Thursday, June 28, 2012

Can't stop designing!

I suppose I should quit rearranging and start sewing but I'm having too much fun!  Here's another option.
Thanks for all your comments!  I'm going to revisit #3 and see if I have enough parts to complete that design.
:) Linda

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Another Chevron Layout

Still playing with layouts!!!  Any comments?  Thanks!  Linda

It's Quilted.....Picnic Cloth

A final view of my cute little "Picnic at Grandma's House" clever honey quilted hot dogs, ketchup bottles, and mustard containers, and then he put in some hungry red ants crawling around:

It's bound, washed, and ready for the veranda the next time we have supper out there.  I'll get my picture up on the Flickr link (as soon as I remember my password)...

So enjoyable seeing other's creativity here.  Have a great day!  Kathy

Monday, June 25, 2012

I've got a start!

I went to a quilting retreat over the weekend and started sewing!  My swap partner, Patti from Canada, sent me some fun fabric to work with.  I'm working with my design wall to decide on the layout.  I'd love to hear your comments or suggestions!   Thanks!  Linda




The second quilt!

I have now finished the top of my second "uglyfabrics" quilt. I´m very pleased with it. The fabrics is from Diane in England. I added several fabrics from my stash and now there is only fabric left for the binding. I also sew a sewing machine cover and used all the small triangles that was left over from the quilt.
Gun, Sweden

Sunday, June 24, 2012


It's summer... school's out... I don't get to sew much during this time.  I LOVE the uglies that Terrie sent me.  I'm so lucky!!!

I paired them with this (the light color on the right was fabric that I won in a fugly giveaway).

Here's what I got done so far on my "ugly" quilt. I will definitely have to rename it. This is about a third or so of it... It is also sideways in the pic. I am falling in love with more and more as I go. It's Cafe Mocha pattern by Amanda Murphy. You can find the pattern here. This quilt is definitely worth the time I am putting in to it!   Once I get done with my monthly swap obligations I only have time left for about a row or two per week.  But slowly this quilt will come together.  I'm so proud of it right now!

Friday, June 22, 2012


Hey everyone!! I have to say, I am super impressed with all of the sewing going on with all of these "ugly" fabrics.

I feel terrible that I have not posted one set of uglies I received yet....the first set of fabrics are on my design wall and have yet to be sewn together. I HAVE got to start working on that!! I do have the outer border blocks for this quilt done, I just have not sewn the body together as of yet. LOTS of small pieces that have to be joined and I have been putting it off!! I have had so much to do!

I will post a picture of the second set of "uglies" that Gun, from Sweden sent to me soon. I am ready to start planning for those sets of fabrics too!!

Thanks for keeping all of these post going, I have enjoyed looking and reading.....I am amazed at all the creativity out there and am in awe of the greatness!! Have a great weekend!! Suzanne

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Checking In

I've started on project number two using my 'uglies' cause after project one I had uglies leftover. This is a 16-inch Churn Dash block! One of my favorite blocks of all time. I love the simple look and ease of construction. I've never made such a large Churn Dash block before! And you haven't missed my first project, I am waiting until it is quilted to show it.
More at my blog.

My completed Quilt from the Ugly Fabric Swap

Well today I finished the binding on the quilt from the Ugly Fabric Swap (except I need to add my label).

So this is the fabric I received from Doreen in Canada.   It took me a while to decide what to do. I added the yellow for the background and a little bit of green.

This is the front of the quilt. I'm still a novice with FMQ so don't look too close!

This is the back of the quilt.  Believe it or not, I had no fabric left over.  Amazing!

It turned out so very nice.  Thank you Doreen.  It makes a nice lap throw.  I love the flowers.  Now I'm on to work on other projects that are in the works.  Happy Quilting everyone.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


... its the fabric I received from Gun in Sweden xx

NOW I have this...

OH YES!! I have a cushion..

and a quilt..

SO much fun

Diane xx

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Love Your Quilts

For some reason my comments have stopped showing up.  I am really enjoying seeing all of your pictures and posts.  Watching everyone else's progress is a great motivator.

And with a little luck, I may get this blogging figured out before October. lol

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Posting a picture of my finished blocks.  There are 56 of them.  I know that doesn't seem like that many but it seemed that I wouldn't see the end of them.  The hardest part was to double check that no 2 blocks were alike except the few surrounded by the teal.  Now the layout begins and finally sewing some rows together.  This part is fun but I will fiddle around a bit before I am happy (at that time) with it all.  I am hoping to get some rows together this week.  There will be 8 rows.

Betty in Utah

Saturday, June 16, 2012

For better or worse it's DONE!

So I am done.  I like it.  My children love it!  I guess that that is what counts when I am sewing something.  I really struggled deciding what to do with all of the different tones and types of fabrics sent to me for my challenge.  I am pretty boring when it comes to my quilts, I guess.  Red, green, brown and tan are my go to colors.  So this was a fun challenge for me.  I found this quilt on Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  I love the blog and I love the service that is given here. I loved this quilt and I decided to try my own.

