Monday, July 31, 2006

So, does this look like a sunflower? Maybe I should make the brown center larger and the orange ring smaller. Please comment.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

I just read in a new magazine that there is a new hand quilting movement called "Big Stitch Quilting." Hooray! I'm saved! Now I don't have to worry about how large my stitches are, I can just say, "It's a new thing. They are supposed to be that way!" :) And it sure goes fast! These triangles are about 4 1/2 inches across the bottom. I am quilting 1/4 inch inside the light triangles. I have half the quilt pieced and sandwiched. I figure messing with half will be so much easier than the whole thing.

I cleaned my sewing room today. I stacked the fabric boxes, put the scraps back into the scrap bin, put the thread in the thread box, and cleaned off the ironing board. I even vacuumed the floor! Pins on the floor don't bother me, but DH complains when he tries to reach the bookshelf and gets stuck.

Projects I just have to work on this week:

1. Finish quilt for Mom's friend, must be done by Aug. 11. Needs about two more hours of work.
2. Round robin, needs appliqued, already fused.
3. Put coffee quilt rows together.
4. Make a test block for sunflower quilt.
5. Hand quilt on 1000 Pyramids.
6. Select fabric for Sept. class.
7. Make second set of valances.
8. Christmas ornaments.
9. Whole cloth baby quilt.
10. Friendship stars for swap, need about 50 more.

Friday, July 28, 2006

This is just a little pillow cover I made to go with the valances. The drapes are this same tone of gold.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Warning! Warning! Warning! Warning! Warning!

It has been recently confirmed that quilting gremlins have invaded a sewing studio in Glennallen, Alaska. These small creatures cause fabric to disappear in the midst of a project, seems to not match properly and worst of all, block pieces to be sewn in the wrong way. All of these things will be not be noticed however, until a crucial moment. Beware, lest these monsters converge on your space!!!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

I have been busy sewing this week. However, I am sewing valances, so not much on the quilting front. I am making two valances 210 inches long, two 120 inches long, and one 90 inches long. After this dark green set, then I am making another set with the light green. This is a commissioned project, so I am plugging away at it.

Here is some gorgeous black fabric that I bought at the lqs yesterday. Much better than a solid, so much more interesting, imho. No, I don't have a use in mind yet.

And this is Horsetail Falls, just north of Valdez on the highway. We went to Valdez for dinner Wednesday night (120 miles one way, there is a shortage of good restaurants around here).

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Ok, here are some good photos of my RR. I paper pieced the center, and added the last white border, the blue and green and the last rainbow border. This is about 100 inches square. I am very happy with it. I plan to applique some butterflies and kites to the outer white border to match the inner borders.

I am still sewing on the coffe quilt today, making a few more blocks. Carefully placed to make the stripes in the right places. But these are really not hard to make and I have been sewing some on my Singer 99K, that is just so cute. Once I got the really big lint ball out from under the feed dogs, it worked great.

I made these two bags this week, called Lantern Bags. A very fun easy pattern, bought at a quilt shop. I added timtex to the gusset in order for the bags to stand up.

Monday, July 17, 2006

I was trying to take a photo today of my round robin top, after I put on the final border. Without enough room inside the house, I hung it on the line. What a joke! Everytime I started to take a photo a gust of wind came by. Finally, I gave up.

I am making DH a coffee quilt. All colors of coffee from dark brown to light cream. I sewed half of the blocks last night and then finished the others this morning. To my horror, I sewed all the blocks this morning, BACKWARDS! DH says he likes this pattern (I just used some strips, cut apart, and sewn back together with other pieces in between) but I'm not too sure yet. But at least it will be a one of a kind. :) I have always liked brown, although a dark orange is really calling my name lately.

