Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I'm still working on Rachel's quilt. Tonight I plan on putting it back on the machine to quilt. I had run out of bobbin thread the other night so jumped onto some other projects. Tonight I'm going to make 2 or 3 bobbins up so I will only have to insert bobbin and then be ready to go.
Thangles are still being worked on. I have all of them with me now, as opposed to being at mom's. I've got Month #1 completed. Month #2 is partially completed in both color schemes. Months #3 & #4 are staying cozy in their plastic bags.
I also received my Ashley purse pattern and my BOM January from Peace by Piece over the weekend. One of my end of January goals is to have the BOM completed.
The Daddy and Me quilt is waiting on pictures. I got some F.Q. over the weekend, but I'm still playing with a layout.
So for the rest of this week, in case I don't get to update, I hope to ...
1. Finish and give Summer's quilt
2. Finish and give Rachel's quilt
3. Catch up on Thangles
4. Stay even on Peace by Piece BOM
Next week (by end of January ... )
1. Finish quilting on Baby M quilt
2. Piece & baste Kali's quilt
3. Baste Ana's quilt
4. Finish handquilting on Lily's quilt
Hope y'all have a great rest of January!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Tonight through Sunday night I hope to:
1. Baste Summer's top
2. Quilt Summer's quilt - "in the ditch" and straight X's
3. Bind Summer's top
4. Finish quilting Rachel's quilt
5. Bind Rachel's quilt
6. Sew the Thangles. I'll be picking up January's from the store this weekend. Mom's got December's at her place. I really need to get caught up!
I really like meander quilting. It goes pretty fast.
The next three quilts I'm going to focus on are the cowboy quilt for Baby M, the pink/green quilt for Kali, and the purple/white quilt for Lily. That will get me caught up on Baby quilts until March.
I also need to check with my co-worker on pictures and get going on the "Daddy & Me" quilt. I still need to buy some fabric. I'll check out what's cute and pink and lacy and girlie when I'm getting the Thangles.
Mom's throw, Baby P quilt, and Friendly Challenge quilts are at the bottom of the barrel.
I really need to take some pics and post them :-)
All for now,
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Tonight my goals are:
1. Finish Summer's top
2. Baste Summer's top
3. Piece Rachel's backing
4. Baste Rachel's top
5. Sew the thangles!!!!!!
Depending on how I do tonight, my Friday goals are:
1. Quilt the flannel quilt (aka Summer/December Quilt)
2. Start quilting Rachel's quilt
Isn't that enough???
LOL, by the time I go to bed on Sunday I want to have both Summer's quilt & Rachel's quilt finished. Think I can do it? We'll see! Bubby may have to be neglected this weekend. Not :-) I'll have to quilt when he's snoozing. I would let him try out one of the quilts, but they both have pink in them and no nephew of mine is getting pink, at least from me, even for just a few minutes :P.
Speaking of Bubby, I got some fleece last night to make him a jacket. It will be for next fall/winter, so I'm waiting to make it until I know his size next year. I got enough to make a matching hat and a pair of mittens as well as a blanket. He'll be decked out come his birthday :-). I should have enough left over to make a little toy or something. But that'll have to wait til next September to be started.
I also purchased this really cute bear flannel print with aqua accents. I got some coordinating brown and aqua, enough to do two quilts. Best part? All of the flannel I purchased was on sale $2.00 a yard, except for the brown, but I did have a coupon for that. Go JoAnn's :-).
Well, off to JoAnn's again - mom needs some fleece from there.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
This morning I took some time to cut some flannel. I'm just going to do a flannel quilt for the baby born at the end of December. I have way too much flannel and since she's a winter baby it'll be good to use. I've got a print that has squares of bears with blue sashing between each square. I've cut it apart at the center of each sashing and will do a checkerboard style with coordinating solid & tone-on-tones. I've got a coordinating all-over print that I'm going to use for the backing. I was thinking about doing this one rag style, but I don't want to deal with all that lint to make it raggy for her. :-). I can't decide between a 7 X 7 design w/no border or a 6 X 6 design with a plain border. If I have time to run to a different store today I will check out store #2's flannel so see if I like any better. I've got a pink and a yellow I can use. I would like to get a purple and a green. We'll see. I plan on quilting it "in the ditch" and by doing diagonal lines in the squares, so it should quilt up fast.
When I go to Q'Square today I'm going to check out some fabrics for the "Daddy & Me" quilt I'm making for my co-worker's little girl. I'm looking for something pink & girlie in pastels - pinks, yellows, blues, greens, purples. I'm thinking about adding some type of lace to it too. We'll see once I have the pictures and a design. Q'Square is having a 25% off sale on Saturday so I'll buy the fabrics then.
My quilting hopes for tonight are:
1. Wash & seam the backing & press
2. Baste "Rachel's Sunshine"
3. cut rest of squares for December's quilt
4. piece October & November Thangles - December is at my mom's and we haven't gotten January yet. I'm doing the piecing for her. She is doing the blue and white option and I am doing the raspberry and cream option. I will accent mine with chocolate when the year is up. Mom will accent hers with red and it will become a Bubby quilt :-). Bubby's going to have way too many quilts :-D.
5. Start piecing the top for the flannel quilt.
I can do #3,#4,#5 while #1 is in the wash & dry mode. Luckily I have some clothes I can throw in so I have a full load. I just hope my roomie isn't planning a load tonight; otherwise I will have to wait until Thursday or Friday.
