Friday, August 15, 2014

Spoiler Alert

Okay maybe not a spoiler.  But it is a picture that has to do with my Quiltmaker quilt.  On July 29th I got the box of fabric from Quiltmaker and on Tuesday August 12th it was finished.  I never in my wildest dreams thought I could start and finish a quilt in two weeks time.  It is a very simple quilt.  And of course, it's not very large.  But it's a quilt.  And it's done.  At least I thought it was done when I brought it in to work to get it ready to ship to Colorado.  The quilt was in the box and I all but had the box taped up when it occurred to me that I had not clipped my threads.

So I sat at my desk running my hands back and forth over the quilt to find, hopefully, all of the thread tails from the quilting.  Yes, blue thread.  Is the quilt blue?  Perhaps.  And perhaps not.  What the quilt is is done!  And shipped off to Quiltmaker.  Quiltmaker will be showing all eight of the quilts the week of September 8th on their Quilty Pleasures blog.  This has been a fun process. I challenged myself to apply to do it.  Then I learned how to use the quilting patterns they wanted (my version),  I finished in the allotted time, and I'm proud of the quilt I made.

Have a great weekend!

Julie

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Once again I've been trying to figure out posting from my phone. The writing part works but the pictures remain a mystery to me. I would really like to get this figured out before Jen and I leave for Washington. I would love to be able to post some pictures from there. Nothing we see will be new. But it will be a first for us.

This wasn't supposed to post.  I wasn't done with it.  Still not.  Grrrr!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Plodding Along

There are no pretty pictures to be shown today. If I had been thinking about it I would have taken a picture of the 3" churn dash blocks I've been making as leader/enders.  I'm pretty sure I have way more than enough for the pillow cover I'm making and then some.

I got my fabric for the Back To School quilt last Tuesday.  By Thursday night I had the top done.  It's not a very big quilt. Friday night I made the backing and got it pinned.  Then on Saturday I headed to Great Plains Quilt shop in Burlingame.  I wanted Kathy Smith to help me choose thread for the quilt.  As always she had just what I needed.  She always has some great suggestions to make things go smoother than I would have thought.  Anyway, I have the majority of the "easy" quilting done.  Then it will be on to some free motion patterns that I haven't done yet.  I have been practicing on paper.  And of course, I'll do some practicing on fabric.  But eventually I'll have to actually put it into action on the quilt. 

I have been taking pictures as I've gone along with the process.  So I'm sure I'll do another post telling of the progress and include the pictures.  The group of eight that are making the quilts and a few ladies from Quiltmaker have a private Facebook page that we have all been posting to.  I've been able to see most of the fabrics.  There is quite a variety.  I did see today that one of the sewers is having a long arm quilter do her quilting.  That would be nice.  Certainly, would be less stress.





Happy sewing,

Julie

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It's Here!

The box of fabric from Quiltmaker finally arrived today. Sorry I can't show you what's inside the box just yet.  Take if from me, it's pretty.

Now wish me luck on getting this quilt done within their timeline.  Quiltmaker is giving us until August 23rd to get the quilt done and back to them.  Well, I have news for them.  Mine is going in the mail by the 15th of August because after that I'll be away from my sewing machine for a week.  And the 15th is just 17 short days away.  I feel a vacation day or two coming on.

I can't tell you how hard it is to sit here at my desk and not touch that fabric.  It is sitting next to me where I can stare ( I mean occasionally glance) at it though.  Five o'clock where are you?

The pattern we were given is printed in black and white since each of the eight people making a quilt will have different fabric.  Quiltmaker did a terrific thing.  They cut a small square of each fabric and pasted it to the corresponding fabric number on the pattern.  So trying to figure out where they want each fabric is no longer an issue.  Thank goodness.

My next post will probably be of 3" churn dash blocks that I'll be using as my leader enders while I'm making this top.  I'm hoping to get a few more of those in the done pile.

