Wednesday, December 24, 2008
My patient has been so good that I was able to do some sewing yesterday and this morning (husband Jim had foot surgery on Monday). I am down to the last border on the Thangles quilt. It is a 9 inch batik purple. I really like these hand dyed fabrics.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Elijah and Katie were in for a short visit this weekend. Elijah is preaching in a church service tonight. I think 8 of the "preacher boys" are all speaking. They won't be back for Christmas so we exchanged gifts. It was so good to see them both! Don't they make such a cute couple??
Monday, December 15, 2008
Well, we finally got a tree. A new pre-lit artificial one. It has those new LED lights which are almost flourescent! It is up, but not decorated. This is the before pic; after the decorations (in a few days) I'll post an after pic. (sorry for the blurriness, I am a terrible photographer)
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I can't believe I haven't done any sewing today. The reason is I was captivated by a book I was reading. I don't read that much, and today I remembered why. I get so engrossed in a book, I won't do other things. I was reading a Mary Higgins Clark mystery. I did cook some today, in between my reading. Jim and I got out and made a short trip to Lowe's and Walmart. But mostly, I read. And read. And read. And finished it. I just started it last night. Oh well, a day that could have been much more productive, but wasn't. I'll do better next weekend. Jim has his surgury on the 22nd and I hope to get some good sewing done while I am here with him recuperating.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I received the cone thread for my machine today, so even though it was late, I started the quilting on my boxed squares. This is my first real free hand quilting. I am learning as I go, but I think I am going to like it! I don't really know how you are supposed to start and stop on borders.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
This is my latest project I am working on. I can't start quilting my boxed squares until I get a new cone of thread or the horizontal thread holder for my machine. It is loaded and ready. While I am waiting, I decided to start working on this blue and white kit.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
While my sister, Julia, is here for Thanksgiving, we are doing some quilting! This was a very cute quilt she made, and put fleece on the back. It is for a gift to keep someone warm. We did the pantograph, Happy Times, on it, and it turned out great. Jesse decided to check it out.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Busy, busy day. Didn't get to sew any yet today. Errands, groceries, house cleaning, cooking...My sister and her husband are coming here tomorrow for the week of Thanksgiving. It will be fun. She's a quilter also and is bringing a quilt to do on my machine! Today I purchased some track lighting for my quilt room. Can't wait to get it installed and take down the little ceiling fan light I currently have in the room. Jake is cozy and warm on this cold evening!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
For those of you, like me, who have never been to a quilt retreat, here is a peek. My friend and I were invited to visit Pine Mountain State Park Resort in Kentucky where a quilter's retreat was in progress. Even though, I tell everyone that I am not "social," after visiting, I did think that it is something I would enjoy. A huge room is set up with about 60 tables; one for each quilter. Each person brings projects to work on. You can work on your projects, check out what others are doing, hand stitch by the fireplace, eat in the restaurant with a georgeous view of the mountains, hang out in your room or cabin. It looked like a great place to meet other quilters, get new ideas, and be inspired! Thanks Betty and Linda for inviting us! Sign me up for the next one!!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
These pictures aren't that great, but imagine the smell of pecans, maple syrup, pie crust freshly baked.....yum, yum. I wanted to practice a bit for Thanksgiving, so for supper tonight with our fried chicken fingers, mashed potatoes and peas, we are having cranberry salad and pecan pie.
