Thursday, December 31, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Bonnie Hunter has a mystery quilt in progress at http://quiltville.com/carolinachristmas.shtml.
I want to make it later in the year. I am quilting one of her quilts now. Her Scrappy Bargello http://quiltville.com/scrapbargello.shtml was easy to make. You can use any size squares and you have a nice size quilt in no time.
We had decided not to go to the Jacksonville show next year (2010) as we are going to Houston, my quilt guild show, the show in Trenton, the World Quilt Show again and Linda's quilt guild show. Plus any other show close to home. But Bonnie Hunter is coming to the Jacksonville show and I want to see her. JoAnna took a class from her is Colorado and said it was nice class.
I do not know how many quilters started out life in homemake economics class making clothes but I did not. That came later. It is not my choice of sewing but I made all my children's clothes when they were little. I also made a few things for myself. I was looking around on the McCall's website and found the cutest patterns. One is a dress that could be made longer for a New Year's Eve dress in black or red http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5973.htm?search=m5973&page=1. The other pattern was by a designer/pattern maker called Marfu, an Italian designer. It is a cape that could be made into an evening jacket. Take a look at it at http://www.mccallpattern.com/web/shop.cgi?search=f2029&TI=42000&M=&pageSize=12&s.search.all.x=49&s.search.all.y=12. I do not know if I will be making any clothes this year but I did like these patterns.
I have made another pincushion. I made it and did not like the height so I took it apart with my handy-dandy seam ripper and decreased the height. It is about 2 1/2 inches in height. It was about 4 inches in height.
I made my Christmas list and mailed it to Santa. My wants and wishes will not cost him a penny. Just changing the minds and hearts of others. I want/wish for world communication. I do not think we will ever have world peace. But we can have world communication. Talk. Talk. Talk.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Oh, well. I can smell a cake cooking in my oven tonight.
Every year I wish for a Christmas quilt. Last year I said I was going to make one. Never did.
Although I did see a Red and White Snowball Challenge on Fat Cat Quilts blog. I missed the cut off for the swap date. Maybe next year.
I love this quilt. It is a free pattern from Timeless Treasures http://www.candysfabricshop.com/projects/Tree.pdf. I have seen this pattern made up three times and each time I always think of adding trinkets to it to make it look more festive. I love it.
Very little sewing is going on in my house at this time. I am not working on any projects. I am looking and planning for next year. But no real sewing. I am however, quilting a quilt I made for my friend JoAnna last year about this time when she moved to Colorado. Well, she is back in Florida and just bought a new house. Congratulations JoAnna. I hope to have it quilted by Christmas.
As you can see from the picture the seam ripper is my best friend once again. It is an off and on love affair. I tried to eyeball my sewing from corner to corner and made a royal mess of things. I know I have to use blue painter's tape and use a longer stitch. But I wanted to try something quick and easy. Now it is going to take me longer. I sewed four rows hoping and wishing that the lines would somehow straighten up with each new row. No such luck. They just looked worse with each row I added.
I also used fusible batting. The verdict is still out on that one.
I wish everyone a joyous holiday and a Happy New Year.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
I finished off the first of my on-going quilt block top. I hope to quilt it this weekend even though I do not have a back yet. I like how it turned out. I have started on the next one.
While at the World Quilt Show last week I bought a pressing stick called The Strip Stick @ http://thestripstick.com/. I bought the 45 inch stick. I now iron the seams of my On-going quilt block on it and it works. If you see it at a quilt show buy one. I save so much time with pressing seams.
At the World Quilt Show I took three classes. One of my classes was a Kite Class with Pat Yamin. I will take a class from her anytime. Well, I had so much fun making these I came home and added it to my leader and ender pile. How may leader and enders do I have going on?
with all those pointy things sticking up. Well, if God doesn't sometimes make us eat our words/thoughts/deeds. I saw one at the World Quilt Show and had to pick my mouth up off the floor and wipe the drool of the front of my blouse. It was gorgeous. I heard it calling my name. So, the scraps from the kite quilt is going to be my pincushion. I went to my local pet store, Incredible Pets, and bought some crushed walnut shells. So, during naptime on Thanksgiving I will be handquilting. My stitches are a little tight but for a first time hexagon project I am making progress and improving with ever stitch I make. I may have to make a Grandmother's Flower Garden.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I decided to start with the Lancaster Quilt Show since it was one of my favorites. I recently read that starting next year it is going to be an AQS show. How exciting.
On the way to Lancaster we stopped a lot of quilt shops. I got to see a lot of quilts in a lot of different color schemes. Plus, I met a lot of nice quilters.
I saw this purse at Colonial Quilts in Savannah, Ga. I do not know the name of the pattern but I liked the colors. Green is one of my favorite colors. So is red, blue, yellow, purple, etc, etc. LOL.
I hope you enjoyed the quilts. I take so many pictures of quilts at shows. I just want to thank every quilter that ever entered a quilt show for giving us so much of him/herself.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Well, I have not been doing nothing. I have been working, sewing, chatting, visiting with JoAnna and buying material. Oh, I forgot. I bought a Singer Featherweight. I hope I got a good deal. I won it on ebay. I WILL post pictures when it arrives.
