Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Weekly Update January 27

I know I backdated the post, I apologize. I meant to post it on Sunday but when I couldn't sew I got frustrated and forgot.

Anyway here is my report:

What I accomplished:

  • cut and started piecing a Rail Fence Baby quilt for my great niece/nephew: approximately 3 yards
  • finished piecing the center of Erin's quilt - no i dea how much fabric LOL (gotta work on that part of organization)

My goals for the week:

  • put borders on Erin's quilt
  • decide on how to border my Carolina Crossroads mystery (will have to make a road trip for this)
  • finish baby quilt top
  • retrieve the power cord for my Viking D1 (see previous post)
  • continue to organize the sewing room and find stuff to donate to the guild auction

Not very lofty goals but I think they are doable. Hope everyone else has a good week!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

I Can't Sew!!!!!!!!

This past summer I bought my mother-in-law's Viking Designer 1. So today, Iasked my husband to re-set my Horn cabinet for the D1 from my Bernina 150 (I'm trying to be frugal and may sell the Bernina....... I haven't decided). So I was all ready to learn about this machine, get some pieces out and sew.........and my power cord is missing!!!!

The last place I had it was at a friend's house last fall when she was showing me how to embroider on it. So I called her and she told me the last time she had her machine in, there was an extra power cord.... and the service guy kept it. So, Tuesday I have to call in and see if it is still there......... if not I buy one.

So instead of sewing today, I have to CLEAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Actually this is a good thing, I'm finding things to put in our guild auctino and stuff to throw away and stuff I forgot I had.

In the mean time, my husband is sewing on the featherweight....... I am so jealous.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Is organization over rated??? (aka can i do this?)

Ok, I was blog surfin, and I noticed on 'Threads of Mine' there was a really cool (easy) spreadsheet set up keeping track of how much fabric used. Can I do this? I decided to print off the chart and keep it in the sewing room so that I can hand write (I know, so 1900s) as I go.

Wish me luck!!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Smokey Cat and the Cords

Smokey, one of our cats, has a most unusual habit............ she likes to chew on power cords. Over the past year, I have replaced two telephones, my keyboard, and my mouse. Other cords in the house are covered in electrical tape. Yesterday, while my husband had the television stand pulled out from the wall, we discovered she had nearly chewed through the television power cord. He took all of the cords behind the TV and pulled them through a piece of PVC pipe.

Today I stopped at Staples and got something called a Cable Zipper. Basically it is a harder plastic tube that you put all of the cords through. So this afternoon, while the girls were off school, they watched their mother go slowly bonkers trying to figure out the most efficient way to get the cords organized behind the computer and covered so that 'Stupid Cat' can't chew on them. Now I have two power strips ; one for the DSL modem, router, and pencil sharpener on top of the desk, and one down in the tower cabinet for the printer, monitor, tower, and speakers.

You know it has been a long day when you can't figure out the *(#&$)# Cable Zipper and your 14 year old says "Mom....... calm down"........ then looks at her twin sister and says "I think Mom is over the edge" (I, in the mean time, am giggling uncontrollably lying on my back under the computer table).

So, guess what hubby gets to do!! You got it......... pull the TV stand back out and use the rest of this Cable Zipper stuff to cover the cords behind it.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sunday Stashbusting Report

I didn't get a whole lot of busting done this week, but here goes

What I accomplished:

  • completed the last step of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt and got the center together, working on the borders now.
  • started work on a quilt for my dd, continuing to work on it as well

My goals for this week:

  • finish the borders/top of Bonnie's mystery
  • finish the top of dd's quilt
  • Clean up the sewing room (Can't find it anymore)
  • put the borders on another Turning 20 Again
  • Don't buy any unneccesary fabric.
  • Have fun with my Sundae Quilter friends on Friday

Thursday, January 17, 2008

My Mystery Center is Complete

Bonnie posted the last step and the lay out today. I got so into this I couldn't stop and now the center is complete. I have an idea in my head for borders so tomorrow I'll measure and cut and see how it looks.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Sunday Stashbusting Report

