Monday, March 31, 2008

One out of two isn’t bad….

I put the binding on Winnie the Pooh, so it’s finished, but I couldn’t manage to finish up the charity quilt. Hopefully tonight. Instead I spent most of Sunday putting together another top from all of the leftover fabric from Winnie the Pooh. I think I’ll call it Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Two. Picture tomorrow.

Did the shopping thing with DS and it went pretty good. We managed to find the fabric for his Leafs quilt, then he sat in the car and read his book while I looked around for myself (LOL). If it’s not a sporting goods store, the kid is not a shopper. I behaved and didn't make him wait more than 10 minutes. I picked up some fat quarters and a wall hanging kit. That makes FIVE kits waiting to be put together …. Repeat after me:
I will not buy anymore kits or fabric…
I will not buy anymore kits or fabric…
I will not buy anymore kits or fabric…

DD2 will be 17 on Tuesday, but since all three of them have part-time jobs, and I’m never sure who’s working, I decided to make the big dinner and do the cake on Saturday (first time in weeks everyone has been home on a Saturday night). My Mom came for supper too so it turned out nice, except: I made the mistake of sending DD1 into town for the birthday cake. We always do a Baskin Robbins ice cream cake for everyone’s birthday and this is what she came home with:

The ‘McLovin’ comment is from the movie Superbad (dumbest movie I have ever seen, the girls think it‘s just too funny…) and the beer bottle is definitely inappropriate for a 17 year old. Of course THEY thought it was just hilarious! (I had no trouble eating the cake of course, Baskin Robbins makes amazing ice cream!) That’ll teach me, next time I’ll go get the cake myself!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Quilting for Others (also known as self inflicted agony)

I finally finished quilting Winnie the Pooh for my friend last night and I'm going to bind it and get it out of the house this weekend. It turned out nice but it was such a pain to piece that I'll be glad to see it go. I'll post a picture of it once it's bound.

The pictures are of a charity quilt I started over two months ago. The guild I joined this year has a group called Helping Hands that makes quilts for a local women's shellter, so I volunteered to quilt one of the tops because a) I have a HQ16 quilting machine so it wouldn't take long (yeah, right...) b) I need the practice and c) since my kids are all in high school now, I haven't been doing any volunteer work for the school (I used to do a lot when they were in elementary school, so I have more spare time now).

Well, that'll teach me. First, the borders on the top are really wavy, so when I tried to quilt it using a panto, it puckered like crazy. Plus, the batting they gave me was a high loft poly that made it way too 'pouffy' (with more puckers) and finally, the fabric for the back had some time type of coating on it that my quilting machine just hated.. it screwed up the tension royally. I kept fiddling with the tension and nothing helped. So, after getting 3/4 of the way through the quilt I decided there was NO WAY I was handing back a quilt that looked THAT BAD.

So..... I ripped it all out... It took me over 6 hours (sigh).... (DH was laughing his fool head off the whole time, of course) and I started all over with my own backing and my own batting. It looks much better. To make up for the wavy borders (I should have taken them off and redid them but I couldn't even LOOK at my seam ripper anymore) I am doing McTavishing in the sashing and border (the heavier I quilt it, the less waviness). Not finished yet: I ran out of thread! ARRGHH! And of course I had ordered it over the internet so I had to wait almost two weeks for more thread! I am putting the quilt back on the frame this weekend and am finally going to finish it.

The point to this long winded whine is that things never seem to go well when I do quilts for other people. Probably because I'm too picky when it's not for me. I think I need to take a break and stick to stuff that's for me for a while. (We'll see how long that lasts, I'm NOT very good at saying No).

On a lighter note, my son and I are going fabric shopping this weekend because he wants a quilt for his bed (wait a minute, I just said... oh, he doesn't count as 'other people' ha ha) and he's been asking for one for two years now. We just couldn't agree on a pattern or fabric.
Son: " I want a quilt, it has to be blue only, NO flowers and just plain squares ..."
Mom: "these are tiny flowers, you won't even notice ..."
Son: 'NO flowers"
Mom: "these stars would like nice done in blue"
Son: "ONLY squares"
Mom: "Good luck with that..."

Took us two years but we compromised: a quilt based on the combination of the Canadian flag and the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team (he's a boy...what can I say).

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

There's a Quilter in My Neighbourhood

This one is my favourite. I made it 5 years ago and I quilted it by hand (won't be doing that anymore...). The pattern was from a magazine, but I can't remember which one. I love the two little quilts hanging on the clothesline (2nd row from bottom).

We did the road trip to Ottawa this weekend, what a long drive. But I had better get used to it because that's where Laura has decided to go to school this fall. She was definately impressed with Carleton University (so was I). Disappointment: we couldn't stop at the quilt show because her friend had to be back in time for church with her Grandpa for Easter. That's OK, there are a couple of shows in the Kingston area coming up in May I can go to. We did manage to find a large mall and a movie theatre on Saturday night, so a good time was had by all.

Finally, this is what I am currently working on. It's for a friend whose niece is having a baby. I let her pick out the pattern and my piecing skills weren't quite up to the task. It is not supposed to have sashing around the blocks, but I couldn't manage to get the seams to line up properly. I must have ripped some of the blocks apart and sewed them back together a dozen times. I finally gave up and used sashing. Better finished than perfect .... LOL. I am doing SID around the stars and a curly line dancing type swirl around the Winnie the Pooh blocks. I think I'm going to do a large all over swirl in the borders, so that it doesn't take away from the print.

Hopefully it will be done this week, I think the baby is due any minute now!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Family Favourite

This is the second quilt I made. Ten years ago. Time flies, eh? The sunflower centres are machine pieced one inch squares and I tried to hand quilt it but it really didn't go well in the centres. So I hid it under my bed for about 5 years, then I discovered that you could have someone machine quilt it for you!!! (for a fee, of course). So I ripped out the crappy hand quilting I had already done and sent it off to the (now out of business) LQS. I still love the browns in the sunflower centres. It's starting to show wear because my kids use it all the time, but that's the whole point, right?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Nolan's Quilt and the Arnprior Quilt Show

Nolan's Quilt
I made this in December for DD2's friend (actually for the friend's nephew, age 1). It was my first attempt at freehand feathers. I didn't really impress myself with the quilting but every quilt gets a little better than the last.

This weekend I am taking DD1 and her best friend to Ottawa for a tour of Carleton University. DD1 is still debating on which school to attend this fall, so we're going up to check it out. BONUS: the Arnprior Quilt Guild is having their show this weekend and it's only 20 minutes out of the way (Ottawa is a 3 1/2 hour drive, so 20 minutes isn't that bad). I haven't told the girls yet (hee hee), what they don't know won't hurt them ... (my girls are not big fans of all things quilty).

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Number One

Here it is, my first blog. (I’m so excited) This is a quilt I finished last week. I made the top five years ago and was too lazy to hand quilt all the white, so I put it away. I got it out to use as practice for McTavishing (I bought the book The Art of McTavishing last month). It’s not bound yet, but I was very happy with how it turned out. I named it Easter Tulips because DD2 says “it looks like the Easter Bunny threw up on wall” (LOL) I tend to give away most of the quilts I make, but this one’s a keeper. (the cat is Belle, and the second I set down any quilt, she's on it)