Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2011 UFO Challenge

OK, 2011 for me is all about getting hold of my schedule and getting rid of stuff. More on that later, (a post about New Years Modifications  is coming) but I am giving in and joining the UFO Challenge on JudyL's blog. Part of my schedule problem is never having time for my stuff. Hey, the top I made for my niece last March has only just now made it to the quilting machine... and only because she is nagging me on facebook... So why not, maybe some accountability will be a good thing.

Now to pick 12 UFOs... ONLY 12???... I found more than that on just the first, small shelf! But we are taking baby steps here so this is my list, in no order other than how they fell came off the shelf:
  1. 30's Big Star
  2. Snow Business- mystery #124
  3. Unicorn Banner & Quilt show banner (2 small pieces but same stuff needed on both)
  4. Rocket's Red Glare- block swap rom 2005?
  5. Quilting 201 class sample
  6. Sunbonnet Sue/Fungly Spools/Quilting 101 (3 tops that REALLY need to get quilted and done)
  7. Stack & Whack
  8. Katiedid One Day mystery
  9. Log Cabin Swap
  10. Split 9-patch swap
  11. Quilt Pink BOM
  12. NYE 2005 Mystery (yikes)
  13. (Alternate) Hot Flashes BOM
The alternate is in there in case there is something I can't work on for reasons beyond my control- lost patterns, missing pieces, etc. So that's the list. Some of these have been hanging around for years. Most are victims of "out of sight out of mind" One or two I just lost interest in, but I'm too stubborn to give up. I can do this! For me to count it as done it needs to be completely done- pieced, quilted, bound, labeled- (name and date at least). Wish me luck!




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Friday, December 03, 2010

Time, space, quilts...

The mid-week whirl wind is over and I did get some work done today, but posts about that will wait. This gets a bit philosophical but bear with me...it's worth it.

It is amazing how quilting continues to span time and generations and friendships. The quilt I finished on Thursday was pieced by Faye for a friend of hers, Beverly. The fabrics have been in Beverly's family for years (we think the 1940's).

The pieces for the bow-ties and the butterflies were all cut out but left un-finished. These are Bow-ties the hard way- with the center square and 5-sided inset seam. No flippy-corners for this quilt! Faye and Beverly worked out the design and this is the second quilt that has come from that stash and the colaboration. This one will go to Beverly's sister.

Even the back was pieced with family fabrics


So that was Thusday night at quilt class. Wednesday night at my business class, another class member said she had some quilt blocks and could I take a look at them and tell me what I thought. She brought out a stack of 10 or 12 blocks wrapped in a cotton dishtowel. My heart just about stopped. This is what she has...

The first thing you see is the tones of the fabrics. Reproductions are good, but you just "know" when it is the real thing. They are in amazing condition.
There are bits of batting and stitch holes in the edges, so they have been in a quilt but someone (bless them) took the time to un-sew them. Not only is the piecing amazing, but the center of each block has a verse written in the center...

Now take a deep breath...

They are addressed to Martha...


most are signed with first and last names...


and towns and states...


AND DATED 1844...
Apparently this was a quilt for someone leaving on a long journey. Maybe out west? Who knows, but a lot of people really wanted to wish her well. The verses are charming. I hope to get in touch with the quilt study group here in Maine and a couple of other places, but the researcher in me would love to work out this puzzle and find out who Martha was. As I find out I will keep you posted. Any ideas on who to contact are more than welcome.

So there you have my philosopical bit... Friends, generations, time, distance all tied together with quilts. Pretty cool.

 



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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Yep, She's back...

OK, I know it's been ages since my last post. (Hi Faye) I did not fall off the planet, it just felt that way. Things have been wild and crazy, (and not all in a good way) but are better now. It is still the Christmas rush and I have a big pile of quilts to do, but so far I'm not at the "quilting 'till 3am" level of behind schedule.

Just to prove I haven't been goofing off, how about this quilt I did in November. I've said before that quilts will tell you how to quilt them. Some will mumble and others will speak right up. This one simply would not shut up!

It's a great traditional design that Carmen did in civil war fabrics. You just gotta love that Cheddar yellow. See all those open squares...just asking for quilting... OK... traditional quilt means feathered wreaths. Those looked good, but a bit unfinished, so I added a circle around the wreath. Better, but it needs a background filler, so I tried a small stipple. It would do, but what it really needs is crosshatching. I resisted but finally gave in. I'm really glad I did...



Then finish it off with a feathered border and there you have it.

Yes, it's a bit over the top, but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. By the way, Carmen loved it. Phew!




 
 
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Friday, August 13, 2010

Pets on Quilts

Emmie and Leggs live at the shop. They are brother and sister and the closest to twins I have ever seen. They "help" with just about everything in the shop.

This is Emmie guarding the strip bin...


Both of them keeping my cut pieces from running away...


Leggs even helps with the quilting...


And Emmie is a whiz with binding...


But what they do best is...

Test rest quilts!

This quilt was a prize for the local animal shelter's raffle. And the picture is my entry in the Pets on Quilts Show.

Thanks for stopping by.



 
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Monday, August 02, 2010

Design Wall Monday 8-2-10

So here it is Monday again, and a new month to boot! I confess my physical design wall hasn't changed a bit. There has been no sewing for me this week. I did get to go to the state guild show in Augusta on Friday with a friend. It was her first time at a show of this size and it was fun to see it through her eyes. It was a much better show than last year- in my not so humble opinion. There were inspiring quilts and more adventurous quilts both in the piecing and the quilting. Not like last year's forest of Turning Twenty and Yellow Brick Road.

I was also pleased that there were 4 quilts there that I quilted!
Linda had her Depford Pinks in the display area...
Oonah had the Maine by Mainers photo quilt in a vendor's booth...

