Thursday, June 23, 2011

Where does the time go??

Several days ago I was so happy to have 3 tops ready for I am not so sure.  Last night I finally finished marking and basting my Zig-Zag top.  I have yet to start on the other 2 tops.  Things I have learned so far:
*I like pin basting better then spray basting on large projects.
*Safety pins stick through carpet really good.  My kitchen floor isn't big enough to move the table and other things around to tape the backing to the floor.  I have to pin the backing to the carpet and then when it comes to putting in the safety pins I have to redue many of them to get the layers off the carpet.  I may need to try the table method I have seen done online.
* I need more curved safety pins.  When I saw the box of basting pins on Chasing Cottons blog I thought the amount was a bit much, I know better now.  I need to buy more, many more. 
* I like using the cotton for hand quilting, but I need to make sure I have needles with big enough eyes to get the cotton through.  I used the cotton to tie my mother-in-laws quilt and really liked it better then yarn, so I will be investing in more colors so I have a variety on hand.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Farmer's Wife

I seem to be a sucker for Quilt-A-Longs.  I found a couple more that I want to keep track of and maybe participate.  The first is  the Farmer's Wife.  I baught this book a while ago and did one block all by hand.  With all the little pieces to piece together it seems to be easier.  I am using Canning Day from Connecting Threads.  I have two sets of FQ's and some yardage.  This should be plenty to make all 111 6" blocks. 

Block #108Windmill
I am not doing these in any certain order other then picking blocks that I have already made templates. 

The second QAL that I came across uses layer cakes.  Only the fabric requirements have been posted so I am not sure if I will need the second layer cake.  One patterned and one solid.  I am hoping to use a layer cake and yardage that I already have for the solid layer cake.  I am going to keep an eye on the blog to see when more is posted about the quilt.

Among all these QAL's that I am getting into I need to work on a baby quilt for Amber.  Her baby will be the first of the next generation.  Amber is the oldest of my nieces and nephews and this will be her first.  I believe that she is 27.  I hope her mom is looking down on her with pride and that she thinks of her family often. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Oops, a correction

The Skill Builder Samper QAL starts on June 17th.

Another QAL

This morning while I was doing my routine blog brows I found a QAL that I could not pass along.  Just like yesterday I am able to pull the fabrics from my stash.  At this rate I am going to have to start building up my stash again.  I am going to use my DS quilts fabric.  I have enough to make the lap quilt, for myself of course, and probably to a pieced backing which I have been wanting to try.  The cutting instructions are going to be posted on 6/23.  I have some organizing to do between now and then.  The skills quilt starts the next day.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Skillbuilder quilt

Today I came across a new blog that I fell in love with.  When I read through the posts about the QAL or skillbuilder blocks, I knew I couldn't pass it up. 
The goal is to make 36 12" blocks ending in May 2012.  A queen size quilt was suggested but I think I am going to make two twin quilts for our king size  bed.  So with that in mind I will be making them with black and white fabrics and a little red thrown in for pizzaz. 
I will be using fabrics from my stash to make these skillbuilder blocks.  Speaking of my stash, I found some small FQ bundles (5 in each) that I want to make into some charity quilts.  I want to use the same idea/pattern I used for the QC101.  The zig-zag quilt I posted yesterday.  I found 3 of these bundles that I want to use, and I should have the solids I need to go with these FQ.  That means that todays brainstorming will yield 5 quilts from my stash!!  Now that feels good.

Friday, June 3, 2011

3 tops down

This past week I finished 3 quilt tops.  I almost had 4, but the last one needs to have a review.  It isn't coming together like it should so I need to study it and see where I went wrong. 

 (For some reason I could not get this picture to rotate.)
This quilt top is for Brenda.  A year ago she lost so much of her weight and now is always cold, so I thought this would help keep her warm while she is watching TV or studying.

This quilt top is being done while doing the Quilt Class 101 with Chasing Cottons blog.  I am in love with zig zags.  I plan on hand quilting this one. 

(This one won't rotate either.)
This last top I made for Newell's birthday.  It turned out way bigger then I thought it would.  I was thinking a lap or throw size but it came out almost a queen size.