Friday, July 23, 2010

On a roll!

I finished my orphan block, drive-in movie/picnic quilt! Well, kinda. While sewing on the last edge of binding (which I just flipped over from the backing - after all, this is a drive-in movie and picnic blanket), my bobbin thread got all loopy on me, so I'll need to pick it out and redo, but it is good enough for now. Plus, I need to snip all the ties. But all that is something I can do while watching a movie or something, and in the meantime, it is usable! In fact, I put it on my bed last night, hoping to sleep under it, but it was too darned hot.

Isn't the backing fabric yummy? And perfect for hiding dirt?

Remember the little 2.5" unfinished 4-patch orphan blocks that I picked up at the thrift store earlier this week? I sewed them together with some 2.5" neutrals that were already cut and in my scrap tins, and voila! A mini in the making. Come to find out, I had some yardage of the lighter fabric in the 4-patches, so I am using that as an inner border, and then I've picked out a striped fabric for the outer border (which I would like to miter), but I can't decide if I want the stripes parallel to the borders or perpendicular. Opinions, anyone?

And finally, here I am sitting at work and I get an email from Laurie Wisbrun, pattern and textile designer, letting me know that I won her giveaway and I get to pick 2 FQ packs. Can you believe it? I chose the two Urban Circus colorways, Spring and Earth - I can't wait to see what fun I can rustle up with those fabrics! Aren't they fresh and delicious? I'm particularly excited about the Earth colorway (bottom one).

If things continue like this, I'm going to have a FABULOUS weekend!


Piece by Piece said...

Congratulations to both Jason and yourself, Well done!
The orphan quilt is looking real nice on your bed, hope you have it completed for the weekend. The name for this quilt I am suggesting "Summer Soiree".
Your mini quilt is looking good, and the fabric you won is very colourful, I love the light colour way.

Char said...

Great job finishing the quilt.
Congratulations on the win! I love your choices.

Angela said...

Your movie quilt looks fantastic!

Becky said...

Hooray for finishing the picnic quilt! I like the mini-in-the-making very much! I like the perpendicular way (piano key-like). That way you don't have to worry if all the lines are straight...and to my eyes it just looks more grounded....if that makes any sense. BUT having said whatever makes you happy..that is what the quilting process is all about!

Auntie Em said...

"...perfect for hiding dirt"
totally cracked me up with that line.
I can't believe you actually had matching fabric for the little blocks. Great! I really like the stripe fabric you picked to go with it. I'm with Becky, I like the perpendicular arrangement.

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Congratulations on your win Erin.
The fabric you chose is lovely.

Your "outdoor activity " quilt looks fabulous. I love actually finishing something.

Amo House said...

Congratulations to you both on the quilt winnings!

I like perpendicular too. I always think the mitred corners then draw you into the quilt.

Em said...

OH MY HECK, the most beautiful orphan quilt and fabrics!!!!! I want to come and make cute quilts with you and that fabric and your boys!!!!