Sunday, July 31, 2011

August UFO Challenge Number

It all of the sudden dawned on me that tomorrow is August 1. Twenty-nine days until school starts (ARGH!!!!)

Abby helped me with this month's video. Your August UFO is #1.

Oh look.... mine's done!! LOL... but some of the other's are still in limbo.

Have fun!

Quilt Odyssey 2011

The Sundae Quilters (and friends) made the annual trek to Quilt Odyssey to sell raffle tickets for our guild. Going in a group is great as we take turns seeing the show, shopping in the vendor village (Maragaret made up that name.. I love it), and selling tickets.

Here are a few pictures of the quilts that 'tripped my trigger'. I admire the people who can come up with these ideas and apply them to fabric... I think I'm destined to be a geometric quilter (thank you Miss Bonnie).

The Rainbow Star??? 12,256 hexagons (I estimated 3/4 inch hexies). Not in my life time LOL

Oh and the Chicken bag?? A woman and her daughter-in-law were sitting out front as we left and I absolutely fell in love with the chicken... and she designed it!!!! She also makes a flamingo.... how cool!


Friday, July 29, 2011

Previously... on Patchwork Penguin

As you recall, yesterday I made my virgin attempt to make a Pineapple block using Gyleen Fitgerald's "Trash 2 Treasures" book and ruler. Yes I admit I skimmed the directions; attempted the block, swore at it a bit, figure it out myself, THEN went back and read the book. I do things bass-ackwards that way.
So after all that, I sliced and diced my Christmas fabrics into 1.5" strips. Isn't that a lovely pile??? Reminds me of spaghetti. The center blocks are all the same.... the only uniformity to the whole thing I guess.

I have two out of 64 done. Not something I'm going to get done in a weekend. Lots of up-and-down to the ironing board which they say is a good thing.

Oh, and before I got started, Kevin had to put my arms back on .... my chair. I decided I didn't like it without them.

Happy Quilting!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pineapple Block - Gyleen style

This is why my first grade teacher said on my report card.. "Does not like to follow directions."

Ok, I admit, I skimmed the book... I didn't read it. But after walking away and then going back with a clear head (and lunch) I got my pineapple block figured out using Gyleen Fitzgerald's ruler and book "Trash 2 Treasure".

I'm liking it... and am in the process now of cutting ALL of my Christmassy fabrics into 1.5" inch strips.

Hope you are having a great day!!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Leaders and Enders

Bonnie!! Bonnie!! Bonnie!!!!

I wouldn't call myself a scrappy junkie... nor a leader/ender nerd.... but I am trying. Today I spent some time putting together my 'twosies' to make 4-patches. I MADE 400!!!!!!  I know it is difficult to see in this pictures... but the drawer is almost full.

Holy moly!!! So I went through Bonnie's books and found that many of her quilts are made using 4-patches created with 2-inch squares. Ok.. now I have to decide which one to make.

If you smell something burning.. it's my brain trying to make a decision.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Neverending Hexagons.....

I love 30's prints... and I love hexagons. So a couple of years ago I decided to embark on a Grandmother's Flower Garden. I have lots of flowers made, more to make, and have a few actually put together.

Then I decided... why not try 1/2-inch???? So, I cut out some Civil War prints (my new passion) and some Kona Natural and get those together. No clue what I'm going to do with it (no it is NOT going to be a full-size quilt)... I just like putting them together.

Now I have challenged myself (with a "You're nuts!" from my Sundae Quilter pals) to try the 1/4-inch. Gonna look for those at Quilt Odyssey in two weeks.

I'll let you know what the address is for my rubber room :o)


Sunday, July 17, 2011

A win and some wings!!!

A few weeks ago, the Fat Quarter Shop had a giveaway for Amanda Murphy patterns. I won!!!!   Thank you so much to the FQS!!!!

I received a set of patterns in the mail the other day and they are adorable. Abby has looked at them and found a couple she likes.

The wings part of this post is a Swallowtail butterfly. One of them shows up at least once a summer and Kevin got a picture the other day.

Hope you are enjoying life in your part of the globe. It is going to be wicked hot here this week....bring on the autum temps!


Saturday, July 9, 2011

In my next life............

1. I'm going to design all public buildings AROUND the women's bathroom
2. Teach people how to cut fabric in a straight line. (no one in particular)
3. Teach fabric companies how to roll fabric onto a bolt so that it can be cut on the straight of grain.
4. Curb the reliance on a calculator/digital read-out so that kids can add and subtract without punching plastic buttons and then freezing up when the machine doesn't give them the correct answer and I have to tell them how much change I get back.
5. Be able to press, fold, cut, stack, count, draw lines, and sew 189 flying geese in one evening.
6.  Be better at watching what I eat, how much I eat, and exercise more.
7.  Try to be more tolerant when life throws curves I'm not ready for.

Ok, I'm done being *#*(&$#.... how was your day????

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Old is new... and a finish

Kevin is on vacation this week, so today we went to breakfast and did some running around.

We went to a local flea market/antique co-op and of course I was on the lookout for old quilts. This is what I found. It is a beautiful pink/yellow squares pattern with a purple sashing. There is also an embroidered date of 1917 in one of the corners on the back. I love it!!!!

Also, I was able to finish another UFO this week. This is my guild President's quilt. I had the honor of serving as president of the Chambersburg Quilt Guild in 2000-2001. You know how quilts have to talk to you... well this one took its own sweet time telling me how to finish it. When I was asked what fabrics and colors I like I said "Red and Pansies". The reaction was "Yeah, like we will find that" and low and behold they did!!!!!! I love this quilt... there are signatures of members who have passed on and some whose pathes have taken them away from the guild.

So since I knew I wasn't going to get my hand-quilted sampler done anytime soon, I made an executive decision to switch this one for the sampler on my UFO list (see sidebar). Five of my UFOs are at Donna's waiting to be quilted periodically after her machine gets a tune-up. So other than one huge one that I need to find a stencil for to mark some wreathes, my UFO box is EMPTY!!!!! My goal will soon be reached... I am so psyched.

Hope you all are having a wonderful day (in much cooler temps I might add).


Saturday, July 2, 2011

July UFO Challenge

Sorry, I'm a day late. Abby and I were out and about yesterday an then my in-laws took us out for supper.

So here we go. The July UFO number is 5.

Have fun!!!