Monthly Archives: September 2011

End of the Month Productivity

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This morning I got to go to a class I had signed up for about machine quilting.  This is my first attempt.  Not the most amazing in the world but I’m excited to keep practicing and hopefully start on that pile of unfinished quilt tops before long.  I get to go for another class session next week. Yay!  Oh and I also got all of the applique blocks done on my quilt project today.  I’m feeling good with so much accomplished today.

Big City Blocks and a Small Town Game

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Here’s a little preview of the project I’ve been working on.  It’s a sample quilt for the Suppose quilt shop.  I got it all cut out yesterday and now I’m working on getting the city skylines appliqued onto the backgrounds.  It’s been a long time since I’ve done hand applique I’m really enjoying it.

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The big activity today was our hometown’s homecoming game.  As a West Side alumnus and with a niece in the pep band and drill team, I had to go and support.  We won 27-6!  Go Pirates.

Press and then Sew, and Sew, and Sew

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That was my battle plan when I sat down this morning and told myself I wasn’t allowed to leave the sewing room until this quilt was done.  As usual it was easier said than done.  You would be surprised how much trouble two borders can be.

In the end I kept myself going and I achieved my goal to get this quilt sewn today.  I still think it is a gorgeous quilt even though it just about drove me crazy a couple of times.  Now back to the stash to find the next project.  I think I want to start something new and leave the ufo’s unfinished for a while now.

Getting UFO’d

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Every once in a while my attention span goes haywire and I can’t make myself settle down to any project.  This is how the last couple of days have been for me.  I’ll spend half an hour doing this or that but I never get anything done.  This tends to drive me and my family crazy but after a few days I’ll get back to normal.  After I finished the car seat cover I heard another ufo calling my name.  A couple of years ago I went to Fall Quilt Market in Houston.  I got lots of luscious fabric but one of my favorite purchases was 4 fat quarter bundles of Kinkame’s European Taupe II line.  After a lot of thinking I decided to use them in a quilt called Bits and Bars from the book Batik Gems by Laurie Shifrin.

 

I had already made this quilt top from a pattern in that book.  This is one of my favorite quilts.  I had to show it because does anything look familiar?  It is made in almost the same colors as the cover I made last week.  I even used some of the left over scraps from this for that.

Back to the Taupe quilt though.  I did get it out and I had only 2 blocks left to finish.  I got them and the center of the quilt done and now I’m working on getting the borders done a little at a time.

 

 

I  first worked on getting dozens of 2 1/2″ squares basted to flange pieces and then sewing them into strips for the borders.

 

 

I am happy to say that I got the borders made and sewn on to 2 sides of the quilt and have only 2 more to do.  Hopefully I can make myself sit still long enough to get them done by tomorrow and show just how lovely this quilt is.

Ruffle-icious

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Tonight I finished working on this adorable ruffled diaper cover to go with the diamond afghan that I made a couple of weeks ago.  I think the little ruffle bum is so cute!  The pattern is a free one from Coats and Clark called Baby Girl Soakers.  FUN!

Just Can’t Quit

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The Suppose Quilt Guild is working on this medallion quilt this year.  The instructions are at http://www.bloominworkshop.wordpress.com.  I had actually started a lone star a couple of years ago to use as the center of a medallion so when I learned about this project I got it out to work on again.  After I finished my other project this afternoon I was on a quilting high and didn’t want to stop so I decided it would be a great time to work on this project.

I got the background pieces put in and put a border on it.  Since my star was bigger than the center of the medallion I’m ready to start the 3rd border with my guild at the next meeting.

Car Seat Cover Covered

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I got my act together today and finished the borders and handles on my Baby Car Seat.  I am so in love with this little quilt!  Every step of making this has been tons of fun and I’ve been so happy with how it’s turned out.  I would recommend this pattern to anyone.  It was fun and really quite fast.

I also broke into my stash yesterday and found this perfect green solid to go on the back.  They’ve been put in my pile of quilt’s to be quilted and even though it is nowhere near first in line this beautiful little quilt is going to get done soon.  I can’t leave it alone for long.