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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Tuesday Sewing

I finished getting the baby quilt pieced. I should have it basted and possibly start quilting by Thursday. My goal is to have it finished and mailed sometime next week.

I liked this pattern. It went together really quick. I made use a similar pattern for more quilts.


4 Patches 4 Hope

This is my friend Regina. She lost her mother earlier this year after a hard-fought battle with cancer. To honor her mom and help raise funds for the fight against cancer, she has come up with "4 Patches 4 Hope". The concept is simple. Make a 4-patch block & send it to Regina. She'll take the 4-patches and assemble them into comfort quilts in honor of her mom and donate it to 2 different medical facilities (I believe one is local to her and the other treated her mom, but don't quote me).

She's also asking that if you send a 4-patch, that you make a small donation ($4) to the American Cancer Society. Of course, you're free to donate more than $4 or donate $4 even if you're not sending a 4-patch.

Please consider helping her. Share this on your blog. Send a block. Make a donation!


Monday, October 03, 2011

Fall Quilt Camp 2011

I went to camp again at Camp Horseshoe in September. As usual, it was fantastic! I completed 6 projects. It was probably the most productive I've ever been at a camp or retreat.

Mystery project. If you creatively fold the towel and add ties, you've got an apron. Helps if you put the applique on right side up for the apron, which is wrong side down for the towel. However, if you put the applique on wrong side up for the apron, it is right side up for a towel, which means less work, since you don't have to sew pockets or ties :-). Okay, that only works if you hadn't already made the ties :-).

Quilt for Kids kit that I picked up last spring at Camp Willson. Quilted and bound it at Camp Horseshoe.

Baby Quilt. One of 3 birthday projects from my mom. She gave me 2 packs each of 3 different charm packs. This set was from an Eleanor Burns line and only had 52 charms total (compared to the 84 in the other two). Original design. Was partially pieced when I arrived at camp. Is bound now :-).

Second of the charm packs. Also an original design. Was cut out, with some of the sashing/cornerstones pieced. Also is now bound.

Welcome Sign for door. Is a PIF for FB 2011 project. One of five ... four to go :-).

Was basted when I arrived at camp. Is a project from last fall. Anne Kessel taught the class.

I also started using a way cool binding technique. It uses a faux piping to allow you to machine stitch the binding! It was such a novel idea that I had to give about 2 dozen impromptu lessons on the technique. I found the tutorial here for the technique. She's got some very good photos to show you how to do it.

Last but not least, isn't this the cutest Christmas tree you've ever seen? It was in the silent auction. Nancy I. made it.

Design Wall Monday - 10/3/2011

Yes, I'm back! and I have a Design Wall Monday! The center blocks are actually a white with a yellow polka dot print. I'm using the focus fabric for the backing on this one. It's one of those "just can't cut it" prints. This is a baby quilt for a friend who just had a baby.

You can check out other design walls at Judy's blog!


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I'm Back!

I've been working on other things and haven't been doing a lot of quilting. But I made it back into my sewing room this weekend :-D. I started a 4-patch posie quilt and worked on a purple quilt. I finished all the posie blocks and hope to get them framed tonight. I also hope to get a set of purple pinwheels done for the purple quilt.

~QB29 :-)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday Night Sew In

Tonight's the night! I'm working on a quilt for my boss. He's retiring in the next month or two. The original date has been pushed back a month already, which is nice for me, because i have more time to work on it!

I'm also finishing up my prep work for my upcoming quilt camp :-D. I've got some cutting left to do (not counting the fabric winging its way to me as we speak, since I miscalculated my yardage!) and HST to sew as prep for the main class I'm taking. I also need to pack up some scraps for the mystery project.

Hope you get a chance to join!


Saturday, March 26, 2011



Sunday, March 20, 2011

I'm a Winner!

Today I fell victim to the (not-so) dreaded Sunday-Afternoon-Nap-Syndrome (SANS). When I woke up, I jumped online for a little bit to check blogs and emails before I have to go back to church. I had a couple of comments on my blog and look what they were congratulating me for ....

Look, what I won:

Yep, I won this month's Friday Night Sew-in sponsored by Heidi over at Handmade by Heidi. Thank you Heidi for hosting this monthly event and thank you Arrow Sewing Cabinets for sponsoring this month's giveaway. I've been wanting a cut 'n' press to take on trips, so this will be perfect. :-)


Saturday, March 19, 2011

FNSI &NQD updates

I've been working on the apron. I used 25 strips from a honey bun to make the apron and lined it with matching fabric. I added trim to the bottom. I just need to add the straps, which will cover the curved edges that are open still.


