Thursday, December 13, 2007

All our trees got flocked today. They are so beautiful and a picture does not do them justice. It is about 15 degrees and has been snowing little teeny tiny flakes.

This is the back of the quilt I am making for my husband. I had planned to put the border right next to the patchwork but I am thinking of ad
ding an inner border and then the strippy border and then the final plain border. I think the strippy border is too busy next to the patchwork.

This is the EQ6 version of the front of the quilt.

Monday, December 10, 2007

This is the progress on Joseph's Coat. I have had a few moments to work on it lately. 6 1/2 circles out of 49. I think I can, I think I can...

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

I finished a quilt. I was so impressed. I marked this top in maybe June with water soluable blue marker and when I soaked/washed the quilt, it all came out! This quilt is about 48x62.

Here is some of the quilting.

Here is our cute little Christmas tree.

And my cute little boy.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

We have started making an Advent Calendar. I got the pattern and idea here

It is just so cute.
And here is an update on my cross stitch project.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

My mom asked for a baby quilt for the daughter of a friend. I made this one up for her. The baby will be a boy. The hardest part of this was finding all the novelty fabric. Not that it was really all that hard. With so much fabric, there are bound to be little prints of things. A lot of the pieces came from nickel swaps anyway, which I guess are just for this purpose. The binding is a fabric that looks like rocks. The backing is the same green with one line of novelty squares.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

I have been making some blocks for a swap. These present blocks are from EQ6, 10 1/2 inches. They are fun to do up, easy machine applique. I have used a lot of decorative stitches. I have 9 of 12 made.

I messed up so bad on this cross stitch, I had to start over. So here is Christmas Sampler #2. I have done so much better this time. The colors are really nice. It will probably take me a long time to finish!
I have been sewing but not doing much finishing. I am making a quilt for my dh, and the top is done, but the back is not. I don't have any pieces of fabric big enough for it, so I decided to piece a back. But since I had to do it, I decided to make the quilt reversible. The quilt is all browns, like a cup of coffee, all different amounts of cream. The quilt will be about queen size with a fat poly batt, tied, to make it more of a comforter.
I have also set up a sewing morning with a friend. So for the last month, we have met on Tuesday morning at her house, and sewed from 9 until 12+. She is making a nine patch with sashing and corner squares. I have been working on all kinds of projects. We have been having a great time.

Monday, November 05, 2007

This is my new little dog, Maggie. She was given to us because her owner died and no one in the family wanted her. She is just so sweet. She is house trained, crate trained, non barker, non chewer, kid lover, calm, playes fetch and is sooooo cute! However, she is a licker and if you don't stop her, she will just continue to lick you until your skin comes off. We just love her.

I was tagged a long time ago and just now have the time to write.

Seven things about myself. Secret things? Weird things? Well known things? Well, anyway, here goes.

1. I am a pastor's wife. He is the pastor of Nenana Community Church.

2. I have more fabric than I have room for. But I love every piece of it.

3. I love to do the puzzles in the newspaper. The word jumble, the cryptogram, the crossword, the sudoku.

4. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

5. I HATE to do dishes.

6. I am a snail mail fanatic. I just love it. Sometimes I check my post office box twice a day.

7. I like cheddar cheese and mayonnaise on graham crackers.

Monday, October 15, 2007

A couple years ago I was in a batik friendship star swap. There were no rules on colors or combinations. I decided to pull them out the other day and made this top. It is 60x72. There is a small green sticky outy border like piece of fabric and then the outer pink/purple batik. I had a discussion once with a friend if there was a way to attach the sticky outy thingy to the quilt top and have it fold out toward the border. Because if it is used with blocks like this when it folds in toward the top, parts of the blocks would be cut off. Anyway, we came up with the only way to do it was to sew it to the border and then miter the corners. I like the effect of the green here, it stops the pattern from running into the border.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I would like to make a crazy quilt. Is there a place to buy all the embellishments without having to buy ten yards of ribbon?

Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks

Friday, October 05, 2007

My newest project! This is called Carnival Blooms from the Quilters Home website a while ago. I don't know if it is still there. I have reduced the size a bit to about 30x30 from 54x54. I have all the pieces appliqued down, and now I will work on thread embellishment, buttons, sequins and beads. Also some background quilting, probably with filament thread, the fabrics are busy.

