Monday, March 19, 2012

New Project

Well it's Monday once again.  We had a beautiful weekend here in Ohio.  I even got sun burned on Friday while I was at work.  Seriously, this is some strange weather.  I have no doubts that we will pay for all this sunshine in May when it snows. LOL.

I am off today and hope to get some accomplished.  I'm considering starting a new quilt.  I need to do some math figuring because the backing I want to use is only 1 yard.  I can't get any more because it was a thrift store find.  But what I should really do is finish up the project I'm in the middle of.

I keep seeing all these wonderful needle/pinkeeps that people are making with stitcheries.  So, you all know me I have to figure out how to make one. lol.  I would still like to know how to make one the drum looking ones.  Anyway, this originally was going to be a check book cover because I actually picked up a pattern at the thrift store to make one.  I pulled out the directions tried to figure them out and couldn't.  That could be because I didn't want to take the time to read carefully.  I know I needed elastic which I don't have so I changed my mind to a pinkeep. lol.

First, I got this really awesome FREE pattern (click on the words FREE pattern to get the chart) from Marly at Samplers and Santas.  She stitches the most beautiful samplers!!!  I substituted my own colors though.  Cute isn't it?

Anyway, I then went to my fabric stash to see what I had to blend with the colors.  The one on the right was a fat quarter and the beautiful teal/green was a scrap I got from the thrift store. 

Anyway, this is how far I've gotten.  It will fold in half like a checkbook cover.

And the inside...  I came up with this little pattern.

I am now down to how I want the area to store my needles and pins.  I've been playing with a few ideas.  I'm thinking a pocket so that when I get some of those really awesome small Victorian looking scissors I can slide those in the pocket.  OR a little pocket to store the floss I'm using for that particular stitchery.  OR just an area for storing pins and needles only.  See why it's not done yet ? :-)  lol.  I truly will use this when I take my projects with me.  I also think I'm going to add a little button or tie of some sorts to tie it closed so it won't open and things won't fall out.

I thought I'd show you the fabric I want to use on the back of the new quilt I want to start on. I've had this fabric hanging over my craft table ever since it was built.  I just think it's so cool.  In the picture you can't tell, but it looks like a stitched sampler close up.  Believe it or not the fabric I used in my other project would blend nicely with this backing!  Though obviously I don't have enough of both to do the entire quilt.  So I must look into my stash and see what else I might have. :-) I think I've found a couple, but I'm not real sure yet that the fabric I picked is what I want to blend.  I can see using reproduction civil war fabric patterns, but I don't have much that would blend.  So, back to the drawing board. lol.

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll talk to you soon :-)
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Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Mary~ Looking beautiful~
have a great day~

jennifer768 said...

Mary it is beautiful! I envy you your skill with a needle! Love the quilt backing fabric!Could you perhaps put a border fabric around it to make it larger? Have a great day,Jen

frontporchprims said...

I love the green color with that stitchery. Sooo pretty. Good job. I also think the fabric you chose to back your new quilt is gorgeous. I could stare at it all day. I love folk art. -Steph-

SweetPepperRose said...

Wonderful stitchery and fabric choices. I'm a little burned out on x. s. for now myself but I enjoy looking at yours.

A Primitive Homestead said...

Try for mini scissors. Your pin keep great. That fabric is going to be wonderful as a quilt backing. Blessings!