Friday, October 30, 2009
The girls have such different tastes, and are having very different weddings. Laura's will be fairly formal at Christmas (coming very soon). Jerilyn's will be small and informal on the beach in April. Both will be beautiful brides of course!
I have to say however that the planning is backwards. We should be going to Jamaica in December and Sioux Falls in April. Oh well . . .
Thursday, October 29, 2009
You MUST go check it out.
Not much sewing has taken place this week so far. But I've been lucky to have had the opportunity to spend a couple of evenings with good friends over a glass of wine and a little game of pinochle, so all is well.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Here is a glimpse of my frosty quilt blocks up on my design wall. I have approximately half of the blocks sewn and have been placing them up randomly, which is my plan for the final design. My flannel wall isn't large enoug for the whole thing however, so when I get all of the blocks done I'll probably lay them out on my living room floor to make final decisions about placement.
Taking a break from sewing blue and put the binding on a Christmas table runner while watching the Vikings game on TV. This little table runner pattern is done with a border print cut on a 60 degree angle. It takes a yard and a half of fabric. The border print on both selvage sides makes the runner and the center section of fabric will do the back and binding. I have a couple more border print fabrics that I plan to use to make more.
Friday, October 23, 2009
After I got home from work today I sat and looked at my first frosty block with a more critical eye. It just wasn't interesting enough. So I added a half square triangle at the bottom.
Lot's better, right? I just finished making 2 more sets of 4 blocks from 2 more frosty fabrics. These are a medium blue and the other set is a light blue - almost like a glacier blue. 8 more fat quarters to cut into and then the solids. And I should have lots of sewing time this weekend.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I absolutely LOVE these frosty looking fabrics. The bottom one is a 1 yard piece I picked up last winter - without a plan. You know how it is - you just have to have some!! The 10 fat quarters I bought in The Quilt Shop in Chamberlain 2 weeks ago. All have the frosted effect. They're just beautiful. I love the play of blues across the collection.
Now I have to decide what pattern I'm going to use with them. I know that I want to keep some of the pieces large enough to see the beautiful designs on the fabrics.
What do you think? I'm open to suggestions.
Monday, October 19, 2009
I took the finished block with me this past week while on a "road trip" for work and did the hand quilting in my motel room at night on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Saturday afternoon I put on the binding. Another project done!! I love the way it looks on my hearth next to my painted pail of fall foliage.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Now both of my lovely girls are getting married in the coming months. That means I need to start planning another signature quilt. FUN!!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I have to tell you that it's a very small world. When I did the giveaway about a month ago, Sandi, at http://crazyboutquilts.blogspot.com/, won the Halloween kit. A few days later, she posted a photo of a quilt that she had finished - and it was this exact pattern but done in black and white. I commented that it was the same as our Saturday Sampler - and it turns out her mother lives 25 miles away from me and it actually WAS the same Saturday Sampler project. Isn't that just crazy? So Sandi - here is my version.
More about the Saturday Sampler . . . . . . Our local quilt shop, The Pin Cushion, has been doing the Saturday Sampler for quite a few years now. I've particiated for about 6 of those years. On the second Saturday of the month, we go to a 9:00 AM demo of the new block. We pay for the first month, and then if we return the next month - on time, with our block done - then we get the current month for free. We get the fabric and the pattern for one block. It's always a surprise to see what the block will look like. And the participants are encouraged to bring Show 'n Tell projects to share with the group. There's often standing room only.
Each year the theme has been different and the fabric choices are different. The one pictured above was a choice between Christmas fabric and black/white. One year was a row quilt done in either 1930's reproduction fabrics or Thimbleberries fabrics. Last year was baskets and I chose the batiks. Another year was all star blocks.
This year the blocks are all done using 2 1/2 inch strips - and called "Favorite Things". We got our second-to-last block this weekend at Saturday Sampler. In November we'll get the final block and a book with setting ideas. In December the shop will host a tea, and everyone brings their finished tops to show off. Quite a few of the ladies will actually come with a finished quilt - quilted and bound. The fun thing is that no 2 quilts will ever be identical even though the blocks and main fabrics are the same. Everyone puts them together in a unique way. It's so much fun to see how others put the same blocks together.