Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Quilt Classes

Well I know I am bad I haven't posted in forever.  Good think is that I have been taking some quilt classes.  Just finished one with Lyn Mann.  Let me tell you if you ever get the chance to take a class from her do it.  The quilt looks really good and the technique isn't that hard.  Well I haven't assembled the thing yet.  Reason ...Y seams.  Why is it that all good and fantastic looking quilts have those things in them.  I hope I can figure out a way to avoid them, but I have a feeling that I will have to bite the bullet and just do Y seams.  Let you know how it turns out.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sorry so long

Life has kinda hit me for one we had to get the house required.  Yep one of those things, just didn't know that the house didn't have a ground wire anywhere, I am so lucky nothing caught on fire.

As far as quilting I have been very busy for one I finished my mom's quilt, I tried another more complicated quilt and finished that one and then trainwrecked another one which will be cut up to make pillows out of now.  I decided that since I am a beginner quilter I would sign up for another class and hopefully my skills will improve.  In the meanwhile I will work on a few UFO's and finish some beginner quilts.  Someday I won't ruin some.  Due to having to redo some quilts my stash is growing.  UGH!!

So here are some pics for your enjoyment.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Moms quilt and a learning process

Well I finally finished my moms quilt and it is ready to be sent to the long arm quilted. I got a lot of compliments regarding the use of greens in the quilt, everyone oohed and Ahhed over it. So I thought I could do the same monochromatic theme with a different pattern, so I set off to use a peach tone for the new pattern. Well that was a complete craft fail because the entire block wound up looking like one giant blob on peach and didn't even look anything as nice as my moms quilt. So back to the drawing board with that idea. Maybe I should try pinbasting my brother Dennis's quilt and finish that one off instead for A while. That ought to help bring my self esteem up a bit.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New machine

That's right folks I traded up the Emerald Viking that was worthless for a Viking Sapphire 875 quilt.  I am loving this machine, it does everything I wanted a machine to do.  I am glad I did it.  Even though I am going to have to make payments on the thing for a year, but the payments are doeable.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Haven't posted and there is a reason why.  Some of my family came out over the Memorial Day Weekend.  Spent lots of time with my brother and his two kids.  Saw Pirates of the Caribean in 3D, it wasn't as good as the original movie but okay I guess.  Then the next day off to Claim Jumper for lunch and then 3 games of bowling.  Needless to say I was very tired. 

I did give my brother the quilt for his daughter Kearra.  And I found out today that she loves the quilt.  Which is a good thing and one the reasons why I love quilting.  Got a block done for the Quilting NewBee's group, and I did something wrong and it wound up wonky (not done on purpose) but the queen bee for this month said it was fine although I do plan on doing another one and have it better than this one...

then I got a mug rug completed for the Mug Rug Adventure swap that I am involved in, here is a sample of it since I cannot show the entire thing until my partner gets it.

  So I guess I am busy.  I hope to get my brother and his wife's quilt pin basted so that I can start on the quilting.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Most of neices quilt done and list of favorite things

So I realize that I am a newbie quilter and am just learning but loving every minute of it.  I am in the home stretch so to speak regarding my neices quilt.  Here is just a short example of what I have done with it from the backside only because I am doing previews of the process for my sister-in-law and don't want to spoil the surprise until it is totally finished.  So sorry that you only get the back view.

Also on the favorite things list.  Don't know if my mug rug secret partner reads this but I figure I would drop some hints.  I picked up a Debbie Macomber book today and I love this author she writes so well it is unbelieveable draws you right into the story right from the first few pages and keeps you wanting to read more.  Highly recommended.  Other than my love for sushi, I picked up to teas that were on sale and my favorite such as English Breakfast Tea and Earl Grey.  Also couldn't resist a Starbucks gift card as well as a quilting magazine.  Am I addicted or what. 

Went today to my favorite quilt store and of course some bolts jumped into my arms (hey it can happen) so I got more fabric, then off to my other quilt store around the corner (yes competition) and got more quilt related stuff.  (I really need to stop but I am loving it too much)

Well I do need to get back to the quilt, I am hoping to finish it by this weekend.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fabric rant

Why is it that when you find a fabric that you absolutely love and realize that you are short of enough in order to finish a project that you find out that the design has been discontinued.  I was making binding for my neices quilt in order to finish it was looking fantastic too and then realized that I was short on it.  Grr!  So off to the fabric store only to find out that it has been discontinued and if I really wanted it the material would have to be special ordered and would be double the price.  Like WHAT!!  Now I have to refigure the binding issue and make it look like it belongs to the quilt.  I am so irritated it isn't even funny, I was near the end of the project too.