Friday, November 23, 2007

I've been busy

I am not a Black Friday shopper. I used my time much more efficiently today. I quilted.
I put the basketweave top together as a leader/ender project while making some tablerunners/candle mats today. The first border has been cut, but I'll need to finish the rest of the items before I work on this again.
I made one tablerunner yesterday and a candle mat and while I was working on them I remembered that I used this fabric to make practice blocks for a bom I did a couple of years ago. I thought I only had about 3 blocks, but when I went looking, I found I had 8 blocks finished. So, I put 5 together on point and made another tablerunner. Then, put two on point and made a small candle mat (that will probably give me fits when I try to bind it!), and then bordered the last block and made a candle mat out of it! I made enough binding to bind all of them, but only made one backing so far. I probably have enough background fabric to back the two smaller mats, and then I'll have to rummage through stash. I still have some fq size pieces of some of the fabrics left over. I don't remember how much I bought of the fabrics to begin with -- I know I loved the fabric and didn't have any project in mind. I'm feeling quite virtuous in busting stash today though!
This tablerunner is the first project from Stashbusters' Quilted Table group. I want to finish it soon so I can get it in the mail.
This tablerunner was made with practice blocks from a bom of a few years ago -- it was a Thangles design bom. I designed the runner and made the top today.
The runner on the left was made with practice blocks, as was the one on the bottom of the second picture. The top one I made yesterday with leftover fabric.


Now "all" I need to do is finish them all!
I am in the process of marking one of the big tablerunners and will probably pin it on the longarm so I can do it fairly quickly. I may do the other long one on the longarm, too, we'll see. The smaller ones of course I'll do on the dsm.

Gratitudes:
The new portable design wall -- works well for these small projects.
Plain ole hamburgers for dinner tonight!
Solitary piecing/quilting time -- so nice to spend time with my own thoughts.

7 comments :

atet said...

Those tablerunners and candle mats are lovely! I'm not that much of a Black Friday shopper myself -- though, I must admit I did go out today. But, well, it was to Joann's to pick up some things I need (notions, etc.) to finish/make my Christmas gifts!

cher said...

well, caught up on all your posts-I enjoyed the story about Heather-what a wonderful inspiration she sounds.
I like all your table runners! good for you to join the group and have so much fun-and your basket weave turned out great. Look forward to seeing how you decide to quilt it.

julieQ said...

Looks like you had great day on Black Friday. Much more fun thatn battling the crowds. Wonderful work.

JulieQ

Mary said...

I'm not a shopper either! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the basketweave quilt!

Anonymous said...

what gorgeous table runners. wish I had those blocks found in my ufo stash. That floral fabric is GORGEOUS!!!!!
Dawn a lurker from Massachusetts

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Ohhh, the basketweave top is coming along so nicely! I especially like that one block all in reds!

I have read about some long-armers floating several small tops at once - all on the same backing fabric and then only having to load 1 back in order to quilt 3-4 items... not that I have a long-arm, but the idea seems to make sense to me if you have 1 piece of fabric big enough for all your table runners/mats.

Cheers!

Evelyn

Elaine Adair said...

What a great bunch of quilt projects - each one better than the next. Good ideas, and I'm getting tempted to check out the new Yahoo group!