Friday, January 30, 2009
While in the 2 hour professional meeting I was working on designs for a new quilted jacket. I find that I can concentrate better when my hands are busy: that's my story and I'm sticking to it. After the meeting I went to two fabric stores looking for cream and light tan fabrics for a block swap and found nothing I liked. I did, however, get a couple yards of two batiks that will eventually be part of "something." (I have never made anything with batik)
Last week I won a blog giveaway from Gene Black: the first one ever. When I got home there was a package waiting for me. And this is what was in it: a quilted journal, beautiful fabric, and a unique pendent made by Gene, the artist. I am thinking about using the journal to document the quilts I do this year and if that works I'll try it again next year. Thanks, Gene!
Also last week I was given this Fabulous Award from Pollyanna. I appreciated the honor but then I was supposed to list my 5 addictions. Now, as a former addictions therapist, I didn't think I had any addictions. But, to be a good sport, and to be honest, I do have some very strong preferences:
1. DH (even though he frequently drives me crazy)
4. Cheetos (rarely since going on WW)
5. Blogs (reading and writing)
So as you can see, even though I haven't been sewing for the last two days, I have been busy. Tomorrow, however, I will be back at work in my favorite place and maybe I will get enough done to have something to share.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Close up of the back. I like the binding from this view, too.
Monday, January 26, 2009
When I look at this dog, a dapple daschund, she looks like someone spilled bleach on her. And it reminds me of a college incident. My first day at college, I was standing in the student bookstore when another freshman, a boy, came by and ask me this question: "Is there a difference between starch and bleach." Without a thought I said "no." I don't know what made me do it but, at the time, I thought it was kind of funny. A few days later I again saw this boy, with blotchie clothes. I spent the rest of that year hiding from him and/or hopeing that he didn't remember my face. I did go home and told my mother and her best friend. The friend had two younger sons and she began immediately teaching them how to wash their own clothes.
I did finally get some quilting done today. My charity D9P:
This is how I pieced the back:
I had two parts of the 9 patchs left over so I added it to some border fabric and then stuck it in the middle. I am very happy with how it came out. I am going to piece leftovers for the binding but that comes tomorrow.
I am getting some vibration in parts of the quilt bed so I am putting these weights on top of the quilt and then moving them as I go along. The little pins (weight on left) hold the weight in place while I am quilting. I got these at a quilt show where someone was selling her sewing stuff: I love them.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Where I ate this. I will tell you that I did check out the WW points prior to going and was careful, kind of.
We then went to the movies:
This is a very cute movie, lots of fun, lots of dogs, and lots of laughs. I think the most fun was that many parents (not too many) were there with their little (3 - 5 yo) kids and I would laugh t the movie and then laugh again at the kids reactions. They were so spontaneous it was charming, an everyone, including my DH, behaved themselves.
Then, after the movie we went to see THE WILD WOMEN OF QUILTING trunk show. Several of the local quilt guilds got together and sponsered a three day longarm workshop (I didn't know about it so didn't go) and trunk show. When I heard about it I told my husband that I would have loved to have gone but, of course, we already had planned our anniversary celebration and he said "well, why can't we rearrange our plans and include the trunk show, I would love to go." How about that? And, after 48 years, too!!
Here you see Sue Patten and Karen McTavish chatting before the show began. This was the only "quiet" moment in the evening.
Karen was always in motion (body and mouth) so this is the best photo I got of her. She is really funny, is constantly telling everyone that she is a "traditional" quilter, and she truly is, but that is the only traditional thing about her. I love her sense of humor and her quilting is to die for.
This is quilt has underlays of bright colors topped with white organza. Karen said the sashing had to be added to cover where the different colored raw edged pieces were lying next to each other. And, of course, the white areas are trapunto, one of Karen's favorite techniques.
Sue, on the other hand is very non-traditional. She quilts with thread, like we all do, but everything you see on this quilt is thread!! I wish it was clearer but each of the geometric circles is just thread, done freemotion on a longarm. I was amazed.
Here is another of Sue's quilts, all threadwork on the longarm. When she said that judges didn't believe it was not machine embroidery, I understood, but it is beautiful. And I am showing several because she does not have a book where you can go to see her work (Karen has 4 books, Sue has 1 that shows Freehand Filler Patterns, not her quilts).
And remeber, this is all thread.
What artists these two women are. And comedians, too. We had a wonderful anniversary topped off by the zanieness and talent of Sue and Karen. Thanks, Ladies!!
Friday, January 16, 2009
I have the rows sewn and will sew them together next week.
And one family related item. My DD, grandmother to the child in an earlier post, was here today. She had just gotten her hair cut and wanted to show it off. She has been going to Weight Watchers, too, and has always planned to cut her hair just prior to getting to goal thinking that it would get her there earlier. Well, last Monday, weight in day, she was 3 1/2 pounds from goal: doesn't she look great?
I am so proud of her. She says that one of the first things she is going to do is get a new picture taken for her driver's license.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Back in the studio, how wonderful. Today I finished the quilting on Ode to Flavin. I have it squared but for some reason I hadn't cut the binding so I had to do that, too. It isn't on yet but it sitting, with the quilt, by the sewing machine, ready to go.
I have all the blocks done for the Double Delight table topper:Next I need to cut the setting triangles and then sew the rows together. The triangles will be the same blue as in the double 9 patch blocks and I think this is going to look great.
It is tied as I hadn't learned how to machine quilt at that time. The pictures are getting faded but I don't see me doing another any time soon.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
this is Ode To Flavin - started after Flavin Glover was a teacher at my LQG in 2007.
I also added some double 9 patch blocks to the Rolling Star Block. I still have several more of each to go but we are on our way.
This is a new project. I am part of the Calendar Quilt Challenge and this is my start. The challenge is to add a strip a day for the entire year and it will eventually be a coin quilt, something I have never done.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Challenge blocks. I tried several layouts in EQ6 and this appealed to me the most. I spent quite a while rearranging them to be sure that no same fabric met between blocks. You know, it is easier to rearrange on the computer than it is on the wall. This is a 5 x 6 row layout and the blocks are 13 3/4" square. I currently am planning four various sized borders and one more orange tweek in the center.
However, I have also been working on Bonnie Hunter's New Year's Eve Mystery Quilt. I am really slow because other life stuff takes up my time. Also, I very quickly get bored with fabric cutting. So, what do you get after you have this?
You get these. They are only 3 1/2" sq. I only have made 36 and Bonnie calls for 120: I may only be making a table topper. I don't have pictures, yet, of the constasting little squares needed for the 9" blocks but I have them about half made (pictures to follow).
Yesterday I took time out from quilting to do laundry and sit in the 75F sunshine and read. Then we had our DD and DSIL over for dinner and to watch The Alamo with John Wayne. While the movie was running we shared our trip to San Antonio and how much the movie set was like the real thing.