Some thread pulling in the cross stitch! Aaargh!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Quilting! Sewing! Pressing! I'm in heaven! This here little top is done! It is 60x72. I just love this design. I found it in a book a long time ago and have had it in my head ever since. Below is a close up of four blocks together.

The greatest thing about this top is that all the units were already made from other projects! The four patches from this design I decided I didn't like

and the hst's from a creamy and scrappy swap.

And small progress on the cross stitch! I found this ruler at Jo-Ann's. It has a counter for the size Aida cloth. Hopefully this will help. I haven't had to do too much fudging yet!

Monday, September 03, 2007

This is my newest project. It is counted cross stitch. But I have a problem. I can't count! I count 42 little squares on the pattern and then stitch 42 little x's and then recount, and there are 45! aargh! How do you avoid this??! This little picture will be 16x20.

Still working on the lillies. I am clipping the seams, and then will sew the horizontal lines.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Whoo-hoo! I got to do something quilty/crafty today! I am making a quilt from a photo of lillies that my mom took in front of her house. If you can't see the lily in the top half of the quilt, you may have to squint or look at the screen from across the room. All of a sudden it just pops out!

I got to work about five hours on this today and about three hours last night. I am feeling so creative!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

I'm back!

I am so pleased to be able to post again! We moved from Glennallen to Nenana on the 15th of August. I just got my phone hooked up and internet started again. But my internet speed is slower, so we will have to see how it goes. My quilt shows are kind of choppy.

Our church family met us with open arms and a warm dinner! Our U-haul was unloaded quickly, and our beds were set up. We fell into them exhausted! The first service on Sunday went very well, mostly we gave our testimonies and introduced ourselves. There are about six families that regularly attend the church.

We have been walking about the town, meeting everyone we run across. We have enjoyed this and so has the dog! We have found a couple playgrounds, looked at the river, walked on the railroad tracks, and watched a guy go down the street on a skateboard pulled by his dog. It was foggy and cold this morning, but now the sun has burned it off. It has been in the mid 70's since we got here.

Our house is beautiful with a large porch that we have been enjoying immensely. But there are more bugs here so after awhile we get tired of swatting and go back inside. There are four bedrooms (one is my dh's office), one bathroom, a kitchen and an open living/dining room. The inside walls are big wood logs and the house has nice large easy open windows. I haven't put up any quilts yet, but have permission from the landlord.

I have half the bedroom as my quilt space. One wall under the light, next to the window, and half the closet space. All my quilt books are in boxes, I don't have a bookshelf yet. I have a great cutting space, a board across some storage tubs, just the right height. I would really like to make a design wall, but I will have to figure out just how I want it. I have been invited to the local quilt meeting, twice a month, and I can't wait to attend. My landlady invited me!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

TUESDAY is the big moving day. Well, if we can get a uhaul by then. If not then Wednesday or Thursday.


Wednesday, August 08, 2007

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This is a photo of the house the Lord has provided for us in Nenana, Alaska. We will be moving very soon, and we are so excited. We just can't wait to meet new friends and start new activities in our new town.

I rented a uhaul yesterday. Actually, I made the reservation because the place here has no trucks. So with a reservation, they will bring the truck here, and then when I need it, it will be here. I used the date as the 16th but that is changeable.

No quilting going on, I fondle the fabric, and read the magazines. I will have to wait until after the move to get out my machine. I should work on the wheels for the Joseph's Coat pattern. I am hand piecing that one.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I wish I could say something quilty/sewing was going on. But I have been busy packing, so that is where my time has gone. I hope to sew today, some more on those log cabin blocks.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Aaaaaa! I couldn't stand it! Not one minute longer! I had to sew I dug out my travel machine case and hoped there would be enough supplies in there to be able to make something. It was wonderful, I opened it up and there was an iron, a pressing/cutting board, the machine, a rotary cutter, a pair of scissors. The only thing missing was a ruler. But I dug one of those out, and got to work. Except that all the fabric was packed away too! I grabbed the only container I could reach, and it was my collection of Nancy Halvorsen fabrics. Let's see, country charms or something like that. Anyway, Score! They all match and look great! So I made these scrappy logs, the blocks will finish 12 inches. I will make two more, then I will have twelve, three across and four down, or maybe make a bunch more, these are kind of fun!

