Friday, May 30, 2008

Getting Closer ......

Block #8

Block #9

Block #10

Block #11 - This is my favourite, The 2 little lovebirds in front of the full moon (of course they don't have any eyes yet, but they will eventually)

Block #12 - I took the picture before it was finished because I had to roll the quilt to finish it.

Block #13 - I used a curved ruler for the curves.... not bad....

I'm trying REAL hard to finish this before guild meeting next Wednesday so I can take it Show and Tell. Otherwise the next meeting will be in September and the quilt will be gone to my Sister's by then.
I went to see 'Sex in the City' last night with Material Girl and her friend. The movie was good (but only if you are a fan of the series) but half-way through the movie the screen size shrunk (weird) and you could see the microphone hanging above the actors!!!! It lasted for 3 or 4 scenes... I have never seen that before. Very amateur and very disappointing. But I did enjoy the night out and a little Mother/Daughter time....
Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

An hour a Day......

I decided to add up and see how many days in May I actually managed to quilt:

May 6 thru 10th - 4 days
May 11 thru 16 - 0 days
May 17th thru 27 - 8 days

12 days in total.

Not bad, I didn't start until the 6th, and I still have 4 days left.

I didn't get any quilting in last night because my son had baseball and when we got home ..... the power was out! Which is a real pain when you live in the country. No power = no pump = no water..... I did manage to unload and reload the dishwasher by candlelight, I even turned it on so that when the power came back on it would start up. Sure enough, the power came on about 1 am and I could hear the dishwasher running! Clean dishes for breakfast at least.

There's no baseball tonight so I hope to keep quilting Barb's quilt. I would really like to finish it by Sunday, or else I have to take it off the frame because I have a charity quilt I need to finish by next Wednesday. Hmmm, not likely, but we'll see...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I'm SO easily distracted ....

On Saturdy I spent some of my birthday money at one of the LQS' in my area.

The sunflower fabric with the gold accent fabric is to make a table runner. I decided I needed a project that A) is for me and B) won't take forever to finish (I hope).
Of course I had to start it on Sunday:

I finished the two main blocks, but then I felt guilty, so I went back to working on Barb's quilt:

Block #3 : The quilting is 'small bananas' from the Pajama Quilter DVD. I really like how this one turned out.
Block #4: Really small meandering loops (I should've done the small bananas again, but the blocks are close together on the quilt and I didn't want it to look too repetitive)

Block #5: Allover medium stipple and outline around the applique (I'm not very good at following the applique, but it looks great from about 3 feet away LOL!)

Block #6: Dwirling (Pajama Quilter)

Block #7: Line Dancing on the plain squares (I made a plastic template that I use to mark the design on the square, then I quilt over the line) and a freehand curve through the pinwheel blocks.

7 blocks complete, 15 to go.....
However, once I finish the blocks, I'm really not sure what to do with the 2" squares that separate the blocks. I don't want to do cross hatching, I think it would be stand out too much against the blue fabrics (I also don't want to change thread colour). If I was a professional quilter I'd do continuous curves .... but I'm not, and I'm not very good at curves yet, and I really don't want to practice on this quilt. So, if anyone has any ideas how to to do the 2" squares, I would appreciate the input.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Barb's Quilt

The quilt currently on my frame (and being used as a kitty hammock) is the one I have been making for my sister. I have been working on it for almost three years.... Every time she comes for a visit I get THE QUESTION - Is my quilt done yet?
Nope, not yet.
But I keep plugging away, little bits at a time. The pattern is from Australian Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, and it's called My Blue Heaven. It's a sampler quilt, with both fused applique and pieced blocks. There are 22 different blocks surrounded by borders of 2" squares. Half of the applique I machine stitched the edges, however, that's a LOT harder and more time consuming than it looks, so I finally gave up and finished the rest with a hand blanket stitch.
So far I have managed to SID around each block to stabilize the quilt and now I'm working on the individual blocks.
Block # 1 - McTavishing for the background and stipple in the multi-coloured squares. I took the picture before I finished the bottom two squares.... DUH .....

Block #2 - straight forward star block, SID on all the seams and small stipple in the center.
I'll post more blocks as I go along, but of course I have been SIDE-TRACKED..... The Pajama Quilter Reloaded DVD came in the mail this week so last night I had to go out and buy a whiteboard to practice on. I need to learn to do those freehand flowers she does. My excuse is that it's a sampler quilt.... I can't quilt everything the same.... as much as I like McTavishing, I don't wan't to do the whole quilt that way..... There's a load of stuff on the DVD I want to try. Oh well, what's one more little delay in the ongoing saga of this quilt....

Thursday, May 22, 2008


This tag is from Amelia's Musings and I have decided that I want to play, too.

1. What was I doing ten years ago:

I was a 33 year old college student. Electrical Engineering - Computer Networks. I graduated in 2000. Spent three years juggling 3 children, husband and college. It was worth it.

2. 5 things on my to do list today.

Sorry, I am not organized enough to have lists! (except at work) I do have to take my son to baseball tonight, that probably qualifies. I'm more of an 'in the moment' person. If I go home and the house is messy, I clean. If it's reasonably clean, I quilt.

3. Snacks I enjoy:

Chocolate. Chocolate. and more Chocolate.

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

I would wear a BRAND NEW pair of socks EVERYDAY.... I LOVE new socks...... and I would pay for all of my kids' university or college tuition ('cause right now it's not looking good... student loans, here we come....)

