Friday, November 27, 2009

Carolina Christmas and Sweet Potatoes

These are the sweet potatoes we harvested for Thanksgiving. We shared with our neighbors too.

I am doing a mystery quilt through the internet. It is called Carolina Christmas from Bonnie K. Hunter using scraps. I am still trying to choose my fabrics. I can't decide if I should use green/blue/yellow/neutral or red/green/yellow/neutral. Maybe you can help me decide I have my three choices pictured here. Can you let me know what you think?

Also, I am not sure how important it is to have a 2 yard piece tying the colors together. As you can see I only have one 2 yard piece, the rest are all scrappy. Does it matter?

Earth shoes and fabric

Happy Thanksgiving! 

This past week my Earth shoes arrived. I bought another pair of Earth shoes. I had to buy them through the internet since Birkenstock was not able to get them. I went to Birkenstock to try them on, but they didn't have my size in the color that I wanted, so they tried to place an order for them. The company didn't have any so I looked online and found them at Zappos. The best part was that they were on sale and there were no shipping fees. : )

I also went to a garage sale and bought some fabric. A woman who was a quilter had passed away and her sister was trying to get rid of her stash. They had a garage sale in June when they sold most of her fabrics. There were just about 8 bags left. They tried to group the fabrics by what they thought went together for a quilt. As you can see, they were $5, $10 and $5 a bag. Here is what was in the first bag.

Next is what was in the $10 bag.

The last picture is what was in the last bag ($5).

I had some nice sized pieces, but there were also some scrap pieces in the bags.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Denim pencil cases

DD2 needed combo birthday/Christmas presents for a few of her friends, so I experimented. The last time I made these pencil cases, I made them with quilted fabric. This time I didn't want to purchase anymore fabric so I tried some denim I had purchased a while ago. I didn't want it to be plain, so I appliqued a heart on the outside and lined the inside with the matching fabric. As you can see each one is a different color. It took some time to figure out how to do it, but it was worth it because I thought it turned out really cute. I hope her friends like it.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sweet potatoes and patchwork coasters

We harvested more potatoes and gave some to my parents and our neighbor after we steamed them. Yum.

I experimented with making coasters and they turned out pretty good. At first I sewed together 5 strips, but they came out too big so I ended up taking off one row. Then I used denim for the back...I think I'll make some more when I have time. Maybe I'll experiment with a different design.