Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goal update- End of Year

1. Finish Aster Manor quilt. I finished this and gave it to my mum. It made the long trip to India. 
2. Finish Martinique quilt. A wonderful spring/summer quilt. Will make an appearance in a few months. 
3. Piece Flag Day Farm quilt. Didn't get it done, but it is one that I hope to finish quickly in the new year. 
4. Get all disciples in Last Supper done. Almost.
5. Bind table toppers finished last year. I really enjoyed making the table toppers. I have a kit for another one I need to get done. 
6. Sew one article of clothing. I am so proud of myself for making my wrap around skirt. I wore the skirt several times last year and will again this summer. 
7. Continue with Layer Cake Quilt Along. Love this quilt. Loved the blocks, but especially enjoyed the camaraderie of the quilt along quilters. 
8. Start and finish Split Decision quilt. This didn't work as well as I hoped. The blocks work individually, but they don't work together. 
9. Start and finish Christmas quilt. Completed and gifted. Never did get the tree skirt though. There is  always next year
10. Fig and Plum layer cake something quilt. Need to finish out that binding! I love Jenny's quilting on this. This is going to be the perfect spring quilt. 
11. Skinny Strips Quilt using Prayer Flag jelly roll. Top turned out really well. I bought the jelly roll way back in January and finished it out in December. Pretty good turn around for me. 
12. Fresh Cottons jelly roll something. Have backing fabric as well, but no pattern of choice yet. 
13. Patchwork Squared Solids Quilt Along. Learned to say no and glad I did. I do now have a stash of Kona Cotton yard cuts. 
14. Star Sampler quilt. Turned out horrible! Just awful. Need to find a better fabric combination. 
15. Batik quilt. Such a pretty quilt that I don't know why I can't finish. 
16. String quilt. I love the concept, but I didn't have enough scraps and kind of at a standstill. 
17. Stash busting. My stash is stressing me out.
18. Yo Yo strips quilt. I went through all my fat quarters and kind of stopped. It is a fun way to pass the time while watching TV.
19. Fat Quarter Shop Block of the Month. Six months behind!!!
20. Quilt Along. I had two quilt alongs that I didn't go with for goal 20. The Chasing Chevrons may make a reappearance.

My main goal for 2012 is to scale back. I have too much fabric and too many patterns. I am a crafting hoarder. It isn't good and I am not being a very good steward of the blessings God has given me. I feel overwhelmed when I see my stash. This is a hobby and sometimes I forget it is. I look at other blogs and I feel like I am not being productive enough. I have other commitments and like I said before this is just a hobby. So Happy New Year! I hope 2012 is a good crafting year for all. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Something to do in 2012

This was in my mailbox today when I returned from Christmas.

This has been sitting around waiting for me to get to it. I am SIX months behind. I've only done one block.

I was going to get the finishing kit for the quilt, but I was cheap and didn't want to pay full price.Well, I missed out and they sold out of the finishing kit. They do sell the finishing pattern so I picked it up when patterns were 30% off during the 'Twelve Days of Christmas' sales. I am actually kind of pleased I didn't get it as a kit, because now I can pick and choose my fabrics. Now to get the blocks done.


I have a Google Alert for the title of my blog and this showed up today. It is a poem written by 'Just a stupid kid' from Poetfreak. I was not familiar with Poetfreak so I looked it up. It is a place to "write and share your poetry".

dating (rough draft)

they've stolen my realities
perceptions filled with technicalities
that parade in my head
drown out surroundings
trample my thoughts
and deSEEve

all isn't what it seams
the seamstress doesn't discriminate
so i meditate to contain the goddess
dwell in my mangled thoughts
and nurse them
i dare not say i forgot

purple haze when i close my eyes
king mino's labyrinth
the maze
the nourishes land, body and soul
that which comes from hard work and toil
mustn't spoil

so i waste away
trapped in a god forsaken system
where those who hurt are not victims
it's her creation
for she weaves the fabric of love

what a sight to see
alas such intricacies
like any efficient machine
it spits out those in need
all in the name of increased speed

all woe is her
as well as joy

where is my seam ripper?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Quilting Christmas

1. A Rowenta iron
2. A gift certificate to the Fabric Shack
3. Butterscotch and Roses honey bun

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

"Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?"

"Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights please?"
"And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them. And the glory of the Lord shall round about them. And they were so afraid. And the angel said unto them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people, for unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior, which is Christ the Lord, and this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes laying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men."
"That's what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown."

