Sunday, January 27, 2013
I spent the majority of my day in the quilting studio on Skype with Barb. I also watched Bonnie on QuiltCam. I did lots of little things like organizing my batting leftovers, cut batting for Suli's baby quilt and for my Skillbuilder BOM blocks, I think I made a fourth mug rug (or was that last night? lol), wound all my bobbins, and I made binding and attached it to all four of my mug rugs. This was the first victim. Not too bad from a galloping horse as they say, but I wasn't happy with it in more ways than one---I decided to rip it all out and attach it by machine on the front and hand bind the backs of all of them. So here is the first one..
I hope they like them half as much as I do! So very glad I FINALLY made some mug rugs. It has been on my list for a very long time :)
So today I have been cutting and sewing pillowcases for Christmas Through the Year! I participated in it last year and really had a good stock of gifts for giving come December. So four Christmas gifts made already in January!
This was fabric we got at a fabric thrift sale and I am happy to have put it to good use. I used Weeks Ringle's pattern (free at her blog) though I used the same fabric on both sides of the strip, and I like how they came out. Oh and I am enjoying Bonnie Hunter on QuiltCam!
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Magnum from Skillbuilder BOM is done. It was a little improv, really the first I have ever done. Not too shabby!
Here is Sound Wave and Magnum, before and after borders. Next up is spray basting them because soon Alyssa will be showing us how to quilt them! Check out www.pileofabric.com/ if you want to join in...these are the first blocks. I am mainly trying to do them so that I can practice free motion quilting...Alyssa has not been doing it for that long, but I have seen a few of her quilts up close and she knows what she is doing!
I also trimmed up Old Tobacco Road and Kathy cut all the flying geese border parts out!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Last night while talking on Skype to Barb and Fran they commented on my little flag quilt on the design wall. That led to a conversation about buying it with a kit and this "Jelly Stars" Bread and Butter pattern that I had given up on when I discovered we made a cutting error. I decided to just piece the bits together so I could get it done and five stars later the little top is together It still makes me smile.
Prior to that Kathy and I finished putting together Old Tobacco Road--I can now say I have made ALL of Bonnie's mystery quilts (and more!). Still need to trim it and make and add borders, but not bad!
Here I am with my K of Kolor block too!
I also did my Pile O' Fabric "Sound Waves" block....this is Alyssa's mock up above and mine below. I was inspired by the colors in our Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild button which some of us copied into our name tags.
It was really nice being done with work by 2 pm today so I could get in a whole afternoon/evening of sewing! Tomorrow I work all day but will be back at it tomorrow night and/or Saturday!
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I wasn't really feeling ambitious tonight but since I was on Skype with Barb and Fran I did a few spools...this led to them noticing the flag on my design wall so I showed them the partially done kit that came with it..which led to me piecing a few of the stars and putting together the first row of that quilt. I started this a LONG time ago and discovered I had miscut the corners...tonight I just pieced them from the leftover bits and called it fine from a galloping horse. I think it will be a girl's baby blanket anyways so I will finish it soon. Gotta work tomorrow, but done early. Kathy has promised me a sushi lunch and then we will come home and work on our 35th Ave. BOM!
Monday, January 21, 2013
I spent some time last night looking over mug rug tutorials and pictures for inspiration on what to do for the Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild's Mug Rug Swap for February. I decided on a rather simple one, but a block I had never made and I used my Denyse Schmidt fabric so hopefully someone else will love hers as much as I do. I am making three..one for my swap partner, one for me and one for Jennifer who wanted to swap but didn't want to worry about a binded border. So when it is all said and done, I will have three different mug rugs!
So the tops are done and the backings are made and I will leave the quilting and binding for another day. These granny squares just make me smile. I could almost do an entire quilt like this!
Here is Kathy holding up Old Tobacco Road. She has about half of it together now. This has truly been a tag team quilt and fun to do!
I hate to see my long weekend come to an end...back to work tomorrow. I did pretty good getting back on my be active and eat right train. I rode my bike all but two nights this week (groin isn't ready for everyday!) and tonight I did some hand weights too. I am writing my food down on myfitnesspal and am once again trying hard to make a life change that really needs to happen. Life is good here too!
Sunday, January 20, 2013
After that we went to the PHXMQG meeting and heard what our new chairs have planned for the year. Lots of awesome ideas and it was hard to pick what to join and what to pass on! I signed up for a mug rug swap and for the Pile of Fabric Skillbuilder BOM (but I seriously don't think I will make all of those and I don't plan to make the quilt anyways..I may do some of them and turn it into other smaller projects, not sure yet). More on the meeting later.
Then after I got home, Barb came over and I finished up piecing my Streak of Sunshine quilt and then made another one that is very similar. Barb worked on knitting up a hat that DJ had left on the peg thing since I didn't really know how to do it. She also wound bobbins and we gabbed the night away. It was fun!
The one with the yellow will find its way to another little boy, not sure who yet.
Kathy worked on putting together our Old Tobacco Road. It is a bit of a bear because it goes together in rows not in blocks and she wasn't used to that, but with a little help from me and BJ here and there she got a good chunk of it done.
So after an all day sewing session, we went to my Mom and Dad's where we celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary with a pot of Boiled Dinner. My sister and brother didn't come, but my brother's fiance and Kathy and I did and it was a nice night!
Tomorrow I am off work and I will be in my sewing room--but I am sleeping in first! I plan to piece a back for the Gnome Braid in a Day above, Easy Street and Cheddar Bow Ties. Also need to choose a pattern for my cousin Kai who just got married!
Friday, January 18, 2013
And here is my Braid in a Day Gnome Style out in the sun. This quilt is really CUTE close up but in pictures it just doesn't look too good. Maybe it will look better after it is quilted.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
So guess who was in Arizona to do some teaching and get in a visit to her family this past week or so? Bonnie Hunter! I really wanted to get up to see her in either Cottonwood or Prescott, but I was so incredibly sick I had to stay home and I couldn't go on the first day of teaching at my college gig. So I had pretty much decided that it would not be this year, or this time that I would be meeting Bonnie. I have had it on my bucket list for awhile (and Bonnie told me she added meeting me to hers too, what a sweetheart!) and I knew it would happen but....
then on Monday I got a message from Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville that she would like to meet up with me for breakfast Wednesday ...now most of you know I am NOT a morning person, but for Bonnie I didn't mind the early hour at all! We met up at Village Inn and Bonnie and I and Kathy got to gab for about an hour before I had to head to work. It was so sweet of her to meet her number one fan! I am an even bigger fan now..she is even more amazing in person...so while I crossed meeting her off of my list, I have now added taking a class from her and getting to one of her lectures to my bucket list! Today has been the most over the moon day--there is truly no other famous person I would have liked to sit down with and have breakfast. WHOOT WHOOT! Thanks again Bonnie!
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Kathy is finished with her Easy Street--well Sans Borders!