Monday, September 07, 2009

Needle Inspiration
(need a little inspiration)

Yesterday I spent all afternoon and evening working on this adorable project. This is Kaaren's (The Painted Quilt) First Friday Freebie. Thank you, Kaaren, for sharing your talent with the world!


I've been thinking about my September project for Kelly's Charming Girls' Quilt Club and have decided on two new projects- woohoo!


#1 This book from Kim (Magnolia Bay Quilts) , is fabulous. The timing for working on a project from this book couldn't be more perfect! Why? In the introduction to the book, Kim writes about her friend who once told her that she felt 'burdened' by her fabric collection - screeeeeech - that's exactly how I've been feeling! I've challenged myself to make a quilt called "Kitchen Sink". BTW, every pattern in this book is based on 2 1/2" strips.


#2. I have yards of this fabric - it's an oldie by Sandy Gervais called "Nature's Kalidoscope". I don't do much in Fall colors but I'd love to have a new Fall quilt to hang in my entry way. Many have asked me to write the pattern for my "16 Patch" quilt so I've challenged myself to make the quilt while writing the pattern using this fabric and matching fat quarters. :-)


I hope that you'll stop by to cheer me on with these two new challenges! I'm going to need all the cheering I can get. LOL

Thanks for stopping by and thank you especially for all your encouraging and kind words.

In Friendship with Gratitude!

36 comments:

Stina said...

Love your version of Kaarens freebie...:o) Just returned from from potato picking and gosh I have missed so much since Friday!!!! :o)))
And you know Im cheering you on!!!! Take care!!! :o)

Carol said...

Wow, you got Kaaren's stitchery project done already, looks great too. What a great book for using your fabric stash. Sounds like your sewing mojo has been found. Have fun sewing.

Carrie P. said...

You must have your mojo back. You really seem excited.
I can't believe you got Kaaren's stitchery done already. I just pulled some fabric to get it traced onto.
Have fun with your new projects.

Carol said...

Oh I'm love with your stitchery...can't wait to see your Kitchen Sink project...I really like those fabrics...and YIPPEE! you're doing the pattern for my most favorite quilt. YIPPEE!

Quilter Going Bananas said...

You did up Kaaren's stitchery already? Wow! you're speedy :^)
Good luck with your Sept CGQC goals!

Colleen said...

Love your fabrics! They are going to be lovely in a quilt. Hang in there :o)

Allie said...

Oh my gosh Darlene, you finished that already? I haven't even printed it yet, lol! It turned out so cute!
That book looks great - I can relate to feeling burdened - I'll have to see if I can get that book.

Your challenges sound great, and I know you can do it - having these challenges really helps, doesn't it? I really need a deadline to get anything done.

julieQ said...

Just gorgeous! I especially love your border fabric in Kaaren's stitchery...yum! Love your fabric selections, that will be a wonderful quilt.

Janet said...

That's the spirit Darlene! Now I know why your called speedy, the stitchery looks great and sounds like you really enjoyed it.

Wendy said...

You did wonderful with the stitchery. I've printed it but have been working on other things.
I'll be here cheering you on for the next projects you have lined up.

Quilt Hollow said...

Well Ms. Speedy...yours is the first post I've seen to have Kaarens FFF done! Congrats! I'm not surprised!! LOL
I'm cheering you on...I always do...it's coming back...woo hoo!

Quilter Kathy said...

Sounds like a great new quilt idea! You go girl!

Sheila said...

Beautiful stitchery. And I love Kim's book! Cheering you on...

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Go Darlene, Go! What a great jump start. I have never seen Kim's book. It appears to be spiral bound. Is it a newer or older publication?

Kaaren said...

Holy smoke, Darlene! You finished it already? Yikes! It looks absolutely wonderful, just as I envisioned it. Thank you for taking th time to stitch it. You've made my heart sing. Can you hear it?

Now it sounds like you're on a roll. Enjoy the journey and don't forget to syop and smell the roses and to share along the way.

(((hugs)))

Karen said...

Gee, you finished that stitchery fast. I just found one done on another blog. I am running behind. I have mine prepped and ready to stitch.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your "fall" stitching is wonderful!

Shiree said...

Hi Darlene,
Kitchen sink huh, interesting name.Your certainly on a roll now, watch out world!

Screen Door said...

Love your fall stitchery. I need to get busy and make one...

Miri said...

Good luck! I know just what you mean about your stash beginning to feel like a burden-I was there last year and have made alot of scrap quilts this year...it does help-I was so sick of looking at some of those fabrics :)

Love the stitchery!

Darlene B said...

You go, girl!!!

Shakerwood Primitives said...

I can't wait to see what you come up with! I loved the 16-patch you showed earlier. Maybe this will be the project that jumpstarts you on a new path of quilting and pattern writing (and stash reducing!)

Millie said...

Darlene, beautiful stichery as always! I love Kim's book using 2.5" strips...happy sewing and have fun turning your stash into nice quilts.

Candace said...

Wow - Karen's design is adorable with your personal touches, Darlene! Hey - I'll be there with pom-poms cheering you on - sis, boom, bah!
Cheers!!!!

Micki said...

Your stitchery is just beautiful!
Micki

Ginger Patches said...

Oh I need to go take a look at that book--it looks fun. And woo hoo I can't wait for you to write up that pattern!!!

Craig said...

I like your fabric choices,I am excited to see what it turns into.
Thanks for the consideration in doing
your Summer Quilt directions,
In Friendship,
Christina D

Cara said...

You sound like you are feeling somewhat better, perhaps hopeful, which is great. Good luck with the pattern writing.

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Yeah Darlene! I'm so glad that you're getting some of your "mojo" back. The quilt will be lovely, and how exciting that you'll be writing a pattern. Go Darlene Go!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Your stitchery project is so adorable! And so nice for autumn. Thanks so much for your kind words about my book. I'm thrilled that you're enjoying it, and I can't wait to see your kitchen sink quilt. And put me down for a copy of your pattern when it's available!

CJ said...

I can see you have some work ahead of you. Quilting and writing a pattern along the way. It is nice to use up some of the stash and not feel burdened by it isn't it? Slowly - like eating an elephant.

Salem Stitcher said...

I love that little crow! And I love your choice of border fabric. You're making me want to go pull out my stitcheries and get to work. Keep inspiring me!!!

Texan said...

That book looks like a dandy... will have to look that one up!

Your Stitchery is lovely... I don't do hand stitchery like a lot of you talented gals... I cheat and do machine embroidery tee hee... but I do like the look of all the lovely hand work I see :O)

Stephanie said...

Oh love your stitchery. Just back from a little trip and I'm playing catch-up. Anything titled Kitchen Sink is going to be fun. Best of luck with the pattern writing. I love all things Fall.

Mary said...

Oooh I love the way your stitchery turned out! I also downloaded the pattern but have added it to my list of projects. I am tempted to move it towards the top of the list.

I can certainly relate to the feeling "burdened". My job has become even more intense over the last few months and by the time I get home I am exhausted. I have every intention of sewing but somehow don't quite get there at night. I keep looking at the sewing room and stash -- thinking I will never get through it all. That book sounds like a good start!

Happy Stitchin!

bingo~bonnie said...

I've had my eye on that same book for a while but can never catch it on sale at Joanns... one of these days I'll use my coupon on it when I don't need something else.......until then, I'll just enjoy watching your quilt come together ;)

Love from Texas! ~bonnie

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