Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Quick post...

I finished another block on Monday for Hailey's quilt, the 2nd of the book blocks. Yesterday I started working on the potions block. It is taking a little longer than I had hoped so I'll post a picture when it's done. But, I'm pleased with it so far.

Had guild last night, so much fun. I even won a door prize. Isn't it cute? It is originally from a quilt shop in Victoria, BC called Satin Moon Quilt Shop. The "bar" contains 8 Fat 8ths.

Pat at The Stitchin' Station/The Quilting Barn in Arlington has asked me to teach a class on "Sunday Brunch". We haven't decided on a day of the week or a time yet, so if you are interested give her a call.

Time to get back to my potions....

Monday, February 23, 2009

Allergies and Migraines

The weather here is driving me crazy....cold, hot,'s having a terrible effect on me. I woke up with swollen eyes and the third migraine in three days! Okay, well, that's enough complaining. I have a very busy week ahead and so much I want to accomplish, no time for negativity.

The fabric for the new pattern arrived and is begging me to "play" with it. But I can't. I have to be loyal and dedicated to my daughter's birthday quilt for now. I finished three of 12 blocks this weekend and would love to keep up the pace of 1 block a day. It's so hard though when the whole thing is supposed to be kept a secret. I have to put everything away and only work on it when she's out of the house or sleeping. I am really excited about this one though and think she's going to love it. I showed you the focus fabric before that's going into the border. The center of the quilt is going to be a book shelf with cubbie like sections. Some will have panels with stars, some will have books and the others will have potions. I have two star panels finished and 1 book section. I hope to get another book section completed tonight.

Last summer, I bought a kit online...something about a Coffee Lovers Mystery International Quilt something or other. Well, it's one of those I want to do for myself. Those always get put on the back burner as I need to do for the kids and the business and the guild, which is fine, just makes it harder to do for fun alone. So, this year I'm determined to do more of the "just for fun" stuff, which was why I was able to do the Thomas in Paris top. On a side note, I now have several tops for myself that really need to be quilted, so that will be something else to focus on at a later time. Back to the Coffee Whatever It Was, I cut up the majority of the pieces and am going to sew this one together using them ONLY as leaders and enders. I've done the L&E before, but eventually switched over to sewing the projects as normal. Not this time around! This is going to be like an experiment to see how long it takes and if I actually can do it. I've already started, as I wanted to start at the same time as I was doing Hailey's quilt. So far I'm pleased with what I've accomplished and it will be interesting to see how much is completed when Hailey's top is completed. Wouldn't it be something if it was completed first? I'll post pics as time goes by...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Happy Tuesday!

I had planned on posting yesterday, but was too busy and too wonderfully exhausted from the previous quilt night and a great Valentine's Day the day before. The rest of my week will be busy as well, so today's the day!

Let's see...oh yes, the new pattern is doing well and I've added to new locations where it can be purchased...Over The Rainbow and Fat Quarter Shop. I just love both of these stores! And on Saturday, in the middle of lunch, I came up with the idea for the next pattern and jotted it down on a paper bag while I ate. I'm going for a softer, sweeter look this time around so I'm using Aviary by 3 Sisters for Moda. The last two I've designed were a bit more work than the first three, which is what was requested. However, so many love the simple and quick patterns that I hope this one will find itself in that category. It requires 1 layer cake and 1 honey bun, which I have already ordered. But it may take awhile before I get to it, as I have to do Hailey's birthday quilt (which I still don't have the rest of the fabric)!

Valentine's Day was wonderful! The kids made me feel so loved and I hope I did the same for them. Hubby got me the usual card and lots of candy, but he also got me furniture for my quilt studio! He got the oak colored set which is a perfect match to the oak shelves I have in there! He is such a sweetheart! Sadly, I ordered his gift near the beginning of the month and it still hasn't arrived. Good thing he isn't as sentimental about things as I am. I'm hoping it will be here by tomorrow! As you can see though, the banquette is perfect for the kids to do their homework and stuff while Mommy is at the machine. It will also be great for pizza and/or dessert breaks during the quilt nights!

In honor of Valentine's Day, I did manage to turn over and photograph the topper on the credenza. While I prefer the dark blue, this is a nice change.

Sunday night the Advent PUPs ladies came over for another quilt night and we all had a great time. Earlier in the weekend I had finished making some placemats for the upcoming Farm & Gin show, the tops were already done, I just had to birth and quilt them.

I also made the guild's BOM, which I have to confess I had not made one in a couple of months...shame on me!

While the ladies were here, I was able to finish up the Thomas in Paris top. Now, I'm in the middle of cutting pieces for another coffee related quilt/wallhanging. I'm going to stack up the pieces and sew it together as leaders and enders while I do Hailey's quilt.

The kids were off from school yesterday and also today. Yesterday, was a whirlwind of a day. My dear friend brought over her granddaughter and my kids loved that! They played while my friend and I were in the quilt for all. Then my daughter comes inside in tears complaining that someone threw a brick at her and it hit her face. Well, there was definitely a horrible mark there, but I couldn't imagine either of the other kids throwing a brick at her. Well, after numerous questions the true story finally came out...Hailey and the other girl put bricks up in a tree (I mean seriously...where was her brain?!?), which she proceeded to stand under (again...brain completely absent?!?) and my son had tugged on a limb which of course made the brick fall. God was so looking out for her as it landed on her cheekbone...could have been so very much worse! She is completely fine and, I pray to God, a bit wiser. After the whole fiasco though, she decided she wanted to work on making a cute is she!

Okay, that's enough babbling for today. I have to finish reading for the bookclub on Thursday and I won't have any time tomorrow as I'll be at church nearly all day.

I hope everyone is having a truly blessed week!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

New Pattern Finished..."Sunday Brunch"

Yippee! I actually finished days before my deadline and the new pattern is all done. I really like the movement in this pattern created by the lighter and darker values.

Most of my week has been consumed finishing this quilt and pattern. Now, I am going to focus on my book for the book club. Only problem is...everytime I try to read it I fall asleep. I don't think it's the book...I think it is because I read myself to sleep everynight. Pavlov would be proud.

I need to start finding fabrics for Hailey's quilt this week also. I still have to find the pattern too. Oh, and I had an idea, but that would add quite a bit more work to the quilt. I hate it when that happens!

I'm really looking forward to this weekend. It will be nice to have the AdventPups ladies over again. And we can't forget about Valentine's Day....I just hope the gifts for my hubby arrive in time.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Making Progress

The top for the next pattern is done and basted. So, today I will be quilting and quilting and quilting. This one is larger than the others. We hardly had enough room to baste it. I don't even want to think what it will be like getting it in and out of my little machine. I do have another distorted image here of what the center of the quilt looks like. I still think it gives you a pretty good idea of what it really looks like.
I also have at least 95% of the actual pattern completed. I still keep reading it over and over though, looking for things to correct. As long as my machine doesn't give me any trouble and no major incidents occur in my life, I should be able to meet my deadline.

I received a package in the mail yesterday with the focus fabric for Hailey's birthday quilt. I'm using it as the border and then hopefully pulling all the other fabrics for the top from my stash. I just have to remember where I put the pattern...I'm so unorganized right now!

I also received these images from an online friend. She saw another ad from Country Dawn in a magazine. It is slightly different from the previous one and the magazine is a different one also. Thanks, Tasha, for sharing these with me.

Well, the countdown for the next quilt night has already started and is less than 2 weeks away. I can't wait! I wonder if I'll still be working on that Christmas Braid quilt. Oh, who am I kidding? Of course, I will! At least the company will keep me occupied.