Friday, March 18, 2011

National Quilting Day

Did any of you know that Saturday is National Quilting Day? I'm celebrating by staying in my sewing room (that is, after I get back from the gym :-)). How will you be celebrating?


FNSI tonight!

Don't forget - tonight is Friday Night Sew-In. What are your plans?

I am working on an apron for my upcoming quilt camp. They usually have a special theme for the brunch on Friday. Last time it was "Christmas at Camp Horseshoe." They had the dining hall decorated for Christmas and even gave out little Christmas presents to everyone. A tea party was another theme. This year we've been asked to wear a favorite apron for the brunch. Since the only cute apron I've got is a Christmas apron, I'm making a new one. It's out of a honey bun I won online a few months ago. Shortly after winning it, I happened to pick up some matching yardage off the the $3 table at Fabric Shack :-D. I've just been waiting for the right project to use it. I'll use the scraps to make some little things (potholders/hotpads/placemats, etc.) for my kitchen to coordinate with the apron.

I also would like to finish stitching the binding to Bubba's football quilt so it's ready for me to hand-stitch down.

Looking forward to seeing all the goodies made tonight!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Catching Up

Let's see - where do I start? It's been almost 4 weeks since my last post. Since then ...

February Friday Night Sew-in did not happen. I ran home for the weekend to celebrate a family birthday. The boys got to come over for the meal, and unlike last time, they were not multi-colored. :-). When I picked them up last in January, one had purple marker on his check, the other had teal and purple on his check plus a purple eyelid and teal on his head. Plus their puppy (a Beagle mix with light colored, short fur) was purple from the waist (if puppies have waists, lol) to his tail. That weekend went downhill from there :-). This time they were much better behaved.

I then got to hang out with a close friend and her friend the next weekend. We had lots of fun going Goodwilling and I introduced them to the joys of Izzy's, or as we tell my older nephew, the Pickle Place :-).

I've been to quilt camp! I forgot my flash card, so no pics :-(. I had a wonderful time and plan to go back for more camps. The camp was at YMCA Camp Willson in Bellefontaine, OH. They run the fiber arts camp once a year, which is for quilting, knitting, crochet, and scrapbooking. They also run a women's weekend twice a year, which I hope to try sometime soon. I've got a conflict of schedule with the spring one and possibly the fall one, but there's always 2012. I've only got one weekend scheduled that far in advance, lol.

At camp, a teenager named Abigail presented the project she did for her Gold Award for Girl Scouts. She started a Quilt for Kids chapter in her area. She passed out kits, and I picked one up. I've got it pieced and hope to get it quilted/bound by the end of the month to send back. It was a simple pattern, and I hope to make a few more for her this year.

We did a fabric exchange at camp and look at the cute print I picked up. I may use it in a Quilts for Kids quilt :-).

I also finished my Block Lotto blocks for the month:

Lastly, I finished some UFO's. First - my dad's placemats. They're double-sided - fall on one, Christmas on the other. This is #5 on Judy's list, so I'll need to plan a substitution.

No pics, but I also finished the binding on Zoo Parade (#6 on the list) and finished quilting the football quilt. I'm working on the binding now, but should have it done next week or so. It's #2 on the list. I'll get these pictures taken in the next week or so.

Stash updating -
I stopped at Fabric Shack on the way up and purchased 8 1/8 yrds (10 FQ @$1.25 each plus 3 yrds. from the $3.00 cart). I gave away a FQ plus 3 1/4 yrds in the fabric exchange and picked up the 1 yard. I also used 36 5" squares

last recorded week (7):
Used this Week: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 5 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 20
Net Used for 2011: -15 yards

current week:
used this week: 4 yards
used year to date: 9 yards
added this week: 9 1/2 yards
added year to date: 29 1/2 yards
net used for 2011: -20 1/2 yards


Monday, February 14, 2011

I'm Blaming Bonnie!

Goodwill Shopping - Need I say more?


Design Wall Monday - 2/14/2011

First up - my picture from Saturday's Christmas Quilt-A-Long showing the 2nd block. Don't worry, I did get more done than just this 2nd block - I pressed quite a number of triangles, sewed (and subcut) the 4 1/2" inch units and added a number of triangles :-).

