Friday, December 31, 2010
The quilting has definitely taken off. I finished two quilts completely. Both are being used and I like that I am not just bundling them away. I pieced two new quilts that I have ready to send off to be quilted by Jenny. I branched out to table toppers. The one I finished I will definitely be using next summer. I joined my first quilt along and have learned how to relinquish control a bit. I do have two UFOs, but that isn't that bad. I am working on one right now, so it isn't that bad.
I've met new quilters and discovered the online quilting community. There are some very creative people out there!
The goals for next year are to scale back on fabric accumulation and actually use the patterns and fabric I already have. I hope that next year I start actually quilting and not just piecing. Oh, and finish the Last Supper cross stitch.
Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Is there a top and bottom side to Warm & Natural?
Yes. The side with "flecks" (plant and leaf particles) is the top side. The whiter side is the bottom side. If you iron a quilt or wearable made with Warm & Natural, press with the top side toward the iron and make sure your iron is on a low setting. If you make a white quilt consider quilting with Warm & Natural bottom side up."
Friday, December 17, 2010
ALL wrong! So I ripped off the sides and flipped the triangles around. I had to undo one side again because the points were off. I don't know about anybody else, but I make sure I sew through the seam intersection of triangles to make sure I get the point.
The final version has a couple seams a bit off, but I am too tired right now to rip it out yet again.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
The block wasn't the easiest to work with. I am glad I had some experience with half square triangles, but even with that I did double check that I had sewn it right before I cut them apart. For the most part my points turned out ok, but the straight squares are off. Go figure!! I did unpick and sew them again, but I couldn't get them to work. I gave up. Oh well!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Edit: The pie was delicious! I would make it again. The hazelnuts held up really well against the sweetness of the sugar and corn syrup mixture.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I, Karen, pledge to talk more about the processes, even when I can't quite put them into words or be sure I'm being totally clear.
Friday, November 12, 2010
I am glad I listened. Flannel shrinks and frays!!! I expected some shrinkage and some fraying, but not like this. Somebody mentioned increasing the seam allowance to a half inch and I am definitely doing that.
The quilts are for baby girls, so the fabric I chose are pink, floral and green. They are really pretty fabrics. I am using the And Baby Takes 3 pattern from Teacher's Pet. The quilt store recommended it as an easy baby quilt pattern.
While I was at the cut counter another lady was getting flannel as well to make blankets for babies in the neonatal unit. She said that they take some fabric and make hearts for the mothers. The mothers wear the hearts so their scent wears on the hearts and they place them with the babies when the mothers have to leave. I thought that was really neat.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
My fabric arrived this morning and I started right into Block 1 for the Layer Cake Quilt Along. I did make a conscious decision to try and make the contrast work; I folded up the fabric squares to make sure.
For the first two squares I trimmed off the pinked edges and that wasn't a good idea. Those pinked edges are included in the 10 inch measurement and so I was a smidge off (1/16th of an inch) with some of my measurements. By the third square I had figured out to keep the pinked edges. There was also the option to add an applique circle in the middle square. I decided to go for it. I have never done applique of any sort before. I used a zig zag stitch, but apparently my tension was off because the fabric puckered. Ooops.
I thought the block turned out pretty well, even though the middle block did skew things a bit. There is a flickr group and when I look at the other blocks, I wish my block was more crisp. Maybe by the end of the quilt, I will have the crisp look down. Can't wait for the next block pattern to come out.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
It is a Layer Cake Quilt Along from Moose on the Porch Quilts. There are contests during the process and people post pictures of their blocks as they make them. The first block pattern has been posted and people have already posted pictures of their blocks. There are some awesome fabric selections and colour combinations. There is a button on the side that links to the Quilt Along.
I'm a little nervous on how it is going to turn out because I am a bit of control freak and I won't know what all the blocks are in advance. I will have to pick each block's colours without knowing the pattern of the next one. This will be a good exercise in learning how to not over think things. Not sure if that made any sense!
Will update when the first block is done.
Monday, October 18, 2010
So this past January I started over completely. I didn't really care for the colour of the previous fabric, so this time I went with plain white. My goal was to finish it in a year and a half- at least one disciple a month. I started with gusto and then I burned out. I am starting again because TV shows are no longer on re-runs and I can't quilt and watch TV at the same time. I can cross-stitch and watch TV at the same time, even with a blanket on me. So I will update every 2 weeks or so to show progress. So far I have done all the clothing of the disclipes on Jesus' right. That is Bartholomew, James, Andrew, Judas, Peter and John. I've cut it a bit close with the border on the edges, but it should still frame well. So here's hoping I get a lot done this winter.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
This past week Des Moines hosted the American Quilter's Society quilt show. There were competitive quilts as well as some exhibition quilts on loan from the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY. The best part of course were all the vendors and seeing all the quilt patterns, tools and fabric that is out there.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
P.S. Got the fabric at the Fabric Shack. Love their sales. Still half price shipping.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
It is HUGE. She is using 18 count Aida and it is still going to be almost 2 feet both ways. There are 24 pages of pattern. That's Emily in the background.
So to keep her motivated, I am blogging her progress. Emily colours in the sections she has done to keep track of where she is at. You can see the small patch of colour in the middle. Hopefully that grows rapidly. Estimated date of completion: 2013. Seriously.
I have my own project that needs to be kept accountable. I will get around to talking about that.