Friday, August 1, 2014

Calling All Models...

When I asked Cathy if she had any dolls that she wasn't using that could be used as models for my doll clothes, she answered as the wonderful and gracious person that she is.   

Emma, made by Barrie over at Moonchild Dolls, arrived yesterday.  I could not be more delighted!  Emma is a 15/16 inch Waldorf-inspired doll with brown curly hair and green eyes...and look at her feet!  It will be so much easier...and certainly more fun! have a model to work with. 

Emma arrived late in the day, as she had been put on the wrong postal truck.  I am thankful that the carrier made a special stop to drop her off, instead of taking her back to the substation where she would have had to sleep overnight.

Emma was very worn out from the long trip from Virginia...

She promptly laid down on a pile of quilts with a little brown dog, who seemed to welcome the company.  

I think I'll give her a few days to acclimate herself to this household and then we'll start in.  In those few days, I need to work on this next quilt I started...and I definitely need to think seriously about what I want to make for Emma to model.  Not that there is any shortage of ideas running around in my comes down to which of those I can actually bring to fruition.

Cathy is sending two more dolls who are apparently very excited to be used as models.  All I know about them is that one is a girl and one is a boy...and that they are smaller.  I will let you know when they arrive (was there any doubt about that?).  Those two will remain with me.  Thank you, Cathy!  Emma is on loan, only.   Someday, she will be returned to Cathy.  Someday.  

And, in the meantime, there is some very exciting (almost beside myself) news in the making!  No details have been worked out, so I don't want to jinx it by saying anything.  Stay tuned!

Have a great weekend!

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Week That Was...

What a week this has been!

I have spent hours and hours on the phone each day...wasn't sure I would get anything accomplished in the way of sewing.  Not that I need to...but, well...yeah, I need to.  You know?

I was so looking forward to using the prints I had collected...Vintage Happy and Bake Sale by Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet, along with some basics by Michael Miller.  Let me tell you, I was not disappointed.  These are lovely fabrics...and they all played well together.  Here's what I did with them...

I made the first block last Saturday...and then there were several days when I did nothing on it.  But, I managed to get the blocks done one by one.  Not that it took much time at all to put together a block, mind you.  These blocks are so much fun...rather addicting, for sure!

I spent a bit of time yesterday and today working on the layout and sewing it all together.  I think I like it!  Sixteen large granny square blocks with sashing.  I need to add a small border, yet.

I had mentioned to Sharon (you really ought to visit her blog to see the summer block of the week she is doing with Temecula Quilt Company) that this was the second to last quilt I was making and I think she about fell off her chair fact, she may have gone into hysterics.  I just meant until I got all those flimsies quilted!  (see my sidebar)  Since then, I had another shot of inspiration.  Yeah, where is it when I want it and why is it overwhelming me when I have a bazillion other things to do?  ~sigh~  It has to do with this bundle of fabric...
I received this wonderful gift of Bali Handpainted Batiks (named Coconut) from Kim over at My Field of Dreams in December of 2010 and thought I knew what I wanted to do with it.  Until today.  I saw a photo of a quilt that totally captivated me and is now what I think the perfect design for these fabrics!  So, perhaps I need to do that one before I put a halt to the ever-growing pile of flimsies! 

I know, I know.

Only time will tell.     

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Some Finishes...

A few things to show off you today.  

And, just so you know, these 2 little doll dresses have been laying around, waiting to be finished, for months.  MONTHS!  One just needed to have the velcro sewn on.  The other needed the bodice sewn and then put together with the skirt.  It took me less than an hour to finish them both up...     

And, yesterday, I finished the baby girl granny square quilt top!

They're piling up, ya know.  The quilt tops...flimsies.   I have more than I have ever had before!  Mostly because I have nowhere to lay them out to pin baste them...not since I moved to this apartment.  When I found out about the ability to rent a longarm quilting machine (back in April), my plan was to set up a day each month to quilt one of my flimsies.  

Yeah, but then my car got fixed, but with a big repair bill.  Best laid plans and all of that, ya know.

Anyway.  I am not sure what's going on with me...I seem to be a bit more motivated to work on get things done these days.  Kind of scarey, ya know?  ~grin~    

Wonder what I'll work on next?  I definitely have much to choose from.   

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, July 14, 2014

And, Then There Were 9!

All 9 blocks for the
baby girl granny square quilt
are finished!

This last one...
these squares were about all
I had left to work with.
I don't do much 'scrappy', 
so I wasn't sure how much
I would like this one.
I think it's growing on me, though.

Next step...
sashing and (maybe) cornerstones.

Stay tuned!

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Granny Square Blocks for Your Viewing Pleasure...

It feels good to be productive on what would otherwise have been a lazy day.  

I've made 4 more granny square blocks.  These blocks are fun to put together...and very addictive.  I am following this tutorial by Blue Elephant Stitches.  I would have preferred to do the strip-style piecing, found here, but since these were 'scraps' from Cathy, I didn't have the length needed to sew strips together.  So, instead, I followed the original tutorial and cut the pieces I had into 2.5" squares.  Still, it's an easy block to put together with chain-piecing.   

Here are the blocks I have done today (I may or may not do more, but will save those to show you another day)...

I'll make a total of 9 blocks, because that's the most I can make with what I have to work with.  I'll use sashing with a big border all around and this will be the perfect size for a baby quilt!  I'm not sure what I'll use for backing, but finding something for that and for the binding can wait.  

What are you working on today?

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, July 12, 2014

It is Cathy's Fault!

I had thought several times over the last year or so of doing a granny square block quilt, but I just didn't feel I had the right fabric for it.  And, I had been trying to not buy fabric.  And, I had enough other things to keep busy with.  So, it wasn't too difficult to talk myself out of it each time the notion struck.  

But you know, sometimes too much is too much.  Most of this past week, my friend, Cathy of Turtle Hill Quilter blog/Pink Petunia Cottage Dolls Facebook page fame has been showing off her granny square quilt blocks on Instagram (@clcknits).  I was sorely tempted to give in and start one of my own, but decided I had enough to keep me busy.  

I've been trying to distract myself and keep busy with other things. 

For instance, I organized the 3 boxes of goodies sent me by Cathy.  And, I organized the stuff I have specifically for doll clothes or doll making. 

I had some fabric gathering in my scrap bin that I cut into usable scrap pieces.  

I made two pillow covers...well, they're not yet pillow covers...they're just big blocks of little squares.  They need to be quilted and a back made.  They will eventually be 18" pillow covers for my son, Paul.

Anyway.  Today, I was cutting usable pieces from scraps sent by Cathy...looks like she had started a quilt and either abandoned it, or had several extra pieces.  Regardless, I didn't want to use them the way they were.

And, then I saw Cathy's finished granny square quilt top. is beautiful!  Here it is...

Then, it hit me...

The fabric I was cutting would make a perfect granny square baby girl quilt!

Oh.  My.  Gosh!

I couldn't believe it.  What a great idea!

Don't you think?

So, by now, I have all the squares cut...and I even finished my first block!

See what I'm sayin'?  A cute baby girl quilt in the making!

And, just so ya know?  

I am blaming it all on Cathy.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11


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