I went to the Jacksonville quilt show last month and had a great time. There were so many nice quilts. The Best of Show was beautiful. I bought a ruler with a lip for paper piecing. I went to a demo given by my local quilt shop and they recommended it. They also recommended using newspaper print for piecing. I bought some packing paper from Lowe's. I will need to cut it down to size to get it through my printer. I bought three patterns, some fabric yardage and fat quarters. I had a great time. I also went to the Olde Green Cupboard Quilt Shop. If you ever get to Jacksonville please visit their shop. The ladies are great. The fabric select is wonderful. The quilts they have displayed are to die for.
Next month I am going to the quilt show in West Palm Beach. I have signed up for two classes (that means I paid my money) and ordered the required materials and book. I may sign up for an applique class. I got the day off but I have not decided. While I am down South my friends and I plan to go to the quilt shop in Margate. I will take pictures and post them.
I will post more later but I need to get back to sewing. I have a deadline with my Aqua and Red nine patch blocks.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
My friend from work had a sock book she let me look at. I really want to make my daughter some socks for Christmas. Another to-do list add on.
My on-going quilt block is now 6 inches x 668 inches. This is not typing mistake. I have pieced together 668 inches in scraps. The block is now hard to work with. It is too long. I need to start cutting out a quilt.
I am still undecided between a tumble block (first choice/original goal) and a pyramid block.
I am going to cut something next Tuesday, if not this Saturday.
Monday, September 7, 2009
I am in the Red and Aqua swap at Jane's Fabrics and Quilts. She e-mailed me last night. Hooray.
While I was celebrating my Labor Day weekend I thought I would make some gifts for some of my friends and family. So I decided to make my daughter a purse I had seen on Oh, Fransson. So after I cut the pieces out I noticed that I had cut one of the purse fronts wrong. I was suppose to be on the fold and mine was not. So, what do you so with your mistake? You make a pincushion. I like large pincushions so I decided to use a large plate and make a pie pincushion.
I made an inner lining for the pincushion to hold the polyfil and the rice but the lining made it look like it was missing some of its stuffing.
So, I made another without a lining. This one feels just right. I will go and get a button later on this week. Maybe a nice sassy yellow button.
Oh, about the purse, I am still working on that.
As you know I have been working faithfully on my Sunshine and Shadow. One of the things I do is think about how I am going to quilt it when I finish. So true to form I went to the library for quilting ideas. (Please excuse my photography).
I am not skilled enough to do feathers so unless I am willing to pay someone else to do the feathers, feathers are out.
So, without any drumrolls or fanfare here is my Sunshine and Shadow. I finished it Saturday but had to wait until today so I could take it to work and photograph it.
I am going to send it to my mother. Through her I was given a grandmother that taught me to sew and quilt. Thank you Grandma.
I will try to write more later this week. Back to the old nine patch and my DS's quilt.
Lots of love.
Friday, September 4, 2009
I have spent the day working on my Sunshine and Shadow. I hope to have a finished picture for you by Sunday morning. I love the colors.
JoAnn's is having a sale this weekend. I have become very picky about the fabric I buy so I try to find quilt fabric on sale at my LQSs or on the internet. But I do like their Quilter's Only solids and their Kona Cottons. I have quite a few pieces from JoAnna's so I do like other things as well. But I am picky. Nothing loose weave or flimsy. I went today and bought 2 pieces (solids) for the back of my Sunshine and Shadow quilt. I really like the way the blue stands out in the quilt and so I bought two blues. I plan on adding some of the scrap pieces left over from the top to the back to bring it together. I plan on sewing the back at sit and sew on Tuesday.
Post more on Sunday.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I am sorry that the picture is a little "oops" . I will take a better one tomorrow when I have more light. I also need to make a correction. In my last post I called the postage stamp quilt a sunshine and shadow quilt. What I should have said is that this a postage stamp quilt that reminds me of a sunshine and shadow quilt. Oops. Happy quilting.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I wanted to show you another version of a Sunshine and Shadow quilt. I took a picture of this quilt while on vacation in Pennsylvania at the Chester County Historical Society. I like the color combinations in this quilt.I know that it is not the usual solid color that the Amish use but it is still very striking to see in person. The colors all seem to blend in together to make it look like stripes.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Last night I started sewing my strips together for my Sunshine and Shadow quilt with Nadine. I will post pictures this weekend. We divided the quilt up into sections. We are working on the four corners. Nadine e-mailed my pictures of her strips and they are beautiful. Thanks Nadine.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
I did not include the inner or outer border colors on the board.
I have started cutting the strips for my Sunshine and Shadow quilt. I have 18 colors but will not use them all but want to have them available if needed. I sent Nadine some fabric and numbered each piece so that we could coordinate our colors. When you look at a picture vs looking at the actual quilt the colors may be a little different. So I need her help with the different colors. I made a new color reference board. I wanted to show Nadine what I was talking about so I decided to put a picture on my blog. I have made one before when I was making a Bargello quilt and found it quite helpful.
