Thursday, February 26, 2009
I mailed off the quilt this morning. It is expensive to mail a quilt, especially when you insure it. Then I wen to Wal Mart, all before going to my bee meeting. I enjoy getting together with the ladies. I finished the binding on a baby quilt and started on another.
This is a "Quilt in a Day" pattern that I bought last year when Patty spoke to our guild. She will be here again this April.
After the bee meeting I went to Dollar General store to get more plastic storage bins. Last week they had the shoe box size bins for $1.00. They were out today. They had the sweater size bins for $2.50, so got two of them. I plan to use them to store my shirting strips in. The bigger ones look like they'd hold two layers of strips. I still have 2 of the smaller ones that I got last week. Guess I'll wait until I get all the strips cut to see which size works best.
My daughter has been trying to talk me into getting a laser printer. It is a little cheaper to print each page compared to my ink jet printer, about 1 cent cheaper per page for the black ink and about 3 cents cheaper for color pages. But.... I just don't thing I could afford to replace cartridges at $80.00 for black ink and $200 for the 3 color cartridges. That is a lot of money to come up with at one time. It is hard enough to come up with the money for the regular ink cartridges some times.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Think I'll make a list of the quilts that are waiting to be quilted. I'd like to get them quilted this year. There are around 10 or 12 of them.
The binding is ready for both quilts, I just have to get it sewn on and then hand stitched down on the back. I need to get that T-Shirt finished this week.
I also got all my strip sets made for the Strip Twist quilt, or I hope I do. I tell myself, this is it, I'll add more borders if I don't have quite enough blocks. I even have them cut into 6-1/2" squares. Now to cut those squares on the diagonal. Then they will be ready to sew together as my beginners and enders when I start my next project. So I'm actually also working on another item on my list.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
This is Helen's Blooming 9-Patch. I still have to get the borders on mine.
This is a Bonnie Hunter patter, "Crayon Box", that Barbara made. She suggested it as a quick and easy quilt for our community service project.
The above two pictures are the Eight Strip Table Topper that the ladies made at this year's retreat. Bev is also going to teach the class at our quilt camp in April. I'm planning on taking the class.
Monday, February 16, 2009
This is a transfer from a book of labels I have. This is only the 2nd one I've used and I've had the book for several years. The labels aren't permanent unless you draw over the lines and color them. This is what I did this morning. Now to get it on the quilt before tomorrow night's guild meeting. I want to take the quilt for show 'n tell.
This is the finished quilt. I got the directions for the letters from Tonya's Alphabet pages. I think this is one of the cutest scrap quilts I've made so far.
I still have to sew the binding down on a community service quilt and practice quilting with the clear polyester thread. Then I can get started on my list.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
01. Quilt T-Shirt quilt
02. Bind T-Shirt quilt
03. Make Curtains for spare bedroom
04. Make Pillow Covers for spare bedroom
05. Piece Log Cabin quilt
06. Quilt Log Cabin quilt
07. Bind Log Cabin quilt
08. Finish piecing EVQG Mystery quilt
09. Piece blocks for Strip Twist top as beginners & enders
10. Quilt Seth & Courtney's quilt
11. Bind Seth & Courtney's quilt
12. Quilt Simply Squares quilt
13. Make AQG Challenge project
14. Make EVQG Challenge project
15. Make 2 Tote bags from McCalls Quilting magazine
16. Finish UFO tote bag from a couple of years ago
17. Make Purse
Hope I can get all that done by the end of May. That's all the quilting/sewing projects that I want to do RIGHT NOW. It seems like I no more than get a project planned and two more come along. My goal for this year is to get all the quilt tops quilted that I have laying around. There are around 12 tops I think. Two of them made this list. Hopefully most of the projects won't take more than a day or two and I will get them all done.
Friday the Needle Turner's Bee met. Dot brought the Cathedral Windows quilt she has been working on.
It is so pretty. Makes me want to make one. There is supposed to be a class at our next week long sew in. I'm planning on taking it.
Here are the rest of the ladies in our bee.
There are six of us when we are all there. We meet once a month.
I've got a file cabinet and small book case to move today from the pool table room to the spare bedroom. I'm quickly running out of space for everything.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Tuesday was the AQG meeting. Lots of ladies brought show N' tell. Here are a few of the quilts.
Terry made this quilt from exchange blocks the guild did a few years ago. Maybe some of my blocks are in there.
Sandra made this quilt. I really like it, but she is sick of looking at it and is giving it away.
Phyllis made this quilt for her son.
There were lots more great quilts shown. We also found out what our challenge will be, "What Color Is Your House" We have to use at least 2 colors that start with initials from our name. It must be a quilted item, and include a house that measures at least 3" in size. I'm thinking about taking a picture of my house and printing it on fabric and making a wall hanging. We have to the June 9th meeting to get it done. I also have the EVQG Challenge to do yet.
Wednesday I went shopping and that evening helped Paul put the new felt on his pool table. The lady I'm making the T-shirt quilt came by with the backing, batting and binding fabric.
Today the Paradise Piecers met. We decided to buy 12 twin size battings for the EVQG community service quilts. Sandra and I will go buy the batting tomorrow. JoAnn's has packaged batting 50% off.
Monday, February 9, 2009
On top of all the running around, I have lots of things to do around here. Paul painted the spare room on Saturday and now I'm in the process of moving back in most of the stuff I moved out when I needed the room as a bedroom. I can't use Paul's room as a computer/junk room any longer. He wants his room back. He got a pool table and wants his billiards room.
Finally, the T-shirt quilt top is finished. The lady is supposed to bring the backing, batting and binding fabric over Wednesday afternoon.
I'm a little nervous about quilting this with the clear polyester thread. I've never used it on a long arm before. As I haven't had my long arm that long, I'm not real crazy about the idea of messing with the tension. I'm afraid I won't be able to get it set back right again. Before I can quilt this though, I have to quilt the community service quilt that is already on the frame. I hope to start it today. But then I've been saying that for the last 3 or 4 days.
I started the Super Bowl challenge quilt, from quiltsville blog. I made a few blocks and found out right quick that I didn't have enough. I'm in the process of making more strip sets. But I'll have to put that on hold until after I get the quilting done. I'm hoping to do the strip twist quilt as my beginners and enders as I work on other projects. I have until Sept. or Oct. to finish it.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
This is what I've done so far.
I noticed that Quiltsville has a little Super Bowl challenge going on. Wish I'd seen it sooner. Think I still will go ahead and see what I can get done today. I've got lots of 2.5" strips already cut that I can use. Guess I'd better get started.