Friday, October 31, 2008
This is the top that I started in Bonnie's workshop a couple of weeks ago. It didn't turn out quite as big as I was expecting so I think I will add a thin red border and then a wider blue border.
I have several other projects going on at the same time. My mom and I are making a quilt for the sister of a little boy who has terminal cancer. Here is the quilt we made for him. These kids are about the same ages as my two and it breaks my heart to think of what this family is going through.
I will leave you a picture of Indiana Jones who showed up at my house last night wanting lots of candy! Be careful, he's got a whip! Happy Halloween!
Friday, October 24, 2008
After being in Bonnie's Maverick Quilters blog ring for over three years now, and following her posts on other group lists for even longer, I was so excited to finally get the chance to meet Bonnie in person. When I walked into the workshop site, right at start time, with my arms loaded down with my stuff, I hear from some yell from across the room "Sarah!", at which point, Bonnie comes running across the room to give me a hug. It was like we had known each other in person for years. She is so sweet and funny! The workshop was so fun. I was surrounded by a sweet group of ladies. One lady, Linda, (HI, Linda!!) had been hauling her sewing machine around in her trunk all summer and when she set it up for the workshop, it wouldn't work. So Bonnie lent her her Featherweight. I warned Linda that by the end of the day she would be wanting one for herself. The next night at the lecture and trunk show, Linda walks in and sits down next to me and says "I was looking on Ebay for a Featherweight today!" I tried to warn you, Linda!
The lecture and trunk show were so inspiring. Her quilts are so beautiful. Here are a few pictures to inspire you too! All the pictures are clickable to view them larger.
If you haven't been there yet, please go check out Bonnie's Quiltville site. You will be amazed at all the quilting goodness you find there. Make sure you have lots of spare time before heading over there!
Bonnie - I am so glad I finally got to meet you! Next time you head this direction, make sure you call me!
Sunday, October 05, 2008
This week I need to quilt a baby quilt that my mom pieced for one of my cousins. And Saturday a quilt showed up in the mail from a lady that goes to church with my mom. I am hoping to get it done before we head up there in two weeks. It is only another baby quilt, so it should be do-able.
I fell in love with this quilt this past week. Just what I need - another project! I came up with a plan to make the quilt with my mom - actually we are going to make one for each of us. Then Mom thought maybe we should go ahead and make one for my sister too. I think she just needs to get busy and start quilting with me and Mom. So we will make three blocks out of each fabric and then exchange blocks. This is going to be a stash quilt. I love the colors that Nicole has picked for her version of the quilt.
Have a great week!
Friday, October 03, 2008
In other news, the baby quilt was a huge success. The baby's grandma started squealing before the quilt was even out of the bag! And she was to hire me to make a queen size quilt for her bed. I think I am off the baby quilt assembly line until at least next March - unless someone is hiding a surprise from us!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
- one vote each for the zig-zag layout and the diagonal stripe setting
- four votes for the four diamonds setting (choice #2)
- five votes for the pinwheels
- and ELEVEN votes for the barn raising setting.
So here it is!
The baby shower is tomorrow. I am also in charge of the punch. We are trying a new recipe tomorrow - pineapple juice, raspberry sherbet, and 7-up. Doesn't that sound yummy?
Hope everyone has a great weekend! Hubby is supposed to be on his way home from a conference in Amherst Massachusetts is Tropical Storm Kyle doesn't mess up his flights. Keep your fingers crossed!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
What are you all up to?
Coming this weekend - pictures of the black and white log cabin. The baby shower is Sunday afternoon.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Thanks to Bonnie for another great stash-busting pattern. This top was pieced entirely from the stash. The backing will be stash too. Doesn't that feel great? Oh, by the way - I get to meet Bonnie next month when she comes to Auburn to give a lecture and do a workshop! Even though I am not a member of the local guild, they had extra spots so I will be able to attend! Yay!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Come on - I really want to know your opinion! Please? Help!
Saturday, September 06, 2008
This is to try and show you the pink paisley fabric that is in both quilts.
Now to start on the baby quilt for another shower at the end of the month. I need to find less reproductive friends!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
This second one was supposed to be one of the "heirloom" quilts my mom is making for all of the grandkids. Remember this other "heirloom" quilt she made and then didn't like and then did like again? Well, she got this one together and didn't like it enough to hand quilt it so she sent it home with me. I got it on the machine last night and quilted it this morning. Can you see the cute 30's fabrics? I think it turned out really cute!
