Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Well, here it is, the New Years Eve Mystery quilt top. No borders on this one and it will be packaged with the excess fabric and put aside until time to quilt it.
I hope some form of long arm quilter is in my future so I am saving up my pieced tops until after we move. By then I will be in a better position to at least machine quilt them because I will have more space to work.
Monday, January 29, 2007
This seems like a good start to the week. Already I am having to reschedule errands to accomodate the late start caused by the weather. It is still snowing but I did make it in to work.
I was unable to sit in my favorite chair and stitch this weekend. The weather is cold. Below 30 degrees and the sitting room is too drafty to sit there comfortably even with the fireplace on. When it gets this cold, I snuggle in bed with my knitting instead. I finished 3 more baby hats (almost four) for Jean. I will wait till the skein of yarn is used up before I mail them.
This morning I began prepping some blocks for my Baltimore Album quilt and the Faye Anderson blocks. Next thing I knew it was time to dress for work.................... Time sure goes by when you are having fun.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Vickie is a fabulous talent. This is a quilt she designed and made many years ago. She was kind to let me borrow it for a week and trace the trees. They are hand pieced and look so real. Snowflakes are quilted in in regular thread and also in silver metallic. Some are crocheted and tacked on th the quilt. Such amazing detail..................... How wonderful to have such creative friends. Perhaps some of it will rub off onto me.................
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Here are blocks one and two from the Faye Anderson book. The pattern calls for a sequin to be sewn where I have placed a button in the first block. Some over achievers (Hanne and May) actually appliqued a teeny tiny dot of fabric there. Perhaps one day I too will be that good....................
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Last week I stopped at my LQS to pick up some thread. Vicky was looking at this book and mentioned that she wanted to do that quilt. "Wow, I have that book and I bought one for Rebekah at the same time. Lets do a block a month and by next year we will have all the blocks done for this quilt." says I....... We agreed to begin in February. We decided on 20 inch blocks. I went to Staples next to have the pattern enlarged to the size we needed. Rebekah agreed to join us and Friday I mailed her enlargements off to her.
Next we began a discussion of the the fabrics we would use. Vicky is thinking of a black background. Rebekah is looking at a purple background. I will be using the same fabric I am using on the Faye Anderson blocks as I have so much of it. Above are my fabric selections. I will begin prepping my first block this week. Sorry for the blurry picture but I had been sewing for a couple of hours this morning. That makes the back cranky and I cannot hold the camera steady.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
The little hat is my first finish for 2007…. Not very impressive but it is a start. My sister asked if I ever got tired of socks could I do a few hats for her. She does numerous projects for others and this is one I could help with. I needed a break so I made this hat this week. I would like to do one a week this year. That seems possible but I am making no promises.
I ordered the book by Faye Anderson “Applique Designs My Mother Taught Me to Sew” I had a hard time finding a copy. I ordered the first one on Amazon from a private seller. They were in
This is the beginning of my first block………. I hope to finish it tonight.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
I never knew till last week that Treadle Sewing Machines came in such lovely cabinets. I saw one for sale in Florida and Rebekah and Robert said they would pick it up for me so it would not get ruined in shipping. Alas, that one was sold for more than I could budget.
Robert, our E-bay wizard found this one and it is actually in the same state they live in. Rebekah called last night with the number and to let me know that the sale ended in a few hours. I looked it up and knowing that I could not stay up till the auction was over, I entered the amount I could budget and turned off the computer.
Bless his heart, Robert was alert and when I was outbid, he added a few dollars to my bid and won the machine and cabinet for me. Now he and Rebekah have to bring this lovely machine home, refinish the cabinet if it needs it and tune the machine so that it works. I have thought I would enjoy one of the older Singers with the red decals and now I have one. Can't you see this big smile?
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
This past weekend we finally got the Singer Treadle moved upstairs. That left a cleared spot at the foot of the stairs. This morning I took 15 minutes to move into that spot a stack of quilts in plastic containers that were in the way in the laundry room.
EIGHTEEN…………. There are eighteen quilts residing there……. Most to be pieced but there are a few appliqué.
