Sunday, July 31, 2011

Almost 1500 2.5" squares gone

I had a shoebox sized plastic box of 2.5" squares--not the size needed for Scrap-Therapy and I wasn't about to trim them all to 2", so I decided to use them as leaders and enders - you know - something to sew off and on to to save thread.  So once 2 squares (light and dark) were sewn together I started sewing the pairs together and so on.  At the last retreat I put the twenty 64 square blocks together, sashed and bordered and straight line quilted diagonally yesterday and today.  Here it is.
It's a little over 80" wide and 99" long and will be used to cover my husband's recliner so I can claim my 4th of July quilt back to repair and keep safe.  By the way- I only had about a stack of about 2" tall of 2.5" squares left.  Mostly yellows and blues. I'll figure something to do with them - I have a hard time throwing scraps away.

Next Sunday I get to see my step-daughter and son-in-law and of course, grandson Jack in Cambria. Looking forward to seeing him again and hopefully this time he'll let me hold him for a little longer than usual.  Luckily she updates her blog with videos and pictures so I feel like I'm not missing out on much.

Good news too on my parents - my mom's new treatment is not making her sick - just swollen feet.  Her numbers aren't getting better but not worse either so they will continue this treatment some more.  My dad is waiting to find out about an epedural (spelling) to help with his neck/shoulder arm pain, but other than that, they have stayed out of the hospital for almost 2 months.  wahoo!!

I have two more quilts pinned and ready to quilt but with guild this Thursday, girls meeting on Tuesday and class on Saturday and gone Sunday it might be a little longer before those get done.  They need to be custom free motioned quilted so they will take a little longer.  They aren't as big as the one above though.

Anyway....Thanks for looking.  Have a great week.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Another Great Cambria Retreat

Got back today from 4 wonderful days in Cambria, cool wonderful Cambria.  It was a weekend of getting things done and we all accomplished so much.  Here's the 'guests' and the stuff that they worked on.

The person who got the most done was Deolinda.  She got 3 charity quilt tops done, quilted a Halloween runner and a block runner, made 4 paper pieced tea cups, and finished making her Sushi Hoochie Mamma blocks.

Janice finished quite a bit as well.  She finished quilting a soccer quilt and got that bound, cut 250 1/2 square triangles for her Vintage Moments quilt, got her dresden plate blocks done for a quilt, machine quilted (with feathers) a fall colored quilt, and put the final border on a block of the month quilt she won.

Debbie didn't do so bad either.  She finished a Halloween quilt (pieced and quilted), finished nickel quilt top, and some cup holders .

Kathy got her Bella Bella top pretty much finished, she's going to do some embroidery in the center and the corners, she also finished a fall runner.

And finally what I did.  I finished the top of my leaders and enders quilt top, I completely finished one full spring dream basket quilt block and the bottoms of the other 23 block basket parts.  The rest of the parts are fused and ready to cut.  I also finished most of my grandson's I Spy quilt blocks, I need to finish 4 more and then find a border,  and then I finished the top the my sister-in-laws pop art quilt top.

The weather was perfect.  Deolinda even brought her machine outside to sew.
The rest of us stayed inside with the windows opened to sew.
As usual, lots of good food, conversations and laughs.
Back to real life tomorrow - back to work.
Thanks for looking

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Laptop Case for My Sister is DONE!

My sister Beverly finally got a laptop and asked me to make her a laptop case like mine.  She picked and paid for the fabric--I got to sew it together.
At first I was using my Bernina 640 but I had to pull out the old workhorse 150 and even sewing thru all the layers of headliner foam and fabric and straps was hard on that poor baby.  The pattern was made by  I bought it several years ago at Road to California quilt show at the Superior Thread booth.  I think she has a new laptop case pattern.  She's great because I emailed her with some suggestions on how to prevent skipped stitches sewing thru all those layers and she wrote back right of way with needle size and thread types that I should try.  So Beverly, I'll get this in the mail to you as soon as possible.  I may keep it for next month's guild show and tell so it might be a few weeks.  :)  It was my pleasure to make this for my sister.  She and her son visited my folks a few weeks ago and she cooked and cooked and cooked and froze food for them.  It was the least I could do.  And Brenda (my other sister) I know I owe you the iphone case.  I hope to get that done in the next month or so too.  Don't ask for this laptop case though because I don't ever want to make another one.  It was hard on my machines.

So that's what I've been working on besides my Vintage Moment's half-square triangles.  We need a total of 260 of them.  I have about 50 cut out.  I will start working on those next - trying to get one batch cut each night. (a batch consists of about 48-50 using the strip method.)

I've also had the urge to scrapbook the other day and created this page of my niece and her cast.
I used a freebie template from Designer Digitals.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Red Doors and Plates

Dresden Plates that is.

Still needs a name and a label.  But it's done!  I took Analie Belden's Thoroughly Modern Dresden class 2 or 3 months ago and finished the quilting yesterday and got the binding on this afternoon while waiting for the first coat of paint on my door to dry and listening to the Casey Anthony trial on HLN.  This finished quilt is one from my resolution list at right - so one more to check off!

Here's a picture of my door.  My in-laws got this door for us about 5 or 6 years ago and it's been unfinished this whole time.  I had been waiting for the house to get painted and my hubby and father-in-law say they are finished with it now.  So while my husband was out of town, I got busy and painted it.  I didn't want him here for 2 reasons.  1st - he really didn't want a red door.  2nd - he would just keep telling me how I'm doing it all wrong.
It's not a bright red - more of a brick red.  I like it.  Let's see how long it takes him to notice.

Well it's time to start working on my Vintage Moments quilt class homework.  2 down (from class) and 15 more to go.  Anna (she's the teacher and know's I dread this block) will laugh because I just bought a bunch of 4th of July fabric to make a whole quilt using LeMoyne stars.  So I better get good at making them.

Tomorrow I go to the Lemoore Park for our guild's Little Quilt sale.  All day in over 100 degree temps.  Fun - at least I'll be spending it with like minded friends.

Thanks for looking.