Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Technical Difficulties

I was trying to post some new things but my picture hosting site is not working right now. I will try again to post things this weekend. The good news is I get a whole day of sewing tomorrow to get some things finished. I hope to have 2 quilt tops finished by the end of the weekend. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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Sunday, March 28, 2010

What a busy weekend

I have been working my tail off this weekend. I am trying to get some of my Works in Progress (Wips) done. I have finished my Stars on Point. It was a class from last fall that I missed the last session and never finished the quilt. Here is a Pic:

I needed to clean off my design wall so I could layout my Dresden Plate. Here is the center portion. It also needs a blue border around the entire quilt.

I am also trying to play catch up on my Mystery quilt. I have step 1 and 2 done but 3 and 4 aren't finished. Here are my pieces:

I am also working on my Civil War Tribute Quilt from Homestead Hearth in Mexico MO. I am way behind. I have 1 block finished on month 1 but have 3 months worth to catch up on. Here is the first block.

I am working on borders for my Thea's Puzzle (Amy Butler Free Pattern) Strip club pattern, borders for my Log Cabin (courthouse steps really), and both the main and kaleidoscope blocks center for my Day and night quilts. Hope to have pics of the finished projects soon.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Block #51 - Nearly Insane

Block #51 - This is the Yahoo Group Challenge of the week. I procrastinated on this block because I wasn't for sure how the outer anvil border went on. I simplified it and added two sides, then added the other two sides. I also changed the color scheme a little and made the anvils and posts the same color. I love the X look to it. I noticed after I took this picture that the block was a little large and I had no seam allowances. I had to take off the outer triangle units and trim down the anvil border strips. After I did that I had enough room for a seam allowance.

Progress this week

I have been working on quite a few older projects this week trying to make some room for new ones. I have finished the two different kaleidoscope blocks (half with purple, half with blue), and am pinning together to make a middle. I have finished all of the main Night and Day blocks and am pinning them for a middle. Here are the pics of the finished kaleidoscope blocks.

I have also been working on my Dresden Plate quilt. Here is one of the red blocks. I am over half way through completing the red ones. All I have left is to put the ric rack on the bottom of the blades.
Here is the beginnings of a Jo Morton snowball/nine patch doll quilt. I just have 16 more nine patches to make.

I have also been trying to keep up with my Farmers Wife and Nearly Insane Samplers. As well as working on previously mentioned Autumn Crossing which I have named Indigo X, my Mystery quilt, Civil War Tribute Quilt Block of the Month (only on month 1, just 2 months behind), and a class quilt top I need to finish called Stars on Point. I have been a very busy girl. I will try to get some pictures of the above mentioned projects in the next week. I would like to get Stars on Point, Borders on one of my Strip Club quilts, and my Kaleidoscope center done this next week. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Block #33 - Nearly Insane Quilt

Block #33 - I really liked the yellow/orange I used in the last block, so I decided to use it again in this one. I think it turned out great.

Blocks #15 and #72 - Farmers Wife Sampler

Block #15 Buzzards Roost - I had to rip this one apart and redo it. The first try, I had about 2 inches difference in size between the sides and center portions.

Block #72 Railroad - This is a very busy block, but I really like it (even though the photo turned out funny).

Friday, March 19, 2010

Blocks #5 and #71 - Farmers Wife Sampler

Block #5 Bat Wing - Freezer Paper Template and hand pieced. I don't really like the points and the way they match up when you hand piece. I don't think they are as sharp as machine piecing.

Block #71 Puss in the Corner - Rotary cut and Machine pieced. I miscut the long rectangles, but otherwise, smooth as silk.

Block #74 - Nearly Insane Quilt

This is block #74 from the Nearly Insane Book, Challenge of the week for Blog Nearly Insane Quilt. I am a little disappointed because some of my points don't match up, but it turned out okay. I even used Thangles, but the half squares still didn't turn out quite right. Oh Well, better luck next time.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Quilts in progress

I am working on several projects right now that I switch back and forth on. Here are a few of them:This is "Jo's Little Women" "Autumn Crossing". These pieces become......

These blocks. I love how such a small amount of fabric make some spectacular things.

This is a block from my Dresden Plate I am making. It is from a book called Thoroughly Modern Dresden by Anelie Belden. I also used the Fast 2 Cut dresden blade template ruler. I loved them both. The ruler was well worth the $12. I used Sulky Blendables to machine blanket stitch the fans down, then put on the white ric rac. I will post pics of the blue and red blocks when I get one of each finished.

I am also working on Eleanor Burns Day and Night quilt. The book comes with a special template. The template makes this quilt super easy. Here is the main block (above).

This quilt eats fabric like no tomorrow, but you get these extra blocks that you can make 2 different other projects. I am actually going to combine them and add a couple of fabrics and make another twin sized quilt.

Block #46 - Nearly Insane Quilt

I am so proud of this block. It is my first COMPLETED ON TIME block of the week ever! Go me, yeah!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Blocks #1 and #8 - Farmers Wife Sampler

Block #1 Attic Window - I kind of messed this one up a little. I decided to drink while trying to use freezer paper templates for the first time. Mistake! I ironed the freezer paper to the right side and traced everything on the right side instead of the wrong side. You can see the tracing marks and they were hard to sew together. At least I learned why you do it the other way.

Hint/tip of the Day: Buy 18" freezer paper and cut it to 8 1/2" by 11" and print the templates on your printer. Way faster and more accurate than tracing everything from printouts.

Block #8 Bouquet - I used templates and hand pieced this block.

St. Patricks Day Outfit for Hannah

This is my daughters St. Patrick's Day outfit. There is a cute story that goes with it. My four year old daughter (Hannah) comes home from my sisters house one day rambling about a green dress. She then tells me the only green outfit is her blue with green writing and she didn't think it had enough green to not get pinched. I just kind of chuckled and told her I would make her a green dress. I opted for an outfit instead. Here it is.
The cat wouldn't get out of the picture. Her name is Quattro. This pattern is a Newlook pattern #6333 and I made a size 4. I learned not to use such a small binding ever again! It is a double fold 1/4 inch finished size. What a Pain! The top is fully lined and the bottoms are just a simple pant.

Block #2 - Nearly Insane Quilt

This is my Nearly Insane block #2 redo. The other one was 3/4 inch too small, oops.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Nearly Insane Quilt

I have also started on the Nearly Insane and Just Plain Nuts Quilts. I really seem to like the little 6" blocks. I have joined the Nearly Insane Yahoo! group and follow two blogs (Nearly Insane Quilt and Nearly Insane Fans). I love looking at all of the different block pictures.

Here are the two blocks I have finished so far:

Block #1

Block #2 - This block turned out a little wonky as you can tell in the borders. I am in the middle of redoing this block in a different color way. Hope to post it in the next week.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Farmers Wife Sampler

I have been working on a Farmers Wife Sampler. It is a quilting book written by Laurie Aaron Hird that has over 100+ six inch blocks in it along with a CD that has printable templates. I love working on this project. I also belong to the Yahoo group called Farmers Wife Sampler. They are a very helpful group and the pictures are also very helpful.

Here are the blocks I have finished so far:

Block #2 Autumn Tints

Block #4 Basket Weave
Block #6 Big Dipper

Block #10 Bowtie

Block #26 Cut Glass Dish

Block #61 Northern Lights

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