Saturday, August 29, 2009

My wall

What's on my design wall today? "Kaitlyn's Stars" I finished piecing the blocks this afternoon and I have been playing with them to try to arrange them so that the same fabrics are not beside each other. This is harder than it sounds!

In the middle of sewing merrily along this afternoon, I ran out of bobbin thread but did not notice until several blocks later... I had to go back and resew several borders on again...I am sure none of you have experienced this problem!

I also sewed one block together for my Christmas Lights mystery quilt. I will try to do the rest tonight.
Supper is ready. My husband is on cooking duty tonight.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Works in Progress

Here are the beginnings of a baby quilt that I am making for Kaitlyn, a new baby on my husband's side of the family. I did a bit of sewing on the weekend. The pattern is called Lucky Stars and is shown above. I am only doing 9 blocks. One of the stars is shown below. I like these bright fabrics--lots for a baby to look at!
Each star has a different white on white background fabric and two different fabrics to make up the star.

In the top picture, you can catch a glimpse of some of the blocks for my Bonnie Hunter Christmas Lights mystery quilt, all laid out, ready to sew together.

I spent most of my day yesterday working on a special gift for my daughter who is going away to university this fall (not her quilt, which I also have to finish!) Sometimes, although she would not admit it to her friends, she looks at my blog so I cannot reveal what the surprise is yet...

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Mel's prize

Mel won my recent 100th post giveaway and here are the things that I sent to her. She e-mailed to let me know that they have arrived so now I can show you the pictures. I tried to mail the postcard to her but it came back to me with a sticker on it saying that there was no postage on it. I know that I put a self-adhesive stamp on it so I think the stamp was taken off or fell off somewhere along the line. I will make sure I take my fabric post cards to the post office to be hand cancelled from now on when I mail them... I put a little dragonfly button on the loyalty card wallet in keeping with my garden fabric theme. I will have another give-away closer to the time when my counter gets to 10,000. Stay posted.

I picked up my daughter's university quilt from the machine quilter's last night so I will be working on the binding this week. I have started the baby quilt I cut out the other night but don't have any pictures yet. I also have to finish step two of the Bonnie Hunter Christmas Lights mystery quilt. There won't be a dull moment around here this week!

I think it is supposed to rain again tomorrow so perhaps I will get some sewing time in.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I'm back...

to blogging, that is...

I have done some boring sewing lately, but no quilting until tonight. The boring sewing included fixing a sports equipment bag for my daughter, fixing a Disney purse for my SIL, shortening 3 pairs of pants for my daughter, fixing a pillow for my father and finally, shortening a pair of capri pants for myself. I am what some people call "vertically challenged" and recently got a good deal (1/2 price!) on a pair of black capri pants that I can wear to work--however, they were not "petites" like I usually buy. They looked more like "flood pants". Now, they are fine and I have even worn them to work already!

Tonight, Nancy and I got together for some sewing time. Another mini QNIC! Nancy worked on sewing her blocks for the Bonnie Hunter "Christmas Lights" mystery in Quiltmaker magazine, with some help from her cat, Gibson.
I also had some help from Gibson as I cut out the pieces for a baby quilt which will be a gift for a new baby girl on my husband's side of the family. She was born last week. I am using Nancy's Lucky Stars pattern from Atkinson Designs. I am making the quilt 3 blocks by 3 blocks. He was quite enthralled by the rotary cutter and small scraps of fabric only kept his attention for a short time.

Gibson also helped Nancy to put her Sunbonnet Sue blocks together by holding the fabric down so it would not slide off of the table. Such a helpful cat!

I have all the pieces cut out and matched up for the blocks for the baby quilt. I bought this fabric in the US while I was on vacation last year.

Check out Nancy's blog for pictures of her projects! We figured out an interesting setting for the mystery quilt blocks--I wonder if we are close to the real layout???

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Nancy and I got together last night. We were going to take some quilts to the long arm quilter, but she wasn't home. Since we are not people who let a perfectly good quilting evening go to waste, we decided to do a little QNIC. Nancy worked on trimming some blocks she has made using some striped shirts.

I cut my squares into triangles...
And then sewed some of them back into squares again... Here is a preview of what one block will look like.

I still have lots of triangles to sew together. This may take a while.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Piecing a New Quilt and Stash Building...

These are the blocks I have been working on for the last week. The large block is cut up into 4 pieces as shown on the left. These smaller blocks get cut up again and then sewn back together. I am still working on sewing all of the strips onto the blocks but wanted to share a picture of some of the ones I have done so far.

I also did some shopping this weekend and added a few fabrics to my stash... I only bought one pattern. The white "fabric" at the top of the picture is actually fusible fleece to make some bags using a pattern borrowed from a friend. The big stack of FQ's are flannel. I will make something cozy with this fabric, although I am not sure what it will be yet.