Thursday, March 31, 2011

One done, many, many, more to go . . .

Finished another one of Linda's late last night!  Used a "new to me" pantograph by an Australian designer, Hermione Agee.  The panto is called Alfresco and I love it!

This is a close-up of the panto...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

a 4 legged visitor . . .

Today we babysat a baby lamb! He's only a week old and I needed to give him a bottle while my sister was out. She brought him to the house in a dog carrier and when I brought the twins home from preschool, they went nuts when they came in and saw him - - what a riot! They all took turns giving him a bottle, it was so cute!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Design Wall Monday

It's my favoritest day of the week - Design Wall Monday!  I have several irons in the fire this week . . .
  • finish knitting my socks
  • add horizontal sashing to Corinne's t-shirt quilt
  • get at least 2 of the ever growing pile of quilts loaded on the longarm!

That last one has really been a stumbling block for me.  Yesterday I started hanging all of the tops that are on the mountain in an effort to be a little more organized.  I was shocked to find another customer quilt in there that I didn't even realize I had - so sad!  I also came across several of my own that I had forgotten about too . . .

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Stash Report - Week 13

Once again, another week without much activity. I went to a Fiber Arts show over the weekend and saw lots of neat, new to me stuff - - knitting, weaving, spinning - - very interesting. On the knitting front, I have finished one of my socks and hope to have it's mate finished by this coming weekend so I can wear them! I did visit a quilt shop, but only purchased a fat quarter of rain forest tree frogs for the girls I Spy Quilt that I may get made for them before they enter college . . . I'm just sayin!

Used this Week: 6 yards
Used year to Date: 58 yards

Added this Week: 1 fat quarter!
Added Year to Date: 23 yards

Net Used for 2011: 35 yards

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

itty bitty finish

 A few days ago, I posted this picture of tops waiting to be loaded on the longarm.  Sadly, this is not all of them, and even more depressing, in this stack of approximately 20 tops, at least 6 of them are not even mine.  Yes, it's sad + true.  Today I finished one and loaded another, and those weren't even in this picture . . .
This is the small table topper of Linda's I just took off the frame and I loaded another one of hers similar to it!

Wish me luck with my productivity!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Design Wall Monday!

I so look forward to Mondays now since DWM began! There are several projects throughout the house, on the wall and a couple of tables - sometimes creativity is a messy process! First up on the foyer table is Judy Niemeyer's Glacier Star - I am close to getting caught up with the rest of the class now, only 4 NY Beauty blocks and 8 spikey borders are left to complete before the next class begins the first week in April. 
Then I have to attach the horizontal sashing strips on Corinne's t-shirt quilt.

Lastly, I am off to the longarm room - - it's not a pretty sight in there.  There are so many tops of mine, and customers that I am beginning to feel a bit overwhelmed.  I am hoping that by getting one or two on the frame this week, that feeling will subside a bit . . .

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Stash Report - Week 12

I have been working this past week on my Judy Niemeyer Glacier Star, a t-shirt quilt, and JudyL's Making Ends Meet.  Can't get bored with so many projects going on at once!  I did make a purchase this week.  It's been something I have been wanting to get for some time now, and I have just the project for it too . . . it's one of Hoffman's new Bali Pops - Mango Margarita!  I have yet to figure out if it's the name and/or the colors that have me so smitten!  I want to make a quick quilt that I saw on a blog, the Jelly Roll 1600 - sounds like something from Daytona, doesn't it?  Check out the link for a really cool video!  Perhaps I will have a top tomorrow for Design Wall Monday to show you . . .

Used this Week: 10 yards
Used year to Date: 52 yards

Added this Week: 3 yards
Added Year to Date: 23 yards

Net Used for 2011: 29 yards

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Glacier Star Progress!

I've missed 2 classes, so I am trying to play catch-up! When these pieces are completed, I will be caught up and techniques 1-4 will be done! I hope to begin technique 5 today. I make one prototype/block and then chain piece the remaining 7 blocks and I've been pleasantly surprised at how quickly I've been able to complete them.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bunnies came to visit . . .

Aunt Holly brought 2 bunnies, Snickers + Anisette, over today to visit with the girls. They had a blast with them. Anisette is the big black bunny and she weighs 25+ pounds! Snickers is just a baby and she's pretty docile.  The first two pictures are of the twins, Emma and Haley, holding Snickers.

These bunnies are Flemish Giant Rabbits, and believe me when I tell you, they are really giants!


This last picture is of Sophia trying to give Anisette a big smooch!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Design Wall Monday!

Here's what's on the Design Wall this week - a t-shirt quilt for Corinne!  The blocks have been cut out and fused for a little over a year and got buried in the longarm room and I forgot all about them until I heard from Corinne's Mom . . . Good grief, I've really lost what was left of my mind.

Also pictured are the two quilts I have had on the Design Wall in January + February. The first one is Hopscotch from Heather Mulder Peterson's book Fat Quarter Five. Please note the mistakes - apparently several of my blocks have been playing Hopscotch . . .  

The last quilt pictured is from our Guild Quilt Retreat the last week in February.  It was a mystery quilt named Stash Digger!  I have completed my top but one of my blocks have gone missing (see bottom right of top) . . .     
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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Stash Report - Week 11

I have been at a standstill for about a month now, again no change in my numbers as the projects I've been working on have already been accounted for. Since the tops are done now, perhaps I will have some additional numbers to post for the backing and binding before the end of the month!  Look closely at the quilt below from a book of Heather Mulder Peterson's.  She named the pattern Hopscotch.  I was thinking that perhaps I was drinking some scotch when I sewed the rows of blocks together because it's all wrong . . .

This is just so sad.  Did you also notice that there is a missing block on the scrappy quilt?  What a week this has been, am I the only one with these issues?

Used this Week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: 43 yards

Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 20 yards

Net Used for 2011: 23 yards

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Design Wall Monday

Well, there is so much crap stuff in my sewing room I am unable to get a photo of my Design Wall, but I  did get a picture of the layout from EQ on my computer screen!  I've also posted a picture of some of the blocks before they were completed . . .

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Stash Report - Weeks 8, 9 + 10

It's the slacker reporting in here.  Not much going on in this neck of the woods, but I did manage to bust some stash at the Guild Quilt Retreat the last weekend of February!  We did a Mystery Stash Digger Quilt and I already have all of my blocks completed, they just need to be pressed before being sewn into rows.  Our next meeting is this Saturday, the 12th, so I have got to get crackin as I want to bring a completed top to the meeting with me!

In - 0 yards

Out - 14 yards 

YTD - 23 yards

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