I have a curtain rod running along the top of my bookcase with curtain hooks that I can hang notes to myself there, as well as quilt patterns and finished quilts. It is a very helpful rod.
Recently I took one of my quilt tops to work to photograph and one of my co-workers whose mother quilts ask me why I iron my seams open. I iron them open because that was the way I learned to sew plus I get a flatter, neater seam and my seams seem to match when I sew them together.
The closer it gets to September the more excited I am about going to the Jacksonville Quilt Show. The lady I am going with has made our hotel reservations. We will be staying at the same hotel we stayed in last year. They give a special rate for the show.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Although I am going to make what I call a quilt planner for my quilting group. Once again I won the door prize and need to bring the next prize. I want to bring something that I made instead of something I bought. I have one and I use it all the time. It holds six patterns and room for notes. Mine does not have a cover but I am going to make a test cover with mine before I make the one as a prize. I will post pictures when I finish.
I am getting ready for my trip to the Jacksonville Quilt show. I have chose the pattern I want to make and ordered it. It is paper piecing. Lots of it. So I decided to make a small ironing board to take with me. I had seen the board on several blogs and never thought I would want one. Now I do. It was fun and easy to make. I bought my dinner tray from WalMart for $8. The material and elastic was from my stash. I would say it took me less than 2 hours to make it. I did a lot of planning before I cut into my fabric since I was using left over fabric that was not quite wide enough. I am liking this a lot.
I will be starting my Sunshine and Shadow quilt next month. I have mailed the fabric to Nadine.
I hope she likes the colors I chose. I have washed and ironed my fabric. This weekend I plan on cutting into it.
My friend JoAnna will be here sometime today from Colorado. I am taking off work Monday to visit with her. We will have a good time.
Happy quilting. I hope to have a completed quilt to show and tell next time.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Oh, I live in sunny Florida. I feel a trip in the making this winter. Just me and my trusty quilt. Oklahoma, Indiana, Idaho, South Dakota. Nice thoughts.
I always name my sewing machines. I do not know why but I do. I guess it is because I talk to them. Sometimes they need words of encouragement, compliments on their stitching, or a little rub on their tummy. So I decided to introduce you to my Sapphire. I have had her for quite some time but I have not used her much. My intention when I bought her was to have a sewing machine just for quilting. I would have her set up and ready to quilt one of my many UFOs. But my free motion quilting leaves a lot to be desired. It looks more like sick motion quilting or free motion quilting blind folded.
So, in June I took a free motion quilting class again. I learned a lot but my quilting looked like a four legged lizard trying to square dance. Not that I have anything against lizards square dancing-just not on my quilt. You will be glad to know that I have since started practicing my free motion quilting and I can see some improvement. The lizard is still there but now at least he is tap dancing.
I have finished my block of the month blocks. I will mail them tomorrow after I take pictures and post them. I won the blocks for June-the ribbon pattern. I like that pattern. I will make a few extra blocks and make a nice quilt.
My friend JoAnna at Banana River Quilts bought a Featherweight sewing machine on e-bay. She says she will post pictures of it. I am so glad for her. She has wanted a Featherweight every since I have known her. Congratulations on your new baby JoAnna.
Happy quilting this week.
p.s. I want a Featherweight too.
Friday, July 3, 2009
I hope everyone has a lovely Fourth of July. I plan on celebrating with my daughter and son.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I finished my Straggler Calender Quilt and back. I will post pictures after I contact the person I fashioned by quilt after.
I am a nurse. I am other things but I am a nurse by profession. I am writing this because this is so close to my heart and every day of my life I relive this scenario.
Everyone, and I mean everyone needs a DNR. THAT DOES NOT MEAN anyone is going to let you die. It means if we find you dead we leave you dead. You are brain dead 4 minutes after you die. There is no quality of life left. You are a vegetable. Someone will wipe you butt and a tube inserted into your stomach through the abdomen will feed you. You will be turned side to side every two hours.You may end up with a bed sore on your sacral area the size of your dinner plate. Your heels may turn beet red, then purple, then open up and turn black with a hard scab.
I have never met anyone that made it to the other side and came back knocking to be let back in. Sometimes death is a blessing. Get a DNR.
Everyone, and I mean everyone, young, old, rich, poor, black, white, red, yellow or blue needs a Power of Attorney. It does not have to be your favorite niece, favorite son, loving spouse. It means someone you can trust. Someone that will carry out your wishes. Someone that knows what your wishes are and is willing to stand up and fright for you when your cannot fight for yourself. If you are frightened to let anyone know what your wishes are for whatever reason, get a Living Will put it in a sealed envelope and give it to someone you trust or an attorney. Tell them, "open this up only if something happens to me and I cannot make my own decisions". Do not trust ANYONE with something as precious as your life.
We were all born to die. That is a no brainer, a given, or what ever you know to be the truth. What we do in between being born and death is all that counts. You cannot go back. You cannot do a retake. This is the real thing. If you want to do it, do it. Take that chance. Step out of the box. This is your life. Make the most of it.