Thursday, July 31, 2008
I spent the day quilting a customer quilt - had problems with the Gammill but finally got it working right and will finish the quilt in the morning.
Weight Watchers is doing fine. I am going out to lunch tomorrow so need to figure out how to handle that and stay on plan.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I posted photos of the trip around the world blocks that Robin and I made in Las Vegas a few days ago. These are the finished quilts that Jan had as class samples.
My latest beginner class started today. I have four people in the morning class and two in the evening session. We had a great time today learning how to cut, iron and sew accurate 1/4" seams. They all did a good job.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Next we each choose a pattern to make for everyone else. Danielle was the keeper of the list and made sure that each person selected a different block. Next, we added fabrics as we wanted to each person's focus fabric and made a block for them.
Some people gave directions like "don't use white, please only use batiks" and other guidance. They were all easy to work with and a lot of fun. I posted the fabrics I got back in January in this post. Some were more of a challenge than others.
I choose a simple block to make - Sawtooth Star. The block I made for myself is in the first photo, on the bottom right. I have 16 blocks to work with. I also have a couple of yards more focus fabric that I can use. I am thinking of ways to put them on point but in order to do that I need a couple of more blocks. Not sure if I want to do that. I kind of like the idea of every block being a swap block.
There are a few touches of colors in some of the blocks but most people seemed to stick with brown and green. I guess I just need to look at them for a while before figuring out what to do with them. We are challenged to have a completed quilt for our December meeting. If you have any ideas on how to put them together, please let me know.
Monday, July 28, 2008
She called me last night after they were packed up and apparently they had fun and did good.
Here is a photo of their booth all set up and ready to go. Doesn't it look like it would be fun to walk in and shop? I wish I didn't live so far away.
The other two finalists were also very good and would make great shows also, but only one could win.
The other show I have been following is Design Star. I am voting for Matt but I like both of them also.
Now that these are over, I guess Project Runway is my favorite. I haven't been able to pick a favorite yet - they are all pretty scary but interesting and I have loved the espsiodes so far.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Robin and I saw several quilts made from this pattern at Nancy's Quilt shop. Even though it is a very simple quilt, we purchased the pattern and fabric from Nancy. We had them pieced in a couple of hours.
Today, I picked up some backing fabric so this quilt is now ready to go to the waiting area in hopes of being quilted some day. I have more of the rind fabric set aside for the binding. This will be a great picnic quilt - not as if we actually go on picnics but if we ever do, we will be ready.
I also thought this would make a nice wedding present, along with a picnic basket. The pattern is so simple that I am going to suggest that the guild use it for community service quilts. Easy but still very nice. All you need is a yard or so of 3 coordinating fabrics.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
I love how the 4 patch kaleidoscope blocks look.
Next is a closeup that shows the quilting. I did a variation of dwirling. I really like how it gives the quilt texture without overwhelming the quilt. I quilted this with lime green thread. The binding is a great stripe that is cut on the bias.
Next is a quick but very cute Halloween quilt. The center of the quilt is a printed panel. All you need to do is add borders to it. The first border is the orange one and the only tricky thing about it was cutting the plaid straight and sewing it on straight.
I wore the necklace to guild today and it got a lot of interest. Also, during Christmas in July - which turned into Festival of Holidays so that Halloween could be included, I wore it.
Next is a not very good photo of me with the necklace on - you also might notice the large spider on my head. Several of us had head ornaments but I think mine was the best.
One more session of Christmas in July tonight and we are done for the time being. The button on my nametag says Quilt Diva!
I will put photos of the two quilts I made in the next post.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I really like the bright colors and love the buttons. It is a standard 1 inch binder.
Here it is with the cover open.
Here it is open. It is completely lined with this great polka dot fabric.
We saw lots of great shops but were exhausted by the time we got home. This was also the day we went to the Elvis Mexican Restaurant so we had a full day and evening.
I came home on Monday but didn't get in at the airport until 10 pm and home until 11 pm. I think it has taken until now to recover from jet lag.
We had Christmas in July today at Tiny Stitches. Had lots of fun and will post a photo tomorrow. Guild in the morning and then the last session of Christmas in July in the evening.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Mary Ellen had a car accident on the way from Southern California to Las Vegas and totaled her car. Fortunately, she was not seriously injured but she did spend Sunday night in the hospital. This is the 21st annual seminar in Las Vegas and we started going in 1999. We have not been to every one since 1999 but have been able to go to most of them.
We worked on a variety of projects during the week. What a treat to be able to sew all day, every day. We found a great little Mexican taco shop type of restaurant that we went to every day for lunch. Roberto's Taco Shop is definitely on our list for next year.
We also managed to go to two local quilt shops plus Joann's and Walmart.
The shops were both great - Fabric Boutique and Nancy's Quilt Shop. Both were glad the group was in town as everyone brought back shopping bags from both shops.
Here is the shop hop fabric. It is made by Hoffman and is very colorful. I managed to buy 3 yards of it plus a kit to make a BQ2 quilt.
At each shop you get part of a quilt pattern (there are 4 patterns depending on which section the shop is in) plus a charm. Here is the necklace we made from the first 10 charms. We got 14 more today and yesterday but we are both too tired to put them on the necklace - maybe tomorrow.
On the way back from the San Diego area, we stopped at a Mexican Restaurant. Here is the front door.
This is the entry way cabinet - full of stuff. You can't imagine how much Elvis stuff there is in one place. Here is the link to the place. If you are in Garden Grove, CA - be sure to stop by. Elvis and good food - what more could you ask for.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Here are the yellows.
The strips are cut only 1 1/2 inches. Here are the blocks made up.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
This is a quilt called Almost Twilight. We made this quilt several years ago at a retreat in Wisconsin. Mine is exactly the same only different.