Saturday, January 29, 2011

King's X Block

While at Smuggler's Notch, Vermont I started to make a few blocks, 48 to be exact, for a new quilt.  The pattern is called the King's X Block.  It is fairly a simple pattern which is what I wanted so that I could showcase the batiks I was using.  In short, you pick 8 different fabrics, cut them into squares, cut diagonal strips, and then reposition the piles you are left with.  You sew these piles together and you end up with 8 blocks.  I was playing around with four of them and I decided on this layout.

I will be making more blocks, not sure how many yet, to make a King size quilt.

Thank you Ann for lending me your batik quilt pattern books!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sneak Peek at a Spring Bag

I have been working on a shoulder bag for spring.   I have yet to name it, what do you think?

I love the colors of these fabrics;  they will be great for Spring.  Don't you just love the flower pin?  I purchased it a long time ago with the hopes of using it on a handbag.  It seemed perfect for this bag.

The only thing I wanted for this bag was for it to have adjustable straps.  At first, I was going to tie the two shoulder straps together.  But,  when I was done sewing it, I had a change of heart.  I think it would look much better if I added a button to one strap and, perhaps, several button holes to the other strap.  Or I may just end up sewing them together.  What do you think?

Sorry about the pics, I wish I could have done better.   I will retake these pictures when we finally get some sun around here in the Northeast.  It has been snowing all day.  We were only supposed to get 6" by Thursday morning, but there is 6" on the ground now.  It has been tapering off a bit, but I wonder how much more we will get by tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by and stay warm.

Monday, January 24, 2011

While Watching the Football Game

Yesterday, while I was watching the football games, I decided to do some hand embroidery.

I purchased this printed, linen table runner for about a quarter at a garage sale.  I knew I would not use it as a table runner, but I could not pass it up.  I only embroidered one end of it and halfway up the sides.  I think it will make a really nice pillow.  But since I am working on my Drunkard's Path (circles) quilt, this will be put aside as a UFO for a while.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

While in Smugglers Notch, Vermont

We took a short trip to Smugglers Notch, Vermont just to get away before DDs went back to school.  It was absolutely beautiful, but I do think that we got more snow in New Jersey than they did in Vermont.  Here is a picture of the view outside my window.
We played Bingo...

had hot chocolate,

and while the rest of the family was skiing...I sewed.

I finally completed the Drunkard's Path (circles) blocks so now I am ready to arrange them all on my design wall.

I also started two new quilts while I was up there.  I have yet to take pictures of the blocks I completed, but I will post them as soon as I do.  I was quite surprised at how much I was able to accomplish.  Well, I have to get back to laundry and unpacking.  Talk to you all soon.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Some Scrap Booking and My January Gift Club

A few days ago, I went to put away my Christmas pictures when I discovered that I was way behind in my scrap booking...three years to be exact.  So I set up my supplies in my family room in the hopes that whenever I had a few minutes, I would do a page or two.  While I was creating a page...I lost sight of what it is I wanted to accomplish.  Here is the page that I am talking about.

I love the way it turned out, but in the process of my creativity, I forgot to leave space for pictures.  I hope I am not the only one who does this.  In the end, I did not use this page, but I did catch up on all of my pictures (and there was a lot).  I completed a book and a half (about 60 pages).  I am quite proud of myself.  Yay me!

Allie from Allie-oops Sweet Happy Life had a great idea for a club.  She has posted about making a gift a month so that when Christmas comes around, whoever participates will have 12 gifts completed.  Hopefully, this will prevent some of us from the last minute stresses around the holidays.  Allie has been posting about ideas and tutorials.  My gift for this month is for my daughter (a super sized market bag).  I do not mind posting who this gift is for because the minute she sees the material that I used, she will know it is for her.  The other gifts I make, I will post about, but will not name the recipient.

Thank you Allie for this great idea.  I have been looking at some of the tutorials you sited and I am already thinking about the gift I will make in February.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy, Happy New Year!

Well, a new year has begun!  I am so excited.  I do not make any resolutions, I gave up on that a long time ago (no will power).  But I do like the fact that it is a new beginning with a clean slate.  Although I have a few UFO's I am planning on finishing them by year's end.

While my husband was outside digging us out of the snow, I was sitting inside doing some reading.  I was lucky enough to get some books and magazines for Christmas.  The Handbag (an illustrated history) by Caroline Cox (not pictured) has a lot of information regarding how the handbag came about.  The Handbags book written by Anna Johnson (pictured with the Haute Handbags magazines) is a cute, little book.  Each page depicts a picture of a handbag with a brief description of its history.   None of these books/magazines really give you instructions on how to make the bags, but they do give you a lot of ideas.  I am having fun with them and hope to come up with some new handbags this year.

Hope all of you have a very happy new year and that you have the will power to keep all of your resolutions.