Friday, August 26, 2011

Back in the Saddle

My dear Saddle is out of the hospital and back working. She had a loose wire inside that caused intermittent lack of stitching. The quilt you see is a small one that will end up going on my dinning room table. The cats will love it as they lay there a lot.

And I did a make over on my iron board. I bought a remenant at Hancock Fabrics and sewed a new cover. I do this quite often. This time it cost me a little over $5.00. And it lasts way longer than a regular cover.




















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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Fantastic Fans

Tinker Belle all grown up and sitting right behind me. I am the softeee when it comes to getting a taste of my dinner. :-))))











I was able to attend a lecture / workshop by Charlotte Angotti. She definitely has a sense of humor. Here she is on the left showing one of her fan quilts. A great way to use those big oriental prints.
















Here are my fans that were started in the workshop. These blocks finish at 12 inches. I'm thinking about bordering this quilt in smaller fans with a block size of 6 inches. I think it would be fabulous.





















It's been a wonderful weekend. Tonight I will tackle another side on the monster quilt.


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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Strip Smart - Flimsy

The frog, rock and dragon fly spark plug. I have this on my desk at work. The dragon fly is really cute with the frog on a giant lily pad.



The kitties in the bed at treat time. They are jockeying for position, even though they are all treated fairly.







and last but not least the strip quilt. A flimsy finally. Now that it's off the floor I can vacuum up all the threads and bits.


More to show later.


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Sunday, August 14, 2011

It's Quilted, Roseville

The monster quilt is QUILTED! Hooray. No quilt is perfect but I am pleased with this one. BIG thanks to Dee for letting me use her studio, machine and provide guidance in panto preparation. There is a lot that goes into using a panto.

I made miles of binding yesterday, a diagonal stripe, white with the colored stripes. The stripe colors match those of the quilt. Just a little more zip.

My latest Roseville Album block. Delicious with color.





















I have started back working on my Lighthouse Applique project. It's been sorely neglected lately.


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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Parkers Quilt, Playing with Strips

This scrappy quilt is for a dog named Parker. Robin is going to use it to line his crate. Isn't that sweet of her. It has lots of quilting and will definitely pamper Parker.




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Blogger had its way this morning so I'll show you the finished product of playing with strips. These are made by sewing 2 strips (2.5 inches each) together and then slicing them with a 90 degree triangle. I trimmed them to 8 inch blocks. Will make for an interesting quilt.



I'm doing this to move some (all) of my 2.5 strips as I would like fresher fabrics. It seems as hard as I try, this bin stays forever full. It also contains megga amounts of 2.5 X 4.5 bricks. Those are also on the chopping block to be used up.


I have lots of fabric that I need to process.

I was motivated to do this from a book I bought. Strip Smart Quilts. It has lots of layouts and the possiblilies are endless.


Happy Quilting


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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Coasters, Cats and New Quilter / Blogger

I made these coasters last weekend. They were a special order.

See two of my cats watching me do my stretching exercises before bed. I'm sure they think I am a little strange.





















A friend of my brother, Marion, lives in Germany. She is a new blogger. She blogs here. Stop by and welcome her to blogland.

More quilty stuff later.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Quilting the Monster Quilt



After unsuccessufully trying to get a 10 inch panto to work on my HQ-16 I gave up. Dee came over to help me but after a couple hours it was obvious that my machine cannot handle pantos that size. Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. So we took it off the frame. I had already quilted the border and the white frame. Dee offered me her machine and table. So today I have been hard at and am still not done. I'm wooped.


There are so many things to consider when doing pantos, therefore I learned a lot. I also taught Dee a few things so it was a win win day. We had a lovely brunch of eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee. Yum!


I'll go back next weekend to finish. I probably have 3 - 4 hours left of quilting. It's a really big quilt. Why did I make it so big?


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