Monday, December 5, 2011
On to the sewing/crafting front: the quilt for Christmas Traditions was finished with pillow shams (we did get our minimum bid on the quilt of $150). I taught my quilt class, it was a hit with 9 students. The students asked to have another class after the new year. That makes it a hit right! After trying to auction my services at Christmas Traditions and having no one sign up for a class at the LQS it felt good. Two Christmas presents are handmade this year.
My boss left back in October. Here is the quick quilt made from the leftovers of the quilt class quilt.
The fabric is called “Kashmir”. The 3 yards of fabric could not make a larger quilt if used as a border and what else do you do with all the cool border prints. The fabric was cut into 1.5 yards sections. The section with the small green rectangles on the edges is the middle. I started in the middle and “stitched and flipped” my way to the outside edges in a quilt as you go method. The quilt was started on Thursday and gifted the quilt on Sunday afternoon. It was right up her style. The binding was all put on by machine.
I have had problems getting comments to post. DH upgraded the main computer, is that part of the problem?? I will have to try from my laptop. I do keep up on blogs.
Hope you all have a wonderful Holiday Season.
Just Another Quilter
Sunday, October 9, 2011
I gave a little teaser of fabric sitting on the cutting board. This is the quilt I’m teaching next month. I wanted to get the top done.
It turned out well. The outside is a border print. The pattern was free from a LQS with the purchase 5-1yd cuts of fabric. The pattern and fabric have been sitting in my stash for a about 1 year. I changed one of the cuts from my original purchase of a dark orange mottled to the green & black print on the recommendation of Lola. I also had enough fabric to add an additional row of blocks…it needed to be slightly larger. Since it was a border print, I purchased more than the 1 yard cut. I did not want to run out. There still was not have enough to miter the corners, oh well. I think it still turned out nice. I still need to cut the binding.
Well, I am off to work on a project for my niece. I hope to show you pics next week.
Just Another Quilter
Thursday, October 6, 2011
I wanted to get more done in life. Utilize the time I had better. I have actually not always kept up on blogs. I have had to play catch up at times and re-read items that I skimmed over before. What have I been doing………SEWING!
Here is the pic of the Christmas Traditions Quilt for the church. I need to quilt it yet. I certainly had help from the other church quilt ladies. The poinsettia print is leftovers from the soldier stockings made last year. The other fabrics came out of my stash.
After I finished getting the Christmas Traditions Quilt layered up, I picked up an older project. This other project had been my “leaders and enders” project. I worked on it quite a bit at retreat back in March. This is fabric my husband brought back from his business trip to Nebraska. I made a couple wrong cuts with the Turning Twenty Simply Sashed pattern. A few clicks of the mouse and the replacement fabric was in transit. I could not find that fabric at any of the LQS.
My version has all 4 corners the same raspberry color, thanks to my ooops (along with almost 1 yard of fabric for the stash). The fabric is “Rock Candy” by Mark H. (I can’t remember how to spell his last name.) His most notable fabric line is “Fairy Frost”. This “Rock Candy” line also has the metallic sheen “Fairy Frost” is know for.
Now to my current project….I WILL be teaching a class in November. I need to finish up the sample in the next few days. Here is the stack of goodies. The alternating block is done. I just have to sew the stack of cut fabric. There is a seam on each sides of the piece you see there, then the blocks are all done.
See how neat I am (NOT!!)
Hope to see you all in blogland.
Just keep on a quilting,
Just Another Quilter
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
I may see if I can find some, but think that I will start a new project or pull out the celtic knot (applique) for the trip. I just need to make a decision. I borrowed the knitting needles. I know that I shouldn't have problems traveling with them, but am not sure that I want to take the chance.
Hope you are all having a great summer.
Just Another Quilter
Thursday, August 4, 2011
I can’t wait to work on the next UFO. For August, the UFO is #7. This is my Dahlia quilt. The top is one that has gentle curves. I took the class before I was ready to try curves. I finished the dahlia several years ago. I find it funny that this quilt was chosen at this time. I struggle to find excitement in this quilt. It is a lovely top. It has very little left to finish the top. After watching how Ricky Tims’ achieves his gentle curves, I thought during the seminar that my dahlia quilt might accept this technique quite well. Now this quilt has been drawn for finishing, and so close to learning the technique and dreaming of the techniques on this quilt. I believe that it is the way it was meant to be. . . this quilt couldn’t have been drawn until I learned the technique. I don't have any pics of the dahlia quilt. I will get some soon.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Just Another (very excited) Quilter
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I really learned how to quilt from watching Alex for so many years. My children would go out to the bus stop and could watch them get on the bus from my seat in front of the show. I was very consistent about watching it. I learned more from her than any other quilter. I have at least 2 VCR tapes of her shows. I still put them in occasionally. The techniques still are pertinent even years later.
