Monday, April 21, 2014

Design Wall Monday 4-21-2014

Here's the Throw Me a Curve challenge today. I added some plain squares.   I'm thinking I'll make each of these blocks smaller.  They are currently 6 1/2" which was the only size templates I had.  I've never used these templates yet I've had them for YEARS! Think 10+ years.  I am tickled to actually be using them and surprised at how easy it is to cut out the fabric using a small rotary cutter.  And, the sewing is just as easy.  I may have to do something else with these templates! I would like to get these blocks to a top stage before I have my week in Maryland.  They are due at the Country Piecemaker's May meeting right after I get back from Maryland.  

I'm also in the middle of quilting a QOV quilt for Country Piecemakers.  Here it is on Ruthie with a row and a half done. This block works well as a group project.  It is made as a disappearing 9 patch to begin with and then  sew and flip squares are added to make the star points.  We used donated fabric and purchased background fabric.  The blocks need to be cut to size after they are made which is why it works so well for a group!   
I will be demonstrating this block at the Faithful Circle Quilters show on Friday, May 2nd.  If you are anywhere near Columbia, Maryland during the show stop in and enjoy.  Nearly 300 quilts will be hung. And there will be vendors, silent auction, $10 and under table and Peddler's table. You can read more about it at the Faithful Circle Quilters web site. 

Here's what's been happening with my goals.
Week of April 14, 2014
Border sail boat quilt
Begin quilting QOV quilt
Embroider shirt and pants for Sophie
Clean off cutting table
Make progress on A Tisket, A Tasket blocks
Clean House
Sing multiple Easter Week services

And what I must get done this week.
Week of April 21, 2014
Finish quilting QOV quilt
Embroider shirt for Sophia
Make parts for demo for quilt show
Border Sail Boat Quilt
Go see Wicked!
Plan next BOM and write directions
Work on Throw Me a Curve Quilt

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Happy Quilting All!  

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Back on Track

Or at least I think I am...
For the last few weeks I don't feel like I've gotten much done in the way of piecing and quilting.  But today I hit the studio mid afternoon and worked on several projects.  I am still somewhat scattered as I'm sewing but it does mean I am making some progress on several things.  

This is the beginning of my Throw Me A Curve challenge at Country Piecemakers Guild. The challenge is to used curved piecing somewhere in the quilt.  I'm planning on a fairly small piece, these are 6 1/2" unfinished blocks.  They won't be going together this way.  They may not be going together the way I have planned either.  And, in fact, I may cut them down a bit also.  Time will tell.  It dawned on me the other day that I had to get hopping on this challenge. I've got all next week to work in the studio.  The following week is the quilt show in Maryland and I'll be up there nearly the whole week.  Then, I'll have a week at home before the guild meeting on Saturday.  I hope to have the top completed and the quilting planned in my mind before I go north.  We'll see how I do!  

I've also been taking a free embroidery class at my local Bernina dealership.  We've been embroidering on all types of things.  This past week was embroidering on a pair of blue jeans.  What?  Would I ever actually wear a blue jeans with embroidery on the leg?  Not likely.  But I'm pretty sure Sophia would.  She wanted hippos on her shirt so I figure hippos would work on her jeans too.  I need to find another hippo design for her shirt.  That will be happening this coming Tuesday in class.  Plus I need to put the jeans back together.  I'll be seeing her the week I'm in Maryland and can pass these on to her. 


Pat and I will be singing a couple of services for Easter starting tonight.  Beyond that we won't be doing anything special.  Hopefully, I'll be able to get some more piecing done.  I'm not doing all that well on my goals list this week.  Hum, can I get anything else checked off in the 4 hours or so I'll have tomorrow afternoon?  I'll keep you posted.

For those who celebrate Easter, I hope your day is joyous.  And for the those who don't may you have a fun filled day tomorrow.  

Happy Quilting All! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Design Wall Monday 4-14-14

Hum, it's an interesting date today.  I wonder if many folks have chosen today to get married? 

This past week has been the slowest quilting week for me since the last time we took a big vacation.  Interpretation of a big vacation -- years! That means I have very little to show that has anything to do with quilting.  So here's my one quilting picture.... I made some progress on the last A Tisket, A Tasket block.  Most of the other blocks are completely done, I think 3 need a little embroidering.  And here's December's block just getting started. Just a little reminder -- this was a free block of the month in 2010??? or so. I am a bit slow on appliqué. Hum, this appliqué looks a little wrinkled.  Hopefully it will iron out smoothly. 

My weekly goals list looks like I got a lot done but most of it was not sewing or quilting related. 
Week of April 7, 2014

Embroider shirt for Ellie
Load and quilt QOV quilt
Finish embroidering towel from class
Enjoy visit to Ellie√√√
Plan paper piecing lesson
Organize all “stuff” for quilt guild on Sat.
And now next week.  I hope to be back in the groove on quilting.
Week of April 14, 2014
Border sail boat quilt
Begin quilting QOV quilt
Embroider shirt and pants for Sophie
Clean off cutting table
Make progress on A Tisket, A Tasket blocks
Clean House
Sing multiple Easter Week services

If you are wondering what I did besides reading books.  Here are a couple of pictures you might enjoy.

Selfie with Ellie

I'm forever taking selfies with my grands.  I was really lucky with this one as Kevin was standing close by getting Ellie to laugh.  We were having a great time. She's a happy baby most of the time. 

Here's the ultimate Daddy.  Please note that is a baby monitor on his belt, not his cell phone! 

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Happy Quilting All!