Month: August 2007

What I have been working on this week.

I know I haven’t been blogging much the last few days.  That’s ’cause I’ve been quiltin’!  Got this customer sampler finished.  I didn’t get good pics, and I regret that, but here is a bit of it.


Next customer quilt is a panto.  It’s a lap size with pretty blue & white toile.  I’ll be using Jodi Beamish’s Rosie on it.  But I can’t start it til my order gets here from Quilter’s Dream batting.  I had fun working on the sampler and am glad my customer, also a good friend of mine, liked it.  Now I need to go figure out what’s for dinner….don’t ya get tired of that one???

Favorites Meme

Ok, it’s taken me days and days, but I think I finally have the favorites meme done!  Today, after I got off work, I loaded a customer top.  A “Hidden Star” sampler.  I’m actually very excited about quilting it.  I’m not freaking out nervous!  Can you believe it?   I want to do some fun feathers in it.  First, I have to finish the SID around the blocks for stabilizing.  Then the fun can begin!

A – A-1 quilting machine named Corky!

B – Bears

C – coffee

D – Derek

E – Eggplant Parmigiana

F – Fabric!!!

G – Greg

H – Home

I – internet quilting friends 🙂

J – jerky

K – kitties

L – Libby & Lulu

M – Money!  Lots of it! 😉


O – olives

P – pumpkins

Q – Quilts!!!!!!!!

R – rice krispy treats

S – Salsa & chips

T – toads

U – Upside Down Pineapple Cake

V – Vacation days

W – weekends

X –  Xtra fabric yardage

Y – yards & yards of fabric

Z – zucchini

Finished Mom’s Quilt and Gayle’s Yummy Fabric

I finished the quilting on Mom’s quilt yesterday.  I cannot get a good pic of the whole quilt, without taking it outside, and it’s been too windy.  So, after I get it bound and delivered to Mom’s, I will probably get some better pics on her bed.  I am really pleased with how it turned out, if I say so myself.  I’m not used to feeling that way:-).  The only part I’m not sure I really like is the quilting on the outside border, but I was trying to kinda of match the flowing viney pattern in the fabric. Border and cornerstone:

000_5039.jpg000_5043.jpgThis quilt is big!  The top started at 115″ square.  I think it’s around 113″ after quilting.000_5057.jpg  000_5034.jpg And while we’re in my bedroom, this would be a good time to slip in one of my favorite things, that makes me happy.  My king size pine log canopy bed.  I saw it on a trip to Nebraska and fell in love with it.  DH ordered it after we got home, and surpised me with it for my birthday that year.  I had gone to my parent’s for a 2 day visit, and when I came home, he had it all put together.  I love it!  And him, too:-)!

000_5059.jpgI got a wonderful treat in today’s mail!  Gayle sent me some of her gorgeous hand dyed fabric as my prize for winning her contest on her blog.  It is so yummy!  I love it!  Thank you, Gayle!  I may have to take up this fabric dyeing…as if I have time for another project….

000_5060.jpg  Just scrumptious!  The pic does not do it justice!

Sunday Ramblings

Mom’s quilt is coming right along, and I’m really liking it. I hope to get all the purple areas done today.  Then on to yellow.  000_5021.jpg

Yesterday, I finally got fed up looking at our beaten down, dilapidated, much used and abused sofa.  DH & I took a trip downtown to the local furniture store.  I have a pretty, dark brown leather sofa and chair and ottoman coming.  Woohoo!  I can’t wait til they are here.  He had a sofa and loveseat on the showroom floor, but I wanted a chair, so he ordered them both in so the dye lot would match.  I was hoping to have a sofa yesterday, but oh well, what’s another couple of weeks. 

Jan had this in her blog, and since you get more chances to win by referring others, I am posting it in my blog, also. 😉Sharon Schamber is giving away a quilt!  How cool would it be to win a Sharon Schamber quilt?! All you have to do is sign up for her new network. Click on her name for details. 

Also, I want to give a shout out to one of my favorite blogs to visit.  Carla is a very talented artist and all around good people! Her blog is always a great time.  She can be found at Feathered Fibers.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Quilting in Progress

Yea, it’s finally Saturday!  I love Saturdays!  I tried to take some pics of the quilting in progress on my Mom’s quilt.  I had trouble getting a very good shot, but I think you can see well enough.000_5017.jpg000_5004.jpg000_5007.jpg

I remember, not so very long ago, when I thought I would NEVER be able to do freehand CC.  I am finally getting so much better at it.  Not perfect, but it’s so much better.  I say this, not to be bragging, but as an encouragement to newbies to keep PPP-ing.  It will get better!:-) 

BTW, if you are new at this blogging stuff, if you click on the small pics, or the preview box that pops up, you will be able to see the bigger picture, and can even zoom in. 

