Tuesday, May 25, 2010

On the design wall...

The Primitive stars applique blocks are complete.  Here they are up on the design wall.  One row isn't lining up sashing wise so I will need to take it apart and redo.  Then it is on to the borders!  I am not to sure about what to do yet - It is already rather large so I think the borders will be simple before this quilt grows any bigger.

BTW - I did get the friendship blocks quilt done and will post it soon.

Friday, May 14, 2010

I am visiting Stash Manicure today...

I was invited to be a guest blogger for Stash Manicure (http://stashmanicure.blogspot.com) so the bulk of my post is over there It is a great and inspiring blog and I was thrilled to post!

PS - I got the friendship blocks up on the wall:
This quilt is getting really exciting!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Friendship block comin' out!

We were going to move, but then the situation changed and now we are not. But when we were, one of the small groups I am a part of made me blocks and even though I didn't move they gave them to me anyway. Here are a few waiting to go on the design wall...Aren't they awesome! I've got to add some sashing, black with yellow cornerstones I think.  This is my next quilt in my get the works in progress to tops personal challenge.  This will make number 6 for the year woohoo! I am on a roll!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Small group challenge

My small group meets weekly at various member's homes.  We quilt, knit, embroidery, shop hop, eat and gab. We frequently challenge ourselves and this year the challenge is to finish, finish, finish!  We all have a lot of WIPs (works in progress) and we want to finish them up.  A WIP is any project where fabric has been cut. Patterns, fabric, or ideas don't qualify, you have to have actually cut fabric.  So here is my list of WIPs:
  1. Arizona Beauty - needs border
  2. Turquoise and brown batiks - fabric cut
  3. Koi and lotus - needs border
  4. Triple 9 patch - needs border
  5. Floribunda baskets - applique blocks
  6. Primitive stars - applique blocks
  7. Friendship blocks - sashing and border 
  8. Brown Paisley - fabric cut
For me, I have decided to finish them to the top stage for 2 reasons.  I have a limited mount of room to store quilts and, since many of these don't have a home yet, I am going to wait to complete them until they have a destination. And 2: Time; I don't like constantly switching from piecing to quilting on the same machine - I want to sit down and piece, or quilt without all the adjusting. So these will wait until I have a dedicated quilting machine or until I save the funds to have them long arm quilted. So to get got up, here are the first 3 done for the year.....
Teal and brown batik - I have been collecting these beauties for several years and had the Hip to Be Square pattern all picked out. I will have to practice my picture taking!

This has been in the works for years. I paper pieced the flowers and then got stuck on the border. I want to quilt koi swimming behind the flowers, in pink thread so they really stand out. Unfortunately, my machine quilting  isn't good enough yet to create what I see in my head - I will be doing a lot of practicing before I quilt this. I plan to quilt the koi out into the borders and bind in the same pink and black floral that is in the blocks.

This is a New York beauty pattern from Valorie Wells. I made it a little bigger and opted for a simple border. The original has a plaid border but everything I tried just made the quilt seem too busy to me. I decided to go ahead and quilt this one soon so it will get posted again when it is truly done.

A new beginning.

I had a blog some time ago and it just wasn't working for me. So I took some time, looked at blogs, read some how to stuff and now I am back with my quilt journal Mother's Day 2010.  My goal is to post bi-monthly, posting pics of my WIP and Semi-finished projects, and flag ideas. I am trying to look at this as my quilt scrapbook, rather than a blog.  So I begin.....