Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Two more Magical Slice and Dice
This last one is Carol's. I had been looking at a Laurel Burch cat fabric for weeks thinking it would make a great quilt. Carol came in one day and I talked her into buying it. It turned out really great. The colors are bright and cheerful and somewhat geometric since the fabric was blocks color on a black polka dot background. She used the background fabric for the sashing and setting triangles. She has more of the cat fabric for the borders but forgot to bring it to class. I really like this one.
OK - end of the Magical Slice and Dice quilt show - at least until I teach it again.
Even More Magical Slice and Dice
This one is using a slightly different black and white fabric. Terry's daughter saw my quilt at the quilt show and wanted one just like it. Since Terry couldn't find exactly the fabric, she found this great substitution. Her quilt looks great!
The next one is more subdued color scheme and is very elegant. Since the colors are not as vivid, it is softer.
Anne picked out a really bright red floral fabric that turned out really great. Her choice of sashing and corner triangles really sets it off.
Bella used the same fabric as Terry but because of her different choices for setting triangles (squares in the photo) and sashing, it looks very different.
I have a couple of more but can't get the photos to load so will do one more post.
Monday, February 25, 2008
More Magical Slice and Dice
Here is another one. She did not have all her blocks done so spent the day putting the sashing on her blocks.
Here is the last of the morning quilts. I love this one also. The red really brings out the red in the fabric.
I have seven more students in the evening class so hopefully will have more photos to post tomorrow.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Magical Slice and Dice
I am teaching a couple of classes of Magical Slice and Dice which is a pattern by my sister Robin. I made the quilt in black and white and entered it in the East Cobb Quilters Guild show last year. Since then, I have taught this class a few times and never get tired of seeing how people's fabric choices turn out.
Here are a few samples from the first session of the class which was last Monday. The second class will be held tomorrow and hopefully I will remember to take the camera so I can get a photo of each quilt. If the students did their homework, they should be able to complete the quilt top tomorrow. There are 4 students in the morning class and an additional 7 in the evening class. One managed to find the same fabric that I used and two of the evening students choose another black and white fabric. All the others are different and it should be interesting to see what the quilts look like.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Making mesh bags for Red Top
The box was full! Lots of neat stuff, including candy, socks and other cool stuff. I really liked the valentine FQs and especially a fat pen that I am carrying in my purse now. There were also some cool lime green fibers that I hope to use soon. It was a great gift box.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Fun New Website
Here is a fun new website that a friend shared with me. I found out that there are 3 people with my name in the US. I wonder where they are. I also found out that there are 142,639 Melinda's in the US. I have met or know of about 15 of them. Our name is the 414th most common first name. My last name is less common. There are 7,345 people with this name and it is the 4860th most common last name.
Check out your name! I had fun putting the names of my grandchildren in and found out that they have extremely uncommon names even though their first names are Hannah, Noah and Emilio. Of course, Hannah and Noah don't actually live in the US since they are my little Swedish grandchildren and live in Stockholm.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
It was hard to give up this purse but I don't really live the kind of life that I can use one like this. Of course, when we went on the cruise this summer, it would have been great when we got dressed up but I forgot to take it with me so it has never been used and is ready for its new home.
I can't wait to see what I receive in the trade. I love purses of all kinds.
Judy Niemeyer Class
Here is Judy at the class. Look at the wonderful quilt behind her! I would love to get the fabric she used for this quilt.
Here I am with the first block that I pieced. After doing this one, I started chain piecing and have about 14 of them 1/2 done. I think I will take them to the Red Top retreat in early March and work on them some more. We will have 3 whole days to sew and I should be able to get the top of the quilt pieced.
I am back!
After waiting in line for about an hour, the nice lady gave me a new modem and told me that all I had to do was just plug it in and it would work. Right!!!
I tried that and then called Comcast. They told me that they had to register the modem and it would work at 5:00. At 5:30, I called and they told me that the ticket had been sent to the wrong department and it was being redirected and everything would work by 7:30. At 8:00 I called again. This time it was being escalated and should work sometime - no estimate of what that meant.
Since I have to send some emails and pay my bills, I decided that I would go to the Library as I understand they now have free wireless available at my local branch. I decided to give it one more try and it works! This is the first time I have been able to get to my blog in almost two weeks. I have a lot of pictures to post and things to talk about but have to go teach my beginning machine piecing class in a few minutes. Will post again this afternoon.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Valentine Gift and Doll Quilt
Look at the CQ heart that Sherry made for me! It is absolutely beautiful and wonderful. I love it!
On the back, she wrote that it was for me. I have it hanging up for the next few days - at least until Valentine's Day.
Pay It Forward
OK - if you want to play Pay it Forward with me, I will send a gift to the first 3 people who sign up by commenting on this post. I am committing that I will send a gift sometime in the next 12 months. In return, you need to promise to post on your blog that you are playing Pay It Forward and send gifts to people who sign up on your blog.
4 Seasons Quilt - Winter
Ginger appliqued 8 circles on the top and handquilted it. I don't handquilt myself and really appreciate the work she put into my wonderful quilt. This swap was a lot of fun - both planning and making a quilt and of course, receiving one.
The one I made is still on the way to Germany but hopefully it will be received in the next week or so.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Four Seasons Quilt Swap
Here is a closeup of the quilting.
I got an IPhone yesterday! Bill's phone finally died and we needed to get him a new one. Since we had identical phones and could move the SIM card from his to mine, we decided to get an IPhone for me! Lucky me!
So far, I love the phone. I have lots of photos on it and am learning how to use it. I figured out how to get photos from my computer to the phone and today learned how to take pictures with the phone. I love that you are able to have picture of the person calling come up on the phone. For home, I have a picture of the dogs. For the quilt shop, I took a photo of the batik section.
Danielle and I went to lunch after my morning beginning machine piecing class and I got a photo of her for my phone. I still have a lot to learn about it but think I will really enjoy it.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Another Wacky Devine Nine
This is such a fun quilt to make. It is one of my sister's patterns and is available from her website, Two Wacky Women. I am not sure how many of these I have made but at least 4, maybe 5. It is a simple quilt and it uses all of 9 FQs for the main part of the quilt. With the two borders added, it is a very large lap quilt. I should have taken a photo of the backing - it is a white background with green, turquoise and pink dots/circles. It came with the line, but didn't fit in with the front of the quilt because of the white background.