Monday, January 27, 2014

Some Progress

     Both of the quilts I have been working on have grown large enough that I needed to move them downstairs to the larger design wall behind the loom. I am using these 2 quilts as leaders and enders for each other.


     This one is going to be a lap quilt. I am planning to keep going around until it is 6 feet long.
    
     
     This quilt just needs a couple of rows added to three of the quadrants. Then the center will be finished. I have some pretty elaborate pieced borders planned for this one. 

     I am hoping to get both centers finished this evening while I watch Quiltcam with Bonnie Hunter tonight.

     After that I will head over to http://www.patchworktimes.com/2014/01/27/design-wall-january-28-2014/  
to check out all of the other Design Wall inspiration posted there. Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Keep on Keepin on

     I have done a bit of work on several projects.

     I am trying to learn how to do several new things on the computer. In the past, when I didn't know how to get it to do what I wanted it to do, I just gave up, or figured out a way to work around it. Lately, I have taken some time out from watching Netflix to watch some U Tube how to videos. I am trying to learn how to put my name and a copyright symbol on the photos I post on my blog. I am also trying to teach myself to use Microsoft Paint to draw the diagrams for my  patterns, instead of hand drawing all of them. If anyone knows of another good, easy, affordable program to use, I am open to suggestion. 

     I went to a house warming party for a friend of mine tonight, and brought a set of potholders.


    I had a great time making these, and now I have the urge to make a quilt from small, improvised blocks like these. I will resist the urge for awhile though, since I have so many other projects that are more pressing, that need to be finished.

      I found fabric for a binding, and machine stitched the binding on Kimberly's quilt this week. It is going to be a chilly week next week, and I know that I will enjoy having this on my lap while I do the hand stitching.

     

     I worked a bit more on this quilt.

     
     I have volunteered to teach this at our February retreat next month.

     I have also worked on this quilt, though I don't have a good current photo of my progress. It continues to grow, and the center is nearly complete.


    
     Under the category of getting my house more decorated, I have thought for a long time that my bed would look a lot nicer if I made pillow cases to coordinate with my quilt.



         
     This week I chose some fabric groupings for those pillow cases.



     Well, it's back to the sewing machine for me. I would love to get the centers of those 2 quilts that I am working on finished this weekend. Where ever you are, I hope you are staying nice and warm, and getting lots done.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Design Wall Monday

     Finally! I have finished quilting Kimberly's quilt! Now this project is on hold until I can get a light purple batik to use for binding.Hopefully, that will happen this week.



      My initial color idea for this quilt was to use all blues and greens, and try to invoke water. When I spoke to her mother though, she said her favorite colors were purple and yellow. With that in mind, I added sunset colors to my water. I would still like to do one in all blues and greens. 

     My dear friend Regina Carter has been prodding me to get a pattern done for this quilt:


     It didn't take much convincing. I had already decided that I wanted to get this pattern in time to take it to Arkansas with me this March. Regina had a good suggestion for the doing the piecing a different way, but in order to try it out, I had to start another quilt. I couldn't muster any enthusiasm for using the same colors over again. Why not try a new approach to see how that looks? Maybe this is a good opportunity to try out that blue/green idea.  So, I pulled some fabrics. I wanted to only use what I already had without making another trip to the store, or spending any money.




     I have most of the pattern written, but I would like to proof read it tomorrow, when I am feeling a bit fresher. I think that I will enjoy finishing this quilt. 

     I had a couple of outings sewing with friends this week. I needed something that was portable to carry with me. Neither was a great situation for carrying in a sewing machine. Last year, I cut a bunch of strips to make a quilt using the Economy block:
  

      I got this idea a couple of years ago when I made all of those Economy blocks for my Missing Monkeys quilt.


     This time I am planning to use this painting for a color reference. 
      
      I cut all of the strips last year, so I have been spending my time with my friends cutting those strips into squares. Next outing, I will start pinning color combinations together.

    Last, but not least, I am still working on this quilt:


      It doesn't look like I made much progress, but I got several strip sets put together for it.
 
      I am planning to link up to patchworktimes.com for Design Wall Monday, where you can see what many quilters are working on. It's loads of fun, and will surely brighten your day. Check it out! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Getting 2014 Started

     I hope your year is off to a good start. I have started out by working on things that I have been putting off for awhile now. (or maybe longer)

     Most of my fabric is sorted and arrange on the new shelves. My sewing room still feels like a crowded mess because the old dressers are still here. I have a call in to a friend who will come by soon to see if she can use them. I hope to get them gone within the next week or so.

     I have continued to quilt Kimberly's quilt. I have only 2 rows and the border left, but now I am contemplating going back and adding more quilting to the wider bands.




     I moved into this house in March of 2010. When I did, I was so tired of all of the packing, unpacking, and everything else you have to do to move, that I never really "decorated" this house. I unpacked, but there were a few rooms that I wanted to change the wall color of. Since I knew I wanted to paint, I never hung any pictures. One big obstacle has always been that I would rather be piecing something. Now it has been almost 4 YEARS! Ridiculous! So, one of the things I decided I want to accomplish for 2014, is to get that started. There are SO many projects I can do around here that would cost little or no money, but would make things so much nicer around here. Project #1-paint the living room. Maybe we should call that project #2 since I did all of that fabric rearranging. (I digress) My living room was this color:


     After painting most of the day for the last 5 days, it is this color:




     
     With a blue sofa, you can see why the blue walls needed to go.

     I have an order for an "Arabesque" quilt.

       
     I made an initial strip set to see if the client liked this combination. This time I made my strips just a 1/2" wider so you could see the fabrics a bit better.


     She did so I have been working on more strip sets in the evenings, after painting.



     So that is what I have been up to lately, hope your 2014 is off to a good start. Thanks for stopping by!