Friday, April 30, 2010

Sew & Tell Friday: The Usual and a Picnic Quilt

This is my 5th post this week.  Can you tell my husband has been out-of-town until today?!  Of course I made a quick pumpkin seed table topper with some leftover fabric last Saturday...

I've never done anything in turquoise, but I really liked this.
I even did a tablescape using my own wedding china and this little quilt, but it didn't look right.  I needed something less busy in the background - my china is serious.  That is a teacup from Grandma's boxes - same box as the black teacups.  I have to admit I like the blue ones better.

I've had that backing fabric for over a year.  Using scraps means not a perfect match, but I think it still turned out very sweet.  And it's for sale!  (Mother's Day, dude!  Wink, wink.)

About ten years ago I was working in Orem and going to school (Weber State's satellite program at UVU) and going through infertility doctor appointments that were very discouraging.  One day Brian showed up at my work to take me to lunch.  On my seat of the car were some flowers and tickets to Sundance's summer musical.  Every year after that we'd go to the outdoor musical and it was always wonderful.  Then they stopped doing it for about five years.  Sundance started it up again last year (we missed it!) and this year they're doing "Big River".  We'll be there and I made this denim-backed picnic blanket with that date in mind:
This is one of those projects that I wondered if it was stupid or fantastic the whole time I was working on it.  I've decided fantastic.  It's not very big, but I think it will work for a picnic blanket.
I was going to put it on the lawn for a real picnic look, but you can just see the snow on my flowers in the background.  Boooooo.
This is Quiltsmart interfacing (surprise - I'm totally obsessed).  Normally it's supposed to be a basket pattern, but the pattern was $34.95 and the interfacing panels were $3.50.  I decided to make dinner plates with them instead of baskets.
I got this nice, heavy, not stretchy denim from JoAnn's a year ago.  It was $5 a yard and I had a 50% off coupon.  I won that duel.
Real binding, man.  I finished it last night while Bridget slept on the couch.  She was very into helping me and the next thing I knew she was asleep.  Don't mind the machine quilting.  It's a picnic blanket - I had to let it go.
I got that picnic basket from my friends at Cutler's at Five Points as a going away present in 1992.  I still have it!  It's a mess, but still kind of cute.  (Nostalgia, eh Jill?)

Go give your support and love to the ladies who finished something this week for Sew & Tell Friday!

16 comments:

Lesly said...

I just love all your pumpkin seed runners! Last week I was in a LQS in Nashville and I kept picking up and putting down a Quiltsmart kit. I decided not to get it because I couldn't tell how stiff the fusible interfacing made the quilt. I have not been happy with fusibles that I have used before, but I hear there are some that are very soft. What is your experience with the Quiltsmart fusible after washing?

Angie said...

The quilt is perfect. And that story about Brian is very sweet. You'll have a great time at Big River.

Lauren said...

I love the turquoise fabrics. I use those all the time, maybe we should switch fabric stashes for a few weeks :)

allyn said...

circles! i love circles. i thought, from the teaser pictures, that you had made out the date in quilted letters on the quilt. youknow, a big blanket with the date of the show on it. who doesn't need that? i turned out beautifully, as usual.

ktquilts said...

Of course I am still loving the pumpkin seeds!!! Blush is one of my favorites.

Blessings,

KT

Michelle said...

Still loving those pumpkin seed toppers. ;-)

Your picnic quilt is perfect--just the thing for outdoor events. Love the pattern. It's so delightfully scrappy.

Jill said...

Love the fabrics in both of these! And that picnic basket...I so remember that! Cutler's was such a good time.

Leslie said...

i love that turquoise in the pumpkin seed runner.

roseylittlethings said...

WOW! Truly beautiful!

Mary said...

Both projects are fabulous! I really love your pumpkin seeds - I'm going to have to give those a try someday!

Fresh Poppy Sisters said...

wow! beautiful, and I love the quilting too!

Mr and Mrs C said...

I totally LOVE the picnic blanket...I want one!! You know my birthday is just around the corner...he he he. So talented you are!

pinksuedeshoe said...

That picnic blanket is so cute, it's going to be perfect to hang out and watch a musical! (And it wouldn't be spring in UT without snow, right?)

Rene' said...

Your picnic blanket looks fun. I always love your pumpkin seeds, but this is has got to be my favorite! I love turquoise! Thanks for sharing!

Darla said...

I can't believe you can just whip up that runner so quickly, and I absolutely adore the picnic quilt! I just love it so much. The fabrics and basic block are traditional, but the white background and the placement of the circles makes it so cute and a little modern, too. It's adorable. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Sew It UP! said...

You always come up with such wonderful stuff. And you are so quick too! Love the blue tea cup set, by the way.