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!

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

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...

"Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends

Tell me where to get more wax!

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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