Thursday, February 5, 2009

Do You Like it?

I decided to stay home from work today and rest. I did get to sleep in but, I have to admit that I got up to sew a little bit too (just a bitty bit). I needed to work on my quilt for the quilt retreat I'm teaching at in a few weeks and also a few other neglected things, like laundry and dishes. I thought I might take a few pictures and blog a bit too!

I took pictures of one of my favorite red and white quilts that I made for Valentine's Day and wouldn't you know it but one of the pictures just screamed out blog header!!! I've been looking for a new blog header since I changed my background. I just knew it would make a pretty backdrop for my blog header so I opened up Photoshop Elements and played around with it. I hope you like it as much as I do. I just love red, white, and black. In fact, those three colors leak over to my wardrobe as well!!! I like lots of other colors too but, they're my favorite!!!

Here's some of the other pictures I took of my quilt. The original quilt was called Ohio Star and was done in yellow and white. It's made up of hourglass blocks, a small square and a larger square. Really cute and pretty simple to make.

I love this quilt in red and white.

The pattern can be found in this book called "101 Fabulous Rotary Cut Quilts" by Judy Hopkins and Nancy J. Martin printed by "That Patchwork Place" I need to make more quilts from this great book.

Here's a picture of the quilt in yellow and white.

I added a red outer border to my quilt.





I thought I would throw in a few more of my favorite tools. This is my favorite custom fit thimble by Roxanne and you can go to their website by clicking here. The thimble has a nice fit and feel to it and it's a great thimble choice for those of you with nails.

Here's a little information from the website:
The RoxanneTM Thimble is available in sixteen sizes (2.5 thru 10) assures each quilter of a uniquely personal and snug fit. Ring sizers are available if you are unable to have us personally fit you or if you don't have access to a jewelry store. They are $3.75 per set. Please read our Fitting instructions before ordering. Roxanne's Thimbles come in three models:
  • Gold or Silver Plated bronze
  • Polished Bronze - good for quilters with metal allergies
  • Solid Sterling Silver - our heirloom model

These are my favorite reading glasses that I use when I need to see my applique stitches. Old eyes can be a problem when it comes to handwork. I wear multi-focal toric lenses.

This is another scrapbooking carry-all that I've converted to my sewing and applique needs. It's sturdy and easy to carry around.

It has two heavy duty plastic trays that you can take out and set on your lap or nearby. You can also store your patterns in between the bottom of the tray and the black canvas.

It stores everything you would need to have with you when you head off to your quilt classes. I love this handy dandy box.

33 comments:

Lisa Boyer said...

The new header is GORGEOUS, and so is the pretty red and white quilt. Red is my favorite color, too!

Thanks for the peek at the tools, too. It's always fun to covet other quilter's stuff...

Barb said...

I love the quilt...it is awesome...also you are so organized...

mau said...

you like me...I love red and black. love it.

Christine said...

I love your red and white quilt and it makes a great header picture.
Christine

Fiesta said...

Kim I love, love, love your header.
I am so glad that you are feeling so much better but when exactly did you rest my dear??? LOL

Pat said...

Love your header...love your quilts...love your tools...LOVE that you are feeling better!!!

Shari said...

Wow you are so organised! I love love love your quilt! It would be so much fun to be at a retreat with you!

Hope you get well soon!

Cheers!

karenfae said...

I hadn't thought to look at the scrapbooking supplies to find storage carry bags for my quilt items. I will have to look. I love your red/white quilt.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Material Mary said...

Love the blog makeover. Love the quilt, it is stunning. Good job!!

Mary

Suzie said...

Your new header looks great! And your red/white quilt is amazing, you did such a wonderful job! Thanks for showing your favorite tools and the idea about the carry-all, it is so practical! Hope you get well soon!

Kristin said...

Love it! There is just something so pleasing about the crisp combination of red and white. Of course that goes for black, red and white too.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your new header is glorious! Great job and great colors. And most importantly, your quilt is awesome, so much more lovely than the yellow and white in the quilt book.

Simply This and That said...

Seriously you need to put my name on that quilt in your will. K? LOL ooxx`jodi

Stephanie said...

i'm sure your tools are great . . . but, all i could look at was that glorious quilt in the background. there is no better color combination in the history of the world than red and white. {you should see the truckload of stuff - in those exact colors - that i just put away from christmas!} seriously, that quilt is fabulous. love it!

Comfort Cove Designs said...

I have that same Rotary Cut book and I have to agree with you ..... It's FABULOUS!

Love your red quilt too!! Very pretty!

Quiltingly Yours
Andrea

Yarn Devil said...

Love the quilt!

Lisa @ Life with 4! said...

i definitely like your red & white version better than the original yellow. very nice.

Patchwork Penguin said...

I love RED!!!!! I think the quilt turned out lovely. And I love my Roxanne thimble!!! I even had to trade in my original as my finger had shrunk from quilting so much.

Hugs,

Nancy

Amanda said...

I love your quilt. The Ohio Star is the logo for my quilt guild and I live along the Ohio River. I, too, love red, white, and black.

It looks like, even though you weren't feeling well, you spent a fun day showing us your tools. It is fun to see how other people organize their "stuff".

Thanks for sharing. I hope you feel better, soon!

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, I DO like it -- VERY cute new header. I love the quilt too -- very, very pretty!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Love the red and white quilts...ooh I think one of those should be in my future!

Love Roxanne thimbles...I have one. It was the best investment I made.

another amy said...

I love the new blog header and the quilt!

belinda said...

YES.........I LIKE IT!

Flutterby Angel said...

love your red and white quilt! I am working on a cot quilt in red and white at present for my first grandchild. It is shaping up very nicely. I am just finishing off the stitcheries and waiting to find out his name before I finish it off!

Nancy said...

I like your red and white quilt very much.

Trisha said...

Your blog looks so cute! I have that book too but have never made anything from it. I really like your version in the red, very cute! But then again red is my favorite color so I might be a little partial.

lindanuts said...

love-love-loe it! it is so cheerful. you have quite the talent..

Nedra said...

You have the best organizational ideas! Makes me want to get into my sewing closet and clean up. Love the Valentine quilt and new header.

Liz said...

I love that quilt - the header too!

Susan In Texas said...

I love your Ohio Star. It's really pretty. I ordered a Roxanne's thimble a while back. I followed their fit instructions to the absolute letter and it is sooo tight it makes my finger ache. It deforms my finger to its own shape. I admit, I can quilt better with it than with any other thimble, but ouch! Was your thimble tighter than you thought it would be too?


Susan
http://www.susanintexas.blogspot.com

Cindy said...

Have I told you lately how much I enjoy stopping by your blog regularly? It's always so inspirational and informative. How I ever found you, I have no recollection but I'm sure glad I was directed your way. I DO have this book, oh my - I've had it for quite some time. Maybe I should bring it out again.

Yeap, the red/white darling quilt is definitely a "blog-header". You never cease to amaze me lady!!

Continually humbled....

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Glad you are better. You are so organized. Love the new header and the quilt. Red and white is so defining together. It just says something so of course it makes a fabulous header. So are you teaching at Ruby's too?

peggy said...

LOVE the quilt, but then I'm quite partial to RED!!! I even like it in yellow in the book!!!
Peggy in NJ