Thursday, February 28, 2008
All the blocks are done, now I have to sew them together and put on the borders. I have no idea what I will quilt on this. I might find a partner longarmer through QOV an let her do the quilting. I think this one will be done soon--and that feels good. I bought some skull fabric for the next QOV--a request as well. No accounting for taste!
Posted by Mary at 6:32 AM
Sunday, February 24, 2008
This is the next quilt I'll be working on. I was going to quilt the retirement quilt next, but I got a request for another Quilt of Valor, so I'm working on it. The person who asked for it, has a particular person in mind, and said he would really appreciate something in red, white and blue. This is the Irish Chain pattern I used on the last QOV, but as you can see I have adjusted the colors.
Since I live in a town with lots of military, I have plenty of folks in the area who are deserving. I now have a contact so that I can get them to folks locally.
I'll post pictures as I complete it.
Posted by Mary at 7:26 PM
Monday, February 18, 2008
Finished up 6 quilts in the past 3 days--well, actually I'm counting that I finished them because they got washed and dried today--though I did finish 4 quilts since Friday.
I had three quilts that were just waiting for binding from at least 8 months ago--those are the tetrad-bargello, Irish chain, and curved log cabin. The tetrad and the log cabin I quilted. I rented some time on a handi-quilter 16 and used one free pattern I found online, and another (the dragonflies) that I bought as a stencil. I think I like my quilting better on my home machine. I feel like I have more control--and I know that if I need to stop, I won't have to pay for that time.
I feel great knowing that these are all done. I'll send the three baby quilts off to California tomorrow. The bargello is for me. I used a wool blanket I bought at a surplus store for the batting, I hope it will be warm. The back of the house (where I sit to read) is quite cool in the winter time. We have a wood burning stove to keep it warm, and a two-story wall of south facing windows with a curtain that goes up and down automatically depending on the temperature difference between inside and outside. Sometimes when I am sitting working on the computer or reading it's in the mid 50's, and that's cold when you're sitting still; so, the wool batting.
The log-cabin is only a year late for a birthday present--but then that's what Julie has come to expect over the years!
Sunday, February 17, 2008
These two are finished. I just have to wash them and they'll be ready to go. The brown and yellow quilt, is a Quilt of Valor and will be given locally. The Sunflower and Ladybugs quilt will be sent to California for a great-niece.
Next comes a quilt top that I made for a friend who retired; that was last May. She'll have it before next May!
Here's a preview of that quilt. I don't know what I am going to do for the quilting, but I am going to "hairspray" baste it. I'll let you know how it goes.
Posted by Mary at 5:00 PM
Saturday, February 16, 2008
I have all the flowers quilted on this top. They remind me of sunflowers, so that's what I'm calling them. The intersections of the corners needed something, so as I was laying in bed a couple of nights ago before I fell asleep I was thinking about bees. I looked around online, and them remembered I had downloaded some quilting motifs a while ago from the Quiltmaker magazine site. (They don't seem to have them available anymore.) I looked through them and one was a ladybug that looked easy to doodle so away I went. The ladybugs among the flowers make me smile--so I'm happy to have them.
Earlier I was reading the HGTV quilting forum, and someone had a link to a site for free software for making quilts from photos. It's not the typical mosaic type, but lets you draw your own lines to make a pattern. It's called QuiltAssistant. Here's a sample of a photo I played with in Photoshop elements last year blocked out to piece using QuiltAssistant. I think this will help me get started using my photos to do some quilting I've been wanting to, but not knowing how. I don't think I'll use the templates that the program produces, I'll just use the line drawing as a general guideline as to what the pieces might look like, and about what size they might be. It will also give me a guide as to about what colors I might want to to dye. I've done some dyeing, but I really want to do more.
Posted by Mary at 2:53 PM
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Well,I got the back together for this quilt, (I used John Flynn's diagonal piecing method to save fabric found here toward the bottom of the page.) I just forgot that I had to start with the measurements I wanted the back to be, not the measurements of the quilt top (so it was a little close). I played around some and came up the the pattern you see quilted. I watched the pajama quilter DVD again, and got some more ideas.
Since I've started looking at quilting as doodling with thread I'm good. I can doodle--no problem. It's when I try to make something exactly "this way" or "that way" that I go insane.
Each of the flowers I've done (there are 3 finished so far) probably took about 5-7 minutes. I only have 20 to do, so I should have this one quilted by Wednesday (she says with great confidence.)
I still haven't bought any fabric. I'm going to do my best to keep it that way. I have lots and lots of fabric, and I really want to use it up.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Wow, I didn't realize it had been so long. I've been doing things other than quilting--putting in a tile floor--getting over a cold--that sort of thing. We haven't grouted the floor yet--we only have the entryway done and I want to grout it and the kitchen all at once so the grout color is consistent.
Penny tagged me yesterday and even though I haven't been blogging long I'll do this--
here are the rules:
1. Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post THE RULES on your blog.
3. Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag 7 people and link to them.
5. Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.
facts about me:
1. I lived in Germany near Heidelberg for 2 years and neither I nor my husband are in the military or have ever been.
2. I read for my light entertainment--haven't had TV reception in my home for 14 years (including the 2 years in Germany).
3. I have traveled to Israel, New Zealand, and many countries in Europe.
4. I have 6 siblings, 14 nieces/nephews, 9 great-nieces/nephews and 3 on the way.
5. I own a Prius and get about 46 mpg.
6. With my husband, I tore down a really small and unusual closet in my bedroom (it had shake shingles on it) and built a walk in closet this past summer, and am replacing all the flooring in our 2200 square foot home.
7. I live on 16 acres of pine and aspen in the mountains of Colorado.
I haven't been reading blogs long enough to know if many have been tagged, but when I've done searches of sites most already have been. I guess the geometric progression makes it difficult to leave someone out when the community of bloggers is relatively small. After only 8 "layers" of tagging as many as 5, 764,801 people could have been tagged (7 to the 8th power) so I'll just list some of the folks below I find very interesting reading.
Gone Aussie Quilting
Lazy Gal Quilting
ooh Pretty Colors
Fabric Dyeing 101
Posted by Mary at 7:39 AM