Friday, March 30, 2007
I also have to share something fun with you. I"ve been working on my gifts for the group I go to Paducah with. So last night I was quilting panels of fabric to cut up (I can't tell you what I"m making - they will see!!! Anyway, above is the front of one panel. But look at the surprise I got when I looked at the back - isn't that red on the brown awesome! That was a fun surprise!
And I thought I would also show you my progress on the BOM I"m teach at the LQS. Isn't this turning out cool? My original version hanging up in the shop is in darker colors and repro fabrics and I love it, but I really am liking how this one is turning out as well! Isn't it just fun to play!
Monday, March 26, 2007
And why I"m sure you ask is this a UFO - especially since I still think it is my favorite quilt ever that I've made. I just LOVE it. Well I got all the little 4-patches quilted around and about 1/2 of the 9-patches and decided I just HATED what I was doing to the 9-patches! So it got folded up and put under my table in my sewing area. I just haven't had the heart to rip all that quilting out and start again (well I'm keeping the quilting I did around the 4-patches. I decided it needed something much simpler, more straight lines - but not in the ditch. So one of these days I"ll get to it.
But getting it out reminded me how beautiful it is and how much I LOVE the fabrics. I still to this day LOVE that background fabric I used. I wish I could still buy more of it! I also took a picture of one corner. All 4 corners are different. A flower one to represent the North (and I can't remember what it stood for). A Log Cabin for Lincoln, Clay's Choice for the South and then the Carolina Lily for the South flower.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
A few of you had a hard time finding the mistake (well there were some others too), but the one I caught the other night on the post was the strip of missing blue triangles to make the flying geese where the blocks meet. I circled it in HOT PINK for those of you who still don't see it.
I also ripped out all the setting triangles and squares and made new ones that were bigger so my star points would come out. It looks much better now! Well worth the fabric and time. Plus now I have some room for squaring it up! The funniest mistake I found tonight was one triangle strip that was suppose to be 10 HST's, and when I went to sew 2 blocks together I had 11 in it. And here I wondered why that block layed so funny! So I ripped the extra HST out also!
Jane wondered how I made all those HST's. Well I can make them several ways, but my favorite seems to be using the Triangulations CD, and velum or tracing paper. The velum/tracing paper seems to rip so much easier and nicer than triangles on a roll or Thangles. And I like the rectangleness (my word) of making them instead of strips. If I don't need so many, I just cut out a section for how many I need. It just seems to work for me. Plus - with Triangulations you can make any size HST from something like 1/2" finished to 7" finished size - in 1/8" increments! So when I need a really weird size I can get them! My HST in the medallion block finish to 7/8". Couldn't do that with Triangles on a roll or Thangles. Oh and the velum/tracing paper. Buy the cheaper stuff, not the expensive stuff for using in cards and announcements. I buy the cheap stuff in a pad, and have office max cut off the glued-taped end; so then I have loose sheets that go through the printer. Simple as that!
OK, so I stayed up late to get this block done. So I"m beat. Time to go to bed! Night everyone!
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Here are few pics from my Monday night sewing group. Isn't this small quilt cute! It is made with scraps from a big quilt Julie is making called chocolate covered cherries. So the one made from the scraps she is calling Cherry Pits!
And this is Julie's challenge top so far! She just has to get the borders on.
Last but not least is Barb's mini-mini she made from her scraps of the mini challenge quilt! Isn't it fun to see what she did, compared to my mini-mini 9-patch!
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
And here is a sneak peak at my newest picture. No details just yet - I have to see if I can get this together yet! I had it in EQ5, but it wouldn't do rotary cutting sizes because it is really odd sizes, and I refused to do templates, so I"m winging it!
Friday, March 16, 2007
Not only have I been busy, but my kids are busy with "things" too - it is just one of those weeks! Above is Holly my oldest enjoying her first big road trip during spring break from college. She went with her friend out east and stayed with Grandma and my sister, but took day trips to see the sights. Her friend had never seen the ocean, so even though the water was a bit chilly, they enjoyed their day at the beach!
