Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ironing board blues....

Been playing in fabric a lot since Bonnie's lecture last week. Not getting a whole lot accomplished other than cutting up lots of scraps and "organizing" them. I now have a lot of 1-1/2 inch strips and squares so started a tree quilt from Bonnie's Leaders and Enders book. Several of the folks in my guild are going to make this quilt so I may have a chance to trade scraps and make it even scrappier!
A delayed thanks to Kate at Empty Field for the fabric she sent me! She had a contest to name her new featherweight...and it just looked like an Elvis to me. She agreed and now I have some fabric to introduce to the stash!

Today I am ironing backings...loads of backings. No need to go to the gym as my arms and back are getting workout! I love using a solid piece backing but it is so heavy to get from the washer to the dryer and across the ironing board....I need to finish the one for our donation quilt and maybe one other before my DH complains about having the ironing basket so full and realizes it is all fabric (with maybe one shirt of his at the bottom!)
The second backing is for a birthday quilt several of us made for my friend Paula. OK it isn't really a quilt yet...we did get the top done in time! The pumplins and the leave are just so autumn. The pattern was from a magazine out this past summer...

Blogger is being difficult with posting photos today so guess I better just get back to the ironing....

12 comments:

AnnieO said...

I LOVE the tree quilt. Bonnie's brain is great, isn't it? I'm with you on backings but mine are pieced so there is a lot of back and forth to the ironing board, just as heavy!

Pumplins and leave, huh? Pretty funny :)

Stitching For Serenity said...

Your quilt is stunning to say the least! I used to really dispise finding all my scraps until I learned to appreciate random quilts. Now, I love my scraps. Again, beautiful quilt. Tammy

Teresa said...

Lovely Crabapple Tree block - I want to make that quilt, too! Your pumpkin and leaf quilt is lovely, as well.

I hate ironing on my regular board. I need to get my hubby to make me a "big board" - I hear they are fabulous for ironing backings!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Clare said...

I detest ironing so uch, I won't even iron scraps if I can get away with it. I moved the board out of the sewing corner into the room next door so I have to get up and walk. Good for the legs, but a right p in the a if I'm in the middle of a long run.

Yup - definitely need a bigger board too.

Great tree blocks.

*karendianne. said...

Oh friend, what fun you have going on. I completely dig those blocks!!!

quiltmom said...

I love your pumpkins Sio- The quilt is so autumn looking- love the colors-I am sure your friend will be thrilled with it.
Happy ironing- what a big job..
Regards,
Anna

Nines said...

Love the pumpkin quilt!

Diane said...

Bonnie was here in Pgh in July and I'm working on the crabapple tree blocks too!

debbie said...

I read a tip over at Freckled Whimsy blog a while back...When drying fabric put a dry towel in to keep the pieces from twisting around each other. I have dried pieces as long as 5 yards with no tangling. I could not believe how well it work. I use a very heavy dish towel even in full loads of fabric, and it has worked every time.
I'm a little strange I know but, I like ironing fabric. I use unscented detergent and dryer sheets, but enjoy the smell of warm cotton. I do wish I had a big board. I tried to get my husband to attach one to the wall that would fold down when I need it, and it had to have a space for the fabric to slip over the edge and hang free over the back for when I'm ironing yardage. that may have been the deal breaker, lol.

Gail said...

I love the crabapple tree quilt too and your choice of fabrics. Boy is that pumpkin quilt cute too. Love the choice of fabrics.

Judy in Michigan said...

I love that tree quilt also. It is my favorite in Bonnie's book 2and one that I actually have a start on - all those little squares now with a home to go to. Bonnie is coming to Michigan again in November - why not come with her?

ROZ said...

Good idea, the blocks for the starters and enders. I ought to do that--among a bunch of other things. Hope to turn over a new leaf---