Pieced and quilted up the last two pot holders (out of 24 total). These two plus two more downstairs need to have their bindings turned and stitched, and then I can start putting them all together!
Monday, June 18, 2012
Over the weekend I posted some pictures of all of my great finds at the NQA Quilt Show in Columbus last Friday. One of the pictures showed all of the nickel square (5” squares) packets that I got at one of the Civil War / Reproduction fabric booths in the vendor mall. It was the booth where I spent the most money! I ended up with 720 nickel squares. I took them all out of their wrappers last night, and made a big stack! (talk about fun!)
Last Thursday I took my finished potholder blocks to my quilting day at OGS to show Janet and Sunda, who thought it would be neat to lay out all of the blocks to see how they all looked.
And then they flipped them all over …
This will not be the final layout for the quilt … I’ll probably try to mix up the lights and darks a little. And since I’m doing all 24 blocks, there will be several more to add to the mix!
Saturday, June 16, 2012
It was a long day, and not everything went as planned – but we had a nice day at the NQA Quilt Show at the convention center in Columbus. And of course, I got a lot of neat stuff. One of the most exciting things was the Tutto cart for transporting my sewing machine back and forth on my little sewing days at OGS. I was going to get the medium one, but luckily there was another customer there who had that size and had the same sewing machine as I do. She said that it was a very tight fit. So I went with the large instead. Toby seems to like it!
And of course there were a ton of other cool gadgets …
And some Civil War repros and a couple of panels …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
It’s Tuesday afternoon and I’ve got three more pot holders ready to bind tonight during the game. Got this one done Friday night, and was hoping to work on the binding while over at my Mom’s house for her birthday celebration. But all of the fun kept me from finishing it.
And here are the ones that I finished Monday night and this afternoon. The left one has some continuous curve quilting, which is one of my FAVE quilting methods. Usually I wouldn’t attempt it on my Bernina, but because these are small 14” squares, it’s easy to maneuver on my Aurora, and the long sweeping curves can be done with the walking foot.
If you haven’t tried the new Wonder Clips, you really should – I love them! JoAnn Fabrics is now carrying them in the store (at first they were just at the website). If your store carries them – use that coupon and pick up some. They come in 10-count and 50-count packages. I started out asking Santa to bring me a 10-count package for Christmas because I wasn’t sure they were worth the cost – but after using them just once, I ordered the more expensive 50-count package from JoAnn’s website using a coupon and a gift card that I received as a Christmas present.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Celebrated our 20th. anniversary on Wednesday by doing a little shopping. Of course that meant hitting my favorite quilt shop, Good Wives Co. I have been having so much fun with the pot holder kits, that I decided to go ahead and invest in the rest of the kits. So to recap this whole adventure – the first time I saw the pot holder quilt there, I bought four kits to do four blocks, and figured I’d do a table runner. The next time I went over there they were having a sale on the kits, so I bought 4 more – modifying my plan from a table runner to a wall hanging. But now that I’ve had a chance to become 100% hooked on them … I’m going to do all 24 and make the quilt (which will finish about 56” x 84”). Here they all are in a little basket …
From Marion we drove down through Delaware to Polaris Parkway and hit the Polaris Mall. We had been planning on stopping at two other quilt stores but we were running late because of our change in schedule today. Jon needed some new tennis shoes, so we stopped at Macy’s for those, and then he suggested that we go down to the Pandora store to get me a new bead for our special day! We left there and headed down to Williams-Sonoma, and then to Bath & Body Works (to get my free item) and then over to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory before heading out to the car. We hopped across the street and met my parents at Carrabba’s for dinner (since it was also my Mom’s birthday and they were also down in Columbus shopping at Polaris)
Monday, June 4, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
I’ve had some time to work on more blocks for the pot holder quilt. I got block 1 quilted and bound yesterday, as well as making block 2 and getting it quilted. As of right now I’ve got blocks 3, 4 and 5 pieced and quilted, and ready to have their bindings done tonight while I’m watching the Tribe!
And I got my nickel squares cut and ready to go for the Hourglass Block Swap.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Finished up the binding on this wall hanging this evening since I really didn’t feel too well and needed a quiet activity. (the brown things at the top of the picture are the hangers that I use on the hallway wall where this will be hanging)