Thursday, August 30, 2007

Swaps, Swaps, Swaps

I have been stitching Bull's Eye Blocks to practice my circling skills for the swap blocks that I am hoping to stitch and get finished before they are due in a few weeks. I'll add these blocks in to the quilt when I get my swap blocks back...
The Sylvia's Bridal Swap blocks are going to be exchanged on Saturday so they will be arriving soon and I signed up for a pumpkin swap in October....Lots to look forward too! VBG...quilts and swaps do go together... Not sure who said that originally...

Saturday, August 25, 2007

More D J Blocks

Still making DJ blocks like a mad woman (teehee) My new numbers are 62,21,3,1711

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Janiac Maniac

I'm currently going crazy sewing blocks for my Dear Jane quilt. I've finished at least one every day for the last....ummm. four...five days? I love these little blocks. I am also saving them on a block chart...Here is how it looks now:I guess I should have edited the image but it gives you an idea. I think I will work on my NJQS block for the week and another DJ block today. Have a lovely Tuesday!



Saturday, August 18, 2007

Pat Sloan Quilts

Pat Sloan's Farmer's Market Quilt
Tomatoes BlockJammie Jars

Calendar Quilt Top

I'm not sure if I should call this a memory quilt or a calendar quilt. The fabrics and patches are all filled with memories.

Some of the pieced blocks are extras blocks from projects that I have made or projects that are in the process of being finished....Extra swap blocks, Extra blocks from Wally's, our friend with Alzheimer's, quilt, Extra blocks from my Mom's Christmas table quilt.
I made anothr Lighthouse block for July and appliqued a pumpkin for October and a heart for Valentine's Day...

It was so much fun to organize the colors and fabric themes for the monthly groups. Ice blue for January. Lavendar for February. Green for March, flowers for June, etc...

Now it just needs to be quilted...

Friday, August 17, 2007

Friday...Finishes, Frustrations, Finality and the Future

Busy, Busy week...
I missed your Birthday Meg, I'm sorry :^(

I wish that I could do it all and do it better, but alas, it doesn't happen that way all the time does it... No question mark needed for that statement (teehee)

I did get three and a half things finished... The watercolor heart, it does look like a heart don't you think?
I regret some of the color placement but that is o.k....It is my first try at a watercolor quilt so I'll just be happy and chalk it up to lessons learned and try to think happy thoughts...

The Cape Blanco Lighthouse quilt:
I do like how this one came out. My first attempt at "double stick fusible web" applique....Yes, I had to look at the packaging because I couldn't remember what it was called :)
After I fused the pieces on to the background fabric, I put on the borders and then I went over them with monofilament thread with my free motion quilting foot. This quilt is for my boys who are currently fascinated with all things having to do with the, pirates, ships, lighthouses, shells and fish and sharks...etc...

The Star, My leading August ogre thing. I made up the pattern on EQ5 and it sat in the box since I pieced it in March. I was hoping to give it as a gift to one of the couples in our small bible study group, but I'm not sure that it is good enough or not....

The stripes really bugged me and that is why it ended up in the box and not finished right away. I should have used the paisley fabric in the inside squares instead of repeating the stripes...But to end on an optimistic note, I am learning a lot with each project that I do! Think happy thoughts, think happy thoughts...

The jack's chain quilt is almost done too. I think that I told you that I had moved it to the living room behind the couch but I had to move it back into the sewing room after I kicked it and broke my toe two days ago...You might have heard me yell...No, I promise not to show you any pictures of my toe! On the happy thought note: I am still stitching at least one thread a day on it and now all that is left is the very top row of nine patches!!!

I am also working on finishing the calendar quilt (Pat Sloan). I still have a few more apliques that I want to fuse on there and once that is altogether it will be quilted and the DJ siggie quilt (on my sewing room wall) and the quilting the psalms quilt are next on the quilting list too!

So, I'm glad to have a few finishes and a few things that are in line to be finished too. I love what you said, Martha, about PPD, (post project depression) I realize now that maybe I keep a few in line so that I won't have to worry that the last thing I finished will be the last thing I finish. I need to have something to look forward to and I need to believe that there IS something to look forward too...I need...many, even if they are little, happy project thoughts...

My quilt project to-do list:

Quilting: Calendar quilt, DJ siggie quilt, Psalms quilt

Setting: Spring Fling quilt, Dick and Jane swap quilt, Nine Patch Swap quilt

Piecing: NJQS blocks, SBS blocks, DJ blocks,

Have a very Happy Friday, and many HPT's (Happy Project Thoughts) to you and yours!



Saturday, August 11, 2007

August Ogres and stuff

August "Ogres" is the theme for the month. Clean up, finish it, or throw it away. So, for the last two days I have been finishing, or almost finishing, quilt projects. I have four now to finish sewing the binding on to! I finished a row of the "Pat Sloan Calendar quilt" I've been working on also so it has changed from being little strips of odd fabric to a whole row! I love how it is coming out. I'll post pics later.
Have a lovely saturday!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

August Activities

Wow, I can't believe that it has been two months since I last posted. We went to the Oregon Coast and visited my family and we went up to MT and visited Lorilylee! ( Hi Lorilylee!) and we have been enjoying summer visits with friends, swim lessons for the kids, BBQ's and Potlucks and other summery stuff...

I am working on a few projects: I finished my quilting the Psalms top, although I am considering adding a white outside border to it. I have almost finished the Inklingo star struck swap quilt top. I'm on the last row of the Jack's Chain quilting. It seems like a long row looming ahead of me. I have been sewing weekly blocks for the Praying the Names of Jesus study, and I pieced a heart watercolor top from Carol Honderich.

The Jack's Chain has been so overwhelming at times. When I expressed my frustration to my friend, she told me "that is why they have quilting bees" Oh, I can understand much better now . We have been having craft nites at church a few times a month and it has been bringing together ladies of all ages to chat, have some tea and cake, and work on a hand craft project. The social time is what I look forward to but there are always threads that get done in my Inklingo top too and that is encouraging.