Got a chance to finish this week’s block this evening … Barbara Brackman calls this one Nonsense.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
We celebrated Mother’s Day last night with my sister and her two boys coming to town … we all went out to dinner and then over to Mom’s house afterward. It was a fun evening!!
Today for me started out surprisingly enough by losing part of a tooth! I’m not really in pain … but worried about whether I’ll be able to get in to see the dentist tomorrow, and what kind of $$$ we’re facing.
I bought myself a Mother’s Day present from our dogs and cat yesterday while I was out … some of the larger sized Wonder Clips and a box which will work great for my HQ-16 bobbins.
The box is an ArtBin Solutions box (3003AB) which was about $5 at JoAnn Fabrics!
I made another of the roll up tote bags for me …
I made bags for my Mom, my sister and my Grandma for Mother’s Day, and as a fun little surprise for my little 3-year-old nephew too! Hopefully I’ll have a picture of those others to share soon! Doing these projects lets me use some of those great fat quarters that I pick up when they’re on sale, or when I get a freebie FQ but can’t use them in my Civil War repro projects.
The tutorial can be found at …http://zaaberry.blogspot.com/2011/05/tote-tutorial-totorial.html. Or you can do one with ribbon ties which can be found at http://www.needleandspatula.com/2010/11/roll-up-shopping-bag-sewing-tutorial.html. I used the one with the button instructions at zaaberry’s blog. I also modified the instructions a bit so that I could use just 2 coordinating fat quarters for each bag. Check out the sites for their instructions.
And then this afternoon I did this week’s Grandmother’s Choice block from the BOW …
I’m going to grab the magazine that I bought last night … go downstairs and try to figure out what I’m going to make for dinner that I can eat with a missing tooth! Eeek! Maybe noodles??
Monday, May 6, 2013
and here’s the back …
Late Sunday evening I attached the binding to the front, so Monday I can start doing the hand finishing and it will be done!
Friday, May 3, 2013
Was not too happy today when I cut one of the pieces for this block incorrectly. Actually I was pretty mad at myself, because I only had a small piece of this fabric – and couldn’t re-cut it. So …. should I keep going, knowing that one of the spokes will look different? Or start all over again with new fabrics – and the pieces cut for the original would totally go to waste? I opted to go ahead and put the block together – even with the mistake.
It was nice to finally get into the quilt room and work on LAST WEEKEND’S block! This has been a strange week.
- Monday night I had a meeting.
- Tuesday we were gone ALL DAY babysitting for my sister’s boys out-of-town, and then celebrating her 37th. birthday.
- Wednesday was a do-nothing day.
- Thursday was an all-day quilt day with my potholder group (our first meeting of 2013 would you believe).
- And now, here it is Friday, and we’re ready to head into another weekend! Eeek! I spent the morning at the computer starting to get caught up, and the afternoon down at the longarm working on my churn dash quilt. (pictures coming soon!)
I finished this Carpenter’s Star quilt a couple of years ago … right after I got my original Pro-Stitcher. But I discovered the other night that I had never photographed this quilt when I finished it. Well, I took at least a couple of photos to send to my mother-in-law, who bought me the pattern and materials as a Christmas present. But for some reason the photos never ended up in any of my regular quilt folders or sub-folders.
The outer border fabric is very unusual – with gold metallic stamping of a fennel bulb image across the print.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Sunday, April 7, 2013
This week’s block was a rather plain block … Barbara calls it Mr. Roosevelt’s Necktie …
… and unfortunately I did absolutely nothing to spruce it up at all! (boo) The photo of the block that Barbara used had some fussy cutting, but I didn’t really want to mess around with that. The angles involved just would have made that a nightmare. I’ll blame it on the dull headache that I had, maybe that’s why I just didn’t feel like doing math, fussy cutting, etc.
So my version of this block is very, very plain. The cheddar fabric does have a very, very light stripe – but it really doesn’t show up too well.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
Since the other iron was on its’ last leg, I ordered a new one a couple of days ago. The trusty UPS guy delivered it this afternoon!
My slippers and a couple of kitchen gadgets came in the same box. The present for my nephew and my Frango mints won’t arrive ‘til next week. (I was really hoping the candy would make it here in time for Easter – boo hoo)
Monday, March 25, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
This week’s block from Barbara Brackman’s block-of-the-week is called Broad Arrow.
It took me longer to pick out the fabrics than it did to cut out and put together the block! And I can barely believe that it’s week 30 already! Eeek!
Barbara gave a second option for this week’s block, and I may do it Sunday to make up for the fact that I never finished last week’s block. It was a bit of a disaster – even with the time that I put into hand piecing it.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Okay, I didn’t do any kind of special St. Patrick’s Day project this year. But since I didn’t do anything for Christmas, New Year’s or Valentine’s Day – I’m keeping up my solid record! So I thought I’d share (again) a picture of a St. Patrick’s Day wall hanging that I did back in ‘06.
And here’s the back!
It’s rare to show a picture of the back of a quilt top – but I was so proud of how neat and crisp this was turning out that I just had to show it.
And once again, being the beginning of March, we had to travel out of town TWICE this week. On Tuesday we drove to meet the family for dinner to celebrate my brother-in-law’s birthday at one of his favorite restaurants. (They make a really good grilled pork chop!) Unfortunately my parents couldn’t make it because my Grandma was in the hospital at the time. And then yesterday we had to trek up there again for my nephew’s 3rd. birthday! They had pizza delivered for lunch, and of course there was a mountain of presents for him to open, cake & ice cream and then some Sloppy Joes and chips for supper. I think everyone had a good time!
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Monday, March 4, 2013
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Barbara Brackman called this one Grandmother’s Dream. I tried the original directions, which included some wicked Y-seams everywhere you looked, but my first three tries didn’t come out too well. American Homestead’s version of the block made the block construction a little easier, but my first version didn’t come out the way I wanted with the original set of fabrics that I had chosen. So finally I tried it one last time with a different set of fabrics.