Sunday, May 30, 2010
Nancy worked on her Raspberry Pop quilt.
Can't tell from the picture, but the colors are rich warm batiks. She was adding green sashing yesterday and as I'm typing this has probably already finished the quilt top. Nancy is a very productive and prolific quilter.
Karen is participating in a block of the month at a quilt shop near her. Her fabrics are bright batiks. Below are two of her blocks. The one with the borders finished too small so she decided to make a small wall hanging out of it. She added the borders at my house, and I gave her a mini stitch in the ditch quilt lesson.
I thought about offering to quilt it for her...but I don't think it would ever make it back to her house if I did... it would look really nice in my bedroom.
After they left, and after I moved everything back into my sewing room, I finally got a little productive.
A garland of four patches decorates my hall tree. This is the ultimate in chain piecing. There are 322 four patch units. For the two quilts I'm making, I need 260. Got any suggestions on how to use the extras?
Monday, May 24, 2010
Saturday I made up more of the strips to make the long 2 patches and got them all cut out. I also cut out most of the smaller 2 patches. I still have a few more strips to cut up. I'm going to have fun turning all of these into 4 patches.
I'm still working on the skirt to match the top I posted last week. Twice I sewed the basting lines to gather the skirt and twice the threads broke. That was a double darn...okay that wasn't the word I used but I'm trying to keep this blog G rated. I'm going to try basting smaller lengths (and use a different thread) to see if that works. Otherwise I may have to hand baste and gather it. Wish I had a gathering foot, or a ruffling foot - my Mom's old Kenmore sewing machine had one (maybe both, I can't remember), sure wish it was still around.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I did get these cut out, I wanted to at least say I did something. Although I didn't get them cut out until almost 10:00 p.m. I did something. Does it count?
Speaking of count, I need 120 of these strips, I count 74...what happened? I could have sworn I triple counted everything when I was cutting all those green strips in March.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
I really like the secondary churn dash block the sashing creates...unless the churn dash is the center of the block and the floral is the sashing???
Either way, I really liked the look of this quilt.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
I found the cutest fabric for my grand niece's out fit. Love pink and green together.
The top will be the two pink and green prints, the skirt will be the large print and the pink polka dots. If you look at the pattern drawing the pedals on the skirt overlap around the skirt, but if you look at the store sample I posted last week the pedals are layered - like the top. I think I like the layered look better. I got it about half cut out tonight. I also cut out a tote bag. Lately it seems I'm starting lots of projects and not finishing anything.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Yesterday Nancy, Karen and went on a little road trip. Karen won a store prize during the recent Quilt Rush (I was in Idaho), at the quilt store that was the furthest away. Karen sweet talked Nancy and I into going with her back up there. It didn't talk much sweet talking.
We went to five shops - one in Marysville, two in Paradise and two in Chico. First stop was Sew So Shop in Marysville. I'm getting ready to make a new tote and found the perfect coordinating fabric there. Second stop was Morning Star Quilts in Paradise...this shop has two large rooms, it was very difficult to get out of the first room, so many beautiful batiks. This is the shop that Karen won her prize from - it was Moda pre-cut 2.5 inch squares - I think they call them Petit Fours. The third shop was Debbie's Quilt Shop, it was a cute little (very little) shop with lots of 30's reproduction fabrics.
After a quick lunch we headed to Chico and The Rabbit Hole. There was so much fabric, quilt samples, and quilt panels everywhere it was almost hard to see. A little bit of everything.
The last store was Honey Run Quilting. There was a baby shower going on in their class room next door and the only person in the shop was a very nice elderly lady (80's plus) who was a little hard of hearing, or a very good sales person. Nancy asked for a yard of fabric and the lady said "Two and half yards?" Too funny.Isn't this the cutest little outfit? This was the store's sample. My grandniece will be five on Friday, I'm going to make this for her birthday (not those fabrics). Unfortunately there is no way I'll have it done in time.
We had a great road trip. I don't know if it is good or bad that after visiting five quilt shops this was all I bought.