Do you see the diamonds? While playing with the units for Star Struck, I realized they made diamonds when 4 were arranged in a different manner :-). This is a put-away-for-later idea for a scrap quilt, but I thought I'd share with you anyways.

Head over to Judy's to see more Design Walls!


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Stash Report Week 7- 2/13/2011


Gonna go ahead and get this posted tonight:

Added - no adds! :-)
Used some 2 1/2" strips, but once again I forgot to count :-(. When I get them counted, I'll include them as an adjustment.

current week (7):
Used this Week: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 5 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 20
Net Used for 2011: -15 yards

Quilting A Long with No Pics

I sewed today. I promise, I did. I even worked more on Dad's Star Struck, which is suppose to be his Christmas present. I sewed several strips sets, pressed all the triangles waiting to be pressed, made some pairs, added the dark triangle to the few awaiting one, and finished off the afternoon by making another 16" block, so now I just have 28 to go! Alas, my camera died moments after I turned it on to take some pics. I'll take pics when I get the batteries recharged.

Hoping everyone had a productive Christmas Quilt-A-Long!

Tonight's plans are to eat pizza (in the oven as I type) and bind while watching the movies I picked up from the library earlier today - Anchors Aweigh with Frank Sinatra, Follow the Fleet with Fred Astaire, Boys Town with Mickey Rooney & Spencer Tracy. Can you tell what kind of movies I like to rent?

Talk to y'all later!


Friday, February 11, 2011

Weekend Plans

Well, no sewing's going to happen tonight. I'm beat. Tonight was the Valentine Banquet @ church and I worked nursery. I had 11 girls ages 5 to 7. They were all good and I only had to remind them a couple of times that we use our manners and say please, thank you, and you're welcome and that we say nice things to each other. The girls played hopscotch and pretend during drop off and while we waited for supper. Pizza was delivered about 7:15 for all of the kids and the nursery director provided juice boxes and a cookie for dessert. After eating, we made our pasta hearts (colored pasta glued onto a heart shaped piece of cardstock) and then made bookmarks. My helper, J., led them in a game of "Horsey, Horsey, Where's Your Heart?" (the V-day take on "Doggy, Doggy, where's your bone?" since we had a heart cutout that we were using). Then we had the Rice Krispy treats I made and finished out the evening with a quick game of musical chairs - to Christmas music. Apparently the 3 year-old's (the classroom we met in for the evening) haven't changed their CD since December :-). I gave all the kids goodie bags to take home - a Frisch's kids meal coupon, 1 small sheet of stickers, a heart shaped mini-notepad, 2 pieces of candy, and a pink hairband.

But, my tomorrow looks pretty free! I'm planning on going to the gym in the morning since I didn't get to go tonight. Then I need to take care of some basic housekeeping issues around my house and then I get to sew! Saturday is the 2nd Saturday, so it's the Christmas Quilt-A-Long, which means that at least some of my sewing needs to be Christmas related - either for me or for a present. Lucky for me, I get to kill 2 birds with one stone by working on dad's star struck UFO. So without further ado, my goals for the weekend:

1. mail BL blocks. PO opens @ 9, not 8 on Saturdays (my first fail). Envelopes are completely sealed and addressed (my 2nd fail). Hopefully 3rd time's a charm and I'll get to the post office with everything ready to go when it's open :-).

2. Dad's Star Struck - UFO #10 on Judy's list. Also qualifies for the Christmas Quilt-A-Long. I've got enough units cut for 18 16" blocks, but need need a total of 30 12" blocks or about 200 more 4" units. So my goal is to cut enough darks so that I can finish piecing the 4" units and maybe even start making the 16" blocks. I've got plenty of lights cut.

3. Dad's placemats. His bday is later this month and I want to give these to him with his present. I did not finish binding all of them before Christmas, so I had to take back 3. I think this is the first I'll have seen him since then, so I better have them ready!

4. Zoo Parade binding - need to finish binding this quilt, it's my UFO #6 from last month that I never finished

5. Make "fabric" out of 2" violet squares to use for either a purse or a Bible case. Quilt it if I get a chance. Qualifies for Judy's monochromatic challenge for the month.

