Monday, August 25, 2008

I decided to make a slide show of my quilts. I gathered all the photos I could together of all the projects I have made and here it is. There are about 150 slides, just to warn ya.

This is a wall hanging I made for my mom, and that brown border fabric was just horrid! I threw all I had left away after finishing this.

This is a drag around quilt for my daughter. The horse fabric piece was much bigger when I bought it, but it was cut so crooked, I only got to use about half of it.

This table runner is my Grandma's. Her birthday is the 1st of July so she has celebrated with red white and blue her whole life. I gave this to her in 2004 maybe.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

This is the finished green and tan double four patch. I just love it.

I finished this one awhile ago but never posted a photo. This was made with a couple of sale charm packs.

And an old photo. I made this back in 2000? maybe. I saw this pattern somewhere with a real easy way to do it, and now can't remember how it was done. I should make a bigger one. My mom has this little doll quilt and uses it as a table runner.

This rose quilt was a gift for my grandma. I made this top and had a purple border on it. She came over for a visit and I showed it to her to see if she would like it. She said "Egads, that border is awful!" Needless to say, I shoved it back in the closet and didn't look at it for awhile. I finally pulled it out and changed the border and had it quilted in a big rose desgin. I gave it to her for her birthday, and she loves it. I told her the story and she didn't remember seeing the quilt before, even with the purple border!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Here is a piece of my tan and green double four patch. I started out with some lighter greens as part of the mix, but they lacked contrast. So I replaced them with some darker ones.

And this is my scrappy around the world thingy. I keep playing with layouts.

I take a lot of photos of flowers. My mom grows these lilies by her front door.

These daisies are just so cheery. I can't help but smile!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Flood Cleanup, SNOW and Quilting

Notice the water line?

We are home again after a week at my mom's house to escape the flooding. When we returned, there was still some water sitting around but it is mostly gone. There is a pump in the ditch across from my house, pumping the last of the water from my neighbor's yard. Everything is stinky and slicky muddy.

We are so fortunate not to have lost everything. But the box of photo albums was on the floor of the shed because it was too heavy to lift on to the shelf. And it got soaked. Bummer. Some of
the pictures are ruined but most just need to dry out I think. Any tips on how to do this? We also lost a bucket of shoes and boots. It would just be too much work to dry and clean them all. Some luggage was soaked and not worth the work to clean it.

And when we were traveling back to Nenana guess what I saw? SNOW on the mountains which we call termination dust.

I was reading thru the stash quilts ring and came across these questions from

1. Why do you quilt?

I love the feel of the fabric, the colors, the textures. I want to create something beautiful and useful. I love the sound of the machine.

2. How long have you been quilting?

Since 1994. I made a quilt for my dear hubby before I knew anything about quilting. I started seriously quilting in 2000.

3. What made you start quilting?

I already knew how to sew clothes, my mom taught me in junior high. I made my hubby a quilt for Christmas. But after my kids were born I really needed something to do that was just me. Not part of being a new mom, or a wife, just something for me. I really like the ladies I met at the quilt guild.

4. What sewing machine do you use mostly for piecing?

I started out with a Wal-Mart Brother and pieced many quilts on it. I bought a Janome 6500 in about 2004 and I love it.

5. What machine do you use mostly for quilting? My Janome.

6. If you could have any sewing machine you want -- money isn't an issue -- just get anything you want . . what would you get?

Definently a long arm. I would like to get a home machine with a stitch regulator.

7. When you buy a sewing machine, how long do you expect you'll keep it?

When I bought the Janome, I figured I would keep it until it wouldn't work anymore.

8. On a scale of 1 - 10, how much do you love your stash? (10 means you LOVE it! 1 means you'd get rid of it all today if you could!)

I guess I have a love/hate relationship with it. Sometimes it seems like such a big pain, but I don't have much storage space so that is mostly the issue. I love having fabric to pull so that when I want to start a project, I can just go get it.

9. Why do you have the stash? How did it come about? Why is it the size that it is?

When I moved to Alaska in 2003, I had one box of fabric. Now I have about 12. I must have bought it at some point, but I can't remember.

10. When we talk about "stashbusting", what are your thoughts? Use every crumb of the stash? Use as much stash as you add? Shop the stash first but don't feel bad if you have to go buy additional fabric for a project? Don't mind buying for a project but not buying just for the purpose of having the fabric . . with no project in mind?

I have been lucky to find some fabric stores going out of business, and have taken advantage of their sales. I bought some fabric because I especially liked it , but also some just for the color. I quilt mostly scrappy so I don't care about color as much as value. There are not many projects I buy fabric for especially for. I am always on the lookout for fabric at yard sales, thrift stores and such. Some people give me fabric. I don't think I will ever use it up. But I love to have it.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

My town has flooded! I have evacuated to my parents house in Anchorage for the time being. Of course, when leaving, I took my sewing machine. You know, grab the important things. So I have been sewing and working on a Double Four Patch quilt, just like the one on Mary's Blog. Even green and tan.