Thursday, February 28, 2008

Hand Quilting Here is a sample of my work. I had made a small attempt at hand quilting about 14 years ago. But pulled those stitches out and machine quilted that piece.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Handwork Hi all. I am here and sewing away. I am hand quilting my 7 Sisters and have machine sewn my binding to my Simple Simon. I am now handsewing it to the back. That is taking forever! I am trying to just sit back and relax and enjoy the process. Once Simon is done I will be moving onto my Floral Irish Chain. Need to have some discipline and get these quilts done, done.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Ugly No More Remember that round robin I showed. The one where the color went a little astray? A friend of mine asked me to send it to her so she could improve upon it. Here it is! I am a lucky gal!


Monday, February 18, 2008

Busy, busy. Hello readers! How are you all? I am still here. I went to my friends house Saturday for our little quilting circle. It was just me and Tirane93 ...bad weather kept the rest away. I took my 7 Sisters with me to begin hand quilting. I made some pretty good progress. This is the first item I am hand quilting and am still trying to figure it out. Tirane93 loaned me two quilting hoops. I have tried three different hoops so far and no hoop at all. I have used the oval hoop the most so far. I am going to forge ahead with that one and really try to work it out. I am getting around 8-10 stitches per inch. Practice, practice, practice!

I had originally decided to machine sew the binding onto Simple Simon to take to my quilitng get together. After I read the right way to bind the diamond shape edge I decided to take my time with it and wait until I had a little more time. Last night I started machine basting around the outer edge. Then I can trim it a little and sew the binding on it. Then more trimming and hand work to come! Joy! How did I pile so much hand work up on myself? It's ok...I am watching my TV shows and getting my UFOs finished at the same time. Works for me!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Quilting Gods Have Smiled Upon Me I have one item left from my February goals list. How did that happen? I have the binding made for Simon....now to just sew it on. I will probably do that so I can take him to my meeting with my English Street quilters this weekend.

So do I make a new list? Do I make something new? Hmmm.....

  • Quilt and bind Floral Irish Chain
  • Start hand quilting 7 Sisters

OK so I want these UFOs finished. These are both a queen size so I will be busy for awhile.

How are you doing on your goals for February?

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Busy Weekend In spite of work I managed to get a lot done. I basted the two quilts on my February goal list using Sharon Schamber's technique. It was a little fiddly at first and I had to undo the first attempt but I learned alot. The first quilt took a long time but by the second I had it down. I will use this technique again. It does still take time to do.

The other quilty related items were shopping for thread, batting, and mailing off my RR to the next person. Plus I mailed the RR that I wasn't happy with to a friend to work on. She asked if she could try to fix it so I let her.

To finish my February goal list I have to bind the Simple Simon and add a row to another RR. Not too shabby.

Signing off....

Thursday, February 07, 2008

DH Update He is active on the liver transplant list. Still, a long way to wait due to his position on the list.
I Have Been Tagged

I have been tagged by Nicole!

THE RULES:
1. Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post THE RULES on your blog.
3. Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag 7 people and link to them.
5. Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.

Here goes....

1) When I was a toddler my mother used to catch me eating cigarette butts out of the ashtray. Yes I know....gross....
2) I studied abroad in Neuchatel, Switzerland one college semester.
3) I met hubby while I was over there when we both "vacationed" at the Oktoberfest in Munich.
4) I was born in central NY but had extremely strong ties to the south thanks to my paternal grandparents. I was raised eating grits and other southern delicacies like fried fat back. Many people were very disappointed they couldn't get a rise out of me when they offered me grits and such and I knew what they were talking about and eagerly accepted their offer.
5) I have a little scar/mark on my left thumb that looks like a square root sign. If anyone asks I will try to photograph and post it here
6) I am 6' tall....half my height is legs. i.e. 36" inseam
7) I studied French because my name is French.

Now off to find 7 more people to tag....

Debi, my new friend in real life that I met through an online forum.
tirane93, my new friend in real life that I met through a round robin project and now enjoy quilty get togethers at her home.
Beth, my friend from quiltchat. We are also phone friends as well. Have not met her in person yet but hope to soon.
Tracey, a friend from chat. She has the most adorable little girl.
Saphirz, a neat lady I know from chat. I guess I need to get to know her better as I realize I don't know her real first name. Shame on me!
Bekky, a friend from chat. We have participated in swaps together. She does great work.
Sharon, another friend from chat. I stalk her blog regularly. Really admire her work.

Have fun ladies!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

More February Progress I managed to get what I think I want to do to my Round Robin due the 15th of this month, done. I made my piece to add and will have to just sew it on. I wanted to get a few opinions first. I have one thumbs up so far so am going with it.

What's next.....

DH Update We went to the doc last week to see about him being listed on the transplant list. We will know more this Thursday. They took lots of blood tests. His blood sugar was over 600 so they ordered another test. He "forgot" to take his shot that a.m. This will probably keep him from being listed. They gave us his MELD score of 17. I asked questions about his chances of getting a liver at this level. Unless he gets to a 20 or higher he won't get a liver for a long time. Bottom line, he is going to have to get really sick before he gets a liver.

Stats for those that care. If you are a 23 you get a liver in about a week. 22 you get one in about 4-6 weeks. If someone comes in with liver cancer they automatically get a 22. She said there are "lots" of those. And so there it is.

I am fine. Just tired from the emotional roller coaster.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

I'm a Quilting Machine Sunday I went into quilt my Simple Simon with the intent to get through a quarter of the quilt. In about 5 hours I got half way through. Last night I decided I would quilt for about an hour and stop. One and a half hours later I am more than 3/4's of the way through. I decided to forge on and a little over 2 hours last night and I am done! I can't believe it! This all on my Janome 6500.


Now I am looking at the picture trying to decide if I should quilt it edge to edge through the center of the white diamonds. What do you think?

Binding decision. You can see the navy blue backing I used. I am leaning toward a red binding. Was thinking a red check since there are so many checks already in the quilt. Let me know what you think!


One final note. My back and neck are protesting a little this a.m. Boy this quilting stuff is hard on a girl! :D

Monday, February 04, 2008

Super Quilting Weekend When I finished up my UFOs I pulled out the next UFO to work on. I felt that if it was out and ready to be worked on it would be more likely to happen. With that said...I managed to quilt half of my Simple Simon. I just jumped in before that inner voice stopped me. I am quilting through the middles of the diamonds which means the lines run diagonally. Before work this a.m. I refolded the quilt and layed it out so I can just pick up where I left off. Feels so good to be getting these done!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

My friend Sharon asked me what the difference was between the small medium and large pictures when you uploaded. Here is the answer. Same picture in 3 different sizes.




small












medium









large


Two Finishes I completed my first goal for February. Two UFO finishes. The first is a peach and blue Ninepatch set on point. I bought this quilt top back in the late 80's or early 90's from an antique shop. It is about a twin size.



The second UFO is a panel that I bought to practice free motion quilting on.



These were both quilted last year. I just had to bind them. On to the next project!

Friday, February 01, 2008

January Accomplishments/February Goals

In January I completed:
  • three RR's which finished my part for those swaps.
  • repair on my 7 Sisters top.
  • wrist warmers for dd and her friend.

It was an okay month for me.


February I hope to:
  • bind ninepatch on point
  • bind baby FMQ practice piece
  • finish next two RRBlogger rounds
  • quilt and bind Simple Simon
  • baste Floral Irish Chain
  • baste 7 Sisters

I think that is pretty doable. What are your plans?