Thursday, June 18, 2015

Getting Ready

For the Old Voices, New Impressions Sew Along.  Although I'm not making the quilt on the front, I'm making the quilt on the back.

I changed my background fabric choices twice.  I like my final choice.  I cut all the squares for the blocks.  I traced all the applique pieces on freezer paper.  I prepped 3 blocks in anticipation...and just couldn't wait.  I appliqued the first block.

The picture is a little fuzzy.  The background has little blue what looks like the planet Saturn.  I also chose two blue fabrics for the sashing and borders.

I haven't gotten a lot done...I've played hooky.  We took a day off and went fabric and antique shopping.  I bought the background fabric above and some black fabric for Cheri Payne quilt.

There is a big Antiques Mall near by so we stopped by.  I was inspired by Barb from Fun with Barb to find a vessel for my doll quilts.

This is what I found.  It is a wooden planter.  Works perfect for my doll quilts.

I also found this little doll quilt.  In fact I found 2.  This one was $6 and a smaller one was $4.  I'm not a fan of cutting antique quilts but I loved this one.

Here are my projects up to date.

Cheri Quilt.  15 blocks made and 10 to go.

 Row by Row Quilt.  I'm making some progress.

Tiles quilt.  Again slow but sure.

I have been wanting to make some portable design boards for keeping my pieces together for blocks.  Lori at Bee in my Bonnet has a great tutorial.  I made 2.  A small one....10" x 10"

 And a larger one...20" x 20"

 I didn't cut my border fabric long enough...well actually it was some left over binding that I thought was long enough.  I ended up using some of the binding from the other board.  But it works...that is what is important.

Yesterday we took my father-in-law out for a Father's Day dinner.  We went to his favorite steak place.  We had a great time and Dad smiled the whole time.

Today I hope to get a couple more of my mini design boards made and get some sewing done.  I also need to prep some more Old Voices blocks.  So a busy day for me.

I hope you are having a great day and enjoy the up coming Father's Day.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy


Allie-oops Designs said...

Oh please please please tell me where this antiques mall is - I think I need a little trip, lol! LOVE that wooden planter, how perfect for your quilts.

I love your fabric choices for all your projects. And the cute little doll quilt you found!

Karen said...

You are on a roll! I have been prepping the Old Voices blocks and done some stitching too. Enjoying it immensely.

I really like the container you have the little quilts displayed in. I will keep my eye out for something similar.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

You found some cute stuff! All of your projects look great. You can never have too many of those block boards--they are so handy!

Janet O. said...

A beautiful applique block!
I love the planter you are using for your doll quilts. Great find!
You are making great progress--especially love the Cheri quilt blocks!

Ray said...

You are moving right along! You are inspiring. I'm going to do some blocks in your sew along. I've had the book for a long time, and last year came up with a setting for the small blocks. I plan to use blocks from the book and some Lori Smith blocks. Since I'm going small, I guess I'm not actually doing THE sew-along, but I will be sewing along. 🙌 I love your fabrics and your start.

Barb said...

perfect little box for your doll quilts! Looks so sweet. wow, love the little LC quilt you found - lucky you!
A friend made me little design board - it's wonderful!
your projects look great!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

What a great way to store your little quilts! Wonderful blocks.

Lori said...

I love your little box for the quilts and the little quilt is adorable!
You are making terrific progress on your fun quilts!

Nancy said...

Wow, you are really jumping out front on this sew along. I have only gotten as far as enlarging the blocks and printing them out. I like the background you are using.

Needled Mom said...

Love the design boards and the blocks you are working on. Your doll quilt storage is perfect too.

Kyle said...

I wouldn't say you were playing hooking. More like you are just completely hooked on quilting. Really like the planter idea for the doll quilts plus the fact that you found two more.

Ruth said...

Lots of great projects! Antiquing and quilt shopping - what a good day! Love the turtle picture too.

Carrie P. said...

great way to re-purpose the planter. your little quilts look great in it.
My mother-in-law has a quilt her mother made and it is falling apart. I am going to cut out a good spot and make her a pillow.