Archive for December, 2007

UFO #16

I finished up the binding and labeled the YBR quilt so that makes 16 UFO’s finished this year. Unfortunately, I’ll be carrying over some new ones into 2008 but at least I’m making progress.

I received this postcard in the mail from Deb today…you’ll have to visit her blog to see the inside.

This one came just before I went to VA from Helen in the UK. I plan on making myself a Xmas postcard for my journal project but not tonight. Keith has been sick with a cold and keeping me up at night with his coughing since I got home….I really need to catch up on my sleep before Chris and Becky get here Friday.

I actually have quilt photos to share today

Just to show you that I actually did bind the Ice Cream quilt. It’s in the dryer now and then it’s ready to be gifted.

Here’s a fairly old UFO. Everyone on one of my quilting lists was raving about the Yellow Brick Road pattern 2-3 years ago so I had to try it. I realized quickly I don’t like quilts from this pattern – mine or others I’ve seen and this one sat unquilted until today. It will be donated as a HeartStrings quilt (donating *ugly* quilts is another recent discussion on one of my groups that I won’t go into right now) .

Since I can be pretty assembly line about my quilting at times, this has the same thread and pattern I’m going to quilt on another UFO that’s next up for quilting. The pantograph is Whirlygig from Willow Leaf Studios. It’s one I recently ordered and this is the first quilt I’ve used it on. It was quick and easy and more important – it takes advantage of the smaller amount of throat space I have on the Premier so I don’t have to roll as frequently.

I checked my binding bin to see if I’d made a binding and found one cut from the yellow butterfly fabric but I think this needs a blue binding so I’ll use the fabric on the bottom of the photo instead.
Next up is binding this one and piecing a backing for another ugly UFO. I think using the yellow thread and this pantograph will help to break up all the blue background on that one.

Sunday Stashbusting report

I didn’t get much done this week but I have a few things to report:

  • The binding is done on the Ice Cream Quilt and it was from stash as was the rest of the quilt.
  • I pieced a backing from stash for the UFO I loaded on the longarm today.
  • I pieced two leftover pieces of batting for that same quilt.
  • No fabric purchased this week. I even turned down a trip to Mom’s LQS while I was in VA because I tend to pick up fat quarter bundles there!

Christmas decorating

I changed out my fall candles for red ones, added some Christmas potpourri, a mini tree, put my Christmas quilt over the back of the chair and we’re done!
We’ve been running around doing errands all day so now I’ll catch up on email and then hopefully finish binding the Ice Cream quilt as we listen to Christmas carols.

YIKES!

Chris called on Wednesday to say that he was very excited that they’ll be here a week from Friday (that’s a week from TODAY!). I think I need to revise my to do list and add shopping, decorating, CLEANING, buying groceries….who knew that Christmas was just around the corner?

Between shopping yesterday for a few stocking stuffers for Adam who will be on his own for Christmas, buying a few decorations for the apartment (all my Christmas stuff was left at the house in Marietta last year), shopping for a festive outfit, and going to a business dinner with Keith…absolutely nothing from my quilting to do list was accomplished.

On today’s list of things that MUST get done – sewing the binding on the Ice Cream quilt and unpacking from my VA trip. I think I’ll toss those HeartStrings quilts in the washer and check that off too.

Did anyone else seriously overestimate the amount of quilty work they were going to get done before Christmas?

Mail

One of the best (and worst) things about being gone for a week is going through the mail when you get home. After working my way through all the bills and junk mail I was left with the fun stuff!

  1. I’m making an Anniversary string quilt for myself to celebrate HeartStrings first year in *business* and asked members of the HeartStrings Yahoo group for a block to be included in my quilt. I had 8 blocks here waiting for me.
  2. I saw an offer on the MQR list for a set of Great American Quilt books and couldn’t resist and they arrived while I was gone – all 11 of them!
  3. We’re going to a football game on the 23rd when Chris is here – the Vikings are playing the Redskins so I ordered a Redskin shirt for Keith and a Viking one for me. I was a Dolphin fan for years but don’t really follow them any longer and never did get into the Falcons when we were in Altanta so I’m ready for a new team.

