Saturday, December 29, 2012

Help….What to do?

This is one of my favorite times to be productive. This time just after Christmas when life is a little more flexible.  The family is happy with a crock pot dinner of barbeque sandwiches and I can go camp out in the sewing room.  I always encourage the girls to have friends over, they have the company and I can check in periodically.  My productivity rate is higher when others are around.
The most recent quilt is at a stand still.  My trip to the LQS about 30 minutes away was a bust.  After calling a friend to make the trip with me, we arrived to find the store closed for the holiday week and reopening after the New Year.  What a bummer.  We had talked of going to another shop about 30 minutes from our homes…but at least 45 minutes from our current location.  Her roast in the oven and an extra teenager at our home suggested that we wait for another day.
What to do? What to do?  Start another project!  With some of the left over fabric from THIS project, this was created.
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Please, I need some opinions about using the blue or white as a background.  The plan was the blue, but now I think the white seems more crisp and fresh.  This is designed after the Moda Bake Shop quilt Sugar Pop n Change.  Soo, not much in the way of fabric left, not enough to make the center square.  Some of those best design moments are those that come about from necessity. 
Here is the plan:DSC01218 (1024x768)
The stripe fabric is going to be the border.  These are a couple items that arrived under the tree last week.  If 4 of these are cut and arranged in the middle block….that should work.  The dark more solid turquoise is a looser woven fabric…it might fray even with wonder under.  The other dark turquoise with more green fabric is down to a small bit, but should be still available at the store 10 min. away.  That fabric is LQS quality, any opinions.  Think about the blue vs. white background fabric.  There is enough of the stripe fabric that a block log cabin style or possibly fussy cut and mirror image is an option.   The new Go cutter needs some use though.  Let me know if you have a preference for the Die on the right or the left.

Can’t wait to hear all the opinions.
Just Another Quilter

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

I would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  Please stop and smell the tree, the food and all of the good cheer.  Smile for the good things in life, we all have something good in our life.

I am blessed with a dear husband, two fine teenage girls and a beautiful home.  Our family all have jobs (MJJR starts volunteer refereeing next month). We all are in good health, even if Lola finds out she has a dry socket from her wisdom teeth withdrawal (we find out Wednesday).  And, God looks over us every day.  I cannot think of a better life.

The busy time of the season sometime has us forgetting this, my last Christmas card went out yesterday!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Just Another Quilter

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The blocks are Done!

Exciting News…..the quilt blocks are done and all sewn up.  After looking at the quilt blocks in the layout on the wall last, I made a change.  The blocks were arranged with the dark blocks in the middle and the light blocks on the outside.  The quilt is lovely that way, however with the plain border that I am hoping to place around the outside, I thought a more random layout of the blocks was appropriate. 
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After looking at the blocks with the intended brown batik in my possession, a shopping trip is required to pick up a new shade of brown, something with a taupe undertone.

Happy Quilting,

Just Another Quilter

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Meteor shower

The Geminid Meteor shower is very visible tonight in our area.  With my warm socks, slippers, coat and a brown and turquoise quilt that needs a little breaking in, I curled up on the driveway and watched the meteors for awhile.

Some were so bright.  This was something that I have always wanted to do.  The family are all asleep and it was so peaceful.

Thank you God for all that you bring into my life every day.

Just Another Quilter

Monday, December 10, 2012

Design Wall Monday

Rarely do I take a quilt to the quilter. Most of you have seen this quilt in progress. The binding was put on last month.  The fabric was a splurge quite a few years ago…the spending of a birthday gift certificate.  It is one of the few quilts that went to the quilter.
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It turned out so well.  This matches my living room.   It is hard to tell if it just needs to be broken in, or if it is too large.  It seems so awkward and just a little crunchy on the back of the couch.  It is also very hard to get a good photo of this.  The light and dark don’t like to play well with no flash or a flash.  This one is pretty true to the look of it.
DSC01195 (1024x768)This last project is the current design wall. This is for a fellow graduating in the spring. All the blocks are complete.  This quilt is based on Judy L.’s “The Brown Quilt”.  The border fabric is still in debate.  The LQS thinks the coloring of the planned brown batik is off…it is just a plain brown batik…how off can it be. 
Other Design Wall’s can be seen at Judy’s “The Patchwork Times”.
Happy quilting.
Just Another Quilter

Sunday, December 9, 2012

What’s UP

Where does the time go, how long it has been from my last post?  Our family has made a couple trips-to the Carolina coast and another college visit.  Basketball season is finishing up, school ball will start in January.   Lola has found herself a boyfriend….his car likes to break when Lola is around, bad brakes and a dead battery.  Lola is getting 4 wisdom teeth out at the end of the month.  DH is traveling more than ever.  Family has come to visit a couple times this fall.
Lola graduates the spring.  Time to start working on the yard.  The more that is done now, the less for later.  We put some new stones (over 250lbs each) in for steps off the deck.  Lola’s new boyfriend came in handy that day.
A couple recent finishes….
Our church group adopted a local family.  The family has 2 small daughters and a new baby boy.  These doll quilts and something for the little one will get wrapped up soon.DSC01196 (1024x768)
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The Christmas Traditions quilt was auditioned off last weekend.  The quilt went for just over $200.  That is the highest bid ever on any of our quilts.  The high bid was from a past quilter from our group.  She moved out of the area last year. 
The next quilt is in the works.  Judy L.’s “Design Wall Monday” always seems to come and go.  The post will get started but not finished.  Check back in tomorrow and see what is on the wall now.

Just Another Quilter