Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Flying Geese Table Runner Class

Last night was the first class of my monthly Beyond Beginners class.  This month we worked on Flying Geese Table Runners.  First here is my class sample.

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I had four wonderful students last night and they got most of their flying geese made.  At the end of class we discussed how to finish the table runner so I think they are all set.  Here are a couple of each set of flying geese.

Next month we will be working on a lap quilt that is on point.


Monday, November 29, 2010

Design Wall Monday–November 29, 2010

I have both a design wall and a design bed today.  I finished piecing the little doll quilt for the guild exchange and also pieced the back.  Here it is.

It finished at 14 1/2 x 19 inches with lots and lots of triangles.

I am also working on a last minute Christmas quilt and I got the blocks pieced yesterday.  It is made from Fruitcake by Basic Grey.

No room on the design wall so here it is on the unmade bed.

For more design walls, go to Judy’s blog here.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Couple of Customer Quilts

Here are two quilts that I delivered to Chris yesterday.  She was happy with them.

First is a Christmas quilt.

Next is a great turquoise and brown quilt – love these colors.

and the back


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Customer Quilt–Noah’s Ark

I finished quilting Noah’s Ark a couple of days ago and hopefully will deliver it tomorrow.  This is the third version of this quilt that I have quilted, including the one I made for my grandson Noah.

This is a fun quilt that starts with a panel in the center and then has several pieced and plain borders.  I really like this quilt.  It is great for a little boy.


Friday, November 26, 2010

SSCS Package Mailed

I mailed my package to Australia this morning.  Since yesterday was Thanksgiving, I mailed first thing this morning.  Everyone must be out shopping because the busy post office wasn’t busy.

Here are the gifts all ready to go into their box.  The little one is an ornament I made.  I hope she likes everything.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to All

Happy Thanksgiving

There are only two of us at the table today but we are thankful for our wonderful families and friends even though we aren’t able to be with them.

Turkey is in the oven, the dressing is made, the pumpkin roll is chilling in the refrigerator.  We are getting ready for a wonderful feast.  Have a blessed day everyone!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Candle mat Received

I got my candle mat from the swap earlier this week.  I love it.

Isn’t it beautiful?  It came from Monika at http://steppstiche.blogspot.com.  She sent along some cards and a beautiful pattern for a little cellphone bag.  It is in German but I think I can make it from the photos.  Thank you so much Monika – I am very happy with this swap.

I went out grocery shopping early this morning for some last minute things for Thanksgiving.  I made cornbread last night and have the leftovers crumbled up and drying, along with some packaged bread crumbs.  I think we are going to deep fry the turkey so the dressing will be baked in the oven, not in the Turkey.  I got mushrooms, celery and onions to add to the dressing – also sausage and apple.

Later this afternoon I am going to make the pumpkin roll.  We decided to have it instead of pumpkin pie. I think pumpkin roll is Bill’s favorite dessert.

Still working on quilting customer quilts so I am off to the quilting studio (basement) for a few hours.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Customer Quilt

Here is a cute lap size quilt made by Elizabeth.  She used doggie fabric and pretzels – it turned out great.

I forgot to take a photo of the back which is wonderful yellow minkee.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Design Wall Monday–November 22, 2010

Two projects are on my design wall today.  On the right is the doll quilt for the Allatoona holiday exchange.  Isn’t it amazing how much smaller the quilt gets when it is sewn together.  I figured out that the quilt will be 13 1/2 by 18 when finished and will include 216 triangles.  I must be crazy!

On the left is the Piecemakers challenge using the 60 degree triangles that I cut out of the string blocks we exchanged this summer.  In the center is a beautiful embroidery piece that my friend Barb gave me last week.  My idea right now is to put this embroidery in the center of the quilt, surrounded by the rest.  Need to work on it after I finish a couple of other things.

For other design walls, go to Judy’s blog.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Tote Bag Preview

I participated in a winter/Christmas tote bag swap.  My partner lives in Brazil and won’t received her package for a few more days.  I don’t want to spoil the surprise so here is a little preview.

I had fun making the tote as well as a couple of accessories to go with it.  I hope she likes it.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Candle Mat Swap

I forgot to post about the Candle Mat Swap.  My contribution is on the way across the ocean to its new home.  It was a fun little project and I can’t wait to get mine.

I used a Make Life charm pack to make this little project.  I also sent a charm pack along with the Candle Mat so she can play with it.


Friday, November 19, 2010

Doll Quilt for Allatoona Holiday Party

The Allatoona Quilters’ Guild has a holiday party/meeting on the first Tuesday in December.  We always have an optional gift exchange.  In past years we have exchanged ornaments, tote bags, table runners and more that I can’t remember.  This year we are exchanging doll quilts. 

The rules are pretty simple.  We each make a small doll quilt.  The measurements need to be 12 inches minimum on a side with a maximum of 24 inches.  It can be any size as long as it fits in these measurements and the quilt has small blocks or designs.  A regular 12 inch block is not OK.

I made a candle mat for another swap out of a charm pack of “Make Life” and didn’t use all the charms.  I didn’t use any of the solid colors so I started with them and played with what to do.  I made half square triangles that measure 1 1/2 inches finished.  There were four different solid colors in the charm pack.  Of course I used them up quickly but I did have another charm pack so opened it up and kept going.

I wish I had taken more photos of the different options I played with but here is the final setting – missing two blocks that I am working on.

I am liking how it is turning out.  I don’t think I will put a border on but will decide after I get it completely pieced.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Final Class of Beginning Machine Piecing–Evening Session

The evening class didn’t get quite a far with their projects as the morning group but most got the majority of their tops pieced.  Most of them have a couple more seams before they put on their borders on.  I hope they will bring them in for me to see when they finish.  I love it when they bring show and tell.

First here is a finished top that came to class.  She got so excited that she went ahead and put the top together.  Great job, isn’t it?

Instead of the usual setting for the top, she clustered blocks, added sashing and turned out a wonderful quilt top.  I like the way she finished it.

Here are the rest of the tops in progress.

The next session of Beginning Machine Piecing won’t be until January so I have a little break.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Final Class–Beginning Machine Piecing–Morning

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Here are all the wonderful students from the morning class with their quilt tops.  Everyone got their top put together and started on the borders. 

It was a great class and I am looking forward to the evening class in a few minutes.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Another Birthday Gift

When I stopped by the shop yesterday, I found this gift from Stella in my box. 

Notice the color?  I have wonderful friends.  I also got this great sachet from Jan.  It really smells good.


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