Monday, December 31, 2007
Now that the Swirls are back on the table, I think most of January will be swirls or freehand quilts. ( I have 3 other Coins tops waiting for quilting). I know other people get bored doing the same thing but I like taking advantage of having the templates set up and as long as I do some freehand quilts in between I shouldn't get too bored. I also need to decide which top to quilt the Wonky Feathers on and I want to try Dwirling from the Pajama Quilter DVD too.
See those glasses in the photo? My eyes are getting old and I find I'm having to use glasses for detail work - serves me right for laughing at Deb years ago when she started wearing granny glasses (you guys do know she's my OLDER sister don't you?).
Here's the next top to be loaded on the longarm. It's one of two pieced by Sandra and contributed to by the Stashbuster group I belong to. Both quilts will be donated when finished.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
I had an old UFO - just 6 crazy quilt blocks that I made into a doll quilt earlier this year. I've had a lot of fun collecting and reading Crazy Quilting books and trying different stitches on this pint size quilt. My embroidery skills are improving as I go along. Click any of the photos to see a larger view.
Keep in mind this is my first attempt and that I'm not very artistic. I stitched the seams on the machine with the feather stitch thinking I'd just bead the tips but I quickly decided that would be boring so I decided to just play. I'm not sure if this is done yet - I'm going to go to sleep and look at it again tomorrow. Once I do the edging, I'll also have to fill in some beads but I tried not to get to close to the edge since I don't want to run over any beads with my sewing machine.
Click the photo to enlarge or maybe it would be kinder NOT to look too closely.
- Assembled my boxed squares blocks and that top is finished - the blocks were from a Jelly Roll from stash
- Quilted an ugly UFO - the top was all from stash back when I pieced it in 2006 and I used stash for the backing
- No fabric purchases again this week
I did purchase books and beads but I'm focused on my fabric not my books and I'll blame my current interest in Crazy Quilting for my desire to try some beading.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
While I was out I also stopped at Michael's to buy some beads. I want to try some beaded crazy quilting but I'm going to start on a small scale with some postcards.
Friday, December 28, 2007
I finished quilting the blue/gold windmill quilt (ugly quilt#2) and had some space for practice at the bottom. Having watched Dawn Ramirez's DVD ONE time 2 days ago, I decided I'd try some allover feathers. Aren't you impressed?? Imagine what they'd look like if I'd actually practiced them on the whiteboard like she suggests! She calls these Wonky Feathers and they're supposed to look goofy and wonky - I can do THAT! You can click the photo for a larger view.
And on this anniversary, here's my year end summary (a couple days early and you'll note that I'm counting the windmill quilt as quilted. I loaded it tonight and the quilting will be done before the end of the year but the binding won't).
My most important success with my UFO's this year was not allowing any new starts to be set aside until the entire top was pieced. I don't mind carrying tops over into the new year as UFO's because I'm confident they'll be finished not abandoned......it's those quilts still in pieces that I struggle to finish once they're set aside.
2007 Quilting Stats
62 Machine Quilted
· 18 of these were tops belonging to family members
· 2 were my quilts that were gifts for family
· 17 were tops that were pieced by others for HeartStrings
· 25 were my donation quilts
3 Hand Quilted
· Drunkard’s Path doll quilt
· Checkerboard doll quilt
· Holiday House wallhanging
16 UFO’s completed
18 New starts (includes 2 with Mom)
· 11 quilts were completed
· 7 are finished tops
UFO’s for 2008 – 25 on this working list (there are others that may be added as I come across them)
· Pink HeartStrings
· Red HeartStrings
· Blue/Gold Windmills
Donated HeartStrings tops needing quilting/binding/labeling
· QOV top pieced by Sue
· Stashbuster #1
· Stashbuster #2
· Annie’s top #1
· Annie’s top #2
· Barbara’s Chinese Coins
My HeartStrings tops and personal tops
· Green 4 Patch
· Crazy quilt (doll quilt)
· Half Square Hearts
· Christmas Lily
· Irish Chain
· Green Floral
· Chinese Coins #2 (pieced by me from donated coins)
· Chinese Coins #5 (pieced by me from donated coins)
· Boxed Squares
· Lizard Strippie
UFO’s still in the piecing stage (started in 2006 or earlier)
· Flying Geese
· Homespun uneven SnS
· Grandmother’s flower blocks
Thursday, December 27, 2007
For those of you wondering, I got 40 blocks from the one Jelly Roll and the quilt is 48 x 60. I considered adding a border but with the fabrics being SO coordinated I don't really have something in my stash that would work well. This is a very *warm* looking quilt so I'll back it in flannel and it will make a nice lap size quilt.