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Second Friday Night Sew In

Binding to be done!

Edit: Not totally finished, but with all the Christmas movies on this evening should get it done.

Saturday, December 10, 2011


Ta-dah!! This has been hanging over my head since October. I don't know why I didn't finish this up a while ago. I love it. I think it turned out super well and really showcases the fabric. The proportion between the print and solid works really well. I think I said this before, but this may be a repeat pattern.

The pictures aren't that great, but it was cold and I was in pajamas. Looking at the pictures I love this quilt! This may be just for me.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Two Friday Night Sew Ins!

Linda said she pronounces it 'fin-see' and now I do too. I have missed the last couple ones, but I am going to make the time for at least one this month. There are two FNSI nights- the 9th and the 16th.

Maybe I will get my tree skirt done. The tree is up, but not decorated. The deal was Emily was going to come over and I would work on the tree skirt. Our schedules just haven't worked, but this was an email exchange from a couple months ago where I blamed her for not having my tree skirt done.

Why am I so bare?
I am so unfinished.
My stand needs to be comforted and warmed.
Alas, I have no skirt.

Oh Christmas tree
Do not frown
You will be dressed and warmed
Before snow is on the ground

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Fabric purchases

It isn't a lot because I held off and didn't go overboard, but here it is.

This is the spun silk. I wanted the colours to be coordinated which took a lot of discussion. I also wanted it to be super bright because I felt that is reflective of India. We love bright colours. We don't know the term 'muted'. I got a meter a piece, which is a smidgen over a yard (1 1/8th). This was the same fabric my sister purchased for her napkins, so I get additional colours in about a half a yard.

These were impulse buys. I just liked the colours. The blue is actually more purple in person and the red has an orange cast to it. The gray is wonderful. That is my favourite out of the lot. I guess the gray contradicts my earlier statement about muted colours. It is absolutely gorgeous. I got two meters each of this. No idea what I am going to use it for. My sister suggested an Americana quilt for the blue and red.

This was another impulse buy. I bought the end of the bolt. I got 1 1/4 meter for the price of 1 meter. It is zari fabric. Zari is usually on the borders of saris and can be gold and silver. The value of the sari goes by depending on the amount of zari and the material used. This is just some form of synthetic zari. Gold on a cream background. They had other colours for the background, but they were a bit too ostentatious. I didn't know it at the time, but it goes perfectly with the gray.

Oh, I forgot to take a picture of my sari. Oh well. I got a navy blue sari. It is pretty. I am going to cut it up.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Quilting folk like colour, right?

There is a completely legitimate reason why I don't have pictures of my fabric. I can't find my camera. It is somewhere. I had it when I downloaded my trip pictures and that was within the week, so it couldn't have gone that far. Anyway, I do have trip pictures to share, so I am going to do that.

One of the days of our week long trip, my family and I went to the village. Friends of ours do medical mission work about a 3 hour drive from the city. It was a really fun trip.

Tangent- If you haven't heard of the Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild, I suggest you become familiar. It started meeting last spring/summer and it is a great group of very creative people. We meet every 3rd Thursday of the month. At the meetings there is a tip section, a speaker, show and tell and most important of all snacks! If you are anywhere in the Des Moines area I suggest you check it out. Some people drive all the way from Waterloo and Cedar Rapids area. It is just that good! Anyway, I am speaking at the March meeting on March 15th. My topic "Traditional Indian Design in Modern Quilting". Since I am speaking, I am holding off on some of my pictures from the village trip.

My sister wanted my niece to get glass bangles. We used to have glass bangles grouping up that we played with. We never actually wore them, but they were part of our display when we played shop. We couldn't find them in the city, but on the drive I kept an eye out. Sure enough, in one of the small villages on the way I saw a tiny shop with glass bangles. We had my dad pull off quickly and my mum, niece and I hopped out. I think my niece was a little overwhelmed. There were bangles on display, but there were tons of boxes in the back as well. My mum told her she could pick three sets. I was kind of glad because we could have been there a long time otherwise. I got to weigh in with my choices, which she politely ignored. In the last picture in the lower right hand corner you can see the picks. A limey green that I did not care for, a bright blue and a multicoloured set. She had to try on the bangles to make sure they fit and I had to show her how to hold her hand to make sure they went on. It was a very fun way to create a niece- aunt, grandmother-granddaughter memory. Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Goal update- November

9. Start and finish Christmas quilt Going to my sister as a Christmas gift. She saw it in my car and wanted it.
10. Fig and Plum layer cake something quilt Still waiting on binding.

