I'm really happy with my presents.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I'm really happy with my presents.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
The one on the right is the UFO. It came with lots of black and yellow rectangles to finish it. The edges are a little ruffly and the pattern is off. I decided to start from scratch (the one on the left). As you can see, my pattern got off too, plus I added a nice little curve. I have yet to figure out what to do with this mess. I got so discouraged, I just wadded everything up and stuffed it in a bag and forgot about it. So when Dora asked about Ginger's gift and she needed it by Friday when her and Ginger were meeting for lunch. I had to come up with something quick to make. Thursday morning at my Paradise Piecers Bee meeting I saw a memory board and thought, perfect! What was even better, Dora could make it. That afternoon we made a quick run to Hobby Lobby for supplies and came home with a yd of GA Tech fabric, black ribbon and a good sized artists canvass, the kind that is stretched over a wood frame. I already had scrap batting and buttons.
Ginger with her GA Tech memory board. The canvass worked great as a base. Dora was able to staple the the fabric and ribbon to the frame and then was able to sew the buttons on, right through the canvass.
Ginger and Dora at Applebees where we ate a very late lunch or early supper. My husband got a gift card as a gift from his boss and I kind of confiscated it and took the girls out to lunch.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Friday evening, my niece, Kathy came and got me and I spent the night with them. She lives about 10 miles from where we were staying. On Saturday, we had a mini reunion with my sister and 5 of her children. Two couldn't make it. We got together at another niece's, Pam in La Port, IN. One great niece and several of my great, great nieces and nephews were there. It sure was nice to see my family again.
We left Saturday around 3:30p.m. to get ahead of the ice storm that was expected to arrived around midnight. We were actually heading into the freezing rain, but figured the roads would be clear as long as traffic was on the roads. We spent the night at a Red Roof Inn south of Indianapolis just south of the bad weather. It was raining the next morning when we left, but not freezing. We drove in rain and fog nearly all the way to Tennessee. We stopped at a Russell Stover store in Tennessee and bought candy. We made it back home around 7:00p.m.
Then the Christmas parties began. On the 11th AQG had there Christmas lunch. Our exchange gift was pincushions. I received a nice home made one. I was very pleased. On the 13th the Paradise Piecers had there Christmas Lunch and gift exchange at the Tea Garden. We exchanged 5 fat quarters and an odd block. I got a very nice variety of FQs and a pretty block. On the 14th the Needle Turners had lunch after our meeting at Applebees. We arrived around 20 till noon, hoping to get ahead of the lunch crowd. Another larger Christmas party arrived ahead of us and we had a very long wait on our sandwiches/salads and soup. Our lunch was the managers treat. the 18th EVQG had there Christmas dinner and we exchanged winter themed fabric and a recipe. I also passed out the gifts I made for my Needle Turners Bee. I didn't have them done on Friday.
I made my bee members each a steno pad cover complete with pad and pen. I learned how to make them at a mini demo day that AQG had in Nov. I also made coasters and learned the freezer paper piecing technique. There was also a demo on decorating tea towels. All in all, it was a fun and productive day.
I think I did very well this Christmas. Top row: Pincushion from AQG, door stop and cookie mix in a jar from the Needle Turners. Middle row: fat quarters from the Paradise Piecers exchanged. Bottom row: fabric from EVQG.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I think it turned out pretty good. I'm happy with it. I just hope it's not too wide to go on my frame.
She stood across the street for a long time while I took pictures and than she turned around and went back into the woods.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Yesterday we took everything out of the wrappings and dried the fabric on the fence. The fabric we dyed using the Shibori wrapping method didn't turn out well, as the pictures below show. So I still don't have any fabric for my borders. The green is too much green and the other pieces that turned out aren't big enough. I need at least a yard to do the 5" borders. I might could figure out something for doing a pieced border, but I'm just not feeling that creative at the moment.
The larger piece of fabric on the left is the one I had hoped to use. The pieces on the right are the ones that are too green. I really like the bottom half of the two center pieces. It is a shame the dye didn't penetrate all the layers of cloth. Those two were done on the pole, the one on the left was done on the larger cylinder.
