Monday, November 16, 2009
1. I lost 15 pounds and started walking/jogging again using the SparkPeople program, a free website. I highly recommend it! It was totally inspirational and kept me going. I'm "on my own" now and have maintained my weight loss for 6 weeks. I wouldn't mind losing another 5 lbs but I think if I maintain over the holidays I'll consider myself fortunate.
2. I completed Deena's graduation quilt in time to send it to her for her first week of college in August. I quilted it on my HQ16. I loved the way it turned out!
3. I completed Logan's graduation quilt and just presented it to him last week. I quilted this one on my HQ as well and I'm very happy with this one too!
4. I also finished quilting on my HQ a cross-stitched quilt top made by my mother-in-law. It is a wedding gift for my nephew and his bride. It still needs to be bound but they will receive it on Thanksgiving.
5. I quilted a small quilt top for my brother on my Bernina. It's bound and ready for giving.
6. I've made 5 journal covers for gifting. Several more to go.
7. I'm getting close to having my second quilt pattern ready to publish.
8. Totally enjoyed watching the NY Yankees win their 27th World Championship.
I still have lots more on my to-do list but hope to keep a better record going forward. I'll try to get some pics up of the completed quilts real soon! Thanks for staying tuned!
P.S. GO COLTS! Awesome game this week on SNF. I'm amazed at how they have been able to pull through every game. I love how they believe in themselves and never give up!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
I cut my squares (144 of them) at 6 inches for a 4" finished block. And, I cut it at 10" for a 8" finished block. For other sizes add 2" to your desired finished size to get the measurement for your starting square.
Take your acrylic ruler and rotary cutter, set your squares on your mat and make 2 cuts at random angles from top to bottom. You do not need to measure but, do not make your cuts too close to the corner.
Note how I have offset the edges. I've pointed to where you should hit your 1/4" seam allowance.
Add the third piece making sure you're adding it to the middle piece not the top piece. It's easy to get them turned around. You'll know you have it right if when you lay the pieces out the angles match and the three pieces together are straight. If they make a funny angle to each other you've turned something around.
Time to press. You only need to press twice during this process. Once now and once after both side pieces have been added. You can trim the sides if you want to but, these will work just fine the way they are.
Now add the two side pieces. Pay attention to the angles here. One end of the red strip is wider than the other. Place the wide end of the strip towards the narrower part of the middle strip. If you get it backwards when you go to square up your blocks you might not have the width you need.
Square up your blocks to 4 1/2".
Here's what I did with my blocks. I'm using 16 of them in each block set 4 x 4 and changed direction on each one so the seams don't have to match or line up. They are surrounded by larger blocks done in many blacks. I like using a wide range of reds and blacks for these.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Oh, the simple joys of spring! We had to get a new grill this year. Our previous one, that we brought with us when we moved here from Canada ten years ago, gave up the ghost after 15 years of service. When we started this one up tonite and it actually cooked our veggies beautifully and quickly...oh, that's the way a grill is supposed to work! Who knew!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
What I've been waiting for was delivered today. It will take quite a bit of unpacking and assembling but I've been told the assembly is not so bad and, of course, the payoff is really worth it. While in Paducah, I purchased a long-arm quilting machine called the HQ Sixteen. I brought home the machine in the car but the table and frame was sent via UPS.
The HQ Sixteen is a light-weight version of a long-arm machine. A couple of things I think that will be really important is that the table is adjustable in height and length so, if the space I have available for it changes, let's say, to an apartment, I can change the size of the table. I can even use the same machine head on a table the size of a card table (for free-motion work only). It's also not quite so industrial as other machines I was considering. And, I really don't plan on owning a sweat-shop so I don't need an industrial strength machine. Actually, the machine is industrial it's the table that is less so. I think it will be absolutely perfect for my use, and that of a couple of friends. So, if I ever get the tech side figured out, there will be photos!
Monday, April 27, 2009
I did get a little sewing done and I did move the furniture around in my sewing room. I have a VERY IMPORTANT reason for needing to do that. More on that next time....you'll want to come back to see what I'm so excited about!
I've also added my husband's blog as a blog I follow. He's an amateur photographer with some really fabulous pictures and info on his blog so check it out. Plus, he's helping me with all these baby steps I'm taking in blogging and adding pictures. Thanks, honey!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The Show! The Show! and the Vendors! Although we're rather tired by now, there is so much to see. The quilts are wonderful, inspirational, artistic, engaging, colorful, imaginative, fascinating, brilliant, captivating (especially the miniatures), each one distinct, and new, representing a piece of their heart and mind's eye. A big thank you to each artist who put their work out there for us.
I took several pictures, not hundreds, of ideas that will really help me in future projects. And, I shopped a little bit, but it's really such an overload, sad to say, that I found myself thinking, yeah, more hand-dyed fabrics, ok, next, patterns, yeah, great. Isn't that awful? There were a couple of things that caught my eye, of course, and so, I picked up a pre-cut kit to make a small storm-at-sea quilt, something I've been wanting to make for a long time, and I thought this would be the only way I'd ever get to it. And, I bought the supplies for trying my hand at making a bowl from the "It's a Wrap" book which is made by wrapping cotton cording (clothesline) with narrow strips of fabric and zig-zagging the coils together. They were very cool. I think I will work on these two projects very soon.
The biggest project of the day was testing out long-arm quilting machines. I tested a different one each time we needed a sit-down. After another horrible night sleeping debating about which machine I need, I have a long way to go before deciding which one would suit. More on that another time.
Well, we're leaving today and it's time to get packed up. What a time! We'll be back next year if at all possible. In the meantime, Happy Quilting!
Here are some views of the Ohio River in downtown Paducah and a great spot to bring your carry out lunch! That's where we ate our Last Lunch from Kirchoff's before hitting the road back home.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Next stop, lunch at Kirchoff''s, for a bowl of delicious tomato soup and half a muffaletta sandwich. So good. Now we're off to the Rotary Club's antique quilt exhibit and, you guessed it, more vendors. Cherrywood has their booth there and I used some of their fabric in my nephew L's quilt a couple years ago. So, I had to get some more and a pattern I'd seen before and liked.
We called it an early day after that and headed back to the hotel to sew and look at our new stuff. We've had such a good time that we wished we could stay another day....could we? Hmmm. Maybe we could..............DONE! We're staying another day. Maybe we'll go see a demo at the show but, we'll definitely spend more time there and that's going to be great.
Monday, April 13, 2009
I really wanted to get this up and going because I'm going to Paducah next week for the quilt show. I love going there and this year I have a different traveling companion and I think we will have a great time. I don't go every year but there are so many things to look forward to. Look for pictures next week assuming I can figure out how to do that.
This blog will be about all the things going on in my life and things I figure out about myself as I go to the next stage of being an empty-nester. But, I'm not that deep, really. I'll talk about quilting and knitting and projects around the house, like constantly rearranging the furniture (something I think I picked up from my Dad, much to hubby's chagrin). Mostly I'll keep it fun with things I hope you want to hear about. If you want more info about anything all you have to do is ask. Since I'm new at this please cut me some slack until I get things figured out. Whee, here we go!