Sunday, May 31, 2009

Top and Backing are done!

Just finished the backing, and pressed and folded it. Now I just need to get everything off to be quilted. Keeping my fingers crossed that the quilter isn't too busy (for purely selfish reasons of course). I might just get this quilt done before my Mom's birthday. I've got two weeks to get it done. I didn't post a picture of the finished top - I'm waiting for it to be all done and then I'll post it. Abby is all tuckered out from supervising me today - it's a full time job!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I need a bigger bed!

I went to lay out the blocks for my Mom's quilt, but I only have a queen size bed. It isn't big enough! So - I had to lay them out on the floor. Of course, I have 2 very curious pugs who like to "help."
I did manage to keep the blocks laid in place for about 2 minutes when Alsley walked across them and managed to scatter a path of blocks as he went - oh well, I did manage to snap a quick picture before the scattering. I need to lay them out again this weekend so I can start sewing the strips together. I really like this pattern...easy, schmeasy!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Notice something missing from my "To Do" List?

See what I finished? He, he :o) I'm so excited and now I can't wait to see my little Miss Em in her birthday suit! Unfortunately, I have to wait until July...

I decided to cut my Top 5 Projects to work on down to the Top 3. It doesn't feel so ominous to only have 3 projects that are a priority.

Another Entry for the Spring Quilt Show

Allie reminded me that we can submit 2 quilts for the Spring Quilt show. I decided to stick with the bright quilts since it is almost summer.

I made this quilt for my niece who will turn 13 in July. I was happily surprised when she was visiting my Mom and while admiring one of my Mom's quilts, told her that she wished I would make a quilt for her. The quilt is very bright and hip. Of course, some of us who grew up in the late 1960's have seen these types of fabrics before :o) The free pattern is Amy Butler Lotus Brick Path.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Spring Quilt Show

I just read about First Annual Charming Threads Spring Quilt Show at Allie-oops sweet happy life blog. There aren't too many quilts entered so far, and the first prize is any fat quarter bundle from the Cotton Charm Quilt Shop or one of the jelly cakes from Spring Quilt Market, there are also great prizes for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places! I had a hard time deciding what quilt to pick as my entry (it's like having to pick a favorite among my children - impossible).

In any case, I have chosen the Beach Baby quilt that I made for one of my daughter's friends who recently had a baby boy.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Step away from the sewing machine!

That's what my daughter said when she came over this morning... Okay, so maybe I'm a little obsessed with sewing, but I guess sewing until 10:30 last night and then waking up and starting back in at 6:30 this morning is a bit much. I've made such progress though. I finished 49 nine patches, squared them all off and then cut 36 layer cake squares down to 9.5" and laid the blocks out. It is always so exciting to see everything laid out for the first time! The finished quilt should be about 84" x 84" which will be just right for my Mom's full size bed. Since she is in a wheelchair, it can't hang down very far because if it hangs near the floor it is too easy for bedding to get wrapped around the wheels of her power chair.

In any case, I'm cut off from sewing for the rest of the day (at least until everyone goes home tonight...moohahaha). I've been thinking a lot about my dad today. He served 36 years in the Air Force, was in France during WWII (as an 18 year old soldier), the Korean War, and also the Vietnam War. He passed away in 1988 at 66 years old. I miss him so much - he was always the rational one, the voice of reason in my life. In any case, I'm keeping all those who served or who currently serve and their families in my thoughts and prayers today.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Three days of sewing

Like most everyone else, I'm trying to spend this holiday weekend sewing as much as I can. I decided to work on my mom's quilt today. Her 82nd birthday is June 15th. I should have started it sooner because I won't get it finished in time for her birthday, so it will probably be a Christmas present.

