Friday, July 29, 2011

Playing with Fabric

while I'm knocking out the laundry blob before the weekend.

My best friend and quilting buddy and I ran into the local quilt shop back in November 2009 and found all the Kaffe Fasset fabric on sale we went crazy.  However, I have been pondering what to do with it.  Today I laid the yellows/oranges/red out and I think I might do a Quick Trip Around the World (Eleanor Burns) since I haven't ever made one...hmmm

I'm going to think some more.

9:00 p.m. update:  I ran a bunch of errands after laundry was done - picked up dog food, some Christmas presents for Em (yes, I looked at Allie's Christmas through the year latest post and figured I'd get started), and did some back to school shopping for the little Cutie Pie :)

Came home around 2:30 and made the backing for Hip to Be Square, so it's all ready to be quilted :)

Have a fabulous weekend!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

8:30 a.m. Feels Like 110 Degrees

According to the local television station that's the heat index about fifteen miles up the road from us.  Ours is a "cool" 96 degrees.  This morning when I woke up at 7:15, the windows were all steamed up because it is so humid - yuck! 

Yesterday morning, my best friend and quilting buddy called me to see if I wanted to take a ride up to the big quilt store.  I hurried up and made the backing for "Hi There Horton" so it could be dropped off to be quilted.  We left late in the afternoon making sure we got there just one hour before closing time.  We know that we can get into serious trouble if we spend too much time shopping.  I picked up the fabric to back Hip to be Square, so making the backing will be my next project.  I needed 6.5 yards of fabric for the backing and binding...they had 7 1/8 yards left on the bolt, so like a good citizen, I left no waste on the bolt - lol.

My plan is to drop off Hip to be Square when I pick up the Seuss quilt.

Have a nice weekend and stay cool :)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hip to be Square Finish

After spending a couple of hours fiddling around with the layout, I finally put the top together and added the borders.  The top was finished about a half hour ago.

So now I have three tops that need backings.  I'm not going to start any more new projects until I finish the backings for two of them because I've already got the fabric. 

Have a great weekend :o)

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Ladybugs Have Landed

After Em and my daughter left today, I went over to her place and made up Emily's bed with the Loveliness of Ladybugs quilt, a new eyelet dust ruffle, and new pillowcases.  Then I realized that I forgot my camera, sheesh!  Thank goodness for cell phone cameras.

We live in Florida and her bedroom window is on the west side, so there are insulated room darkening curtains over her window making her bedroom pretty dark.  Unfortunately my cell phone camera just doesn't do a great job, but you can get the idea.  I think Em will be very excited when she comes home on Sunday to find her bed made up with the new goodies :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tuesday Morning Started Out With a "Bang"

I take Alsley out every morning for a walk so he can take care of business - because he is deaf and blind, he has to be on a leash.  Well, after his walk, we came in through the garage and as I was pouring his kibble into his dish, I heard a loud boom...a seriously loud boom...scared the daylights out of me.  I hesitated to open the kitchen door to the garage wondering what I would find.  Well, nothing looked out of the ordinary, so I hit the garage door opener to see if there was something that hit the garage from outside.  Well, the garage door opener didn't open the's why:

The big spring had snapped.  I just talked to the garage door people...they're headed out here this morning to replace it.

Update:  The repair person is here...just as an FYI, it is a very bad idea to store your big generator in front of the back door to the garage.  This poor guy is working in a hot FL garage and can't even open a door to get a breeze.  It is impossible to lift the garage door without the spring because it is one of those heavy hurricane-rated doors - he said it's going to take him about an hour. 

