a little of this and that

A little bit of sewing going on today. Last night I went on a treasure hunt for backing fabric for those two Snuggle Up tops---this is where having some stash fabrics around comes in very handy! I found a cute dinosaur print for one and another a fun star fabric that just needed to be seamed. Got the binding fabric sewn but not pressed.

I also cut out a BQ top using this cool toad fabric from Finn. There was not a lot of the fabric and it needed a pattern that would not require cutting it in little bitty pieces or you would lose the cute motifs of the toads. I had gotten this pattern after seeing it on Norma's blog earlier this summer. You may recall that she spotted it at a quilt show and wondered about the pattern source. Bloggers to the rescue! Debby Beaves of Maple Island Quilts. I guess that BQ stands for "Big Quilt". I was able to make a slight modification in the size of the blocks to make a 12 inch finished blocks. Three of the 12 9 inch finished toad squares had to be pieced but hey, if that worked for our quilting foremothers it is fine with me. Otherwise, the muslin and red pieces are from my stash---stashbusting again!

Cindy and Jan tell me that they had 10-12 people at the sewing event that I had to miss. That is terrific! 5 quilts were done and many took things home to work on. I am going to quilt up my two tops and the little nine patch to send onto Jan who has volunteered to finish up the binding. I hope that they do get 12 or more quilts out from their sew-in.

While digging through the stash bins, I also came up with some "go with's" for my eventual butterfly challenge project and a piece of "kit blue" that Theramae needs to finish her sail boat project from the sew-in. The red on red version is in toad block.

Ellen the founder of Wrap Them in Love had received a rather large donation of fabric from some company. There are two colorways that I know of: red and blue. At one point we wrappers could purchase kits of our choice of colorway for $5 and it had a yard of each of the fabric. Bits of it still show up years later but I think that she has gotten more from the same company again. I really liked the blue version but the red stuff, particularly the cobblestones and the yellow with red veins was/is hard to work with. Still, a lot of it has been quilt backs over the years.

Judy wanted to see a picture of my Slither quilt--this is a UFO finished earlier this year. Of course, the pattern was all the rage of the internet groups back in the late 90's when I first got online. The pattern is still on the Quilter's Online Resource site but now requires membership for download. Not sure that it deserved my husband's vote but it got two votes anyway. I have not heard from my group to know who/what was awarded ribbons or best of show on the viewers choice.

Guess that is about it---lost this post once so I hope I have better luck this time. This losing posts and error messages is getting mighty old fast..............

Comments

  1. I love the toad BQ! This is a perfect pattern to showcase those stylish toads to their best! Well done!

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  2. those toads are too fun!

    I never did do my Slither, neither did momma do hers. BUT, both of us collected fabs and put them with the patterns, so they are still a possibilty.

    THAT STUFF Yes, I did my fairshare of those kits as well.

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  3. I have seen that BQ done before and have put it on my list of 'get around to', but I especially like it in your froggy fabric-and now I know a simple pattern for those large prints that you don't want to cut down.

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  4. that toad fabric is a hoot! the BQ quilt seems well suited to it.

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  5. You come up with the 'funnest' ideas. A toad BQ quilt *sweet*

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  6. The slither quilt is the cutest thing I've seen...and I absolutely hate snakes! May have to find their website just for that pattern.

    The frogs are also darling. You do the cutest things.

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  7. The slither quilt is the cutest thing I've seen...and I absolutely hate snakes! May have to find their website just for that pattern.

    The frogs are also darling. You do the cutest things.

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  8. I still have this pattern on my to do list! love love how your slither turned out LJ, and the toad one is really sweet-perfect pattern to show off that cute fabric!

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  9. I just love those toads!! The slither quilt is lots of fun, too.

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  10. That slither top is awfully fun! I hope it won something!

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  11. I love that slither quilt! I wasn't on-line in the 90's, so it's new to me! Very cute!

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  12. Ahh, the slither quilt caught my eye too, perfect for the snake lover in my family!

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  13. I love the slither quilt. I have a similiar snake quilt in one of my books that I keep thinking I will make one day. It will make a great donation quilt for a little boy if I ever get it made.

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  14. love the chatty tone of this entry, and the quilts, too!

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  15. LOVE that slither quilt, and also the toad fabric- maple island patterns are fun.

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  16. Excellent Quilt! Loves the snakes slithering down!! Hey that's the BQ pattern I used for my Polka Dot quilt and my neices too! I love that you can make it with so many different fabrics, and it looks different! I did my neices as 12" blocks and mine as my modified 11" blocks. I watched Simply Quilts when she mentioned this pattern and said she named it BQ...short for Big Quilt...for her son to take to college with him! Kids need Big Quilts!

    Wonderful Linda! I got one top finished and I'll do another in a few weeks!

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