Saturday, February 27, 2010

An Early Start for Saturday

I was up at 5:30 (yes, I know it's Saturday *sigh*).  I've been keeping up with Pam's Mama Spark's World Blog and she's been working hard at making fitness gains and losing weight with steady success.  I've been feeling slug-like and so I decided to do a 2 mile race over and back on one of the causeways this morning.  It was drizzly and in the 40s, but not much wind at all.  The race started at 8:00 and there was also a 10K race, but I'm not in shape for that distance right now.  I had a decent time, I came in at 27:39 minutes, or a 13:50/mile pace - not bad for doing the biggest hill in town - lol

See?  Unfortunately the skies and water both looked grey this morning though.

Now for Quilting...  I bartered with a very generous quilter in our little group of friends who get together every few months for a weekend long SewFest.  She had almost ten yards of Benartex The Quiltmaker's Gift fabric.  I kept looking at the fabric and trying to figure out a pattern or find a one that wouldn't require me to cut it all up into small pieces.  I finally found the pattern that will allow me to keep the focal fabric intact, AmandaJean's Figgy Pudding.  I may alter the pattern to make it full bed size quilt for Em and give it to her when she gets a little older along with the Quiltmaker's Gift Book (which I bought right after she was born *grin*). 

I'm going to use the fabric on the right for the center panel and the cream tone on tone next to it which is the same print for the "solid."  The rest of the fabrics are mostly quarter yards, so I can use them for the strips, but there are a couple of 1 yard cuts that I'll use to make some blocks for the back.  There is also a quarter yard cut of the  border stripe next to the left-most fabric that I plan to incorporate into the pieced back - I think there's going to be a lot more piecing on the back that there is on the front, but I want the quilt to be reversible, so the back's got to be just as pretty.  I'm even thinking of making several Quiltmaker's Gift blocks to intersperse throughout the back.  I feel so blessed to have been able to get this fabric to make my little sweetie a quilt (excuse me, another quilt). 

I want so badly to work on this right now, but I have to put it away until I get a few other things finished up. Sure is fun to play with fabric though, isn't it?

1:00 p.m. Okay, so you know what isn't fun?  Getting something all pinned and ready to quilt and then realizing that you don't have the right color thread to use - grrrr.  I may have to make an emergency trip to Joann's ... but it so yucky outside - wah!

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Friday Finish

I've been seeing a lot of posts lately where bloggers up North are wishing for Spring, so here's my Friday finish (okay so it's just the top, but it is done).  It's a breath of Spring in a stacked coins quilt using Moda Spring Meadow Charms and Kona Buttercup.

By the way - it's unseasonably cold in Florida too - the normal high is 75.  We were in the low 40s this morning and I'm not sure we even made it into the low 60s as predicted by the weather person this morning.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wild Hair Wednesday

Yep - it was a normal Wednesday at work, but when I got home I putzed around until about 8:00 pm and that's when I got a wild hair to sew.  I poked around in the closet to see what I could whip up quickly since I do have to get up and go to work tomorrow.

I decided to make another pair of pillowcases to go with the Roman Holiday quilt I finished last year.  Right after Christmas I found this ultra soft and silky off white cotton with subtle snowflakes at the LQS for 40% off, so I bought a yard and a half to make these pillowcases.  I had just enough (barely) of the Chardonnay scroll fabric left over from backing the quilt to edge the pillowcases.  I can't wait to wash these and put them on the pillows...and I used up another 1.5 yards of fabric and some stash too.  What a great feeling :)

Good night and sweet quilty dreams!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Seems like 2010 is a "Yellow" year

I was looking around at the 3 stacked coin baby quilts done so far this year and there's a whole lotta yellow -

Panache (Kona ochre)
Santorini (Kona sunflower)
 and now...Spring Meadow (Kona buttercup)
My best friend and quilting buddy gave me the 2 Spring Meadow charm packs for Christmas - I love the softness of the colors.  Yellow is such a great background color especially for baby quilts - it's so warm and happy. 

I'm working on binding another baby quilt right now and this is the binding fabric. 

I've got the binding on and would like to finish the hand sewing today, but I have to take frequent breaks because the fabric is so hard to stare at.  I always have to use an Ott light with a magnifying glass in order to do my hand sewing too.   Wow!  This fabric looks like it's moving, doesn't it?  LOL

Update 7:00 pm - Woo hoo!  Got the binding done!  I managed to snap a couple of pictures just as the sun was getting low. 

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

I finished sewing the binding on the 1800's Blended Quilt which is very fitting for Valentine's Day.  It's loaded with lace and flowers.  It was quilting using a vine like pattern with double heart leaves.

Happy Valentine's Day to all!

Friday, February 12, 2010

hmmm - let's talk

Compost!  and quilting (of course)

First - compost.  Having grown up in New England and lived in East Texas where you could grow all sorts of fruits and vegetables, I was shocked when I first moved to Florida.  The soil is sandy and doesn't provide a lot of nutrition for plants.  The climate varies between arid during the cool season from about December through April and goes from desert-like heat with humidity and no rain to monsoons during the hot part of the year. 

When I lived in Texas, I had a garden that was 75' x 150' feet and I grew just about all our vegetables.  The soil there was red clay and I learned from the locals about composting (we were out in the middle of nowhere and didn't even have trash pick up), so composting was not only a good way to reuse, but also a way to enhance the quality of the produce I grew. 

So - here I am in FL and happened to find out that the local government provides free compost bins, so about ten years ago, I started back in.  Unfortunately, the bin isn't the best - I really prefer one that can be turned by rolling, this one has to be manually turned, so it gets neglected a lot and it's also not in the best location.  It really should have been placed closer to the house so I wouldn't have to go all the way across the yard to use it.  Anyway - this morning I turned it because we're supposed to get some rain which will help the composting process along.

Now for quilting - this is a quilting blog after all.  This is what I want to accomplish this weekend:
  1. Sew the aqua hushabye blocks together and make the backing - Friday night - 7:15 p.m. - DONE!
  2. Make the binding and sew it on the 1800s blended quilt - just machine sew it on - I'll save the hand sewing for picking up here and there. - Friday night - 7:15 p.m. - DONE!
  3. Pin and maybe even quilt the Bug and the Stacked Drachmae quilts
We'll see how it goes...

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Pink Hushabye

I'm still considering the layout for the aqua Hushabye baby quilt, but the pink one was a no brainer - I laid it out and...

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Aqua Hushabye Block Layouts

I finished the blocks for this baby quilt tonight.  I tried the filmstrip layout and the alternating block layout.  I'm leaning toward the filmstrip layout.  What do you think?

Alternating Blocks?


Filmstrip Layout?

I still need to play around with the blocks to get the colors properly distributed, but not tonight :) 

I got a call from the quilt shop and the 1800's blended quilt is ready to be picked up, so I think that I might run up there Friday to pick it up and drop off Cour de Chateau and Stacked Drachmae to be quilted.