Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring stitching for a good cause

I'm happy to report that I actually made it back into my sewing room over the holiday weekend - and - started a new project - and - almost finished it! I know, pretty shocking. Not a big project, mind you, but a fun one, so that still counts.

Our Girl Scout Service Unit is having a silent auction fundraiser for the outdoor programs in our area and I offered to whip something up to add to the sale items. Originally, I had a bigger quilt in mind, but then I couldn't find the fabric I was imagining and it was also pointed out to me that a smaller project might actually be better for this type of event. Given the fact that I decided until two weeks before the event to start - even better!

I went with my go-to table runner pattern - Atkinson Design's "Waffle Time". This one is a keeper. I originally purchased it in a kit several years ago but I have returned to it again and again with good results. It's a great pattern that showcases a feature fabric in the middle. Rarely, do I like to make patterns more than once but this one is fun and it has a clever way of going together.

Somewhere in my memory, I knew I had seen a line of Girl Scout fabric but didn't have any luck finding what I was looking for. My quilting buddy - Karen O. - had made a quilt awhile back with some Girl Scout fabric and I asked if she had any left she would like to get rid of. Unfortunately, she didn't, but then she showed up at a guild meeting last week with the perfect sized scrap - just right for "Waffle Time"! Yeah! A dip into the stash for some coordinating brights (not a problem) and I was ready to go!

A little cutting and string piecing...fabric bliss on a Saturday afternoon!
In a couple of hours, a top done, basted and ready to quilt! 
Now to add some groovy wavy lines quilting and I may even have the binding attached before the end of the week!

Happy spring stitching!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Vacation Inspiration

Hola! We just got home from a little spring break action south of the border. Lots of sunshine, sand and maybe a few adult beverages. No shortage of beautiful sights - design inspiration is everywhere!
Ceiling on balcony of Casa Machado
Mazatlan, Mexico

Courtyard at a little boutique hotel/boarding house
Mazatlan, Mexico

Beautiful tile floor, Casa Machado
Mazatlan, Mexico
No quilt shops were encountered on this trip but what have we here?...
yep, we are everywhere, aren't we?
I haven't quite made it back into my own sewing room yet but I'm hopeful that after a little spring cleaning and yard work this weekend, I will find a few hours to lock myself away to play in the fabric.

Happy spring stitching!