On a quilting-related note, I finished making the borders for the Hip to be Square quilt and snapped a pic this morning

Happy Tuesday :)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Hip to be Square

I went to the quilt shop yesterday, returned the Bali Handpaints fat quarter bundles and looked around to see if I could find the same or similar fabrics on the bolt.  I found about half of them and was able to fill in with similar batiks for the rest.  The entire quilt shop emptied out to watch the final space shuttle lift off (the quilt shop is about fifteen miles from the Cape Canaveral Launch Complex).  It always makes my heart pound when the space shuttle lifts off, but this time it was very sad.  This final lift off signals the loss of a lot of jobs around the Space Coast and the ripple effects are going to be severe in this already stressed economy :(

I got home around 1:30, pressed the fabrics, cut out the 12.5" solid blocks and then went to pick up Miss Em.  We had a fabulous evening of tea parties and makeovers using her jewelry.  She is going to be four on the 18th of July and is so excited.  She keeps mentioning that she's too big for a lot of her old toys and the booster seat at the dining room table because she's a big girl now.   I'm going to go over and make up her bed with the Loveliness of Ladybugs quilt and pillowcases next Sunday while she's out so it will be a surprise.  I picked up a pretty white eyelet dust ruffle for her bed too.

I cut and sewed blocks for the Hip to be Square quilt for a couple of hours last night, got up early this morning and continued.  I finished the last of the blocks around 2:00.  I've been playing with the layout for awhile now, see?

I have to say that when you're working with blocks that finish at 12.5" the top is done in a jiffy.  I still have to cut a bunch of 4.5" squares for the borders, but that will have to wait for another day.

I hope you all are having a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Buyer Beware

I learned a valuable lesson.  When you buy a fabric bundle, unbundle, unfold the fabrics, and take a good look at the fabric pieces before you drive away from the store's parking lot, especially if it's a long drive from home.  Remember the Hoffman Bali Handpaint Fat Quarter Bundles I bought last week?  Take a look at these pics - the fabrics in entire first bundle are cut so skewed that they can't be used as fat quarters.  If I squared them up, I'd lose at least an inch off each side.  The second bundle is slightly skewed, but I think I can make it work.  What is so shocking is that the fat quarters are very skimpily cut - huge disappointment - and these bundles are expensive!

I bought a new iron and was all excited to run home tonight and get this fabric pressed so I could start cutting on Friday.  Now I have to go back to the quilt shop - I'm calling them tomorrow to make sure they'll take the one bundle back in exchange for another one, but it's about a 20 mile drive each way.  Grrrr. 
7/7/11 Update:  I talked to the shop owner and she doesn't have any more of the "Honeysuckle" bundles, so she's going to take them back...perfect!  I'll head up there tomorrow to see what else I can find :)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

One Fish Two Fish...

*Happy Dance*

Finished the second binding today :o)

The Front...

and the back

Yippee!  Tomorrow I can start pressing and cutting the Hoffman Bali Handpaints!

7/4/2011 pressing the Hoffman Bali Handpaints this morningMy iron died yesterday

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Independence Day.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

It's a zoo!

An Urban Zoo that is.  This is one of the projects I picked up from the local quilt shop yesterday. I finished hand sewing the binding on today while enjoyng a wonderful visit with my Mom :o) 

I wish I had one of those great cameras with the filter for bright sunlight - the colors in these pictures don't appear as vibrant as they really are in person.

A close up of the front.  This was quilted in a meander pattern with chartreuse thread.

Kona Medium Grey was used for the backing with Kona Cactus accent stripes and a few Urban Zoo squares pieced in.

Close up of the back

One more binding to go before I can cut into those fabulous Hoffman Bali Handpaints!

Friday, July 1, 2011

There was a little girl who had a little curl...

in the middle of her forehead
when she was good, she was very, very good,
but when she went to the quilt shop, she was horrid

Lol...okay... so substitute "little girl" with "middle aged woman"

I went to pick up a couple of projects that were quilted at a shop up the road.  After I checked out and put the quilts in the car, I grabbed one of my Groupon coupons I had bought ($25 worth of fabric for $12 - how could I pass that up?) and headed back into the shop to see what I could find.

I have had the "Hip to be Square" pattern for a long time, but never found the perfect fabrics.  Well, today I did.

I saw these Hoffman Bali Handpaints batik bundles and instantly fell in love.  Of course, the pattern calls for half yards, so I bought two bundles.  I also needed a one yard piece of focal fabric - I picked the fabric at the bottom because it incorporates the browns, rusts, beiges, and teals.  I can't wait to start cutting, but I have to bind the two quilts I picked up today before I start another project.

I came home and made the binding for each quilt and machine sewed them on.  I'm working on the hand sewing tonight, but wanted to take a break and share my quilty excitement :)