11. Skinny Strips Quilt using Prayer Flag jelly roll This has to get done soon because I need the guest bedroom back.

15. Batik quilt Trying to finish before the end of the year.

17. Stash busting No busting, just accumulating.

19. Fat Quarter Shop Block of the Month Checked my mail and I had yet another block. I have done only one and I am now 5 or 6 behind. I just need to sit down and do them all.

20. Chasing Chevrons Quilt Along I haven't started yet, but the layout is super cool. I have most of my fabric, but still need some solids.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fabric store trip

I just realized I didn't take any pictures, but there are some in a previous post. I traveled to India with my sister and two of her kids. We arrived on Friday around 9:30 at night and we were at the fabric store at 11 o'clock the next morning. We went back there three times! I don't have pictures, but I will try to describe the shop.

Madhar Sha is a well known fabric store in Madras (Chennai). It has been around for almost seventy-five years. OK, I just checked and the shopping bag says since 1938. There are four floors and each floor is specific to a fabric or fabric use. The basement is filled with cotton solids and silk blends used mostly for choli sari blouses. The first floor is the men's department with all sorts of fabric for shirts, pants and suits. School uniform fabric is also on this floor. The second floor are saris of every kind imaginable- silk, cotton, polyester, beaded, embroidered, plain. The third floor has something on it, but we didn't make it up there. I think furnishings maybe?

There are thousands of bolts in the store. The pictures in the previous post shows that. As a customer you don't get to touch the bolts. They are behind a counter and there is someone to help you for every department. You request the bolt you want to see and they will hand it to you. While that may seem restrictive, it really isn't because the men are very, very helpful and have a lot of experience and knowledge.  Oh, that's an interesting thing- there really aren't any female sales staff. Most of the time, people are looking for a colour match, so they hand over the fabric swatch or sari that needs to be matched and the man behind the counter picks several colours for you to decide from. If that is what you want, they will cut your required amount. It then gets moved in a pile by the checkout and when you are done with all your choices you find your pile. No waiting at a cut counter because it is cut immediately after you decide that is what you want.

I wanted silk, but real silk can be pricey. I went with spun silk which uses the cocoon 'leftovers' and the broken cocoons. The poor man behind the counter was sick of us because we would say "Can we see the blue?", he would point to one blue and we would say, "No, the next one. The next one. No, one more", to get to the one we wanted. My niece enjoyed weighing in on my choices and she was a good little colour consultant. I didn't go crazy buying. I made a conscious decision to get only what I could use. It is very easy to get carried away and I didn't want to be greedy.  Well, my sister got it in her head that she could use the fabric to make table linens, specifically napkins. She wanted them to be 20 inch square. Fabric is sold in meters in India so 20 inch squares with seam allowance is a little over half a meter. She had to buy a full meter. Very unfortunate for her but wonderful for me. I told her I would take take her scraps. My mum was a little suspicious of my math, but 20 inches= 51 cm. My sister wanted a set of 12 (varied colours) so I made out like a bandit! There is some overlap between her choices and mine, but I added about a half dozen colours. She drove the poor man more crazy than I did. Everything gets drug out when my sister is involved. Since we were there on a Saturday morning, it was busy filled with women shopping with their saris looking for matching fabrics, but he was very patient with us.

We went back another day because we were looking for a silk sari as a gift. We went through several different types before we decided on a Kancheepuram silk. That was a very enjoyable experience. I got so carried away with picking it out, I went back for the third time and got a cotton sari for myself.

I apologize for the very wordy post and lack of pictures. My words can't do justice to the experience, but I hope it shares a bit on how things work on the other side of the world. Pictures of the purchases in a later post. I'm still running only at half speed.