Just to recap, my quilting goals thru tax season are
A. Rachel's Sunshine - comfort quilt for toddler at church who will be undergoing medical treatment.
B. Baby quilts - Lily, Summer, Kali, Baby M, & Baby P
C. Daddy & Me quilt for co-worker's daughter
D. Mom's throw
e. Friendly Challenge - 36" to 45" baby quilt for charity, collected by my LQS
Yep - that's 9 quilts to finish in the next 13 weeks!
Tonight I'll be making progress on 2 of the quilts - Rachel's Sunshine & Summer flannel. Who knows, if I do #3 - #5 quick enough, I may even be able to start cutting the Kali quilt. If Baby P is a boy, I've got a yellow fabric with different blue & green circles on it that I can use as well as a collection of blues & greens. If Baby P is a girl I've got a pretty blue, green, and yellow combo I can do. Baby M is the cowboy quilt already started.
I have ordered the Ashley Purse pattern online as well as signing up for a BOM program. I'm looking forward to that as well. I'm also involved in a bunch of online swaps. So I'm staying busy!!!! I need to buy some red/Valentine's fabrics and some green/Easter prints for swaps for the next two months. So aside from that, I should be good.
all for now,
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Here's my initial list
1. Rachel - toddler size - comfort quilt - ready to baste
2. Lily - baby size - about 3/4 quilted (hand) - will do border quilting by machine.
3. Kali - baby size - need one or two more F.Q.
4. Summer - baby size - flannel rag quilt - nePublish Posted to start cutting
5. Baby M - crib size - 3/4 way done quilting (machine)
6. Baby P - crib size - have to wait b/c gender unknown (due in March)
7. Megan - youth size - comfort quilt (dad deployed)
8. Mom - throw - at basting point - for Mother's Day
My goal is to have these completed by the end of tax season - April 15th - about 2 weeks a project for most. Some are to the point I could finish them in a week.
Ideas to work on late spring/summer include:
1. A Mommy & Me quilt for my sister w/ pictures of her & my nephew - would be for bday in August
2. Friendly Challenge quilts - a charity quilt collection by a local quilt store
3. Green & black log cabin - a UFO I started at a quilt camp in the fall
4. A toddler size quilt for my nephew - have two cute patterns - cars & planes - to choose from - he'll be 2 in the fall
5. my bed quilt - keep changing my mind about the pattern so haven't even cut yet!
I'll firm those ideas up as I get close to finishing my initial list. :-)~~QB29
Monday, January 14, 2008
I also made 3 game sets - one was a checkerboard panel, the other 2 I designed myself. One was a tic-tac-toe and the other was a checkerboard. For the tic-tac-toe, I used rickrack to make a 3 X 3 grid. I then made a sandwich of the backing/batting/front of the playing pieces, quilted them, and cut apart. I made the backing as a little bag to store the pieces between the playing board and the backing. It Velcro closed. The checkerboard was made of grosgrain ribbon woven to make a 8 X 8 checkerboard pattern. I constructed the backing and the playing pieces in the same fashion as the tic-tac-toe game. Actually, I used the construction method of the backing and playing pieces from the panel checkerboard game.
As far as projects I've completed since August ....
July baby boy got his quilt back in the fall. A friend hosted a post-baby baby shower for him and I was able to finish the quilt in time for the party.
September baby girl (very end of Sep - was one of the Oct ones) got her quilt last night. Hers is pastels with a Christian print.
Other Oct baby girl is still on the frame - being hand quilted - it's purple and white.
Nov baby girl (was end of October) - still waiting to be bound! I made it from a table topper pattern I learned at quilt camp!
Oh that's right, I went to quilt camp. It was in the fall at Camp Horseshoe YMCA Camp in West Virginia. I loved it! I had so much fun. I've already got in on my calendar for next time :-D.
We have had two baby girls born at church recently - one last wee and one about 3 weeks ago. The one last week I'm making a hot pink & green quilt. I'm going to do a pink/yellow/green/white YBR quilt for the one 3 weeks ago.
Two more babies are due - an unknown at the end of the month and I believe a girl in February?? but I'm not sure. It could be a boy in March. We're having too many babies for me to keep straight. As far as I know, that's it for awhile :-). Hallelujah!
For the one in January I'm working one a cowboy themed quilt. The dad works at our Bible Camp and is way into cowboy stuff.
For the other one, I will do a blue/yellow/pink/green quilt (if it's a girl!)
I'm also working on a quilt I'm calling "Rachel's Sunshine". I designed the pattern myself. It's made up of a yellow, sherbert orange, lime green, pink, and blue. The backing is a yellow background with pink, orange, and blue flowers and green leaves. I'm calling it "Rachel's Sunshine" because my friend notice the orange and yellow star in the middle first and said it reminded her of the sun. It is for a little girl at church (15 months) who has just been diagnosed with hip dysplasia. She meets with the specialists this week. Possible treatment could include, according to her pediatrician, surgery, spica casts, and braces. According a quick Internet search, treatment can last for months or years. I wanted to make her a quilt to bring comfort during the treatment. Since my friend thinks the design looked like a sun, I thought "Rachel's Sunshine" would be a perfect name - playing on both the design and the purpose. I need to finish making the piano-key borders (I've got 1 completed, need to do the other 3) and then attached the borders, baste, quilt, bind, label :-).
I taught myself a new technique with the cowboy quilt (for the unknown baby at the end of the month) . I am using my darning foot to do a meandering border! It is so easy and works up real quick. I really like being able to meander rather than straight lines using my walking foot. It's nice to be able to add a new technique.
I also used the darning foot to do hearts on the border for my preacher's new baby girl. It worked out okay. I'll need more practice following the lines, but I've got the basics down.
For "Rachel's Sunshine" I plan doing some sort of meander, hopefully to emphasis the center star.
All for now,