Since I've got some hand work going on, I may see if I can run by the library and rent a DVD or two to watch.

Hope y'all have a good 2nd Saturday tomorrow!


Wednesday, February 09, 2011

FNSI signups - Feb. 18th!

FNSI signups are up - go visit craftyvegasmom's blog to sign up - she's Heidi's co-host this month.


Monday, February 07, 2011

I have a date on Tuesday!

With Mr. Hamilton Beach!

We will be pressing these:

They are more units for the Star Struck quilt. Don't ask me how many - I've totally lost count. I know I still don't have enough, but I'm getting there. If I haven't mentioned it before, this is UFO #10 or Judy's pick for the month. This project is a multi-month project - 1 for piecing, 1 for quilting, and 1 for finishing :-). So I need to have this all pieced by the end of the month!!!!


design w all monday

I've actually got a design wall monday post!

4 8" blocks sewn into a 16" block for my dad's Star Stuck quilt. Made using Bonnie Hunter's Star Struck pattern. Only 29 16" blocks left to go :-). This was my oops, it's not actually a Christmas Quilt-A-Long Saturday project. I'm making the quilt 5 x 6 blocks, with no borders, for a finished size of about 80 x 96.

Check Judy's page for more DWM posts!


Sunday, February 06, 2011

Week 5/6 Stash Report 2011


Well, I didn't get to post my report last Sunday, so this one is for two weeks combined. I've decided I am going to add my fleece in (as a separate total), but I need to measure that, so it will be added next week. Doing so will give me accountability in using it.

batiks: 6.5
safari: 2.5
sun bonnet sue: 2
purse kit: 1.25
secret sister stash: .5
total: 12.75

used - haven't measured, so going to have to count them as a zero this week. Will measure for next week:
some violet 2" squares
some 2 1/2" strips for dad's quilt
binding for Zoo parade

week 4:
Used this Week: 3.75 yards
Used year to Date: 5 yards
Added this Week: 7.25
Added Year to Date: 7.25
Net Used for 2011: -2.25 yards

current week (5/6):
Used this Week: 3.75 yards
Used year to Date: 5 yards
Added this Week: 12.75
Added Year to Date: 20
Net Used for 2011: -15 yards

Check Judy's page for other stashes :-)


Saturday Sewing

I did actually get to sew some today. Not as much as I planned, but I got side tracked organizing my sewing stuff. I got a lot of the cleaning/organizing done and then started to cut fabric down to 2 1/2" strips. Rather than keep random amounts of fabric, I'm going to start cutting them down. For now I'm only doing 2 1/2" strips, as I can use jelly roll patterns with those. Once I get more of my fabrics cut down and am organizing my scraps better, I'll cut other sizes too.

Cutting the fabric made me think of my dad's Christmas quilt. It is UFO's 10, 11, and 12 on Judy's list (piecing, quilting, finishing). Since #10 was drawn this month, I need to get it all pieced this month. So tonight seemed like a good opportunity to work on it. Plus, someone mentioned on their blog that today was the February Christmas Quilt-A-Long, so working on the blocks would kill two birds with one stone. However, the Christmas Quilt-A-Long is actually next week :).

My dad's quilt is Bonnie Hunter's Star Struck pattern. I started it over a year ago when I took her workshop. Well, tonight I got several strip sets made and cut down to 4 1/2". I started adding the corner blocks and have run out of 2 bobbins, so I'm going to call it a night. I'm hoping to get some more work done tomorrow on it :-).


Friday, February 04, 2011


Wow, it's been years since I've skated. I forgot certain muscles existed! At first, I had to sit down every couple of laps because my shins were hurting so bad. By the end of the evening, I could go 6 - 8 laps without sitting :-).

The brown leather and orange wheeled skates are gone. I kinda missed them.

The days of having to skate up to the DJ and request a song are over. Now you can text your requests directly to him.

The rink has $2.50 Tuesdays, so I'm going to try to go every week. I hope to take my nephew in about a month when my church back home (the one he gets to go to with me when I'm in town). But I need to get back in the saddle, so to speak, so it's practice, practice, practice for me.

Did you know the kids text and skate know-a-days? or talk and skate? I was amazed that they could hear over the music to carry on a conversation.

Back when I skated all the time, no one wore their book bags on the rink, yet probably 2 dozen were wearing them tonight. One nearly wacked me with his a few times as he weaved past me (the straps weren't tight enough and it swayed back and forth).