I have decided that I need to publicly reckon my stashbusting...... maybe this will help keep me on track. Of course, that means I need to remember what I actually accomplished this week LOL. So here goes:

What I accomplished:

  • designed, cut, pieced and quilted a four block (approximately 31" square) class sample... all fabrics from the stash
  • finished Step 6 in the Carolina Crossroads mystery

My goals for this week are:

  • cut fabrics for my daughter's graduation quilt (I hope she doesn't read this.... needless to say I can't post pictures until the end of May)
  • work on Step 7 of the Carolina Crossroads mystery (if it is posted)
  • hand quilt on my Underground Railroad Quilt

Carolina Crossroads Mystery Part 6

Bonnie posted Part 6 of the mystery last week. We are starting to put all of the pieces together. I had a feeling when she had us make quarter square triangles (Hourglass) blocks that some type of star was involved.

Now I'm wondering what will happen with the rail fence and accented nine-patch units. Could they be used as borders around the "ohio' stars? hmmmmmmmmmmmm

Friday, January 11, 2008

Class sample done (in 24 hours no less)

Ok, I guess that sounded braggy..... but I'm rather proud of it. I pulled everything from my stash. The backing fabric gets the Ugly award, but the front looks pretty darn cool. I'll work on the binding tonight.

I'm going to teach a basic piecing class at the local quilt shop and needed a class sample ASAP. I think this does the trick.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Now I have a signature

Thanks to Beth, I now have a signature. You can get yours at www.mylivesignature.com

Erin's Graduation Quilt

Well it is only 3.5 years late........ she graduated from high school in June 2004. I tracked down as many of her teachers as I could and asked them to sign a 3.5 inch square. The school colors are maroon/grey/white and the mascot is the greyhound.
I was determined that this one be handquilted. Afterall she is my daughter and I wanted it to be a special momento. I don't know LOL. Thus the reason it took 3.5 years. I had never really hand quilted before this quilt. Having been a cross stitcher I thought quilts had to 'bounce a quarter' tight in a frame. After taking the "That Perfect Stitch" class with Dee Dee McElroy, and learning the mechanics of hand quilting, I was able to work much more efficiently.

I had given the top to Erin and then 're-gifted' the finished quilt this past Christmas. I think she was pleased.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Dragon Dilemma

If you've been following my blog you saw a past post about my Hot Flash Quilt. When I took it to my friend Donna to long arm on her APQS Millenium, the idea came up to put a Dragon on it, breathing flames down onto the quilt. The entire design was done using YLI varigated thread in yellow/orange/red. After looking at it, we decided it needed some green to help bring the detail of the dragon out on the front (you could see it fine on the back as it is solid red). So, I borrowed some green Sulky thread and came home and went over her wonderful design using green. I really think it helped to make the dragon pop.

Now my dilemma is........... do I need to add a little metallic to him to bring him out further? Donna and I are talking about adding some crystals at various points in the flames. She graciously sent some home with me so I could lay them out and play.

Do dragons need bling? Let me know what you think.

Friday, January 4, 2008

My "To Do" List....... Part II

I found the notebook I had written my TO DO list in today. When you have a list, it is meant to be added to.

Lord help me......................

Carolina Crossroads Mystery Part 5

Woohoo!! It's finished!! This is the first time I've used the companion angle and I must say I like the way things turned out. Can't wait for Bonnie to start telling us how they go together. This is going to be way cool when its done.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Now that the holidays are over and the confusion of the season is subsiding, I wanted to take a moment to re-post my Pay it Forward promise.

I will send a personally handmade gift to the first three people who post a comment on my blog requesting to join the Pay it Forward (PIF) exchange. I don't know what the gift will be or when you will get it, but I do promise you will receive it within 365 days. In exchange, you must make the same promise on your blog and Pay it Forward.
Have fun!!!

Happy New Year!!!

Wow!! 2008 is here............ I can remember when I would think "Man, I"ll be 38 when the year 2000 rolls around". Now we are in 2008......... you do the math LOL.

I hope everyone has a safe, prosperous and 'quilty' New Year.