Check in is at 2:30 pm tomorrow and the programs run until Saturday afternoon. The church ladies are coming to the house in the morning to start the “Christmas Traditions” quilt. I have been frantically cleaning. Usually we meet at the church to work, but I didn’t want to have to haul the sewing machines in and then unload the car before I head into town to go to the quilt show. So the house needs to be picked up. DH is out of town until Friday night, so I better do the cleaning now so that I don’t have so much to do later. He should arrive home while I am at the seminar.
It will be a weekend of quilting fun! OOOHHHH. I better get the camera out in the car now! Thanks you all for reminding me.
Just Another Quilter having some fun….quilting.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
For the table runner, I had plenty of fabric but I wanted it to match either the batik side or the Christmas side.
The paperwork I have is from Dorothy Hook, photographs by Marcia Cameron.
This link is a visual of the technique. I am sure there are other links. This link has good pictures.
7 Easy Steps
1. Cut strips according to the table.
2. Sew the strips together if necessary for proper length around the perimeter.
3. Sew the 2 different colored strips together w/ right sides together. Try not to have the above seams line up.
4. Press (I pressed mine toward the front binding fabric, it gives the binding some good body. Some talk about pressing open.)
5. Press in half lengthwise wrong sides together, matching raw edges, as you would any other french binding.
6. Sew on binding (w/appropriate seam allowance--see table) being sure to miter corners at the beginning and end as in other french bindings.
7. Roll to the back and finish sewing binding down (by hand or machine).
The paperwork I have includes the following table:
|Seam Allowance for sewing binding on||Finished Front Binding||Finished Back Binding||Cut Front Binding||Cut Back Binding|
|1/4" Seam Allowance||3/8"||1/2"||1"||2"|
|1/4" Seam Allowance||3/8"||3/8"||7/8"||1 5/8"|
|1/4" Seam Allowance||1/2"||3/8"||1"||1 5/8"|
|1/4" Seam Allowance||3/8"||1/2"||7/8"||1 7/8"|
|3/8" Seam Allowance||3/8" +||3/8" +||1 1/8"||2"|
|3/8" Seam Allowance||3/8"||3/8"||1"||1 7/8"|
I like to choose the back binding larger than the front binding, if I am finishing the quilt by machine. The extra 1/8” lets you top stitch the back binding nicely, and not stitch through your binding on the "front side". Also keep in mind front and back are relative terms. You choose what side you want to role the binding onto for the final sewing. This might be the front. (I kinda think of the batik side as the front of the table runner, even though, when I was layering it, I pretended it was the back--bottom of the sandwich.) Sooo, if I am going to machine sew the binding down, I like the back of the quilt to be the front binding (in the table), and to roll that (back) binding to the front of the quilt and topstitch it down. This topstitching will just look like a row of quilting on the back of the just 1/4" around the perimeter of the quilt. NOW, if you understand that you have had your coffee for the morning!
I think a sit n sew group put all the information together and did a little class one day. I missed the class, but a friend grabbed me a set of the paperwork. I keep just such stuff in a 3 ring binder with clear sheet protectors. I keep different patterns or techniques in there that I will or just might need in the future. I like to be able to pull out the information get the binding done and slide the paperwork back into the sheet protector when I am done. I am terrible about sitting the paperwork for something like this down and then it getting shuffled into some other stack of papers.
Enjoy the family this holiday weekend! More about the day with my brothers' family on the next post.
Just Another Quilter
Friday, July 1, 2011
I really like how it turned out. The bonus part….it is two sided. It has a Christmas runner on the other side.I made 2-sided binding. I will have to find the site my directions are from. I printed them out several years ago. I like the directions I have because it gives cutting directions for several different versions and includes pictures.
Next….#2 was drawn (Hoffman Turquoise Diamond Quilt). That is the quilt that was inspired by the box above. I work on this quilt back in February at retreat. I have the quilt sewn into rows already. It shouldn’t take much to finish up the top. That is the goal. I may see if I can get it layered. This is an old picture of the quilt.
My brother and his family arrive tonight….actually tomorrow morning very early. We will enjoy a day on the lake tomorrow. The temps are well into the 90’s and the humidity is high. Only real place to be is in the water.
I also had an old quilting friend come over today. She moved a couple towns away about 5 yrs. ago. We had a great time, just it was too short. We vowed to make it happen again. It was almost 3 years from the last time we saw each other.
Have a Happy 4th of July.
