Monday, October 31, 2011

Design Wall

I have the borders on Carol's quilt from last Monday. Now, I have to get a few customer quilts finished before I can quilt it.

I started working on a quilt for the new grandbaby. I bought a really cute kit from Fresh Picked Fabrics when we first found out about the new baby. Can I find the pattern now that I'm going to work on it? No. I can find the fabric, but not the pattern.

So, I boot up EQ7 and see what I can come up with. I think my design is way too involved. I'm pretty sure that when Gina Halladay designed the quilt it was much simpler.

I don't care for the way it's turning out. It's too much of a jumble, but I've committed myself to this design. There are some cute cars and buildings to applique on top of the blocks. I'm hoping that they can save this.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Scary Story

Dear, sweet Bubba has developed a flair for the dramatic. This is probably due to his exposure to his very dramatic sister, Spicy.

He recently made a very scary Halloween book while at day care. His mommy was able to record him reading it to her. I think he does a fabulous job, no grandparent bias here. Well, OK a little bit of bias, but really he is cute. The volume is a little low, because he's reading it in his scary voice.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Design Wall

It seems like it has been a very long time since I've had anything on my design wall. Well, I guess that's because it has been a very long time since there has been anything on my design wall. Technically, I still don't have anything on my design wall. My design wall is small, so this is on the guest bed.

I put the rows together yesterday. It still needs borders. Which I've cut, but not pieced together.

This is EQ7's rendition of the finished quilt. It is a simple framed nine-patch. The quilt will be a gift for my husband's cousin, Carol.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011


I got little done today. I was continually distracted by the beauty of the trees as the leaves are turning.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Stitch Size

Since I'm pretty new to hand applique and hand piecing I'm a little self conscious about my work. I want to make sure that "real" hand piecers don't think my work is sloppy. When I took the class with Anita Shackleford she commented that my stitches were a little large.

So, when I had my second Dear Jane class yesterday I asked the teacher if my stitches were too large. I was rather surprised when she said that my stitches were smaller than they needed to be.

I looked online to see what information I could find. There loads of resources these days online between YouTube, blogs, and instructors' websites. From what I've been watching and reading my stitches are acceptable. Whew, what a relief!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


I don't know why, but I count. As I'm doing things I count. I will count stitches as I knit. I will count how many chops it takes when I chop up veggies. I count. Weird, I know.

I'm not the only one, however. Jane Stickle counted pieces when she made her quilt
that is the foundation for the Dear Jane book.
She recorded her count on the corner piece of her quilt.
I've also been counting my pieces for this beautiful quilt. 90 pieces down, 5,512 to go.