Sunday, February 28, 2010

Day & Night class was a blast

I had a wonderful relaxing Saturday at the Pin Cushion attending a quilt class taught by my friend Linda. She did a great job of working with a group composed of various skill levels from relative beginner to very experienced. Everyone got a lot of blocks finished.

There were 7 of us students (all strangers to me before that morning) making the Eleanor Burns "Day & Night" quilts. Some of us did them with 2 colors and a couple of the ladies did theirs with 3. None of them were alike at all . . . and all of the quilt blocks were gorgeous.

Here is my block done in red with a yellow and pink "day" fabric. There are bonus blocks made from the scraps but I'll show them another day. I have all 12 of my blocks made, set together, and have 1 of the 3 borders attached. I'll post a photo of my lap sized quilt once the other borders are on.

Now to show off the other lady's fabric choices. This one will be queen sized when she finishes - 42 blocks. The red just pops on this one.

This one is done is such a soft, rich green and cream. Very soothing with a "woodsy" feel to it. The owner of this block said she loves earth tones in her house and this will be perfect.

Bright blue and a pale blue . . . . made me think of something tropical.

Navy blue and cream . . . very elegant. This one had such a perfect contrast between day and night tones.

Pale pink and a rich burgundy batik . . . . . .

And last, but not least, this fun combination of blues and greens. The batik in this one was a great choice. And the bright blue solid just adds movement to the block. Again - very tropical feeling.

I really wish I could see everyone's quilt once they are finished. They will be spectacular!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

100th post coming soon

Watch for an upcoming GIVEAWAY in the next few days to celebrate my 100th blog post.

Monday, February 22, 2010

On the edge

I'm on the edge . . . of my comfort zone. These are the 2 fabrics I bought to use in my Day & Night quilt. In good light, that yellow is much lighter and the contrast is strong between the red and the yellow.

I think the combination will be fun for summer. I know what you're thinking - summer? We probably have 2 months of winter left here is South Dakota.

Anyway . . . I digress. My Day & Night class is Saturday, so I can't wait to see how this all comes out.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Day & Night class

I'm very excited because I signed up to take a quilt class using Eleanor Burns' "Day & Night" patterns. My friend Linda is teaching it on Saturday, Feb 27, at The Pin Cushion. Can't wait! It has been a couple of years since I've actually taken a class. It will be lots of fun.
The books should be in at The Pin Cushion by the end of the week, and I also need to pick out my fabric. We're doing a 2 color version. MMM - red is my favorite color, but maybe I need to get out of my comfort zone a little and do something totally different for a change. Maybe purple . . . . . . . ??

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone - and happy birthday to my sister-in-law Kathy out in the beautiful Black Hills. Kathy is also a quilter and is the person who really got me started quilting many years ago. Thanks - for giving me the very BEST hobby!

My "sweetheart" left this morning on a business trip for the week. Wish I could say he was just driving to the airport to get on a plane for St Louis. But no - he's driving all the way today - nearly 700 miles. And we are in the midst of another winter weather day with snow and wind, so he will have at least 200 miles of icy, snowy interstate highway. So instead of a 10 hour drive he may have more like a 13 hour drive. It gives me something to worry about all day - right? I hate it!!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A quick peak

Here is just a quick peak at the lovely quilting on the Thimbleberries quilt that I picked up on Thursday from the quilter. Good job Carli! These leaves are fairly large - about 4 inches across and follow the verticle rows of the quilt.

When I get the binding on this week, I'll show the whole quilt. It's a belated wedding gift for my daughter and her new husband, but since she doesn't read my blog it will still most likely be a total surprise.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ready for some binding

I picked up 2 quilts from my talented machine quilter this afternoon. It was so exciting! Carli did a lovely job on both. One was my "frosty" blue and white quilt that I've posted some progress photos of - and I had her just do a large meander all over. The other quilt is one I made for the newlyweds and that one is quilted with a very pretty pattern that follows the long lines of the quilt.

Now I need to add binding and labels to both. I'll post some photos soon.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Selvages ROCK!

Today is my first day back to work full time since my surgery. I'm working from home this morning, and then heading to a school for the afternoon to work with them on the paperwork needed for being nominated as a Blue Ribbon School. I needed a quick break, so here I am posting to my blog. Shame on me!

I've always loved the selvage edges of fabrics - partly for the little circles that identify individual colors used in the design, and partly for the writing. But until last summer I never did anything with them - other than trim them off and throw them away.

What a waste!! Last summer I saw a couple of cute projects made using selvages sewn onto muslin. So - I've been saving my selvages since early June and have quite a collection that continues to grow of course. I make sure to leave a sliver of fabric along the selvage edge when I trim them off.

On Saturday afternoon I got distracted from my other sewing project - and this block is the result. I sewed rows of selvages onto a 8.5" square of muslin. Then I squared the whole thing up again to 8.5". I really like the results and think this will be a great little project to work on when I don't have much time.

Not sure what I'll do with them yet, but some ideas are bouncing around in my head. A bag maybe, or even a quilt. Maybe I'll make some of them different sizes too. Possibilities are endless.

If anyone has selvages they want to get rid of, just let me know. I'll gladly pay the postage.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Snow again and again

This was the view from my kitchen today, and yesterday - and probably again tomorrow. We've had about 4 inches of wet, sloppy snow. It does look pretty on the trees, but I do wish the sun would shine.

It was a good day to stay inside and do laundry, finish a book I was reading, and do a little quilting. It took quite awhile, but I got all of the pieces cut for my friends' block exchange (see earlier post) and then sewed one more block. Only 11 more to go.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Quilting friends block exchange

Our little quilting group of friends is working on another project to raffle for a charity. This time the finished quilt will go to a scholarship program for the local high school. Many of the women in this group are educators, school board members, and definitely parents. So this seems like a great choice.

Several of the ladies went shopping together and picked out a focus fabric that we'll all use. We each got 1 yard of this focus fabric. It is a turquoise floral from the Wildflowers line. Like the Christmas project, each of the 12 of us will make 13 blocks (12 inches finished size). The 13th set of blocks will become the raffle quilt. And each of us will have 1 block from each lady in the group to make a quilt of our own. As with the other projects we've done, we also have the fun of getting together to assemble the top and do the quilting.

Here is my block. One down - 12 more to make. I hope to have some of them done this weekend.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Another Engagement

My older daughter got engaged back in October. One of her best friends from college is a professional photographer and they got some of the first photos back from him yesterday. They are a handsome couple - in my opinion of course!

The BIG DAY is coming quickly - at the end of April. She has a dress fitting tomorrow, and I had planned to be there. However - we have another winter storm moving in so I probably won't be able to make the 75 mile trip. Bummer!