Just Another Quilter
Monday, June 13, 2011
I was given a rooster at Quilt retreat back in March. I just love my little rooster. Later this week I am helping with Vacation Bible School. I have a spinner coming to demonstrate! I thought that I would give her the larger rooster. I am also hoping to get a mug rug done for her.
Lola….decided that she wants to sew!!!! She found a pattern at Hancock’s. She was hoping for a cute t-shirt dress, we ended up with a fitted sundress. Now, let me first say, I can sew….blankets that aren’t ever actually square or rectangular and blankets that only lay flat after of the puckers are quilted out of them. I am also good at making pj pants that never step foot outside of the house. Lola asked if I was as excited about this project as she was….”No, I am just nervous and anxious.”
Here is the top bodice….Look at all those pleats. This is the other side of the bodice. The pattern is Simplicity 2250. I am sure that all will be okay. God has dropped a great seamstress I know in my life twice now. We saw her 1st on the day at the store…this was great in helping picking out lining and interfacing. I saw her again today at Wal-mart. I haven’t seen her more than 3 times in the last few years. Now I have seen her twice in 2 weeks (devine intervention).
Lola’s Moment: I just would like to add that I am not intending to become a “sewing fiend”, I just want to make something that no one else has. Be prepared to see pictures of my future epic masterpiece! xo Lola!
I have started on the quilting for the table runner. The light squares are done. I am having trouble with the tension. The light squares have light thread on both sides, and you can’t see the polka dots. The red and dark squares I have ripped out twice now.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Here is # 8. It is a 2 sided table runner. I have it all basted in place. I did a crappy job. I will have to redo it.
I made it over Christmas with my mother. I needed some time in the sew room with all the company present. A friend from church had made several tops in this style and these runners looked so simple but turned out so nice once the small meandering I did was done. I am looking forward to finishing this one. The batik side with the stripe matches this quilt that is slated for the couch in the living room. The table runner will go on the cedar chest under the TV. The chest was a gift from my brother (he made it) for Christmas in 1998. I will be able to just flip it for holiday decorating.
The table runner goes with this quilt. It is #2 on my UFO list. I did some work on it at Retreat in February. It’s goal is to have the top done. Depending on when that number is pulled, I may get further on it than just the top done.
I am looking forward to the fact that this month is a smaller project. The girls are out of school. The husband is working lots. The garden and lake are calling my name, along with the car to do some traveling.
Back to finishing these UFO projects. Why is it most projects only get finished because of a deadline? These projects are those with no “home”. These are projects are ones we really wanted to make. You know, life will not be complete unless we have this quilt in our collection. However, life gets in the way, our collection is not complete, the excitement is gone. Sometimes working through those hard parts is what we need to do.
I am still going to Weight Watchers. I am about 7 lbs. from my maximum ideal weight. I also would like to lose another 7 lbs. after that. The meetings talk of support. Where do you get it? Who are your sabotager’s? Are you changing yourself? Doing the hard work? Being okay, finishing the job without the excitement of a new project. Taking something to completion? It is a learning process. I eat when no one is around. I eat when I am lonely. I eat to indulge when I think I need the indulgence. . . . I don't need the food for sustenance. I am not a terribly large person. I am close to the goal weight, but I find myself at a plateau. I need to do the hard work to get over the hump to achieve my goal.
Just Another Quilter learning to live with myself.
Monday, May 30, 2011
I finished them yesterday!
It has been very chaotic here this month. We have had car accidents, boss' retire unexpectedly, extra hours at work and a venture or two into the basement with tornado warnings.
I hoping to have more time next month to write. I have been lurking and keeping on all the blogs.
My big news is that I have lost 12 lbs. with weight watchers.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Here’s to a few days of not quilting….the family would like to spend some time with me.
I would love to hear from you mom’s out there. What would you like for Mother’s Day? I am thinking of a few things for mine. I am always open to creative ideas. I also am having a hard time answering that question for my own daughters. It was suggested that I get the gift of the family straightening my sew room—NOOOOOOO! Lola also has a little OCD about organization. I find this funny when I open her dresser drawers.
Just Another Quilter
Saturday, April 23, 2011
DH spent some time in Tokyo, I joined Weight Watchers, and I picked up some extra time at work.
You can see I have a few more rows of applique to sew down. This quilt is going much slower than I thought that it would. It is irritating how much I have to scrunch the quilt and make it fit under the machine. You can see the close up of the flowers. I have to make the red inside of all the flowers.
The prints that came home from Japan are border prints. All but one of the prints have the border on both ends of the print. I love the variety of the prints and can’t believe the beautiful colors. When DH said he found me some fabric, this was not what I was expecting.
The “store” was just a street vendor. I am looking forward to working with them.