Did you know you should wear pants with ventilation when skating? Seriously - at least half a dozen girls had jeans with holes in them. :-). Another half a dozen must have thought they were sleeping at the rink and were wearing pajama bottoms.

Lastly, I must have been an annoying kid, as I constantly weaved through people back in the day. I was at the rink nearly every Saturday morning/early afternoon unless I had a ball game for quite a few years.

Times have changed at the skating rink!

We'll see if I can move in the morning :-).


Weekend Sewing Goals

Very little Friday Night Sewing for me - I'm going rollerskating tonight! A co-worker and I are meeting up for it @ the local rink :-).

But my Saturday looks pretty clear for a sew day, so here are my goals:
1. Finish binding Zoo Parade (my #6 UFO on Judy's list - did not get done in January)
2. Work on monochromatic challenge for month - violet purse made using 2" squares left over from a doll quilt project. (if I can find the fleece batting @ Joann's today).
3. Block Lotto string blocks (need 9).
4. mail out January BL blocks.
5. piece backing (or search stash for big enough piece) and baste Gold Coins

I know the Big Game is Sunday, so I may do some Super Sunday Sewing in the afternoon before church :-). Or fall victim to the "Sunday Afternoon Nap" :-).

What are your plans for the weekend?


Wednesday, February 02, 2011

It's a Gift!

I'll leave it on my co-worker's desk before she comes in. Hopefully she's in tomorrow to get it! (it's for her daughter).


Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Sewing Tonight

I'm about 30" shy of finishing the binding on M's comfort quilt. I should finish that tomorrow night, as well as clipping any quilting start/stops I haven't taken care of yet and adding a label. Then I'll just need to throw it in the wash and gift it :-). It will be out of my house by Friday (if not Thursday) :-). Below is not a very good pic, but you can see it:


FNSI Feb. 18, 2011

Check out Heidi's cute way of announcing the next Friday Night Sew-In. :-). I'm ready for it!


February To Do List!

Well, I finished 3 of the 5 on my January list., so the other 2 will carry over to February.

1. M's comfort quilt (finish binding & label) gifted 2/3/2011
2. Zoo Parade binding (UFO #6, January's challenge)
3. Dad's starstruck quilt - piece all blocks & finalize layout (this is my large UFO and was divided into months 10, 11, and 12 for piecing, quilting, and finishing)
4. Judy's monochromatic challenge - violet.
5. Block Lotto String Hearts blocks (goal - finish in time for sneak peak, or at least by 20th).
6. take pictures of UFO's for UFO list post.
7. Quilt & gift Gold Coins.

I think that's enough???? Maybe, we'll see!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

stash reporting question

Does anyone know if you only count cotton or if you have to include fleece and/or trims? I found some great clearance @ Hancock's this week and stocked up to make fleece blankets. But I'd rather not have to count it, if you know what I mean.



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Quilt Camp

Is anyone interested in going to a quilt camp in April? Let me know and I'll send you the info!


Internet Purchases

Here are the pics I promised earlier.

From The Village Mercantile

My purse pattern

Sunbonnet Sue print

Safari print & coordinates

From Canton Village Quilt Works

My blue batiks that I ordered - half a yard of the medium & darks, 4 yards of the light one in the upper right hand corner

See how nicely they play with my other blue batiks?

The service was great from both of these stores and shipping was fast :-). I ordered one (purse kit/safari/sunbonnet sue) on Thursday around 5 and the other around 9 on Friday morning. I received both on Monday by 10!


It's a Quilt (Well, almost :-))

Here's the comfort quilt I've been working on. I need to finish hand sewing the backing where I joined it since I did a quilt as you go method. It's made using 49 Yellow Brick Road Blocks (well, almost, I messed up cutting a few of the strips, so I had to improvise on 3 or 4 blocks :-). The binding will be the green I showed in this post. My goal for tomorrow @ bedtime is to be hand stitching the binding down :-).


Monday, January 24, 2011

Quick Shout Out

I just wanted to post a real quick shout out to The Village Mercantile and Canton Village Quilt Works. I ordered last week (late Thursday for one, early Friday for the other) and both packages arrived this morning :-). I ordered a purse kit, a Sunbonnet Sue print, and 4 prints from a Safari line from The Village Mercantile. Canton Village Quilt Works was having a great sale on batiks last week, so I got some blues. The fabrics look great and I can't wait to use them. I'll take photos this evening!