Monday, November 28, 2011


I went to India. I bought fabric. I will share stories when I am not jet-lagged. I apologize for this message not making much sense, but now you know what a delirious person's blog looks like.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Chasing Chevrons quilt along

I don't need a new project, but I loved the sketch and decided to join the Chasing Chevrons Quilt Along over at That girl. . . that Quilt. The timeline is to get it done before Christmas. Yeah, that isn't going to happen, but I am hoping for New Year. Take some time off work around Christmas and get things done. Today's post was about choosing fabric. I wasn't familiar with the site Design Seeds, but it is pretty cool for choosing a colour palette. I think I am going with solids, so I need to look through the site or visit Lowes and look at paint chips. Need to decide what size I want to make.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival- Fall 2011

Ah, the naivety of a new quilter. I had pieced one throw-sized quilt and a table topper when last summer I started on a twin sized Double Irish Chain quilt. I used the Time for a Chain book which was a great book and just a good resource as well. Had options for single, double and triple chains and various sizes. It is an older book that I found at my local Half Price Books and that added to the appeal of the project.

I had no idea what I was signing up for. In hindsight, I am glad I was clueless because I may not have taken it on. I went online and ordered Kona cottons in Kansas State colours at the request of a friend. He went to KState and decided on the colour scheme- Black, Medium Gray and Mulberry. Interesting how college colours look OK when used for athletic gear, but hideous for quilts. Still can't get Purdue to work. I hated the colours the entire time I was cutting and piecing. While it was a large project, cutting strips and chain piecing made it a lot more manageable. My piecing skills were far from perfect so I made more blocks than needed and used the best for the quilt. I didn't realize it at the time, but using solids is considered modern and now looking back I love the use of 'modern' solids with the 'traditional' Irish Chain.

Well, hated it while piecing and hated it while it laid on the design floor. Even my friend was skeptical when he saw the finished top. BUT then I handed it over to Jenny. BEST. DECISION. EVER!!! I hadn't met Jenny in person (just knew her sister), so I wrote her a note saying that I hated the quilt top and she could just do whatever she wanted. She worked some incredible magic. She took a very flat and boring quilt and gave it dimension. I found it very hard to part with it once it was done.

I am glad I gave it away, because it has been much appreciated and much loved. It has been used for just a year and already has quite a few stories to tell. I know it will be treasured for years to come. I just talked to my friend and he said he still loves it. "It is a great quilt. It turned out really nice. I could tell Karen put a lot of time into it. It will definitely be an heirloom."

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Goal update- October

9. Start and finish Christmas quilt The quilt came back from Jenny and it looks lovely. The tree skirt is not done and I will say it again- it is ALL Emily Mae's fault. 
10. Fig and Plum layer cake something quilt This turned out SO well. I need to finish out the binding.

11. Skinny Strips Quilt using Prayer Flag jelly roll  Laying out and half done, but need to finish.

15. Batik quilt Still not done.

16. String quilt I am not starting anything until I finish up other projects.

17. Stash busting Yeah, I am not busting. After this post I had planned on getting on Fat Quarter Shop and ordering Halloween fabric on sale. 

19. Fat Quarter Shop Block of the Month Now 4 months behind!

20. Moose on the Porch Quilt Along I didn't join in and I am glad I made that decision. Too much stuff going on. I am watching the blocks showing up and they are lovely.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thoughts of Christmas already?!

So I don't have a tree skirt yet and I hold Emily Mae solely responsible, but I do have the Christmas-esque throw done.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Ready for spring

I love this quilt top! I love how I hand tops over to Jenny and she does wonders with it. Each block has a flower quilted into it and there are different flowers in each. Oh and the pieced back lined up perfectly so the flowers are centered in those blocks as well. How fortuitous is that?!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Read the instructions

I worked on the Skinny Stripes quilt and it turned out great. I laid it out to stagger the strips and wondered why it was so wide. Something didn't seem right. Well, it was because I hadn't trimmed the jelly roll strips. I had cut off the selvages, but the strips needed to be cut down to 32 1/2 inches. That is a good 10 inches less than my strips. So, I get to rip one side out and sew the strips again. I do love the colours and I've learned a good lesson on reading instructions even when it seems like a ridiculously easy quilt.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Motivated again

The quilt went out today with a card and Cadbury bar added. Mailing that out has motivated me to start sewing again. I was in a slump, but I so enjoyed the moment of mailing the quilt off that now I want to sew and share again.
So, here is the next project. I am moving on to the Prayer Flag Skinny Stripes quilt. I saw the pattern last fall in American Patchwork and Quilting. I like the simplicity of the stripes. I saw the same pattern again last weekend at the AQS show. It was used to demonstrate different quilting patterns; each stripe had a different pattern.
I am using chocolate brown for the background. I purchased the jelly roll from Green Fairy Quilts. They are really cheap and it arrived fast!!! I am taking the easy way out and going with the colour gradation of the jelly roll. I unroll and start sewing. So I am off to sew.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Care package

