Archive for January, 2009

Bound

The top pieced by Barbara in FL and quilted with freeform Baptist Fans is bound and labeled.
I’m still slowly working on my RWB top – a few more rows and half the quilt will be done and then I’ll let myself start something new and alternate work on the two since I seem to be bored with just the one. I’ve got one more binding to sew down and one more top to quilt for the month.

Keith caved in pretty easily on the Accuquilt Go Cutter so I ordered it tonight. (Didn’t even have to wait for my birthday)


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On today’s agenda

Keith left this morning for Dallas so I have a few days on my own again (yes, he just got home on Sunday evening). Today’s tasks will be piecing and binding but I’m not ready to start working yet. I’ve been reading, paying bills and as usual spending some time on the computer. I’ve given up any hope of keeping up with my blog reading so I’m just doing a few each day.

This is week 2 of my online Digital Scrapbooking class. I continue to learn lots and it’s fun too. The class is at JessicaSprague.com and through a link in today’s email, I found a bunch of online tutorials she has so if you’ve been playing around with Photoshop Elements go check it out.



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# 9 of 10 done

Such a pretty quilt! Carol had asked me to quilt this one and I agreed as long as I could do a pantograph. I think the quilting turned out nice.

A closer shot… I was a little worried about the white thread in the border but it looks just fine.

I was also a little worried about the batik backing – I’ve never quilted one before but I’ve heard that lots of people have problems with them. Luckily, all went well and my tension was very good. (Go ahead and click the photo, you’ll see!)



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The View from my Window

I’m downstairs working during the day for a change so I have the binds open. Although there’s plenty of snow still on the ground I’m ready for a fresh coat but unfortunately there’s none in the near future according to the forecast.

I’m loading a top Carol asked me to quilt. I’m doing the Wandering Daisies pantograph on it and was pulling some thread to see which one might work. This quilt has a LOT of white space and I dislike dark thread in light fabric.

After laying all the strands across the quilt – I eliminated the teal as too dark in the white. The yellow’s not bad but I think I’m going with cream…boring I know but safe.

If actually pulling thread off the spool and looking at it on your quilt top is NOT a part of your process, I suggest you try it. It’s not unusual at ALL for me to think I know what color thread I’m going to use and then change my mind once I see it on the top. (I was thinking the teal was light enough …wrong!)

I’ve also been running around this morning reading Fables. I don’t do exchanges of any kind*, not ever, not in 8+ years of quilting. I refuse to take part due to deadlines, refuse to have my work judged by others as lacking in quality or creativity, and refuse to take time from my own quilting agenda.

So why am I changing my mind for the first time ever?? Vicki is organizing a Postcard exchange on my MQ Resource list with a theme of Aesop’s Fables and since its a small group of people that includes Vicki, Suzanne, and Deb I thought I’d give it a try. Thank goodness I bought this book months ago after reading about it on Vicki’s site. Wish me luck, I hope they’re nice to me!

* the one exception to my ban on exchanges are those solely done with family like our postcard exchanges.


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Sunday’s Progress report

  • (3) tops quilted
  • (3) quilts bound; 2 more in progress with just the hand stitching left to do
  • A little piecing this week, I started joining the red sections together on the RWB quilt but didn’t make much progress.
  • No fabric purchased (Although I did some online shopping and closed the cart before checking out!)
  • (2) of the quilts finished this week had backings from my stash; The Chinese Coin quilt had sashing, binding, borders from stash; and one of the bindings I have left to hand stitch was pulled from stash.


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I want one

I really don’t need another expensive toy but would you look at these?? There are several quilts I’d love to make but can’t seem to make myself spend the time cutting them out (apple core, thousand pyramid, tumbler, etc) especially since I want scrappy versions which take so much longer to cut anyway.

Accuquilt

I’m going to have to keep this link …maybe I can convince Keith I need one for my birthday in June.


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#8 of 10

Up early this morning (5AM) to load and start quilting #8, a donated top by Barbara in FL. I’m quilting this one with freeform Baptist Fans. Click on the photos to see a larger view.

If you love the look of BF’s and haven’t given these a try you really should. I’ve always loved Tonya‘s hand quilted fans but I do most of my quilting by machine. Patsy Thompson has a great DVD and free handouts at her site showing how to quilt this and other variations. And you don’t have t o have a longarm to do these – Patsy quilts them on a domestic sewing machine.



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UFO finished


Yesterday was a lazy day but I did manage to make this binding, get it sewn on and even hand stitched down.

I’m very happy with the quilting now that it’s completely finished! This is one of my favorites of the HeartStrings Chinese Coins quilts I’ve made and the instructions can be found on my MaryQuilts.com site.



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A lunch date

I walked downtown to meet Keith for lunch. There's a nice atrium for
me to sit with my book while I wait for him.

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Crazy!

He’s heading to Florida tomorrow but I think he broke out the shorts a little early. I was reading by the fire, wrapped in a flannel quilt at 6AM when Keith took Chesty out this morning….it was 10 degrees.



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