Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Resting and Wandering.

Remember my Hunting Camp Quilt?
Well, you can check it out over at the Sew, Mama, Sew! Blog!
It's being featured as part of the new 'Sewing Trends-What's New?' article.
(you have to scroll down just a bit)
Cool, right?

Anyways, now that the horn-tooting is over...
After the weekend my mind and body needed to rest and wander.
I didn't even move any furniture, but it sure felt like I did.
It was probably the painting of the dresser and making of our king size dust ruffle the night before that left me with only 4 1/2 hours of sleep that did it...
Oh well.
Thanks again to Ty and Chelsea (and the Hubby) who did all the heavy lifting for me :)

Basically, our entire upstairs got moved downstairs and into our new bedroom and we had to drive all over to pick up miscellaneous heavy items for the girls' room.
I watched.
I'm so glad all that's finally done and I can continue on with painting and whatnot.
I was stalled there for a minute.
I don't like being stalled....
When I get to feeling creative I like to go ahead and do it.
Or else I get grumpy.

I will show you pictures once I pick up my camera and it's not dead from me leaving it plugged in to the computer.
I'm pretty good at that.
That, and remembering to charge it for some special something and then forgetting to take it to the special something.

So, as excited as I am about all the
bedroom sewing
nursery/ big girl room sewing,
I needed a "mindless sewing" project that had nothing to do anything that I should have been doing.
You know, quick and easy with no thinking.
I'm all about no thinking...

This was the ticket:
Scrappy Mendocino Quilt

I already had some leftover squares cut from a long-ago quilt and I just
started grabbing and sewing.
And then I added in a little extra fabric to make it a bit bigger
(and because I had a weird number of Mendocino squares)
It's very scrappy and haphazard.
But that's ok.
Sometimes you just need a quilt like that.

I added a scrappy little mermaid...

...and some random hand-quilting here and there

And I tried out a new (sorta) binding technique.
I usually sew the raw edges of the folded binding to the front of my quilt, pin to the back, and then sew on the front.
Well, this time, I sewed the raw edges to the back, pinned to the front, and sewed on the back.
I loved my results!
I don't really know what the difference is, but the end product looks much cleaner
from both sides.
I suggest you switch your binding technique up next time to see what you're missing...
you may find a new favorite quilty tip!

Scrappy Mendocino Quilt

The back was not as scrappy, but still scrappy.
And so is that binding.
I love a scrappy binding, don't you?
And I think I love magenta and yellow together.

Quilt stats:
front: Heather Ross Mendocino prints and Anna Maria Horner scraps
back: Heather Ross Mendocino print and Art Gallery Oval Elements
binding: random yellow/pink/purple scraps
machine stitched binding
warm and natural batting

And if you haven't already,
go leave a comment on this post for your chance to win a quilt kit
as part of the

I'm opening the deadline until Friday night midnight.
Anybody can enter to win!
It's a pretty nifty prize, if I do say so myself, so please enter.

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