Here are the rest of the fabrics. The small pieces in the center are our mop rags. The solid green is the one that was in the jar. I stopped by Hobby Lobby after the Needle Turners Bee meeting and bought some more airbrush paint for dying. They were out of the forest green and gold that I wanted, so had to get some other shades. Maybe we can mix the colors and get something close to the colors I'm wanting. I got a package of 6, black, white, green, blue, yellow and red and used my 40% off coupon. Got another bottle of fuchsia, but had to get sunrise yellow, which is way to oranegy, instead of the goldish color I wanted. Maybe it will tone down with some yellow or white added to it. I bought some white Kona cotton to try dying and see how that does. Being the stubborn person I am and because I like the looks of the way the Shibori wrap method looked. I will probably try it again and try to get a better saturation of the dye into the fabric. Now to get Dora scheduled for another dying attempt. Hope things go better this time.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I thought this top of Jan's was so cute. She makes some really fun quilts in bright colors.
I love this fabric line and just had to take a picture.
This is my friend, Sandra's (on the left) quilt. It is a wedding present that the couple have been waiting a good year and a half for. These aren't Sandra's colors and she had a hard time making a quilt using all neutral colors. It took her 6 months just to collect enough fabric.
I'm still working on my challenge quilt. I've gotten six more blocks made and have the parts for two more cut out.
I'm getting curious to see how this is going to turn out. I've got a colored diagram that I made of the quilt, but it really is hard to tell what it will look like, besides, I've changed some of the colors.
I've decided to try dying fabric for the borders of my roosting round robin. Dora is supposed to come over in a little bit and help me. Think we'll try the Shibori Wrapping Technique this time. We are using Createx Airbrush paint for the dying medium and use direct dying method. Hope I get some pretty fabric.
Friday, July 6, 2007
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
The fabric in the center of the stars in the middle row is our challenge fabric. The 3 Sister's Choice blocks on the bottom row are the challenge blocks. Plus we had to beg, barter, or steal some fabric from 3 of our quilting friends. I think I have all 3 of those fabrics in these blocks. So if worse comes to worse, and I don't get finished, I can put these 10 blocks together and still meet the rules of the challenge. I wanted to make my blocks with bright colors on a black background. Several years ago I was collecting a block of the month posted on the Internet done that way and it really caught my eye. I'm not sure were the pattern is right now and doubt that it had any Sister's Choice blocks in it. I decided to just make up my own layout.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Bonny Baskets was the 2004 block of the month at jeanneraecrafts.com
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Last week The EVQG had quilt camp at the Civic Center. We had lots of fun. There were several class, plus we worked on our own projects. I wish now that I would have signed up for the tote bag made from the pet screen and the bucket cover classes. I did do the other tote bag class. There was also a class for a very cute, but quick and easy quilt.
This is the tote bag that I made on Thursday. It went together real easy compared to some that I've made. I may still try to make the bag from the pet screen. I bought some Friday when we were in Lowe's, but I got the insect screen. I haven't unwrapped the roll yet, but am hoping it will work just as good. I'd better make it pretty soon, before I forget what it is supposed to look like. It will pretty well be my way, anyway, as I don't have the directions. I also bought the Simplicity pattern for the bucket cover Friday. I'm wanting to make the 5 gal. size. I didn't realize that it was included in the pattern, if I had, I might have signed up for the class. The ones the ladies made in class were for the 5 qt. bucket.
The main project that I worked on at quilt camp, were these little bags for the Civil Air Patrol. I made around 40 of them.
I did managed to start a scrappy star quilt that will be a wedding present.
I got this red basket filled with fabric and a hand made card from my daughter for Mother's Day. She scanned some floral fabric I have in my stash and printed it out and then cut out the flowers, rescanned it and printed it out on the card stock.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Friday, March 9, 2007
The top on the right is the one I made this week. I made it from the left over pieces from the other two, plus a few I had to cut to have enough.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
I'm not sure if I like the bright setting triangles. I'm thinking it will look better once I get the next border on. I had a little miss-hap with the iron when I was pressing the first border. The water spewed out of the iron and caused the red to run onto the border fabric. I had to take one of the triangles off and then replace the border on one side. The red is one of my hand dyed fabrics. I Thought I had rinsed them out good and heat set the color in. I guess the color ran because the water in the iron was so hot.
Friday, February 16, 2007
This one I didn't take to guild. It is a Row Robin I did with another on line group I was in. I haven't finished it either. I want to add another row. The row I made is the next to last row. I machine appliqued mine with invisible thread. Everyone else did hand applique. I really enjoyed working on every one's. Everybody had a different theme for their top.
Monday, February 12, 2007
I finished this scrap quilt over the week-end. I call it "Abstract Squares". It is the first quilt on the Grace frame. I used my Bernina to quilt it as that is all I have to use. It did pretty good. It sure made the quilting process a lot easier. I look forward to quilting many more quilts on it. Maybe I will even get good at it.