Even though the fabric was a gift, it will be donated. I know Deb won't mind - she knows that most of my quilts are donated. It will probably go for the Angle Tree at my Mom's church next Christmas. She usually pulls the names of a couple senior citizens and I give her quilts or afghans to add to the present. This year we worked together on piecing two tops and I backed them in flannel and quilted them.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
The Pajama Quilter Reloaded
I've been longarm quilting for 5 years and while I think my freehand quilting is decent, I'm not always happy with how it flows. I've quilted most of the elements on the DVD before so I'm hoping that I can use the information and inspiration to improve. For me, the DVD was definitely worth the cost.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
I tend to forget the difference in mine and Keith's height until I see a photo of the two of us together. I'm 5'3" and he's 6'4". Quite a bit of difference between the photo of Chris and Becky and this one of us.
Chris is hooked on making postcards and worked on several more today. Here are three tree variations he made. Becky and I were talking about knitting and crochet and I pulled out some knitting needles and showed her how to do the knit stitch. I think she might take a knitting class when she gets home.
Finally, Adam called us this evening. He's at home in GA working and we really miss him not being here. I hate that he's alone for the holiday.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
This morning, Chris decided he wanted to make a postcard.
With a little help, he made this one for the Redskin/Viking football game we're going to tonight.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I've been watching Jeanne Williamson's blog since buying her book The Uncommon Quilter and she posted a link today to a video of the making of one of the quilts...very cool. I never thought about using YouTube to play a series of photos like this.
Keith just ran downstairs to workout so I'm going to grab the pink HeartStrings top (the one on the machine in this photo) and work some on the binding. I quilted it back in November but other quilts have taken priority.
Chris called earlier to say he'd been in an accident. Luckily no one was hurt and it won't interfere with their visit. They fly in tomorrow around dinner time.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Not much accomplished today since I'm not feeling well but I did finish up some of the Christmas tree postcards I was making yesterday. Here's the one I made for my journal project. I love the crystals - thanks again Vicki!
Monday, December 17, 2007
I received this postcard in the mail from Deb today...you'll have to visit her blog to see the inside.
This one came just before I went to VA from Helen in the UK. I plan on making myself a Xmas postcard for my journal project but not tonight. Keith has been sick with a cold and keeping me up at night with his coughing since I got home....I really need to catch up on my sleep before Chris and Becky get here Friday.
Here's a fairly old UFO. Everyone on one of my quilting lists was raving about the Yellow Brick Road pattern 2-3 years ago so I had to try it. I realized quickly I don't like quilts from this pattern - mine or others I've seen and this one sat unquilted until today. It will be donated as a HeartStrings quilt (donating *ugly* quilts is another recent discussion on one of my groups that I won't go into right now) .
Since I can be pretty assembly line about my quilting at times, this has the same thread and pattern I'm going to quilt on another UFO that's next up for quilting. The pantograph is Whirlygig from Willow Leaf Studios. It's one I recently ordered and this is the first quilt I've used it on. It was quick and easy and more important - it takes advantage of the smaller amount of throat space I have on the Premier so I don't have to roll as frequently.
I checked my binding bin to see if I'd made a binding and found one cut from the yellow butterfly fabric but I think this needs a blue binding so I'll use the fabric on the bottom of the photo instead.
Next up is binding this one and piecing a backing for another ugly UFO. I think using the yellow thread and this pantograph will help to break up all the blue background on that one.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
- The binding is done on the Ice Cream Quilt and it was from stash as was the rest of the quilt.
- I pieced a backing from stash for the UFO I loaded on the longarm today.
- I pieced two leftover pieces of batting for that same quilt.
- No fabric purchased this week. I even turned down a trip to Mom's LQS while I was in VA because I tend to pick up fat quarter bundles there!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Between shopping yesterday for a few stocking stuffers for Adam who will be on his own for Christmas, buying a few decorations for the apartment (all my Christmas stuff was left at the house in Marietta last year), shopping for a festive outfit, and going to a business dinner with Keith...absolutely nothing from my quilting to do list was accomplished.
