Here is the table cloth I made from the fabrics left over from the sudoku wall hanging. I used the same pattern as the green quilt that I finished a while back. It is a quick and interesting block.

Here is another view showing the tablecloth and wall hanging together. You can also see the newly painted tomato red walls. This kitchen has a lot of personality now!


Still Crazy After All These Years

What a great title that is, and a great song as well.

Today, I scanned the two cq blocks I am making for Kate Hollifield’s Tsunami of Hope quilt. I have to finish the embellishment and get them in the mail before the 15th. I better get stitching. Here are the blocks so far:

2009-10-06 cq block 1

2009-10-06 cq block 2

The inside block is 6.5.” As you can see, there is still a lot of work to do on both.

I just got back from my Crazy Quilter’s guild meeting. It was good. We had a demo and discussion on hand piecing. I really enjoyed it and learned a few things. I took my sudoku preserves quilt for show and tell and it was well received.

Sudoku Quilt Finish

I spent most of my sewing time the last couple of days finishing up this quilt. It has been lying around for a while and I really wanted to see how it would look on my kitchen wall. So, I took a break from the green blocks to quilt and bind it.

2009-06-22 sudoku preserves

It measures 24.5″ x 37″. Isn’t it cute? I think I may have enough fabric left from the fruits and veggies to make a little table quilt – maybe the same block I am making for the green quilt. Or, I might find something else between now and the time I get started. I want to finish Pick and Choose first.

I have a few quilty things I want to finish in time for some birthdays in July, so I can’t post anything right now about that, but will later. It is pretty hot here the last few days. Happy Summer Solstice.

Home At Last

My wonderful sewing machine came back from the shop on Friday and she is like new! While she was gone, I found some more scraps for my scrap basket so I am fiddling around with those to warm up to a real project. I think next I will quilt the sudoku wall hanging and get that on the wall.

Quilt Scraps

So, after I finished piecing the sudoku quilt, I decided to clean out the little basket that I throw fabric scraps into. I have seen on several blogs and websites about mile-a-minute quilts where you just take a couple scraps and sew them together and keep doing that till you get a big pile. Then you take those pieces and sew them together again and you keep going till you get a nice size for blocks. Then you sew them together and end up with a wild crazy scrap quilt. I like this idea because you get to use up just about every bit of fabric. So I have been sewing scraps together for the last four days. It is kind of addicting. I keep wanting to see how the next round will look.

I have my laptop in the sewing room and am listening to books downloaded from the library and I have been spending almost all day in there listening and sewing.  I took pictures the other day of the piles of sewn scraps.


The big pile of scraps are actually still connected to each other. This method is called chain-piecing because you sew one piece after another without cutting the thread between them until you are all done. Then you cut them apart and press them open and start all over again. I lowered my ironing board so it would be comfortable to sit while I cut the blocks apart and press them open.

The plastic drawer holds what was left of the un-sewn scraps from my scrap basket. That drawer is now empty and all the scraps are sewn into nice little clusters.


I moved my computer chair in there because it is more comfortable for hours of sewing than the chair that I usually use in there (you can see the regular chair in the first picture by the ironing board. It is slightly padded but does not have much in the way of back support). Then, I roll the computer chair back out to the living room to check my mail on the computer. I guess I should get a comfy chair to stay in there, but for now this is working just fine. And, I could check my mail on the laptop, but I don’t like the smaller keyboard.


This picture shows some of the pieced blocks pressed and ready to be sewn again.


All the scraps are now sewn and trimmed into blocks of various widths and lengths. They fill up my design wall almost three times.


They are so ugly they are cute, don’t you think? Imagine them sewn together into vertical strips then separated by a  2 or 3 inch strip of solid fabric. Black would look very dramatic, but red or blue or even white would look good.


I put them away for now and will get back to real projects while I think about what to do with these. What fun it has been!


And here is my empty scrap basket. I wonder what scraps will fill it up next?


Sudoku Preserves

Everyone loves playing sudoku, right? Well everyone either loves it or doesn’t. I love it. I feel like it keeps my brain exercised. I found a nice little sudoku application on Facebook and I usually play every day.

I also like the idea of a sudoku quilt, where you basically make a solved sudoku puzzle using different fabrics instead of numbers. This idea has been simmering away on the back burner of my imagination for some time. In fact, I just checked my archives (sounds weird to say that I have archives, but it also feels kind of cool), and I showed a picture of a sudoku quilt I drafted in Electric Quilt here:

So a couple weeks ago I started thinking about this again with the idea that I could make a little quilt for the kitchen. I decided to use different fruit and vegetable fabrics in place of the numbers, and decided to make the plain blocks look like canning jars. It went together quickly and is all done except for quilting and binding. Here is a picture of it:


Here is a close up of the different fabrics:


Isn’t it cute! I already showed these these pictures in Facebook, so you may have seen them already. I really like the mushroom fabric because it has morels in it. Those are my favorite mushrooms of all time.  This quilt is about 24″ x 40″ and will fit perfectly on one wall in my kitchen. I used that peachy fabric for the background so it would sort of coordinate with the big flower pot quilt I am working on:

although that may just end up being a tablecloth rather than a wall decoration. Raymond is not so sure about me using gray for the jar lids, but he does not remember those really old canning jars that had greyish lids. I think it looks ok. They will stand out more once I get the quilting done.