Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Used (Finished) this week, (6.50)
Year To Date Finished, (140.75)
Added this week, -0-
Added Year To Date, 87.675
Net Year To Date, (53.10)
Beautiful weather has kept me outside, however I have almost finished the top, "Peaches and Dream", from Judy Laquidara's Seminar Class. I don't add anything to my "used" stash report until the tops are quilted and bound (before handwork) -- I need all of the incentive I can get!
I have also been doing a little web shopping. It is very hard to get solid Kona Cotton locally in the snow white and black. Sooooo....next week, I may have a little "blurp" in the added section.
Answers to past comments:
Yes, I do all of my own quilting. I currently own a Janome 6500, however I have also quilted on my old Singer. One day, I really hope to have a mid-arm.
Yes, I work outside the home. I am one of the blessed people who have great job I love as much as quilting. However, in my obituary I hope to be remembered as quilter. My great grandmother was a nurse/mid-wife, but died a quilter. My grandmother worked in a department store over 35 years, but died a quilter.
For other stash reports, please hyper-jump over to Judy at Patchwork Times.
Friday, March 26, 2010
The second quilt is a nine patch using my stash of 6 1/2" squares, sliced whacky and framed with 2" strips (60 x 75). I tend to use 6 1/2" borders on my quilts, so the scrap drawer holding this size overflows often.
Monday, March 22, 2010
On "Friday Finishes" I will have two more quilted tops posted, hoping for a third. All are lap size, so they don't take as long. I actually love the quilting part, always looking for new designs. My Janome 6500 has been great for quilting, but I still long for a tabletop mid-arm (like the George, hint-hint).
For more "Design Wall Mondays", check with host Judy Laquidara at Patchworktimes.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Used (Finished) this week: (17.75)
Year to Date Finished: (134.25)
Added this week: -0-
Added Year To Date: 87.675
Net Year To Date: (46.6)
For more stash reports, please visit our host Judy Laquidara.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Disclaimer: I am NOT a professional quilt pattern writer. This is a very simple use of the EZ Tri Tool Ruler discovered playing with different fabric scraps.
Materials and Supplies Needed:
- 2 1/2" strips of various fabrics (scraps are the best)
- EZ Tri Tool Ruler ("EZ")
- Small numbered scraps of paper to label rows
- Design Board (floor, table, etc.)
Rotary Cutting Half/Hexagon ("HH") Pieces and Layout Instructions
- Stack six (6) layers of 2 1/2" strips (2 of each color). Using the EZ Ruler, line up the 2 1/2" line at the top of strips. First cut....cut both sides, then flip the ruler aways lining the 2 1/2" mark on the fabric strips.
- After cutting a dozen or so sets of HH, move them to the design area and start building your desired layout and size. I tend to work from the "hip", that is, play until I am happy. My preferred method...cut several HH, lay them out, cut several more, lay them out...etc. See these two examples: Kaffe and Brights
Assembly, Trimming, Borders
- After you are satisfied with the layout and size, pin a numbered label on the first HH of each row.
- One row at a time, sew each HH across, finger pressing the seams to the left on odd numbered rows, to the right on even numbered rows. As each row is finished, join it to the previous row(s) and press with the iron. I do NOT pin, the seams nestle as I sew...however it is your choice.
- Trim the sides after the top is assembled.
- Using your favorite method for measuring the borders, attach a 2 1/2" inner border and 6 1/2" outer border.
I have not finished the Bright HH, however here is the link to the finished Kaffe.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
For those following, I have just returned from the Gulf States Quilting Association Seminar held annually in Baton Rouge, LA. My classes were with Judy Laquidara (Peaches and Dream) and Bonnie Hunter (My Blue Heaven). Above are 12 blocks of blue, yellow, greens and whites....favorite colors of a special niece. I am a "scrappy" kind of girl, so my quilt top has taken on a completely different look.
In class, we had purple themes, orange/peaches, and blues....but my favorite was the "coffee and creams". I have too many projects started right now, however I may just start pulling those browns, tans, beiges, and creams.
My "Blue Heaven" is more "Hot and Spicy", using many shades of reds and sprinkles of oranges. I will be using this quilt top as my "leaders and enders" project.
Unfortunately I am off to work, but with the time change will have an hour more tonight to play.
Again, I cannot express just how much fun I had taking classes with Judy and Bonnie. Some of those taking the classes were just beginning to quilt, some teachers sharpening their skills and those like me -- for fun.
For more design walls, take a trip to Judy's website and enjoy!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
I have made a little progress on the "Goose Has Left the Pond", designed by Larisa Key. I am still determined to finish quilting at least two more tops before starting another top.
This weekend, I completed my Carolina Christmas , designed by Bonnie Hunter which will be donated to the 2010 Relay for Life for cancer research.
For more Monday Design Walls, check out Judy's site -- I am on my way there now!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Finally finished (#11) Bonnie Hunter's Carolina Christmas (Mardi Gras) -- even the binding's done. Mine ended up at 97 x 97. A close-up of the machine quilting below shows my new "Interlocked Hearts" on the small green border. I have a feeling this new pattern will be showing up on several baby quilts in a larger version.
Happy to report my stash report this week --
Used (Finished) this week, (17.9)
Year To Date Used, (116.50)
Added this week, -0-
Added Year To Date, 58.55
Net Year To Date, (57.95)
This Thursday, I will be leaving home at 5:00 a.m. heading to Baton Rouge for our annual Gulf States Quilting Association Seminar. My friend Mary (in New York) and I have been cutting our fabric requirements for the Judy Laquidara and Bonnie Hunter classes we have signed up for on Thursday and Saturday. Friday is open for visiting and shopping. Can't wait!
For more stash reports, visit the Judy Laquidara website.