The kids go back to school in less than two weeks! I will miss them but I can't wait to get some things done. I am already making a mental list in my head. Tomorrow we are running up to Tennessee for a few days to see the grandparents and the cousins! Me and mom are hoping to get a little sewing time in. I am hoping she will help me work on a million half-square triangles I need to make for some matching baby quilts. Twin girls are due in November (will probably be delivered in mid-October)! I am doing two quilts using the same pattern (same as this quilt) and the same primary fabric. One quilt will have a soft pink as the other fabric and the second quilt will have a cream fabric. The main fabric is a cool pink paisley fabric. Anyway - as you can see there are LOTS of half-square triangles. I think Mom needs to help!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
When did I finish the curtains? February? No. April? Nooooo. June? Almost! I got the valances made. Anyone want to guess "today"? Right you are! I am so glad to have them done and out of here. That was the last commission project that was hanging over my head. Now I can concentrate on the three baby quilts I need to make. But first I need to quilt a couple of tops for my mom.
School starts in two weeks. Where has the summer gone?
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
The letter fabric I just bought in June - just to have on hand because so many ladies at church are expecting. The 9 patches are made from my hand-dyeds, three different greens and three different blues. I think it turned out really cute.
Tomorrow it will be winging its way to a little boy in Colorado. Get well soon, Jacob.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don't know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week... but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
These three blocks are the perfect size for a table runner. Sure, I have enough blocks to make two more table runners, but I can worry about those later. My question for today is: How should I quilt this? I was thinking about just doing it on the featherweight with straight lines, maybe a quarter inch in from the seam lines. Or should I do something else on the big quilting machine? Let's hear your suggestions!
Have a great weekend!
Friday, June 27, 2008
What have I been doing instead? Quilting all of my tops that have been sitting in a drawer waiting their turn. Avoidance? Yes. So far I have quilted: the Denyse Schmidt wall hanging ; the big block quilt ; the orphan block quilt ; and a green YBR quilt. Well, technically the orphan block quilt is not completely quilted. The tension somehow got all out of whack and I didn't realize what a big section was messed up until I rolled it up to quilt the next section. I was too frustrated to spend a couple hours picking out the mess, so I just took it off the machine. I will face it later....maybe.
What have you been up to?
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
I got the backing off the sale rack at Quilting By the Bay in Panama City while we were down there last weekend. Beautiful beach! And it wasn't packed yet so we didn't feel like sardines while trying to get into the water.
On to the next item on the to-do list!
Friday, May 30, 2008
I don't know if you can see the lace around the edge of the fan - but I nearly drove myself off the deep end this morning after it got caught under the hopping foot. Pain in the backside!
But now it is done and will be taken to my mom who will be putting the binding on for Tammy. I told her I wold have to charge $50 an hour to apply binding because of my great hatred of binding! Mom kindly agreed to do it for her!
Off to pack for the beach!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I am debating on what to do next. I have a quilt sitting here waiting to be quilted for a friend of my sister. She made the quilt about 12 years ago and never got around to quilting it! It is basted so I will have to take it apart first. And then there is the commission baby quilt that is ready to be quilted, just have to find a backing.
My kids are spending a week or so at my parents' house in June. My dad and Ian are going to drive to Wisconsin to visit my grandfather. Mom and Maddie are going to stay home and get in trouble ! What am I going to do with a week to myself? Hopefully get a lot of tops quilted. Mom sent me an email yesterday saying that Joann's has batting on sale so I will have to stock up while I am up there.
What are you doing with your summer?
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Nines will be glad to know that I did indeed survive my day of getting the binding done on this huge quilt. It is gone - out of my home - out of my life. I got the binding done around 2 p.m. Took a very short nap and then put the label on it and took it to Jessica.
Thankfully she loved it. The only direction she had really given me was that she wanted it to be pink and brown. I was worried she wouldn't like the pattern I decided on.
Here is a picture of the finished product. It was so big I couldn't get a picture of the entire thing!
I am hoping to be able to finish the blue and brown baby quilt by Sunday. Nicole's baby shower is a week from Saturday, but we will be in Boston. So I am hoping to get done by Sunday in order to give it to her for Mother's Day!
I thought by posting this maybe it would force me to be productive. Send me some encouraging thoughts or comments.
Or you can come help.
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Can you see all that fullness? And that is after I quilted it! The next row is just as bad. All I can figure out is that the pieced blocks are stretching. Only one, maybe two, more passes to go. And then I can move on to my favorite part, binding this monster. Can you hear the sarcasm in my voice? Good.
You can tell by the amount of batting hanging off the bottom that I am almost done. Unless I made a huge mistake measuring the batting....which is entirely possible! Anyone want to come help put the binding on?
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Waiting anxiously for all of your opinions!
Current vote: 14 votes for adding a border
Thanks for all of the sweet comments!