Monday, February 24, 2014

It's coming right along . . .

Just a quick update.

Two borders complete. Working on the third one. I just love how this is turning out. I'm linking with Judy's Design Wall Monday.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Another Day Off

(Where do the days go? I wrote this to post on Tuesday, but didn't get around to it.) 

We were off Friday and Monday for winter break. Since my house is clean, I was able to do as I pleased all day.

I dd go out in the morning and walk/run for 30 minutes. Even though I walk 1-2 miles at a time regularly, the jogging really gives me a better workout. I am fine as long as I come home and sit in the hot tub. If I don't, my legs get really sore.

After working just about all day Sunday and Monday, I was able to get one side of the applique on Kelsey's quilt completed.

I divided the sides into two pieces so I don't have such a large piece of fabric to twist and turn while appliqueing. I am glad I finally decided on a border and I am very satisfied with it.

We are having a mission at church on personal prayer.  I look forward to hearing Fr. Tom Elliot's teachings. 

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Weekend Update

We were out of school on Friday and will be again on Monday for Winter Break. That's kind of funny seeing as we have missed about 5 days for snow.

I spent Friday morning picking up the house and thoroughly cleaning the kitchen. That left me free to sew all afternoon.

Update on "For His Glory".  When I began this quilt, I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to make it in all blacks, whites, and grays or make it a scrappy colorful quilt. I decided on the blacks, grays, and whites and made 10 blocks. Then I decided that while I was making the blocks, I would also make a colorful one to give to the Catholic School I worked at for 10 years to use in a fund raiser. Each year, the school holds a Mardi Gras celebration with dinner, dancing, and a silent and live auction to raise money. There is no way I could get it ready for this years' Mardi Gras,  but I'll have a whole year to complete it.

Anyway, I now have 10 blocks completed for each quilt.

Now, I am going to put those aside and get Kelsey's Double Wedding Ring Quilt back out. I really needed to decide on the applique border for this quilt that I started last year.

The center top was completed and then laid aside due to my indecisiveness. So, about a week ago, I saw this border

at Quiltsalott and decided that is what I wanted. Janet is definitely my applique inspiration.

When I made Becca's double wedding ring quilt,

I used Janet's quilt as inspiration.  One of these days, I am going to have to make me one just like this.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Design Wall Monday

These are 4 1/2 inch blocks

I now have 9 of them finished. And below is one block that is completely finished with the bible verse machine embroidered. 

The quilt will consist of 56 mini blocks--all different patterns with a different bible verse on each. There will either be a white square or sashing between each block or I will add an additional white border around each block to attain the size of quilt I want.

Visit Judy at Patchwork Times to get way too many ideas for new projects.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Block 1 Complete

I decided to use the machine to embroidery the bible verses on the blocks of the "For His Glory" quilt.  I was able to get the first one completed.

I absolutely love it.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

"For His Glory" blocks

After 3 days of tracing and making templates, I now have 56 blocks chosen for my latest project. It has taken longer than I thought it would. But, I do enjoy tracing and measuring.

I sat down this afternoon and was able to complete 7 blocks.

It certainly doesn't sound like a lot considering it took me between 5 and 6 hours to complete them. But, I am satisfied with the results. I have decided to use black, white, and gray fabrics. I wish I had enough solid white to begin embroidering the bible quotes on the block borders. I had thought about using some type of pen. I may still do that as it would be very much faster than embroidering.

Do any of you have a favorite pen that will last through many washings. I do want to use the quilt on a bed when it is finished. 

We did get some more snow last night. Kelsey, Zak, and Aiden stopped by and we went to the local El Parian to eat. It started to snow  about the time we could meet Larry. We had to eat quickly so they could get home before the roads got really bad. And, I am such a chicken at driving on snow.
Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

When we got up this morning, this is what the pond looked like.

It has not been this frozen over as long as we have lived here. I guess this is a good indicator of how cold is and has been for days. Today, most of the snow melted but there is still ice out there on the pond. Tomorrow I think there is a small chance of freezing rain. Then, on Monday and Tuesday, there is a 50% chance of snow.

We have valentine parties on Wednesday, parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, and then we will be out on Friday and Monday.  I hope this is our last bout of snow, sleet, and ice. I am so ready for warm weather and spring.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Another Snow Day for Me!

School was called off early this morning. It had already started sleeting at my house and we usually get a little more of everything on the ridge than they do in town.  Luckily the roads didn't get bad, but it is always a pain to go to school and have to get the students home in the middle of the day.

I am starting a new quilt because I don't have the fabric for the sashing and borders for this one. I have all 42 blocks made and waiting on the design wall.

Several years ago, I came across this quilt from  Galloping Pony Studio. It is made up of 4-inch blocks with a bible verse in the border around each block.

I love the freshness and simplicity of it.

I already had this book of 4 inch blocks (that I have never used)

and decided this would be the perfect project. I am making a collection of bible verses that have a special meaning to me and my life. This afternoon I started making the templates needed. I am using card stock instead of template plastic because I will only use them for one block.

This will definitely be an on-going project. I can imagine that there is a limit to the amount of 4-inch blocks I can make until it gets monotonous. 

Really thankful for the warm wood stove in the den. I set up a table in front of the stove and TV and watched Bones as I traced blocks.  I will probably leave the table set up with the project on it for the next couple of days because I have a feeling I will be home another day or two this week.

Back to work tomorrow and then more bad weather called for on Thursday and Friday.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting!


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