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Friday, July 31, 2009

Just in Time

I had a goal this month of getting two quilts on and off the HQ (and quilted too!), and I just finished the second one with a whole hour to spare!

This is the quilt for my nephew who spent the first half of this year in Iraq, also the one many of you voted on the layout for. I decided to go with the layout below after a tie between this one and one of the others. Mike made the deciding vote because he thought this was a better guy pattern.
I quilted the top all over with loops and stars and used YLI on the top and Robison Anton on the bottom. It was my first time to use YLI and I really like it. I also gotta give some love to the R-A thread. I had this on hand as a leftover from a quilt I did earlier this year and am glad that I had it. I think this may become my favorite bobbin thread.

Here's a closeup of the quilting!
Now that I have this part done, I just need to decide what to bind it in - the outer border (Air Force fabric) or the inner border (navy blue). I'll try to get a picture with both of them when I square up the quilt and cut off the extra binding, but I am hoping to get the binding made and put on this weekend. Let's hope the kids take good naps!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Allergy Blues

If you've been reading my blog for a while or have ever talked to me for more than about 10 minutes, then you know that my son Jack has a milk allergy (and maybe egg too, but that is just our speculation). He is nearing 2 1/2, and the last time he tried any substantial milk was at least 6 months ago, so I decided it was time to test things out again. This morning, he got 1/2 a cup of strawberry banana yogurt (bananas are his favorite food) for breakfast and he absolutely loved it. He didn't lick the container, but I bet he would have if he'd thought of it before I whisked it away.

We then spent the rest of the day waiting....waiting to see if he was just normal whiny or extra whiny, if he threw up, or if he had nasty diapers (I won't go into any lengthier of a description than that). About 30 minutes after breakfast, he told me his tummy was yucky, sign number one. I asked him about his tummy 15 minutes after that and he told me that it was "good," so I was hopeful. Then came the first diaper, then the second one during nap, then the whinies all afternoon. By the end of the day, my guy didn't look too good. He fell asleep so fast tonight that I know he had to be worn out from the day (and he didn't do much of anything, so I believe it was largely due to the discomfort he probably felt all day).

So, 6 more months without milk for him, which honestly isn't that hard now that we're used to it. I was just hoping he'd get his first taste of Ritter's this summer, but I guess it will have to wait until next year, hopefully.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Aren't Quickies Great?

Quickie quilt projects, ladies....

This afternoon, I got two hours of sewing in while Jack napped (for a bit), and then while he and Jenna had a blast on the floor of my sewing room with a bag of crayons, construction paper, glue, and scissors. Isn't it amazing how the simplest of toys can bring so much enjoyment? I love it.

I worked on two things today and got them both done! The first is the basket for my 100th post winner, who is Patti! Congrats Patti! Please send me your address so I can get to the post office this weekend to mail it to you (my email is attached to my blogger profile). I am going to keep the actual prize a secret so that Patti is the first to see it, then I will post a picture.

The second thing I worked on is a quick gift for a friend having a birthday brunch this weekend. The invitation requested no gifts, but this gal is really in need of a little cheer. And what kind of cheer is better than booze? I had slight recall of a wine bottle bag in one of my books, found the pattern this morning in Terry Atkinson's Let's Do Lunch, and pulled a couple fq's from my stash to get it made this morning. It was so quick and easy, I am sure I will be making more of these. I will fill it with a bottle of one of my favorite wines from Trader Joe's on my way to the party Saturday.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Micro Handles, Try #1

A couple months ago, my mom gave me a quilt to throw on the frame and play with...it is one she did at a retreat a couple years ago and just wasn't ever crazy about, so it was a good one for me to practice with. I will let her tell the whole story and show a full picture on her blog.

I was inspired by photos in a webshots album that I saw ages ago and had that idea in mind for quilting this one, although I quickly realized my skill isn't even close to this lady's. I thought it would be a great chance to try out my Micro handles that I bought a couple months ago, because I could practice intricate designs in each of the sections.

I loaded the quilt several weeks ago and it sat while I tried to decide what to do with it. I finally got going on it about a week ago and finished it up this weekend. I used Bottom Line on the top and bottom and had some tension issues with the red fabric on the border (but the rest were okay - wierd). I spent about 4 hours quilting this and it is only a wall hanging size. I wound up with lots of neck and shoulder aches from it because I was bent over the handles, in a chair too tall, and a little too tense about it.

In the end, it is okay, but I still have lots and lots of practice to do. I thought I would show the one part I am really proud of - the center. I did a sun image with figure eights around the circle.

And here's the back - you can see all that went into it. I think it will be a while before I pick up the micro handles again!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Growing pains

It doesn't pain them to be getting bigger (at least I don't think so), but look at how much my babies are growing!

The first set of measurements is from last fall. I had a chance to measure them again today and my kiddos are flying - but I guess that is to be expected with two parents that hover around 6'!
P.S. Just realized I forgot to draw a winner from my 100th post...will do that this week and let you know who you are soon!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Snow in July

On Thursday afternoon, I took off early from work and started a 4 1/2 day weekend. My mom, a bee friend, and I headed south to visit a quilt shop that had just moved into a new, bigger store. I got what I wanted at Ady's, the new fabric gel pens, in red, blue, and black. Now I can use some of those premade labels that I always seem to pick up! On the way home we decided to visit The Fussy Cut, a new shop in the area, about 10 minutes from where I work (and I hadn't been there yet!). They are a small shop, but had a nice selection of flannel, blenders, and some new patterns that we hadn't seen elsewhere. I didn't buy anything at the time, but will be headed back soon to pick up some fabric for a purse lining (yes, another purse...I think I have an addiction!).

Mike and the kids went to his mom's for dinner to celebrate her birthday, so I had an evening to sew. I got the quilting and binding done on my snow wall hanging, another UFO completed! I machine stitched the binding to the back, then pulled it over to the front. It looks pretty good, but the corners could be a little better...I'll practice again soon.

Over the course of the extended weekend, I also finished the final blocks for two other quilts. I am hoping to get the first one together within the next week, so you'll see what I decided to do with my log cabins! I also started the applique project that I wanted to do this month. I need to add borders and decide how I want to stitch it, then I will post a picture.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

June Accomplishments

I had a great June in my sewing room, and had the opportunity to travel to the NQA show in Columbus. Even with all the activity, I checked off all of my monthly goals and had 22.75 hours in my sewing room.

Here's what I finished:

Goals for July:

  • Quilt 2 things on the HQ
  • Complete Nick's QOV quilt top
  • Make progress on/finish up a couple more UFOs
  • Try my hand at some applique...I have several projects to pick from and this is my permission to myself to start something new!

I think that's enough to keep me busy and I have that long UFO list to work on!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Need some layout help...too many options!

I am working on a quilt of valor for my nephew who was deployed to Iraq earlier this year and have almost all the blocks ready for it. I need help!!! I specifically chose the log cabin block because it is so versatile, but now I have too many options and would love to get some feedback on them. Please look at all the layouts below and then vote in the sidebar to let me know which one I should do. Ideally, I would like to add four more blocks, but if the design does not lend itself well to that, then I will just make the last red and white log cabin and finish it at this size.
Thanks in advance for your help! Here are the options.

Alternating Corners

Barn Raising

Blue Center with Arrows

Straight Diamonds

Swirling Out

Wonky Solid Diamonds
Wonky Diamonds