Saturday, December 10, 2005

My local quilt shop was having a sale today, up to 50% off fabric. I went through the store and picked out bolts with about 1 yard left on them, regardless of color and purchased it. So I have some great additions to my stash. I think I bought about 20 yards of material. :) Shhh, some of it is still in the car.

The ladies at my church have made a quilt for a missionary and we are hand quilting it. My kids had a christmas service practice today so I quilted for an hour. But I can't seem to get used to using the thimble, usually I use the inside of my fingernail and have very few problems. Maybe with practice, I can get the hang of it.

Someone mentioned to me that I've used a lot of blue this year. I was kind of offended until I counted them up. A blue and white cowboy quilt (finished), a blue and white star sampler (in the works), a light blue and dark blue half square triangle quilt (finished), and remaking my dh blue quilt (at the quilter). So I didn't buy any blue today, tring to find other colors I like and will use.

I went to a mystery quilt class this last week. We made a star block. My background is yellow, the star is orangish/reddish, and the points green. The border will be a print that looks like christmas lights on the tree. I will post a picture when I get some finished.

I did finish a top today, a turning twenty that I added a border to. And I am working on a BOM block (blue and white!) for the star sampler. And I am working on a 1000 Pyramids, by hand, doing it when I sit with hubby or kids while they watch tv. That has been fun to cut for.

Friday, December 02, 2005

This quilt was made by a male friend of my husbands. It was made in about 1950 and is machine quilted in a one inch grid. It is really ugly, but it is fun to have anyway.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

I just talked to the local long arm quilter and this quilt is done and ready to be picked up. It is for my mom and dad. It is 99x101 and really bright colors. It is quilted with an all over meander in a coffee color. I am so excited to get it back. It is from a Sandy Bonsib pattern, and was started in one of her workshops is Sept. 2004.

This is a quilt I made for myself. It is larger than twin but not quite full size. The stars are about 15 inch blocks, and they are handpieced, just for fun. I quilted it on my home machine, all circles, it looks like raindrops falling on a puddle. The back is pink, my dd picked it out. There is a hole in this quilt that was caused by moving. This quilt was used to wrap furniture and as it jiggled, it wore a whole in the blue triangle, bottom right. I fixed it with a circle applique patch that didn't quite match and wrote "Alaska 2003" on it to remember the trip.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

This is the top I finished today. It is twin size, made for my brother for a guest bed in his new house.

Here is hubby and daughter with the first quilt I ever made. It lasted four years. I understand tho because it was only tied in four places, a quilt 6 feet by 8 feet. I didn't know any better.

I finished this quilt yesterday. It is called Chicklets, a pattern that was on QNN. It is 38x38 inches. I quilted it on my home machine.

Monday, November 07, 2005

I finished this tablerunner for my Grandma for Christmas. It is from Nancy Halvorsen, made from a kit from a quilt shop, but not from N. H. fabric. I machine appliqued it with a blanket stitch.

Catching up on some UFO's, here is 10 of the 11 blocks I currently have from this BOM from Keepsake Quilting. So there is one more block, then sashing and a pieced border.

From another quilter I got this tip that has really been helpful. Instead of cutting the thread off at the end of the pieces you are sewing, sew squares together to make four patches, then cut the thread between the piece you are working on and the four patch. That way you don't have to fight with thread nests at the beginning of the piece and you get little four patches made for a scrap quilt.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Good News and Bad News!

I found a great sale! :) The quilt shop is going out of business! :(

The store was in it's last day of business, and everything was 70% off. WOW! I spent $159, value about $560! I would have spend more but my kids were with me and so I couldn't spend all the time to look.

I got fabrics from michael miller "Moonlit Vines", David Textiles, Simpatico by Maywood, Marcus Brothers, Blank Textiles, Solitaire by Maywood, some batiks, some Christmas. I bought about 20 yards total. I also got a great kit by Moda and lots of notions, seam rippers, buttons, machine needles, and such. Wahoo!

I also realized when checking out that I picked all green, tan and blue fabrics! Except for Christmas.

