Friday, December 10, 2010
OK, I was chugging along on this and was well on my way to having it done by the first of the month when I was hit by a series of nasty migraines. Because the first couple of weeks of December are a very busy time for me at work and I had to be there, I pretty much toughed it out and went to bed every night as soon as I got home. Needless to say, this really cut into my sewing time significantly. I'm feeling so much better this week and finally got the last of the quilting done. After burying tons of thread ends, I got the binding done Tuesday night. Just as I was ready to pack the runner up and get it on its way, I realized that I had forgotten to put a label on it so I'll do that and get it in the mail this weekend.
I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out. The blocks in the center were plain, so I machine-embroidered the letters in them. Quilting was the hardest part mainly because I haven't done all that much in the past so my skills are still a little shaky. I hope that the recipient enjoys it as much as I did making it!
BTW, I'm going to try taking a better picture to post. This one was taken laid on the carpet with me standing on a stool over it and no matter how I tried, the edges always came out looking crooked. They really are straight!
Friday, November 5, 2010
First off is my secret santa which gets top priority since the deadline looms ever closer. After mulling over several possiblities, I've finally selected a runner pattern and have begun pulling fabrics out of my stash. I just love the green and red print and am happy to have a chance to finally use it. I still need a few more fabrics to round it out, a perfect excuse to drive to Harriet's and do a little shopping (heh, like I ever need an excuse to go there!)
Next up is the quilt that I started for my Dad back in June before life got a bit frantic. I'm sort of designing it as I go along and will be putting it together using the Cotton Theory method so that the quilting is done as it's assembled. Along with the log cabin blocks, I will be embroidering blocks with farm animals and buildings. Daddy grew up on a farm and is very much still a farm boy at heart. My uncle has a small farm and Daddy loves to visit there. By the time he leaves, the chickens are so spoiled because he's always giving them whatever a chicken considers a treat. I'm calling this quilt Farm Memories.
I made the same tote when I was at Camp Cotton last year. My version has an embroidered rose stitched with red floss in the bobbin.
Also on my list is to catch up on my American Beauty blocks that I am doing as part of a BOM at Harriet's. I missed a few classes and didn't get some of my blocks completely finished in others. The fabrics for this quilt are just gorgeous and when I first saw the line in the shop, it's not much of an exaggeration to say that my head just about exploded because they are so "me."
Rounding up the lot is the cover for my acrylic portable sewing table for my machine that I take with me to classes. It's another project that I'm creating as I go along and I really want to get it finished because I'm getting tired of shlepping my table around in a pillowcase, LOL.
Here's a close-up of the cute quilter's crest embroidery design that I found and couldn't resist adding to the front of the cover:
Ok, I think that's enough to keep me busy for a while!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
On the fun side of things, Eric and I had a great time visiting Lincoln, Nebraska when we went in May for our niece's wedding. We stayed at Atwood House, a lovely B&B that is very romantic and was the ideal place to celebrate our anniversary which was also that weekend. Naturally, I had to sqeeze in a visit to a local quilt shop and hunted up the Quilted Kitty. Good thing I had some extra room in the suitcase to pack all the goodies that I found there! We also paid a visit to the International Quilt Study Center & Museum on the University of Nebraska campus and Eric surprised me by how much he enjoyed the exhibits that they had there. The wedding itself was beautiful and all in all, it was a terrific weekend.
In early August, my friend and I did the local shop hop, visiting the six participating shops that were spread around the metro area. We had a lot of fun and I managed to spend, spend, spend. Later that month we went to the quilt show in Loveland where the entries for the Hoffman challenge were on display. So many gorgeous things to look at and it's amazing how many different designs that people can come up with using the same fabric. I always find the show to be very inspirational. Then in September, my most favorite event of all took place: Quilt-A-Fair. Booth after booth of fabrics, patterns and notions from shops all around the state and others all under one roof. My pocketbook will never be the same!
Finally, October rolled around and I was more than ready to pack in the yard for another year but so far it has been hanging on because it has remained unseasonably warm. Here is a picture that I took today of my geraniums still blooming away. Last year at this time they had already been buried under snow.
Well, uncooperative weather or not, it's time to get back in my sewing room and create!
Friday, April 30, 2010
Well, only one measly block to show for this month! This Saturday Sampler block didn't go together easily since I had cut some of the flying geese pieces bigger by accident and it took me a long time to figure out what the problem was. Needless to say, my seam ripper saw a lot of action that night! I have three more blocks similar to this one to make but by the time I finished this one, I just wanted a break from doing them.
I've been in the spring cleaning and reorganizing mood lately so I've been spending time doing that rather than sewing.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
It's 1:15 am and I'm packing it in. After spending some time with Eric eating dinner and watching a little TV, I headed back up to work on my lining panels. Nothing major with these, just straight channel quilting which was a breeze after the fronts. I then spent the rest of the night until a few minutes ago getting the handle done for the rose print tote. This particular pattern has you sew a long tube about 120 inches long that you then pull cotton webbing through. While not the quickest thing to do, I normally don't have too many problems with it when using regular cotton fabric because my fasturn tubes make it a snap and the webbing pulls through relatively easily. Not this time, though. This fabric is heavy decorator fabric and was too thick stack all the way on the fasturn tube so I had to turn it the hard way which took forever and then the webbing didn't pull through all that easily. The guide kept pulling off the webbing and I had to pull it out and start all over again. I finally ended up using the tacking stitch on my machine to attach the guide (using the slots on it) to the webbing so it wouldn't come off and it really worked like a charm! I wish I had thought of that from the beginning. I also wrapped some tape around it so that the edges of the webbing tapered down to the guide which was narrower.