I also located the website of the quilt guild I am going to belong to when I move. Cabin Fever Quilters Guild in Fairbanks, Alaska. I am so excited! In September, Eileen Sullivan, is going to be there. I will just have to go to that. She is a pattern designer for foundation patterns, beautiful flowers. I did one awhile back, Hollyhocks, (can't find the photo right now) and everyone who sees it just goes bonkers over it. The patterns are preprinted on freezer paper I think. It was easy to do, and turned out marvelous!

Friday, July 20, 2007

I joined this cute Pay it Forward gifty giveaway.

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don't know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week... LOL... but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

You just never know what you're gonna get!

Have you ever wondered what a Giant Dahlia really looks like? I found this one at the zoo, and it is as big as a dinner plate! No wonder this got made in to a quilt pattern. It was really beautiful.

And in the gift shop I saw these little felt creatures. They were very well made and embellished with beads and sequins. I should have bought one.

I don't think I have ever shown a photo of this wallhanging before. This was one of my very first projects. I found a block, called weathervane, and made it an 18 inch block. When I went to the quilt store I found that beautiful blue fabric, a mosaic blue background with very colorful butterflies. I matched some fabric to it, and when I took it to the counter, the sales lady told me the dark green would never work. I love this little wallhanging, and I think the green is perfect. I was starting out free motion quilting and I quilted this with smokey nylon thread. That was back when it was like fishing line. I compared it to sewing with a horse tail hair.

We are packing up our house, and moving by the end of August to another small Alaska town, Nenana. We are so excited. My husband will be the pastor of a small church. This is all my quilting stuff packed up, except for the milk cartons in the front. Those are hubby's books. But I may have to go dig some out because I am having fabric cutting withdrawal!!!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

I am having problems with this thread. It says Top Quality Sulky Metallic, Metallic Foil/polyester core. I think my mom bought it at JoAnn's.

I love to use sparkly metallic threads and usually have no problems with them. I mostly use an 80/12 topstitch needle and loosen the top tension. I have a few needles for metallic threads but this problem has not been solved by using them. If you look at the close up photo of just the thread you can see that the metallic part is wrapped around the poly core. When I quilt with this thread the metallic stretches and the poly core is visible (it is white). The thread does not shread or break. I have tried slowing down, speeding up, smaller stitches, and bigger stitches. I am using Gutterman poly in the bobbin, which I love, and have had no problems with at any other time. I took this thread out and put in Sulky Holoshimmer.
This is a flat thread like a little streamer. I know many people have problems with it, but it worked beautifully so I finished the shiny part of my project with it. So, it is not that I don't have an alternative, but I just want to know how to use the Sulky Metallic.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

This is the cute little quilt I made for my mom for her birthday. Her grandma made a similar quilt back in the 30's but it was destroyed. So this was just a little reminder of her grandma.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Shopping and Projects

Have you ever heard of Sweet Treats? The Pincushion Boutique has this great fabric club program. I have been so pleased with all the fabric they have sent. It is such a great present to get in the mail, a surprise wrapped so beautifully.

I was looking for something to do yesterday and took a bunch of fq's out of my scrap box (ones I didn't particularly like) and cut them up into strips. I counted 14 yards of fabric I stripped. Wow! And it seemed like such a little pile to begin with! I cut strips 3 1/2", 3", 2 1/2", 2" and smaller bits. I sure added to my strip bins.

And I finished a UFO quilt top. I started this one in January. I got six rows finished and all the other strip pieces made but then stopped. Each block is 6 inches so the quilt is 48x60. I don't think I will border it. I really like the darker blue swirly fabric. I am trying to decide how to quilt it. I have the back pieced and the batting cut out. I always prefer cotton, I like the puckers after washing.

This pattern called Joseph's Coat in the book I got the templates from is my newest hand piecing project. The circles are 11" across. I have three done and the pattern calls for 49! Number four is half done. I plan for this quilt to be my daughter's wedding quilt. But I have time to make it as she is only 8! But I know that when you put things off, then all of a sudden the time is now, and it is too late.

Here is another top that I had done but not finished. I had to replace one of the squares in the middle as I found out that the dye ran. (How did I find that out? ) I kept putting it off, and it took what ? five minutes ? Anyway, I got it quilted, but haven't put the binding on yet. I do have the binding cut and pressed!

I found these cute bag handles at JoAnn's for 97 cents. So of course, I had to find a pattern to go with them. I didn't buy more fabric though! Well, for this project.

I bought these pencils to try. Does anyone have an opinion?