Monday, October 17, 2011

Bits of my weekend, in reverse

So, this is how my weekend ended.  At approximately ten to midnight on Sunday. 

My mom and I took my son to take some fall pictures a bit north of us and then hit up a quilt shop on our way home.

At the quilt shop my son found this frog plushie that was made up at the shop.  Well, the plushie wasn't for sale, but the pattern was.  So, of course, I bought the pattern.  And somehow promised to make him right away even though all I wanted to do was go home and continue working on my lone star '30's quilt.

Cotton Ginnys Hopsalot is now finished, including a few creative liberties, but that frog really did a number on my sewing room.

Fluff and destruction everywhere.

Early on Sunday I was able to get some fall photos in, even though it's not quite peak colors.  Love the reflection of the sky in the one above.

 Oaks and maples and lots of sky.

But even with all of that picture taking and frog making, this is what I spent the bulk of my weekend on.  I finished sewing the inner lone star and set it too.  This was a picture before I trimmed it to the right size.  Now I just have to make what feels like a thousand blocks of 2 inch squares to make basically a 2 foot border all the way around it.  And I'm thinking of trying my hand at trapunto in the white blocks, as if I haven't already bitten off more than I can chew.  Should be a fun ride.

And, yes, I can see where I stretched the seams (badly) on that star.  I may or may not fix that.  I am a big believer in the idea that quilting and washing a quilt does wonders at hiding lots of flaws like that.  At least I made some headway.  Oh, and I also bought 4 fabrics to piece the back with - I am planning this quilt to be about 108" square, so that means I needed a lot of backing fabric.


Karen said...

Your frog is super cute.
The Autumn colours are beautiful.
And your star quilt is simply amazing!

Melissa said...

The frog is very cute and the quilt is coming along nicely.

Don't you love the color blue in the autumn skies!! :)

Heidi Grohs said...

Washing and drying hide a multitude of sins.

And you are a good mommy to put aside your project. I don't know if I would have the strength!

Abby said...

You just...made a stuffed animal. Saw it in a store, went home and made it. Amazing! This craft-y stuff will never cease to amaze me.

Marjorie said...

Frog is adorable! And the star is progressing nicely. Hurray for progress!

Grammy Goodwill said...

As a former frog collector, let me just say that I love this one. His face is so sweet. And your quilt is gorgeous to me.

Jill said...

Oh my goodness - what detail in that start quilt! I'm amazed and very impressed! I'll have to build up slowly to something like that!

love the froggy too! Great job!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Karima said...

What a cute frog! And your quilt is looking amazing! Your newest gfc follower, Karima

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

He's adorable and I loved you Fall photos! Thank you so much for linking up!

Jenn Erickson said...

Those fall leaves? Sublime! Your star? Exquisite! The plush frog...cuddly, sweet and well done!

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Aaah, there it is, the 30s Lone Star! Looks beautiful, I like the scrapiness. And your plans for the border sound great! Looking forward to seeing how it grows.