December 28, 2011

My Big Fat (Quarters) Christmas

Last week I told you about the cockatoo "Santa" print. Well, you just KNEW that I didn't get out of Spotlight with only one Christmas-print project, and you were right.

I might have been able to resist - except for the way this one was packaged. Have a look: just 5 fat quarters neatly tied with a ribbon. I have to admit that I was totally aware the whole time that the ribbon is what did me in. It just looked so CUTE sitting there in the display basket. Lordy, but I'm a sucker for good packaging...

Untying the bundle, here's what I got:

Green background with toys:

Blue background with Christmas ball ornaments:

Cream background with small ornaments:

Red background with Christmas lights:

And red-on-red Christmas ornament silhouettes:

Hm.. as you can see, the 2 red background fabrics pretty much clash - so the design will have to keep them separated.

And I'm thinking "table runner".

December 21, 2011

Cockatoo Christmas Print

Who could possibly resist?
Certainly not

I knew I shouldn't have gone to the fabric department at Spotlight when I was there the other day - but I went anyway. They'd advertised Christmas prints were half-off, and so I went to see what there was.

Check this out: Cockatoo Santas! Yup. I couldn't resist. Didn't even try.

They are "fat quarters". I bought 3 of the red, two of the cream/white, and four of the green cockatoo print. What will I do with them? Uh... don't know. I was thinking "Christmas placemats" when I bought the fabric, but hm... no. If I made placemats, you just KNOW there'd be a glass of red wine dumped on that fresh green bird-print calico. I think I'll make a small "throw" instead - there's enough here to do that.

The cuts are all washed and drying on the banister in the upstairs hallway. I admit to being a teeny bit nervous about whether the red fabric would bleed - but it's fine.

Jingle Jingle Jingle!

A very Merry Christmas to YOU!

December 14, 2011

The Siren Call of Pre-Christmas Calico Sales

Oh, dear...

I'm meeting a friend for coffee this morning at a spot right next to Spotlight - a large store that carries linens, housewares, and fabric. I've got a 20% off coupon in my pocket and I KNOW they've got a special on fat quarters (including Christmas prints) running right now.

How much willpower do I have? I'm wanting to make some Christmas placemats. Can I resist the gravitational pull generated by a fat-quarter sale?

My credit card is twitching already...

December 7, 2011

Quilt 7: Deja Vu All Over Again

Quilt 7 - the baby quilt using koala print - has been in my UFO closet for months! The sandwiching was done so long ago I don't even quite recall how long it's been (hmm... maybe a year?)

Anway... here's a closeup of the print:

And here's the quilt top finished:

I'm heading to quilting guru Pauline's today to visit and quilt, and need a smallish project to take with me. This one will do nicely. It's good to always have a project that is easily portable for days like this.

So quilt 7 is out of the closet and ready to go!