Thursday, April 28, 2011

Gearing up for Local Quilt Show

Here is a stack of quilts prepped for the guild quilt show this weekend. I have one more to add to the stack...but forgot to grab it before I took the picture!
And here is my challenge piece all ready to go. I used beads and a clock kit to embellish it. While the pink is washed out, you can see the quilting in this picture, so this is the one I'm sharing :) The hands of the clock came only in brass and the hands disappeared into the quilt, so they are now painted black with the second hand in silver to match the beads. I had fun with this challenge and have the added benefit of a new clock for the sewing dungeon!

If you are in the area, come visit the Country Charms Quilt Guild's 12th Annual Quilt Show in Cochranton, PA. The show is held at the High School on Saturday from 9-4 and Sunday from noon-4. There are already some great quilts registered, so there will be plenty of eye candy! Add in some great vendors and meals available from the band boosters and you've got a great day out! :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Swap Blocks on the Design Wall

Today I have swap blocks up on my design wall. The Swap (as I mentioned in an earlier post) is for man-friendly blocks/fabrics.

I have a recipient in mind (a graduate next year), but no idea as to where I am going with this design-wise. I think I'll be make a couple more blocks to finish it up somehow, 
just not sure how many until the design gels. I know I'll be adding sashing as I think sashing is essential in sampler style quilts, to give the blocks breathing space so you can appreciate each one :)

What is on your design wall? Check out more at Patchwork Times.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Working on the Father's Day Ties quilt...

I'm marking the quilt top. I find it boring to mark quilt tops. 
That is why I usually freemotion quilt in all over designs. 

This quilt begged for a more traditional look than I usually do.
It begged me to mark it before I started quilting, 
so my lines could be consistent.

I'm hoping to be quilting on it tomorrow and binding it by the weekend.

What are you working on?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Packing for a Swap

do you ever participate in block swaps? I do, though not as often as I did. I used to join every one I saw...and the postage about did me in!

Now I'm a bit more choosy in which swaps to take part in. And I try not to do more than one at a time (keeps me from getting too confused!).

I'm packing envelopes to send off in a Manly Man Swap. In this swap we made 12" blocks that are man-friendly. So the colors are not at all feminine :) And we shied away from floral blocks.

I made Antique Tile and Clay's Choice blocks. I worked totally from my stash, that is why they are not all the same fabrics. I used two different greens in the Antique Tile blocks and a variety of "fire" colors in the Clay's Choice blocks.

Now to design a quilt using 14 12" blocks :) EQ7 - here I come!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Design Wall Monday April 18

on my design wall this Monday is my I'm a Fan of Father's Day (Ties). I think the top is finished. As it will not be something easy to wash, it will need to be a wall hanging size and if it gets more borders, it will be too big :)

The backgrounds of the blocks all came from men's shirts and the sashing is chambray, so it COULD have come from a man's shirt.

I'm now trying to figure out the quilting design. I think I know what I'm doing in the sashing, but I'm still not sure about the blocks themselves. If you have any ideas, please share!

For those who are interested, I just finished the quilting on the challenge piece that I showed last week. The Army Guy and I were just brainstorming about how to make the rest of my ideas for this little quilt work out. Next week it might all have come together (I hope!).

For more design wall inspiration, check out Patchwork Times!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Nobody's Perfect is finally finished!

Using fabrics from Obnoxious Fabric Swaps, the quilt Nobody's Perfect (Even Fabric Designers) has been completed. I even sewed down the binding by hand (and I avoid hand work if possible!).
 The quilt finished up at 76" X 92" 

The girls said I should call it No Thanks, YOU Take It as they both can only see the obnoxious fabrics, not the overall design of the quilt.

I am not sure if you can see the quilting. I quilted a running floral design in the white and just did the rounded outline thing (does it have a name?) in the rest of the block.

For those wondering, the block is a traditional Arkansas Crossroads block.

It is up for vote in The Quilting Gallery's weekly quilt contest, this week the theme is Scrappy. Please head on over there and vote for my quilt!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Design Wall April 11

I put the Father's Day Ties blocks back up. I worked on more of the wedges last week, but now have to cut more and cut the quarter circles for the corners of the blocks. I also figured out that I need to cut a couple more background squares.

The pink block is new. It is for our Guild Challenge. We were each given the Clock fabric and the guidelines say that it has to be under 20" and embellished. I have an idea of where this is going, but I'm stumped on how I'm going to quilt it. If inspiration doesn't strike soon, it'll be a basic quilting design as I still have a couple other design dilemmas to puzzle out on how to get it work.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I have been doing SOME sewing...

 Over the last couple of weeks, I sewed up two different purses for myself. The one on the left is a backpack purse...I find them comfortable for long days of shopping. The one on the right is a modified Coming and Going Bag by That Darn Kat. I changed it up in that I really wanted a long strap so I could wear the bag across my body, rather than tucked under my arm.

I also added a couple more inside things to help me keep (somewhat) organized: two more pockets and a loop with a carabiner for my keys.

I modified the backpack purse by not using the drawstring, but putting snaps inside to hold the top closed. I found the drawstring awkward and the snaps pull it in and change the whole look of the bag! (sorry no pictures)

 Here are six ribbons done for our guild quilt show that is coming up at the end of the month.

Sorry about the bad color quality! I just realized my camera settings were WAY off and I can't retake the ribbon picture as I've already got them packed up to go to guild tonight *sigh*

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Life Science...SO Glad the Army Guy Has Been on Leave!

I have delegated dissections to dh. Today was a sheep's heart with the Boybarian...


The Army Guy was all excited about discovering the different areas of the heart and comparing them to the diagrams in the textbook.


The Boybarian, not so much. He kept complaining about the smell of the preservative.

I am SO glad that this is one task this homeschool mom can pass on to the dad!