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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Telling Time

Back in June, I finished this quilt for my friend Sara. She chose the colors and the pattern and I did the sewing and quilting for her. As her birthday approached this year, I kept looking at the bag of scraps from the quilt and trying to figure out what to make her from them. Then, my mom bought this great pattern in Columbus, and I made it for her birthday, which was this past week.

I had lots of fun with this project -- tried my hand at paper piecing with freezer paper, used several of my specialty stitches on my machine,

 and even struggled with how to tell time! I didn't notice it, nor did Sara, but the first thing her husband noticed when he looked at the clock is that I put the 3 and the 9 in the wrong places! Oh, well, it will be a conversation piece if nothing else!!!

A week of Halloween

We carved pumpkins...

Did a little monster mash,

Then trick or treated!

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Quilt Show Photos

I hope this works! Following are my pictures from 2 days of the guild show. You will see duplicates of all my quilts because I took pictures of them on day 1, and Mike came and took pictures of them again on day 2!

QGI Show 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

And I Would Walk 500 Miles

This won't be a long post, because I am totally exhausted after two days of walking miles (not an exaggeration) back and forth to help set up the show, assist the vendors, and peruse beautiful quilts. It made my step a little lighter everytime I passed this one though....

I will go back tomorrow to help with the small quilt auction (see all these quilts -- they will be for sale!)

More pictures to come at the end of the weekend. You won't believe all the ribbon winners...these quilts are amazing and I am in awe of being part of such a talented guild of quilters!

Monday, October 19, 2009

A Giveaway (not mine!)

Although I have some things I should probably give away, this isn't one for me, it links you to another blog. Visit Pumpkin Patch Primitives for this giveaway of Whimsicals fabric. The designer of Whimsicals, Teri, is in our guild and runs our guild website (don't you think it has her look and feel?).

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Just in the Nick of Time

It seems I may have created a little confusion in my last post when I showed my quilted panel and referred to my Perennial Pansies quilt, so I went way back to see where I showed you a picture of the Perennial Pansies, and found that the only picture I've shown is this one.

I actually got the top finished a while ago, added two border from my mom's stash (thanks mom!) because I didn't like the ones that came in the kit. I also tried my hand at mitreing borders, and had some success. I put off the quilting on it because the suggested quilting was stitch in the ditch and I knew I wanted to do a little more than that.

I finally started last week and got the quilting done Friday night. I decided on Saturday, which by the way was the due date (but luckily they were due at my house : ), that I wanted to add some beads. I got them on and stitched on the label by 10:30 last night and off to judging today. Can't wait to see what the judge has to say -- here's what she'll be judging!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Art of Procrastination

Have I mentioned that our guild show is coming up? That I have a quilt to go in it which is pieced, sandwiched, but not quilted? That the due date is Saturday? That I have no idea how I am going to quilt it?

So, today while Jack napped, I finished this.

Yea, I know, procrastination is wonderful, isn't it?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Another Workshop

On Friday of last week, I was able to take the day for myself and attend a guild workshop with Debbie Bowles of Maple Island Quilts. Even if you don't know her name, you've probably seen at least one of her quilts in a local shop. They are all over and fantastic! I worked on a curved cutting & piecing project called Carnival. I am making mine in mostly batiks with a few fabrics that play well with batiks. I have 4 sets of 4 blocks done and the next 3 or 4 sets lined up to work on when I finish my quilt for the show. I will wait to square them all up when they are all together. My mom and a friend from my bee also took the class, and my mom then hosted Saturday's class. She's already finished her top from that one!

I still have the quilting on Perennial Pansies to finish and am hoping to get to that tomorrow. I'll post the picture when I complete it. I am a little more nervous than usual quilting this one because I have to do it on my Janome! I have gotten so comfy quilting on my HQ that I have almost forgotten how to do anything other than straight lines on the Janome! I hope it goes well and I have something good to show you all (and the judges at the show!).

Friday, October 9, 2009

Project Runway, Here I Come

Last time I attempted to make a garment, well except for my quilted jacket, I was so embarrassed by it that I wouldn't even wear it to the pool as a cover up! So, I was a little hesitant to get started on a jumper for Jenna, but I had the perfect fall fabric and I knew it was time. I took it to our bee work day on Monday and it took just about all day. It is fully lined (with the same fabric), and although Jenna fell in love with it that day, she hasn't put it on again since!

It was fun to make, and I would do it again for summer, but probably not fully lined. I think it will be perfect for the fall though, and super cute with with tights and a turtleneck (now I just have to convince her)!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

I just can't help myself

When I see something cute with reindeer, I just can't help myself. I love them. I decorate with them extensively at Christmas, and even have a few that stay out all year. So, when I saw this panel, I had to get it. I have the perfect spot for a Christmas quilt, and when I saw this, I knew it was perfect because I could get it done in a year! I can't remember where I got it, which is a bit of a problem, because I don't have anything for binding. Anyway, I wanted to get another quick project on and off the frame, so I loaded this Friday night and decided to work on my meandering. I have really not embraced meandering much because I like loops (and stars) so much, but I didn't think they were appropriate for this quilt.

The funny thing is, I already have some loop muscle memory, because no matter how hard I try, when I start to get stuck on what to do next, I subconsciously throw a loop in (see the tiny one below?).

Meandering was hard for me, but I kept at it. I am pleased with the end result, but boy, I don't like the way it looks while I am working on it! Now, I just have to find some binding and get this ready for December. Maybe I should quilt up my Halloween panel next!

Pay it Forward

A while back, Jill did a pay it forward on her blog. I was lucky enough to be one of her recipients and she sent me a great wallet. I love it!

So, now it is my turn to pay it forward. Here's how it works:
The first three people to comment on this blog post will receive a handmade gift from me. One you receive my gift, you'll need to do the same (post and make three for others). You need to have a blog or some other way to get gifts out to others to participate.

Friday, October 2, 2009

September Report

My sewing time in September was significantly hindered due to my work as the registrar for our guild quilt show, but I still wound up with 19.5 hours. I will also have a very busy October until the 24th due to the show. I still have one quilt to finish and 4 to label, but my pillowcases are ready and labelled and my sleeves are all on. I am really looking forward to it!

Here were my Sept goals and the progress I made against them:
- Finish the pansy miniature -- pieced, sandwiched, and stabilized. Still deciding how to quilt it.
- Label Nick's quilt, and mail the Mystery Quilt/Baby Quilt -- mystery quilt done, Nick's quilt not touched.
- Finish Suzie's quilt (which is now on my frame) and get another one loaded and done -- done, and done
- Really get going on Christmas/b-day presents -- started on the first, no pics though! 

I also did the following:
- Two fabric books - only have a picture of one
- Prepped back of my Curvalishish quilt
- Pieced my tree skirt top
- Made a new purse
- Made two blocks for Barbara
- Sewed the hanging sleeve on Jack's quilt and the labels on all the pillowcases for my items in the show.
- Tried freezer paper paper piecing for the first time and enjoyed that you don't have to rip off all the paper when you're done!

In October, I hope to:
- Quilt something else on the HQ16
- Finish everything for the quilt show
- Finish present #1, and start on #2
- Take a workshop with Debbie Bowles of Maple Island Quilts

Given the show, I think that will fill me up for the month!