Friday, January 29, 2010

Fixed My Charm Quilt

It wasn't until I showed my quilt to Wednesday group, that I saw this problem.  When I saw the rows mixed up, I knew I could at least get it fixed.  So, today sat down with my seam ripper and got to work.  Then later took it to my machine and got it all done. 

Here's the results.

Then I just wanted to sew, so worked on some shaded nine patches and some log cabin blocks.
That can be so soothing.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Band Progress Week Jan. 28

Today I had a loss of 4 1/2 lbs. since last week.  I have averaged about 1 lb. or little over since I had the band.  So, as Johns pointed out, I'm still losing.  I was pretty disgusted with myself last week, but have done better this wek with that.  I have figured out that salty chips need to be restricted, also carbohydrates.  Still having a problem with sweets, and really trying to limit that.  Eating at home is another big one too.

What I would like to set as a goal is to continue to limit the things I see as a problem and to start losing more every week.  Till next week.

Plan Update

When I was showing my charm pack quilt top to the quilter yesterday , saw I had a problem that needs to be fixed before quilting, so that's at the top of the list.  Then to make the binding for the Ohio Star scrap quilt.

After getting these two things done, I think I will put the blocks from the last exchange with Wednesday group together in a top.  Included in that will be binding and backing.  I want to use some of that fabric I have in the stash for that.

I have a back partly done for the triple 4 patch in 1800's fabric almost done so that should be on the list.

As I work on these things I will be making log cabin blocks for Emily's quilt  from my pizza box of scraps and shaded nine patch blocks from 2 1/2 in. box of scraps as leaders and enders.

So, onward!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Update on Sewing Room

It took two days, but I did get the sewing table cleaned off.  It was a much bigger job than I thought it would be.  I had to not only put things away, but had a pile of pieces that needed trimming into usable scraps.  Then the pile of fabrics I had pulled to make the borders on the Ohio Star quilt, had to go somewhere.  I think I just made room on my oak shelves, instead of really straightened up.  But the pieces are somwhere instead of on the floor. 

That all freed up room to make the back for the Ohio Star quilt.  It measured 90 by 104 inches.  Of course I cut wrong and had to keep piecing, but oh well.  Seems I do that a lot.  Now I just need to make the binding.  I have Wednesday group today so it may wait until tomorrow.

Tomorrow to make another plan!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

First Finishes of 2010

Two tops finished, yes!  For the charm blocks quilt, it took a while to get the blocks together into a top, then the borders went on good.  I did go ahead and make the back and binding too.  I used some more fabric from my stash that matched well. 

The Ohio Star inside has been done for several months.  I could not make up my mind about the borders.  At first I tried piecing the borders, but after getting Polly to look at it with me, I took them off.  Then today I put it up on my design wall and kept trying combinations, until I was happy with the choices.  I used my camera to look at them and ended up with mainly brown.  The borders were so large, it really took some thinking.  The Ohio Star pattern came from a Fons and Porter book.  I plan to make the back and binding before I move on to somethng else.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

"What if"

Well, today I wanted to sew. I had left a quilt on my design wall and haven't been in there since before the quilt retreat last week.
I started with a charm pack and the square in a square block. On the stash buster ring I learned of another type of block and found one more charm pack. After making the blocks I tried to figure out a setting. Finally thought I would do a row quilt, but wasn't too happy about it. After the retreat I walked in there and thought "What if" I put one more round of triangles on the second block. Sure enough it finished to the same size as the first set of blocks. I do have a stripe for an inner border and a Paisley for the outer border. Will be showing you the finished quilt once I get it done. It's true is you leave a quilt on your wall and give it some time, you can get other ideas.

My Band Progress

I got banded on November 5, 2009. I want to say I've lost a lot of weight, however, the fact is I have lost some, but this month, even after a fill, I keep eating so that I'm not making any progress. In fact, I gained two pounds this week. I have been on a quilt retreat and not gained, but didn't lose either, then a weekend retreat and didn't gain, but after eating so much different, I kept eating like it didn't matter. Guess I got too confident. So, to face reality and start again. I can't negate that I have lost some, but I don't want to go in the other direction either.
Okay, a few encouraging words, treat today as a new day. This feeling of hopelessness will pass. Do the next right thing. I'm worth the effort so keep trying.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wednesday Quilting Group

We met today at Polly's like we do most every Wed. I'm still working on the Patchwork Primer by Kim Diehl from Oct. 2002 American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine. I got caught up in the "I want one too" frenzy that started this kit. I have only on more border to applique and three corners. I worked on one of these corners today. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel with this one. Still a long way from quilted and bound, but within sight.
Quilting is my passion and I wanted a place to post pictures and journal about my progress. I want to put out ideas I have and plans for my quilting. I want to also keep up with my mini groups and the projects we will be doing. I want to make progress now that I'm retired and to do so I need focus. Funny how I've lost focus when there are no pressing demands on me as when I taught.
I want to write about other things on this blog also, but will focus on my quilting. So, today I start my adventure in the land of blogging.