Wednesday, June 13, 2012

No Flitting


Found a Flower


:-)





Depressing sight.





LOL





I learned a very good lesson this week. Last summer Karen at Sew Many Quilts led a red and white charm swap. Initially I missed the deadline :-( but then I noticed a call on Karen's blog for a few more swappers. I left a comment and got in just under the wire. :-)

When the charms arrived I was a little dismayed - 'now what' I thought to myself. The variety of charms was overwhelming to me. I put the Ziploc bags away to think about another day. Annette at Sunshine Yellow immediately made a fabulous quilt and I asked if I could be a copy cat and make one like it. She kindly said yes but my immediate thought was that mine wouldn't be as cute as hers. Silly, I know but real in my mind. LOL

Fast forward to this past Monday - while searching in my closet for something else I came across the Ziploc bags of the red and white charms and tossed them out on my sewing table. The time had come to do something. LOL I went to Annette's blog and looked at her quilt one more time and decided to jump in with both feet.

The pattern is Charming Stars and featured on the Moda Bakeshop blog. I made four blocks and was instantly smitten. Oh my goodness my blocks were looking very cute so my quilt surely would look at cute as Annette's. Wouldn't it?

I spent all day yesterday (Tuesday) making the rest of the blocks (there are a total of 16) and assembling the quilt top all with a huge smile on my face. :-)
I thought I'd have to shop for a border fabric but before I went to bed last night I remembered something I have in my stash and it's going to be perfect.
WooHoo!!!!

The lesson learned - don't discount something just because it overwhelms me or may not immediately appeal to me.

I love, love, love this quilt top.
Maybe it is as cute as Annette's - teehee





Annette, thank you so much for graciously allowing me to be a big old copy cat. :-)

Monday morning before I started playing with the red and white charms I whipped up these two small quilts.
Kathie continues to inspire me to make small quilts - they are so much fun.
25 charms and a background fabric - TA DA!
(approx 21" x 21")




Top one made with Renewal and bottom one made with Lollipop by Moda.
I've been having so much fun. LOL

Probably won't get much more done because Eli (8 year old grandson) is coming to spend a couple of days with his Nana & Papa. That will be tons of fun.

BTW, there's a brand new cone on my pretty cone holder.
:-)

Thanks so much for stopping by - come again soon!

In Friendship!

42 comments:

Dresden Quilter said...

Your quilt is stunning! As a Canadian I really want it! You are so creative and talented. You make it look to easy.

Carol said...

That empty cone of thread is really a happy sight...it means you've done a TON of sewing! Love your red and white quilt and those little ones are sooooo wonderful...I'm so happy you're having fun! Enjoy your time with Eli!

Sally said...

Darlene: Those quilts are just luscious! I don't generally think to do red and white quilts...just not my personal choice. But those little quilts are perfect for charms square packs....you've got me to thinking about quilting again, Darlene.

Suzan said...

Love your red & white quilt. The stars are just beautiful.
I used mine from the exchange to make a zig zag quilt that quickly became my favorite. There is just something about red & white quilts!

Karen said...

Well done my friend!!! That red and white is fresh and happy. And I agree that Kathie is inspiring us all to make little quilts :).

Denise in PA said...

This looks fabulous! I have some charm packs of Central Park that I plan to make this quilt with - it's been on the back burner for a while now - I really need to do it!

Karen said...

The red and white quilt is charmingly good. All those reds play very well together. Makes the star pop.

Linda said...

I LOVE everything!!! LOL!!! The red and white quilt is a real head turner and the little quilts are sweet and perfect!!

Shelley said...

OH MY!!! I love your red star quilt Darlene!! If you ever get tired of it...I'm just sayin'...;) lol

Kaaren said...

I loved Annette's and I love yours juts as much, Darlene. I could have kicked myself for not entering that swap after seeing Annette's flimsy and now I feel the same all over again when I see yours. You should see my bruises!

Love it, gals!

Carrie P. said...

glad to hear you got some thread.I can see why you almost ran out. You have made some really nice quilts. Love them all but I might have to copy both you and Annette and make that charm quilt.