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Week 4 Stash Report


yellows: 4.25
green & pinks: .5 + 2.5 = 3
total: 7.25

monochromatic yellows & whites: 2 3/8 yd (block strips)
comfort quilt pink & green: 1 3/8 yd (binding, last part of backing, sashing for backing)
total: 3 3/4 yds

week 2:
Used this Week: 1.25 yards
Used year to Date: 1.25 yards
Added this Week: 0
Added Year to Date: 0
Net Used for 2011: 1.25 yards

Used this Week: 3.75 yards
Used year to Date: 5 yards
Added this Week: 7.25
Added Year to Date: 7.25
Net Used for 2011: -2.25 yards


Saturday, January 22, 2011

It's a Flimsy and I'm counting it as a Finish!

In all it's glory, introducing "Gold Coins":

I'm going to stitch in the ditch between the columns and practice FMQ in the yellow. Backing will be white or mostly white w/ a little yellow, depending on what I have in my stash. Binding will be scrappy yellow.


Exhausting Day

Today's been a long day. I stayed up way to late last night working on the Gold Coins quilt. Then I had to leave the house about 9 this morning, so I had my alarms set for between 6 & 7 (yes, I have trouble hearing them, so I set extra!). I managed to wake up about 6:30. I used the extra time to finish piecing the Gold Coins blocks. I made my chicken salad sandwiches for the luncheon, dressed, and was out the door a few minutes after 9.

At church, I helped set up for our ladies luncheon, which started at 11. It ended 1:30 or so, but I didn't get out until almost 3 because I stayed to help clean up. Then I ran to work to check the printer & headed to the gym. I had a 4 PM group session to kick off the Biggest Loser challenge they are doing. The personal trainer showed us 8 exercises and then we spent a minute (or so he claimed, I think it was longer) doing each exercise to learn the form and ask any questions. It was about 5:45 by the time I made it home.

So the question is, do I sleep now (and wake up about midnight and set myself up for a vicious cycle tomorrow) or force myself awake and sew? I think it's going to be sew, at least until I make too many mistakes, lol.


All Blocks Made for Gold Coins :-)

I finished making the blocks for Gold Coins. They still need to be pressed and trimmed and made into columns, but I should be able to knock that off this evening. Have a great Saturday y'all!


Calling it a night on FNSI

Here's what I got done:

10 of my stacked coins blocks for my Gold Coins quilt! The other 10 sets are trimmed and ready to piece. The 5 to the left are seamed together, but I thought I better wait before making any more columns to make sure the fabrics are somewhat evenly/randomly distributed across the top.

I also made chicken salad to use to for a sandwich tray tomorrow. I'll make the sandwiches in the morning. We have our ladies meeting to reveal our 2010 secret sisters and get our 2011 secret sisters. Throughout the year we pray for each other, and if able, give little gifts (at the least, notes) every now and then to let the lady know we're praying for her. Remember this quilt that my aunt quilted for me? Well, it's going to my secret sister :-). I had to attach a label, so I sewed that on tonight too.

Have a great weekend everyone! I'll try to be back on Saturday night after I've been able to log more time sewing. My goal for the weekend is to get Gold Coins to the flimsy stage and finish M's comfort quilt. Gold coins just needs 10 blocks assembled (the yellow & white rectangles are sewn, so just 4 seams/block) and then 15 blocks assembled into 3 columns of 5 and then the 4 columns seamed together. There's no border for this baby, so it will be ready for quilting then!

For M, I need to hand sew together the backing for quarters 3 & 4 and then seam both halves together (I quilted it in 4 parts to attempt a QAYG method.) Then it just needs binding and a label!


Friday, January 21, 2011


Don't forget - tonight's the night! It's the first Friday Night Sew-In for 2011. Come join the fun. All you need to do is get some sewing done tonight and then show 'n' tell everyone by Saturday :-).
For more info, follow the button to Heidi's blog:


1 thing, 1 Week Challenge

Amy's Creative Side

I'm signing up for a one thing, one week challenge where I set a goal to complete this week. My goal is to finish and have ready for giving the comfort quilt!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Other Monochromatic Quilts

I was checking out the comments on Judy's page and came across these eye-candy yellow quilts.

