Friday, March 26, 2010

Second Quilt for 2010 and Second Finish for the Week

I don't know if anyone remembers my four big boy quilts which I thought were quite homely.  This is the first one finished (finally; the back says Robert 2009) and I'm actually very pleased.  The pattern doesn't show up well here, but each block is a medium strip, a small strip and a large strip.  I copied it from a quilt on another blog, which I thought looked quite good, and easy.  The four are all basically the same, although the blocks are random, except each has a different border.  Now, only about ten more tops and I'll be caught up, lol.

I have decided that although I'm not good at it, I do enjoy the free motion quilting.  I don't know if I'll progress to much more than meandering, as I don't have any artistic talents, but I am improving a bit, and it is fun as long as the machine cooperates, and my Juki has been doing well.

The part that hangs me up and makes me procrastinate is the basting.  Boy do I dislike basting.  I tried pins, not so good, as I tended to run over them now and then and break my needles.  Next, I tried Sharon Schamber's board method, which I rather like.  I tried it with basting spray instead of thread, and it worked wonderfully except for the sticky mess.  Also, my DH got pneumonia and I felt that the spray could have contributed.  On my GGD's baby quilt, I used Sharon Schamber's method with the thread, and it worked well, except it is so time consuming.  I guess, unless someone has a better suggestion (other than a frame, lol) I'll keep doing the thread.  I have a goal to get my backlog done, and then to not do tops unless I finish them right away.  On one of the Yahoo Forums someone was talking about unquilted tops being closet clutter, and it sounded right to me, lol.

Here's a link to the board method:

P.S.   I hope the boys (ages 13 to 17) find them manly enough, there is nary a pink, purple, or flower to be found.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Winner, Baby Quilt, Schnibbles, and Leaders and Enders (In Short, Misc.)

 Whew, I'm finding this new way of doing pictures on blogger very challenging, but I think I've got them in the right order now.
I saw a really neat giveaway on Heidi's blog "Handmade by Heidi" and you've probably guessed by now, that I was fortunate enough to win it!  I've followed and enjoyed her blog for quite a while now, and if you haven't visited her she has a new tutorial on a curling iron holder that she has just added.  Here is the information on my new block tool
I'm really excited to have won it and since I just received it I haven't had time to really look it over, but it looks like it is just as awesome as I had hoped.  Thank you so much, Heidi.

I'm ashamed to admit that this is my first actual quilt finish for the year.  I have finished other things, but not a real quilt.  This is my new Great Grandbaby Mackenzie's quilt, she just turned 3 months old, that's pretty good for me, lol.  The top is sock monkeys, and the back is assorted baby flannels and nice and soft and cozy. 
It's sitting on the back of my nephew Robert's quilt, I hope to have it finished by Monday, as he and his dad and my other brother are coming to visit and I'd like to give it to him then.  I just finished pressing the top and back with my new spray that I got the recipe for on one of the yahoo groups.  I like it a lot, it smells good and does the job.  I'll put the recipe at the end of the post if anyone is interested.
The picture above is of my new leaders and enders project, I haven't finished the old one yet, but this one came to mind.  It is the little leftover half square trianges from the Iowa (Carolina) Christmas.  I am going to make doll quilts with the little 3 inch pinwheels alternating with plain blocks.  I'm thinking either more of the neutrals with the prints, so the pinwheels float, or the gold below.  What do you think?
I've been seeing the Schnibbles quilts on different blogs and decided I want to play, too.  I was hoping to have this one done this month, but it doesn't seem to be in the cards, as I need to do other things first.  I have several of the Moda charm packs, Hollywood and Vine by 3 Sisters, as I got them about five years ago thinking my granddaughters might be interested.  Alas, only one showed interest, and hers seems to have waned.  I think they will be perfect for a Schnibbles though.

Here's the recipe:


2 cups distilled water
2 ounces vodka
6-10 ounces essential oil
1/3 cup liquid starch

Saturday, March 13, 2010

First Nine Blocks Amy's 2010 BOM

I didn't realize until I got these onto blogger that i used the identical fabrics in the two plainest blocks.  Oh well, I'll have to make sure when all's done that they aren't too close to each other. 

Friday, March 12, 2010

March Amy's 2010 BOM

Finished my March Amy blocks.  No ripping out this month, either I'm getting a bit better, or they weren't as tricky as the Florida block from last month.  I think it's the latter, lol.  I saw some participants last month who took pictures of their 6 blocks all together, and when I get the energy I plan to do that with my 9 blocks.  I think it'll give a bit more perspective.  Not now though, I have to talk myself into getting out a chair so I can reach.

We've warmed up, but now have had non-stop rain for 2 days.  It's ok with me though, we need it.  I feel sorry for those who aren't as high and dry though, I think there has been a bit of flooding in some areas.  

Yesterday my daughter's fiance passed out at work, and is the the hospital now.  They think he had a seizure, and his father has epilepsy, so I'm sure he is very worried.  We are going to go with her this afternoon to pick up his car, don't know if they will be letting him out today.  It's always something, but I guess it could always be worse.   At least he has insurance, and is getting care.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Not Doing Much

Not too much going on around here, but it has warmed up finally. I printed up Amy's blocks of the month for March, but haven't done them yet. Probably not today either as plans are to get a haircut and then do a little running. The errand type, not the good for you type. I've been dealing with medical things the past couple of weeks, and DH felt a little sorry for me (the calling and getting the run around) so he picked up the roses on his last trip to Publix, they look very pretty.

My brothers grandson liked his blanket and pillowcases, and his big sister (4 years old) has a birthday coming up in a few days too, so it's her turn to get a set too.