Wednesday, April 23, 2008
You will probably have to register, but I've never had problems with the site, and when you leave and come back the next day, it knows where you left off, so you don't have to start over.
I think I'm currently on level 37. Give it a try, and let me know what level you are at. It is FUN!
Monday, April 21, 2008
I really like the fabrics in this line, and I think the blocks are very interesting. This month's block is also one with a lot of pieces. I can't wait until I can see it with the rest of these.
Well, I think I will go piece the back for the "new quilt", and maybe I can layer it tomorrow?? LOL
Saturday, April 19, 2008
I ran out of time tonight, so no progress on my flag quilt, but that I can take places to work on while I wait. So I better get my Sunday School lesson read for tomorrow, and get to bed.
Take care all, and have a good day tomorrow.
FIRST - I finally worked on my design wall. Hubby and I got the materials a month or two ago, but I just couldn't get to putting them together. We bought 2 - 4 x 8 sheets of insulation board, and today I cut a foot off the ends, to make them 4 x 7. Then I wrapped batting around them, and taped the batting to the back. One is completely taped, and up against the wall, with blocks on it, the second is taped on three sides. I got interrupted when we went to dinner, but I will finish it tomorrow.
SECOND - My new quilt - I have had over half the blocks together, but the blocks are on point, and I needed to cut the setting triangles. Well, I'm happy to report that they are now cut, and I've sewn the first three on to the corner block. The sizes I cut are going to work well, so I'm happy. (And this quilt is the reason I finally had to get the design wall done. The little area I was using was just too small to see the layout. And I really need the second piece of wall - then I will be able to see the entire quilt up on the wall, with out flapping over on the edges!!)
THIRD - Remember the flag quilt I showed you a while back, trying to figure out how to quilt the blue field?? Well I made a decision, and here it is:
If you click on the picture to make it larger, you can see the quilting in the blue field. There are two large "fireworks" stitched in the blue field. The top one has gold beads added at the ends of the firework lines. I still need to add the beads to the bottom one. I used Sulky Holoshimmer thread#145-6007. (It is a mylar type thread, and I used a regular needle, and did NOT have problems with thread breakage) And in the top left, you will see a small firework burst. I have about 5 more of these to add also. Then finish putting on the sleeve to hang it, and a label and it will be done. Woo Hoo. I may get this done this month!! Yippee!!
Yours in Quilting - Sew something fun for yourself!!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
The give-away closes Friday (tomorrow) at noon EST, but even if the give-away is over, you really should go look at her cards!!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
I mixed in the compost, potting soil, coffee grounds and cut up fabric into the dirt. (Yep, this is what I do with my cotton fabric scraps that are too small to use. and I save all the used coffee grounds too). So the dirt is ready, and you can see the scraps of fabric in the picture on the right. I've mixed the dirt well, and leveled it out. then put down my drip hose that I use to water the flowers. Looks wonderful, doesn't it?? So smooth, no big rocks!!
Now we need to go to the little local nursery! As we head to town, we get to go through this wonderful tunnel under the train tracks. The tunnel is over 100 years old, and trains still use the tracks over it several times a day. It's a short drive from the tunnel to town, and then a few blocks and we are at the nursery. The nursery is in the yard around one of the older homes in town.
Wow, don't they have a lot of plants for a little nursery!! Hmm , it's pretty early in the spring yet, and the nights still get below freezing, so I probably should just get pansies. They should be pretty hardy. And look at the racks of pansies they have! I'm going to pick out some good ones! Oh, there are some iris's. I'm grabbing one pot of those too. The owner says they are pretty fragile, and it may get too cold for them at night, but I'm going to give one pot a try.
Back home we go, and I want to get these all in the ground. I've got a lot of empty space yet, but I have some flowers to look at now. I put the iris in the most sheltered spot in the little garden, and divided up the pansies into two groups. In the picture on the right you can also see the dianthus that made it through the winter, as well as two poppy plants, and a miniature rose bush that may or may not make it. I'll get more flowers in a couple weeks, when the danger of freezing is past. Oh, yes. The step stones are a couple pieces I "stole" from the pallets of rock that are waiting to become our front walk. Oh well, that is for another day.
OK, I'm pooped. Time to rest, and then on to sewing!! Yeaaa!! What a great day!!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I did have a little fun, tho. I went to Flagstaff today (needed to do the banking, and run errands). But the fun part was that I drove through little mini snow showers. About 8 times in my driving there and back, I had flakes falling from the sky. Now the car said it was 43 degrees outside, and during the "biggest" show shower, the temperature dropped to 37. Needless to say, the snow did not stay on the ground very long. But it was fun to see the flakes, for just a little while.
Sew some fun stuff, and let me know what you are getting done. I need the inspiration!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
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Saturday, April 5, 2008
Friday Steve and I stopped in Phoenix as he had some business meetings, and I got to visit with people from my old office, and then we headed home. On the way home, I got about half the hanging sleeve on my flag quilt, before it got too dark to see what I was doing. All in all, it was a very good trip!
Now to go start a new quilt. Hope I have time this week to get the fabric cut, and the blocks made!
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Yours in quilting!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Wow, look at my completed list on the right. 5 items completed during March! (Only one was a UFO, though). Sometimes it feels like I never get anything done, so having this list is a good thing. It feels good to know that Yes! I do accomplish something! I'd love to show you a picture of the placemat set for my Mom that I just finished, but I think I will give it to her for Mother's day. And I don't want to ruin her surprise. She knows I'm making them, and helped pick out the fabric. But she should be the first to see them, I think. Hmm, maybe I should give them to her early??
Well, this is not a very exciting post, probably because I'm tired. I was up till 3pm last night trying to get the placemats done, and it is already 12:30 tonight.
Take care - make sure you get enough rest - and have some fun!