Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I did get a quilt back made. And I figured out how to make the coasters.
The above picture doesn't show the feature of the coaster very well. There are little pockets in it. I've put paperclips into each pocket....see?
My Aunt's coasters were all one fabric, so that is what I used, but I think these would be cuter with two fabrics...make it look like an hour glass block. It will take about 1/2 yard to make four 5 inch square coasters.
Would anyone be interested in a tutorial? Besides my Mother?
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
My aunt had these cute little fabric coasters, my Mom wants me to create a pattern. I figured out how they were made and tried to make one tonight....it turned out so so...actually it turned out pretty bad. I think I'll try it again tomorrow night but not put batting in...and maybe 5 inches instead of 4.5 inches. I think this is just more procrastination from quilting, but if I can figure it out, I might be able to make a few Christmas gifts.
Besides I can't do any sewing right now, Siddi is sleeping in my sewing chair. I couldn't possibly wake her up. No, really, I can't wake her up, every since I got home she has been bugging me to pick her up and hold her.
Oops, too late, she woke up.
That is her "do not even think of putting me down, and stop flashing that thing in my eyes" look.
Monday, September 28, 2009
The first stop we made was the Windy Moon in Reno. This shop has everything! Tons of fabric. All over the shop I kept seeing these cute little place mats.
This was one of my favorites...I even have some rooster fabric I could use for this.
They are made from a pineapple block like fusible foundation interfacing. I, of course, bought four. I also went to two shops in Meridian, Idaho and did my bit to help the economy. Jayme is a great travel companion...she doesn't quilt and was quite patient while I did all my quilt shopping.
I made this trip to give Rose the Blue Delft quilt, she LOVED it. I think she liked the back panel almost as much as the front.
I stayed at my Aunt Willie's house, my Aunt Lucille lives right across the street. Both had housefuls of people...did I get a picture of any of them? No. None of Rose and Don or Martha and Jack, all visiting from Virginia. Nor did I get any pictures of my Aunts, my Uncle Tom or my Mom and Ben. This is Bosley, my Aunt Willie was pet sitting for some friends. Isn't he cute? He followed either Jayme or I everywhere. I think I have three or four pictures of Bosley.
This is my Aunt Willie's back yard. It backs up to a golf course - it was so pleasant to go sit in her backyard, drink my morning coffee and watch the golfer's go by.
As nice as that was, I love sleeping in my own bed more. It is so nice to be home.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Going on a road trip. Remember I said the Blue Delft was a gift? The person I'm giving it to lives in Virginia, however she is visiting my Mom and aunts in Meridian Idaho this month.
There are some nice quilt shops in Boise and Meridian, so hopefully I can do a little shopping while I'm there. I'm going to try to post while I'm gone, but no promises.
And I can't wait to get on the road again.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Go check it out.
Before quilting I loved to do cross stitching, before cross stitching I loved to embroidery. When I first moved here one of the monthly classes I took was primitive embroidery - those were fun. I haven't done any needlework for a while but I had an itch to do something...here's my something:
As I said fun...and it kept me from the bigger itch of starting a new project. Which is what I REALLY want to do. I've told myself if I finish one more project off my UFO list I can start a new project. Huh! Notice I told myself this AFTER all the small wall hangings were done.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
This is the quilt Nancy was working on at my house a few weeks ago. She finished it yesterday. Same pattern, VERY different fabrics.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
We both did a little damage at the quilt shop. Below is what I bought: four yards of the green fabric for a quilt back, Moda Fig & Plum quilt kit with pattern, and the University Moda Prairie Paisley pattern. The fabric and kit were 50% off, and I had a completed store punch card that basically paid for the Prairie Paisley pattern....like I said such a deal!
Still no sewing, Obba likes the spot in front of the sewing machine. Notice the hostile look in his eyes when I mentioned I wanted to sew.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I don't know if it is the good feeling of using my stash, or just because they're quick and easy, but I'm having a lot of fun making these.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Here's the chair all done...I'm sure someday someone is going to look at it and say "why'd she cover it in that fabric?". Why? Because I had it and didn't have to buy it. Probably why my Grandmother covered it in grey vinyl.
I love the acorns on the bed posts.
The quilt is Pineapple Blossom from Quiltville (www.quiltville.com) . It is truly a scrap quilt, every fabric you see is in another quilt I've made.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The spare bedroom contains an antique cherry wood bedroom set that I inherited from my Grandmother. It originally belonged to her mother. I also inherited a desk and chair. I don't know if the desk and chair were purchased together, I don't think so since they don't really match, but both are pretty old. Okay, sort of old, maybe from the 40's. For some reason my grandmother had upholstered this traditional wood chair, with a carved rose on the back, with this horrible grey vinyl. It was all stiff and cracked with age and has been on the chair for 15+ years. One of the things I decided to do today was re-upholster that chair.
