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.