Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Update on Emily's quilt

Since my last posting, I've had a day of quilting with my friends. I have worked on this quilt, but I know I should have it together by now. However, it's getting there. Three more rows, then on to putting the sections together. I have to work on the backing which needs to be enlarged width wise. Looking forward to getting this to the quilter.

Monday, February 21, 2011

On the Wall

I've been remiss in posting lately but I have been involved in quilting stuff. First I went with friends to a small quilt shop in Leesville that is closing. I did find a few batiks. She had really nice shop, wish she wasn't closing. I've been putting together Emily's quilt. Since I don't have room on my design wall anymore, I took a picture in the hallway too. It's going to be a really big quilt. But so far I'm pleased with it.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

One the Wall

Happy scrappers new projects for the year started this month. I decided to participate in the row by row again this year. I wanted to use some blocks from my stash that have been calling for me to work with them. So I chose these churn dash block in autumn colors. I put a frame on them to make the length 60 1/2 ". Now 5 other people will put more rows on it. I got my first row to work on too. I'll have to do some thinking on what to do before I get started on it.

Today I felt tired and wanted to do some housework as well as cook a meal for John and I. I folded a lot of fat quarters and straightened out some of the areas in the sewing room. I still have much more to do, but steady wins the race.
What I did get done sewing wise was to sew bindings on two quilts readying them for me to sew down.
My true favorite part of quilting is all the parts before the quilting. The rest takes some encouragement from myself, but it does feel good to have it done.
One other project I'm going to participate in is the UFO Challenge. We finally had a consensus on setting our own goals month by month and putting up $5 if we don't reach our goals. I want to get back to my Sylvia Bridal Sampler. So, I said I'd do 2 blocks. Hope I can get more than that done.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

2001 Finishes--Making progress

Isn't it great, all that sewing on this border that I added to make this quilt bigger. I like it and I used most all the blue 2 1/2" strips of blue, gold/tan I had cut. I did buy 1/2 yd. of the navy to make sure I had enough navy for borders, binding and variety at the end of the making of the geese.

The quilt ended up a good size, maybe a little on the large size for a lap quilt. Since the original pattern didn't have borders, the border added quite a bit to the quilt. I like the way the plain squares look and easier than figuring out what to do about corners. We can call this creative or lazy.

This triple 4 patch top was finished and quilted in 2010, but I just finished the binding. That's 2 bindings finished so far and now I'm going to do two more.

Best of all both of these quilt were ones I chose the pattern and fabrics. Not a swap nor a kit.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A.D.D. quilting

Log cabin blocks, have made over 150 by now. I do have enough to begin putting together Emily's quilt soon.

Blue and gold/tan Scrappy, I decided it wasn't big enough and started a pieced border which is made with flying geese. I saw this once on a Fons and Porter TV session and I'm sure it really looked like this, but oh well. I like it so far.

I promised to make 2 quilts about twin size that should look like an old quilt pattern. I plan to do 9 patches, cut in 2 " strips, since I have my Go Accuquilt. I also have been working on clearing up scraps and thought of these 9 patches from an old swap and playing in my room. Anyway, I'm not sure I want to use them since the corners are light.

I've often think I am an Attention Deficit Disorder person with some things, but it's for sure I am an A.D.D quilter. I am always working on several projects at a time. I pride myself with sewing leaders- enders and basically get quilts made while working on others. BUT I'VE TAKEN THIS TOO FAR!! The other day I realized while I was working on these 3 quilts at a time. Planning several more and finishing none. Lets just assume this is creativity at work. But honestly, I need to focus on one and finish the top.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Retreat at Stone Creek Lodge

The ladies on the retreat with me, all wonderful quilters.
A couple of shot to give you the idea of what we do and what we bring to these retreats. Mostly a mini sewing room each with our own projects to work on.

The quilt projects I was working on. First is a quilt I finished the binding on. Second is a quilt I wanted to make from a book I got called Scrap Basket Surprises. I feel the quilt is too small so I have a plan to try for a pieced border.
I really enjoyed the retreat and got a lot done. I did work very hard on log cabin blocks, but didn't have enough cut pieces to finish out the blocks. Put that away, worked on Civil War braid quilt, Navy and Gold quilt and binding. I really enjoyed the ladies too. Wonderful retreat.