Next, I want to play along with Gayle’s quilting meme. 

Here are the rules:

Bold for things you’ve done
italic for things you want to do, and leave the rest normal.

4 patch

nine patch

log cabin
curved piecing by hand
curved piecing by machine
hand applique

hand applique with fusible / blanket stitch
reverse applique [ hand or machine ]
hawaiian applique
machine applique
whole cloth
english paper piecing by hand
strip or string piecing
kaleidoscope or mandala [ not stack and whack]
stencilled quilt
hand quilting

machine quilting
quilted commercially with a longarm machine
3D folded flowers
made a quilt on commission
sold a quilt other than a commission piece
taught quilting at any level
stack and whack
stack and slash
embellished with embroidery, beads, etc
celtic applique / bias work
Amish style quilt
Cathedral Windows
stained glass quilt [ any method ]
had an original design published
written a quilt book
scrap quilt
baltimore applique
sampler quilt
japanese design
foundation piecing
crazy patchwork
silk fabrics
cotton fabrics
woollen fabrics
row quilt
1930s or feedsack fabric

1880s reproduction fabric
tea cosy
item for an animal
hand dyed fabric

round robin
non-traditional quilt
traditional quilt
full sized bed quilt
bag or purse

patchwork or quilted clothing
christmas themed [ quilt, wallhanging, stocking, etc ]
medallion quilt

baby quilt
landscape quilt
participated in a group challenge
exhibited a quilt overseas
made a prize winning quilt
patchwork balls
flannel quilts
alphabet quilt
embroidered quilt

If you want to play along, copy this list to your blog and then follow the rules. (Here is a tip: copy and paste it into a Word document for easier formatting. If you highlight the list in Word, then click Edit, then Clear formatting, it will speed up the process.) Have fun!

Of course, I did not follow the instructions.  I simply copied and pasted from Gayle’s blog to mine, and went down the list.  So if it looks a little messed up, you might want to copy from Gayle’s blog.

Hope you have a great weekend!


Since Jan brought the subject up today, I thought I would blog about toad frogs today.  These would fall in the category of “things that make me smile” or favorite things, a topic started by Ronda.  I was going to do a whole post of things, but haven’t seemed to find time, so I will just sprinkle them out over a few blogs, here and there.  My love of toads is one of the reasons my DH says I’m a simple woman. 🙂  I can sit outside and watch the toads on the patio and be completely amused.  And yes, I’ve taken pics of them.  This one I referred to as Mr Green Jeans, as he was more green in color than the others.  100_0252.jpg100_0254.jpgThese pics are from a couple years ago.  It was a good toad year.  On a good night, I would have around 15 toads on the patio.  I even turned on the light to attract more bugs for them to eat.  Before DS could mow, I would go around the yard, collecting them in a bucket so he wouldn’t run over them.  I know…you are shaking your head right now, thinking, “is she serious?”  Yes, I’m afraid so.  This is a little trait I have that drives my DH & DS a little nuts at times.  And when I comment that I can’t find a particular one, that’s when DH says “are you serious?  You can tell them apart now?”   Sigh….

These cuties are indoor toadies.  I bought this one just because he’s cute and he makes me smile when I look at him.  000_4986.jpg  This one is special because he was a gift from a friend.  She got him for me to put in the yard, but he is so cute, I kept him inside, where I see him more often.000_4985.jpgAnd this one, Dodie the Toad Fairy, is very special because she was made by one of my online quilting friends, Peggy H., from Montana.  I was fortunate to be able to purchase Dodie from her.  Isn’t she too cute?000_4988.jpg

Now then, I think I shall go clean the kitchen up from dinner, and hopefully, the thunderstorm we are having will end, so I can go turn on Corky, my quilting machine!  We just got about three inches of rain in the last 1.5 hours.  I am working on my Mom’s quilt, and had hoped to work on it some right after I got home from work.  But, that’s right when the storm came.  I am having a little trouble with the last border.  It looks a littly “wonky”.  Could it possibly be my piecing???? Surely not! 😉  Oh, I hope it looks ok after I get it off the machine.