Friday, June 4, 2010

I Feel Like An Empty-Nester.... On Sew & Tell Friday!

Hi, all!


Well, there they are - the five quilts for my daughter's silent auction.  Every one is quilted, bound, washed, dried, and photographed.  They've been named, too - from left to right above they are Chocolate on My Mind, Memories of Maui, Summer Wreaths, Breakout Butterflies, and Springtime Susies.  They are also in Nancy's possession now, and my sewing area is looking remarkably empty.  I find that I don't like being "between projects"!!

Here are photographs of Memories of Maui, which was inspired by Ashley's beautiful quilt, Framed.

My daughter saw this quilt after it was washed and said, "Oh, I love all that crinkly white goodness!"  It really is pretty, soft and warm.

And here's my friend Tracy, who donated those fantastic Sunbonnet Sue blocks left over from her granddaughter's quilt that were used to created Springtime Susies.  She wanted to see the finished quilt before it went to the auction, and I wanted to get her picture with it, since she played such an important part in the creation of this quilt!


The front came out really well - I stitched in the ditch around all the blocks, then quilted 1/4 of an inch out around the Sunbonnet Sues.  The solid blocks have wavy lines stitched across them, and the yellow borders have the same wavy lines that intersect in the blue corners.  I  love the back of this quilt, too - lots of scrappy goodness!  It was tedious sewing all those strips together, but I absolutely love the punch it gives this quilt!  The center is a white on white panel, so the outlines of the Sues show up well.  The back is actually as pretty as the front, in a different way - almost like having two quilts in one!


On a slightly different note, this morning I was trying to clean up a little bit and came across one of those 4x4 magnets that they attach to the front of phone books around here - usually advertising an attorney's office.  I started to put it on the refrigerator, thinking all the while how ugly it was.  Then I flashed on the can of spray adhesive I ran across yesterday in a cabinet, and the pad of scrapbooking papers tucked away in my desk.


Five minutes later, I had this:


And fifteen minutes later, I had this!




A beautifully coordinated fridge front!!

It looks like my next project will be a little quilt for Another Little Quilt Swap 4.  I'm experimenting with some different kinds of designs - who know what will come out of this?!  It's fun, anyway!!  I'm already starting to think about doing a "process" blogpost....

Be sure to check out all the Friday finishes at Sew & Tell Friday!!

Later!

Sarah

19 comments:

  1. Good luck on the silent auction!! All the quilts are wonderful. You keep inspiring me to do the last border (pieced) on my quilt.

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  2. Um. You are AWESOME. Five quilts?! And they're all adorable. Also, the re-do on the magnets is genius.

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  3. Wow! You have been busy! They are all great.

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  4. Those quilts are gorgeous! Good luck with the auction, how they find good homes and get a good price.

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  5. Amazing quilt! I love crinkly goodness too. :) Love the magnet idea.

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  6. You've been a busy gal, Sarah! I love the names you came up with. They're perfect. The quilts are absolutely beautiful! I got nothin' to show for myself this week, but I have spent the morning cutting out a new quilt, so maybe next Friday I'll be able to Sew & Tell.

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  7. The quilts are great!! Good luck with the auction and I hope their new owners treasure them for a long time. The magnet idea is SO creative!! Those things are ugly but so useful ... thanks for the great idea!

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  8. great idea and it looks great

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  9. The quilts look wonderful! I wish I could have had such a big finished project this week! And the magnets are great ideas. I hate that our kitchen has a ton of ad magnets on it, but ya gotta have magnets, right? lol

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  10. wow look at all those quilts! i love your style. and I have those scrapbooking papers too.. great idea with the magnet. thanks for visiting my blog ♥

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  11. Absolutely great quilts!! I hope they raise lots of money. Your daughter is lucky to have such a talented Mum.

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  12. I dont see those magnets anymore. I was hoping to get one to make a mini sewing kit using a metal mint box. You can glue it to the lid for pins.
    Great quilts!

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  13. Fantastic quilts, Love the back of the Susies! Also, those magnets are AWESOME. I am totally stealing that idea. Totally.

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  14. Those are too cute! And wow..5 quilts? look at you go!

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  15. I was having that same "between projects" feeling this morning. There are so many things that I want to make, but I can't narrow it down to one starting point.

    And, oh! Your magnets! I love that idea!

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  16. WOW! Great quilts...each one unique and each one fantastic! Love the back and quilting on the Maui quilt...definitely a 2 for 1 reversible quilt!

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  17. Holly wow look at all those quilts!

    Love the nicey jane!
    Great work. :)

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  18. The quilts are beautiful! Such great variety and fun names:)

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