Monday, March 10, 2008

Only a little bit of quilting and a whole lot of playing outside has been going on around here for the last few days. We are having an unseasonably warm spell that has been quite delightful. There just was no keeping us indoors this weekend. A lot of digging, a little planting and some varmint deterrent work . . . those squirrels really get on my nerve.
I wanted to share a photo of my iron. Dot had put out a request last week that we share our make and model of iron along with likes and dislikes.
I don't know the exact model of this Rowenta, but it's the one they sell at Costco. I believe this is my third one. The first stopped heating and the second developed a nasty leak in the water tank (a large contributer to the condition of my ironing board cover). Thanks to Costco's liberal return policy, I've been able to box them up and bring home a shiny new one whenever trouble ensues. (I do keep the box and receipt handy.) I always keep water in the tank, even when I don't want steam. I like the extra weight it gives to press out those nasty cotton wrinkles. I have gotten used to the auto shut off. This particular iron seems to reheat more quickly than others.
I found this happy bundle on my front porch last week. It's an entire roll of Quilter's Dream cotton batting. It is my favorite and I love the luxury of having a whole roll at hand whenever I have a batting need. I purchase it on-line at Quilternatives. I think this is my third order from Terri. This last order had a shipping glitch (not from her end) and she stayed right on top of it for me . . . we had quite an email trail going for a week or so.
The little bit of quilting resulted in this little project that came from that scrap basket. The plates are only glue basted right now. I found a delicious rusty orange that I plan to use for the center. There will be a little sashing made from the scraps of the Tail Of Two Kitties blocks.
It's going to be fun to see just how many quilts are going to come from that basket. I have to laugh at myself a little bit - I remember a time when I feared I would never have enough leftovers to make a scrap quilt . . . ahh the naivete of a new quilter.

33 comments:

Linda said...

I love having a roll of batting on hand, just used up what I had. Thanks for the link. How wonderful to be able to spend time outdoors. We've had lovely sunshine today, bliss.

May Britt said...

I guess you can make a lot of quilts out of the basket :) And these dresden plates are lovely. I love dresden plate.

Beth said...

I love your Dresden plate quilt! I am excited to see how many quilts you get out of that scrap basket too!

Kathie said...

oh I love this quilt your making now.
Are you using a pattern? If so can you share which pattern please. What I love is the number of blades in this one. What is the size of your block?
Amazing we can make quilts from our scrap baskets now I agree I never thought I would either.
I have the same iron and I love it.
Kathie

Marilyn R said...

Love the dresden plates! I always think more scrappier the better.

cherylgauteng said...

I have sat glued to my computer for over an hour now on your blog - admiring your quilts (gorgeous) and reading your blog. It is fascinating. Sad, humorous and touching all at the same time. Thank you so much for all of it and taking the time to share it with me. I really enjoyed it all!

Stina said...

Wow...I´m really impressed of what you are doing...That scrapbasket sure was something!!
You make me happy with your lovely quilts...:O)

kjquilts said...

Libby, I love your welcome sign! Did you paint that yourself?

Had to laugh a little at the Fragile sign on your batting!

I'll bet there are many quilts to come from that scrap basket, and knowing you, they will all be wonderful!

Knot Garden said...

I was amazed when I saw your Dresden plates because I have just been thinking about a Dresden plate quilt but in paler colours. Yours look sensational. It was worth saving those scraps.
I like Quilter's Dream too, what a nice arrival on your doorstep.

Beth said...

Your Dresden plate blocks are great. I am going to put all my scraps together someday and see what I have. It will be an overwhelming task.

Screen Door said...

I'm using quilter's dream for the first time right now. I love the smoothness of it. I need to take the plunge for an entire roll-- just having trouble committing. It's so frustrating when you need batting and don't have it. I love the dresden plates. Belongs over a rocking chair *S*.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I always enjoy stopping by your blog, but today was even better than usual-- I'd been looking for a resource for a ROLL of Quilter's Dream Blend... voila! Thanks, Libby, you've pointed me in the right direction.... ;)

Dawn said...

oooo - love your blocks! Hmmm, I know just what you need from the chicago show this year... I may have to scout that out for you..... And boy would I love a roll of quilters dream batting! that is my favorite batting too. I'll have to check that site out!

Catherine said...

