Monday, April 25, 2011

Design Wall & Thank You

May Journal Quilt start

This is on my design wall today.  It is step one of my Journal quilt for May.  I don’t know if you can see that it is woven with two different blue fabrics.

MJQ next

And this is step two.


This will be step three sometime this week, that is once I work on all these little pieces a bit.  I think I am getting into this art quilt thing.  Next week I will show the quilt and what I am using for inspiration.

OPAM Winnings

Here is what I got from Australia last Friday.  It came from Peg Cohen, she is one of the OPAM administrators.  I have used OPAM to help me complete several UFOs and in February I won the drawing.  Here is a quilt pattern that I probably will use for a comfort quilt and four DMC embroidery flosses.  With all the hand embroidery I am doing on BOMs, I can really use these.  Thanks Peg.

This weekend was our great grandson’s 3rd birthday.

ready, set, blow

Here he is attempting to blow out the candles.  After three blows, his mother had to help him and then we could have cake.

Hydrangea starting


Now, last but not least, here are my hydrangeas, just starting to bloom.  Soon this bush will be covered in blue: how wonderful.

Now, it is time to go to Judy’s blog to see what else is going on in quilting land.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Honeysuckle Time

Honeysuckle time


Morning and night we are greeted by the smell of Honeysuckle.  I love that sweet and clean fragrance.  Last year there wasn’t any in our yard so imagine my surprise when it showed up in abundance this year. 

But, that didn’t keep me from spending time in the studio.  I have the binding sewn on the Eleanor Burns BOM and now will need to find the time to do the hand sewing.  And I also got some hand embroidery done on my Snowbound blocks.  I may just be able to make a quilt out of them, yet.

I also got caught up with the LCQAL blocks.

LCQAL Block 11

Here is block 11.  I had to do some fiddling with the pattern (changed the fabrics) but it came together rather quickly.

LCQAL Block 12


And this is block 12.  The circles were part of the fabric so I didn’t do anything special there.  I do like both of these blocks.

LCQAL blocks done

Here are all the blocks together.  I really am not fond of the brown or dark green fabrics so am considering breaking them up into two smaller quilts.  But that decision will have to wait until some other projects are closer to completion.

Well, that’s it so far.  Wed and Thurs are Weight Watchers days and then it is back to the studio for some more sewing time.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Design Wall & Family

This has been a mostApril Boot productive week. 

I got my April Boot Bash block done: 

These have been fun and rather easy, a nice break from the Heart’s Desire blocks which are quite a challenge (here).  These I have made great progress on (no picture Sick smile) and hope to have Block 2 and possibly all three Block 3s done and on the wall by Wednesday.

Jan - April Boots

Here are the four done blocks, don’t you think they will make a fun quilt?  I am getting some ideas of settings but nothing for sure: I do have 8 more months to get creative.


April Henrietta

And I completed the April block for Henrietta Whiskers.



Jan-April Henrietta

And here are the Jan – April blocks all together.  The blocks are made in different sizes so it will be interesting to see how they all play together.

And Sunday was a very busy family day.  Our DGS and DGDIL came for a visit.Michelle & Chris 4-2011

They are on a “road trip” all the way from CO.  He just recently got out of the Air Force and she is entering the Air Force next month.  It was so much fun being with them and when she is in tech school they will be really close to us so we should get to really know them, for a while.

As they were arriving I got a call from my mother but had to call her back when our company left.  We talked for 30 – 45 min and almost as soon as I got off the phone with her our DD called.  I felt very popular today.

Now I’m going to get another cup of coffee and head on over to Judy’s blog to see what other’s are up to.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Studio Wednesday, Yea!!


This has been a week of working in the studio, so far.  DH has taken a couple of small parts in the musical, Big River, and, besides his teaching schedule, has been out until after 10pm every night.  What this has meant for me is that I haven’t had to work within anyone’s schedule except mine.  So I have been in the studio all day, every day: what fun.  Of course sometimes one has to do the more mundane and today was one of those times.  I have a really nice, soft, light cotton nightgown that I love.  nightgownHowever, it is flimsy and today I had to sew up several tears in the fabric.  It is a wonderful gown to wear in the summer so I keep putting it back together cuz I haven’t been able to find another one to replace it.

applique mess

After that I worked on Heart’s Desire.  What a mess applique makes of fabric.  I finally decided that I didn’t know where the parts I had prepped earlier were so I started all over again.  And since Block 2 and the three Blocks 3 are very much the same, I made all of the parts at the same time.

Heart's Desire 1 & 3

Here are blocks 1 and 3 (3 is not quite all together as I can see two missing stems).  It really takes a lot of time to draw each of the parts and then press to the fabric (and remember to press to the wrong side), cut each of the little pieces out and then place them according to the pattern.   However, I think the next two will go faster as most of the pieces are ready.


There will be no studio work tomorrow but Friday I will be back at it and I hope to have all these blocks done by Sunday.  Then I can clean up the applique mess and go on to the waiting projects

Monday, April 11, 2011

Design Wall Monday

DW 4-11-11


My design wall contains 23 16 patch blocks, enough for a comfort quilt.  I am trying to decide if I will use white or cream as the alternate blocks. I plan a white or cream containment border and then a scrappy border, and then, a who knows border.  I will probably piece the backing and even have some of the backing left from the Egg Money quilt quilt.

Next to those blocks are two Underground Railroad blocks, the BOM from my LQS.  I found them to be really easy and quick.

And under them is my Journal Quilt for April.

April Journal 2011

I found making this was very interesting and different.  I saw it as kind of a picture of Spring in our woods.  Lots of green, sprigs of color, and frequent gray skies.

April Journal

This is the picture I like the most: aren’t my roses looking good.  All of the bushes are covered with roses.

I had hoped I would be showing completed blocks from the Heart’s Desire BOM.  However, I seem to have lost the applique pieces I had prepped.  So today, after I search for them one more time, I will be doing them over. 

This week I will have more sewing time.  One of my Weight Watchers meetings has ended and another is taking the week off for Spring Break so I will only have one to do.  I love leading these meetings but it will be nice to have more time with my machines.

Now, before you start sewing, drop by Judy’s blog to see what everyone else is working on.


Monday, April 4, 2011

Third Time’s The Charm

What does that mean? Well, for the third week in a row, the design wall remains the same. Does that mean I haven’t done anything? NO!!


I quilted and bound this comfort quilt. I am very happy with how it turned out and hope it makes some child feel better.

quilting 2

I also began quilting Eleanor’s Egg Money quilt. My original plan was to custom quilt each block and border but early in the week I began thinking about where it was going and what would be appreciated by them. This quilt will be gifted to really great people who don’t have any knowledge or interest in quilting. They will value it because I made it for them but would not appreciate the hours it would take for custom quilting. So I decided to quilt using a panto.

quilting 1 The panto is feathers and I am using a light silver gray thread that blends with the colored fabric and shines on the white background.

almost quilted

And this is where I am in the quilting now. The quilt is 103” long so I really feel great at how far I have come. And, the binding is ready, too.


This is the pieced backing (better picture to come after quilting is done). That was a chore itself but it did use up a lot of 30s fabric. And now that I am almost done with this quilting, I will be getting back to applique and piecing.

new toy

And what kept me from getting that quilt done? Well on Friday we shopped for our new toy and Sunday we went to buy it. We live on 5 acres and 2.5 is “yard.” I have been trying to keep up with parts of it with a push mower and finally decided that I deserved a riding mower. This one is supposed to be able to head into our woods and cut down the brush that grows up between the trees. And don’t I look like a natural?

Now, when you are finished laughing, ride on over to Judy’s blog to see what others are quilting.