Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Disappearing 9-patch

Another disappearing 9-patch, but this time I added sashing. The bad news for me is that the fabric I want to use as a border is from the new Moda line Lily and Will and won't be out until September. I used 2 new charm packs for this top from Moda, Lily and Will and also Pure. So away it goes until September and now onto the next project in the lineup. If I can get a 22 1/2" wedge ruler, I would like to make some dresden plate placemats.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

July Menu Board

I've loved having my menu board this year. It helps me keep organized and the kids can easily see what's for dinner. I even find curious changes in the board once in a while when someone has secretly added their favorite meal to the week's menu. At least I can see what they're craving.
Each month I change the paper in the background and it's been a lot of fun, but when I put the paper in for July, I instantly loved it. The yellow/gold background I chose for the words and the calendar remind me of mustard, which of course is a must at any summer picnic. I like it so much that I may keep it up during August too.
I first posted about this menu board in January of this year. Here's the link to get to it quickly-Menu Board

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Jello Art

Little Birdie Secrets
gave me this fun idea for the kids. Even my older kids thought it was pretty fun. This is Jello art. Make copies of the picture above, paint each fruit with Elmer's glue (just use your cheap paint brushes), sprinkle the corresponding Jello flavor to the fruit (we had to label our containers because so many of them look alike) (also, we couldn't find any banana flavored Jello-is there such a thing?),

shake off the excess and tada-you have a wonderfully fun smelling work of art. The bowl and leaves can just be colored or markered in. Here's how my daughters' pictures turned out.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Charm pack disappearing 9-patch

I bought a couple charm packs from Moda, Pure and Lily and Will, so I decided to make another disappearing 9-patch. This time I thought I'd put sashing between the squares to make the quilt a little bigger. So I'm auditioning fabric that I have. I'd love to be able to use up some of my stash. I'm leaning toward this green as a sashing. Then I need to decide on something for an outer border and I'm looking for something with a brown as a background. Browns can really vary in shades and tones, so I'll need to take the top with me to a quilt store if I don't find anything in my own stash.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Asiatic Lillies

Wouldn't these be great colors for a quilt. I love the Asiatic lillies when they bloom. Wish they lasted all summer.