Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
It was more difficult to get a picture of it. Although today was a sunny day, it was way too windy to try to photograph an unquilted quilt top outside. I finally pinned it to my living room curtains. With the sun shining through from the back, it was still hard to get the colors.
I had fun playing with fabrics with this one. But many times I wished I lived close to a quilt shop that carried Kaffe fabrics. I order a lot of my fabric online, but once in awhile a color isn't what you expect it to be.
I didn't have the backing or the batting I needed to go any further on the Ice Cream Quilt quilt, so I moved it down to #8 and finished this one to make room for it.
It almost looks like a good match for that house on the street behind me!
I think I'll play with some smaller quilts while I wait to see what the April challenge will be.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I went to random.org to help me pick some winners -- this is what was decided there.
#54 - Jade wins the blue and green patchwork quilt
#86 - The crosses quilt is for Jen S
#47 -Virginia Niemela and her baby Elaine will get the pinwheel quilt
Lynette and Jade -- My sister will deliver your quilts when she comes downstate at the end of the month.
Jen and Virginia -- please email your addresses to ctosew at gmail dot com -- and I'll ship off your quilts soon.
Now I can start digging through this stash and decide what my next new project will be!
Or maybe there's something over here -
It definitely looks like I better get busy with some organizing!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I'll keep the giveaway open until Thursday evening and will update all of you on the outcome on Friday morning.
One of the comments included an inquiry on the possibility of purchasing a quilt. I have occasionally, not often, made quilts on commission. I found out that I just don't enjoy it, so at this time I won't be taking any orders.
For the next week or so I'll be working on this monster in my spare time. After wrestling with this one, I'll be looking forward to working on something just a bit smaller!
Be sure to check in on Friday morning to see if you're a winner!
Monday, March 14, 2011
It's made out of "cheater cloth", a length of fabric with the hexagons all printed -- no piecing needed. I did machine quilt around the hexies but that's all there is to it. Finished size is 39 x 34.
After spending January, February, and March working on much larger quilts, I was reminded how much more fun it is to make baby quilts. I'm getting an itch to make something small again.
Before I do that, I thought I should purge something from my stash.
I now have these four baby quilts sitting in a pile and not being used. Isn't that ridiculous? Actually it seems a bit shameful.
So...... if you're waiting for a baby to arrive, or if you have a baby already, or if you're a grandma, an auntie, or a friend who would like to have a little quilt to lay on the floor when babies come to visit, tell me which one is your favorite. If the luck of the Irish is with you this St. Patrick's day, you may just look forward to finding it in your mailbox next week!
I hope you're glad you stopped by today! I know I am!
Monday, March 7, 2011
I was making good progress on my March UFO but suddenly realized that I had used part of the intended backing on a different project and now had to wait for some more to arrive in my mailbox.
Of course I couldn't just sit there and wait! I would have had my other UFO's to play with and it might have been wise to make some progress on some of those, but after completing January and February's challenges, I decided I had earned the joy of starting something new.
This will be a 20 block lap quilt. I don't want to add to my UFO pile, so I'm keeping this one small and simple.
You can see all the great projects other quilter's are working on by clicking on the links at Judy's blog.
Friday, March 4, 2011
My original goal for this quilt was to get the top completed. I now plan to also get this sandwiched and ready to quilt this month. I'm unsure yet if I'll machine quilt this one or save it for hand quilting. If I decide to machine quilt it, I think I can complete that and bind it before the end of March.
In other news, last weekend my DIL came to visit with six grandkids. None of my grandkids live close enough for weekly visits, so when they come to town it's pretty heartwarming.
Some excitement on each visit revolves around this "goodie box". I fill it with little prizes, some hand made, some store bought, and some of the prizes come from things I'm purging around the house. Before they head for home, they're allowed to pick a prize from the box. It's fun to see how much they look forward to this and it's always a surprise to see what they decide to pick. Next time I'll try to remember to take pictures of their choices.