Saturday, May 28, 2005

1/2 Triangle Squares and another Dino

I just spent a full day of quilting with a dear friend of mine! We really got to catch up what was going on in each other's lives. I also helped her get caught up in the mystery. Wed. is the final mystery class. It will be so much fun, we're even having a potluck!
While she was getting caught up, I made another dinosaur block and spent the rest of the day working on making 112 half-square triangles. I sill have half of them to press and then they all need to be trimmed to perfection. I'm doing this for that other mystery quilt.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Mystery Finished, 1/2 Sisters, and Dinosaurs

Wow, I've had a few very productive days! I completed the first dinosaur block for my son's quilt and was pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out.
Yesterday I managed to complete four blocks for my twisted sisters quilt and that gives me a total of ten, which is half of what I need!
And tonight, I completed the top of the mystery quilt I've been doing and teaching. I even added a border, which I felt really tied it all together. I'll try to get a picture posted soon. And I'm hoping to get it basted sometime this week.
I also got a very early birthday present from my mom. She made a beautiful purse out of this amazing butterfly fabric. It is the perfect gift for any quilter. :)
Tomorrow it is back to the dinosaurs. :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Elm Creek Pin and Dinosaur Pattern

A day for new beginnings and wonderful surprises! I needed such a day! I have been so busy with Anniversary celebrations (My husband loves his quilt and doesn't like to share it with me, LOL!) and then a couple of health problems (nothing serious) that I haven't accomplished much of anything.

However, I did find the perfect green fabric and two other fabrics to get started on my son's bday quilt. It can be so difficult to match greens, I feel like God really was helping me out that day... in addition, I even had a coupon for 25% off! I'm just waiting now for Kinko's to finish printing up copies of the paper pieced pattern I designed. If all goes well tonight, I might even get a block done.

I also had a fun surprise. I won an Elm Creek Quilts Camp pin from Jennifer Chiaverini's site. I just adore her books. I've read them all. Right now, I'm reading the latest Earlene Fowler novel. Also a favorite series!

Friday, May 20, 2005

True Lover's Knot Picture

I finally have a picture of my hubby's anniversary quilt to show you. You can't see the variety of fabrics well or the use of the variegated thread, but it does show the overall quilt. Thank you, Jayn, for taking the picture for me. :)
I'm almost finished making the top of the mystery quilt. Only three seams left, seven if I add a border, which I probably will. I won't be working on it this weekend though. I'm going to be heading off shortly to start my anniversary weekend with my husband. :)

Thursday, May 12, 2005

True Lover's Knot Finished!!!

I did it! It is finished. It is in the washing machine right now. My poor hand is so tired from doing that binding. I will admit that when I started this last month, I really wasn't certain that I could get it done. Such a feeling of accomplishment! I have a friend who will take a picture of it on Saturday, so I'll try to upload it on my next post.
My next big task is my son's dinosaur quilt. I need to re-sketch the pattern to be a lot bigger and find and purchase the rest of the needed fabric. But I never start on his quilts until May 22 each year. So, I have a week to work on many other projects... either of my two mystery quilts and maybe more on the twisted sister quilt. But for tonight, I'm done! :)

Monday, May 09, 2005

True Lover's Knot Binding

Well, I actually managed to make the binding last night while the hubby was home napping. :) A little bit of a much needed head start. I'm not going to be able to get anything done on Friday night because I'm going to be participating in an all night walk for cancer. So, hopefully I'll be able to get a little bit more done each night. Tonight I trimmed up the quilt and sewed the binding on the front. Now the long part of hand sewing the binding to the back begins. I'm going to try to get a bit done tonight. :)

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Quilting Finished!!!

I finished the quilting tonight, I don't think I've ever quilted a lap size quilt that quickly. Taking a break until Monday when I'll make the binding. I hope I have enough fabric... when I bought it I didn't realize that I would want it to be the binding too, but it is exactly what the quilt needs! I can't wait for him to see it... I hope I don't give it to him early. ;)

Friday, May 06, 2005

Woohoo... Very Productive!

Wow, what an evening! I made the back, basted the layers, got the thread in the mail, and managed to do half of the quilting!!!! The thread looks even better than I imagined. And I planned out my quilting where the whole thing will be done with only two continuous lines... I did one tonight.
Tomorrow I hope to finish the quilting. Monday I can make the binding. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday will hopefully be all that I'll need to hand sew the binding on. If so, I'll be finished by the 14th and our Anniversary isn't until the 21st.
I was originally thinking of wrapping it up and everything, but now I think I'd rather sneak it on the bed to cover him up the night before so he'll see if first thing in the morning. Now, I just have to figure out how to pack it without him seeing it. We'll be going away for the weekend, I don't know where yet, it is a surprise. He likes us to have everything packed in the same suitcase together. Hmmm.... I guess I'll have to think of something...

20, Border & Finished...

I completed block 20 and the borders tonight... the top is finished!!!! It looks great, but I still worry if he will like it or not.
Now for a few corrections...on the last post I mentioned doing the "binding" on Friday, when I meant "basting". I always mix those two words around! And, silly me, I didn't even allow time to piece the back together... it is only two pieces, but I do still need to cut the yardage in half and sew them together. So, that is what I will be doing tomorrow night, so I don't know if I'll get to the basting then or until Saturday.
The thread hasn't arrived yet, so who knows when I'll be able to start quilting on it. But I guess I don't need to bother myself too much about it until after it is basted.
No cover work yet tonight, but I plan on cutting some squares for a fabric swap. And at quilt class on Saturday afternoon, I'll just get to work freely on that Twisted Sister quilt. I only have three blocks done, but I'm in no hurry with that one. And the week after that I'll be teaching the mystery quilt during class, so no worry about cover work then either. I will only need to come up with something on the nights I'm at home. Maybe more twisted sister blocks since they really are so fast to make.

Monday, May 02, 2005

17, 18 & 19

Well, due to circumstances not under my control, I have fallen behind. However, I have managed to find the time to complete blocks 17, 18 and 19. Just one block left and then the border left to finish the top! If all goes well, that last block will be done tomorrow, the border on Thursday, binding on Friday.

However, I'm not sure if I'll be able to start quilting on Saturday or not. I couldn't find the right thread anywhere, I want to use a variegated thread the colors of the different fabrics. I finally had to order it online this weekend from Hancock's of Paducah. I do hope it arrives on time.

I haven't managed to do any "cover" work, so I'm sure it appears that I'm being very unproductive lately. I am doing some thinking about participating/hosting a fabric swap to make a charm quilt. Using all those different fabrics that don't match and no two repeating, wow, that will really challenge me!