Imagine the sound of leaves falling to the ground, the bright yellow of the pansies. Fall is such a beautiful time of the year!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I haven't had anything to post in a few days. I am working on a Christmas gift project. Today I gave the rustic 5-yard quilt to my coworker for his retirement and he loved it. I finished it last month. He collects quilts. He plans to open a wood working shop in his retirement, so when I retire he will make me something of wood! Another co-worker and I have worked up a deal. I am trading off some machine quilting for her, and she is going to make some embroidered quilt labels for me.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
This has to be one of the easiest quilt tops I have ever put together. It only took me about 4 hours to finish the top. It is a lap size kit I ordered from Eleanor Burn's "Quilt In A Day" webisite. I think some decorative quilting will make it look better. Also, I think using more prints in the fabrics would also enhance it. I think I am going to make one of these in deep red, gold, greens for my bedroom. Easy, easy, easy.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I just love this quilt. It is my 50th quilt and made from all my scraps, a few scraps from a friend, and about 3 fat quarters to add some yellow. I am almost embarrased to tell people I only started quilting 18 months ago. Of course of those 50, half were baby quilts, wall hangings and table runners. Yes, I know, I am kind of obessive about doing and finishing projects.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
I am really facinated by these string quits. Here is another pic after I sewed them together. Really not much difference, and I'll probably post another once I get it quilted. Blogger readers, please have patience with my excitement over learning something new!!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
I finished this top tonight. It is a very easy pattern using 5 one yard cuts of fabric. It is a retirement gift for a friend. Now, I have to decide how to quilt it. I don't have my confidence up yet, to freehand quilt. I have a cute pantograph that is trees, bears, and log cabins. It would probably do well for this quilt if I can do it.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Labor day..... I guess you could say I've labored, but I've thoroughly enjoyed it. I just finished sewing on the binding of my 12 days of Christmas quilt. I used the pantograph, chantilly lace, on it. This completes the quilting on all of my tops. Now, I am ready to move on to another project. Of course, I still have to do the hand binding on the three tops. My plan was to get the quilting done and take them on our vacation in a couple of weeks to do the hand work.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
The name of this pattern is "My son wants a quilt." Peculiar name if you ask me. I decided to call mine "Twelve days of Christmas" since I used Christmas colors and there are 12 different blocks. This was difficult and I didn't do a good job. I hope all the puffs "quilt out".
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The Gammill dealers came by last night and fixed the timing on my machine. They gave me some helpful hints on trouble shooting and I watched him adjust the timing. I hope I can do it myself, when it happens again. The sewing machine is really a wonderful invention. I did about 6 rows on my pantograph tonight and it is really looking good. I am hoping to finish it tomorrow and then load my fish quilt.
Monday, August 25, 2008
I've had a time tonight with my quilting machine. The thread kept breaking. After doing all the things to try to fix it, I finally realized that as I was changing the needle (one of the things to do when the thread breaks) I put it in wrong. I fixed that and thought well, maybe, it is going to work. Nope. After only about 6 inches of quilting, it started skipping stitches. The book suggests adjusting the timing. Hummm....not something I want to start on my own without at least some advice. Anyone?? I did write my dealer and even sent her a picture of what the stitching looked like. Maybe she will respond in a day or two.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
At the AQS show in Nashville, I got to meet Eleanor Burns!! I told my fishing fanatic husband this was like him meeting Bill Dance! I added to my Eleanor Burns book collection by purchasing another from her booth today and she autographed it for me. She was great; exactly like she is on her shows, website, and portrayed in her books.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I started a new project today. It will be a lap quilt. I chose the identical colors my friend is using in the same quilt. I don't think she will mind. They are Christmas colors but not particularly Christmas prints. The 12 blocks are identical, except you change where you put each color, so they all look different.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
This was a pretty difficult quilt to make with all the little triangle squares. I finally finished the top today. I am very pleased with how it turned out. Not sure who will be the recipient. I now have three tops ready to quilt. Guess I need to take the plunge and learn how to operate the machine and get going.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Experience is the best teacher. I attempted to machine quilt my copy cat quilt and boy did I mess up. I watched the DVD on how to load the quilt once. The DVD player is downstairs, the machine upstairs. So, I took the instruction manual and attempted it feeling unsure most of the time. There were many things I did wrong and didn't know it. I moved the DVD player up and attached it to my little TV in the quilt studio and watched "loading the quilt" this evening. I feel so much better, I now know why I had puckers in the quilting! I did several things wrong. I had decided it would go anonymously to some charity. Now, when I look at it. It isn't THAT bad. Anyway, I think my next one will go much better. My plan now is to watch the whole DVD at least three times before I do ANYTHING on the machine, and have it on so I can refer to it while I am loading, quilting, or doing anything that is covered in the DVD.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I had hoped to get this done before my quilt machine comes on Friday, but I don't think I'll make it. This evening I found Jake lounging sound asleep on the blocks laying in the floor. Normally he would lay in the chair or on the bed, guess he knew they were fish and was hoping for a snack!