Monday, March 4, 2013

Catching up and Rehab

Wow... it has been a long time since I posted, but I have been doing some sewing.   More sewing than blogging....Time just gets away doesn't it!  I finally caved in and couldn't resist the temptation to join the Scrappy Trip Around the World voyage!   I have seen so many pretty tops out there and I couldn't fight it off any longer.  After a couple weeks of sewing off and on, I have several  (22) blocks made.  A pretty good start.  The hardest part was trying to decide on fabric colors.  I finally decided on using my brighter scraps mainly because I seldom use brights in quilts...(well until the last few years anyway) I've used enough to have a bunch of scraps!  I decided to add a red and white strip in each block for a little consistency. I love how your eye follows the white chain in a wonky way when the top is constructed.  As I was sewing, I would think of other color combinations that would make a great quilt.  I love scrappy, but I love a controlled scrappy much more!  Recently on Pinterest I saw one made with all red fabrics.  It was awesome.  If you haven't started one, go ahead. Just a fun no pressure project.
I've also started another one of Bonnie's quilts, Talkin' Turkey.  I've wanted to make this one from the first time I saw the block.  You can't go wrong with any red and white quilt!  Right?

Still working on my BOMs too!  Here's the latest on from the FQS.  Think this one was the most time consuming one I've done, but worth the effort.  Love how this quilt is coming together.

Head over to the Pink Pincushion and see who else was in Rehab.  It is great to have just a little extra motivation to work on all these BOMs.  Thanks, Sinta!  You're the best!

I've also been working on a lot of nonquilting projects.  I have just as many of these on my to-do list as my quilting projects.  Finished one of these this weekend.   My grandmother's rocker...Here's the before.........

And the after

I have always loved this chair from the first time I rocked in it as a little girl.  If I remember correctly, my grandfather gave this to her, but I don't know the occasion.  I'm hoping my uncle will remember.  I got my love of quilting from her and her mother.  I have lots of pictures of my grandmother, but none of her at the quilting frame.  I don't think anyone took pictures of people quilting in those days.  I treasure all my quilts I have that she made.  Back to the chair!  It was in good shape; just needed a little TLC.  After removing the old fabric, I stripped it and then refinished it.  I wanted to find a fabric close to the original.  I actually found this at Hobby Lobby.  They have a great selection of decorator fabrics.   I was so tempted to go with a more modern many pretty fabrics out there, but I really wanted to stay true to the era.  Several years ago, I saw a similar one in an antique mall and it was called a sewing rocker.  That makes it even more special to me!   Now on to the next project!  After I make a pillow for my rocker.



  1. Well we have a few projects in common! I am also scrappy tripping along and doing Bonnie's Talkin' Turkey..mine is in rainbow per month. It is one of my favorite blocks to date (I am Bonnie's number one fan, lol!). Will enjoy seeing your progress on both!

  2. I am amazed at your trip around the world blocks! You have been so busy in REhab! YOur runner and FQS BOM! Wonderful finishes Debbie! Your rocker is so sweet. What a treasure to have it... and give it a little makeover!
    Happy birthday to you... may you never want as long as you live, and live as long as you want!

  3. I am resisting the scrappy trip along even though I really want to do one.
    Love the refinished chair and the story with it. It is beautiful.