Diane said...

oh love the red and white and your 2 little ones too! you are definitely not flitting! I'm a little jealous, I need a little (well big) sewing fix but it's not happening..ackk!

Christine M said...

I love your red and white quilt Darlene. It looks fabulous.

Lori said...

That is so lovely! Perfect use of your charm swap!
Have fun with Eli!!

Carol said...

Your quilt is so dang cute!

Vivian said...

Both yours and Annette's quilts are luscious. There's something fresh and crisp about the red/white quilts. Thanks for sending me her way. She's made some lovely projects.
Once you got started, you were quick-quick-quick!

sunny said...

I love your quilt! I have red and white fabrics for a swap, too, and now I'm going to copy you.

Terry said...

Your red and white charming stars quilt is beautiful! That's one of my favorite patterns! :0)

Ariane said...

Oh it's gorgeous!!! I love it!!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love your red and white quilt!! I am collecting red fabrics and would love to make one like that.

Michelle said...

WOW! I just LOVE the red & white quilt top!

Have fun with Eli!

AnnieO said...

Red and white ALWAYS looks great--you did a beautiful job, too. Love your crisp white stars ! The minis are pretty sweet eye candy too. So glad you're getting some stitching time and having fun.

Lynn said...

I LOVE that quilt!!! I love the star pattern, but I usually see the star as the color and the background as the neutral color. this is just the opposite!!!! I see it as a great way to use up some scraps of the same color. I've got lots of blue.....

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Love your red and white star quilt top - Just gorgeous! Love your little quilts too

Cheryl said...

No wonder the cone was bare! You have been a sewing tornado. The red and white quilt is CUTE. Enjoy your time with your grandson.

Wendy said...

Oh Darlene I'm making the same quilt, only I've decided to go bigger for my bed. It's all cut and ready to go. If I get my mojo going again we'll have 3 of these quilts.

Linda in Calif. said...

Oh your's is so darling! Someday I might have to make one too!

Dirt Road Quilter said...

Those very same charms are sitting in a drawer in my house and that is exactly the quilt I had chosen to make with them. You have renewed my inspiration! Now, where can I squeeze it into my list? Enjoy spoiling your grandson...that's what grandsons are for!

Dirt Road Quilter said...

Those very same charms are sitting in a drawer in my house and that is exactly the quilt I had chosen to make with them. You have renewed my inspiration! Now, where can I squeeze it into my list? Enjoy spoiling your grandson...that's what grandsons are for!

Dirt Road Quilter said...

Those very same charms are sitting in a drawer in my house and that is exactly the quilt I had chosen to make with them. You have renewed my inspiration! Now, where can I squeeze it into my list? Enjoy spoiling your grandson...that's what grandsons are for!

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QuiltNut Creations said...

Darlene it's beautiful!! And thanx for sharing the pattern, I just might have to make one too :)

Deanna said...

Look at you ! What great work! I LOVE your red and white top, too and might just have to be a copy cat myself!

Quilter Kathy said...

It's an awesome quilt! It's amazing how a project causes such angst, and we go through periods of hating it and loving it!

Sandy said...

Morning Darlene, love your quilts. I had to tell you that I had the strangest dream about you last night. You were dressed in a funny red outfit, sitting on my shoulder, yelling "Spools, Spools"!

Have a great weekend!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh how very pretty! I love two color quilts so very much - I have yet to make a red/white one.

Enjoy the grandson visit - these times are so special.

Cheryl said...

Your red and white quilt is cute as cute could be!!!!! I think I will be copying you too. Love your small quilts and this posts..there's a very good lesson in there for me! Thanks friend!

Cheryl said...

Your red and white quilt is cute as cute could be!!!!! I think I will be copying you too. Love your small quilts and this posts..there's a very good lesson in there for me! Thanks friend!

deb said...

LOVE the quilt...its red..who wouldnt love it! good job!

shez said...

well done Darlene.xx

Annette said...

It turned out beautiful!! I think I can even see my little red contribution in there. So fun. Great work Darlene.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

I love it!!! Totally ca-uuute!!

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