Friday, December 21, 2012

REVELATION! ADDING IS NOT THE SAME AS MULTIPLYING

No adding is not the same as multiplying lol....when working with my string blocks i kept adding the figures up as it takes 4 small blocks to make 1 big block...well when i was trying to figure out how big i wanted to make the quilt i was suppose to multiply how many little blocks to make the total....grrrr instead i was adding so it seemed a lot less but didn't come out right....NOW i think i have it straight....but i had to make the bigger blocks before it sunk in...here are my piles of big string blocks so far...

have a whole lot more to go lol...i liked the other way of figuring better lol....no wonder my scrap box didn't seem to go down much lol....now i have added more to it....

as i have said in the last post a few days ago i have the maze #2 in the frame now and as of this morning i am half done...

i would like to be down to the binding by Christmas so i can sew it on while gabbing with the family Christmas day and maybe i wont nibble so much lol...

the rest of the week and the week end i will try to get some baking done....still not sure what i want to do....really not in mood to do any but that is subject to change at moments notice....i do that at times lol....

there is nothing pressing in the sewing department so i wont get bogged down with that....from the looks of the family room though i better do some cleaning....i did put some 'bags' of blocks away and straightened up the things i finished recently that go to other homes later so that is a plus lol....just household duties are in the way of my baking lol....i guess we will see what wins out lol....more later.....

Sunday, December 16, 2012

MAZE TO NOWHERE QUILT IS IN THE FRAME NOW

I am quilting the 'maze to nowhere' quilt i mentioned in one of the last posts...i put it in the frame Friday and have been working on it most of the weekend, that is when i wasn't in the sewing room tinkering around


this quilt design seems to be hard for me to find what looks right as a quilt stencil....i am hand quilting it so it wont have the all over design that it would if machine quilted....so i designed a double box design with a inside box design...i wanted something that was going to touch maybe all of the seams in the block...then when i quilt the design i go back and quilt in the ditch the seams where the blocks meet...that is the game plan for this next week...

but....i am sure i will take breaks and work on some other things like the string quilt blocks....i made more of them yesterday and when i counted them i had 59...that suprised me as i thought i only had 20 something...i do have enough of them now to make a oversize lap quilt but i think i will keep going for a few more...i dont want it too big as it will be quilted on the machine with all those seams and the bigger quilts are just too much for me to wrestle on my little machine....

when at the quilt ladies group meeting this last time one of the ladies i know has been doing quilting for people on her quilting machine....i think i am going to look into this and find out more...if she dont charge way too much i just might have a way of getting more done...i have several not publically seen yet that would be nice to have quilted and displayed or given to family members...

well the phone just rang and it will be a long call....more later.....

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

MY GRANDDAUGHTERS MODERN QUILT

I finally got the camera going and took a picture of my granddaughters quilt all done....it has been a year in the making...i kept putting it aside for other projects through the year and last month i made up my mind to get it done...here it is....

but you know there is always something right behind it ready to be done and i have quite a selection to pick from lol...

its a toss up between the color study quilt i call 'MAZE TO NOWHERE'...cant remember now if it is no. 1 or 2....this one has a green border...the other one that is done has a blue border (in the first pic)....both are pictured below...they are alike except for the borders....a case of making too many blocks lol...

this is my own block that i designed and it is a very easy block to sew ...the seams dont meet so you dont have to deal with bulk there and it goes fast ...it does take a lot of variety of colors though...it took me a long time before i got what i wanted to use gathered up but it gave me time to figure out just what kind of block i was going to make...

and the other quilt to be quilted is this one...
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i would like to get it done too...i have the back for it that i want to use but dragging my feet on what to quilt in the light space....i love feathers and i think i have a stencil that will work....i will hand quilt i think as i am not good enough to do feathers on machine and i would like to give this one away as a gift later....more on my dilemma later lol

for right now i am nursing a back ache...i aggrivated an old injury last week carrying something i shouldn't have and now i suffer for it....and believe me winter weather isn't helping...but our weather could be worse and i am glad so far that the snow is north of us but soon i think we will have some....then i will have plenty of time to sew just hope my back settles down by then...

well lunch is coming  later this morning so i dont have to cook.... i better get dressed and i could use more coffee to get woke up...happy sewing....more later....

Friday, December 7, 2012

OUR QUILT GROUP CHRISTMAS

Yesterday the group i quilt with met and it was our Christmas dinner and quilt day....there was a large turn out...some i hadn't met yet but i think they had been regulars from times before....

here are some pictures
we were getting ready for show and tell



this was cross stitched centers in child theme

everyone was interested in the border on this one

ladies checking dinner cooking...homemade rolls coming out of the oven

during the afternoon i finished my grand daughters quilt...now i have to get the label made for it...i am so glad to have it done...now i can put another one in my hoop and start again lol...havent got picture of it yet....

taking things easy today...not feeling well again...and the weather is lousy, part of the problem i think....anyway just being lazy today gives me a chance to think about what to do over the week end...its here again lol...more later....

Saturday, December 1, 2012

NEW FABRIC AND ONE BORDER DONE ON QUILT

I have been working on my granddaughters quilt this past week as i had planned to do....spontaneous quilting is ok for awhile but now i know i can get more done if i focus on one thing and stick with it...this is what i  did last week and now i am working on the outer border which will be a 2 needle one with just 2 rows instead of the 5 i was working with the inner border....at this rate i will be done sooner than i thought....sure hope it all goes well till the end....

Another fabric package came yesterday...and this is one of the color combos i found....


i think it will make a very pretty quilt of some kind and i also added to my browns more yardage....
 
now that i have most of the early bags of blocks out of my basket i can concentrate more on batiks and other things....i am getting away from the pastels more and more but my eye still goes to them and i can see many quilts from them....one of them being the sherbet quilt i talked about in another post...i will repeat that quilt one day...loved the colors in it...

i do have to leave the quilting alone for awhile today and do some cooking....i have bananas on the counter to make up into banana bread...i think iwill make as much as i can and freeze and give away later for Christmas...i will see how that goes today...more on this later lol....

my daughter and i are going next week one day grocery shopping...so i am making out a big list being she will help me...i dont have the stamina to shop in the big stores like i used to....i want to keep cabinet stocked with the winter weather trying to creep in....we could be in for a harsh winter this year....experts say no but havent they been wrong before???? lol....

what i know for sure is i will be making old fashioned potato soup for supper tonight...good comfort food and very warming for cold bones but for now finishing up my coffee and maybe another sweet roll before i start to move..yummy!.....more later.....