Sunday, January 29, 2012

Carla's 1600 Quilt

Carla was a guest at our guild meeting a couple weeks ago and she helped Mona with her quilt. Then she went home and cut some childrens novelty fabrics and made a 1600 Zippy Strippy quilt. She wanted something fast and easy as she is donating this quilt very soon.

I quilted it with Angel Wings panto because the border fabric has butterflies. Hobbs 80/20 batting and Omni Pearl White thread.

Just look at all these cute fabrics. It's going to make some youngster very happy.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Kim's Applique and Pieced Quilt

Another one for Kim and just like the last one, she wanted a meander on this one also. A lot of work went into piecing this quilt and she did a great job.

I chose PermaCore Mother Goose thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting. This is another one that I would love to make. But I think I would add some borders to it to make it fit my bed.

And the back:

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Stashbusting 2012 - #3

Fabric Added this week - 10 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 10 yards

Fabric Used this week - 0 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 1.5 yards


I went to Joann's yesterday with Janet and was hoping to spend $50 so I could get a 30% off card for this week. Their clearance fabric was 50% off the clearance price so I picked up some for backings. The football will be for charity quilts and the brown and pink for my pineapple quilt. They also had Kona on sale, so I got 3 yards of it for making the Starry Eyed quilt. I bought some other things and used my 20% off coupon on my phone. My total before tax was $51, so I have the 30% off coupon to use this week.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Common Threads Guild 1600 Quilt Race 2012

Here's a slide show of our guild 1600 Jelly Roll Race at our January meeting.

Some members started in the Fast Lane by sewing their strips together before the meeting and some started from the beginning after Viki blew the whistle. The Peggy's team finished in just 32 minutes. Boy, what a system they person sewed, one pit crew member took the newly sewn strips, opened them up and then layed them nicely in a stack and then the stack was handed to the other pit crew member and she kept them coming to the sewer.

Tammy started from scratch and still finished her quilt in less than and hour and a half.

They each received a jelly roll, a chocolate bar and a crown.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Perfect Stitch and an Antique Quilt

No, not the stitch on one of my machines, it's the name of my husband's business. He took sewing machine repair classes last spring and has been servicing machines since June. He's learned a lot and it really amazes me how much he knows about them. He buys lots of machines, services them and then sells them. Santa brought him a sand blaster for Christmas this year and you have go to see what he has done with a very ugly, old machine.

The Antique Quilt
Betty brought me this grandmothers flower garden quilt and wanted it finished. It had been hand quilted and had about an inch of yucky batting sticking out on all sides. I said the only way I would fix it is to add a facing and turn it to the back and stitch it down. She said that would be fine and that's all done and now I will wash it. The difference in color really isn't as noticable as it looks in the photo.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Another one for Carol

I loaded and quilted this 30 x 34" quilt for Carol B. It's another one of Carol Hopkins patterns, this one is called Lizzie's Tents.

Warm and Natural batting for these last 2 and PermaCore Mother Goose thread.

I quilted one of these for Carla here, so I was pretty sure how I was going to do this one.

And the back:

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Carol's Quilt

This quilt made by Carol is from the Carol Hopkins pattern Abigail's Gowns. Very cute quilt and I was in the mood for a little custom, so today I spent an hour quilting, then an hour working on a jizsaw puzzle, and then an hour on hand stitching the facing on a antique Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt that belongs to Betty Frank. Maybe I have a bit of A-D-D.

The pieced blocks have continuous curves with a loop in the flying geese blocks. On the solid blocks I drew diagonal lines from corner to corner and then quilted 3 loops in each section. It makes a great design and I was able to do a row of the setting triangles, one row of pieced blocks and 1/2 of a solid row with one start and stop. (Unless, of course, I run out of bobbin thread, darn it!)

And the back:

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Debbie's Queen's X Quilt

One of last years retreat lotto blocks was The Queen's X, a quilterscache pattern. Debbie liked these blocks so much that she made a quilt for her granddaughter. I love the pastel colors she chose for making these.

Since some of her background fabrics had daisies in it, we chose daisy swirl panto. Permacore white thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting.

Here's just one block:

And the backing fabric.....very pretty!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Elizabeth's 3rd Birthday Party

Elizabeth and her cousin Rylan shared a birthday party this year.

He's 5 and she's 3 and they're almost the same height. They were both cute as can be!

I made one cake for both of them, he wanted Smurfs and she wanted Dora. I found similar images of both of them and I think it turned out great. Can you see the dots of and pink for her side and orange and blue for his side.

Here's Liz with her Barbie quilt.

Sharon's Doggie Quilt

Sharon made this cute quilt for the friend of one of her children.
Lucky friends, huh?

She wanted a largish meander and that made it easy for me to load and quilt it yesterday afternoon after the birthday party.

And the back, cute as the front isn't it.

Stashbusting 2012 - Week 1

Fabric Added this week - 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 0 yards

Fabric Used this week - 1.5 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 1.5 yards


The only fabric I used was for Elizabeth's Barbie quilt sashing and binding. It's a start!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Elizabeth's 3rd Birthday Quilt

I'm working on the binding tonight on this cute little quilt, but had to take a break to do some computer stuff.

Julie bought the Barbie fabric at Shipshewana from Susie and asked me if I would make a quilt for Liz. There's still a lot of the fabric left, so there will be more than one Barbie quilt.

I bought some fabrics for the block borders and sashing in Shipshewana and got a good start on it there. It got put away shortly after that but since her birthday party is this Sunday, I need to get the binding finished tomorrow.

I chose Button Flower panto and used Permacore Light Strawberry thread. I actually piece the Hobbs 80/20 batting.

And here's a little one for her baby doll:

Airplane Germs


We were stuck on the plane, on the tarmack, for over an hour on Monday in Detroit, coming home from New York. There was no air circulating and it was very uncomfortable. After the wait for de-icing, we finally took off and then were told there would be no beverage service. By the end of the flight my throat was starting to feel really funny and my worst fears happened.

Tuesday I had a bit of a sore throat and by Wednesday morning I was coughing and sneezing. I spent an evening on the couch bundled up watching tv, and then I slept in the spare bedroom because Dan said I was making lots of noise and he would wake me up to tell me that.

Last night I knew I needed to finish Elizabeth's 3rd birthday quilt, so I did finally got in some sewing.

My throat is still a bit sore, but I feel much better.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 UFO List

I sure didn't get very many finished from my last years list, but I did complete lots of quilts. I'll post a summary later this week. Here's my list for this year:

1. Log Cabin Blocks - 2001 - ready for quilting

2. Lost Socks - 60 blocks - ready for quilting

3. Americana Block Swap - 2007 - ready for quilting

4. RR Snow Globe - 2006 - ready for quilting

5. Square Dance - Halloween - ready for quilting

6. 1930's block swap from longarm list - blocks made

7. Barbie quilt for Elizabeth - 2011 - some blocks made.done 1/2/12

8. Guild Row-by Row - Kansas Troubles - rows

9. Homespun Cats - 2006 - ready for quilting

10. 1930's blocks from BOM at Cheryl's - 2010 - blocks made

11. Storyteller - 2009 - ready for quilting.

12. Christmas Lights - 2010 - ready for quilting.