OK, I'm off to bed and will be back at it later today and hope to get at least the rose print bag done. I didn't think I'd get either one done Saturday but at least I've got all the time-consuming bits done which really helps. This isn't the quickest bag to make but really is a good one. My friends who've gotten one as a gift really like them and these will be gifts, too.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Panel 2 is finished! I also cross-hatched this one but chose to do a more open 45 degree angle and used my serpentine stitch since the fabric design is so curvy. I'm really happy with the result! I took the time to mark out my lines which really helped because I could just put the pedal to the metal and guide the fabric through. The last line was a thrilling race to get to the end before the bobbin thread ran out. Heh, why is it that I think if I just sew faster, the bobbin won't run out on me?
Thanks for all the wonderful comments you all are leaving, they really keep me going!
Getting a late start here! I am going to be working on two totes today, both from the same pattern. I've made the tote before, so that will help speed things up a little bit. Here are my fabrics:
OK, the first step is get the outside panels cut and quilted. This part takes the longest to do.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
All in all, I think it turned out pretty well. There are a few things that I'd do differently the next time around but not bad for something right off the top of my head!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
First up, my Saturday Sampler blocks for this month. This time it's trees with a lot of flying geese in those trunks! There will be four blocks all together as I will be making two of one particular block. I haven't done too many flying geese so this should be interesting.
Next up will be to get started on the Wedding Ring quilt. I'm shooting for finishing 10 full squares and 5 half squares a month for six months in order to make this more manageable. I have to piece a lot of these arcs together before I can applique them to the squares and this way I won't get too overwhelmed by it. Unfortunately, this means I won't be able to give this to our niece right away but I'd rather give her something that is well made than a hurry up job full of mistakes (and I'm really prone to them, too, when trying to do something too fast.)
Thursday, April 1, 2010
The final result- a nice tidy yarn "cake" all ready to go in minutes:
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
OK, the March tag was to post a joke. I don't know if this qualifies, but I just saw this the other day and, oh boy, is it ever the truth:
"One of the saddest things about getting older is the trail of smaller jeans you leave in your wake."
I tend to be more of a visual joke kind of person and LOLcats is one of my favorite sites to visit. Here are a few of my recent favorites:
This one because I deal with this response a lot at work-
These next two illustrate that my sense of humor can be kind of off-beat at times...
As for my finishes this month, I only managed one. I had just completed my Saturday Sampler block a few days before my father-in-law passed away and after that I simply didn't have time to work on my Wedding Ring blocks. Things are starting to get back to normal and I'll have more sewing time soon. Eric's been helping his mom quite a bit with stuff that needs to get done and she's coping remarkably well. Sometimes it doesn't seem real that his dad is gone and other days it's felt all too keenly.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
A little later, the clouds had cleared away, the sky was blue, and the cheery little crocus were once again brightening up the yard:
Sunday, March 7, 2010
First up, my latest Saturday Sampler block. I've managed to get a part of it cut and ready to go but still need to cut the rest of my fabric pieces. This block's finished size is quite large-16"!
Next up, the project that will be taking up most of my time this month is the wedding ring quilt that I am making for our niece as a wedding gift. I'm using an interfacing method by Quiltsmart for the arcs so that there is no curved piecing involved. Frankly, I'm not all that sure that I'll get the top finished this month since I decided to make the queen-sized version but I'll try! Why I couldn't have been content to make the throw-sized version I have no idea but sometimes insanity gets the best of me.
I spent most of my time yesterday cutting my strips for the arcs. I have to confess that cutting is my least favorite part so I'm happy that I've accomplished this much already.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
All righty, on to the good stuff. I'm all caught up on my Saturday Sampler blocks. Yay! I had six kits in all to do and here they are. I'm a big fan of triangles on a roll and they came in handy with these blocks. By the time I was ready to assemble the blocks, I almost didn't care if my points were matching up anymore, I just wanted to get them done. The last kit turned out to be 36" strips that needed to pieced together which was a huge respite after completing the other ones. The strip will eventually be appliqued with leaves and acorns.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
OK! The projects that I want to get finished this month! First, a little background on this one. The Great American Quilt Factory is a fabulous quilt shop here in Denver that does a Saturday Sampler program every year. Basically, the idea is that you collect a kit to make a block the first Saturday of each month. You take the completed block to the meeting the following month and you get the next month's block kit for free and on it goes. If you miss the meeting, you have to buy the kit, make the block, take it to the next meeting and you are back on track. When I did Saturday Sampler previously, I had perfect attendance. This time, not so much! For various reasons, I've missed three months in a row now, so I have those basic kits plus the the enhancement block kits (that are always paid for) to construct. Eventually, those blocks will be assembled to create this enhanced quilt called Pine Lodge:
Here are my kits, six blocks total to complete:
Next up are my final two blocks for my Heirloom Sampler quilt. I am meeting with my instructor at the very end of this month to start assembling the quilt top and I can't wait to see it completed.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
On this block, I finished the stitching on the crazy-quilt center, then stitched on the lace frame and cut away the fabric behind the lace.
This one had almost been finished in class, I just needed to stitch open the cathedral windows in the center and then add the decorative stitching to each side of the center panel.
On this one, I needed to stitch the pink waterfall panels onto the block on each side of the embroidered center. I almost wish that I could re-do the waterfalls as the stitching on the lace isn't the greatest. I usually do much better than that!
On this, I did the sharks teeth on the sides. They look relatively simple to do, and they are, but jeez, they take a lot of time to do!