The Dresden Plate blocks are wonderful! The scrap basket looks like great fun.

Judy said...

Love the Dresden plates. I love the points since they make their own edging and you don't have to sew them under...plus they look so pretty!

Yes, share how you make your Dresdens. I have that big June Tailor cutter thingy I usually use, but I don't think you get 18. I think it made 12 rounds.

Darlene said...

I find it absolutely amazing how many quilts one can make just from scraps. Yours are wonderful, Libby!

A roll of batting is a good thing to have. :-)

lil said...

Libby, your dresden is brilliant, as Kathie said the number of blades are just perfect

and Quilter's dream, haven't trid yet, right now I use cotton batting from the Hobbs Tuscany colection, it is so very soft too

Carin said...

your desdin plates are so beautiful! I bet its nice to have the batting on hand.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Did you glue baste those with Elmers washable glue sticks?

I read once that they were great for just that. Since they are non toxic and washable for those kiddos that decide to eat them.

Anyway the author said she stocked up on those Elmers washable glues sticks when school supplies came out. I got some this year, they were 20 cents each I believe at WalMart during school supply time!
No I haven't tried them LOL...

Rabbit Stitchings said...

OOPS meant to also say I really like your blocks :O)

Lisa Boyer said...

Thanks for the iron review; it's good to know. And your Dresden plates are wonderful...

Wendy said...

How funny to have a fragile sticker on batting. Your scrap basket has been very productive this week even with the gardening going on outside.

Tracey said...

oh, i remember so well how i use to think the same thing: i'll *never* have enough of a stash for scrap quilts. pffffffffffttt ummm...sure! ;o)

yellowfarmhouse said...

I just LOVE those Dresdan plate blocks. Very sweet. That scrap basket has yielded some very wonderful treasures. I have a bag of poly fill about the size of your batting - and once you open the bag it expands to a huge size. I should share a pic of the one open and the one in the garage waiting to be opened.

I've had several Rowenta irons and other than the first one I ever had, the others have given me nothing but problems. I finally went to a cheap Black and Decker and it's been smooth sailing ever since. Go figure, LOL.

Hugs - karen

Guðrún said...

Another great quilt in progress.

Susie said...

Hasn't the weather here been just lovely. It's nice to know it's happening both in the north and south!
I think Costco has one of the most trouble-free return policies of any store I can think of!
xo

Shelina said...

I tagged you on my blog Libby.

Running out of scrap fabrics - I used to fear that as well - not sure I'm completely over it, but looking at the number of scrap boxes I have, I certainly should be.

Lissa Jane said...

libby
I love your blog, and I love your dresdens!
Dresdens are my favourite block.. I think I have made 3 or 4 quilts with dresdens and have just started using dresdens in the new one!

I guess I am addicted!


Lissa
Australia

Finn said...

The plates are just delightful Libby! And what fun..you are creating a 'basket bunch', or some equally or better name for this exercise in scapping *VBS* Hurray for scrap quilts. Hugs, Finn

Lea said...

OMG, I LOVE this dressden plates!
What a nice idea to use all your scraps.(well.... maybe not "ALL" your scraps but.)*S*

Rose said...

I must be doing it wrong. What I mean is that you seem to have very similar fabrics in your scrap basket so that must mean that you create with fabrics that inspire you. I tend to choose fabrics that fit each person's personality that I am making a quilt for. This approach leaves one with an undesirable scrap basket full of all sorts of fabrics that just don't look good together. I wonder if I'm too old to change? Heeee!

Love the Dresden blocks too. A unique pattern!

Jane said...

My favourite memory as I sit in a wall with walls of crates of fabric and now the crates have been up to S.E.X.
(sex enhancement Xperiences) for those who may think I am more odd than usual. ...back to the memory.
I started with a basket, approx 15" x 19" and I filled it with a few fat quarters and thought, what a nice container for my stash.
Oh how the mighty fall. I love the fabric for the Dresdens. I have some Christmas ones that I hoped to finish in time for a bed quilt for this Christmas and a few others from swaps. I thought I had a photo in my blog, but could not find it, so remedied the situation.
http://five-minutes-of-fame.blogspot.com/

But making from scraps is such fun.

look forward to seeing more.

Jane aka Glenice

Fil de vint said...

That most beautiful clothes, you have been very nice.
Mireia.