Under the vinyl was this gold fabric. Very stained, may have been pretty when she first put it on.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Honeysuckle is like the python they took out of that guy's yard in Florida, you pull the vine out a bit to clip it and the next thing you know you have an 18 foot snake you are trying to trim off. It had invaded my tree and one of the shrubs, in those spots I really cut it back. Funny part is, they are not even my plants. My neighbor planted them all along his side of the fence. I don't really mind it, otherwise my side yard would just be fence, concrete and rock, boring....and its probably the only thing that is holding the fence up.
No sewing today, with all the pruning I can barely move my hand, I'm typing this with two fingers and spell check.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Another blog (sorry can't remember which) said to make something patriot today, so I made a point of finishing up my little patriotic puppy.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
This is the back of the Blue Delft quilt. Someone gave me this panel years ago and I knew I'd never make a quilt with, I thought it fit the quilt theme perfectly.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Isn't he cute? But all everyone does around here is sleep...
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Do you know what the most frustrating thing ever is? To quilt for 2 minutes then the thread breaks...re-thread the machine restart quilting, quilt for 2 minutes and the thread breaks again. Over and over again. I tried putting in a new bobbin, a new needle, took the machine half apart cleaning out fabric dust bunnies...still the thread would break. It took almost all day but I finished quilting the Blue Delft. I put the binding on this afternoon...now I can cross that one completely off the list. I'll post a picture tomorrow.
Stephanie and I also did a little quilt shopping, we checked out a new quilt shop (new to us), checked out an old quilt shop, went to a barbecue at her parents (yummy food) and generally had a great time hanging out.
As I've said, quilting with friends is the best.
I didn't take any pictures while I was visiting with Stephanie however I feel like I have to include a picture of something, below is a Jacob's Ladder I finished a few years ago.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
We spent the morning picking out patterns for some of her fabric groups. Nancy likes big bright bold florals and trying to find patterns that show off the big prints is a challenge but I think we founds some winners. Hopefully she will bring back the finished quilts and let me show them off to you.
The afternoon was spent sewing. Nancy worked on a Rails and Squares quilt. I recently made the same quilt pattern using a soft romantic pink rose fabric with a lavender frame and white background. Nancy liked the simplicity of the pattern. Her fabrics: Bold 60's floral, maroon with pink pokka dots for the frame and a sunshine yellow background. Wow! I think what I love most about quilting is how two people can take the same pattern and make very unique quilts. (Shhhhh....I like Nancy's better, don't tell her.)
I made wonderful progress quilting the blue delft quilt. The center is done. Now what should I do in the border?
Friday, September 4, 2009
The pictures are not as sharp as I would like, could be the camera, could be the photographer, but I've never had this much success in getting a good close up shot.
Need tomatoes? Look at this bush! It is covered with ripe and almost ripe tomatoes. What am I going to do with all of them?
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
My Mom had a little scrappy fabric dog that she bought at a garage sale. I've always thought it was the cutest thing. During one of my visits I was working on a watercolor quilt, since I had lots of left over 2.5 inch squares I made one of my own, about a third the size of hers.
The ears and tongue are felt glued on. I've always wanted to make another one.
The red, white and blue fabric are leftovers from leftovers. The original quilt was a four patch on point. Then I made a small wall hanging (Liberty, yet to be quilted). I was going to use the blocks to piece a back for the wall hanging but they were just calling out to me..."make a new puppy". The voices in my head are starting to scare me. I'll post a picture when it is done.
So much for not starting a new project.
FYI, I got the binding made for the butterfly quilt, finished the book, job hunted (even applied for two) and got bobbins wound for the blue delft quilt.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Nada, zip, not a thing. Didn't job hunt, didn't get the binding made for the butterfly quilt, didn't finish my book. Zilch. Going to Target and the grocery store don't count.
I'm also about 7/8's through Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke. It is the last book in the Inkheart trilogy. It is due back to the library next week and since it is a "hot" book I can not renew it. Shouldn't be a problem finishing it...hmmm it is only 12:25 a.m., still time to finish it tonight.
It is now September. I think August had 89 days in it. For some reason it has felt like a very long month. And Labor Day is still a week away. Time is playing tricks with my mind.
This is my next project...to finish machine quiting the Blue Delft quilt. The center is done, I'm trying to randomly put butterflies in the white background.