Sunday, October 31, 2010

Stasbusting Week - October 31, 2010

Not as much to report as I would like.

Fabric Added - 9.5 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 55.25 yards

Fabric Used - 4.75 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 148.125 yards


Retreat StashbustingThe Rossville BOM packages contained pieces and not necessarily yardage, so they weren't counted coming in and won't be counted as used.

The leftover Storyteller blocks were just that...leftovers, so they have already been counted, long ago.

I bought 7.5 yards at Yoders Basement to make placemats for Julie, but haven't finished them yet, so they'll get counted next week.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Night Sew-In

Yep, I'm sewing tonight.

First the BOM blocks for tomorrow morning. I don't know how it got to be the end of October already, but they will be done for show n tell.


Then Julie's placemats I started in Shipshe. I DIDN'T GET TO THESE TONIGHT :(

But, I did get these treat bags made. One for Andrew and one for Elizabeth.

Both have the same lining fabric.

Finished the outside applique on a dresden plate block.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Back From Shipshewana

What a wonderful retreat! I can't believe it's here and gone already. I so enjoyed meeting everyone and am simply amazed by the talents of our group. Show and Tell was a treat and Jane's idea of laying everything out in the lounge area and walking around to see all the wonderful projects made it great. We could ask questions if we wanted more info and those that wanted to get back to sewing could browse quickly and get right back to work. We did show and tell on Friday and I'll bet if we had waited another day, there would have been twice a much.

The Farmstead Inn was the perfect setting with clean spacious guest rooms and an ample sewing room. Next year we will try to get an even larger sewing area so we have more room to lay out those works in progress.

To the Retreaters:
Thanks so much for the wonderful gift and I really appreciate your kind words on the postcards. It really was a fun event to plan and I have already been talking to the group coordinator about 2011.

Here is a link to some photos. Not all of them have captions yet. If you know who the owners of the show and tell items are, please leave a comment on the photo.

Here's a link to Karen's photos.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Leftover Storyteller blocks

I can't believe that the retreat is almost over. It has been wonderful and we will be having this retreat again next year!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Rossville 2009 BOM

Having a great time and now I'm putting together my 2009 rossville quilts BOM.

Another quilt from the shirts

Made from the same shirts from last weeks qUilt

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The early bird quilters

All set up and ready to sew.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Off to Shipshewana

I'm all packed and ready to head out first thing in the morning to Shipshewana to quilt, laugh, and eat with 50+ quilters, many of them will be new friends.

One of the most enjoyable parts will be spending quality time with my daughter Julie!

JudyL was our guild speaker tonight and boy did she wow us with her quilts. She sure does make it look easy to put those blocks together.

I did take pics of my projects, but haven't gotten them off my camera yet. I hope to accomplish a lot this weekend. Stay tuned.........

Barb's Fall Colors

I quilted this last weekend, but forgot to post about it. The colors are gorgeous and she actually let me ko a pantograph on this one. She's usually a custom quilter, but I thought this one would do well with the Feather Me Pantograph.

This one shows the colors much better.

And the back:

Monday, October 18, 2010

Design Wall Monday and Another Memory Quilt

My design wall is empty and the block that I showed last Monday is now this quilt.....finished, binding and all.

This one was made for Mary's brother, using their father's shirts. The pattern is similar to the one I made for their mother, just a bit different. Permacore Chambray thread, Feather Me Pantograph and Hobbs 80/20 batting.

The back is almost as nice as the front.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

WLFI Casual Friday

WLFI's Casual Friday will be broadcasting live from the National Group from 5-7 AM tomorrow. Turn on your TV if you want to see what we look like that early in the morning. :)

Celebration, Procrastination, Anticipation

Celebration - for the rescued miners, their friends and families, and all involved in the rescue. This has been an amazing story!

Luis Urzua, the last miner to be rescued, is greeted by Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, right, on reaching the surface. (Chilean government / October 14, 2010)

Procrastination - because this quilt should be finished by now.

Anticipation - next week at this time we will be in Shipshewana or at least on our way!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Peggy's Coloring Quilt

It is the CUTEST baby quilt! She scanned drawings from when her children were young and printed them to use as the center blocks. Isn't that cute?

Peggy made this darling quilt for her grandbaby due in a month. I loaded it on Saturday and finished it up on Sunday morning. Little did I know that her grandson must have known that his quilt was finished, because he made his appearance a month early and she called Sunday afternoon to tell me he had arrived and asked about his quilt. Well, it was finished and she picked it up.

I outlined the colored images, continuous curves in the blocks, and did a wavy crosshatch in the borders.

The back is a cute flannel, which doesn't really show the quilting very well.

Design Wall Tuesday

Yep, I'm a day late for the design wall....and on the stashbusting front, I didn't use any fabric out of my stash, but used quite a bit of fabric. Shirts, many of them, that's what I used this week.

Here is one block on my design wall. Many more parts have been assembled, but this is what was on there yesterday.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Alice's Quilts

Alice made this quilt for a grandchild that recently got married. She use lots and lots of nickels from our guilds nickel swaps these past two years. I just love the bright colors. The quilting is custom with mostly continuous curves and feathered border and it's a big one at 103" square.

And the back, which I love also. She's very creative at putting these backs together.

She made this one for her granddaughter and it will be a Christmas gift, I believe. What little girl wouldn't love all these pinks and purples.

Quilted with Whirlygig panto by Jodi Beamish, which I haven't used in a while. Purple Permacore thread and, of course, Hobbs 80/20 batting. I have raised my price on batting from $5 to $6 a yard because the cost of shipping increased with my last shipment. I hate to do that, but I have to cover my expenses.

And the back:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Jennifer's Halloween Fabrics

Jennifer sewed together these Halloween fabrics to make some placemats. I quilted them with Square spiral by Keryn Emmerson and Egypt Topaz PermaCore thread. Since the fabrics say Halloween, we decided the quilting could be more for texture and I think they turned out very nice. Hmmm, I wonder if I have any Halloween fabric stashed away?

You can't see the quilting very well on the first shot, but this one is much better.

Christmas Beads

Last night at guild one of our members, Kay, taught a beading class. We made these cute ornament covers. It took steady hands, and lots of counting and lots of concentration. She had little cups with our beads, a needle and thread for all of us. And of course the ornaments too. I will probably try to make some more, as I brought a couple kits home to try with my granddaughters.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Design Wall Monday - October 4, 2010

Here's what's on my design wall this morning:

I know you were expecting to see the Dora stack-n-whack, but it's all put together and ready to be quilted.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Stashbusting 2010 - #40

Fabric Added - 3 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 53.75 yards

Fabric Used - 4.75 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 139.875 yards


I just had to buy some Dora fabric because I'm making another Stack n whack for a co-workers daughter. They have a 3 year old and just had a new baby girl, so the 3 year old is getting a quilt for her big girl bed. You will see my progress tomorrow on my design wall.

Check out the other Stashbusting Reports on Judy's blog.

Back to our regularly scheduled quilting with Mabel....