Thursday, October 29, 2009

Charming Girls Finish!

I did it! I finished within the deadline. Hooray for me! Baby Angelina will get her quilt on time. Thanks to the push from Charming Girls Club.

What do you think of the hearts in the corners of the border?
I had lots of fun doodling them before I started quilting them. There is so much backtracking on the spine that they stand out pretty well.

I still have the alphabet baby quilt to finish. I don't think I'll be able to get it done by Saturday, but you never know.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Good Idea Gone Wrong

A good idea that wasn't so good when put in play.

I thought that tone on tone lavender thread would be so pretty on this quilt. I started quilting, and thought, "Well, I guess it's OK."

I got more into the quilt and thought, "Hmm, it's not my favorite."

When I got even further I thought, "I don't like it." Of course by then I was past the point of no return. I guess I really prefer matching or blending thread. The lavender thread just makes the quilt too busy for me.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Field Trip

On Thursday, another teacher and I took our classes on a walking field trip. We went to the fire station, library and police station. It was only a 2 mile walk, but it was the standing at each stop that did me in. Boy, was I beat by the end of the day.

Monday, October 12, 2009

What's on my design wall

I demonstrated making flying geese units at the Temecula Quilt Show. Though it felt like I made about a jillion when I was at the show, I really made about 40. So, now I need to come up with a quilt to use these units.

There is this block that uses two sets, 8 geese per block.

Or there is this one that uses three sets, 12 geese per block and one square in the middle.

I know there are many more that use flying geese units. These just seem easy. I'm kind of into easy these days.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Can I just say, I have a mental block whenever it comes to naming quilts. I just don't come up with those witty, clever names. It is a struggle for me to come up with anything other than the block name.

Amy, Park City Girl, is hosting the Blogger's Quilt Festival. If you love looking at quilts and reading about them, go visit. There are lots of entries and beautiful quilts. Also, it's fun visiting all of the blogs.

This is my Blogger's Quilt Festival entry. The block is the Arkansas Crossroads block. I named it Leftovers, because it is made with leftover 2 1/2" blocks. The other fabrics are primarily from my stash. I did buy a few purple fabrics to fill out the border fabric selection. I also used Quilter's Dream Green for the batting. This is a batting that is made from recycled 2 liter soda bottles. I thought it was fitting that a quilt made with leftovers should have recycled batting.

This is the quilt that hung in Cafe Daniel for the Temecula Quilt Walk.

The quilting designs I chose are, well, just OK. They aren't outstanding. When I was quilting it I thought it was just for me, but Pauline asked if it would be OK to put it up for the quilt walk. Well, I had to say, "Of course." How can you turn down a request like that?

What quilts were the "parent" quilts, the ones that made all these leftover squares? Well, here are the two primary parents, two Strip Twist quilts. I cut many more strips than I needed for the first quilt, so I made the second. Each time I cut the blocks for these quilts there was a bit of the strip set left. The leftovers became the Leftover quilt.

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Borders On

I'm making progress on Lucy's quilt. I got the borders on this evening. I won't be able to get it quilted until I finish a few customer quilts. That will give me time to make the binding and piece the back.

Now, on to Rob's quilt.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sashing and Cornerstones

I've sewn all the blocks, sashing and cornerstones together for Lucy's quilt. I've pieced all the blocks for the second border, and sewn the strips together that will be the first and third borders.

Oohh, that makes it sound like I've done so much work!

Check out Judy L.'s blog to see more design walls.

Enough fun computer stuff. I'm off to take the trash out.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Temecula Quilt Show

Yesterday was the Temecula Quilt Show. I would have posted about it yesterday, but I was beyond exhausted. Today, I'm sunburned and sore, but not so exhausted. There were 5 or 6 blocks of buildings in Old Town hung with quilts. The day was glorious. The quilts were beautiful. The crowd of quilt watchers was wonderful.

We started the day with a car load of quilts.
Marcy and her hubby cleaned banisters and rails so that we could hang quilts without them getting too dirty. Then, it was up and down stairs and ladders to hang the quilts.

The Californian
has a nice article about the show.

Two of my quilts were part of the Quilt Walk that went on for two weeks before the show. I was honored to participate in the Quilt Walk.

My daughter and grandkids came to visit me, and the Farmer's Market. They brought me some beautiful flowers at the market.

It was a great day, but the drive home was long. Next year I'll try to be organized enough that I can spend the night with my daughter. After a long day, 15 minutes of driving is much better than an hour of driving.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Charming Girls Goal

My Charming Girls goal for October is to get this quilt done for Lucy's baby, Angelina. Angelina hasn't made her debut yet. She isn't due to arrive until December, but the shower is at the end of October. I haven't done much except get the blocks done, and doodle ideas for quilting it. I do have all of the fabric cut for the sashing and cornerstones, and some of the border fabric cut.

I also need to finish a quilt for another teacher's baby at work. His will be a panel type quilt using Maisy fabric by Andover.