Bonnie is now taking pre-orders and she will even sign them for you so what are you waiting for? Get on over there and order one now. If you go to http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2012/05/presenting-string-fling.html you will be able to see my eye candy from Bonnie's latest book and I know you are going to have to get it...and feel free to tell Bonnie that her "number one fan" sent you!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Ros has been busy quilting up my Schnibbles! I can't wait to get them back on Saturday! These two aren't claimed yet but nice to have some in reserve for whatever comes up! This one is Bibelot in Collections for a Cause fabric.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
I didn't do any sewing yesterday and all I really have to show for an evening in my quilting studio is that this Anita's Arrowhead is cut and pinned! Becky is working on one and I fell in love with the blocks so I had to copy her. The pattern is free on quiltmaker.com http://www.quiltmaker.com/patterns/details.html?idx=12909 for a limited time if it grabs you too. I sent it on to Ros and BJ and June and so far Ros and BJ are planning to make one too. It is an interesting pattern where you sew the squares all around except for two corners, then cut it diagonally and press and cut the pieces for the block from that. We will see how easy it is, lol.
I am working today, a long day, so since I have discovered I can now read my blogs again in reader (they block lots of stuff on our computers and reader was blocked, but now suddenly it is not!) and I cannot tell you how happy I am to read them. I am also blogging on my breaks, yippee! Love my third job, lol it is challenging (video interpreting) but gives me time to knit and blog, and read too!
Hope your summer is off to a good start!
Monday, May 28, 2012
Here is Doc Schnibbles rephotographed for a better look. It is all ready for the parade (and the longarmer) before it ships off to Norway to Rachel's soon to be born son. Thinking I might have to bind it in red too because the cornerstones really pop and that should bring it all together.
Happy Memorial Day!
Sunday, May 27, 2012
I also spent some time cleaning up all the fabric on my little dresser in the quilting studio. Kathy cut a bunch into strips for my drawers and I cut a bunch more bow tie pieces. It is getting more manageable in there every time I work on it. I also cut out a Diamondbacks surgical cap for my brother for Christmas. He wants another Packer one (I repaired his old one) but I need more Packer fabric to make him one.
Becky and I decided on a last minute get together in the afternoon and it was nice catching up with her! She sewed a charity quilt and then worked on some Jack in the Box blocks. After I worked on the NYE Mystery I did three more cheddar blocks and then added a row to the Cheddary Challenge which is finally getting to be a decent size!
I am now about out of cut bow tie fabric. I will have to get to cutting some more soon because I want to add one more long row (at least) to this quilt! With the small size of the blocks it takes quite a bit to get this quilt to a decent size!
Becky stayed for dinner and we played some Dutch Blitz and Five Crowns after which was fun. She is a good card player and the only one that can consistently beat me at Dutch Blitz!
|Picture borrowed from Quiltmaker.com|
Becky also showed me a cool quilt she is making (forgot to take a picture of her blocks) Anita's Arrowhead, it is a free pattern (for a limited time) from Quiltmaker you can find it at http://www.quiltmaker.com/patterns/details.html?idx=12909 I even have leftover fabric in this same line so I might just start with that. It is a really interesting block construction so I can't wait to have time to try it!
Friday, May 25, 2012
I also made some more bow ties and had a few done from the other day so I got another block together. I also cut for more bow ties when I was feeling putzy this afternoon. I am loving Fridays off and think I should implement it year round. I have worked way too much in the last year and I need to recharge my batteries. I am amazed at how one extra day makes me feel like I have time to do the things I want to do!
Kathy and I went to the Deaf Coffee chat at Starbucks tonight for a few hours. I have made some good friends through that group and wish Kathy would learn some sign so it wouldn't be so boring for her. She doesn't mind if I go alone, but I have been dragging her along. :)
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Ros has made my Pineapple Blossom quilt BLOOM! I love it. I am really thinking I am going to bind up this quilt and give it to DJ so she has a rainbow quilt since she doesn't have a quilt from me. We finally talked for an hour and half yesterday (on the phone through a terp) and I feel a little more settled about things. This transition has been so hard and I miss her so much but it is what it is and I think it will get easier with time. Her birthday is the end of this month and she will be out of town then but maybe when she gets back I can gift it to her. The only problem is she is not telling her new girlfriend she is talking to me so that might be tough. But I will figure it out if need be. I made so many quilts for DJ's family members but since she was with me I didn't give her one. One day she plans to come and sew with me, but that may be years from now so this quilt can keep her warm in the meantime. We will see.
Here is a closeup of Ros' quilting. I am so lucky to have a fantastic (and quick) longarmer! June has talked me into buying her Megaquilter since she can't keep it...one day I will learn to do something with it, but I don't know that I even want to be able to do what Ros can do! I plan on storing the thing until I have more space (ie someone moves out of one of the bedrooms) so I can set it up and learn how to use it.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Tomorrow is another day, hoping it will be less blue :)
It is time again for:
Thanks Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side for hosting!
So I decided to enter my Orca Bay..renamed Green Bay for the Packers of course! Here it is all quilted and bound. This was Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt started last November and recently completed.
Ros Atwood professionally quilted it for me with this football panto and surprised me with some special words on the quilt like "Go Pack Go" and "Green Bay Packers" which makes it even more special. This is one of my favorite quilts ever!
