Wednesday, January 18, 2017

17 in 2017

It has taken me a while to figure out how to get my photos on these blog posts. I used to use Picasa to upload all my photos, but with my IPhone, I don't use that any more.

Yesterday I quilted the 17th quilt of the year. The four I did yesterday were all small, baby quilt size, but they're still quilts.

There were 2 of these for a fundraiser in Crawfordsville. Shannon made them and will donate them.

Meander quilting with Pirate Green thread.

I quilted this scrappy squares quilt for Becky.

Bountiful Feathers quilting with lite tan thread.

Sharon made this redwork quilt and it's my one custom quilt of the week.

Weekend Retreat

The planning committee for Commn Threads Spring Break retreat had a weekend retreat to do some planning and get our ducks all in a row for the upcoming Route 66 retreat. We traveled a little over an hour to River Retreat Center in Perrysville, IN.  Very nice one story house for up to 10 quilters. The owners were great to work with. Will probably be back.

I finished the Amish With a Twist 3 quilt.

Added top-stitching on these birthday table runners.

Added the last border piece to this little quilt. I'll have to search my blog to find out the details of this one. I do know it has been in my sewing room for some time, miss new one side of the border. I found that strip of fabric when I sorted my Christmas fabric last week.

I made some progress on my ongoing leader/ender project.

Tomorrow it's back to customer quilting.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Back to Customer Quilting

Christmas vacation is over for me :(
It really wasn't a vacation because never stopped sewing/quilting, but Dan went back to work today. I loaded and quilted the first customer quilt of the year.

Phyllis made this cute 70" x 80" quilt and it was one of the flattest quilt tops I've had the pleasure of quilting.


I chose Turbulence by Apricot Moon Designs for the quilting, white thread and Quilters Dream Poly batting.

Who wouldn't be pleased to own this one?

After I finished quilting this one I tackled my tote of Christmas fabric. It's been a long time since I even looked inside this tote. I sorted and ruler folded the larger pieces.

I pulled out all the smaller than a fat quarter size to cut down to 2.5" strips 5", 2.5" and 2" squares.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year

Let's see if I can get back into the blogging world.

This has been a busy holiday season, lots of family fun, but I'm ready to get back to a quiet house and lots of quality time with Mabel. Dan goes back to work on Tuesday, so Wednesday I'll get back in the groove. Not for long though, I may have jury duty on Thursday and Friday I'm going to a short quilt retreat in Perrysville, IN with my Spring Break committee. We'll do some planning for the retreat in March and get some sewing done too.

One of the Facebook groups I belong to is having a UFO challenge in January.  We are to work on our oldest one. This one is pretty old....started in 2009.

 Then it got put away for over 2 years. I finally took it to a retreat to do something with it.

Yesterday, I chose a backing and today I quilted it with Becker's Shooting Star. One of the local groups I quilt with are collecting 53+ quilts for children in a particular school corporation who are homeless. This is my 5th quilt for this drive.

I hope to get the binding finished before Tuesday.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

It's been a long, long time!

My last post was in August 2015, YIKES!

I post a photo of nearly every customer quilt I have the pleasure of quilting on my Facebook page and haven't been taking the time to make a bog post. Let's see if I can do a better job.. How many times have I said that? Several at least!!

Today was National Quilt of Valor Sewing Day, so, as Charity Chairperson for the Common Threads Quilt Guild I organized a local sewing day. What a wonderful time we had. 12 sewers and 3 members that came to visit made for a terrific day of friendship, laughter, good food and lots of fabric under our needles for such a great cause.

Just in case you don't know about Quilts of Valor, you can find out more here.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

My First Barn Quilt

This quilt has been weeks in the making by Dan and I. It was a fun project and I intend to make more.

The things I have learned:
  • Frog Tape works much better than blue Painters tape.
  • Check the mis-mixed paint shelves in your local paint departments. Menards has gallons for $5, Lowes charges $9. I also got some from the Habitat for Humanity Restore Shop for $2-3/quart. These were good colors, so I was happy to pay that.
  • Transfer some of the paint into a plastic throwaway container. Since you need 3-4 coats, it's much easier to get in to than a paint can.

Here are some in-progress pics:

Friday, August 21, 2015

Another Eat, Play, Sleep, Repeat Quilt

Last night was the Bingo Extravaganza and I'm happy to report that the baby quilt basket brought them $130. More would have been nice, but I know that someone who wanted it placed the winning bid. So yea! Success!

Here is the second of these Moda quilts. This one is for Kaison in Colorado.

I quilted it with Here Comes The Sun panto and Omni gray thread.

I made burp cloths to match

And a taggie blanket.

It wasn't until I took the final photos of this quilt that I realized the 't' in repeat is lined up with the top of the 'a' rather than the bottom of the 'a'.

The package has been received and is well liked.  When I mentioned it to Mandy, she replied, "My grandmother always said nothing is ever perfect and she made a small mistake in every quilt she made. It makes this quilt so much more special." That made me feel pretty good."

Here's the backing, which I love, although Dan didn't care for it. (and Dottie agreed with him!)