Tired!

I’m glad to be home but another early morning flight has me very tired. I caught up on the mail and paid bills…doesn’t a nap sound like a good idea before Keith gets home and takes me out to dinner?

I didn’t mention it before but my Dad’s birthday is 2 days after Mom’s on December 10th. He died 19 years ago on December 11th and it was impossible NOT to think of him this past few days especially with the entire family getting together. Mom and I went to visit his grave on his birthday and she placed flowers.

While I was making a DVD with the photos from our reunion, I took a couple CD’s that had a lot of old photos and slides that had been scanned and created a DVD for Mom and me. Here’s one of my favorites from the CD. With 6 kids in the family, it’s a rare thing to have a photo of just the two of us.

Tomorrow I should get back to work on my To Do List.

  • Piece 2 backings
  • Quilt 2 UFO’s
  • Bind the Ice Cream Quilt
  • Finish the bindings on 2 HeartStrings Quilts
  • Wash/Dry 3 finished HeartStrings Quilts
  • Assemble the Boxed Squares blocks I pieced before my trip

Still in Virginia

We had a great time at the reunion on Saturday and Mom loved seeing everyone on her birthday. I enjoyed having Adam and Keith with me but it would have been great if Chris and Becky had also been able to make the trip. I’ve been busy sorting through hundreds of photos and creating a DVD for everyone. I’m using Windows DVD maker for the first time and I love it. I’m just adding photos, music, creating the title and choosing page transitions, a starting page and burning the DVD. (Deb, you’re going to LOVE it!)


Here’s a shot of Mom and the 6 of us.

Deb and I also met with Vicki on Sunday for lunch. We had such a great time and Vicki brought me a hand dyed backing for one of my donation quilts that’s absolutely beautiful (I won a drawing on her blog).
I missed my Stashbusting report on Sunday but I haven’t done much sewing this past week. I did finish the blocks for my framed squares which were from stash and I didn’t make any fabric purchases during the week either. I even passed up a visit to the local quilt store here in Newport News today.
I have another day here in Virginia to visit with Mom and then I head home early on Wednesday morning. Are you missing me?

Busy!

We arrived Wednesday and Deb’s son Stephen picked us up and dropped us off at Mom’s. Since then we’ve been busy preparing for the reunion tomorrow. We’re planning on having lots of fun! It’s been fun seeing everyone so far and we still have one sister and a brother who will arrive tomorrow. We are a LARGE family….there are six of us plus Mom…plus all our families…plus our extended family. It will be great seeing those that make it to the reunion tomorrow.

Here’s Deb with her son and granddaughter.

Nope, not asleep yet

So I made a postcard. I’ve been wanting to try Sandy Bonsib’s bias tube letters anyway. I made a half hearted attempt a week or so to actually make the bias tube – it didn’t go well.

Since I had some of the ready made stuff I thought I’d use that and give it a shot. I actually like how this turned out but the problem with the ready made double fold stuff is that the opening is on the side and she stitches down the middle to hold them in place.

Now is it even worth going in to lay down for 2 and 1/2 hours? I think I will.

Christmas Trees

We can’t have a real tree at the apartment so when I get back home, we’re going to buy a small artificial table top tree but who needs a real tree with these right outside the window? I bet we got another 5-6 inches of snow today and they’re calling for more Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. I’m going to hate missing it.

Deb gets to sleep in tomorrow – she doesn’t leave until 7AM and since my cab will be here at 4:30AM to take me to the airport I’m sure I won’t sleep at all tonight. We’re both very excited about the trip to VA and our family reunion. We have a large family – there are 6 kids plus our families and we have some extended family coming too – aunts, uncles, cousins. Of course, Mom will be there too and it just so happens that the actual day of the reunion is her birthday.

My camera is packed and I bought a spare battery and extra memory cards. There will be lots of photos taken!