As long as I kept them in the sewing area I could curb my purchasing. Then I moved them to the other side of the basement to make more space to work. All that accomplished was the purchase of even more projects. I won’t even get to watch this stack diminish for sometime because of all that I have in the way in the studio.
Knowing that the time I spend in the studio is pure joy, it seems that I will be joyous for weeks to come.
Monday, January 15, 2007
I still have the New Years Eve quilt in progress and the New Years Day will be the next one I piece. As soon as I determine that this quilt will be what I had in mind, I will slot it into February with Judy's Hour a Day quilt.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
They have come up with a challenge. For $5.00 you could purchase these five fabrics and if you make a quilt following their guidelines you can turn it in for the show and get your $5.00 back.
The rules are: No one side should be smaller than 12 inches nor larger than 18 inches.
All challenge fabrics must be included in the quilt.
Others may be addes
Quilt must be made by only one person
Ouilt needs to be handed in no later than Oct. 2007.
I have sketched my idea....... I am not sure it is a good one but I like it.............
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Brooke's Wedding Sampler
You're a Grand Old Flag
Linus Quilt for Kate - 1
Linus Quilt for Kate - 2
Linus Quilt for Kate - 3
Linus Quilt for Kate - 4
Linus Quilt for Kate - 5
Heart with Flowers
Afghan for Angus
Sampler for Laura & Hans
Sampler for Leslie and Winn
Lori's Wedding Sampler
Green and Blue Socks
Preemie Hat and Socks - Pink
Preemie Hat and Socks - Pink
Navy Blue Socks with Inserts
Care Quilt for CFQG
Holiday Swap Quilt
Little Purple Purse
Fields and Fences Quilt
Blue Fortissima Socks
Table runner to swap
Table runner for me
Blue Metallic Socks
Primary Color Socks
65 Tassels for Guild
Watch for Vickie
Two Christmas Stockings
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
The Dear Jane Blocks are from a swap I did last year. There were six people involved and we did 6 blocks a month and then passed it on to the next person. I used Mary Hickory's information from the Dear Jane site to set the blocks in the middle of the Ohio Star block. I had already begun the quilt and cut all the fabric before I learned to make "no-waste" flying geese. I sure will know better next time.......... With all those little HST's left over it was easy to make the sawtooth border. The quilt is packed up and ready to send UPS to be quilted by Judy at Sunshine Quilts.
How glorious it is to have one so close to being complete.
That is one quilt top pieced in January. Now one more to do in order to reach my goal.
Friday, January 05, 2007
"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities."
- Dr. Seuss
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Some of you might remember that in August, my daughter Rebekah and I began a quilt together. We went totally over the top in the “marked down” section at a Tumbleweed Quilts buying pink fabric. The idea was to make a quilt that I had seen on the cover of the “Quilts from the Henry Ford” book by Fons and Porter. She is doing ½ of the blocks and I am doing the other half. The deadline we established is Feb. 14th. I just didn’t realize until we got a few blocks competed that I had taken a turn in the wrong direction. Since we both want that quilt we are adjusting our thinking on the assembly.
I have found a fabric at Thousands of Bolts that should be the perfect sashing. Now if I could just remember to measure the blocks I have I can figure out how much fabric to purchase. We could use the pink part as the sashing with black cornerstones and pink heart shaped buttons sewn to the cornerstones. At least that is the plan now. Even this can change as nothing is written in stone yet.
Thank you to everyone for the support and kind words. Darlene is right, I need to remember that it is process over product and enjoy the journey. She has a grand idea for 2007 and I plan to follow her.....
Rebekah is coming to visit again in June and we will assemble the quilt together. Then we will have a nice soft hug from each other as comfort when we are apart.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Already my plans for 2007 have taken a down turn. I had hoped to complete two quilt tops each month. I had previously planned projects ahead that would make that goal possible without even one fabric purchase. I should have gotten off to a good start with my Mystery Quilt Plans for New Years Eve and New Years Day. It didn’t exactly turn out that way.
I will not be able sew as much as I would like in 2007. An old injury is causing me such discomfort that I will need to curtail my sewing time. Perhaps it will improve but until then I am moving rather slowly.
Instead of completing all 9 clues on New Years Day, I am just finishing clue 5. This is going to be a lovely quilt when it is done. It just will take a bit longer.