Wednesday, November 30, 2011

bring on december!

so i hope everyone had a great thanksgiving!  we spent the day at my MIL's, who hosts every year on her farm.  their huge family gets together and the kids run wild, climbing hay bales and making leaf piles, while the grownups play pitch or poker and drink homemade wine.  and the crazy shoppers plan their black friday strategies.  did any of you go out and shop?  i stayed home and went to sleep.  all that yummy food and chasing sawyer around wore me out!

i made stuffed mushrooms, which i made once long ago for my 30th birthday party.  i forgot how delicious those are!  bacon, feta, spinach, onion - what's not to love?  well, the mushroom part, if you ask my mom!  and it's a little time consuming, you cook the mushrooms for close to an hour before stuffing them.  but they can be prepared ahead of time, and warmed up before your party.  mine were cold by the time we got them to lunch, but they were still pretty tasty.

i also finished up the wee woodlands quilt top - finally!  this is my november entry into the craft book challenge.  made it with no time to spare!  the pattern is called "sparkling gemstones" from the book jelly roll quilts by pam & nicky linott.  i think i will send this one out to be quilted.  it's pretty big.  this is the first jelly roll quilt i've made, and i have a few things to note.  first, not all fabric lines are great for a jelly roll.  for example, i fell in love with the alphabet and animals in this line.

but chop it up into 2 1/2" strips, and you end up with goat butts and chunks of letters. i do have yardage of the brown dots, red and teal stripes, and cream alphabet to use for the backing, so no biggie, but definitely something i will think about before i buy another jelly roll!

2nd - check to see if fabrics are duplicated.  this had doubles of each of the stripes, so i had to make sure to include a stripe in almost every block.  i also didn't want to have more than 2 stripes per block, so it took a little thinking while piecing.  something else i didn't notice was that it included black and brown in the prints - i'd normally never put those two together!

now, what color thread would you use to quilt this?  i'm thinking dark brown, but then will it look odd on the multi colored backing?  is it ok to use a different color in the bobbin when quilting?  and if so - then what color would look best on cream, red, and teal?  questions questions!

so as a reward for finishing the top, i allowed myself a little playtime with the jelly roll strips of terrain i won from my friend nikki's blog.  i used a few squares in blocks for do.good stitches, but i saved the rest to try out on this block.  it's from the pattern "ladybugs" in the book  a baker's dozen by that patchwork place.  the pale gray isn't working for me, i think i'll go back with white.

they'll pop so much more against white.  i'm so thankful that we have nowhere to go today, i need a lazy pj & coffee day with some fabric fun! 


Chiska said...

Your woodlands quilt looks great! I don't have any thread ideas for you, but I just had a quilt done where she used a different color in the bobbin and I really like how it turned out--for whatever that's worth.

Jenifer Dick said...

Love the quilt! I'm growing fond of browns - which is strange for me! Maybe I'll even go buy some! Thanks for the inspiration!

Sara said...

Those mushrooms are making my mouth water!!

Love your quilt top Tammie:)

Sharon said...

I'd use brown on the top and cream in the bobbin. If they're the same thread just different colors, it shouldn't be a problem.


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