Monday, March 25, 2013

Most weekend goals are done

I did make these for my new granddaughter.

Kelly picked the floral fabric and minkee. She already put tulle all around the bottom of the crib like a tutu for a skirt. When she said she was going to make the room girlie if it was a girl she wasn't kidding. I love it. I still need to make a quilt. I thought I had a pattern picked out but with the leftover fabric I don't think it will work. I also got the guild blocks for block of the month done, the Christmas block of the month blocks 3 & 4 done and the round robin strip for Brenda done. The only thing I didn't do but will do tonight is pin my scrappy trip around the world quilt.

Blocks 1-4 of Christmas BOM

And Brenda McCutcheon. Do not look any further.

I made the top and bottom rows.

Thanks for looking.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cup challenge

"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out." Ray Bradbury

That was the quote we had for our challenge. We had two months to come up with something. Sitting on the table when we got to Graces was this lovely piece. I would say it belongs to Sara but Karen, Barbara and Anna said they might just 'accidentally' bring it home.

Dimension was the theme tonight. Look what Karen did. (It's not finished yet.)

Here's a side view.

Then Anna made this. Her 'tea bag' was actually a picture of all her grand kids, her cup of joy


Barbara Sawyer didn't make a quilt but made a box to fill with all her treasures.

Grace tried a new technique. She tried several methods of printing on fabrics. Some with good results, some not so good. Her original idea did work but came up with this beaut. Her creative prompt words.

Janice and I had similar ideas but we executed it differently. I actually was going to piece mine too but since I've taken two painting on fabric classes in the past six months I ended up painting mine. Here is Janice's piece. She still has to quilt it and decide if she wants borders or not.

Again here is mine. It's very small about 8x10 and its painted then quilted.

Thanks for looking.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Yea. A finished quilt

Well, almost finished. The binding is just glued down.


Here's the back so you can see the quilting. I had two charm packs of Valentine fabrics that I'd had around and found a tutorial on Moda Bake Shop by Monica Solorio on making easy 9 patches using charm packs. Pattern is called 9-patchtasic. I didn't like the layout--not big enough--so was looking for a layout using 9 patches with dark corners and with the light corners. Was perusing patterns and found Edyta Sitars Painters Palette pattern and knew that's what I wanted to do. Very springy and just in time since today is the first day of Spring.

Here's little Dylan. Sweet little baby cheeks. Kelly sent me the fabric she wants to use on the crib bumpers. I want to work on those this weekend.

I also want to pin my scrappy trip around the world quilt and start that, get the round robin blocks done, sew the sleeve on my green and white quilt for the Best of the Valley quilt show and sew the binding down on the nameless quilt above. Oh I need to finish two blocks on the Christmas block of the month that Elaine Berry, Barbara Brown and I are doing. (From the kit we bought in Houston.)

Thanks for looking.


Friday, March 8, 2013

March Goals and a new baby

The most exciting thing to happen so far this March is the birth of my new granddaughter Dylan Madee.  She was born right on schedule on March 1st at 4:42 in the morning.  Mom and baby are doing great and big brother is smitten with her.  Here is a photo of Dylan and a video of Jack meeting Dylan.
I get to personally meet her this Sunday.  Grandpa and the Great Grandparents are meeting her today.  Plus Grandpa got Jack a big brother gift - a pedal tractor.  Hopefully Kelly will send me a picture of Jack on his newest toy.

I have been busy quilting but I don't have anything finished yet.  My goals for March are:
1.   Finish my 9 patch pink/orange quilt.  Currently working on piecing a back and hope to pin this weekend
         while visiting my folks.
2.   Finish piecing and quilting my scrappy trip around the world.  Mine will not be as bright and cheery as some I'm seeing in blogland, but I will be using a lot of my strip scraps and that is the main goal.
3.   X-Block quilt for my brother.  I'm taking Patricia Pepe's X-block class tomorrow through our guild and want to get it done this month as well.

Three full sized quilts in one month is doable - considering that one top is done, part of the blocks are done on another.  We'll see.

On another personal note, my mother has been back in the hospital for almost 2 weeks.  She was having trouble breathing which at first they said was pnemonia, then a blood clot, but it was actually Congestive Heart Failure and then while in there she had severe pain in her side and test show she has gall stones.  However they will not be operating on her gall bladder.  They have taken her off her chemo pills (for her Multiple Myeloma) and when she gets out of the hospital (which they hope will be today) she'll go back to the Oncologist to see what their next plan of attack will be for that.  For the CHF she will need to constantly monitor her weight, eat a low sodium diet and take blood thinners now.  And she needs to exercise to get stronger. Right now she just wants to get home to get some rest as sleeping at the hospital is almost impossible.

Thanks for looking.