Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I'm Scratching My Head...

Yes......I'm scratching my head as to what this is going to be. I wanted to use some of the pumpkin/fall fabrics that I have had for a while....and since I love the maverick stars so much I started with that. I guess if I made 2 more squares it could be a table runner, or just put a back and some binding and it could be a large mat for those holiday platters to sit on. Anyway, I wasn't sure of the colors or if I even liked it at first.....but, you is kind of growing on me.

Look what DH made for me yesterday! It has been raining and raining and raining, you know what that means for me. DH can't get into the fields or go much of anywhere BUT HERE. For several months now he has been trying to get me to order this fabulous 500.00 quilting frame. He is thrilled that I've shown an interest in hand quilting, thus the encouragement to purchase a nice frame. I have drug me feet.....I have done research and asked others alot of questions. I just didn't want to spend that kind of money for something I'm still not sure will be an on-going thing with me. So far I am loving the hand quilting, but I have been doing it kinda free hand like Tonya without a hoop or anything. It seems that I can control my stitches better and my stitches don't seem to be as large. The only problem was going to be about the larger quilts. I kept commenting to DH that if I just had something to help the larger quilts stay up off of me I could quilt year round and not have to worry about it being too hot in the summer. So....we came up with this. I had seen these before that others had used and was THRILLED that I had come up with something for DH to do. He was eager to do it and I could do something else besides try to keep him from making messes in the kitchen.

He forgot about how I was going to clamp it down, so he is tending to that this morning. I think it is going to work out just fine for what I need it for. He made it exact to my specs and it's petite and doesn't take up any room. We did not glue it together so I can easily take it apart and put it away or take it with me if I need to. Now all you seasoned professional hand quilters can scoff and make fun, but it's exactly what I needed and it didn't cost but 49.00. Just think of ALL the fabric I can buy now that I saved DH 450.00!!!
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  1. Oh you are a lucky lady...:o)
    Love a handy please tell me what you think of it so far...this might be something my not so handy man can make!! ;o)

  2. I've seen smaller frames like that but nothing that size in the pvc pipe. What a great idea. And if your Mr. Cottage is like my Mr. Hive, then he loves sprinkler pipe! I really hate Home Depot for that reason.

    It looks like it will work great. I don't like hand quilting so I won't copy you. But it is tempting.

  3. I forgot to say I really like the block. It is really a fun mix of fabric.

  4. I have one similiar to that. Someone gave it to me. It is great to use to baste a quilt too.

  5. I love the quilt block.. I'd make it into a trivit for sitting those plates of goodies on.
    I was reading your other blog about whether dust or fading will happen from your fabric being exposed.. I've had problems with dust but so far no fading problems.

  6. Wowser that is one big Frame...and all for $49.00, you win the Wowser Award!!!

    Let us know how it works out! I still just use a Large Hoop, Hugs, cool mom mary

  7. great job by your hubby! They do come in handy sometimes. I do hand quilting but did not do many big projects in the summer because of the heat. I do have a big wooden quilting frame but hate to set it up in the summer because that is when we get a good bit of company. Your idea looks great!

  8. Hi Belinda, love the block, the first thing that came to mind when I saw it was a 'hot pad' for putting those big hot pots and platters on. So bright and cheerful.
    Nice quilt rack! I'm eating crow My DH has been talking about making one of those for months and I kept telling him it wouldn't work. Oooops!
    He did make me another kind of frame for smaller wall quilts. 3X4 foot kind. It's all hard wood, but I don't know how it will work because I've been just too darn busy to try it.
    Let us all know how your frame works and maybe, just maybe I'll be able to save face and beg him for one too. HA!

    Till next time


  9. Handy husbands are great! When I used to hand quilt a long time ago I used an oval hoop in my lap because I can only quilt in one direction. Can't wait to see what you do with your maverick star.

  10. Hia Belinda, I see we use the same accounting method- "as I've saved... I can now spend ... on fabric" LOL

    What a lovely idea and it kept hubby busy. Hmmm there must be more things he can make. :-)

    Yes the block has lovely Autumnal colours. I like your idea of a hot plate mat.

  11. Hey Belinda! I love the new block...the pumpkin fabric is fun. I like your table runner idea.
    My hubby bought me a big quilting frame for Christmas last year and I have yet to use it. It's just so big. He just hung it on the wall (which I'm not too happy about) because it takes up so much floor space. I think I would have been much better off with something like yours. And I love that you can easily cart it from place to place. Have fun spending all that money you saved!

  12. What a brilliant idea!

    The star is lovely. I can see a Halloween star wall hanging, with the stars made out of all sorts of Halloween fabric.