Tuesday, July 31, 2012

T-shirt Quilt Update

Today was a work day on the t-shirt quilt. I wanted to get another 'column' done since I will be at an all-day workshop tomorrow. If you compare the picture from yesterday to today, you can see that the layout changed..... again. it is nothing like the original layout but then change is a good thing. I'll work on this some more on Thursday. Happy Quilting!

Monday, July 30, 2012

A learning process............

In January, 2011 one of the members of the senior class was killed in an auto accident. I had known this young man since he was about four years old and I count his mom as a dear friend. Last summer I told her I would make her a t-shirt quilt, but with everything going on I didn't get the t-shirts until the end of August. So over Christmas break, I went back to her and asked her to go through them to make sure I would be using what she wanted off of each shirt.

 When I say a learning process, I mean from the ground up. I've never done this before and I'm sort of feeling my way through it. I didn't want to use little designs and have HUGE blocks of blank t-shirt so I decided to make them all different sizes. Needless to say, I have added another iron to the fire of frustration. It is slowly coming together, and I like what I see so far.

 Mom asked for black, off-white, and a rusty red; the last two colors will be in the border. They had just picked out new bedroom furniture and paint for his room two weeks before he died. She went ahead and ordered the furniture (it is black) and painting the room the way he wanted it. I thought that while it might be painful it was a nice tribute to his life.

 So I thought I would share what I have so far. Stay tuned as this slowly comes together. I would like to get the center done before school starts.

 Quilty Hugs!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Quilt Odyssey

Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA was this past week/weekend. A friend of mine from our guild owns the show and she and her family always do a great job with it. There are always lots of lovely quilts and lots of goodies in the vendor mall. I managed to get out of the vendor mall with only nine fat quarters and a little something for Abby which will be squirreled away until Christmas (if I don't forget about it).

I didn't take a lot of pictures of quilts this year.  George Sicliano had a display of his miniatures... they always fascinate me.  There was also a display of Civil War era quilts, but I couldn't take pictures of those.  I think the quilt that captivated me the most was a pictorial of a little girl and her dog with cherry blossoms falling down around them.  I admire people that can and do make these types of quilts, but I know they will never be something that comes out of my sewing room.  There seemed to be more 'art' quilts rather than traditional quilts this year as well.

Of course, the high-light of my show experience was taking a class with Bonnie Hunter.  Way back in March, the classes opened on our guild meeting day.  By the time I got home her classes were closed (one of the ladies in the class said they closed within 15 minutes).  About a month ago, there was an email sent out that there were two spots in the Tumalo Trail class.... and I snagged one.  I did a lot of pre-class prep; got my strip sets sewn and sub-cut for my nine patches, and I cut the strips and HSTs with the Easy Angle as well.  Of course when you have all those pieces staring at you you have to make a couple of blocks (Which I don't have pics of yet).  I did manage to get the 388 nine patches done in class and that was my goal.  I also met a new friend, Susan, from Mt. Joy, PA.  We hit it off immediately... wonder if it is because we are teachers LOL.
Me, Bonnie, and Susan 

Happy Quilting!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Who said school can't be fun??!!

Belinda and I drove to Bedford, PA yesterday for Bonnie Hunter's "Jared Takes a Wife" class. We haven't seen Bonnie in a while, and haven't had the opportunity to take a class since she visited our guild in 2008. So what's an hour drive west???? What a hoot!! So much sewing and so many different looks for the same block (see Bonnie's slide show on her blog). Of course at the very end we had to get a picture with Bonnie...and being us, well, we can't take the usual posed smiley shot. Who said school can't be fun???

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Scrap Quilt Challenge

I finished my Scrap Quilt Challenge. I had actually had the pieces cut before school let out, and about 6 blocks finished. This is Bonnie Hunter's Oklahoma Backroads pattern. Anymore, I find 'regular' quilts boring... and prefer to make scrappy quilts. I'm not saying I don't make quilts from a pattern, it's just that I've made so many scrappy quilts now, they are in my blood :o)

 My friend Judie has a Viking mid-arm and she let me quilt on it last week. It isn't much, just a meander... trying to get used to the machine. I could definitely feel it in my arms when I was done... darn tendinitis. I did get a little artsy and quilted the date into the bottom border.

 Have a great day!

Foundation Paper Piecing......

We know return you to your regularly scheduled program.

Table conundrum...........

Do any of you have the Quilter's Dream table? I love mine. When I was working as a long-term sub 9 years ago I bought it. My conundrum is space..... leave the back  flap up or down. I notice in a lot of sewing-space pics that many people don't have a huge table space behind the machine... how does that work for you? Comments please.... just need some advice. Have a great day!

PS:  This is just a stock picture from the internet... not my sewing room


Monday, July 16, 2012

Granny Squares.....

I need another project like I need another (fill that in as you like). I have seen on a couple of blogs that there is a granny square or great-granny square quilt along. The difference being that the great grannies have one more round on them.

 Anyway, I have always like this block. I've seen variations of it, one was called the Chimney Sweep. It isn't a block that I am breezing through. I'm doing one at a time. You have to be very careful when pressing so that the rows don't stretch and distort. I'm using Kona Natural for the centers and background and then my Civil War fabrics for the rest. For now I'm trying to be matchy-matchy with the colors in the CW prints, but I know that will, at some point, run out of coordinated combinations.

 I know that I will end up putting sashing between the blocks in the Natural as well, and perhaps corner stones of different CW prints, but I can't decide if I like them straight or on point. Opinions???? Come on, I know you have them :o) I can see this as an on-going project throughout the school year. If I get the pieces cut and put into their own special project box, I could get at least two blocks done each week (wishful thinking??)

 Hope it isn't too nasty hot where you are.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

I always suspected.....

Abby was playing with her new computer... I always knew she was bull-headed.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Google Reader and iGoogle

How many of you keep track of the blogs you follow through Google Reader? I have my reader on my iGoogle home page, but now see that iGoogle will no longer exist after November, 2013. I'm probably being an airhead about this, but is there another way to get to Google Reader? Thanks for your help in advance.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Mail call.... highs and lows

The mail carrier came to the door with packages this morning... both for me. I was so excited. One was Bonnie Hunter's new book. I have skimmed through it and drooled a little bit :o) She is such a talented lady. The other wonderful thing to arrive was my dry iron. Bonnie had posted about them from the Vermont Quilt Festival. It has a solid plate, which is great because sometimes corners get caught in the vent holes on my iron and wrinkle up when I press. However, when I opened it, I found it was broken and cracked. How to go from a mile high to flat on the ground! Needless to say I went back on Amazon and now am awaiting an email from the third party seller it came from. So, I guess I just need to be patient and use the iron I have. Hope everyone is having a wonderful day. If you are anywhere the heat is, stay inside and stay cool!