Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Hurricane Report

Well, we made it through Hurricane Irene unscathed thank goodness!  I am so grateful.  It was like we were in a bubble on our street.  Venturing out this morning my husband saw that there was lots of flooding, downed trees, etc. not far from us.  It's mostly stopped raining here, but the winds are still really kicking up.

Last night we had a "hurricane dinner".  We made Lobster rolls and baked beans (boy were they good!) ...
And drank Hurricanes in pineapples (I think they were category 5's - yikes they were strong!)...

Luckily, we did not lose power.  So, I was able to finish the red & white quilt top.  YAY!!!!  I'm so glad, because I'm itching to start working on other things!

Here it is, courtesy of the quilt-holder-husband...

It's 72"x72" - all from stash!  I did have to buy the backing fabric.  I just ordered this today...
I may use it for the binding too, we'll have to see how that would look once I get it.  I've got two weeks to get it quilted and bound!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Another finish!

I got an email from my Mom last Monday to let me know that our cousin's baby shower would be in September when we are on vacation (I'm bummed, because I would love to go.)  Since I can't be there my Mom offered to take my gift.  But the only time I was going to see my Mom before then was this past Sunday.  Luckily, the quilt top was done, but I needed to quilt and bind it pronto!  So, Saturday night at 10pm I put the last stitches in the binding.  Whew!

And then Sunday we had more of those horrendous storms we've been having all week, so our swim day at my aunt's was cancelled and I'm not seeing my Mom until next weekend now (yes, when we're supposed to be getting a hurriance, which is after yesterday's earthquake.  Good times around here!  So who knows if I'll see her then either)  So the rush was for naught, but that's okay - it's done!

 I just did a large meander (I was in a hurry, remember?!) on every star except the orange.
 I love this ABC fabric so much...
In the orange I did tight loops.  Not quite "pebbling" but it gives nice texture.
Here's the back...
 And, I'm making progress on the red & white quilt.  That's the next rush job.  The wedding is on September 17th and I have to get it to my daughter the weekend before.  I'm trying not to work on anything else until this is done (and that's really hard!)
I think I really like this one!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Boo! It's the Ghastlies....

When I saw Kim's quilt with the Ghastlies fabric I thought it was adorable.  I was so excited when she started posting tutorials for the quilt (thanks Kim!) and I couldn't wait to get my hands on some.  Here is the border fabric. 

Here are some of the other fabrics for sashings....
And here are my fussy cut scenes for the blocks:

There are some other fabrics I'm using, including a pink, that I'll pull from my stash.  The plan is to have it done for Halloween (yes, this Halloween!) - that may be pushing it but I'm going to give it a shot.

My hubby says the prints looks like Aubrey Beardsley illustrations.  I think they look like the Haunted Mansion in Disney! 

And, speaking of Disney, it's always a happy day in my house when this comes in the mail....

Monday, August 15, 2011

Pets on Quilts 2011

I'm thrilled to post my Pets on Quilts Show entry for 2011.  Thanks SewCalGal for hosting this great event!  I participated last year for the first time.  This year, I made a quilt especially for this contest.

When I saw the Max & Whiskers fabrics at The Village Quilter, I just fell in love with it and decided my Lilly....
needed a quilt of her very own.  And I thought it would be perfect to enter in this year's contest.  So, may I present...

 Lilly and her quilt
 She says it's very snuggly.

And that she likes having a quilt of her very own!

Check out all the other entries over at SewCalGal's blog here!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Quilted and Bound!

I love when I put the last stitches on the binding of a quilt.  I feel very productive, and since I've finished three in the last week or so, I'm feeling super-productive!

Jaybird Quilts' Dot Party in Spring Urban Zoologie..
I quilted spirals in the circles and just meandered around each circle. 

I used the very cute ladybugs for the backing.

I'll be making another one of these in "boy print" Urban Zoologie fabrics with a blue Quilter's Linen (remember all that blue Quilter's Linen I've acquired!).  These will go to a set of sister/brother twins for the holidays.
My beloved Postage Stamp quilt is also quilted, bound and washed.  I learned a lesson - if you want to show off the quilting in photos, take the picture before you wash it!  The design kind of got lost in the crinkles....

And this one, the Carnival (another Jaybird Quilts design) wallhanging did not get washed, because it's just going to be a wall quilt which is getting hung up in my office tomorrow...

Both the Postage Stamp quilt and the Carnival wallinghanging were quilted with the Daisy Swirl pantograph.  As much as I apparently love this design, I think I need to give it a rest.  I think I've used it on 4 or 5 quilts already this year. It's time to move on to something else! 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Hope Valley String Quilt

I've been seeing string quilts around blog land recently and I really wanted to make one.  When I fell in love with one a fellow guild member was working on one featuring Hope Valley fabrics at our PMQG sew day a while back I knew I had to do it.  So I hunted around the internet until I found some Hope Valley and was able to get myself some (and on sale!)  That's one great thing about trying to find older fabric. If you do manage to find it, it's usually on sale, so I got a great deal!  I ordered from Hawthorne Threads, one of  my new on-line favorites. 

I was able to get all the colorways....

I wasn't sure exactly what I was doing, but after a few false starts I wound up cutting my foundation papers at 9 3/4".  I knew I wanted my "middle" string (I'm using gray Quilter's Linen), to be thinner than the Hope Valley strings.  I wanted them to finish big enough that you could really see the prints.  I wound up cutting the middle strings at 1-1/2 to finish at 1" and the Hope Valle strings at 2" to finish at 1-1/2".  I know a lot of string quilts use varying sized strings, but I'm a very symmetric girl so wanted them all the same or I'm afraid it would make me twitch.

So, here I go...some strings cut...

I first thought I'd use some "applique paper" that I found at a quilt show about 10 years ago that I absolutely had to have and have never used.  So, I cut some up to use as my foundations.  Didn't work too well. I didn't like the way it went through the machine, it seemed to "pull" as I was sewing.  It just didn't feel right.  It's shiny on one side (kind of like freezer paper - heck, it probably is just freezer paper that I over paid for).  So, I spied some packing paper from a fabric order I had laying around that seemed like the perfect weight for my foundations (and plus it was free!).  So I cut it down and it worked like a charm.  But I only had enough for about 10 blocks.  So I asked hubby if he had any packing paper at work I could use and he did!  Awesome!  And it's still free!

Here are the first two blocks...
You really have to "design as you go" with this one.  It's kind of like putting a puzzle together, which made my stomach churn at first, but now I'm getting the hang of it and it's fun.  I also found out it's better to stitch these using my walking foot.  I'm really enjoying making these blocks.

Here's what I've gotten done so far.  I had to interrupt my progress for the time being to work on the red & white wedding quilt.

I can't wait to get back to Hope Valley!