I finished the table runner for my grandma's Christmas present today. I feel like I accomplished something!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

This is my cutie pie seven year old daughter machine quilting her wall hanging. She has done most of the sewing and fusing on it. She loves to quilt with me. Soon I will turn over my older machine to her.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Here is a photo of my sewing room, in all it's glory. I have half a bedroom, the other half is the computer desk with bookshelves with my husbands textbooks. I have boxes of fabric in the closet and hubby has books on the top shelf. I just purchased the Janome machine, and I love it. And I don't mind being cluttered and a small bit disorganized. :)

Saturday, October 22, 2005

I donated this quilt to the Head Start my son attends as a fund raiser for classroom extras. It is 58x72 and called "Winter Wonderland" from the book Snowshadows by Kathryn Squibb and Deborah Jacobs. It is currently hanging in the local bank because it will be auctioned off at a local craft fair in November.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

I got rather guilty feeling yesterday after listing all those WIP's so I decided to work on some of them today. Here is the finished Salmon wallhanging for my brother. However, I don't know how to put a hanger or something on the back, to keep it on the wall.

I also worked on this jewel box throw size quilt. I have these two sections quilted, but not put together yet. I have another row to add also. This is from a swap with my internet guild.

I also thought of another project to add to my list.

10. Chicklets baby quilt - the top is pieced and it needs to be quilted.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Ok, so I've been thinking about all the projects I have in the works...projects I have actually started and am working on when I feel like doing that thing.
1. Remaking hubby's quilt- I have it cut apart and have fused the blocks to interfacing. I have some of the alternate plain blocks cut out, and I have some blocks sewn back together.
2. Scrap square twin size quilt- I have the rows done and am working on the borders.
3. Jewel Box throw-It is in the process of being machine quilted, quilt-as-you-go, which I have decided I do not like.
4. Blue and White Star Sampler- I am making the blocks, and have decided to do an Irish Chain alternate block in blue and white.
5. Home and Harvest wool wallhanging- I have finished 8 of about 15 blocks.
6. Salmon Wallhanging- I have hardly started but better get to it!
7. BOM from Keepsake Quilting-I am behind two months! :(
8. Grandmothers Choice top- I am just making scrap blocks when I feel like it.
9. Paper pieced baskets - I have the blocks done and have decided on a setting, but haven't started it yet.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

This is the quilt I made for my dear hubby in 1998. The fabric were given to me by his grandmother. As it turns out, they were from dresses she made for my MIL. Anyway, I didn't know that when I made the quilt. I have always been really proud of this quilt and my hubby loves it. He sleeps with it every night, curled up in it like a bug. But after seven years, it started to fall apart. Since then I have learned alot. I was really a novice. So I cut the top up and am going to replace the dark blue (the fabric with the problems). I am saving the card trick blocks and will reuse them. However, I have discovered they are not square, the seams are all wonky, the pressing of the seams was not consistant, and generally I can't figure out how this made it to quilt status. I used black thread for the piecing, and hand quilted it with blue cotton. The problem is with the thread I used to put the blocks together with. Who knows what it was. Anyway, the thread is stronger than the fabric and was tearing the fabric at the seams. Since I didn't really know how to quilt, the quilting designs were much too far apart to keep the quilt together. This is turning into a real challenge. I ironed the blocks to a two inch grid fusible interfacing to help size them right (idea from Dina Pappas, Fast Forward Your Quilting). Except I didn't buy enough !!@ and have three more blocks to do. As for the quilting, I am debating taking it to the local long arm quilter for the stability, or doing it myself, just to continue to say I made that quilt.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

So here is another scrappy top I am working on. This is for my brother's new guest room. I will but on a scrappy border and another black one. I also added another row of blocks so it will be 4 blocks by 5 blocks for the top and then some borders.

I cut up my hubby's worn out quilt today. I am going to remake it with some of the same squares and new background fabric. It was not quilted enough and so only lasted seven years. But he sleeps curled up in it every night and it has been washed many times, so seven years is pretty good in my book. The blocks I am going to keep are made of clothes his mother wore as a little girl.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Wow, I am tired of cleaning houses. I really hate it, why did I ever start this business? I have been busy since Tuesday, all day, every day. This morning I told a lady I would come later, just to have a break for a few hours.

I did get to go to a quilt work session on Wednesday night. I worked on wool applique. I have about five more blocks to do until the wall hanging is finished. It is Home and Harvest from Quiltmaker magazine. I need to get moving on a BOM that I get in the mail, I am two behind.

Monday, October 10, 2005

This is the October Star for a BOM I am doing. The other ladies are using fabric for a calendar theme, but I had already started some blue and white stars so just decided to continue on with that theme. The directions were great from