Saturday, October 22, 2011

Halloween Pillowcases

I did not forget my promise to you but I was busy sewing and thought maybe you would forgive me this once.
I have been making pillowcases to sell at my job. I made 18 and sold them all. I was a little bit afraid that they would not sell. Wrong.
This one is my favorite. I love the black band at the top.

I had so much fun putting the colors together.

The pumpkins are cute.

More that I love.

Would I do it again? Yes.

And more goodies.

I am going to make two more for my daughter and her boyfriend this week. I will post them when I finish. I want to make her a bag but I do not think the material I ordered will get here in time. Something for next year.

I was out today shopping and went to my local quilt shop and got my free fat quarter. I am a Sew Special member. For being a member we get a discount off our fabric and a free fat quarter every month and an extra one on our birthday. This month I chose a black print for a quilt I plan to make early next year.

On the way home I decided to detour and go to my favorite thrift store. While I was there I found this honey for $15.

I have always wanted a beige/tan Singer every since I saw a friend of mine using one her mother gave her. There are no attachments or manuals. I will look on ebay and see what I can find. It is a Singer Model 237.

I have not tried sewing on it yet. The bobbin case is dirty and a little rusty. I will take it to the sewing machine shop near my job next week and get him to give her a good cleaning and a once over.
This weekend I am working on a Halloween wallhanging for my door.

Happy sewing.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Jacksonville Quilt Show

I am off to the Jacksonville Quilt Show. I love this show. It was the first real quilt show I ever went to. So, going is like a pilgrimage for me. It cleanses my soul. Calms my nerves. Gets my digestive fluids flowing (once again I have gone to far, but you get the meaning).

Monday, September 19, 2011

Halloween Log Cabin Mystery Quilt

I spent a little time this weekend making my blocks for the Halloween Log Cabin Mystery Quilt my quilt group is making. I plan on making three of the small hangings. One for my daughter, one to give away and one for myself. I am going to hang mine on my front door.
I went against my NO BUY rule and spent quite a bit of money to buy material to make Halloween pillowcases for the activities department to sell in their little shop. I will post pictures of them when I finish.
I also cut out the material for a tablecloth I am making for a friend. I felt quite queasy about cutting into someone else's material. Like I was going to make this major mistake. I think that is why I haven't finished it. So, the top will be finished by Wednesday. I am going to meet her at the Jacksonville quilt show this weekend and we will find some material for the back.
I haven't posted any pictures because my camera is on the blink. I am going to look around for a new one. But I will soon (if I have to borrow one).
Happy quilting.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Weekend Plans

The weekend is approaching and I will be having a sew-in on Saturday and maybe a little sewing on Sunday. I have to finish my block of the month blocks and get them mailed on Monday.
While reading Better Homes and Gardening's blog All People Quilt I came across two quilts I really like. The first is the Sickle Quilt and the second is an Amish Quilt called Plain Speaking.
I do not have any gray for the Sickle Quilt but I think I could make an exception to my no buy rule and buy some. I have all the material needed for the Plain Speaking quilt.
I will spend some of my time drafting a quilt pattern for the Plain Speaking quilt and dreaming about the Sickle quilt. I like my quilts to be bed size so the center square in a square will be quite big. But I like it.
I also plan on woking on the border of my Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll. I have the pieces cut out, I just have to sew them together. I also have to trim it before adding the borders.
Have a happy weekend.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day

It has been soooooo long since I last blogged. But I have not forgotten you. I just could not seem to find the time to blog. But I am going to. I know I have said this over and over. But this time I promise (My Quilter's Oath) to blog at least once a month until I am too old and senile to blog anymore. Until my fingers are so arthritic I cannot hold a needle to sew on binding. Until I have forgotten what a quarter inch seam is. Until seeing a quilt with flying geese anywhere on it does not make my heart beat just a little faster. Until the smell of fabric no longer makes me smile. Until my car no longer knows the way to the quilt store by itself.
You get the picture.
Anyway, I sew one hour a day. My progress may be a little slow but I do get there. Right now I am working on Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll. It is coming along nicely.
Happy Labor Day.

Monday, April 18, 2011

My No Buy Diet

Being on this no buy diet is slowly sucking the life out of me. Really. There are so many things I want to buy. I may have to break down and buy Weeks Ringle (I love that name) and Bill Kerr's book, Quilts Made Modern. I love the quilt on the cover. I have started a wish list for when I do start spending again. You should see my list. It is about five pages long and written on both sides. OMG, I feel greedy. But I am going to be on this fabrics/notions/books/magazine diet for the rest of the year. I may extend it until next year if I find that I still have a lot of UFOs. You should see me somedays when I have to drive pass a quilt shop. It would make you want to throw me a fat quarter. I have almost ran off the road trying to drive with tears in my eyes. I know it would be simpler to go the long way home but this is the long way home. Seriously, I have made progress in my quilting. AND I am so proud of myself for not buying fabric to stash away. Just keep sewing and quilting. Jeri