On today's list of things that MUST get done - sewing the binding on the Ice Cream quilt and unpacking from my VA trip. I think I'll toss those HeartStrings quilts in the washer and check that off too.
Did anyone else seriously overestimate the amount of quilty work they were going to get done before Christmas?
Thursday, December 13, 2007
- I'm making an Anniversary string quilt for myself to celebrate HeartStrings first year in *business* and asked members of the HeartStrings Yahoo group for a block to be included in my quilt. I had 8 blocks here waiting for me.
- I saw an offer on the MQR list for a set of Great American Quilt books and couldn't resist and they arrived while I was gone - all 11 of them!
- We're going to a football game on the 23rd when Chris is here - the Vikings are playing the Redskins so I ordered a Redskin shirt for Keith and a Viking one for me. I was a Dolphin fan for years but don't really follow them any longer and never did get into the Falcons when we were in Altanta so I'm ready for a new team.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I didn't mention it before but my Dad's birthday is 2 days after Mom's on December 10th. He died 19 years ago on December 11th and it was impossible NOT to think of him this past few days especially with the entire family getting together. Mom and I went to visit his grave on his birthday and she placed flowers.
While I was making a DVD with the photos from our reunion, I took a couple CD's that had a lot of old photos and slides that had been scanned and created a DVD for Mom and me. Here's one of my favorites from the CD. With 6 kids in the family, it's a rare thing to have a photo of just the two of us.
Tomorrow I should get back to work on my To Do List.
- Piece 2 backings
- Quilt 2 UFO's
- Bind the Ice Cream Quilt
- Finish the bindings on 2 HeartStrings Quilts
- Wash/Dry 3 finished HeartStrings Quilts
- Assemble the Boxed Squares blocks I pieced before my trip
Monday, December 10, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Here's Deb with her son and granddaughter.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Since I had some of the ready made stuff I thought I'd use that and give it a shot. I actually like how this turned out but the problem with the ready made double fold stuff is that the opening is on the side and she stitches down the middle to hold them in place.
Now is it even worth going in to lay down for 2 and 1/2 hours? I think I will.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Deb gets to sleep in tomorrow - she doesn't leave until 7AM and since my cab will be here at 4:30AM to take me to the airport I'm sure I won't sleep at all tonight. We're both very excited about the trip to VA and our family reunion. We have a large family - there are 6 kids plus our families and we have some extended family coming too - aunts, uncles, cousins. Of course, Mom will be there too and it just so happens that the actual day of the reunion is her birthday.
My camera is packed and I bought a spare battery and extra memory cards. There will be lots of photos taken!
They're calling for 3-5 inches of snow today but if this keeps up I bet we'll get more than that. Hopefully I won't have a problem getting to the airport tomorrow. I have to be there VERY early!
Monday, December 03, 2007
Make 2 backings for UFO's that will become HeartStrings quilts
Tomorrow I'll spend a good part of the day getting ready for my trip to Virginia so don't expect to see much (any?) progress then either.
After having wine and cheese while we watched the sunset from the apartment windows and a movie - Mr. Brooks, Keith and Chesty went to bed and I went back to work. I was very productive.
All my blocks for the Boxed Squares are finished now and I'll set them aside until I get back home. I hope I can find a border from stash since this will measure 48x60 - I think I had 40 strips in the Jelly Roll so that should be 80 blocks set 8x10. I also pieced 2 bindings and stitched one on my Pink HeartStrings quilt from October's project. I still have to hand stitch it down but getting it on the quilt is half the battle.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Here's my report for Stashbusting Sunday.
- All the fabric from the Ice Cream quilt is from stash, including the flannel backing.
- All the fabric in my Holiday House finished this week is from stash.
- I started a new quilt with a Jelly Roll (a gift that's been in stash for 6 months).
- NO fabric purchases this week.
While I'm making lists.....my current to do list looks like this
Finish Holiday House Load and quilt the Ice Cream House
- Make blocks for Boxed Squares
- Make 2 backings for UFO's that will become HeartStrings quilts
- Bind 3 HeartStrings quilts
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Still playing with framing options in Photoshop Elements too.
Don't you love the view from my studio? Chesty does! He's usually sitting up here (but facing out) when I'm quilting.