Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I plan on spending the month updating my blog with a new header and more stuff.
I spent a lot of time with my clamshells this month. I have all 405 of them ironed and stitched. I bought some fabric glue (recommended by the ladies on the bus trip to Houston) and I plan on putting them together in November.
I was cleaning out some old boxes in my garage and found a box with three different blocks in them. I will post pictures this weekend. I have no idea what I had planned on doing with them.
Until I post again or read your blog, happy quilting.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
When I get back I am going to the World Quilt Show in West Palm Beach, Fl. Last year I went for three days, was a white glove lady, took three classes and shopped until my purse ran dry. I did not buy a lot but I went to a lot of demos, test drove a lot of long arms, made a wish list a mile long and went home a tired, happy lady. This year I am only going for one day, Saturday, with my friend JoAnna. I want to enjoy the quilts more and spend less.
This is the third trip I have taken with the ladies from West Palm Beach. Last year I went with them to Lancaster. In September I went with them to the quilt show in Jacksonville, Fl. Now I am going with them to Houston, Texas.
I decided to work on my Clamshell Quilt on the road to Texas. I have 200 lights and 205 different color clamshells.
My goal is to have the top edge of all 405 clamshells basted down by the time I get back. I have basted some of them. Since I will not have an iron of the bus I plan to finger baste them and sew them down. I had planned to work on my T-shirt quilt but I could not get it together. Nothing seemed to work for me. I wouldn't or couldn't find the right stencils. I could never decide what color thread to buy. The back wasn't ready (yes it is) or the patches were in the wrong place (no they are not). I had more excuses than Carter has liver pills. So, while I was pondering over the little things, time slipped by and I missed getting everything together. This year I plan to do better.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
I have set goals for myself in making my clamshell quilt. So far I have met my deadlines. This month I cut out and gathered the top edge of 200 light clamshells.
I need to clarify something. I did not gather a finished edge. I gathered the unfinished edge so I could iron it down and turn it under. I tried gluing one of them and I did not like it. So I decided to gather it again instead of gluing. I know it is a lot of work but I do not mind.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
However, I have made some progress. I was blog browsing and stumbled upon Brown Dirt Cottage blog. I noted that she was using muslin for her light blocks. I liked it. So I said to myself, "Self, you can make all your light blocks one color instead of trying to find several different lights." Since I had a credit at my local quilt shop I went there (drove like an maniac) and bought not one, but three yards of an off yellowish cream color. Then I went shopping at my other favorite quilt place (my sewing room) and found over fifty different dark colors to start my journey.
I cut out a few of the darks and ironed the tops down. This weekend I will glue them down.
I have a four day weekend this week-Friday thru Monday-I plan to do a little quilting on my HQ 16. Which brings a question to mind I have meaning to ask. I have a HQ 16 and one of the banquet tables but I want one of the newer tables-the Studio frame. Does anyone have a Studio frame and how do you like it?
Happy quilting until we meet again.
Monday, August 2, 2010
I made a few extra copies and taped them together to see how it would fit/look. I like it. The first pattern I found did not fit together well.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
So, what have I done? I went to the library and found a pattern. I enlarged it to be approx. 4.5 inches at the widest point. I took an afternoon to learn the different types of applique. I have not really appliqued anything even thought I took a class. Connecting Threads has a nice tutorial on applique. I decided to use freezer paper. I have some mylar template plastic that I have used in the past and was going to use that but the freezer paper is my choice. So, this is my to-do list:
Copy of pattern-done
Make a master copy of the pattern (4 clamshells will fit on a sheet of paper)-done
Cut my freezer paper to fit my copier-to do
Make 25 copies to start-to do
Will have photos before the week is over. I plan to start with the light colors. The word here is PLAN (which always go astray).
Friday, May 7, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
With the scraps I have left over I want to make a string quilt and donate it.
I finished all the cats for my cat quilt. The strips along the right hand side of the photo is my borders. The pattern call for trianges on the corners of the squares but I really did not like that. Tuesday when I go to my crafting group I will lay all the cats out on the floor and arrange them.I made some extra cats for the back.
I saw this quilt at work and thought you would like to see it. I wanted to get a photo of the quilt with the squares on the top side but she had made her bed up this way. I will try to get a better photo but I hope you can see what I loved about this quilt from these two photos.
Monday, February 1, 2010
After work today I went to have the oil changed in my car and was reading in the waiting room when I came across this quote by Muhammad Ali:
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I finished off 247 kite triangles. I am going to the sit and sew on Tuesday. I plan on laying the quilt pieces out on the floor there.
Nadine sent me a copy of a cat pattern I admired on her blog. Since I was cutting the kite pieces from fat quarters and left over pieces I decided to cut out a few cats. Once I cut them out I had to sew two. I like them. I plan on making more cat blocks.
Monday, January 18, 2010
I took down the lights and started taking them apart for the red and white snowball quilt. I put up the kite quilt pieces to see how they look. I am pleased with the colors but I will rearrange them when I get all the pieces/blocks made. I want to add some lighter colors also.
I could not have made these blocks without my rotating cutting board and 28mm rotary cutter.
To make the Y-seams I used the little blue thingy (I do not know the name of this gadget) on the cutting board. I ordered some fabric from fabric.com and they sent it to me as a gift. This tool makes it so easy. You mark the quarter inch seam and sew. Makes perfect Y-seams everytime.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
The wall was not wet, just the paint chipping off. Still I made my way down to my local Lowe's (one of my favorite stores) and got something to seal the concrete. So, what I thought was going to be a simple throw out job has turned into much bigger job. But I am glad I found it, it could have been worse.
I decided to do a show and tell of the Jacksonville Show 2009.
These quilts are from one of my favorite quilt shops-The Olde Green Cupboard in Jacksonville. They always have such a nice display of quilts in their shop. The saleswomen are friendly and helpful. The quilt above is something I would make if I was retired and had time on my hand. I like it.
I finally finished off my Stash Pot Pie quilt. On my birthday. Two reasons to celebrate.
I hope everyone will have fun with their quilting this year.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
I did not make much progress on JoAnna's quilt but I will be back working on it today. I also plan to finish off my on-going quilt block quilt this month. I did finish the back.
The next four quilts are from People, Places and Quilts in South Carolina. We stopped there on the Lancaster last year. I like this quilt. I have never made a "fun" quilt. All my quilts are traditional. I may put this on my wish list.