Friday, September 08, 2006

Bits and pieces

Firstly,thank you to everyone who expressed an interest in seeing my Sister's Choice blocks. I love all the scrap patterns that Bonnie Hunter puts together, and this one is no exception. I'm making a table runner for Martin's Aunt, and I've made 10 blocks. I chose this particular block, because the 2.5" strips container is bulging full. It amazes me that making these 10 blocks has not even made a visual dent in the strips! It's truly amazing how much I should be able to make with my stash! For these blocks, I kept the colours fairly delicate and not quite as scrappy as they could be. I really like them!

Next, we get to the result of my shopping trip yesterday. I had only planned to go to the store to find the navy fabric, but I knew there may be some other temptations there. I had planned as part of the Xmas presents this year to knit a scarf for my MIL and put it inside a quilted bag. So at left, you can see the result of my quick look in the wool dept. The store had a huge bin filled to the brim with run out balls of wool. They were throwing them out for 99c per ball! I was chattering to another lady there as we helped each other find the balls we were looking for, and she told me that last week she had purchased the same yarn for $7.00! The yarn in front I will use to make a scarf for Grandpa's wife, and the one in the back a scarf for my MIL. They are both colours that will suit perfectly!

Lastly, here are my other purchases. At the back are some bright fq's I picked up, I have a hole in my stash where brights are concerned, they were reduced by 30%. The navy fabric is in the middle there, it's not perfect, but I'm happy enough with it.

Our wonderful fellow blogger Kathie was so sweet, and mailed me a copy of the bag pattern she has been using, and the fabric in front is one I will use to make up some bags, and the white tape looking item at the back is some kind of 'bag handles for dummies' stuff. Apparently you can simply press it on the fabric, the perforations are where you fold in the seams, and then you fold it in half and sew! It even has a little bit of belting in it to firm the handles up a bit! So, of course I had to get some (6 metres!) ... Seriously, they've thought of everything!

15 comments:

Susan said...

Oh, I love the blocks! Yes, a little scrappy, a little pre-planned. It is soft and *blue,* one of my favorites! Thank you for sharing them.

The yarn is a fabulous buy - I don't knit, only crochet (and not often these days!), but I found myself envious of the price for this lovely yarn.

The fabrics you bought will be great. I love those colors. If I could buy that kind of "handle tape" I might even make a bag! =)

What a great shopping haul you made. It looks like you are making just about all your Christmas gifts. That's a great thing to do, and you are getting started before Dec. 1, so that's even better. =)

Darcie said...

Oooh! Luscious purchase of yarn, Tazzie!!! You bought enough for all of us, didn't you?!? And the price! Insane.

samantha said...

what an awesome deal on that yarn! Wonderful!!

Hedgehog said...

Glad you found some navy and the other purchases look lots of fun! The Sister's Choice blocks look great, too. I'd like to make one someday.

Fiona said...

Makes me want to head out to the shops now. The sister's choice looks good in low contrast fabrics.

May Britt said...

Love the sister choice blocks you have made. Lovely colours. Have printed this pattern and hope to do it sometimes, but when.....LOL
Too much to sew, to little time.

Clare said...

Love the brights! Glad you managed to nearly match the blue material. Isn't a real pain when you run out and can't find the exact colour.

Oh and that wool is gorgeous!

Clare x

Hanne said...

Your Sister's choice blocks looks good. It will be a lovely table runner.

KCQuilter said...

Wow, what a haul you made on your shopping excursion. Way to go, girl!!! And I LOVE those Sisters Choice blocks--just gorgeous.

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

You knit, too! Sigh - you just continue to keep me in awe of your incredible talent! That yarn is beautiful and what an incredible buy. I used to crochet but I don't knit. I was given a quick mini lesson last summer but alas it sits in the cupboard. :-)

Love those Sisters Choice blocks, too.

Finn said...

Hi Tazzie, love the sister's choice blocks. They do look lovely! And what good finds yesterday. A little enhancing goes a long way sometimes..*VBS*

Really like the yarn you found...and such a good price. Have fun with what you are doing! Hugs, Finn

Sandra said...

Love the fabrics, love the yarn, adore the Sisters Choice blocks - they're very pretty. Pity about not making a dent in your scrap bin - just goes to show we could all make quilts till we're 200 years old just from our stashes LOL.

Doodlebug Gail said...

The Sister's Choice blocks, I like how the middles are all the same with scrappy edges. I also find it amazing at how little of a stash you can use when making a scrap quilt.

How wonderful to get that gorgeous wool for a bargain price! I'd love to know what patterns you use for scarves.

Melzie said...

Blocks look nice, SC are on my list of things to do LOL xoxo melzie

Ruth said...

The yarn looks fabulous, and isn't it great to get a bargain!. I like the SC blocks, they look beautiful.

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