Enjoy the rest of the festival!
Friday, May 18, 2012
Kathy and I spent the day at June's working on her sewing room. We got through all the rest of the fabric and sorted through all that was there for some organization. We hauled a bunch of stuff back to June's for the sale. There is still so much to do, but June and I are having a good time doing it anyway!
Cal is doing a mystery on June 2nd and Ros, BJ, Kathy, June and I (and anyone else we can convince) will be gathering at Ros' to work on it. I love mysteries but only seem to have time for one to two each year. The first picture is of my fabric choices. June passed on the cute suitcase fabric which I snapped up because it has "Paris" on it and my cousin Ashley loves all things Paris so this will be her wedding quilt for fall. I had to pick some matching colors from my now substantial stash and came up with these. I had to add more of the reddish color in another fabric too. It was from the same line so it will work fine, but it has a pattern on it. Oh well, I am NOT buying any fabric lol! I think it will be cute and I will most likely put the other Paris fabric I bought which doesn't match and was only one yard on the back.
Kathy decided to make her Dad a lap quilt since they are Irish. She went with the snoopy stuff for the pop fabric with the solid as the second most fabric and the shamrock last. I am sure it will be busy but her dad will love it!
So Kathy and I cut all the clues up and put them in labeled bags. I also folded some bigger chunks of fabric and cut some bow ties for the Cheddary Challenge (I did sew up a half a dozen of them yesterday). I also sewed some pinwheel blocks for Jack in the Box in yellow but didn't take a picture.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
|Doc Schnibbles for Rachel Clark's baby in Norway|
I decided for Christmas Through the Year I would show you the stack of dishrags (and one Tribble) that I have been working on. I am almost always working on one and they make great gifts so I will continue to add to my stack all year but this is May's project since May has almost gotten away from me and I need to get some work in on my sister's Crown quilt this weekend!
Today would have been a year and half for DJ and I. Seriously have good days and bad days but mostly I miss her. She is someone I don't know now and really isn't even texting to me much less signing to me, breaks my heart and I don't understand. Best I can figure she is mad I got back with Kathy. How do people leave their partners and then blame it all on that same partner? I have let the past go and am ready to focus on the future, but I am used to being friends with my exes and am taking losing her one hundred percent really hard. It has been almost two months and while I am doing better than I was I still am heartbroken. Life should not be so hard. Sigh.
Tomorrow Kathy and I will be going to June's apartment again and will work on organizing her sewing room some more. She is settling in but likes the company and enjoys me lighting a fire under her butt, I think anyway!
Still knitting dishcloths...finished this one in the car on the way to work. It mostly got done while on hold at work or between calls. I love the colors of this yarn. So relaxing and peaceful..I need all the relaxing and peaceful I can get! I have already picked out the next ball of yarn and will get going on it here at work (yes I am blogging from work) I get a sentence typed, answer the phone and repeat lol! Love my jobs!
Last night I finally hit it hard with Doc Schnibbles which is a card trick block. Finally picked up some speed on it too! I had three blocks done in as many days, but last night I managed to whip up six blocks (with Kathy trimming the blocks as we went :)) and get the sashing and cornerstones on each block so I have a flimsy without borders. All the border block hst's are made so should make short work of finishing this up tonight after work. So excited to have this one almost done. I love the way it looks, but it was a bit putsy for me. I should never say never though because I really do like the overall look of this and I would never have tried it if not for the Schnibble challenge so thanks Sinta, Sherry and Carrie (and Miss Rosie) for inspiring me into doing this, lol. Even my cutting screw up wound up working out :) This one will be a baby quilt gift down the line I am sure.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
|Doc Schnibbles in Progress|
In other news I got a few summer classes to interpret this summer which is great and helps keep me from working too many hours on my video relay job which makes me a happy girl. Happy Hump Day. (Now if my work shift would just go quickly so I can get home and sew!)
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I joined an Ugly Challenge swap because Ros and BJ were doing one and I thought it would be fun for us all to do the same thing. I think I also talked them both into doing Cal's Mystery quilt on June 2nd! So my partner is Robyn in TX and here is what she sent me. I love the two on the lower right and can deal with the others in the bottom row but the top row...well let us just say Robyn did a great job picking out the uglies! But I will most likely follow Bonnie Hunter's advice and cut it up really small til it looks great!
Here are the Uglies I sent to Robyn in TX. At one time I did actually like the three on the right, but I am over them now! Can't wait to see what she does with them.
While at AZ Huggy Bunch at Ros' yesterday (for two hours only then off to help my parents unpack and hang pictures) I sewed up the HST's for this card trick block for Doc. When I got home I attempted to put a block together and I do mean attempted. I think this is the most complicated Schnibble I have done to date. Someone else blogged about having problems with the directions so I should have taken notice. I mistakenly cut the charm squares into quarters when the directions clearly say to cut the background into quarters and the charm squares into a half and two quarters. UGH! SO I had to seam up two quarters to get a half again and then sew them. Now I need to trim this first block so it can become a block. Another day.
Today we are going to June's to help her unpack and organize things. I would like to get into her sewing room and do that but we will see what she needs done.