Wednesday, May 28, 2008

redwork snowmen

I have 7 of my snowmen done! Only 5 more to finish by July!!! How do you quilt redwork? I hadn't thought of that before now and I've been wondering about it. I'm going to set the blocks together with one inch sashing, I have to find fabric so that means a road trip! I've been having quilt shop withdrawal; I feel the need to fondle fabric. I think I'll have to plan a trip for next week. Something to look forward too!!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Guild and a finish!

Guild was this past week, it's always so much fun to get together with my quilting buddies. And Jaime got to see everyone! Show and tell was wonderful, Annie brought a pine tree block that she made for a retreat quilt she is doing with another group. Her block is 12 inches finished and will be the center of the quilt.

Betty brought her biblical quilt, I'm not sure of the pattern source, each block represents something from the Bible. She bought the fabric while we were in Nashville last year. I love it! The colors are awesome.
Mirta brought a lone star that she was given, a wonderful gift!

Sallie had finished the quilting on the babyquilt for her new grandson who could arrive anyday. It's her first attempt at hand quilting and she did a great job and discovered she loved quilting by hand.
I finished quilting the Christmas quilt for Jaime!!!! And I finished before my deadline! I'm so proud of myself for finishing some of my ufo's, it's such a good feeling. I found my redwork snowmen that are my project for June; they had been missing. I also found another wallhanging that I thought I had lost. I have so many projects that I want to finish and so many that I want to start. Isn't quilting wonderful!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

catching up

I've started machine quilting Jaime's Christmas quilt, finished the first row on Santa's Coming, and pieced my two blocks for guild this week. A productive week!!!! Our guild is doing a block of the month; each person drew a month and must bring the pattern and instructions for a 6 inch and 12 inch block. That way we will learn piecing techniques, drafting different size blocks, and how the block should be made. I drew the first month! I picked a cakestand block and drew it in EQ. I like the smaller version best. I'm going to make both sizes so I will have two quilts when we are done, one in "my" colors and a smaller one in 30's.

I think Santa's Coming will be such a cute Christmas quilt; and it was so much fun doing the invisible machine applique. I love it because it's so fast and looks so good.
Jaime will be in tomorrow for the weekend so I'll lose my sewing room for a few days but it will be so wonderful to have her home. Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

another goal!

I met my April goal!!!! A week late but I finally made it. I did a lot of ripping on the quilt. It started with larger blocks but I decided to cut them down. So I ripped several blocks apart. Then I showed the blocks to Jaime and she thought it should be done with some of our old calico's. More ripping. Eventually with the help of Annie I got the border on, she is much more precise than I am. I really need to work on my machine piecing; even after watching Sally Collins's dvd I'm not a precision piecer. I want to hand quilt this for Jaime for Christmas, with traditional feathers in the border.
My goal for May is to finish a Christmas Turning Twenty for Jaime. I made one for my brother and gave it to him this past Christmas and I have a top pieced for me that I also want to finish by Christmas. They were made from fabrics my mother collected so the quilts will be special to us.
I will not be making any other Christmas gifts this year!