I really don't have a favorite color. I like them all so my dd asks, "What is your favorite color today?" I really like to work with blues, and yellows add a lot of sparkle, lime green is fun and "in" this year. Maybe that is why I like scrap quilts so much is that they use all the colors. I figure it this way, my world is so full of color and all the colors are right next to each other, all mixing so beautifully, why bother to match all the colors in a quilt? Now, I have made matchy quilts and they are beautiful, but I prefer all the colors together.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

This is a quick tropical quilt. I used 6 inch squares with white sashing. It is quilted with a tropical flower/pineapple design in red thread, top and bobbin. It is a twin/large couch size with polyester batting.

It is very windy here today, my ds says, "the trees are dancing". He came inside last night after having a mudball fight with big sister. He was covered in mud and sand and had the biggest frown. When I asked what was wrong, he just stuck out his lip further. Finally he said that when he asked her to stop she wouldn't and had gotten mud is his mouth, see? He said he wanted a hot shower to wash the mud away. He jumped in the tub, and soon was clean and pink again. What a cutie! He was so sad, I just couldn't take his picture.

The bolts are dwindling at my lqs, shelves are being emptied, the notions wall is close to bare. It is hard to believe she will be closed. What to do? The next closest quilt shop is 120 miles from here. I will miss getting together with quilty friends there for a workshop, or just in passing. When you live in such a small town, every business is so important. Every shop that closes is another service we have to drive to get. During the dark winters, you need a place to go other than where you are, it gets so depressing. Darn it. I'm so sorry to see the shop close its door.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Bad news today. My LQS is going out of business. It is the only quilt shop in 120 any direction. But she is having a great 50% off everything sale. I went by the store yesterday, the first day of the sale, and Lori was SWAMPED. She had a friend that was going to help but her friend was sick. So I stayed and helped. I started with putting bolts away, and then folding cut pieces, putting the yardage in bags. Then when Lori needed a break, I started cutting fabric too. Some ladies got 2 yard cuts of something like 30 bolts. By the end of the day, she had about 100 empty bolts. I stopped by there this morning and it was much more manageable. She is going to stay in business until most everything is gone. Sad, sad, sad.

I did buy some fabric at her sale, all those brown pieces in the background. My DH wants a coffee quilt so I chose coffee colors. And then the mailman brought a swaps package. :) That's all the fat quarters. And the three on the right, I just liked those. And for a friend, I bought 12 yards of a dark green floral and 12 yards of a light green floral to make some valances. She is disabled, so I will do it for her.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

My mom asked me to make a duvet cover for a friend of hers. The friend had some drapes she wanted to use to make the quilt. The drapes were beautiful stripes and floral made of cotton. I had about 15 yards to work with and this is one side, the other will be only the original material.
Although I like the white in the center, it is covering a zebra striped comforter and I thought maybe the black stripes would show thru. I did a little tweaking of the border flowers to fuse to the middle of the white squares. This project is almost finished, it will be about 80x90.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Stars and Bars -- 60 x 76. All from stash. The stars will be raggy once the top is quilted and washed. A little late for the 4th this year, but early for next! :) Started 7/2, top finished 7/6.

Hmmm...I wonder what my next project is going to be.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Yipeeeee! My round robin has come home. I pieced the center in December from a pattern from Bella Online. It is huge, fits the top of my full size bed, so I guess a wallhanging is out of the question, it will have to be a bed quilt. The kites on the first round are 3D, with painted tails, the butterflies are all 30's fabric, and the border print is just gorgeous, with butterflies and birds.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

What a great sewing day!

There were 11 ladies that were sewing and a few stopped by just to say hello and see what we were doing. We don't have a guild but get together at least twice a year, Dec. and June, to quilt all day. There are many ladies at our church who quilt and we do quilty projects together too.

I arrived at 10:30 am and left at 9:30 p.m. I had the fabric picked out for the project, but not cut. (oops, I forgot to include the light in the photo, it is a tan with swirly white on it, the lady who let me have some called it a coffee print.) So I completed the top of this project, with the purple border, from start to finish. With only one trip to the quilt shop to change the border. I was going to use the purple multi print, used in the sashing, but it just didn't look right. So I went and bought the darker purpley batik and it just looked so much better. This top is about 40 x 40.