A couple days ago my mum sent an email requesting I send my 10 year old niece a card or a little something to cheer her up. Pre-teen drama. Well, I knew the perfect gift. Remember this quilt from back in May?! I went ahead and tied the top instead of quilting. I like the way it turned out. A mix of the current with the past- a tied wonky log cabin. I finished up the binding a few minutes ago and took a couple pictures while I was trying it out. I will make it to the post office tomorrow and send it out. I hope she likes it.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Goal update- September

8. Start and finish Split Decision quilt Blocks all done, but REALLY need to lay out blocks.

9. Start and finish Christmas quilt I finished another Christmas-esque quilt, but this one I am going to turn into a tree skirt. There is a long story that accompanies the project that will become a future blog post.

10. Fig and Plum layer cake something quilt Handed it over to Jenny yesterday :)

11. Skinny Strips Quilt using Prayer Flag jelly roll My chocolate brown jelly roll for this quilt.I know I can finish it quickly; I just need to hunker down.

15. Batik quilt Emily can't figure out why I can't finish it either. I really need finish it before Christmas.

16. String quilt So I have an idea for a string type quilt with some fat quarters I picked up at the AQS show.

17. Stash busting Nothing added fabric wise, but I have added patterns.

19. Fat Quarter Shop Block of the Month Still 3 months behind, but I finished my first block. It looks lovely. 

20. Moose on the Porch Quilt Along Still no fabric and the first block is already out. I need to figure this out quick!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Second half of the weekend

I blogged about the first half of the weekend and the second half was just as enjoyable! Emily came over yesterday and today to work on her deer project. We both cross stitched and talked and enjoyed the lovely weather. We both work in the same field and our summers are very, very hectic. Things have slowed down for her as well and we are taking advantage of the free time. So here are our updates.


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Road trip

My friend and I took a quick road trip up to Decorah over the first half of the weekend. We went up to the Seed Savers Exchange for their 6th Annual Tomato Tasting and Seed Saving Workshop. It was a lot of fun, but the funny part is that I don't like tomatoes. I don't put them on sandwiches; I eat BLs not BLTs. I don't care for marinara either, but I do like pizza and fine with pizza sauce. It all goes back to an unfortunate incident growing up involving tomato soup. Anyway, I got into the spirit of things and tasted all the tomatoes (over 30 varieties). Some were good and some were not. More than anything, they were pretty.

Megan from Canoe Ridge Creations is from that area, so I asked if there were any good quilt shops in the area. She recommended Pine Needles. Lovely store!!! It was large and airy and wonderfully arranged.They had a great selection of batiks, watercolours and solids. I held back because I knew I was headed to the Seed Savers, so I only walked away with just a Fig Tree Clover pattern and a spool of Aurifil. This is my first spool so I am excited to try it.

Here are some pictures from the trip. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Goal update- August

I was looking at the goal updates and there is no July. That is reflective of my sewing and blogging this summer. I haven't done much. The weather will turn in a few weeks which will lend to more sewing time. Work has slowed down and in the last week I have been able to knock out a quilt top. I am going through my stash and planning out the next couple projects. I need to clean things out. Tastes change and I have fabric from a year ago that I am not interested in anymore. I also need to start the sewing circle again. It is fun to sew and gossip.

3. Piece Flag Day Farm quilt Well, I have till next spring.

7. Continue with Layer Cake Quilt Along Backing fabric needs to come on sale.

8. Start and finish Split Decision quilt The problem is the layout. I can't seem to make it work. I need to figure it out.

9. Start and finish Christmas quilt I think I'm turning it into a tree skirt.

10. Fig and Plum layer cake something quilt While it took forever to finish, it ended OK.

11. Skinny Strips Quilt using Prayer Flag jelly roll Haven't started it yet.

12. Fresh Cottons jelly roll something Same thing as the the Prayer Flag quilt. Backing fabric ordered and arrived. $4 a yard.

14. Star Sampler quilt Dropped. 

15. Batik quilt This is the strangest thing. It is on my sewing machine. I switched sewing machines because I just didn't want to finish it. I don't know what it is. I have the border fabric and the blocks are cut. I just need to sew them together. Just don't want to.