Saturday, February 12, 2011

It's February

How time flies when you are having fun. And I am having fun finishing the quilts I started. I haven't starting quilting the Spiderweb quilt but I did finish the back for the Scrappy Bargello by Bonnie Hunter. I am now using a stencil and pounce to mark the quilting lines. I wanted to buy a new stencil or pantograph (Bayside quilting had free shipping last week and I really wanted to buy their Lime Tree pantograph, it is oh so pretty) but this is my year to use what I have and finish what I started (I have to keep telling myself that as it is so easy to forget). So, my stencil is a heart meander I have had for some time.
As for my leader-ender quilt, also Bonnie Hunter's Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll, I have completed the strip squares and triangles. This week I am making the 600 red and light half square triangles. I went to JoAnn's to buy the angle ruler she uses but talked myself out of it (use what you have rule). Soooo, this weekend I am cutting 300 2 1/2 squares in red and lights. All next week I will sew them together between my February Quilt.
My February quilt is my Cat Quilt. I have all the cats made. Plus the border is made. All I have to do is put it together. I have not chosen a back yet, but I have enough 5 and 6 yard pieces to make a back.
This week I hope to get a lot of sewing in. Next weekend I hope to quilt the Scrappy Bargello.
I will be on the road again with the West Palm Beach Quilters. We are heading for the Suwannee
River quilt show on March 12. I plan on having a great time as my friend JoAnna will be joining us for the first time. Hope to see you there.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Spiderweb Quilt Progress

I finally finished the Spiderweb quilt top. Next weekend I will start quilting it. I could not decide if I wanted lime green or the blue I had bought for the borders. I decided to go with the blue and I am really happy with it. This quilt is going to be a little bit bright.
Please forgive my photography. I have never been able to take good photos.

I also completed the 60 string blocks for Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt, Roll, Roll, Cotton Roll. I need to square them up and cut them in half. Since I have the instructions I may just skip to the last step and sew them together and then start on the 600 red triangles. So, my next leader-ender project is the 600 red triangles. I have not decided what color green I want to use. There are so many greens on the market. Also, my pinks are not girlie pink. They are a more subdued pink. Okay, flat pink.

The next quilt I am going to finish is the cat quilt. I need to finish up all my quilts I started over the last two-three years. This may turn into a never ending New Year's Resolution.
Happy quilting.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Spiderweb Quilt Progress

I did not think I would get this far after getting into putting it all together. Matching the hexagon centers were a little much. I have one left that I am not really happy with but I can only do as much as I can do. I took it out twice and I do not feel good about taking it out a third time.
I went to the quilt shop to get my free fat quarter this month and saw this blue color on the sale wall. Plus, it was end of the month sale and I got an additional off.
While I was there I asked Theresa, the shop owner, about border ideas. She suggested a black border to frame it and then the blue and maybe another black border.

I did like that suggestion as it toned the blue down a little. I put what my quilt group refers to as a thread catcher on the edges. When I attach the border I will have an half inch border showing.
I am thinking that I will make the blue border 3-inches wide and then make a wide binding on the front and the back. I read somewhere about making wide bindings. I will google it later today.
I think I am going to like this quilt.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Spiderweb Quilt

I cannot believe how cold it is this year. I have always said we have four seasons in Florida-hot, hotter, hotter-hotter, and hottest. Never have I experienced it being this cold for this long. We usually have a few cold days in the winter, but nothing like this. I feels good to sleep under a quilt.
One of my recycled New Year's resolutions is to finish some of my quilts this year. I know you are wondering what is a recycled New Year's resolution. Well, it is the same resolutions I had last year and did not make good on them. My intentions were good, but willpower was a little lacking.
This year I am going to finish off the quilts I started over the last three years.
I decided to start with the Spiderweb Quilt I was making for my daughter. So I pulled out the stack of triangles.
While I was looking at them I wondered why I had put them aside. It was the way I was taught to do it. In the class we were taught to put them together to make a larger triangle. For some reason this did not work out well for me. So I took two triangles and put them together to make a square. I made four squares.
I took the four squares and made two strips.

I took the two strips and made one larger square. Which I like.

This weekend I plan on putting all my squares together. I do have some triangles put together that I need to take out. I want to have my quilt top done by Sunday evening. That does not include the borders (I have not decided what I am going to use for the borders).
I also want to make Bonnie's quilt Roll Roll, Cotton Roll. Since I am not crazy about the light strips I plan on doing that step first. I have went through my stash and found all the light I could. I have cut a large bag full and plan doing it as a leader-ender project. I have this bad habit of doing what I do not like first and the fun comes later. Silly I know but that is just being jeri.
I forgot to blog on my Clamshell progress. I did not make much progress in December. The holidays made everything rush-rush-rush. Now that I am back to sewing I hope to make some progress this month.
Until we chat again.