 And Carmen entered two quilts in the judged division. Christmas Joy and Double Pinwheels. They were  hanging next to each other on row 6...

And both had RIBBONS!!!!!


So that was the big excitement for the week.

The show has gotten my head spinning with ideas and thanks to EQ7 my virtual design wall is packed full.
There's a little something using the lonely little pinwheel block on my real design wall. I love using Judy's checkerboard border...
 

And one idea for the adult ed class this fall
 
and something that just kinda happened when I was working on something else...
So now I had better get some real work done, those quilts won't quilt themselves.


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Monday, July 26, 2010

Design Wall Monday July 26

Finally, it's Monday and for once there is something on my design wall and I remember to post before Tuesday! Last week there was a one-day mystery at Planet Patchwork. I decided to treat myself and do it... Well you know about the "best laid plans of mice and men"... I will not let this become yet another UFO! So, here and there, I am working on it. This is my progress so far

The black and yellow stars are for the mystery. The other blocks are just some playing around. The pink churn dashes are using the photo squares I have talked about before. They are really great, but I guess shops need samples to help customers see the possibilities. This will probably be a table runner since I don't have any more of the pink fabric. It would make a pretty quilt though.

  
It's funny how different a block can look just by changing the colors placement. These are the same pieces (different centers) just one is pink on green and the other is green on pink. And before you are appalled at my lack of piecing skills, these are just stuck on the wall, not stitched together. 

Well, back to work, there's a raffle quilt to finish and two quilts to get done for a customer so she can have them for the artist's tour this weekend! YIKES!




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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Exploring the Knoxville Quilt Expo

There was a post on Facebook and a link to a YouTube video from the AQS show in Knoxville. As a little diverson I took a peek. Well, there at 1 minute and 9 seconds is a picture of some fish sculpture thingys and behind them is the Fat Quarter Log Cabin quilt that I quilted. OK, saying I have quilted a quilt that hung at an AQS show isn't strictly true, but it's closer than I was last month. Yes, I'm excited and no, it doesn't take much, but yeah, I think it's pretty neat.

OK, now back to work...



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Friday, July 16, 2010

The week in review

Whoosh, another week has zipped by. I did get quite a bit done though. Not all of it on my list but still quite a bit.

First and most important, the quilt for The Ark Animal Shelter got done and delivered.

Yep, it's bright, but it's fun. And I even got a bit whimsical with the label... How can a quilt with all those circles have a square label? So this is what I did...

Sometimes it's just the little things that make me smile. OK, I'm easy what can I say? The quilt was also thoroughly tested by Leggs and Emmie. They can't have it going out without their seal of approval.

SewCal Gal is going to have a virtual "Pets on Quilts" show in August. This will be my entry. For more info on the contest, click on the badge in the left hand column

I also finished three customer quilts:
Pat W's Folk Art Panels:

 

Claire's Spring Medallion


And Carmen's Chintz

 

Combine that list with making 7 jars of Strawberry-rhubarb jam, 5 jars of peach jam and a quart of peach sorbet (OMG is that good) I think I had a good week. But, no, the garden is still not weeded. We will have to wait and see what the weekend brings.




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Friday, July 09, 2010

Day 2 of "The Plan"

First, for your Friday morning enjoyment, there is a virtual quilt show at Quilting Gallery.
Weekly Themed Quilt Contests 
There are some great quilts on display and one in which I have a special interest. Mary's Stars and Stripes is about halfway down the page. If you are so inclined, please "vote early and vote often". (edit note: there is only one vote allowed per person)

Now, to Day 2 of "the Plan" I did OK, I think...
  • Finished the quilt on the machine- can't show pictures yet, since the customer hasn't seen it
  • Got the borders on the quilt for The Ark
  • Didn't get the Ark quilt loaded because the backing wasn't big enough. Plan to fix that this morning
  • Only got 1/2 a row weeded because the mosquitos just got really bad. Will try to do a row at lunchtime. Sun is better than bugs. 
This is the Ark quilt top...

Yep, it is bright, but I still think it's fun. And not my usual style at all. The pattern is from G.E.Designs. Her latest book is "Strip On". There are cute and quilck quilts using 1-1/2 and 2-1/2 inch strips.

Leggs was doing his best to restrain a bolt of wool batting. I suspect when I open it there will be a batting explosion.






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Thursday, July 08, 2010

Catching up

I hope everyone had a good 4th of July holiday. Mine was spent quilting and weeding.
I got Brenda's Secret Garden quilt done.


I love this design. The effect of interlocking rings and not a curved seam in sight. She picked the Angel Wings design and puffy batting so it is a light summery quilt that will still be warm in that "other" season we have here.


Over on PatchworkTimes  JudyL is listing her goals and accomplishments for the day to try and keep on track and stay accountable. It may also help the rest of us see how she gets so darned much done in a day! So maybe I will try this. Today I need to get four things done:

  1. Finish the quilt on the frame- 1 border and 1 center medallion

  2. Get the borders on the Ark quilt

  3. Load the Ark quilt on the machine.

  4. Weed 1 row of the garden
That seems do-able. We shall see...
This is the center of the Ark quilt that I finished last night. It certainly is bright...and no, the borders will not tone it down any...but I think it will be cute.


The garden is doing well with all the warm weather we are having.

There are flowers on the potatoes. OK, admit it, you never thought about potatoes having flowers. I don't think anybody really does, unless you live in Aroostook county. But they are kinda pretty. They even come in different colors. The purple ones are blooming now, the white ones were last week. Just an added bonus to their tuberous tastyness.

Remember all the tomatoes I planted? Well they are above my knees now and setting little tomatoes.

Please don't look at the weedy area to the left. I didn't get that far yet.

So that's my plan for the day. Let's see how I do.



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