Friday, February 24, 2012

FLIMSY FRIDAY . . . a few finishes - small, but DONE!

Hop on over to Pat's blog to read all about Flimsy Fridays. She gives a good explanation of what many of us are trying to accomplish. Her button is on my sidebar.
My offerings this Friday are fairly paltry, but, hey, they are D-O-N-E, and that's the real deal, eh?! Because everything looks better next to flowers [tee hee] I propped this little PH up against a vase of my birthday flowers which are fading fast. lol.
The first two flimsies are biggish potholders for DD's new little cottage down by the beach. The first one is from blocks made at Retreat using the D4P method that I read about on Elly's blog. I like they way she does it. Below is a closer look at my efforts of FM straight-line quilting -- it's a bit wonky but I'll get it; just need more practice. lol

The one above has a quilted back and a crocheted front... the crocheted front is the "practice piece" I made while designing and playing with colors for DD's large Granny. Her afghan wound up being a bedspread for a Queen size bed!
Then a rather largish child's quilt -- I sew quilts, make hats, socks, etc., as a means of giving back to my community. It is part of my personal commitment to put Gratitude Into Action [I'll write a post about this sometime]. Back to this quilt: I have always stitched the first seam of binding by machine and then finished the back with hand stitches. I am making so many projects now that this is no longer practical. I am trying to get proficient at applying the binding all by machine. My first few efforts are not really terrific, but it's a start and one has to begin somewhere. I try to begin at the beginning. lol
 And b/c these are all BLUE, it fits right in with the  Rainbow Scrap Challenge for February... nice how that worked out. lol.

That's all for today. I have some housework calling my name so guess I will finish that up before I leave to meet DD for lunch. We are going to the Soup Plantation Express near where she works in Carlsbad -- they create the yummiest salads! 

Then it will be back home -- I am anxious to begin a project I read about on Connie's blog [Quilting By The River]. Speaking of Connie's blog, be sure to pop on over there on Tuesdays -- she throws a Linky Party!  There is a button on my sidebar that will take you to the post. Fun!

Quilty Hugs,

10 comments:

DeAnna S. said...

Nice Pics. Love the PHs. I visited Pat and found out about Flimsey Fridays. Thanks. I have many Flimsies that need a day.

Connie said...

What sweet potholders and your crocheted granny square/pot holder is beautiful! What a wonderful quilt and I am like you, I don't hand stitch my binding anymore, I would never get as much done. Thanks for the link Cyn, can't wait to see what you make next!

Rosa Robichaud said...

Finish your binding with a decorative, floral stitch....

Works for me! *grin*

Rosa
P.S. LOVE the pics and finished projects!!!

Rosa Robichaud said...

Finish your binding with a decorative, floral stitch....

Works for me! *grin*

Rosa
P.S. LOVE the pics and finished projects!!!

Elly D said...

Dear Cyn, your binding looks pretty neat to me :) Seriously, I've not master this method yet at all. Always make a mess of the mitred corners when doing it by machine.
You've been fair cracking on with loads of projects! Love your D4P PH! So pretty in blues.
Love and hugs
Ellyx

dakotaessence said...

Hi Cyn, For a great looking machine sewn binding, check this one out:
http://tlcstitches.blogspot.com/2010/07/faux-piped-binding-tutorial.html
I too am trying to work on the unfinished stuff. Sigh, it's very hard for me not to get distracted...
~Jillian in North Dakota

Pat from Florida said...

Love the D4P potholder. I'm working on blue and white D4Ps today for a swap. I love hand stitching so that's how I do my binding. I think I tried by machine once and it was a disaster. The only time I do that is if I'm using the backing to fold over to the front for binding. There's a tut for that on my blog and I do get nice mitered corners with it.

Rhonda G said...

The greens DID work well in your quilt. How fun. And I love your potholders. : )

Rhonda G said...

The greens DID work well in your quilt. How fun. And I love your potholders. : )

Scrappy quilter said...

Love how it all worked out together.