Friday, August 3, 2012

Wrapping up

We're getting ready to leave on a sort-of vacation. We'll go see my parents (vacation) and then the hubs and I are heading north to Beaverlodge Alberta for the Around The Block quilt shop summer retreat. I'll be teaching 'Switchback' from my GEARED FOR GUYS book and 'Clambake'. I am so excited to play with these lovely ladies!

Before we go there's lots to do- including tending to my sad little blog. This summer has been tough so I thank the 3 of you who've remained faithful readers. :o)  How about a little eye candy before I leave?


I've managed to squeeze in a little sewing this summer. This project has been on the TO-DO list for a long time. I used 6" squares from a pack by Dena Designs for FreeSpirit and added a few scraps I had laying around. I just sewed the squares together in simple fashion.


I had some Tuxedo Rufffle from Michael Miller that I used on the seams. I sandwiched everything together- top, batting, and backing (I used minky- my first time!) and pinned. Then I used my walkin foot to stitch down the rufffles and quilt at the same time. It turned out really cute and was SO simple to make.


I also managed to finish piecing and quilt the little beauty I talked about here


I started quilting and immediately had second thoughts but by then I was already in too deep. I decided to finish and I'm still not in love with the quilting. But it'll do. I used a varigated thread and quilted in a boxy pattern.


I used Washi Tape by Rashida Coleman Hale for the border. It's perfect!  Now to get it bound. The whole point of this quilt was to do something new-to-me. Overall I'm happy with the results.

I hope to visit with you now and then throughout my trip but if you really want to stay on top of my adventures follow me on Instagram @crazyoldladies  

See you soon!

16 comments:

Mareenchen said...

Both are pretty but I love the first one. The ruffles are too cute but so much nicer than unfinished seams! Have a safe trip.

Myra said...

I love the tuxedo ruffle on that quilt! What a great idea!

Yvonne said...

What a great idea with that ruffle! It looks so cute. And don't you love minky? I have to get some more of it when I come to the states, we don't have it here.

Ann said...

What a great idea to put a ruffle around each block.
Wish I could be in Beaverlodge with you. Around the Block is my favourite shop. Fay, Lyle, and Erin are fabulous people. I love their classes and retreats. But, I won't be there as it is so hot in our neck of the woods we can't leave. We have a high maintenance yard which has its disadvantages.

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Bev said...

Beautiful! Good for you for finishing things! I am working on finishing my projects that have been piling up while I start yet another one! It's like an addiction. I haven't started a new project all summer because of my commitment to finish at least 4 UFO's this summer! I am on my last one and it just needs binding. It's too hot here in Oklahoma (113) to use the iron! Have a good Friday!

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Kira said...

More than 3. It's always tough trying something new. The ruffle is a very cute addition. Enjoy the Bay Area and Canada.

Books_Bound said...

Oh, I love the ruffle! How cute would that be on a baby girl quilt? Too cute, is how cute.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

ah, I think there are more then three of us who are reading ;-) Love that first quilt. Very cute with the ruffle.

cambric cotton said...

Could someone please explain to me what "Minky" is. Love the quilt with the ruffle, I'm in Melbourne australia and yes I often read your blog. Have a great time on your vacation.

LynCC said...

wow - love that tuxedo ruffle use! What a grea idea.

Colleen said...

Enjoy Beaverlodge, but bring your mosquito repellent! My DH used to live near there, so I know.

natalie christensen said...

Both quilts turned out super darling! Have fun on your vacation.

Cindy said...

Happy vacationing!

diane said...

I love your quilts. Have a fun vacation and I know the retreat will be awesome.

Sherri said...

Have a wonderful vacation...love your quilts! What a terrific idea to use those ruffles on the seams!