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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts

I just received my issues of the latest Fons and Porters Easy Quilts, and I have two quilts in this issue to share with you!
The first is Nellie's Garden, made from P&B's 1930's line called Nell.  It is table topper size, with prairie points instead of binding on the outer edge. 

The other quilt is from a line called Word Play by Benartex.  This is made with large squares, and the centers are panel blocks.  This would also be a great pattern for machine or hand embroidery in the centers instead.  The panels make it look much harder than it really is.

Nellie's Garden

Wordplay fabric by Benartex

Remember that cedar chest I was working on?  Well, the new lock just arrived this week, and we still have to install it.  I'm beginning to think that spring cleaning has already started around here.  You know how one thing leads to another? I wanted to get the chest refinished, and it was in the closet.  Well, we pulled it out of the closet, and my husband decided it was time to finally put the new floor in the closet.  Now mind you, I love this closet, but it is so huge in comparison with the rest of the house.  I could have had a small guest bedroom for all the room it takes!  I don't collect tons of clothes or shoes, so seriously, do I really need a closet this big?  It's 9' x 13", and well, just take a look at it before it was all finished. We also put up new shelves so I'll have to save the final pics for when it is all done.  My husband has been working so hard getting it all finished, and it really has turned out beautiful.  So now I'm in the process of sorting things
out for the goodwill and the trash can.  Ummm, not THAT trash can, a much bigger one!  LOL!  So we stapled the new cover onto the cedar chest top, and finished the paint job.  I'm still looking for new knobs for the front, and soon it will be full of quilts! 

I like it so much better.  The blue matches the blue on my bedroom walls.  Yes, I know there is no real quilt on the bed!  It's in the making now, and you guessed it--blue and white will be the main colors!  Shams need to be made, all in my spare time of course.  It think that's sometime between 2 and 3 am each night.  LOL!  NOT FUNNY.  On occasion, I'm not even kidding!!

I just have one more thing to share--a sneak peak of a quilt just accepted for a future issue of Quilt Magazine.  But that's all I can show you for now!!
I just finished the long arm quilting and it is shipped.  One more project off my list, which is good because I feel market fiercly creeping up.  I have 3 boxes of fabric stacked and waiting their turn for market projects.  Have a great week, and Keep Quilting!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

What Inspires You?

A splash of deep color in nature
 I think it goes without saying that our friends and family inspire us the most, and without a doubt our God in heaven makes it all possible, but beyond the obvious, I want to share some of the things that inspire me, in little ways, day in and day out.  Sometimes it's just a flash of color, a beautiful shape, people, spaces and an atmosphere around us that let's our imaginations fly.  It promotes creativity, and without it, I would be a very unhappy person.  I HAVE to create, it is part of who I am, as I know it is with all of you out there.  Sometimes it's just fun to share.  So this week I dedicate my post to some of those things and to all of you who feel it with me. 
A sunset sent from God


A beautiful vase

 Sewing with friends!

A Mentor who doesn't know she is!  (Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill)

Wonderful publications with new insight!

 Color, color everywhere.
A workspace that''s comfortable, with my favorite things and colors around me.

And ALWAYS something quirky and cute!!!  Love those sneakers!

I took a little time to start a new project that has been waiting on me for months.  I've started to repaint and recover an old cedar chest I found for $40 at an estate sale last year.  Poor thing was so ugly and abused, but I could see it's potential, beyond the obvious one of protecting many of my quilts!  So here are some before pictures, and as soon as it is finished I will post the AFTER pictures and find this beautiful old chest in it's rightful place in my home. 

On the left is the poor old fabric that just doesn't do it for me at all.  The chest was a dark brown stain with old white knobs on the front.  I may change the knobs, not sure yet, but the blue and white fabric will recover the seat bench and hopefully give it a new crisp look.  It will attach to the lid, which by the way, I just found out has a very dangerous self locking latch on it.  We took it off last night, and the Lane furniture company is sending us a new, safe lock, preventing children from being trapped accidentally inside.  I feel better already!  It will get another coat of paint tonight, and when I have it in the bedroom under the window, you will see why the new color scheme will fit in so well!
Until then, keep creating, and keep Quilting!

Twilight Christmas