Sunday, June 28, 2009
The part that is taking me the longest is placing the blocks, which is normal for me. I've decided that my commitment issues extend into quilting too *sigh*. I can't believe that I just sewed the strips together last night and I've already got all the blocks done. The pattern has you cut your strips into four triangles which then are flipped and sewn together to make two blocks as shown in my previous post. The whole thing has only taken a few hours... I'll have to fiddle around with this for a little bit longer and then take a picture of it when I think it's the way I want it. I find that taking a picture and then getting away from the quilt for awhile and then taking a look at the picture later on provides a fresh perspective and helps me spot things that need to be changed.
Update - 4:00 pm Ummm...Silly me - let's rethink the really easy part, okay? I decided to sew some of the strips and join them together. It is a real bear to try and match up the vertical stripes - I'm not having much luck. I've probably ripped out as much as I've sewn. There's also a ton of fabric at the corners when I'm sewing the strips together and the blocks are on the bias so I've got to be careful not to stretch them - yuck! I'm stepping away from this for now. Thankfully it's only a large-ish lap size.
Update to the previous update - 4:30 pm Okaaay. I just noticed a blurb in the instructions. "When the moon and stars are in perfect alignment, all the intersections of the stripes and prints will perfectly match when assembling blocks! Careful cutting and accurate quarter-inch seam allowances will match most stripes between blocks." In other words, if you are a perfectionist, don't even think about attempting this pattern.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I started sewing strips together for the funky stripes quilt tonight - they don't look like much at this point, but tomorrow I'll start cutting them into triangles and putting the blocks together. It should be interesting to see what they're going to look like in any case.
Friday, June 26, 2009
I am SO ready for the weekend - it seemed like this past work week would never end! We found out this week that salaries are going to be frozen - no more increases for the foreseeable future. On the upside, we've still got our jobs and they didn't take away the 401K matching which is my main concern. I have a friend from work coming over to sew tomorrow, so I decided to try out a new dessert recipe. It's so much more fun to sew and eat! Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies (mmmmm - nothing like strawberries, cheesecake, and chocolate!) I can't wait to dig in! My friend is bringing breakfast food, I'm going to put on a nice big pot of coffee. Hopefully our machines will be humming along by 9:00.I'm planning to start the Funky Stripes quilt top tomorrow. Isn't it just the best excited feeling when you get to start a new project? This one looks like it will go pretty quickly and since my godmother is very artsy and her favorite colors are reds, purples, emerald green, and royal blue, the Kaffe Fasset fabrics should be just right. She lives in Connecticut, so she'll certainly be able to use it when the weather cools off in the fall.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Today the heat index was up to 100 degrees by 9:45 a.m. Too hot to even think about sitting on the beach or sewing - just the heat coming off the light bulb on the sewing machine is too much. I went to church early, stopped by to see my Mom, and then headed home. I gave Alsley a bath because his allergies are bothering him and he's still shedding like crazy. I took a shower and now am enjoying a day of rest.
I was trying to think of a good picture to post - so here is a diaper bag that I made for Emily - It was a summery, beachy looking bag (big surprise, right?). Before she was born, I had looked high and low for a well-made diaper bag that was cute and not too expensive - when I couldn't find what I was looking for, naturally I made it :o) It's an adorable bag - a little bit of a pain to make, but worth it. The pattern was in the May/June 2004 Fons & Porter Love of Quilting magazine and it was called Designer Tote Bag. It reminds me of those Vera Bradley bags.
This bag was quilted with a scallop stitch that look like waves. It has three outside pockets and pockets to hold bottles inside. It's a little bit faded because it's been washed many, many times over two years, but it has held up very well to the wear and tear. My daughter loves it too because it's very light to carry. I made another one with Kaffe Fasset fabrics - the next time she brings it over, I'll take a picture of it too. If you have the chance to get hold of the pattern, these bags make a fabulous baby shower gift that will surely be used.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
I went to the quilt shop yesterday to pick up my Mom's quilt - it turned out beautifully. I picked a nice light cotton batting and a floral pattern for the quilting done in ecru cotton. I stayed up until 1:30 this morning sewing the binding on - got two sides sewn down before I went to bed. Just finished a little while ago.
By the way - I found out who made the paper pieced Christmas Tree pattern below. I was Bob Coon and the name of the pattern was "Christmas Window." It was sold by Keepsake Quilting back in 2005. Unfortunately, the pattern has not been made for over two years, so I am out of luck as far as buying it unless I can just happen upon one. So, what did I do? I bought the quilt at the quilt store. I'll post a picture of it when Christmas rolls around again (which will be here before we all know it).
Update to the top three UFOs: Okay I added a new #1 - Funky Stripes for my Godmother (maybe her birthday July 21st???). I also exchanged out the Ladybugs on Parade quilt for Em with the Angel Houses quilt - the Ladybugs on Parade is a full size quilt, and she's still in her crib, so this one is probably a better size for her right now. I haven't forgotten the Roman Holiday quilt, but I needed to take a break from it, you all know how that goes I'm sure.