Monday, February 28, 2011

Design Wall Monday

Well, our Guild Quilt Retreat was this past weekend and we all had a great time! I participated in the Stash Digger Mystery and here are some of blocks I was able to get done. The second picture is what the blocks will eventually look like when I've completed them. I hope to have a top to show you next week.  I cannot believe that March will be here tomorrow, WOW, February just flew by and I don't have much to show for it.  
On another unrelated note, I had a tooth pulled this morning, so I'm currently in a drugged stupor as I have a phobia with dentists . . .   Sure hope to have a better post next week!  Check out what everyone has on their Design Walls at JudyL's Patchwork Times.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Design Wall Monday

Two weeks ago I was busy on the longarm with customer quilts (and there are still 2 waiting in the wings).  

This past week, I was busy with knitting. Back in November I think, JudyL was doing a knit along and I desperately wanted to learn to knit. I want some knitted socks because my sister bought a pair for me for Christmas 2 years ago and I love them! I cannot get them washed and dried fast enough!

So this is what is on my Design Wall today, one cuff to my socks, and on my cutting mat are the pieces for a Mystery Quilt for the Guild Quilt Retreat this coming weekend, and on the wall are the same blocks that were there at the beginning of the month . . .

As you can probably tell, I have been in a funk for the past few weeks. I really want to get cracking on my UFOs for the 2011 UFO Challenge and now I'm in a panic as one of the two challenges I am in has already drawn the number for the March UFO . . . and I haven't even finished the 2 for February yet - I have got to get crackin'!

Check out what everyone else is up to at JudyL's Patchwork Times!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Three more off the frame!

This is a lousy picture taken with my camera phone of the latest of Jean's quilts. This one is for her grandson Shaun! I just stippled it and quilted Buckeyes and Go Bucks on the inner black borders.

These two Valentines are Linda's and they are wall hangings for her granddaughters  I guess they will be all set to decorate for Valentines Day 2012 . . .

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Stash Report - Week 7

Well, there hasn't been much activity on this end that hasn't already been accounted for as I have been on the longarm with customer quilts. 

In 0 yards
YTD 20 yards

Out 0 yards
YTD 29 yards

Net 9 yards

Check out how others are doing with their stash busting efforts at JudyL's Patchwork Times!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Design Wall Monday

I have lots to show today because I went on a 4 day/3 night quilting retreat last weekend!  I wasn't as productive as I have been on previous retreats, but that's because I took time to relax and had a wonderful time!  I am really happy with all that I accomplished and I seem to be really inspired and motivated to get more accomplished now that I am home.  The first picture is of a quilt that has been on my Quilt Bucket List for some time now.  It is pictured in Heather Mulder Peterson's book Fat Quarter Five. I did purchase a really neat fabric to use for the outer border, a gorgeous chocolate, lavender and green stripe that I would like to miter in the corners.  Hopefully next week on DWM I will have a completed top to show you.

Next up is a top I posted late last week . . . it's made from 30's repro prints and it's tulip blocks from an online swap 2 or 3 years ago.  This poor top, it's been ripped out so many times, first I added several different colored solids as  sashing, but when I placed the border near it, it looked awful, so I ripped off all the sashing and replaced it with the green sashing.  I had also planned to use the same color as a containment border, but didn't have enough of the green to do that and when I bought more, it was the wrong shade.  So then I bought the orange/melon and thought it popped!  Next I sewed on two borders and decided the orange was too wide, so I ripped off the border and trimmed it down.  I like it now!  My next dilemma is what to use for the binding . . . currently, I am leaning towards the last border fabric  as I had originally planned on using the solid green  . . . such decisions!

Next up is Brilliant Sunset, I got all the blocks sewn together while on retreat and it looks great! I even found a batik to bind it with at one of the Amish quilt shops! I have decided to just bind the quilt and not add any borders as I don't want to detract from the design!

Lastly, I finished the balance of the blocks on Daisy Chain.  I found the pattern for this one in the book: Jelly Roll Quilts.  The Design Wall in the Quilting Condo where we stayed on retreat was located in the garage, hence I was not able to get a straight on picture, so this one will have to do! 
Check out what everyone has on their Design Walls at JudyL's Patchwork Times!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Stash Report - Weeks 5 + 6

Well, since I was on a Quilting Retreat last week down in the heart of Amish country in Berlin, OH, I have two weeks to report!  It's a good thing too because I did some shopping while I was there, so I had to work hard this past week to offset the damage I did . . .

In 11 yards
YTD 20 yards

Out 8 yards
YTD 29 yards

Net 9 yards

I started a new project today, but you will have to wait until Design Wall Monday to see what I'm working on and what I worked on while on retreat . . .

Check out how everyone else is doing with their stash busting at JudyL's Patchwork Times.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Retreat Finishes!

This is one of the projects I took on Retreat with me.  I did not like the multi colored sashings with the border print I chose, so I set about ripping them all off and replacing them with one solid color.    Then I decided to add the same color border before adding the final floral border, but it looked muddy.  So I had to go shopping for another color border to make it pop - I think I found it . . .
I only have to add the top and bottom border, but I like it, I only wish I had made the orange border a bit narrower . . . I think that's why I am hesitating on adding the top and bottom border as I am contemplating ripping it off and trimming it down a bit . . . now the next thing I am about to agonize over is what am I going to use to bind it . . . I don't have enough of the orange, but I do have plenty of the green, but I think I am leaning towards using the floral border fabric . . . .