Sunday, January 15, 2012

Dancing pigs?

I've finally made it into my sewing room!  I completed my January Let's Bee Together Bee block.  I love the block and the fabric, but this stressed me out a little, and here's why.  The original reddish fabric, which serves as the foundation of the block, is 12.5" square.  We were to cut it into fourths diagonally, sew the strips onto the 45 degree angle ends, and then sew the 4 pieces back together.  She wanted the final block to be 12.5" square.  That isn't possible, is it?
I have lots of strips - perhaps I'll make a Spider Web quilt for myself one of these days.
As you probably know, it is basketball season, and now, both my boys and my husband have basketball games.  Can you say "bleacher butt"?  Yup, that's how mine is shaped these days.  Luckily, I have a cushioned stadium seat with a back to take with me, particularly on Saturdays, when I have 3 games to attend.  The upside, besides getting to support my guys, is that I get good chunks of time to do handwork.  Here's what I've accomplished so far this month at basketball.  I'm pretty sure I'll be making a mug rug with this little cutie.  Got any design ideas?
Probably my favorite hot drink of all time.
My leaders and enders project continues to grow.  I have a ton of 4.5" blocks of that black floral, which is the whole purpose of this particular project - use 'em up!  Well, those and all my 1.5" squares.

I started a plaid flannel bear paw quilt for my step-father.  Besides me and my husband, I think he's the only person in the family I haven't yet made a quilt for.

Yesterday, in between basketball games, I made it to my quilt guild meeting.  While there, one of the lovely ladies surprised me with a big bag of scraps.  Now, when you think bag of scraps, you think all crumpled up and thrown together, right?  Not hers!  First there were a ton of strips, mostly 2.5" and 4.5" strips, but some 2", 3", 3.5" and 4" strips, too.  How handy!  There were also some bigger scraps, mostly between a fat eighth and fat quarter in size.  I took a photo, but forgot to upload it.

Whenever I'm the recipient of such generosity, I feel the need to share the wealth.  So I put together two little packets of fabric scraps to share. 

The first is this cute green with dancing pigs, along with some bright polka dot scraps.  The dancing pig scraps are: 1 piece 8.5" X 42", 2 pieces 7" X 21" and 1 WOF piece that is 4.5" wide.  The yellow has 3 pieces, 3" X 56" total, the green is 2 pieces, 15" X 6.5" each, and the blue is 2 pieces, 9.5" X 6.5" and 4 pieces 16.5" X 3.5".

The second is this sea shell fabric with two "neutrals" to go with it.  The photo is a bit washed out, I apologize.  Anyway, the seashells are 1 piece 10.5" 15, 1 piece WOF X 11", and one piece 11" X 26".  For the two coordinating neutrals, there are 2 WOF X 4.5" strips of each, and 3 WOF X 2.5" strips of each.

If you are interested in receiving either packet, leave a comment and let me know which you'd prefer, first come, first served.  Happy Sunday!


Piece by Piece said...

How lucky you are, such a nice gift from that generous lady.
I never seem to have enough neutral coloured fabric, so if my name is chosen, I would love the seashell package.
You are certainly going to be busy with basketball games, quite a lot of hand work can be done while you are cheering on your "boys".
On a sad note--did you know that Molly Wilson, (I believe you and she were on the previous blog site, before we moved here). had passed away Jan 6th.

Bailey said...

I like the first group. My quilt group would add them to charity blankets.

Rachel said...

Oh my goodness. Dancing pigs! You have no idea how crazy my family is about pigs...but I can't compete with Bailey whose quilt groups makes quilts for charity. Nope, my desire for the dancing pigs is completely selfish.

Have fun at the basketball games! You are smart to bring along handwork. I never seem to have anything ready to take to games, exam supervision, or to do while watching movies with my husband. I should take a lesson from you and get organized!

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

Your mocha stitchery is wonderful. I look forward to seeing the mug rug you create. I have yet to make the Bee block but I can see what you mean about the size. Did you contact Carolyn and ask her about it? Looks like your step-father is going to be receiving a wonderful quilt.

Debbie DeBaeremaeker said...

hehe those piggies are cute!

Rhonda said...

Hi there. I've just found your blog and loved reading some of the posts, especially the on bookmarks. I've become a "FOLLOWER" and will visit as often as I can.
Take care.

joe tulips said...

Lucky you! I guess I will go in the shells group. Scrappy trip around the world material!

Cheryl Willis said...

to get the 12 1/2" block you either need to start with a 13 1/2 sq.
this is going to be a great project, I will love seeing how you progress!

Janet said...

I want to make a spiderweb quilt one day too. They always turn out so pretty.

Julie Fukuda said...

Pigs with polka dots, gotta love 'em. I love the take-along work. Maybe my one-inch bits will follow yours into that pattern. i love the way it is turning out.

Anonymous said...

lovely fabrics! Love the brights! Dancing pigs, who could resist! Hope the basketball games went well. Sorry not to chat.

Char said...

I can simpithize about the bleacher butt. We used to go to my nephews games, he's an assistant coach now so we don't go as much.
Love the new stitchery!