Saturday, September 4, 2010

What's going on

I am finally able to post again, and wanted to show what has been going on.

I got to pick up my quilt last Saturday, but we had one of the nephews, so I didn't get to play with it. I finally got to put the binding on yesterday. This is still my favorite quilt that I have made. I love the colors, pattern, and now the quilting. It was quilted entirely freehand, with feathers in the center, following the nine patches at the border. It then has leaves in the setting triangles and the cream part of the border. The black part of the border was done with echo quilting. I can't get a picture that does it justice. The backing I had bought almost two years ago at a local shop, because I had to have it and she said she couldn't get it anymore. When I was piecing this quilt, it hit me that I had this and knew nothing else would fit as well.

I also got my Bee's Garden Thread Roll Stitched and Finished. This is the first finishing work of this kind that I have done, and it wasn't bad. From start to finish this was done all by hand. I did modify it to also work as a needlekeep by adding a piece of wool felt. Now I just need to stitch a fob to go on a pair of scissors, and I will be ready to stitch anywhere I go.

Thanks for letting me share.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Design Wall Monday 8/23/10

I have Fall Frolic laid out on the floor today ready to start sewing the rows together. The picture is sideways, but it shows it better that way.

I also have a request. I picked up these fabrics, but have no idea what to do with them. They are outside my norm, and I just don't know. The line is Belle Fleur by Avlyn. The 5 pieces on the left are yard cuts, the 4 on the right are half yards. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Head over to Judy's and see what everyone is working on.

Friday, August 20, 2010

My quilt is being quilted..Woo Hoo

My Blooming 9 patch is being quilted now and my quilter has posted some pictures on her blog. I can't wait to see this baby and get to show it off to the girls I stitch with. My hands have been itching to stitch the binding on before I ever got it dropped off at Judy's place.

Goneaway Quilting

Monday, August 16, 2010

Design Wall 8-16-10

On my design floor today is the start of Fall Frolic from the book 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts by Evelyn Sloppy. I am making it with Gobble Gobble by Sandy Gervais and am using a layer cake and jelly roll.

I have enjoyed looking at all the post over at Judy's, but I still can't make comments since I am on a borrowed computer to post and can't use up much of their time. Thank you all for the inspiration.

Also, if you want to see how I finished the blocks that I posted last week, it is on my last post.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday Finish

I have two flimsies to show today. The first is Avignon Picnic from the Moda Bake Shop website.

And this is my finished JRSAQ quilt. I took the advice in the comments on my last Design Wall post and found a dark fabric for the sashing and border. This is the purple solid from the Essence line by Sandy Gervais for Moda. It looks like suede and I love it. Thank you to Charlene S and Kwiltnkats for giving me the push I needed to decide.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WIP Wednesday

I wanted to show what I have been stitching on recently. This is a thread roll from Wendy KC Designs. Almost ready to start the finishing.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Design Wall 8-9-10

On the wall today, I have my Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along blocks. I had made three blocks to trade out for ones I didn't like, but decided to keep them all and have a bigger quilt. Now I need to find a border fabric and get it completed.

I wasn't able to post any comments last week on people's design wall post, but I really enjoyed seeing them and look forward to them again today.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Design Wall Monday-8/2/10

I actually have something on my design wall today. This is the Avignon Picnic quilt from the Moda Bake Shop site.

Now off to catch up on what everyone else is working on.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Man it has been awhile since I posted. Here are some of the things I have worked on.

I finished Paradigm Lost and I love it. The single block is Block 11 of the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along. The pieces are for my new start, Avignon Picnic from ModaBakeShop by Andrea Harris. And I finally completed Best Buds by The Silver Lining. This picture truly does not show how realistic these roses look.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Latest stuff

I have been unemployed for a week now, and am finding myself not getting anything done. I have read lots of books but that is about it. This is the first time since I was 16 that I haven't had a job. I thought I would get so much done, but so far haven't felt like it.

Anyway, on to the fun stuff. I finished Block 9 in the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along. The one in the lower right corner. I have 42 blocks made for the next quilt. Now just to sew them together and cut them apart. These are for Paradigm Shift out of the May/June McCall's Quilting.

I stitched the heart to celebrate the 4th and will pass the pattern on to my mom. I have also made some progress on the yellow roses. Only 3 pages left.

Off to catch up on blog reading. Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Monday, June 21, 2010

What I have done while missing

I do not like being without internet. I was able to finish Fresh Vanilla last week. Please pardon the picture, my camera batteries were dying and I didn't get it spread out. I finished my Hardanger pillow and made my mom a table runner on Saturday. Then on Sunday, I pieced Tuxedo Pals for a future Quilts for Kids donation. Off to catch up on blog reading.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Design Wall Monday 6/7

Something new on the design wall this time. I got the rows made for Fresh Vanilla and just need to get those together and add borders.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

This looks familiar..

I finally found a computer that would work with my camera and had internet access. Yeah!! I hope everyone had a great weekend.

I got the center of my Blooming 9 patch together on Saturday, cut the borders on Sunday, prayed like crazy Monday and did my first mitered borders. I will have to see if I can find some help to get better pictures.

The mitered corners aren't perfect, but I can definitely live with them.