 I made little owls with a rough applique on the deer fabric.  There was no returning after this.I made heart blocks, apple blocks, circle blocks, square blocks, you name it or just look at the quilt.  My favorite is my childrens' hand prints at the bottom.  They keep matching their hand prints up on the quilt.  That gives me another idea........  The most difficult was the fish blocks.  I drew the pattern and then sewed it together.  Eventually, I was happy with the results.

So here it is.  I get a sewing vacation.  The machine is in the shop for it's annual clean, so I am glad to have a break and to look at the quilt later..........

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Finished my top!

I finished my top and am pretty pleased with the results.  The striped fabric really helped to pull in the 4 different 'ugly' fabrics, although nothing REALLY makes them go together.  I think I'll put it aside for a few weeks before figuring out what to back it with.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

tumbling jewels finished.

I finished up my quilt last night!  It came together really easily and with straight line quilting was pretty quick! It's not very big, just right for a picnic size, I'll probably use it at the park or in the hammock. 100_3118[1] I used a variegated thread in jewel tones, which was perfect! For the back, I just echoed the front with very large 12" triangles and a nice wine-ish color from my stash. 100_3128[1]
I decided the name of this quilt is "Tumbling Jewels" because of the triangles and the jewel toned fabric. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012


When a big star explodes, I imaging it looks just like the stars on my quilt.

This is my first uglyfabricquilt. It is not quilted yet, just the top. Hope you like it!!!

... one of the requirements for the challenge (no. 8 on the original list) is to post a picture of your completed project on the flickr group ( I just went back and read it!!)

The link is on the post... also a reminder..

Diane xx

LADIES... you know we have a flickr group where we can post pictures as well?

Well WE DO !!

Diane xx

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I love those Snails

Last week I received my fabrics on the same day that my partner received hers.  Pretty quick travel time between Canada and the US.  There were four fabrics of different lengths in my package.  I love those snails.  I find florals a challenge at the best of times, so this package will force me out of my box.
Focusing on the snails, I had no trouble finding fabrics in my stash that will work with it.  I have used the bees , though in the orange colouration, and loved working with them.

I am looking at a design by Judy Martin and am hoping that it will work with these and the other fabrics I have drawn from my stash. 

This is looking like it's going to be lots of fun.

I'll be making posts on my blog  Books and Quilts as I stitch along.

Heather in Ontario, Canada


OH YES! I made my mind up.... went for it... and my top is made!!

Out came the rotary cutter

I made these

they look a bit like bunting!

THEN I trimmed(!)..


I have a quilt top xx

ALL I have to do now is layer, quilt, bind... Back to the coal (needle) face

I used ALL the fabric... just a bit left, I did not have to buy any fabric to go with it... all from my stash!!

Diane xx

A challenge indeed!

My fabrics have finally arrived in Latvia from the US, thanks Mary. Now, I can see just how much of a challenge this project is going to be!

The check and the pink/blue floral stand out in what is otherwise a fairly harmonious palette, so some head scratching will definitely be involved in incorporating those two! Should be fun :)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Starting Fabric

Hello all!

I just got back from vacation, but before I left I received my package of uglies from my swap partner Kristy at In Stitches On The Compound. 

And to tell the truth.......nothing is really speaking to me right now.  Uhhhhh.......I think I will need more time to think about this project!  The fabric is good quality but, wow, there is some chicken fabric......
I rethought my previous idea for using these fabrics, I couldn't seem to find anything that would tie the green of the Thimbleberry with the other fabrics, but with the help of the owner of My Favorite Quilt Shop, I found this lovely striped material that pulls that green in.  This isn't the finished product, but I'm really liking the direction that it is going in now.


... it has taken a while to make my mind up as to WHAT to do with my fabric.

I decided today just WHAT I am going to do....

The cutter came out... 

THIS is what I have left of my fabric

WHAT am I doing... OH you will have to wait and see!!! lol xx

Diane xx

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Intro and a topper

Hello everyone!  I realized I was almost done with my quilt top and had never introduced the fabric I was working with :)  So, top picture is the fabric I received from Gari.  It's ended up that I'm not using the white fabric because it was too thin,which works out fine because she sent me about 3 yards of that dark fabric and so far I've already used 1 1/2 yards of it and almost all of the other floral!  Initially I was thinking some sort of pinwheels or something similar, then thought it might be too busy. 

I've been wanting to try out triangles forever so bought a triangle ruler and started cutting.  Here's what I came up with:
I am going to use the stripey fabric as the binding and use up the rest of the dark fabric on the backing.  I'm thinking straight lines for quilting.  Should make a nice picnic/beach blanket!