16. String quilt Need to work on a few more blocks.

17. Stash busting Nothing major added, but haven't really cleaned out. I keep adding on for projects- like backing fabric or background fabric.

18. Yo Yo strips quilt I went through all my fat quarters and kind of stopped. It is a fun way to pass the time while watching TV.
19. Fat Quarter Shop Block of the Month I am three months behind, but I LOVE the fabric and the blocks.
20. Moose on the Porch Quilt Along I need to pick my fabric. Most participating are stash busting. I think I may go with something that isn't me at all.

Monday, August 29, 2011

A well needed break

Today I took the afternoon off and took an intro to paper piecing class. I enjoyed it, but it is a lot of work. I can see it being useful for high precision, but a lot of folding and cutting. I do like that you can use fabric without cutting pieces or worrying about bias. And no measuring!!! They were having a Farmers Wife paper piecing class tonight, that may become a club. I am interested, but I am being responsible and not committing to yet another project.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


What?! A mid-week post? Things have slowed down VERY much at work, so I can actually sew during the evening or weekends. I have been talking about Christmas quilts since last summer, but I still don't have a Christmas quilt. I saw the Grace layer cake at the quilt store and since it was on sale I decided it was my civic duty to buy it. I am using the same Quartered Nines pattern that I used for the Pashmina table topper. It is easy and I am enjoying just sewing without stress. I am hoping that this does get done before Christmas.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Stars Quilt Along

Konda at Moose on the Porch Quilts announced a new quilt along today- stars and fat quarters. The Layer Cake Quilt Along was a lot of fun. Apart from a finished quilt top, I met a lot of fun people.

The big question now is what fabric line. Suggestions? 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

A finished top and even a back

I have finally finished the Synchronized Squares quilt along top and for the first time a pieced back. I am a month and a half past the deadline, but it is done.

The top is below average sewing. There was a lot of tired and angry sewing. I switched the background fabric. It took forever to finish, but I have a feeling though that this is going to be a well used quilt. I like the pieced back. Apart from looking nice, I don't have four random blocks laying about. There isn't much overhang for two of the sides though. Sorry, Jenny!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Can't do it all

So in my previous post I said I was going to join another quilt along. I did some cleaning up today and I shouldn't start another project. I have too much fabric already and at least 6 different half done projects. My third block for the Fat Quarter Shop BOM showed up in the mail today and I haven't done even the first. It wouldn't be responsible to start another project.
I have been working on my Synchronized Squares quilt and should have the top done tomorrow. It hasn't been as fun as I thought it would be. I think because I didn't finish it with everybody else. I figure it will be a good every day, muck about quilt.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Trying stars again

You know something isn't working when your 6 year old nephew says it looks ugly. The 6 year old kindly told his mother he didn't like my yellow and gray star sampler. Since that didn't work, I am giving it another go with a star quilt. I am joining the Stars Quilt Along over at Happy Quilting. Fat Quarter Shop is the sponsor and they are offering 20% off Melissa's fabric of choice- Joel Dewberry's Heirloom. I loved Modern Meadow, but I never got around to getting any. The resulting quilt is a queen sized top which intimidates me, but I am going for it with the Citrine colourway. Let's see if the 6 year old approves.  

Sunday, August 7, 2011


I wish I took better fabric and quilt pictures, because this picture doesn't do the fabric justice. My mum brought me this fabric from India. I love the greens. And the oranges. And the blue/purples. And all of it. My parents visited me a couple weeks ago. Work was crazy and I think we saw each other for only five hours over their three day visit. I haven't decided how to use the fabric yet, but I am going to pre-wash and be ready for when inspiration strikes.

The Iowa State Fair starts this week. I can't wait. I plan on eating my weight in unhealthy food. This year's target is Red Velvet Funnel Cake with Cream Cheese glaze.

I was downtown yesterday and saw the sign for the AQS show this fall. It is scheduled for September 28th through October 1st. Is anybody coming in for the show?

Slightly rambling post, but I am tired.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Slowly making progress

This week's update- the squares moved from the table to the floor.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Not much to look at

This was all I got done last night, but I feel SO much better. I worked on my Synchronized Squares quilt. The quilt along ended 3 weeks ago, but I am still plugging away. I didn't get much done. All I did was sew the layer cake squares onto the background squares and get them cut up. Then I went to bed.