant that I ordered a couple of quilt books, cuz it's just not right to get something for free, and not buy something, too!  Right!?!  lol

Well, I guess that's all the news I have for this moment!  I feel like I have tons to say, but nothing of real importance......so I should just be quiet for now!  :o)

Have a great week!

regan

17 comments:

  1. Lovely quilt Regan... a lot of stitching and it is so effective...
    Hugz

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  2. I love it! what fun to see it in another color...and It looks great!!

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  3. Regan, it is good to hear from you! I've been wondering if you finally got corn season. It sounds like you have been doing some horvesting with the canning. I love the quilt!

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  4. So good to hear from you! You make me smile (laugh)!!!! Love your logic about buying something cause you got something free!! My kind of logic!!! I've been needing a leader/ender project too! Mine is my Christmas flying geese - not too many pieces to mix up!!

    I noticed that you now have 100 followers!!! WTG

    It is a little cooler here in Texas, too! Now we just need some rain!!

    Have a great day!!

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  5. DH and I spent yesterday freezing the corn from our garden. Glad to have that behind me.
    You've done a very nice job on this top. Looks great! A little matching wall hanging is a good idea.
    I know what you mean--when I realize I have sewn my last leader/ender I look around frantically for something to feed under the needle. I can't sew any farther until I round up something that needs to be sewn together. : )

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  6. You have been busy!!! I love your new quilt top, it's such a great design and the grey is lovely. I've never seen those lights before, what a great idea and great to hear that you like it. Have fun bottling and enjoy those beautiful fall colors.

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  7. Great looking quilt! I love the colors you selected. I have one those quilts on my bucket list.

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  8. Grey is sure the in color at the moment. Maybe you can do some simple squared spiral quilting in those stripes...give in even more of a modern look?

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  9. Love it! Looks great with the grey. Look forward to seeing how you quilt it.
    I've seen that light and wondered about it. Good to know.
    Cooler and dryer weather here in Virginia, too. I'm sure it will turn hot and humid again soon, but this is a nice respite for us.

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  10. I love the grey Regan!
    I also like that light. I have a magnifying one that goes around my neck for my smaller crafts like making eye glass holders. But this light may be my next purchase! next step will be braille I'm sure.
    :-)

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  11. Beautiful quilt! Love what you did with thrift store shirts--such an inspiration!

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  12. I found your blog from Tim's. I love your quilt! It's sure fun to see it in a different color. I think it looks very cuddly and soothing. Grey was a great choice for this one.

    Now I want to make one! hee hee!

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  13. Love the quilt! And I'm gonna check out that light.

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  14. This quilt top is just beautiful! I love the gray!

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  15. I'm a little late, but I LOVE what you did with the shirts!! It does look like it will be soft and cozy!!

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  17. I like your top - and I think gray was a great choice - looking forward to seeing your progress. I looked at a few styles of those lights and just might have to try one.

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