I also got my Fresh Vanilla quilt and the sashing for a scrappy 9 patch cut out on Sunday. Very productive weekend, just a few things left on the list.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Finishes and Progress

The plan was to post this Monday, but things happen. Plus I was enjoying the Bloggers Quilt Festival any time I could get online.

Finishes first: I got the Hardanger piece finished and just need to make it into the pillow it wants to become.

I also got Time For God completed. For such an easy one, this seemed to take forever. It became my work and club piece and I had to do more reverse stitching on this than I think I have ever done.

Progess: I got the last 9 rows together on Saturday. Of course, these were the rows in the middle of the quilt and were huge. I had hoped to start joining the rows on Sunday, but decided to watch the Nascar Hall of Fame Ceremony instead. Hopefully the 3 day weekend coming up will see most, if not all, the rows joined.

For my girls that are going on a stitch retreat this weekend, have fun and wish I was going with you. Bring back cards for all the shops you stop at so I can go on a virtual tour when you get back.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Bloggers Quilt Festival

Thank you Amy for hosting this and letting us play along.

This is my first quilt. I was 17 and saw it on the cover of an old quilt magazine as a wall hanging. Saw it, wanted it, and went bumbling toward it. I had only made simple clothes up to this point, and had no clue what I was doing. I got my mom and a lady from church to help me figure out the yardage I would need to take it from wallhanging to queen size quilt.

I knew nothing about strip piecing, pretty much all I had going for me was I could sew a straight seam. Every piece was cut in pairs and pieced individually. Man, I could do this quilt so much faster now. The alternate squares are needle turn applique. Haven't done applique since, but I want to now.

Once I got it pieced, I started hand quilting it and realized I hated hand quilting. I got 8 blocks done and put it to the side to start piecing the blocks for my next quilt. My mom took it from me and finished the hand quilting and binding and gave it back to me as part of my Christmas. LOVE you mom.

This quilt is why I tell people they can do anything they want. If you want to try a new craft, find something you love, even if it isn't the simplest thing you can find, and you will be more likely to follow through and complete it.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Design Wall Monday 5/17

This is a little over half of this quilt laid out, 16 of 29 rows. I realized that I didn't need to lay out the whole thing and that helped with the space issue. The first 13 rows can be made twice and be the bottom portion. I got 20 rows made this weekend, so only 9 more to go and I can start joining the rows.
Now I am off to catch up on blog reading since I had no internet this weekend. Google says I only have 180 post to read.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Design Wall Monday

OK, I really have nothing on my design wall this week, but here is my box of blocks so I can take it somewhere with enough room to lay this quilt out.

I still need to cut out the setting and corner triangles, but this box now holds over 2200 pieces. I can't wait to start seeing this come together.

I have also been working on my Hardanger pillow. Finally got all the prelim stitching finished and cut and wove the first corner. I cut the second corner last night and will start weaving it this afternoon.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Design wall Monday 5/03

I don't have much to show this morning. I went to the Quilt and Fiber Art Emporium in Hickory, NC on Saturday and didn't get much sewing done.

I got the next round of 9-patches almost finished, just need to add the third row. This round has 48 9-patches in it.

I also got the fifth block in the JRSQA done. After taking this picture, I need to use something other than the blue.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Design wall Monday

I got 3 more rounds of 9 patches done this weekend. This only leaves me with 2 rounds or 104 more to do. I didn't lay out the entire thing because I am running out of room. I started with only 1 square instead of 3 in the middle. Will have to move furniture to lay out the whole thing to stack rows.

Head over to Judy's to see what everyone has been up to.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Design wall Monday

This is on my design wall/floor. Not what I had planned to be working on, but I saw this fabric and couldn't get it out of my head. I LOVE roses and the border fabric is awesome. I am using a free pattern from Fabri-Quilt called Floral Vignettes. I have seen this type of quilt and really liked them, so I put the two together.

The fabric is laid out in order from right to left and the plan is for the cream/tan to blend into the border. I hope the next blend from red to cream plays well.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

JRQA Block 4 and stitching

I got block 4 of the Jelly Roll Quilt Along done last night.

I am working on two stitching projects. The one I am taking to work and to club is Time for God by Lizzie Kate. My stay at home project, because it had to be moved to 20 inch Qsnaps is a Hardanger pillow.

I started cutting my next quilt and it is not the Fresh Vanilla that I said it would be. I saw some fabric that I had to have and that quilt is now cut out except for the setting triangles and border. Will show it the next time I post.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

New Wave Quilt

I finished my New Wave Quilt today. The directions are on I had been looking for something outside my norm in both pattern and fabrics. I paired this pattern with fabrics from the Hope Valley line. The fabrics have grown on me and I accomplished my goal of stepping outside my comfort zone.

I plan to start cutting for Fresh Vanilla out of the Summer 09 Quilts and More magazine. This one will be different for me also, khaki and cream, but I fell in love with the simple elegance of the quilt.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter

Hope everyone has a Happy Easter.

I got to sew the last two days, and got my whirlygig finished today. I truly hope the borders are straight and has no ruffles, because I spent the most time on them that I have ever taken. Actually measured and cut the border to size. I have always sewn it on and cut off the excess.
I also got my 3rd block for the Jelly Roll Quilt Along made.

Have a good weekend