I worked on Emily's outfit last night and now only have to hem the top and it will be done. The buttonholes came out okay - they probably could have been a bit longer as the buttons are a bit difficult to push through, but they work in any case.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Birthday Suit Progress

Stopped by JoAnn Fabrics at lunch time today and picked up 1/2" elastic and some fusible interfacing. So, when I got home I sewed the ric rac on the shorts, threaded the elastic through the waistband, and started working on the top. No work tomorrow, so hopefully I can finish the outfit. It has been such a long time since I've done any clothing construction - luckily this wasn't too hard (although it has buttons, which means buttonholes). I'll have to take my time so I don't mess anything up.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Whipping up a birthday suit

Tonight I came home, cut out Emily's birthday suit, and put the shorts together. I still have to add the trim and buy some elastic, but I was so excited to see how cute they are (if I may say so myself). I bought some 3/4" bright orange buttons for the top and matching ric rac to trim both the top and the shorts, but forgot to buy elastic for the shorts and interfacing for the top.

By the way, the poll regarding the width of the Roman Holiday quilt inner border closed with four votes - the general consensus was 3 inches wide.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Priorities that change with the wind...

It's no wonder that I have so many UFO's laying around here. I'm not done with the Roman Holiday quilt yet, but I found the perfect pattern to use for my Mother's quilt (notice it has moved up from #5 to #3...) I was on Moda's free patterns web site and came upon the "A Morris Garden" pattern. I printed it out, and lo and behold, it's almost perfect for use with the Nature's Chorus layer cakes I have. I have to adjust the pattern a bit as the pattern calls for 10.5" blocks and, of course, my finished blocks will only be 9.5" - still, I think it will be nice. I put together three of the nine patch blocks just to get an idea as to what it will look like. I had a difficult time trying find the right pattern for these layer cakes because there's not a lot of contrast between the fabrics. It looks like I'm going to have to rely on contrast from the fabric patterns instead. I didn't think I'd ever do another nine patch after the one I made for my best friend - I finished it in January it was all nine patch blocks and matching all those seams was a bear, but it was worth it when it was finished. It was actually a mystery quilt that was dubbed "Nine Patch Madness."

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Looky, Looky!

I've been busy today! All the strips have been sewn together, so maybe I wasn't jumping ahead of myself wondering about the width of the inner border :o)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Roman Holiday Quilt Borders

I'm probably jumping ahead of myself here, but I finished pressing the seams for the last eleven strips tonight, so I'll start sewing them together tomorrow. This is the fabric that I purchased to make the inner border. I purposely didn't use it at all in the rest of the quilt because I want it to stand out. Each scrolly feathery thing is about 3.5" wide x 5" long. I'm wrestling with how wide to make the inner border. The finished quilt size will be about 108" x 108" and my outer border will be piano key style where each "key" is 7" x 3" (unfinished), so my outer border will be 6.5" wide. Okay - maybe this is a good opportunity to post a poll...How wide should my inner border be?

I'm also using this fabric for the quilt backing and binding (I bought twelve yards!!!) I'm thinking that I might just have enough left over to make some pillow case ends...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Roman Holiday Progress

Finally... I'm back to "normal" working hours, so I came straight home this evening and started pressing seams and sewing more strips together. I've got twelve strips together - eleven more to go.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

All work and no play

This one was made at Cinco de Mayo sewfest at one of my friend's houses in 2008. It is a bright scrappy quilt comprised of 3-strip rails and four patches. I found the perfect backing fabric - lime green with brightly-colored ladybugs all over it - it's one of her favorites. The yellow in the four patches winds up on the diagonal running through the quilt.
I feel very lucky because I have a very, very good friend who works for the same company as I. She has two sisters who are avid quilters and, of course we have friends who quilt as well. We do our best to get together at each other's homes every few months for a weekend of sewing, eating, drinking, chatting, more eating, more sewing.... It is wonderful! We hang around and sew in our PJ's. Normally, each of us takes one meal and does the cooking, so nobody gets stuck with all the work. It is wonderful too, because we wind up exchanging many favorite recipes while we're at it. Sometimes we have a themed sewfest for which we bring holiday-appropriate food and work on a special project that is planned out by the hostess. For the Cinco de Mayo sewfest we all made a version of the above quilt - it was a blast. We ate chips and salsa, chicken enchiladas, chile, and drank some sangria that was fabulosa!!!