Saturday, February 27, 2010

A few things

I picked up some irresistible scraps from a big bin at a homewares store the last time I visited DD1 in Berkeley. Small pieces, big prints, no way I could think of to use them. How about fussy cutting a house for Victoria's donation quilt?
I hope to get another house made tomorrow.

Since I mentioned recently that I am into piano key borders, I thought I'd share a photo of a Project Linus quilt we made.
A guild member with an AccuCutter cut zillions of squares and strips from our bugs and critters fabric. Boy, what a time saver that is! Several people sewed the strips to make rail fence blocks and pieced the center of this quilt. The layout had been my idea, but I didn't like it at all when it was made! Eek! So I added the green border to give the eye a place to rest and used most of the rest of the strips as an outer border. I just love piano keys!

Today I got back to work on a quilt I started some time ago. I love the blue strata, but it seems like water to me and it's not a water quilt. I'm going to have to to make a landscape quilt before long! It's so hard to cut these big strata up, but I now have all the strata made and most of the squares cut. The quilt will also have some wonky log cabins, which I just got started on today.
It feels great to be finishing up some old projects -- they were really weighing me down. If you're feeling that way about your UFO's, you might want to read this post on the Happiness Project blog. I subscribe to the blog and belong to their Facebook group because the posts do help keep me focused on positive things.

20 comments:

floribunda... aka Julie said...

Love the house, Cheri -- now I have an idea of what to do with MY Merimekko scraps!

Gari said...

I was so happy to see your piano keys border: I am planning one for my current quilt. I had thought I should do strata but since I had never done it I wasn't sure. thanks

Mª Clara Lloveras said...

Oh, your proyects are lovely!!!!
Realmente son preciosos todos tus proyectos!!!
Tienes un blog muy lindo!!!
Muchas gracias por visitarme.

Joyce said...

Love the piano key borders. The blue strata is beautiful too.

Clare said...

Great Piano Keys. Oh blue! Don't you just love blue!

sewkalico said...

Lots of lovely things!!

belinda said...

Oh...the green in that cute little house is calling to me!
You gals are doing some great quilts!!

em's scrapbag said...

Love the little house. The green border with the piano keys really makes your cute little quilt. I also love piano keys. Thanks for the link. Good info there.

Cathi said...

Great house!! I love that little quilt with the piano key border. Reminds me that I want to use one of those in a small quilt soon!

Meggie said...

I do love those blues! Your bugs quilt turned out really nice with the piano keys.

Mary said...

You sound like me with that rail fence quilt. If something isn't looking good I just keep adding/changing it until I like it.

The kaleidoscope quilt I finished tonight was one of those. I wasn't happy with the blocks so I twisted them and liked it better but when I pieced the border I fell in love with the quilt and the swirls quilting was icing on the cake.

Sharon said...

Love your little house! Very happy and cheerful.

The bug quilt is wonderful, and so is the piano key border. I love those borders, especially for a scrappy quilt.

Thanks for the link to the Happiness Project. Very interesting, and some good ideas.

AnnieO said...

Hey! You disappeared again..where could you be?

laura west kong said...

So cute ... I just LOVE house blocks!

jillytacy said...

Just stopping by to say Hi! I haven't popped by in a long time, I hope all is well with you and your family.

吳家瑩 said...

IS VERY GOOD..............................

Meggie said...

Sure do looke like fun. As I sit here, slapping my dead Mojo!!

The Quilting Pirate said...

Hi Cheri! I'm checking up on blogs I have neglected over the past 10 months and wanted to stop and say hi! I hope all is well and you are busy with your charity quilts!

The Calico Cat said...

knock, knock is anyone in there?

Rebel said...

I like piano-key borders too. I used them in at least one of my quilts, and keep cutting my scraps into 3" x 1" strips to use as a border in the future.