Tuesday, September 30, 2008
And this is the fabric...a Moda Tropical Camouflage. IMO, it is even uglier in person :) Our theme this time is 'Summer in Winter' with the challenge piece due at the partner's home February 1, 2009. Seems like a long time away but, believe me, with the holidays approaching...this deadline will probably sneak up on me! The idea I had to create, I have abandon as this fabric just does not work! Good thing I have been spending quite a bit of time surfing the web for ideas :)
I spent some time in the sewing room this afternoon. These poor donation quilt pieces have been on the design flannel for almost 4 weeks! I started sewing the smaller blocks into larger 9 patch continents as this is how I assemble my quilt tops. I believe this in a Mary Ellen Hopkins technique that I saw on a long ago Simply Quilts episode, but I'm not completely sure as I have been assembling my quilt tops this way for a long time :) I know, baby steps but it felt good to be back in the sewing room after a 10 day break :)
Sunday, September 28, 2008
- fabric recieved in: 3 yards
- fabric used: 0 yards
- net fabric for this week: +3 yards (added)
Net fabric for the year: +24.5 yards (added)
I didn't finish anything, big or small. I hope to get back into the sewing room this week and test drive Baby Brother 'left footed'.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Good friends, lots of sewing, lots of laughter, attending an old guild meeting, great food and fabric shopping! I was having so much fun that I only took 1 (yes, 1!) picture! and that was the front door to United Notions...the Moda Warehouse in Dallas. Need I say more? for this past week stash report?!
- fabric recieved in: +100 yards
- fabric used: 0 yards
- net fabric for the week: + 100 yards
Net fabric for the year: +21.5 yardsWhat I accomplished this week:
- sewed with friends I hadn't seen in 18 months :)
- find a home for 100 yards of fabric!
I shipped home most of the fabric from the shopping trip. My friend took me to both the Moda Warehouse and the P&B Textile Warehouse! The shopping trip was totally awesome and so many colors! I was on sensory overload! She also decided she need some quilting thread, so we stopped at Dallas Thread to pick some up for her longarm...I was totally speechless after being in the Moda Warehouse for 2 hours then another 45 minutes at P&B that I couldn't even think of what thread I might need for Valerie! She suggest Rye Beige as a blender, so I got one of those. As I unpack my box (which arrived before me!) I will show the Stash Enhancement Shopping I did this past week...
A sneek peek at the box I shipped home :)
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Today is the day! Tonight I will be at the Bear Creek Quilt Guild meeting. Wednesday is a shopping day.
The balance of the week, I will be at the Reunion Retreat in Runaway Bay, Texas! (It's about an hour's drive west of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and saw the rain/wind from Hurricane Ike) Isn't that an awesome sounding place to have a sewing/quilting retreat! Thanks so much to Paula for hosting this retreat at her lakehouse!
One project bag didn't make it into the luggage...the r/w/b string blocks. I'll have to sew them up when I get home :)
Monday, September 15, 2008
Second: How many projects is too many to take on a 3 day retreat?
Right now, I have 5 bags. I have a funny feeling one or two will be staying home! I don't know if you can tell or not, but I was busy cutting my reds and blues into strips for QOV's and I have one bag with green/gold combination for a Packer quilt. Hey, what can I say? I live in Wisconsin and just about everyone LOVES the Packers :)
Sunday, September 14, 2008
- fabric received in: 0 yards
- fabric used: -22 yards
- week to date: -22 yards
Year to date: -78.5 yards (used)
What I accomplished this week:
- quilted the two Hospice Angel Quilts
- quilted and assembled two totes
- made 12 1/2" b/w/bright block for night guild
- made a birthday card :)
Goals for next week:
- cut and assemble project bags for reunion retreat
- sew as many blocks as possible while visiting
I am almost finished with the quilted totes. I need to sew the dowels in place, and make bags for the acrylic bottoms. Hopefully, that will be tonight's project. Pictures to follow when complete and in better light :)
This is the black/white and bright block I made for the night guild silent auction. We were to make any 12 1/2" unfinished block that will be added to others then the whole lot of the blocks will be up for bid. A very neat idea, Cheryl! (I will mail it to you, Cheryl) Since the bright I have in abundance right now is orange...a Halloween-ish colored star. I followed this pattern from Quilter's Cache.
I also made a birthday card for one of my hostesses. Her birthday is a couple days after I leave. Her favorite color is blue...did you guess?! I had seen this postcard on Mary's blog and followed the same idea only I don't have the birthday ribbon to add.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
DH and DD went to the pet store this morning. Please meet the newest member of our family, Oreo. DD had a hamster awhile back (pre-blog) that died and since her 4th grade classroom has a hamster...she's been wanting one again. So far, he seems to like running in his wheel and not eating the wheel like Cinnamon (her old hamster)!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
A guild member undertook this effort and supplied the Angel Block pattern for anyone who wished to make blocks then donate them. A team gathered last Sunday to sew the blocks into tops. This week, I practiced on Valerie some more.
This first quilt I did Tuesday using the Popcorn pantograph. I stood on the chair and DD took the picture. The finished size is about 46 x 86.
This second quilt I did today also with the popcorn pantograph. This is on DS's bed as my photographer is in school right now. The finished size is about 45 x 85.
I really liked this red haired Angel as each Angel seemed to have her own personality.
I thought the quilting would show better on an Angel with a darker background, that's why I included her.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
- fabric received in: +14 yards
- fabric used: -19 yards
- net fabric for the week: -5 yards
Net fabric for the year: -56.5 yards (used)
What I accomplished this week:
- quilted and bound Lake Country Mystery (r/w/b)
- pieced, quilted and bound JudyL's Wonky Labor Day Challenge
Goals for next week:
- piece, quilt and bind 4-patch donation quilt
- make bee gifts
- make black, white and bright block for night guild
Here is the front of the Lake Country Mystery quilt. I think Donna named it, 'Three Block Mystery'. You make the Churn Dash and then the sashing becomes two different blocks, Grecian Square and Farmer's Flight, I think.
I realized when I pieced this patriotic fabric that it was indeed directional vertically. Well, I only brought enough yardage to be pieced horizontally. Next time, I will have to be careful to buy the right amount of yardage!
This is my finished JudyL Wonky Labor Day Challenge. I decided to 'go orange' and bind it in the same fabric as the inner border. I also machine stitched the binding to the back and brought it to the front to straight stitch by machine. I actually like the straight stitch better than the serpentine to finish binding this way.
JudyS. was wondering about it. I had brought this off the sale rack awhile ago. When I buy backing for my kids' donation quilts, I look for bright primary colors with a non-gender pattern (like stars, alphabet or numbers).
Friday, September 5, 2008
I also had about an hour before the kids arrived home from school and decided to start the quilting on JudyL's Wonky Labor Day Challenge quilt. I choose to practice the Popcorn pantograph again. :)