Monday, November 30, 2009
I recently checked the website and discovered that a good number of our quilts were sold in Houston, including mine (it raised $40). The quilts made by my fellow guild members are in the 3870 and up numbers.
It's nice to know that we played a part in raising some much-needed funds for this very worthwhile cause. Thank you to all who made the quilts and those who bought them.
Won't you take some time to make one, too?
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
We gave it to the friend last week and she was quite appreciative. Makes our hearts all warm inside....
Friday, November 20, 2009
This was one of my favorite ones to make. It was a bug jar pattern using 35 different bug fabrics. This quilt was on display during my guild's 2006 exhibit and it was sold to a local resident for his grandson. I quilted it on my HQ16 in a meandering pattern using variegated thread.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I've done this for the last 4-5 years and they keep inviting me back, so I guess they enjoy the show. Technically, of course, I should have all hand-quilted items with me for Colonial Days. When the teachers first asked me to do this, I warned them that I'm not a hand quilter, so 99 percent of what I show is done on machine...they didn't care.
I do show them a hand-quilted WIP (well it's really a permanent UFO) in a hoop that I started at least 8 or 9 years ago. (Don't look too closely at the stitches, please). I never really liked the fabric, hate the batting and have no more interest in finishing this. But it's perfect to use for Colonial Days since I can show the students what a quilt sandwich looks like and what (imperfect) hand quilting is. If I finished it, it wouldn't serve its purpose. Great excuse, huh?
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
This is from a pattern called Charm Party Tote by Penny Sturges that was in the August 2007 issue of McCall's Quilting magazine. I've used this pattern at least five times in the past. Take a look here and here if you want to see the others. The fabric on this one is from a charm pack of Moda's Wildflower Serenade II.
Sara's birthday is today. Go over to her blog and wish her a happy birthday!
I couldn't have asked for better timing on the finish for this one...
Monday, November 16, 2009
The picture below shows what it looked like the last time I blogged about my progress...late August sometime...
Thanks to my support group, the Laurel Janes, as well as everyone in the blogosphere who encourages me, I'll just keep plugging away until it's done...
Friday, November 13, 2009
This is "J-8, Anna's Anchor", an intermediate-level block that I chose to paper piece and again used the raw-edge machine buttonhole-stitch applique method for the pumpkin seeds... I now have enough blocks finished to put together another 3x3 block section of the quilt. Hopefully, I'll finish that up by the time I come home from today's mini-retreat at the lake house.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
This is what I will be doing today...
There are a couple of things I do a bit differently than shown in this video...
1) I use a 2-inch piece of fabric for the accent rather than the 3-inch used in the video (that's just personal preference);
2) For the French seam, I sew a scant 1/4-inch seam, trim it a bit, and then sew the final seam as 1/4-inch rather than the 1/2 inch shown in the video. I just prefer less bulk in the seam.
Today's pillowcases will be going to ConKerr Cancer.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
...this is "J-9, Maury High School", a beginner-level block that I chose to paper piece and then used the raw-edge machine buttonhole-stitch applique method for the small melons (they look more like pumpkin seeds to me). Not perfect, but it gets me to 150 blocks completed!
I hope to get at least one more DJ block finished this week in time for my guild's Laurel Janes' mini-retreat on Friday and Saturday...
Monday, November 9, 2009
...I think I've made up my mind...well, maybe...
My son's senior class asked me if I would make a quilt for a raffle fundraiser, so of course, I couldn't say no.
I decided to use the school's colors of green and white and picked this pattern from Film in the Fridge.
But I'm not sure of which layout to use...
...or this one?
I've already used the first layout in another similar top that I blogged about here. I was kind of hoping to use a different layout, so I came up with the second one. I kind of like it except for a couple of things...1) I'll need to make one more green block -- that's not a big deal; 2) I have 8 leftover white blocks that I suppose could be used on the back; 3) I'll need to make setting triangles; 4) it's square and I don't like square throws -- although I could move some of the green blocks from one side to the bottom. But that makes for a throw that is a bit too narrow for my taste. Which means I'd have to add a border.
It looks like if I want to use the second layout, it means more work and more time and I really don't want to do that because I'd like to get this finished and handed off to the senior class ASAP and because of all the other projects that are demanding my time. What projects, you ask? Well, there is a Pay It Forward gift that I need to get in the mail this week, a binding to finish by the 16th, ten penny pockets to make and fill by the 21st, charity pillowcases to make on Wednesday, two other pillowcases to make by Thursday...and oh yes, a couple of Dear Jane blocks to make for our mini-retreat on Friday/Saturday.
I think I'll just go with the first layout...but I'm anxious to try the second one on another quilt. Perhaps on the baby quilt that I need to make by February...
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
I made this postcard for Janice from the UK using selvages from the fabric I won in her giveaway.
A tutorial for these postcards can be found on my sidebar.
Thanks again Janice and Brooke and Greg!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Last week, my friend Susan (the one who I gave the yarn to) surprised me with a birthday gift of these wonderful slipper socks! I wore them earlier this week while sewing at the lake house with friends -- I've decided that the slipper socks are for special occasions like that!
These slipper socks feel so good on my feet that it almost makes me want to take up knitting...but the last thing I need is another fiber obsession...maybe after Christmas...
Thanks, Susan...and thanks Yarn Hungry...
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I found this center panel at one of my favorite quilt shops when Nick was in middle school and finally finished it in the summer of 2006 when he was just about to enter high school. The books and lamp are paper-pieced; then I embroidered the titles of some of his favorite books on the spines and used several of the fancy stitches on my machine for embellishment. It's been hanging on the wall in his room ever since. You should be able to click on the photo for a closer look if you like.
(Here's where some bragging comes in...) I guess Nick's love for reading has paid off -- when he took his SAT's last spring, his score on the reading/English section of the SAT reasoning test was a perfect 800!
P.S. I guess I need to work on a math-themed quilt for him as well...last week he found out that his score on the SAT math subject test (a separate test from the "normal" SAT math section) that he took last month was also 800!