Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mini Quilt Swap

    I finally finished the mini quilt for Quilting Gallery "New Beginnings" mini quilt swap.  I started over 6 times!!!  They just wouldn't talk to me.  At first I was being way too literal. Then I found a pattern that worked wonderfully Except when I sewed the rows together---YUK!  I apparantly didn't trim leaving a quarter inch seam all around the blocks.  Hmmm, that won't work...Soooo, begin again!  Another new beginning, huh?!!  Here is the finished product.


back showing the free motion quilting
   The title of New Beginnings somehow threw me off...Don't know why...the pattern I finally chose was from a BOM at Craftsy.  The three stripes in a wave pattern represent the 3 tidal surge waves of Hurricane Katrina that hit the Ms Gulf Coast.  I live about 2 miles from the beach.  The entire coast had a new beginning after this storm. The borders are quilted in a flowing water pattern to symbolize the end of the storm.  The scrappy blocks symbolize what most of us had left...scraps of what was.  But, we put on our big girl/boy britches and started a New Beginning for ourselves!  I am now happy with my choice for this swap.  I hope my partner likes it!  Can't wait to see what I get and from where..so exciting!!
      Till next time---keep stitchin', Marsha

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

pic of the quilt pattern I will be using

Here is the pattern I will be using for the swap.  It's called Scrappy Basket.  Sorry for the quality.  I am still trying to figure out inserting photos.  For this one, I had to copy from a pdf and paste into Paint, then save as a jpeg.  Oh,well.  It's here.  More later on the progress.
     Keep stitchin', Marsha

Quilting Gallery Swap

     I decided to participate in the Quilting Gallery Mini Quilt Swap.  The theme is "new beginnings".  Hmmmm. That opens a whole can of worms!!  But I decided to go with a scrappy flower basket...reminiscent of spring...new flowers..Easter...new life....I am going to try to post the progress of this quilt.  I am doing paper piecing aka foundation piecing. I love it!  Have a friend who hyperventilates every time it is mentioned!!  She does, however, enjoy English paper piecing.
    That's all for now...more when there is more progress... Keep stitchin', Marsha

Monday, January 23, 2012

New year

    Settled into the new room...or should I say, been productive in the new room and now its messy so I have to clean it up before I can get started on the next project!  But its fun having so much room.
     I am sooo into Fascinators now.  Made one for my oldest daughter to wear to a Carnival Ball this weekend.  She hasnt seen it yet. Hope its what she was expecting!
Here it is.  Looks festive to me!

I have also been working on baby gifts.  Tried my hand at smocked socks.. Love them!

I better get to work now....see ya later... Keep Stitchin"!   Marsha