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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Bad Math - and I was a math minor! and daily update

Well, last night I went to baste the comfort quilt I'm making for the little girl at church facing months or years of surgery/casting/braces. I got the backing taped down nice and smooth to my living room floor. Placed the batting on top that had been chilling all day to make sure any lumps relaxed out. Laid the top down .... and wah! I miscalculated when designing the top - it's 45" wide :-(. It needs the border as is, so I couldn't just trim it down. After lamenting the situation, I just pulled up the backing so it's out of my roommate's way. I'll be heading to Q'Square today to get another two yards of backing fabric. Tonight after church I'll wash it and seam it with my other fabric. Hopefully I'll have time to baste it tonight and maybe even get the first few quilting stitches in. I have in my mind how I'm going to quilt it. I'm going to do an all-over design of hearts, flowers, and meander. I've traced it out on paper a little

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,
QB29 <><

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