They also enjoyed a day down at DC and Holly FINALLY got to go to the air and space museum, she was in heaven. We've been to DC several times when I had gone with all 4, but with 4 small kids, we just never made it to the air and space. So finally she made it. Her dream job is to work at NASA. She doesn't want to go into space, she wants to work mission control.
And as I mentioned in my earlier post, Jenna turned 18 this week and I took her and some friends to a Japanese steakhouse. They had a blast. But being girly girls they weren't too sure about catching broccolli in their mouths when the chef tossed it to them - Jenna's went on the floor!
And then poor Emily the baby (who is a freshman in HS so not a baby anymore!) has that nasty 2 week flu. Her fever spiked to 103 the other day so we finally took her to the Dr and yes, no strep, no sinus infection, just that nasty flu. He said she could be sick another week!
So no sewing for this girl this week. Oh and unless you think I forgot child #2 - Adam - he came home for spring break Wednesday. He wasn't about to spend a whole week at home with us. He is at that stage where he hates us all (except for Holly). So I just try to lay as low as I can go with him! He's been in and out of the house, but has not been too sociable!
So that is life in my house this week! Next week - I travel for work, so probably not much then either. I'm hoping I get some good sewing done this weekend!
Sunday, March 11, 2007
I also got my binding ripped off my quilt Darci quilted and got new binding on it! I decided to go with one of my favorite orangy red plaids and put it on. I like it much better.
And I FINALLY got one! I got a post card from Darcie! I can't belive these really go through the mail! It even has the postmark on it! Now is that cool or what! Course this one has her gorgeous quilting on it.
Last but not least my friend who owns a long-arm let me play on it yesterday. So I quilted 2 quilts for charity. The first I followed a pantogram of swirls. Don't look too close! But it sure was fun! And then the second was just a little quilt, maybe 40" x 40" so I did free hand all over it. Yes not show quality, but once again really fun to to play. I don't know how Bonnie or Darcie do it!
Wheh, can you tell I'm just a bit busy! And Tuesday child #3 turns 18. I"ve got a surprise dinner planned for her and 6 friends at a Japanese restaurant where they cook at your table - it is right down her line! So I'll be busy again for a bit this week.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
I told Darcie I would post a beautiful picture of my Sunshine on my Shoulders quilt she quilted once I got the sleeve and binding on this past weekend. And it could have happened. But I struggled with the binding. First I thought I would do a green binding, but when I looked at choices next to the quilt it didnt' seem right. So I tried red/orange, black and tans and none of those seemed right. I didn't want it red/orange because I didn't want to take away from the color in the quilt. I kind of thought of the touch of blue I had in the quilt might be cool, but I didn't have enough blue in my stash for binding (yes I don't buy blue very much - I'm trying to change that!). Black was ok, but darker than I was thinking. So then I found this really dark gold color with black stripes - I thought maybe that would work. I cut it out and sewed it on. Well the more I looked at it this weekend the more I didnt' like it. And it is sewn on! So needless to say I took the above picture, but it isn't the beautiful picture I promised Darcie! I've finally decided to rip off the binding at start back at square one! I think I"ve decided on a orangey red. Exactly what I didn't think I wanted, but I think my gut is telling me I like this orangy red plaid I have with it. So - the next few night's I'll be ripping off the binding and then making new binding! Sorry Darcie - you'll have to wait for that gorgeous picture!
On the playing front I worked on my wool pin cushion top this weekend! It is all ready to sew to the inside bag and backing and fill with sand!!!!
Monday, March 05, 2007
And here is a version of this challenge from my friend Nann. She decided to use homespuns and made the blocks full size - isn't it wonderful! The blocks finish to 13" I think she said - a whole lot bigger than my 3-3/4"!
Friday, March 02, 2007
So then for fun I plopped down the fun cheddar fabric I have.... nope.....
Then thought maybe the really pretty dark red I had in it - yes, I think much better - what do you think?
Wild Turkey Wall Quilt by Country Threads