Sunday, May 18, 2008

Quiltathon Results and Day 2

I didn't get as much done as I would like yesterday... big surprise.

But I did get Fran's "City Girl" quilt done. I stitched a border design on that quilt 3 times and picked them all out before I decided the 4th one was OK. I think the do/undo ratio for longarms is about 1:15 for every 1 minute you sew, it will take you 15 minutes to pick out.

I got my QFAH fabrics chosen and got a nice surprise in the process. I had some fabrics picked out...they were nice, but just darks -kinda reproduction/historical and not terribly exciting. So I go looking in my small brights pile and what do I find? 3-1/2" strips left over from another project! So I will have more colors in my stars since none of these are WOF, but I'm making more stars anyway since I need a bigger quilt. I figured it out and I need about 12" per color to cut the Recs units. Once I get the fabric cut for the QFAH I will count it on my stash report.

I was playing with the Circle Lord again and this is what I came up with. Way cool.
The bread is all done. I spent some time pulling weed while it was rising. I hate to waste the sunshine. The dogs were out in the fresh air all day too, so they are exahused. I don't know how laying on the ground can be such hard work, but when they come in from outside they sleep like rocks.

So now to work.

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

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Joining the Quilt-a-thon

I started my quiltathon a bit early. I was at the shop working until 11:30 last night, so I guess I can cut myself some slack for not getting started until 9 today.
On the To-Do list:
  1. Finish Fran's "City Girl" Quilt (done)
  2. Quilt Sheri's Log Cabin
  3. Pin zippers on both of Carmen's quilts
  4. Choose and cut fabric for next weeks QFAH (Chosen and ready to cut)
  5. Make Log Cabin swap blocks for April (oops) and May
  6. Finish Orange Crush step 1

That's probably more than enough, but since Mike has a late ball game I might get to do OC step 4. (Yes, I'm avoiding steps 2 & 3. I'm not ready to mess with triangles and the left-right thing right now.)

Dinner is in the crock pot, so just a quick out for the dogs and I'm off to work.

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

Monday, May 05, 2008

A quiet Weekend

I'm beginning to wonder if anybody is out there... My email inbox is remarkably empty. I guess every one is sewing and gardening and enjoying the spring weather.

I have been quilting up a storm trying to catch up from MQX. There are so many new ideas I want to try. Since I got the Circle Lord tool set up on the longarm, I wanted to try it out right away. Mary had a last minute baby quilt she had put together and I twisted her arm into letting me try the swirls template on it. I didn't have to try too hard. It was a great first piece.

Then I had Faye's quilt, she calls "Steps to the Stars". Originally this was going to have a Daisy Swirls panto, but the more I looked at it it really needed something old-fashioned.
Gee, guess I could try out my new baptist fan template... It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it. :-)

I now have the complete set of Karen McTavish books. There are some positively breathtaking quilts in those books. I posted a while ago about my woodstove wholecloth inspiration, now I have the instructions on how to do it, now just to find the time.

I have almost finished step 1 of the Orange Crush mystery. I thought I had about a mile of 4-patches, but I guess it was only 3/4 of a mile. I'm 43 blocks short.

I had been resisting buying fabric (not toys just fabric) at MQX but gave in on the drive home. I got some great blenders, a nice floral all-over, a cute little boy print and some great neutrals. It's all been washed and is now hanging up drying. I hate washing fabric but I know it will save me grief in the long run. This is the first time in almost 2 years that I have bought fabric just because I liked it. The good thing is, I think some of it will be perfect for the new Quilt for an Hour that starts in about 10 days. So I guess I need to start a record of stashbustng yardage. That can be part of my quilting year goals.

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