Happy sewing,

Julie

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

First Step for Quiltmaker Sample Quilt

Today I'll take the first step in the process of making the sample quilt for Quiltmaker.  No, I don't have the fabric yet.  It will probably be a few more days before that shows up.  I'm hoping it's here by Saturday so I'll have the weekend to work on it.  I do know what the pattern is and it is a simple one.  Good!  I'm only going to have a couple of weeks to get the quilt done.  From start to finish.  And for me the hardest part is going to be the quilting.  And Quiltmaker wants the quilting their way.  Oh, no!  It's a pattern that I haven't ever done before so I just need to start practicing.

Today I read through the pattern (yes, this time I read all the way through the pattern) and figured out what size strips there were going to be.  So now I know how wide my quilting motif should be.  So I drew some lines the width I'll need on paper and made copies.  And I'll just take my trusty pencil and practice on paper for a while.  Then I'm sure I'll make a sample or two or many, many more before I try it out on the actual quilt.
My first try and I'm terrible.  This is truly going to take a lot of practice and maybe in the meantime I'll see if there is a template for this somewhere that I can get.

Wish me luck,

Julie

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Churn Dash Blocks

It's always best, in my opinion, to start a blog post with pictures. So here is a picture of some blocks from my latest project.  The Churn Dash pattern has always been one of my favorites.
The smaller blocks measure 3"  and the larger ones are 6".   The background fabric is Kona "Snow".  I have looked several times for some light background fabric to make some new couch pillows. Nothing I've seen seemed to fit what I had going on in my mind.  So with my 50% off coupon I headed to Joann's to get this Kona.  So far I'm liking how it is turning out.  I got these blocks made on Saturday.  I was at a sewing group with my mom and my sister Cathy. It was the first time for this particular group to get together and it went very well.  Thanks Cathy for hosting it.

Anyway, those are the blocks I got done yesterday.  This morning I made a few more and was able to lay this out.

I like it already.  Since there are two pillows I'm planning to make each of the covers a little different.  They will both consist of the churn dash blocks.  They just won't be configured the same.
For the most part I am using fabrics that I already have cut into the 1 1/2" and 2 1/2" strips that I need.

On a previous post I said that I had applied to Quiltmaker to be a sample sewer.  Well, they sent me an email saying I have been selected.  And that if I had any questions to please let them know.  I have a thousand questions.  But when I run them through my mind it seems that instead of questions what they are is me second guessing myself.  So a little while ago I sent them an email confirming that I will participate.   So be on the lookout for the project I make.  No doubt I'll be posting about it on here.

Happy Sunday,

Julie




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mini Quilt 11"


This little beauty can be put on the finished list.  Is it terrible of me to get so excited over finishing an 11" quilt?  No, probably not.  Especially since there were so many pieces involved.  I'm glad I made the decision to go with no borders and to hang it on this spice rack.  That's exactly where it belongs.  It couldn't have fit better if I had planned it that way.

A little history on the spice rack and items on the shelf.  My sister Joyce and I were in an antique/collectibles/junk/etc. shop in Lakeside, Arizona one summer and found this spice rack.  That was during the stage that everything that had fruit on it was something I wanted.  Well Joyce being the good sister she is bought this for me and here it is.  The spice cans on the top are ones that my mother gave me.  Yes, they still have some of each of the spices in them.  The little flippable calendar is one just like my grandfather had.  He faithfully changed the date on it everyday.  I soon figured out that I was not going to do that so ended up setting it on my birth date.  The black handled thing laying up there is a magnifying glass. Mother gave it to me and I think I remember her saying it was granddad's.  And there you have it.   Three generations of memories in one small space.

11" Mini Quilt

Just another view without the orange wall behind it.






And last but not least, our little softball players.  They lost in the first game of the tournament but had a good season overall.  So no more evenings sitting on the bleachers this summer.  I'm not really sure that's a bad thing.  I know I'll miss that hour of playing with Allison.  I'll have to figure something else out that the girls and I can do.

Have a great day!

Julie