Monday, July 26, 2010

Another top ready to quilt!

I've been madly sewing this past weekend. It was a holiday here in Utah over the weekend celebrating the pioneers coming to Utah Valley and settling a dessert into a beautiful place to live. I had to work half a day on Friday but spent the other half secluded in my sewing room sewing these blocks together. It turned out a little dark to me so I think I will have the quilter use a light gold thread which I think will add a little life to it. None of the blacks are solid blacks but they sure look like it in the picture.

I'm pretty sure the young man who gets it will love it after I tell him the story behind why I picked certain fabrics etc. The bright fabric is soccer fabric.

This next quilt is another Buggy Barn quilt that I'm making for another young man who recently graduated from High School. You can see I have the 14 12 inch blocks completed. The 4 inch blocks aren't squared up yet so you can see how uneven they are when sewn together before they are squared up. The 8 inch blocks are stacked and ready to sew. The pattern is called "My Three Stars" from the Buggy Barn Star Crossing book. I do enjoy their patterns.
My son-in-laws sister is getting married the end of August and her colors are going to be blue and orange. I found this fabric and had to have it. In the picture it sort of looks peach but it is orange. I think I will try to make a Rail Fence like I saw in a blogging friends site. (Quilt Sue I hope it is as easy as it looks on your blog. The only thing I am worried about is making the half rail fences around the main part of the top. It may be a little hit and miss to get the correct size.)

Back to work today. I plan on working on the last of the star blocks tonight.
Happy Quilting! Lynda

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I was having withdrawals after a week away from my sewing room!

After spending 45 minutes placing these 42 blocks on the floor, crawling around changing them to where I thought they looked better (several times), then having my friend, Janine, come over and help me replace them just right, then picking them up, labeling them in rows and sewing them together. . . . I KNOW they will still end up out of place! Janine and I laugh all the time about how we spend hours arranging and rearranging blocks and then are surprised at how the final layout still has alike fabrics side by side or a couple of blocks turned the wrong way no matter how hard we try to make it perfect. We are sure that only other quilters notice those imperfections and the recipients of the quilts love them anyway.

Here is the quilt I am working on this weekend. The blocks have gone together so quickly. I just made half square triangles 9 1/4 inches square, Sewed a 4 inch block on top (leaving the edges unfinished so they fray when washed) and then added sashing to 2 sides. Tonight I will sew them together in rows and hopefully get the 2 borders on too.

This is a quilt I made for a good friend who is now homebound. She collects old hats and these colors just seemed to reflect her happy personality.

A blogging friend, OopsLa, requested that I show the string quilt in full instead of just a corner of it. Please excuse the top of the piano and other furniture. I took this picture from the stairs overlooking the living room. I'm sure there is a way to crop the picture but it is beyond my knowledge. I do like the way it turned out. It has been folded and added to my stack of finished quilt-tops-that-need-to-be-quilted pile.
I'm off to the sewing room. Happy Quilting! Lynda

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I love fabric

Who can resist 50% off sales? This is the fabric I picked up the other day on sale. I am using these for a couple of quilts for 2 boys in our neighborhood who graduated from High School. I know I'm a little late but I think they will be happy with them anyway. One is going to feature a baseball fabric and the other soccer. I had to order those fabrics off the internet tho since I couldn't find them anywhere around here now. That's what I get for waiting to buy fabric!
I'm also still working on the red and cream Snowball quilt. I'm using it as leaders and enders while working on other projects. It is taking a long time but it's kind of fun seeing the pile grow slowly.

I finished the red, white and blue quilt also. I used up most of the strips I cut but, like always, there are still many left. I'll use them for the binding possibly. I wonder how a bizillion strips sewn together would work for the backing???
My daughter, Denise, will be here on Friday so I'll probably not get much sewing done for several days now. Although, she is bringing a T-shirt quilt for us to work on while she is here.
Happy Quilting! Lynda

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Really.....I've been busy!

I have been sewing.....really. But I've also been back up to see our new baby two times after I spent the first week with them. And she's only 3 1/2 weeks old. I know, I know. I'm sure they may be getting tired of me. But, oh I need to kiss those little cheeks! I crocheted a simple edge around a blanket for a friend also. She is decorating her baby's room in frogs. They don't know yet if its a boy or a girl.
And......I've been making one more row of string blocks to even out my string quilt. It just bothered me that 3 sides ended in red and 1 side ended in blue. I've also made the outside border for it.

I should have completed more but I've been fighting some wierd cough since before our baby was born. I spent the first week with her wearing a mask so I would not cough on her. I've had a chest xray which came out clear so now the doctor thinks maybe its an infection that is hanging on or even allergies. I'm sure tired of this constant hacking!
There's a big 4th of July sale going on at a local quilt shop so I just may have to go shopping. After all, I have used quite a few reds and blues...........
Happy Quilting! Lynda