Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Anyway, I like to share this amazing true story of the 7 quilts found at the dump at Penny's blog! Click here for the story, but before you go, lest you forget to come back because you're amazed by the story, please read about my Summer Breeze.
I loaded another quilt top that I made last summer, Summer Breeze, onto Dolly for a second "real" quilting. Thanks to the help of Mrs. Goodneedle, this was a breeze (couldn't help myself - :oD) to load unlike the CC quilt.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Yesterday, we went outside to get a photo of my Carolina Crossroads quilt with the help of those doxies. Let me tell you, it was no easy task getting photos with two little dogs and a little girl playing, jumping on and hiding under the quilt. We took quite a few shots of the quilt, but there are only two that I think that I might be able to use. I can't decide which one to post to the QuiltvilleChat group. Won't you help me?
Photo 1 - Serious
Photo 2 - Funny
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I needed to get a photo of the quilt with me in it to post to Quiltvillechat Group, so we went outside to the backyard to take the pics in the natural sunlight. Ohh... it was a fun photo session! There's nothing more exciting for those little doxies than laying out a finished quilt. The session went something like this.....
Look! Mom is putting out her quilt! Let's go jump on it!We're tired of playing on the quilt... let's play soccer...get that ball ... get that ball ...
It's mine! It's mine!!Mine turn to kick the ball...Ha... forget the ball! I found something... is it a bug?Forget the bug! Mom turned the quilt over ... let's jump on it again!Now... it's nap time.... zzzzzzz.....Tiger wonders what's all the fuss...Stay tuned... tomorrow I'll post the photo of me and the quilt.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Here's the next block of Pinwheels and Posies BOM by Beth Ferrier, Double Pinwheels. For those who don't know, my colorway is different than Beth's. I fell in love with this brown/pink fabric collection when I first saw it and had to use it.
There was a minor error in the cutting instructions, but that was easy to fix. This block sized to 8 1/2" unfinished, and I was happy that it actually came out to that exact size. I didn't have that accuracy for last month block. The only difference I did with this set of blocks was that I used sizing on the fabrics before cutting. I think that helped with piecing the block accurately.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thank goodness for quilting. It always made me feel better after I spend sometimes with the sewing machine. I do have some quilty things to share from the last couple of days but have to get the photos together first. I'll do that this weekend.
Here's what I did over Spring break... I quilted Carolina Crossroads, a real quilt instead of practiced muslins on Dolly. The only quiltings that I'm good at right now are meandering and loopy stars. I would love to do Baptist fans like Bonnie, but that's not in the card.... so loopy stars it is. The binding got attached earlier in the week; I just need to sew it down to the back. Oh ... I pieced white and black fabrics for the back.
One of the things we did over Spring break was went hiking at the California Citrus Park with Sweetie Pie's girl scout troop. The girls learned about hiking and safety issues. This photo was taken on top of the hill overlooking the palm trees and citrus trees. It was a beautiful day for hiking.
We hiked through the trees and learned a bit of history of the park, saw many different kinds of citrus trees, and hiked back down to the park. There, at the park, we found beautiful wisteria arbors ... had to take some pictures, of course. Ms. Nancy,the leader, and some of the girls in this shot.
Close-up shot of the wisteria, isn't it pretty?
For this day, Sweetie Pie received a patch of California Citrus State Park for the back of her vest, a Hiker badge for the front of the vest, and a safety pin to add to the vest also.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Between cleaning out the closets, laundry, gardening, spring cleaning, and hanging out with the kids, I did managed to work on more of Dear Jane blocks. I'm happy to said that I'm all caught up with the DJ group.
These are the blocks I worked on for the last few days.
Here are the 12 assigned blocks. The top photo is Batiks ... that top left corner block is a bit dark so I might redo it with different color, but for now, it's done. The bottom photo is Reproduction fabrics.
Monday, April 7, 2008
On the other hand, handpiecing this block, B-4 Chris's Soccer Field, was not so simple. Some of the pieces (like the white part) finished at 1/4"! Handling these tiny pieces were no easy task! This little block took me two nights of TV time to finish.
And if you have any other tip on using the PNS, please feel free to leave me a comment. I love to learn more...
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
This DJ block is paper pieced. It's quick and easy to work up in no time at all.
M-10 Simple Simon
Yeah!! Another quick and easy block! I'm getting close to catching up with the Dear Jane group (with the Batiks blocks anyway).... just one more then I'm up to speed.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
B-3 Mirror Image
The block on the top is in Batiks and machine pieced. The bottom block in Civil War reproduction fabrics is handpieced. Having done these little curved blocks both ways, the handpiecing is much easier to piece. I'm machine piecing the Batiks blocks because the cloth has a tighter weave and harder to handpiece. However,....
D-3 Jason's Jacks
I still like to do needleturn method when it comes to applique. My favorite applique method is the back basting. Click here if you like to learn more about this method.