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 http://www.quilterscache.com/.