Midnight Stars? « Ann Champion’s Blog

I’ve gotten the top of my quilt along doll quilt from Lori’s quilt along finished, but not quilted.
I changed the color scheme from blue, cheddar, red and shirting white to browns, warm pink, cheddar and cream shirtings.  These colors will go better in the room I’ll use the quilt in, but now the name Midnight Stars doesn’t make any sense?
I wasn’t able to find the name of this block.  I found one that was very similar in Maggie Malone’s Quilt Block Designs book called Eddystone Light., but it’s not exact.
I need a name that suits my quilt better.  I’m open to suggestions, if you have any ideas?
It might be a while until I can this cutie quilted because I have a rush order for a baby quilt that’s to be given at a shower on March 6. 
While I had my scrap bin out and had some time to play I pieced a little log cabin...

A Doll Quilt Along « Ann Champion’s Blog

Lori of Humble Quilts is doing another one of her fun doll quilt alongs!
She’s calling it Midnight Stars and it’s inspired by an actual antique quilt.  Her version has pretty blues in it, but I don’t have much blue in my house so I decided to change the color scheme a bit.  I’m using the cheddar that’s in the original, (I just love that color), but I’m changing the blues to browns, and the reds will be pink in my version.
Lori does a wonderful job of giving the instructions.  She’s giving two different ways of piecing the first portion so that everyone will find a way that’s comfortable for them. I chose to go “old school” and cut triangles.
I’ve gotten the first segment sewn, trimmed, and pressed.  She’s not going to post the instructions too fast, so that people can keep up.
This little bit of sewing was a nice break...

Garage sale goodies…July 27, 2009 « Ann Champion’s Blog

This past weekend we went to the big town wide garage sales/flea market in Stoney Ridge. We go every year and I got some goodies again!
The first item is a square griddle. I’ve been looking for one. The non stick finish on ours was getting bad, even though we never use metal utensils and always hand wash it. They’re so handy to have for making several grilled cheese sandwiches at a time, for French toast, for bacon, well,…you get the idea. I don’t want to have a kitchen without one!
This is a Pampered Chef brand. I had heard of the brand and knew it was good stuff…but had no idea what it should cost? The griddle was in gently used condition..and came from an estate sale. We have a “rule of thumb” with our garage sale goodies. We don’t like to pay any more than 10% of what the item costs new. It is after all..used. I...

table runner « Ann Champion’s Blog

There hasn’t been a lot of sewing or quilting going on around here, but I did try my hand at some wonky piecing.
I cut curved strips of fabrics with my scissors and chopped and sewed and chopped and sewed to create a runner for the kitchen counter.   Doing this kind of piecing went against my years of trying to perfect precision piecing and it was much harder for me than I thought it would be.
My eye kept editing out curves and tried to make me sew straight lines!  LOL  I’m not thrilled with the result, but it will do.  I’ll play with this free style piecing again in the future for sure because it was fun.
I got a new stand mixer to try my hand at making bread and  some other baking recipes.  I’ve never had a mixer before, but those who have them tell me I’ll love it.  The color I ordered was called Pear.  I thought I’d...

Wonky Table Runner « Ann Champion’s Blog

There hasn’t been a lot of sewing or quilting going on around here, but I did try my hand at some wonky piecing.
I cut curved strips of fabrics with my scissors and chopped and sewed and chopped and sewed to create a runner for the kitchen counter.   Doing this kind of piecing went against my years of trying to perfect precision piecing and it was much harder for me than I thought it would be.
My eye kept editing out curves and tried to make me sew straight lines!  LOL  I’m not thrilled with the result, but it will do.  I’ll play with this free style piecing again in the future for sure because it was fun.
I got a new stand mixer to try my hand at making bread and  some other baking recipes.  I’ve never had a mixer before, but those who have them tell me I’ll love it.  The color I ordered was called Pear.  I thought I’d...

piecing with solids « Ann Champion’s Blog

There hasn’t been a lot of sewing or quilting going on around here, but I did try my hand at some wonky piecing.
I cut curved strips of fabrics with my scissors and chopped and sewed and chopped and sewed to create a runner for the kitchen counter.   Doing this kind of piecing went against my years of trying to perfect precision piecing and it was much harder for me than I thought it would be.
My eye kept editing out curves and tried to make me sew straight lines!  LOL  I’m not thrilled with the result, but it will do.  I’ll play with this free style piecing again in the future for sure because it was fun.
I got a new stand mixer to try my hand at making bread and  some other baking recipes.  I’ve never had a mixer before, but those who have them tell me I’ll love it.  The color I ordered was called Pear.  I thought I’d...