Deb and I are going to lunch with Vicki on Sunday after the reunion – how fun is that?
I’ll be gone a week and my internet use will be spotty so I probably won’t be posting my usual 1-2 x per day.

More winter weather

In spite of the snow, I lined these 3 small quilts up on the railing of the balcony to take this photo. These quilts were pieced by Wanda and sent to me for quilting. They’ll be donated by Cricket to homeless families in the NE as part of the HeartStrings Quilt Project.

They’re calling for 3-5 inches of snow today but if this keeps up I bet we’ll get more than that. Hopefully I won’t have a problem getting to the airport tomorrow. I have to be there VERY early!

Just a little quilty progress today

Just in case you were wondering, I machine stitch my bindings to the front of the quilt and then hand stitch it down on the back. So of the 3 quilts HeartStrings quilts on the list; 1 is completely done, 1 is machine stitched and ready to be whipped down, 1 is still waiting for binding. I know a lot of people machine stitch their bindings completely, especially on donation quilts but I like the look of my binding best when finished by hand.

Finish Holiday House
Load and quilt the Ice Cream House
Make blocks for Boxed Squares
Make 2 backings for UFO’s that will become HeartStrings quilts
Bind 3 1.5 HeartStrings quilts

Tomorrow I’ll spend a good part of the day getting ready for my trip to Virginia so don’t expect to see much (any?) progress then either.

My sleep clock is completely off again

It’s almost 3 AM – I’m finally finished working for the night and getting ready to head to bed. Normally I don’t care that much but I’m going to pay later this week when I head to Virginia and can’t sleep late after being up half the night!

After having wine and cheese while we watched the sunset from the apartment windows and a movie – Mr. Brooks, Keith and Chesty went to bed and I went back to work. I was very productive.

All my blocks for the Boxed Squares are finished now and I’ll set them aside until I get back home. I hope I can find a border from stash since this will measure 48×60 – I think I had 40 strips in the Jelly Roll so that should be 80 blocks set 8×10. I also pieced 2 bindings and stitched one on my Pink HeartStrings quilt from October’s project. I still have to hand stitch it down but getting it on the quilt is half the battle.

Almost done

I finished the quilting on the Ice Cream Quilt this afternoon and it’s unloaded and trimmed. Binding will have to wait until I get back from VA on the 12th. I LOVE this quilt- thanks to JudyL for providing the inspiration/pattern with her July QFAH Project! Click any of the photos for a larger view (yes, I’m still manually fixing the code on each photo so it WILL enlarge).



Here’s my report for Stashbusting Sunday.

  • All the fabric from the Ice Cream quilt is from stash, including the flannel backing.
  • All the fabric in my Holiday House finished this week is from stash.
  • I started a new quilt with a Jelly Roll (a gift that’s been in stash for 6 months).
  • NO fabric purchases this week.

While I’m making lists…..my current to do list looks like this

  • Finish Holiday House
  • Load and quilt the Ice Cream House
  • Make blocks for Boxed Squares
  • Make 2 backings for UFO’s that will become HeartStrings quilts
  • Bind 3 HeartStrings quilts

What a fun evening

Keith and I walked downtown, had coffee, did a little shopping, went to a wine bar and watched the Holidazzle Parade with the snow coming down. We had a great seat right by the window! Walking home everything seems to glow from the freshly fallen snow. Here are a few views from our apartment.

Click photo to enlarge (I fixed the code, it WILL work!)

I’m working but…..

I’m still enjoying the snowfall . Keith and I are getting ready to head out for coffee but I quilted another 1/3 of the Ice Cream Quilt. Just 1/3 left to do. Also, my comment on the pantograph was a little premature. It’s actually not as fussy as I thought and flows rather well. Still, not one to do if you’re in a hurry and I stay slightly inside the lines since they’re fairly close together.

Still playing with framing options in Photoshop Elements too.
Don’t you love the view from my studio? Chesty does! He’s usually sitting up here (but facing out) when I’m quilting.

Lots and Lots of SNOW!

I want to go out and play but I’m going to quilt first and then Keith and I will walk downtown later.
Walking
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