Hope to keep in touch,
Just Another Quilter
Monday, April 18, 2011
DH returned last week Wednesday from Japan. He went through about 5 earthquakes. He is fine. He returned with fabric. I will get some pics and show later. Today is my only day with no girls and no work this week. He also brought home some Saki, chopsticks and Chai tea for me.
I went to Weight Watchers today. Last week I was down 7.5 lbs. This week 2.5 lbs. I am so excited. I just would be happy to make it through this week and stay even. The key for the week: Plan ahead. Decide when to use your points for the week BEFORE you get to Easter dinner. I will weigh in again on Monday after Easter. That is a little scary.
We ended up at the Bull vs. Pacers play-off game on Saturday. What a great game. I hope they can pull off another win tonight.
We got to see friends in Chicago while we were there. What a great surprise that was.
Better get quilting. I only have an hour left before the girls arrive home.
I did work out today. : )
Just Another Quilter
Saturday, April 2, 2011
He has traveled for work before. It was always inside of the US and often for advanced training. We have been making calls and getting him packed. We sent water in his suitcase and forks/spoons (so at least he can eat with them in his room). I have encouraged my girls to eat with chopsticks when we have oriental food, he never does.
Us girls will be just fine, and he will be also. It just reminds us all how small the world really is and how things can change so quickly.
Please keep us all in your prayers.
Just Another Quilter
Friday, April 1, 2011
Here is the pic. I finished quilting and sewed on binding at Retreat at the beginning of the month. The binding is now finished and strings are all trimmed. The April UFO is my stacked coins top that needs to be quilted. I will have to dig it out to get pics. You can see others finished projects at The Patchwork Times.
Life here is a little crazy. When it settles down in a couple days I will fill you all in. Keep our family in your prayers.
Just Another Quilter
Sunday, March 27, 2011
I quite a bit enjoyed the bag as I carried it through Customs going to Jamaica. It was also great when it was time to carry the camera, book and knitting to the beach. Pics of our time in Jamaica will come soon. I did make some adjustments and some mistakes. Do you really think that it is a 2 hour project? This is left over backing from the “KING”.
I have managed to get caught up on the blogs and the laundry is going. We arrived home late last night. The camera (new and I don’t know how to run it) battery is dead. I managed to get 1 quick picture off of it (above) before it died again.
I am off to do some more laundry and I need to workout….boy do I need to work out. The food was great.
The airplane project was my never ending pair of socks. They are getting close.
Just Another Quilter
Monday, March 14, 2011
The blocks are quilted with baptist fans. The green with a large meandering. The eggplant has just a line through it. This gives me some time to work on the UFO quilts from January and February.
More pictures and stories to come. I am taking another week off and will post again later in the month.
Friday, February 25, 2011
I am waiting for the dishwasher to finish to start the next loaves of bread. I also picked up Bonnie Hunters’ “Scraps & Shirttails”. I ordered it into my local library. I wish I could find one of Judy L.’s books in the library system. I am looking forward to quilting on my Round Robin today.
Monday, February 21, 2011
The girls are off today with President’s Day. Lola decided to go on a shopping spree. With a friend they are traveling an hour to the outlet mall. They have arrived. We gave the girls about 5-6 hours there. MJJR and I are home and cooking. I check out the book Judy L. raves about “Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day”. Here is the first loaf. It isn’t very big. It looks great and smells wonderful. MJJR was wanting to cut into it before it was even out of the oven.
MJJR decided to do some of her own cooking. She made no bake Special K squares with Peanut Butter. MJJR has deemed them “good.” (A direct quote).
On to the design wall. It looks the same as last week. I did get it put back up, it started to fall back down again. That’s okay. I haven’t been working on this project anyway. I have been quilting on my UFO Challenge Quilt.
This is the Round Robin from 2004. If you click you can see some close up of the quilting I have finished. I have 3 more borders to finish. I don’t think that I will finish this before the end of the month. The last border is applique, I figured out the leaves are prepped yet. I am very excited that I am closer that I ever thought that I would be. I am hoping to take this to my sit n sew group on Thursday night and show them my progress. This is the group that created the Round Robins. I haven’t mentioned to any of them I was going to quilt it. I think only 2-3(there is about 9 of them) of the quilts have been finished.
I still don’t know what type of binding to use. I may go and purchase something, I have a $5 off a $10 purchase from my LQS.
One of these days, Judy L. will pull one of my easier challenge #’s. I did make most of my challenges, a real challenge. I am hoping to catch up on one of the slower months.
I also am heading to retreat next month 4 whole days of quilting. If she can pull a good # I might be able to finish at least January’s in addition to March.