Thursday, January 31, 2008
Keith came in when I was taking the photo and said it looked whimsical! Now I just have to finish stitching the circles down - I'm appliqueing them by hand with perle cotton.
I frequently get comments on how productive I am. When trying to finish as many donated tops as I can, I find that if I set up a pantograph or template and thread color on the longarm that I save time if I quilt more than one top before changing them. I just knew that of all the tops I have here waiting I could find another one that I could use the Double Rose pantograph and cream thread with and look what I found in the box of 7 tops sent by Nancy in CT!
The quilt on the left is Barbara's top, finished and ready for binding and the one on the right is Nancy's ready to load. Both of these tops came with backings ready to load on the longarm.
Don't you love the change in the lighting from the first picture? I love the afternoon sun that we get in our apartment. I know we won't find the same light when we get ready to move.
Now it's time to work on bindings.
On my trip home from Deb's I had a book with me that I realized I'd finish reading before getting home so I bought another one in the airport....unfortunately I finished that one too and ran out of reading material before getting home. The Kindle will solve that problem for me - I'll never run out of read material.
On today's list:
Load and quilt a donated HeartStrings top
Get a binding on the Coins quilt and start to stitch it down.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Then, after taking it off the longarm I decided that I wanted the legs stitched down so I appliqued them by hand. The wings, head, and tail are left free.
And because Dawn cautions about not leaving anything unstitched that little fingers might get caught under - I stitched the body at the head and tail where the wings ended by hand, from the back of the quilt with a strong, waxed hand quilting thread. This dragonfly is going NO WHERE! Isn't it cute? You can click any of the photos to see a larger view - the photo below shows the back after I'm done.
For those of you with Dawn's Pajama Quilter DVD, she demonstrates this in the Bonus Extras section and it's lots of fun!
Instead of a panel I found this old UFO, a strippie top that Mom had pieced but didn't really like so she gave it to me to finish - a long time ago. I decided it would be perfect for this dragonfly. So I loaded the top and quilted it and after watching the section on the DVD on attaching them, I'm going to give it a shot.
And isn't this little lizard just perfect for the fabric I already had pulled for another one of my quick donation quilts.
Having been gone for days I should jump right back in and start quilting and assemble my heart quilt but I'm going to take it easy today.
I've got some packages to go through - stuffed animals from Dawn and a box with more donated quilts from Barbara along with lots of mail.
I think I'll set simple goals for today - load a quilt on the longarm for tomorrow, unpacking the embellishment goodies I bought at Deb's, and play with postcards.
Since I missed my Sunday stashbusting report for last week, I'll add it here:
- I finished the blocks for the Heart quilt - all the fabric is from stash
- I finished the Dragonfly quilt (UFO #9) - only the binding was from my stash (the top was pieced with Mom from her fabric and VickiW made me the hand dyed backing)
- I finished the Coins (UFO #8) quilt donated by Barbara - only the binding from that one was from my stash.
- I did purchase a backing for my HeartStrings Anniversary quilt from Pam at Real Women Quilt which arrived while I was gone.
- Technically, this goes against me this week not last, but I did purchase a backing yesterday at one of Deb's quilt shops that will be used for my Irish Chain quilt.
- I bought LOTS and LOTS of embellishment *stuff* while I was at Deb's....perle cotton, beads, fibers, etc along with books.
I can safely say that I can embellish postcards and start my blue/white crazy quilt and count on having all the supplies I might want on-hand. Now I just have to find a way to store them in a way that I can easily find what I'm looking for.
Thank you all who commented or emailed and introduced yourself - it was great getting to know my readers a little better.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
I'll head home tomorrow around noon - I have a long travel day ahead but hopefully my flights will go as well as the ones coming down.
Thanks for all the emails and comments - it's been fun reading them and getting to know those of you who stop by my blog.
Friday, January 25, 2008
While I was attaching all the brads, Deb was filling up a big box that she's going to ship to me with hand dyed fabric, wool, trims, yarns - TONS of stuff for me to use when I get home.
This one won first place.
This one won 2nd place. This guild doesn't give out double ribbons so she won't get two of these but she will get the machine quilting ribbon to add to her collection. I bought some beads, ribbons, perle cotton and a book for inspiration at the show.
Last night I *consulted* with her on her next show quilt....I wonder how much of my advice she'll take? You know I'll take credit if she listens to me and the quilt does well. I don't enter quilts into shows but I'm good at telling other people what to do!
See the photo on the far left? That's the last portrait we have of Mom and Dad together - I should find mine and hang it up but I think I might have left it in Marietta. We tried to talk Mom into coming with me on this visit but she didn't feel up to making the trip.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
My travel day was long considering I never went to bed last night! I left for the airport at 5:30Am and can anyone tell me why I'm still awake? I told Deb to come knocking on the door by 8:30AM (she's an early riser).
We should have some photos to share tomorrow - we're going to a local quilt show and Deb heard that at least a couple quilts she quilted got ribbons in the show. We'll also stop by a bead shop - I think I need more since I'm just starting to establish my embellishment stash.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
My goal was to finish all the blocks for my heart quilt before leaving so I'm going to head to the sewing room now - I just have one more row of blocks to do so I should easily be able to finish them tonight.
I'm taking my laptop and camera so I plan to continue to post while I'm gone - I just won't be checking email as frequently.
So, now you can either comment or email me directly.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
I made some new HeartStrings labels for 2008 and I'd printed a page yesterday to put on Deb's strippie top that I finished last night - thought it was too big so I printed another page tonight using a smaller label for Barbara's coins. Funny but seeing them side by side the larger one doesn't seem as HUGE as it did last night so I'll go ahead and use the other labels from that sheet rather than waste them. You know, those Printed Treasures sheets aren't cheap!
The good thing is I've finished two more HeartStrings donation quilts and now I'm going to work some on the blocks for the Pieces of my Heart quilt (see, it has a name now).
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I bought this book after seeing it on VickiW's blog and I love it - it has lots of motifs for me to use for embroidery. I decided I'd start embroidering some on fabric patches while I decide my color scheme. On Allie's blog I learned I could use paper to trace the design and stitch through - how cool is that?
I've finished the binding on this donation quilt tonight. It reinforced my belief that having a large stash isn't necessarily a bad thing. I love that I can pull backings and bindings for a variety of donated tops and finish up these quilts with the fabric I have on hand. I love how this stripe looks.
I had several great suggestions about a name for my current piecing project, my favorite was from GypsyQuilter "Pieces of my Heart". Of course, I'll probably shorten it to "the heart quilt" and 6 months from now I won't remember what I actually called it but for now it pleases me.
- More progress made on my current project which is completely from stash and officially needs a name now - I started out calling them crumb blocks but they're really more like log cabin blocks pieced with crumbs and strings....add some scattered hearts and what do you get? I don't know - any suggestions for naming this quilt?
- The backing and binding on this donated top quilted this week were from stash.
- The backing and binding on this donated top finished this week were from stash.
- The binding for this donated top was pulled from stash and has been stitched on - now it just needs to be hand-stitched down.
- No fabric purchases either.
I got through my to do list this week - 3 tops quilted (4 if you count the dwirling panel quilt on Sunday) and 3 quilts bound.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Not only does it look halfway decent but the tension was excellent and even though I used a variegated thread...no top thread dots on the back. You can enlarge both photos to see the quilting up close. Vicki, maybe I should quilt more often without any sleep!