Sunday, January 20, 2008

Kinda proud of me

Yep, I'm just kinda proud of me this week. I actually got a few (small) things accomplished.

I got my blocks for the log cabin swap done. They are ready to go in the mail on Tuesday the 22nd. I usually just barely get them done by the last day of the month.

While cutting strips for those blocks, I cut up the entire piece of whatever fabric and filed the strips in the appropriate bin. I also cut some of those strips for the Quiltville Mystery quilt. No, I didn't use them up yet, but having it off the shelf and ready to start sewing is progress. And there are lots of scrap quilts I want to do. (Aren't there always more quilts to make?)

I found the perfect spot to put my design wall. It is about 10' from my sewing machine, so I don't have to go far and risk turning things around. And as a bonus, I can get far enough away from it to take a good picture.

Best of all, I took the plunge and entered a quilt in a show. Machine Quilters Exposition (MQX) is now a juried show, so I don't know if I will get in, but I'll never know if I don't enter. I sent the pictures in so now I wait for the e-mail. They are supposed to let people know by the beginning of February. It could be a nice birthday present. I doubt I will win anything, but the opinions of the judges would be really great.

The samples for Grandma's Garden are ready to go to the customer for her opinion. Once we decide on the quilting I can get started on that. It's exciting and scary at the same time.

I also got 3 customer quilts done. Faye's bright baby quilt, Susan's Rocky Road to Kansas, and Faye's Summertime Blues (no picture yet, it is off at the binder's)

So I guess not a bad week. Being Sunday, it's baking and housework day, but maybe I can get a little time this afternoon/evening to myself. I'd like to get back to working on the Carolina Crossroads (Quiltville) mystery. I'm almost through step 1, so I'm way behind. But I like the way it is going so far.

We have brutally cold weather forecast for today and Monday. High that might get to 10 above and a low of 6 below. I'm glad Mike doesn't have to work Monday. He's a rural mail carrier and it is just too cold to drive around with your truck window open. I'm so glad I don't do that anymore. Hope everyone has a warm and productive long weekend.

"Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Friday, January 18, 2008

A day of Firsts...

Today (or yesterday since it is really late) was a day of firsts.

  1. I joined my first web ring. The ring is for bloggers doing Bonnie's Carolina Crossroads Mystery. I know, I'm slow joining, but I'm getting there. And having to post progress on it once a week will hopefully keep me motivated. I am currently 1/2 way through step 1, but I have a plan to get through 2 & 3 almost simultaneously. Yes, I cheated and is a great design, and I would never have even thought of starting it if I had seen the end result.

  2. I have entered my first quilt in a show. Or at least I have sent in the application. Machine Quilters Exposition (MQX) is now a juried show, so I sent in the entry form, pictures and the check and I will wait. It isn't a big show quilt- It's just the Quilt for an Hour pattern that Judy L did on on her blog last year. I wasn't planning on sending it, it's just edge-to-edge quilting. I just kept getting "nudged" First, there's several reminders about the deadline being 1/15- I don't have anything to enter so I ignore them. Then in a post on the yahoo group one of the MQX founders reminds people to enter the E2E category...hint hint. But the deadline is past...Oh Well. Then in another post they say that because of all the snow and trouble getting to the Post Office, and entry postmarked this week will be accepted. So now I have no excuse. The envelope will go out in the mail tomorrow and maybe I will be sending a quilt to New Hampshire in the spring!

  3. I got asked for my permission to reprint something I said/typed. On one of the yahoo groups, I posted some reasons why, in these uncertain economic times, quilts are better than oil. It was silly (kind of) but it may work as a radio commercial. Well, I got an email from a lady in PA who would like to put it in her guild newsletter. How cool is that?

Well, it's way past my bed-time, so I'll say godnight and finish tomorrow.

"Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Stashbusting and Saving money too...

Yep, I managed to bust some stash AND it will save me money too. The shop has a wonderful big window on the side facing the river. The view is wonderful, but the glass is single pane and the window leaks. You can just feel the cold draft seeping in. So, someone gave me some nice (not great, but OK) heavy fabric a few years ago. I was going to make tote bags or something with it. Well Saturday I decided it would make a pretty good curtain. I had some nasty cheap poly batting and the roman shade tape and cotton cord. Add a few eye bolts and TA DA- Insulated curtain for the window. Once it was up, the temp in the store went up from 60 to 65 degrees- without changing the thermostat. I also noticed yesterday that the furnace is running a lot less. With oil $3.35 a gallon that is a VERY good thing.

I've been practicing McTavishing for a few days. I have the most amazing quilt to do for a customer. It is all hand done dimensional applique, and it is perfect... every seam, every point, every mitred corner. To tell you the truth, I'm half afraid to work on it.

The baskets & flowers will be outlined and the background will be McT I'm pretty sure. The outer border is going to be a basket weave that looks really dimensional and there are setting triangles for some big juicy feathers. What really has me stumped is the sashing.and floral border. It is such a delicate little print, and she matched the print at the corners, I don't want to cover it up with stitching. Any ideas are welcome. Fortunately I don't have to have it done until April. The quilt is an opportunity project for a church in the area. So there will be lots of exposure. My goal is the have it done by the beginning of February. I'm sending her samples this week. I know, practice, practice practice. And I am my own worst critic.

"Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Saturday, January 05, 2008

A challenge

Everyone was talking about challenges a couple of weeks ago. Probably something about New Years. Well, I got to thinking and one of the things I would like to do this year is more quilting of charity quilts. I don't mind donating the time to quilt them. It's a good cause, and I get to practice a new technique or two on something more interesting than muslin. The problem has been that I get a stack of tops from a group I'm in, think I have time to get them done and then paying quilts come in and the charity quilts get bumped. The next thing I know I've had the tops for 3 months and the group is asking (very politely) "Are the quilts ready yet?"

So... here's my idea... I take one day a month and do nothing but charity quilts. I've got a friend who will come over and pin zippers on the backings, so all I have to do is zip one on and start quilting. If I promote it right it could be lots of fun. I'd also like to keep track of how many square inches I quilted for charity. A goal of 500,000 square inches sounds like something to shoot for. It may be way out of line, but it's not like I have to do it all this week. Since Project Linus Day is Feb 9th and that is the second Saturday of the month, that's when I think I'm going to do this. That means that next Saturday January 12th will be the first one- I put a notice in the local paper and will send a note to the LQS and guilds.
We will see what happens.

"Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!