First up: Jamie from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee. Isn't it great? I love all the yellow's in it.

Jeanne's Table runner - too cute and just enough to brighten up a table.

Carol's fun quilt-a-long yellow quilt - she started it for a quilt-a-long, but isn't it purty? From a distance it looks yellow & white :-)

Tamera's yellow quilt. Nice and cheery.

Connie's Placemat's & centerpiece. She did a great job!

Looks like everyone's having fun working on the monochromatic color challenge. I'm looking forward to cutting mine this weekend!

~QB29 :-)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Gold Coins or Blue Coins

Today I was playing in EQ7 to design a monochromatic yellow quilt for Judy's monochromatic challenge. This quilt uses the stacked coins block that we did for Block Lotto this month. I thought, that since my yellows tend to the golden end of the spectrum, that I could call this quilt Gold Coins.

While making an image of the screenshot in Paint, I accidentally hit the "invert color" option. I think this is really cool and may be another quilt down the road.


I'm a Winner :-)

Guess I'm celebrating a passing score by winning!

I won a Judy's Chasing the Blues giveaway and I won a FB giveaway on Martingale & Company/That Patchwork Place's FB page.

Let's keep the celebration up (hint, hint, any other giveaways I've entered :-))

Thanks Judy and Martingale & Company!


Jumping for Joy - it's time to celebrate!

My advisor emailed me my scores from my comprehensive exam on the 8th. I passed! I have now completed all the requirements for my Masters of Science in Applied Computing!!!!!!!!! Can I just shout some? I'm so excited :-)


Monday, January 17, 2011

Green or White?

Binding, that is :-). Here is a sneak peak of the comfort quilt I'm working on.

It's going to finish at about 63" square. I made it out of a YBR pattern, but used 49 blocks w/out a border. I separated it into 4 quarters so that I wouldn't have to wrestle the whole quilt under my machine at one time. I've got the quilting about 3/4 finished and just basted the last 1/4 tonight. Here's 2 quarters put together, along with some binding choices. The green has white polka dots and is used in the quilt. The white is part of the backing (QAYG allowed me to piece the backing easily).

So which is better, green

or white?

I hope to have it delivered by this weekend at the latest.


2 sewing finishes

I've finished my Block Lotto Blocks:

and the towels for my FB PIF project:


Stash Report - Week 3

I sewed this week!

block lotto blocks: about 1 yard worth of 2.5 strips
PIF FB applique: 10 4/12" hearts + 10 3 1/2" hearts about 1/4 yard

Used this Week: 1.25 yards
Used year to Date: 1.25 yards
Added this Week: 0
Added Year to Date: 0
Net Used for 2011: 1.25 yards

You can check other stash reports via Judy's blog!


giveaway time!

Not by me though. Head over to Jaybird's and check out the sponsored giveaway she's hosting!


Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Day of Doing Little :-)

I came home from church with a migraine, so there went my plans to tackle my too-long to-do list. I was in bed by noon and slept until about 3:30. Thankfully, the migraine was gone when I woke up. I was barely up in time to make these:

They're Orange Brownies and I saw the recipe on Pleasant Home's site. No, there is no chocolate in them, but they have a brownie like texture, hence the name. I made them for evening church tonight. Our church's founder, Bro. Louis Arnold, turns 97 tomorrow. Even though he longer pastors our church (he left the church at some point years ago to travel & preach), he's still a much-welcomed friend to our congregation. Since his 90th birthday, he's preached the evening service closest to the big day and then we celebrate as a church family afterward. Everyone was asked to bring a cake or pie and the church supplied pizza, chicken, and potatoes tonight. Our pastor teases that we've got him scheduled through his 100th birthday, but we'll need to renegotiate the contract then, lol.

Bro. Arnold founded our church about 46 years ago. He also planted 3 other churches in our city (including one just a few miles down the road), 4 others in the state, and 2 more in Cincinnati, OH, plus some others that I'm not aware of. He used to fly a plane around the city and preach from the plane and preached on the radio for years. You can learn more about Bro. Arnold here at his website.

My SS class has our biweekly meeting tomorrow at our teacher's house and I'm baking another batch for them. We're having tacos for the main dish.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Joining Block Lotto

I am joining Block Lotto this month. Here is my first block. I've got fabric cut to make 8 more and hope to finish them tonight, but for now, my bed is calling my name :-).