Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Another Sailboat Quilt

This went together real easy and fairly quickly. I think it is very cute. It is a Quilt in a Day booklet by Eleanor Burns. The name of the pattern is Pinwheels & Rectangles. I also bought her booklet, Tossed Nine Patch when her sister spoke at our guild on the 24th. I'm working on that top now. I'm using the 5" charms that were supposed to be for another quilt that EVQG swapped charms for a couple of years ago. I just never go around to making the top and decided to use the charms for the Tossed Nine Patch.

Finally finished step 6 of the Quiltsville mystery. Here is the quarter star block.

Now I'm on step 7 and working on the last block, a 9-patch block. It will probably take me a while to get all 25 of them done. Especially since I'm doing them as beginners and enders. The only reason I started the Tossed Nine Patch top, was so I could try to get the mystery blocks made. I need to stop piecing tops and start quilting them.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Let's Go Sailing

The "Let's Go Sailing" quilt top is finished. I think it turned out cute and will make a good quilt for a little boy.

I don't know when I'll get a chance to quilt it. Soon I hope. I need to get the 4-patch and Friends quilt quilted first, so it can go to its new home.

I finished the half star blocks in the Quiltville mystery part 6.

I just have 4 quarter star blocks to do next. Then I can move on to the final step, and hopefully have the top completed soon.

Today I want to do the next step of the mystery that EVQG is doing. It is a quick easy step, just make 5 strip sets from the med. dark and dark fabrics. I think these will be used to make 9-patch blocks later. We may be going to visit friends this afternoon, so don't know if I get a chance to layer the 4-patch and friends quilt or not.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Challenge quilt and More Flowers

The EVQG challenge quilt is finished. It isn't due until June, but I wanted to make sure it was done this year. Last year I finished a stream lined version of what I originally planned and didn't get it quilted. It still isn't quilted.

This year's theme is "Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Lets make a row quilt.

Some more flowers bloomed. So I took some pictures.

I think the yellow one is an Iris, but I'm not sure. The Burgundy one is much darker in person. Think the light was too bright to get it's true colors. Plus, I don't think it is all the way open yet. I've got some blue Iris opening up too and maybe another Burgundy one.

I'm working one part 6 of the Quiltville mystery. I've completed the 16 star blocks and am currently putting the half star blocks together.

I'm really wondering what this scrappy version is going to look like when it is finished.

My current project is going pretty fast. It is easy, but cute.

I still have to add the borders. It is named "Lets Go Sailing".
This morning I bought two king size battings. I running low and have lots of quilts that need to be quilted. This after noon, Sandra and I went to see Sandy and take her some food. She just got out of the hospital today. She is doing great. At first we feared she may have had another stroke. It turned out to be irregular heart rhythm and the doctor is working at adjusting her meds.
Tonight Patricia Knoechel is our guest speaker at EVQG. She is a very good speaker and will bring us up to date on the latest of Elenore Burns books. I look forward to hearing her talk. She is always fun.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Two More Quilts Finished

The other two Giant Uneven 9-patch quilts are finished.

This one is for AQG community service. This is the one I was quilting on the frame when my Bernina decided to go on strike. I haven't had the heart to check it out yet.

This one is "Kittens at Play" and I'm keeping it This will be the girl quilt for my daughter's gift giving. My next project will be to make a quick and easy boy quilt. I grid quilted it on my little gem. I also quilted my Challenge quilt for EVQG that is due soon. It still needs the binding. Maybe I can at least get started on it this evening.

Saturday, April 19, 2008


The first Iris has bloomed.
I would like someday to use this photo to make a quilt. I've never done anything like that and would really like to give it a try. Maybe one day.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Another Community Service Quilt

The last community service quilt for EVQG is finished.

The label still needs to be attached and then I can wash the three quilts I've done for this year and then they'll be ready to turn in at the May guild meeting. I made three of these tops, the fabrics are just switched around. They are very quick and easy to do.

My Bernina is broken. I was nearly done quilting the second of the three giant uneven 9-patch quilts when it decided not to sew. It was doing fine when I ran out of bobbin thread. I put in a new bobbin and now it won't sew. The motor hmms, but that is all. Guess I'll have to get it off the frame and look at it. Hope it isn't anything serious. Now just isn't a good time to have to pay for major repairs or purchase a new machine. Thank goodness there isn't much quilting left to do on the quilt on the frame. I can use my Janome Gem to finish it. I don't know how I'll get the other quilts quilted. The little Gem is really too small to quilt more than a small wall hanging. The Bernina is the only machine that I have that I can use on the frame.

Monday, April 14, 2008


The duck quilt is quilted!. I worked on it most of the day Saturday and had it nearly quilted. Finished on Sunday and then loaded a charity quilt on the frame. Unfortunately the quilting on it didn't go as smooth as the duck quilt. The tension which was fine for the duck quilt, wasn't fine for the other quilt. I changed thread for it. I had to rip the entire first pass I made out and do it again. It is now finished and another charity quilt loaded on the frame. Hopefully I'll have time to do it tomorrow. There are several tops I want to get quilted and am devoting this week to getting as many tops quilted as possible.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


The duck top is done. I think it turned out nice.

Now to get it on the frame for quilting. I've kind of started. The top of the backing fabric is pinned on. I think I'll use a dark olive green thread to quilt it. Maybe that is what I'll do today.

I also need to find the pattern and fabric for another quilt. Think it is called"Wandering Star" or something. A couple of years ago the EVQG had a class taught by the quilter who wrote the directions for the quilt, but all we did was pick fabrics for the first part of the quilt. I've never done anything else with it. At our quilt camp in May, one our guild members has volunteered to help us with the tops, if we need help. So, thought I'd try to find what I did with it and start on it and see if I'm going to need any help. I remember it being in a basket in the kitchen, of course it has now been moved to my quilting studio. Just glancing around I didn't see it. I've got lots of stuff in baskets, I like baskets.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Time to Plant the Garden

We went to Lowe's this morning and got tomato and pepper plants for the garden. Paul is making tomato cages and then he'll plant them. I got two geranium plants and put them in hanging baskets for the front porch, a parsley plant, I've got some herb seeds also , for a small herb garden. I also got a feverfew plant. I was going to plant it in the garden to ward off insects, but after looking in one of my herb books, it says it wards off mosquitoes and moths. Think it would be put to better use on the front porch. The other vegetables, he is stating from seed. Hope our garden does well.

I've got all the duck blocks made. Now I'm working on the sashing.

I'm using a dark kind of turquoise blue for the corner stones. I think it will look very nice when it is finished, very outdoorsy and suitable for a 16 year old boy. I'm really enjoying this project now that I got started on it. Guess I was just dreading all the planning and figuring out what to do with the duck panels.