Saturday, November 28, 2015

Addicted to charms / Postage Stamp Quilts

Confession; charm addiction! 
Yes, I think I am addicted to these tiny squares. Every time I have a finished item, small pieces of leftover fabrics are cut into squares. The sizes vary from 1.5" up to 5", depending on how much fabric is left. I don't cut bigger pieces though, they can always be used for other projects. 

I'm also participating in Postage Stamp Charm Swap 2015 - organized by The Curious Quilter - and due to a delay, 1300 charms are now finding their new home in the US. 

Yesterday I received 200 2.5" charms together with a cute owl card,  from the US

Thank you, Glenda and Snow! 
Still more to come! Can't wait! :)

In between other projects, I have been piecing together 2.5" charms and finally had enough for a twin or double quilt.
These charms are all from previous swaps. Since this photo was taken, I have added the border on the right side and am working on the border for the top and bottom. 

... and here's my helper.... errrr..... QUALITY CONTROLLER! 

... what else to do while waiting for his dinner?! :)

I swap 2" and 2.5" charms, and so far I have worked with 2.5" only. I've been curious how to work with 1.5" charms and decided to give it a try

These are 1.5" charms - 1" sewn into quilt. 
This is a project that will take F-O-R-E-V-E-R, I know! I have a couple of shoe boxes full of 1.5" strips so I'm going to use some of them for this project. That means more cutting, but since I love cutting it will be a nice break from sewing. :) 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

OPAM October


November already! Yikes! 

Most of these items are for sale in my Etsy Shop

I don't like this.... I want more time to blog, but it seems that doesn't work out at all. It's all about priorities, and this year I have given priority to my Etsy Shop
How often do you make quilted items for yourself / your home? I haven't made anything for a very long time so perhaps it is time to give it priority? Well, first of all I have one custom order to do, thereafter, we shall see....

Warning: Photos heavy! I have several finished items for October. Some of them were WIP's back in September, I had to wait for either batting or backing fabric to finish them.

Some Christmas / Winter Cardinals Table Runners

I have used fabrics from Holly Taylor's 'Winter's Song' collection. Love these fabrics. 

Fall / Autumn Table Runners / Candle Mats

Beautiful fabrics from Holly Taylor's 'Turning Leaves' 

... and 'of course', so nurses! :) 
These are great gifts for a nurse. 

This drawstring bag is a nice gift for a quilter.


Some fun fall coasters

Custom order already received in the US; 10 fun winter coasters.

More great gifts for nurses; mug rugs

Looking at this blog post, it's not strange I haven't had time for other things over the last month! 
We have done a couple of wonderful hikes in the Black River Gorges, and one of the hikes you can see here

Today I'm going to prepare a custom order; 4 place mats to Canada. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

OPAM September

September came and went, we are already a couple of days into October. 
Such dreary weather here today, it's good to snuggle up with a cuppa. 

I've been busy with this and that and everything. I'm waiting for batting and fabric to finish some items. It feels like shipping from the US takes forever this time. Isn't that typical when waiting for something?! Oh well, I'm not out of work! I'm currently working on some drawstring bags. I love making them, they are fun and easy to make. 

Here's what I have been up to lately. Oh, and I almost forgot the most important; I have a couple of UFO finishes! 

Log Cabin quilt in purple, black and white. 

To avoid buying more fabric, I added some strips to the back. It looks nice, I think... it adds some interest to the back. 

Another finished UFO from last year; 4 autumn place mats

I had some leftover fabric from some mug rugs I made earlier, just enough for a place mat or small table topper. I love sweet pea flowers! 

I couldn't resist some Holly Taylor fabric..... set of 2 place mats

I've had this cute gingerbread fabric stripe for quite some time and wasn't sure what to use it for. You may not believe me, but one early morning I 'saw' this runner in a dream... The vision woke me up, totally awake, and it turned out exactly like the one I 'saw'........... 

In addition to finishing these items, I have been playing with 1.5 inch charms! I'd never have thought I have patience for such tiny fabric squares, but yes, they are FUN, ... and a bit tedious! I have a few, small blocks, but that will be another post.