Monday, October 29, 2012

Fall Blogger's Quilt Festival

It is time once again for Amy's Fall Blogger's Quilt Festival. I decided to enter one of my quilts that reminds me of fall and winter (judging by the picture).

This is my Orange Crush Quilt made from a Bonnie Hunter Mystery. I was not crazy about the small half square triangles and some fabric I was using that seemed to stretch out of place very easily. I finished the quilt top and then let it sit for quite awhile before I quilted it.

If you look closely, you can see that I added piping before the final border.

Then I got the big idea to layer two layers of polyester batting together. Not the smartest thing to do when quilting using a domestic sewing machine. But the results were well worth the trouble. It is the softest, squishiest quilt that I have made.

And everywhere I go people compliment me on it.

I actually began making it for my son but he didn't care for the zebra print I put in it.

Too bad. Now it belongs to my husband. And he doesn't share very often.

It did go on the bed in the guest room for awhile. But mostly, it is used as a throw when he is watching TV.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Quick Update

I have been pretty busy all week but not a lot of progress to share.

I have several pieces put together for the double wedding ring quilt.

I have more than these made but took them off of the design wall before I took a picture.

I spent most evenings last week hand quilting on the star quilt. I have 1/3 of the two blocks I am now working on left to do and 2 more whole blocks. Then a couple of rows of sashing and the outside border.

Today I pulled out some Christmas fabric that I had ordered a couple of years ago with a certain quilt in mind. I was able to get most of the top put together. It is a simple four-patch with sashing and I will add some applique poinsettia's sprinkled within it. I'll have pictures later.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sometimes it's the little things

that make the most difference.

Advice for anyone making a double wedding ring quilt or any other quilt with small templates. Two things that are a must.

Sandpaper on the back of your templates and a small rotating cutting mat.

I just used sandpaper from the garage and used double-sided scotch tape. Oh my, what a difference. I don't know why I didn't do this on the last double wedding ring quilt that I did. So far the templates have been slip free.

And look at this clean sewing table. Oh my, I can't remember how long it has been since it has been so uncluttered.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

What a day!!!!

I was up by 6 am, which had Larry totally baffled. He can't understand how anyone would want to get up that early if they didn't have to. But I took my time having my morning coffee and then started laundry and had the kitchen cleaned and was out the door by 9 am.

I started out at Mama's Log House where I couldn't resist this fat quarter bundle of batiks.

Then I went to the Belle Point Quilter's Guild Quilt Show at the Convention Center. It was small but nice for our area. This is the first year I have attended. Usually, it is already past the date by the time I hear about it.

These were some of my favorites. Just quick takes with my phone.

I really wish I would have entered Becca's Double Wedding Ring Quilt. There was nothing even close to it there. Beautiful quilts but nothing like the entries that people post from the really big quilt shows.

The fabric I purchased is for a double wedding ring quilt for Kelsey. I am doing an applique border but it will be different from Becca's. I am thinking on the lines of something like this.

I'll have to work on how to make it go down the sides of the quilt. But I am also looking at a couple of other designs also. So, who knows.

What a great day! (But I didn't get groceries like I planned because the stores were just too crowded.)

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Oh my,

the days seem to be getting away from me. I have been busy, busy, busy. Lots of sewing, machine quilting, and hand quilting going on--but no pictures. The lighting is awful in my house and it is dark when I leave in the morning and almost dark when I get home in the evening. Who says teachers get to leave at 3 p.m.?

The star quilt I made from men's shirts is complete--binding and all. I love the look. I am going to wash it and then probably hang it in the den.

This Merry Christmas quilt is also completed now--binding and all.

I have been hand quilting almost every evening also. It is so slow going, but I am now down to about 8 blocks and the border. Maybe I'll have it finished by Christmas.

I went to a wonderful retreat at the Subiaco Abbey and Academy last weekend.  I grew up about half a mile down the road. My stress goes down just driving into the parking lot.

I am tutoring two nights a week for an hour or so after school. I am teaching the middle school CCD class for church every Wednesday night. I thought we were supposed to slow down as we get older. Not sure how I got this busy.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.


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