Sunday, September 27, 2009

Weekend funtastic...

Went to Earling Saturday after class. My sister and BIL from MO came for a visit. We don't see them too often, so it was good to catch up. Other family came to my sister's too, so it was a fun night. I ended up staying over as it got late and I didn't want to drive back (it's about an hour).

I finished the tabletopper Friday night, so quilted it today. It is only about 30" x 30" so it didn't take long. I even got the binding on so it is actually finished.
Close-up of quilting, sort of a swirly - twirly design.
I thought this was so cute for the back, as you could use it just like this for a tea or something.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A little progress...

I got the body of the topper done last night ( I still love those trees...why is it that something just strikes you like that?) , it just needs the borders, which won't take long. Then I had to watch the season opener of Criminal Minds...I really like that show.

I have a new class of beginners starting tonight, so that should be fun. I haven't met them yet...tonight will be the intro and learn to use the rotary cutter, as well as pick out fabrics together. I like to do that with the beginners, as a lot of people have difficulty picking out fabrics and if we go out together they get to know each other a bit too.

That's about it for now.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Cute little trees and the Lone Star pattern....

I made these cute little trees last night. I am using them on a wintery tabletopper I am working on.

Several people have asked about the Lone Star pattern I used on my quilt. It is called Lone Star by Jackie Robinson. Darlis at is featuring it on her home page & offering a special right now when you purchase a shipping with your order! All you do is type in the free shipping code...which is cool is that? She is also going to start carrying the Mexican Star pattern. You might remember when I made that last winter. She actually has lots of nice patterns at reasonable prices. Check out her webstore!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Class fun

We started the Kaleidoscope Blitz quilt yesterday in class. After much cutting they got these blocks finished. They put their blocks on the wall together and we could see the auxillary pattern of circles starting to form. We meet again next Saturday, so hopefully I will have more pix of finished blocks then. You can see the quilt I made as a model here.

There is a great giveaway going on over at Crafty Moment's blog, check it out. Tell her Jean sent you!

Friday, September 18, 2009

It's official.....

Here comes the weekend!
It's been a busy week...I had classes on Mon and Wed night, then Tues night I worked all night on a pattern for Saturday's class......yes, I should've had it done sooner, but I've been busy, ok? Last night we celebrated my middle daughter's 2 daughters that live in the area came over and we relaxed in the back yard with pizza and margaritas. (Angie and Colin, we missed you!) That was nice. I have the Kaleidoscope Blitz class tomorrow, that should be fun. Then who knows? I still have that Lone Star to bind...have a great weekend!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ta Da!!

I finished quilting the Lone Star today. It is hard for me to get a good pic of such a big quilt, so I hung it from the doorway. I should've moved the table, though. I had a hard time getting the whole thing in a picture.
You can see the border fabric better in this one. I want to bind in red.
Quality control officer Miss Smokey is checking it out!
The back. I like this panto, it is Climber, by Meredith England.

I actually quilted all day. I have been working on a design for a fall runner, and finished it last night, so put it on the machine and quilted it after the Lone Star. I will post more about it later. I don't usually quilt class models as there is always a time constraint, but wanted to quilt the Lone Star as I didn't want it hanging on display without quilting. I was afraid it would start to sag because of all the bias seams. I knew the runner wouldn't take too long to quilt, so just did it too.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Friday & Lone Star progress!!!

I know it is pretty sad to get so excited to see Friday come, but oh well, that is how it is these days. I got the Lone Star about half quilted, so hopefully will be able to finish it this weekend. I like this panto, but sort of wish I had a larger span so that I could do some kind of fabulous free motion design in those big squares and triangles, but I think this will look good too. Sometimes these quilts have applique in those spots, but I didn't want that with this one.
The back is a chocolate brown, & the thread is a gold variegated, so the quilting will show up well.

I got a new camera last weekend, so these are my first pix on it. I think I am going to like it.

I am getting together with friends tonight for our stitch and chat so that will be fun. I am going to work on a fall runner I started this week. We also have cottage blocks to exchange.

BTW, that is not a mess in the back corner, but a storage area....that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Are you quilting?

Here is the Lone Star after I finished the corners and triangles yesterday. I don't really think the background is quite this orange, I thought it was a rich tan when I bought it. I finished the top, and started quilting it today.
You can see Smokey approves....I had a hard time laying it out flat as she thought she should help....she will really like it after it is quilted!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Lone Star progress

I worked on the Lone Star yesterday and got all the diamonds made, sewn together and am working on the setting squares & triangles. I was a little worried about them, but they are going well so far.
I have 2 triangles left to do, then I am ready for the borders. This still hasn't been pressed, which is hard since I always press after every seam. But that is what she recommends so that the fabrics don't get stretched out of shape.
As soon as I get the other 2 triangles on I will press it. The pattern has 2 sizes, a large lap (75" x 75") and a king. The king has an extra pieced block border. I am going to make the borders a little differently than the pattern as I want it to be queen size. Hopefully I will have the top finished by tomorrow!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

More on signs...

You really can order street signs, here is one of the places if you want to check it out. For a 5" x 18" sign, the cost would be about $18.00. You could have the same thing printed on both sides for about $23.00. What a cute gift for someone for their garden!

What is everyone doing this long weekend? I hope to get back to some quilting. Will let you know how that goes.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Not much going on.....

Mama Kitty was helping me take pix the other I took a few of her...she kept moving around so they all turned out blurry except this one.

I haven't done any sewing so far this week. I rearranged & cleaned my little room where I "live"Monday has my sewing machine, computer and tv in it, so all my stuff! I got a different rocking/recliner chair to put in there (which is very comfy, I must say), and took out the futon. We took it to my daughter's last night. She wanted it for her spare room. It makes the room look bigger and roomier, as it really isn't very big. Plus I didn't put the futon in the basement to store, but actually got it out of here. So I was happy about that...there is enough junk down there. I was using some stackable drawers under it for storage, so they are now stacked up until I figure out if I want them out there or just put them upstairs

That's about it for now.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Don't we all need one?

Isn't this the cutest thing? I saw this on Pat's blog, you just go here and make your sign. It only takes a minute. Wouldn't it be fun if you could order them?