Monday, January 29, 2007
OK, enough sports talk. I know you're all here for the quilts! (Except Aunt Gretchen, Ty and Jean...so sorry, I'll post baby pictures tomorrow).
This is one of the wall-hangings I am giving to our small quilt auction. I used left over Stack-n-Whack blocks. I had fun using ALL the scraps from the original project! I just bought some more of the blue background...it's basic enough to use in something else. Here is the second bit of leftovers. I had some of the full "treasure box" blocks finished, so I just made a smaller version of Bethany Reynold's original design.
BTW - you should really try taking photos of your quilts-in-progress. These kaleidoscopes look pretty neat on my computer screen! It's like a reducing glass, you can get a better feel for the overall balance of the quilt and the colors if you snap a quick digital photo.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
We stayed bundled up this week since there were 4 days of FROST warnings! Our low on Monday night was 22 degrees - in PHOENIX...that's the lowest low temperature in 30 years! I'll have to remember that when it hits 115 this summer... either way, you just stay inside.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
The back of my leftover kaleidoscopes:
I'll show the front again after I get the bindings on. Can anyone explain, or send a link to instructions for applying straight bindings? I usually use mitered binding, but I'm using leftover strips and I don't have the excess to turn the corners. Although, I just bought some more of that blue background to make the hanging sleeves, so I could add more to my binding strips... Now it's just a debate over machine binding or hand stitching!
Next up on the longarm - two charity projects for the Quilt Pink auction! I had hoped to get the first one done over my Christmas vacation, but I was waiting on thread. I prefer PermaCore for the longarm and my favorite store was closed when I needed to order, so I used a different vendor and the shipment got delayed over New Year's Day.
Another question - does anyone save their excess batting? I end up with long strips that are only 6-8 inches wide after I quilt something on the longarm. It seems such a waste to throw that out, but I hate fiddling with leftovers trying to whip-stitch enough together for another project. If any of my quilt-blogger friends can use these scraps, let me know and we'll work out a swap!!
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
I've been quilting the kaleidoscope leftovers and knitting on the 2nd Jaywalker, but you've seen those before...I guess we're done here, LOL. I joined the 2007 Rockin' Socks Club from Blue Moon Yarn, so there will be lots of pretty yarn and many socks in the near future...the first installment arrives in February.
OH - exciting news - I bought Josh Groban concert tickets! He will be in Phoenix in March. Yay!!
Thursday, January 04, 2007
A 500-piece puzzle of the Mission San Xavier del Bac, which is jsut south of Tucson. We thought it sounded like a fun New Year's EVE project, but we went to bed early and forgot about it. OOPS. But it was perfect for New Year's Day with the Rose Parade on in the background. Some of the sky areas were pretty tricky. My method is to leave then come back to it throughout the day. Puzzle strategy - I look for colors that should be in the piece I want and then pick from the remaining pieces. B. picks up a piece, grabs the box top, and tries to figure out exactly where that piece goes. I guess it takes all kinds ;-)
Gidget has become much more active and friendly since she is an only-cat now. Here she is inspecting my thread box. She even made an appearance while my parents were over babysitting! It's the first time they've seen her in several years!
An example of bad math At my first Quilt Camp in the Pines a few years ago, I took a class from Sharyn Craig called "Half Log Cabin." I tried to re-create it here with 2.5" strips, and I ended up with a rectangle! I guess I should try a bit harder to dig out the original instructions...
And finally, here are the blocks I made for our guild meeting in February. Each month we get a new block pattern, and you get a raffle ticket for each block that you bring in the next month. The winner takes home all the completed blocks and is ready to finish a top! I've won two sets of blocks over the past 2 years, so I suppose I should put them together one of these days! (See, Susan, I *do* have UFOs!!!)