5. Places I have lived:

I'm going to be nice and give you the short list (my parents moved a LOT when I was a kid):

Vancouver, British Columbia

New Westminister, BC

Surrey, BC

Kamloops, BC

Oshawa, Ontario

Belleville, ON

Tweed, ON

Marlbank, ON

Peterborough, ON

Bailieboro, ON

Peterborough is where I met my husband and we have lived within 10 miles of Peterborough ever since.

You can play too!

I'll leave you with a picture of Bailey using my QUILT as a HAMMOCK, for crying out loud! Now I have to loosen the quilt on the frame and cover it with a sheet when I'm not quilting. It's a good thing I love cats.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Long Weekend

Thanks, everyone, for the kind words and sympathy. Things are starting to return to normal around here. Sort of.

DH and I spent Friday night and Saturday doing a mad scramble to finish the bathroom renovation before we had company on Saturday night. At one point on Saturday the hallway outside the bathroom had the sink and toilet in it and the rest of the house looked like a bomb had exploded.... What a mess. Fortunately, we managed to get it all back together about 30 minutes before everyone showed up, and now it's DONE!

Since the house was cleaned up Saturday, I managed to spend most of Sunday and Monday (Monday was a holiday here in Canada) quilting. Of course I took lots of pictures and then left my camera at home. I'll post them tomorrow. I still do all my posting from work because my fancy dancy high speed at home only works when it's in a good mood. The repairman is coming tomorrow, if he can't fix it, I'm going to have to go back to dial up. Arrghh! ( I post from work because my husband and I own our own business, so the boss doesn't mind.... LOL)

Yesterday was my birthday. 43 years old. That's funny, because I don't FEEL 43. Given the events of last week it was pretty much a non-event. But I don't mind, we did manage to go out for dinner last night with the whole family and that doesn't happen very often. Plus, hubby didn't have time to shop, so I got cash.... Ha Ha.... LQS, here I come!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Irony of Mother's Day....

I spent Mother's Day at the hospital with my MIL, who had a massive stroke on Saturday night. She passed away yesterday afternoon. My husband is not doing well. I feel so bad for him. And then I feel bad for my kids who seem so lost... they don't know what to do. They're upset about their Grandma and they've never seen their Dad like this. I think they're still in shock.

I'm just hoping we make it through the services OK. I'm worried about my son. My SIL's asked him to be a pallbearer. My husband said OK, and I didn't want to upset him so I said OK too, but I really don't know about this. He's only fourteen and has never even been to a funeral before. I talked to him and explained how everything works, but I'm nervous. Then I was thinking that his Dad will be beside him to look out for him, but it will probably be Tyler looking out for Dad. So it's probably a good thing.

I probably won't post again until next week.

Friday, May 9, 2008

So far, so Good....

This one hour a day thing is working well. I'm 3 hours for 3 days.... I put the binding on Chinese Coins, after my oldest gave it to her best friend for her 19th birthday. She had to give it back so I could bind it. 19th birthdays are a pretty big deal in our neck of the woods because it's legal drinking age in Ontario. Needless to say the girls were pretty excited! The picture is with the binding on (I cheated and sewed it on with variegated thread).

I've made a good start on my sister's quilt. It's a sampler quilt with 22 different sized blocks, so right now I'm still SID around each block to stabilize it. Once I start quilting each block I'll post some pictures.

I also stopped at the fabric store last night and picked up the fabric to bind the Tulip Quilt. Holy Cow! At this rate I might actually get to list ACCOMPLISHMENTS next month.... LOL!

Guild meeting was this past Wednesday and the strangest thing happened.... the woman who is in charge of the charity quilts came up to me and gave me this huge apology.... it seems that she felt she was rude to me when I handed in the charity quilt I had done last month. She had said something along the lines that I had put too much time into it and that I didn't have to do anything that involved, etc. Anyways, whatever she said must have bothered her because she went on and on that she didn't mean to be rude, and that it was a beautiful job and how she appreciated the help, etc. I remembered what she said at the time, but I certainly didn't take it as a criticism (and I told her that). Weird.

Tonight is the first night of my ladies softball league, so you can expect me to be whining and complaining about how sore I am on Monday ......

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

April Accomplishments.....

I saw that some people have been listing what they accomplished last month, and I thought "that's a good idea, I'll do that too".....

Let's see...what did I accomplish last month, hmmm???? Oh! I know! I finished the Winnie the Pooh quilt for my friend. No... that was the end of March. What else? .... hmmm ..... surely there must be something..... Wait! I quilted the Tulip quilt.... Nope, March again.....

and I still haven't put the binding on it,

Aha! I quilted the Chinese Coins quilt - Phew!!! I was getting worried. Oops, haven't put the binding on that one either....

For crying out loud.... I did absolutely nothing last month, how the heck did it go by so fast?

..... maybe this list wasn't such a good idea after all.

OK. I need a new plan.

Instead, I'm going to blatantly "borrow" Jill's idea and try "One hour a Day" for the month of May and see if it helps. Since I already know that there are some days when even one hour is not possible, I will make up the hour that I missed on another day. Of course I'm starting from today instead of May 1st so I don't start out in the hole for 5 hours!!!! That means I need to put in 26 hours for May......

Now it shouldn't be as hard as it sounds because I did spend some time last night finishing the backing for my sister's quilt and putting it on the frame. Plus, I cut the binding for the Chinese Coins quilt so it's ready to be put on, and this past weekend I cleaned up my quilt table. Here's a picture of my baby all cleaned up and ready to go: