Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Some Stitching

I just got back from our monthly quilt meeting and I am feeling inspired.  Our guest speaker was Wendy Mathson who lectured on scrap management.  She showed the most amazing quilts which were all done with scraps - scraps that were organized.  I think I can do this, but my scrap management needs a new system.  BIG SIGH!!
 
My machine this week has been pretty boring with a lot of mending.  There comes a time when it just needs to be done, but it surely feels great to get to the bottom of that basket.
 
I've been enjoying doing some Christmas stockings for a couple of the new grandbabies. Three new babies in one year has kept me jumping with stockings. Two down and one more to go, but the last one is counted cross stitch and may not be finished this year.
 

 

The days have shortened and cooled down considerably this week. The fires in the evening have felt wonderful and make a comfortable place to sit and stitch.
 
I did get some time to try a jelly roll quilt.  I have wanted to do "the race" for some time and I was interested in how quickly it would go.  I had two 20 strip jelly rolls so it had 4 strips of each fabric.  I thought it might be too repetitive so I added some little 4 patches for between each strip.  It was one VERY LONG strip when I had it finished. 
 
 
 
Many of the fabrics ended up next to each other and it gave it a block look in the end, but I rather like it.    I think I will add a narrow orange border and then a wider border to finish it off.
 
 
 
Sunday we had the pleasure of attending a piano concert which included our grandson.  He was a gold medal recipient in the 2012 Contemporary Music Festival and the concert featured the gold medal winners.  There was such wonderful talent. 
 
 
 
Since today marks the end of the UR Priceless blog hop, I threw the 127 comments into the random number generator.  The winner came up #19, My Sister Made Me Do It.  Congratulations.   (I surely wish I could figure out how to put the little box into my posts.)   How many of you tried making one of the little coin purses after seeing all of the gorgeous and clever ones on the blog hop?   
 
 
 








42 comments:

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Love the stockings! I would've loved to been at your guild meeting~ I have scraps too! LOL Your jelly roll top turned out very cute. Congratulations to your grandson. Have a happy day!

Sue said...

A lesson in scrap management sounds very useful, heehee. I love the way your jelly roll quilt turned out too.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Lovely Post and what darling Christmas Stockings! And thank you thank you thank you for the beautiful towels!

Heidi said...

The stockings are adorable!! My scraps also need some organizing. They are just crammed into a large bin. I have no clue where to even begin.

Love the grandson on the piano. I love piano. I could listen to it all evening.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Love the Christmas Stocking! I made that style for my children and now my daughter has made them for the IL and grandchildren - so far anyway.
I've never tried the jelly roll quilt, but I sure love how yours turned out with the 4patch.

Deborah said...

You must be so proud of your grandson! Your stockings are amazing. Family treasures! Love how your strip quilt turned out.

Lesley said...

Wonderful projects! Love the stockings and the jelly roll quilt! And how proud you must be of your grandson! Thanks for sharing all the news!

Joyful Quilter said...

The Xmas stocking are too cute..I don't think I've seen "the race" before, I really like it.

Nat Palaskas said...

Great to see you got into spirit of Christmas. It nudges me to start. I know what I'm making for gifts (lots of the same), but getting started is another thing! Love your stockings for your new DGC. Love love your jelly roll quilt. Those 2x2 blocks are darling - hugs Nat

Stephanie said...

I'm imagining the size fireplace mantle to accommodate all of the amazing stockings for grandkids you've made. :o) Lucky Oliver and Avery. Your jelly roll quilt is very pretty and a very enjoyable moment watching your grandson perform.

Terry said...

I love your jelly roll quilt! I'e been meaning to make one of those for a while now.

Cherry said...

I love all the detail in your stockings, they're so pretty! And your 'race" quilt turned out awesome... looks like it was planned! I'm adding that one to my want to makes list. Congrats to your grandson... what a proud moment Ü

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I just LOVE the pop of color and interest that the 4 patches added!

I have waaaay too much OCD to ever do a totally scrappy quilt. Controlled scrappy is the best that I can do. ;-)

Maria said...

My scraps could definitively do with organizing..LOL
Love those Stockings, lucky boys..
Your Jelly roll Quilt looks great. Must do a race one day...
How lovely to be able to watch your talented GS play...

Jodi said...

Very cute stockings! I, too, made one of those jelly roll quilts, of course, it's not done YET, but it will be. I like your idea of the cornerstones (if that's what you call them), and putting on borders. I need to blog about mine, too, one of these fine days! :-)

Linds said...

Yes. I could also do with some serious scrap management. Urgently. I actually managed to bin some this week as I finished up the hearts. For the first time. I normally pop the scraps in a basket, squish them down and Keep Them For Later. Sigh.

I love that jellyroll quilt. The race. Hmmm. I need to go and check that one out. I have avoided all quilting books like the plague recently because I just know I will want to go and buy some more!

Linds said...

I forgot to congratulate your grandson - you must all be so proud of him! I also forgot to say how beautiful your stockings are. Lucky little grandbabies!

Lynne said...

Congratulations to your grandson - he looks very professional in the way he sits at the piano.

Your Christmas stockings are very cute.

Will you be sharing any of the tips on scrap management?

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Thanks for visiting,Mary. I love your quilt! Great color and so different. Congrats to the grandson.

Janarama said...

You must be soooooo proud of your grandson. Congratulations to him.

I really like how you added the 4 patch to your jelly roll quilt. Love the look!

Melinda Cornish said...

I love your strip quilt....I think orange will be fantastic...I put a request for Taylor on my blog. No pressure, but I know you have a big heart for children just by reading your blog.

Vivian said...

I don't think I've ever seen a jelly roll top that looks like yours, and it's bold and unique. Love it!
The 4-patch is a great addition.

You have a plethora of grandkids. Lucky you! I hope they're all close enough for you to see them often.

Fleurette said...

Oh well done and congratulations to your grandson. What a proud moment! Those stockings are gorgeous heirlooms, love all the detail. I love the 4patch in your jelly roll quilt - so pretty.

Sharon said...

I truly love those stockings.
Your jelly roll quilt turned out beautiful.
My dil is making a quilt for the kids out of old denim jeans. I truly admire those of you who can do this. I am all thumbs when it comes to sewing.
Hugs
PS congrats to your grandson.

Barb said...

Your stockings are adorable.

I know you must be so proud of your grandson!!

Victoria said...

Your stockings are adorable, and the unique 4 patch striped quilt top looks so fresh and pretty!

As for scrap management, I am forever trying to find that perfect method... still trying!

Congrats to your Grandson!

Sheila said...

Sounds like you have a very talented grandson. Three new babies. Congratulations.
Love the jelly roll quilt with the spacers. Looks like little pools of water and land. COOL!

Rosa said...

Love the jelly roll quilt and the stocking is sweetest!Congratulations to your grandson!

Barb N said...

Your strip quilt turned out quit pretty - I love it! Do post a photo with the borders. And those stockings will be treasured forever, I'm sure.

Michelle said...

I love the way those little four patches added to your quilt. My attempts at that technique have all come out pretty boring.

Kerrie said...

Congrats to your grandson! That is so wonderful! My only grandson used to play and was really good but did not continue in HS, so sad. Hugs, K

palmtreefanatic said...

LOVE THE STOCKINGS!!! Sure beat out my store boughten ones;)

Barbara said...

Those Christmas stockings are gorgeous, what a keepsake.

Congratulations to your Grandson. Proud Grand Mother I know.

Quilting Babcia said...

Another unique stocking - beautiful!

Patricia said...

Thanks for sharing you stockings on the Christmas Stocking Hang Out. They are really cute!

Merry Christmas!

sew.darn.quilt said...

Oh my... these are so cute!

Judy B said...

Love your felt stockings, so cute! Thank you for sharing.

SM RE said...

What a fantastic Quilt top, what are you calling it with your addition of 4-patches?

jmniffer said...

Your stockings are darling! What a talented grandson. I'm sure the concert was amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Swedish Scrapper said...

Goodness gracious,, what cute felt stockings you made! They remind me a bit of some my dear aunt made us when we were kids, that she knitted and then added dangly felt ornaments to, with gold cord. Love the sparkly effect the four patch made in your jelly roll quilt. Perhaps it's the Christmas spirit coloring my sight, but they look like little peppermints!

Nanbon44 said...

I like those felt stocking kits.. I just bought a bunch of them on sale for next Christmas

Debuko said...

Wonderful projects! The stockings are adorable and Your jelly roll quilt looks great!!! I love them all:)
And how proud you must be of your grandson!