Sunday, May 30, 2010

Quote About Stash

Just suffice to say that I definitely have SABLE (Stash Accumulated Beyond Life Expectancy).

Definitely Me!

Now with NO BUY things are better and am enjoying using all my well organized stash. It also prompted me to share some of my treasures with quilting friends.

Where I want to be...someday when I'm 94.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Another good quote

Reading Stashbusters again and found another good quote:

"To me, using up all my scraps is akin to being at my ideal weight. It ain't gonna happen!"

Loved it.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Quote of the Day

In thinking about fabric
organization - best quote of the day

"sorted them by size and when I thought about a container to put them in, I decided the best container would be a quilt top..."

LOL Gladys = Guru

I was reading Stash buster email today and saw this from Gladys.  I've spent a lot of time since retiring looking at organizing my stash.  I've made a stab at it, not really going whole hog in getting it done.  This is a good reminder of why to do the organizing in the first place.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Aidan's quilt

Here's Aidan's alphabet quilt.  I finished the top today and although you can't tell about the size, but it should be a good napping quilt size.  I took off to the LQS with a gift certificate from a friend and got batting for this and Andrew's quilt.  I got 100% cotton and washed in so it would shrink now instead of after quilting.  I got that idea from the Stashbusters group.  The batting came out nice.  So, I guess I'll layer and quilt this on my machine.  My quilters are busy and I want it done quickly.  Aidan's already started Mother's Day Out.  I know his mom wants it by the beginning of school.  Hope Aidan like it.

Applique for SBS

Both of these blocks were done on the machine except appliqueing the pieced part to the background.  These are so neat looking, and from this picture you can hardly see my mistakes.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Alphabet quilt

You know as with most of the fabrics we quilters buy, we know that finding the same fabric is a shot in the dark.  I was very excited to find the ABC fabric like I used on Alex's alphabet quilt shown here.  Cassie requested a quilt for both Aidan and Andrew so the great hunt began.  I found the red letters in Lewisville, at Quilt Country and felt very fortunate.  Then I had the dilemma of trying to decide how to make it. 
I wanted to begin with Aidan's since he's in Mother's Day Out this summer.  I thought I'd look in my juvenile fabric drawer and what a mess I found.  Evidently I've been just shoving fabric back in there including scraps. Nothing a bunch of time won't cure.  I did find some really cute prints that look very suitable for a boy's quilt and will start cutting that out tomorrow.  Nothing like looking and touching fabric to get one all inspired. 

Block 6 of Jelly Roll Sampler

In working on the Jelly Roll Sampler, I put all the blocks together to see where I needed to go color wise.  So far, even with block 6 I made today, it's a very dark quilt.  I was thinking I could use some extra blocks from a block of the month from Quilts Bayou.  But after finding them, I realized they were 9 1/2 in. blocks and the JRS blocks are 12 1/2 in.  Don't think so!  Guess I'll do more thinking about that.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Update on Sewing

I got back into my sewing room today, first time since retreat. There was so much piled up, I just started with the first thing there.  I ended up doing the lastest jelly roll sampler block.  I don't like it too much, but did it anyway.

I wonder how all these will look together, may take that picture tomorrow.

After that I did a few blocks from Happy Scrapper's Projects and used a new tool I got in Dallas.  It's by Fiskars, a revolving cutting mat.  I got the small one and I liked it for this project.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Scrap Booking Retreat

Emily, Leigh and I at Hobby House in Bowie Texas.  A wonderful retreat center.

Scrapping Mode

Believe it not, I found plenty to do as a quilter.  Actually I prepared hand applique, did hand sewing on little hexagons, watched movies on the computer, did some beading, worked on an Idea Journal of quilting pictures from magazines.  Last,but not least made these two pages for the Disney Album Leigh was doing  of our trip to Disney in Orlando Jan. 2009.

I really had a good time and really enjoyed the time with my daughter and her friend Emily.   After the retreat, I stayed a few days and visited my grand daughter Ashleigh and Leigh.  I went to several quilt shops and did other shopping as well.  A great trip all the way around.