Sunday, April 26, 2009

Taking Stock

This morning I decided to go through my three drawers of planned projects and this is what I uncovered! Oh my goodness! This is only three small drawers and doesn't include the stacks of fabric that are stashed all over the place... So, I decided to prioritize my top five projects and publish the list. I know that I will need help adhering to my list, so feel free to keep me honest via comments. Last night I finished sewing all the Roman Holiday squares into strips - 25 strips all together (well, technically 23 - 2 of them consist of one square). I wanted to start pressing the seams, but decided that at 12:30 a.m. it was too late to start that. I hope that perhaps I'll get to it sometime today. I'm going to need to start Emily's birthday suit for her birthday in July. I don't make clothing very often, but I found really cute cotton fabric with cupcakes, balloons, ice cream, etc. and thought that it would make the perfect outfit for her 2nd birthday.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Another beautiful morning today, sunny and breezy. I just finished my cup of coffee and am making my "to do" list. I am one of those people who makes a list of things that I want to accomplish each weekend. My goal, however, is to accomplish the top three things. If I happen to exceed that goal, so much the better. I got called into work yesterday which means that I didn't get my errands done. So - today's the day.

We're waiting for one of my daughter's girlfriends to have her second child (any time now). Since she is in my thoughts and prayers this morning, I thought I'd post a picture of the quilt I made for her baby shower. I love working on baby quilts because they're a snap to make and no problem to quilt by myself. This quilt was a beach themed quilt with beach balls, sand castles, dolphins, turtles, etc. Here's a close-up of some of the fabrics I used in the quilt.

Friday, April 24, 2009

A Glorious Florida Morning

What a gorgeous morning! 63 degrees, a light breeze, and sunny. Perfect conditions for sitting out on the screen porch and enjoying a cup of coffee and listening to the birds. Alsley and Abby were sniffing the air to enjoy the smells of freshly cut grass, some basil, the jasmine that is starting to bloom, and various other plants and trees around here. I have the day off today, so I've got errands to run and a house to clean. I decided that it was a priority for me to sneak in some quiet time first thing today. I'm going to work on the Roman Holiday quilt this evening and sew some more strips together now that I have laid the squares out and organized them into stacks. By the way, I want to share a great gift idea for all your quilting friends out there who are constantly trying to keep strips and stacks in order. For my birthday, a friend of mine gave me small rectangles of stiff interfacing that are numbered 1 - 12. What a wonderful gift! All I have to do to keep my strips and stacks in order is pin one of the numbered rectangles on the top square of each pile (or the end of each finished strip).

Thursday, April 23, 2009

My First Blog Post

Okay, so I'm new to this whole blogging thing, but I really enjoy reading the thoughts of other quilters and to see their latest projects and ideas. I thought it was time for me to join in. Right now I've got several projects in various stages of completion. My favorite at the moment is a quilt comprised of 40 full width of fabric quarter yard cuts from the Moda Roman Holiday collection. I bought the fabric on a trip to Seattle in the fall of 2008. We made a side trip to a delightful quilt shop on Whidbey Island, Quilting by the Sea in Langley. I couldn't bear to cut it until I had a firm plan in mind. So, here's my plan. I'm putting 6" squares on point in the center, the 2" inner border will be in the Chardonnay scroll fabric, and the outer border will be made up of 3" x 7" strips sewn together in piano key fashion. So far, I've only got 12 strips sewn together.