Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Finally....

Here it is, finished at last!

The colours are off a little, it's more cream than tan.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Weekend Quiltfest!

Or at least that's what it felt like. DH and the SportsFan went camping for the weekend, so I spent the WHOLE weekend quilting. And yes, I FINISHED BARB'S QUILT!!!! I'm so happy..... Unfortunately, the Official Quilt Holder didn't get home from camping while it was light enough to take a picture, so I'll post the final product tomorrow (minus the binding.... this week's project).

Of course the weekend wasn't without a couple of bumps along the way.... for example, taking the quilt off the machine to gaze at it adoringly, so proud of myself, only to discover that I missed quilting a HUGE spot in the border. Back on the machine to fix it ....

It gets better.... DH asked me to run the garden hose for an hour on Saturday to top up the pool (normally he does this every week, but again, he went camping). So, dutiful wife that I am (insert tongue in cheek now) I say "Sure, I can do that". Picture this: 1) garden hose filling up the pool 2) me, quilting away merrily, the girls are both at work, no interruptions..... totally focused on finishing..... 3) we live in the country and are on WELL WATER..... Get the picture?

Yup. I ran the well dry. Bone dry. Material Girl comes home from work five hours (yes, FIVE HOURS) later and jumps in the shower.... Well, I'm sure the entire country heard the screammmmm. ARRGGHHHH...

Not done yet... I take the girls into town for dinner, a couple of hours go by, so I ask my kind neighbour if he can restart the pump for me (he's such a nice guy, not only did he fix it, he only laughed out loud once) and all is well again. Well, not quite. MaterialGirl, who doesn't understand that it takes longer to FILL a well than it does to DRAIN it, put her work clothes IN THE WASHING MACHINE!!!!! Sure enough, we're out of water again! By now I'm way too embarassed to go back to the neighbour, so I just toughed it out until hubby came home the next day.

But that's OK .... I don't care.....I finished BARB"S QUILT!!!! (I may be repeating myself, I'm so excited!)

I also managed to finish piecing the table topper I started last month:















I started quilting it last night but my tension was off and I was too tired to fight with it, so I gave up and went to bed. I'll finish it tonight.

I also started a new quilt with charm square fabric from Northcott's Quest for a Cure line that I bought last year. I think it has sufficiently aged enough to be put together now... (LOL)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Plodding Along.....

I haven't posted lately because I'm STILL working on Barb's quilt. I swear it's permanently attached to my quilting frame now..... Still, I persevere.

My dear son, the SportsFan, was teasing me yesterday because I still haven't started his quilt, even though we bought the fabric three months ago. I didn't have the heart to tell him that three months is nothing..... fabric is like fine wine.... it needs to age properly before you can open it up and enjoy it.... (LOL)

I need to buy a new light for my quilting machine. The one I have now gets really hot, too hot for the hot and humid weather we've had lately. Probably one of the reasons I don't work on it for more than an hour at a time. Now that the weather is finally cooler I'm hoping to spend more time quilting. Wish me luck, this is the third week in a row I am planning on finally finishing it....

Friday, June 6, 2008

My deep Thought for the Day .... (not that I have many)

I ran out to the local fastfood restaurant near work for lunch today (yeah, I know.... bad girl...) and the the young man at the the drive thru window opens the window and says "Hello Laura's Mom". Just the way he said it reminded me of when Laura was a baby, with many an ear infection, and the Pharmacist (who saw me on a fairly regular basis) would greet me as "Laura's Mom". Over the years I cannot count how many times I have been introduced or referred to as "Laura's Mom" (insert Meagan and Tyler here as well) or "Karl's Wife".

Most of the time I don't even notice, but once in a while I think I should wear a name tag that says "Hello, my name is TRISH". I spend the majority of my time being someone's Mom or wife and I love it, but every now and then I want to be ME. This I why I love quilting, because I do it just for ME. While my husband and kids smile and nod when I show off my quilts, they don't really care.... it's just something that keeps Mom in a good mood (assuming my corners meet, of course), and I like it that way. I very seldom give myself deadlines with my quilting, and I don't feel guilty for my big pile of unfinished or not-started projects. Quilting, for me, is both relaxing and challenging at the same time, but most importantly, it's all MINE.

That was my deep thought for the day....

Now, for the frivolous side of life:

Watching Sports Fan play baseball last night with his big sister BoyCrazy and she starts telling me about her day at school (keep in mind, this girl only thinks about: school, going to university in the fall, and boys, and not necessarily in that order)

BoyCrazy: the best thing happened today, the really smart boy in my English class thinks I'M smart, too.

Me: the one you think is so cute?

BoyCrazy: Yep. He's smart and really cute. Today he said that he's thinks I'm smart because of something I said in English (the girl is practically glowing 'cause this boy complimented her in class - remind you of anyone? see yesterday's post)

Me: I can top that. Someone in my quilt guild thinks my quilting is as good as Cheryl's, and she's an AWARD WINNING quilter, how's that for impressive....

BoyCrazy: Let's see.... "smart, cute boy" vs "quilting" ..... hmmm.... (rolls her eyes) ..... NOT EVEN CLOSE.....

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Go Ahead .... Make My Day!

Some people say the nicest things.....

First, some background info: One of the members of the local guild I joined this year is Cheryl Czaplinski. Cheryl is a professional machine quilter who has won many awards (locally and across Canada) for her quilting. She is amazing. The guild has a membership of over 160 and at the last show this guild put on probably half the the quilts had been quilted by Cheryl (and no, she's not the only machine quilter in the area). Anyways....

I was showing Barb's Quilt to some of the ladies at the meeting and one of the women said, "it's beautiful, did Cheryl quilt it for you?" When I said, no, I had done it myself, you could see she was very surprised..... OMG.... someone actually thinks my quilting is comparable to Cheryl's! It was such a compliment! She made my day!

Reality check - my quilting isn't even close to Cheryl's, not yet, anyways. If she had really looked she would've seen why, but it still made me feel good to know that the overall effect is good. Since practice makes perfect (hahaha) I have a new excuse to buy more fabric and make more quilts!




This is the charity quilt I finished last night. Whoever pieced the top did a very nice job. I did a simple meander so that I could get it done on time, I didn't want to hang on to it over the summer (it would either be lost or covered in cat hair!). The legs belong to Sports Fan, who is now 5'10, and that makes him the Official Quilt Holder-Upper!



Tonight I'm going to put Barb's Quilt back on the frame and finish quilting the outside border and the small block I missed! (which I noticed at the guild meeting this morning.....)

Monday, June 2, 2008

Almost There -

Well, it rained most of the weekend so baseball was cancelled Friday and Saturday, oh darn, more time for quilting (heeheehee). I finished all of the blocks and I have started on the borders. It's definitely not going to be done for Wednesday, but I don't care..... the light at the end of tunnel is getting brighter!

The final blocks: (somehow I missed taking some pictures of a couple of the smaller blocks, duh ...)

Didn't impress myself with this one, I wasn't even close to consistant with the continuous curves (again, it still looks good from 3 feet away!)










This is actually 2 blocks, the bow tie at the top and the applique heart. SID on the bow tie, and echo quilting (almost Dwirling) around the heart.










Another applique block, it was so small I just did SID around the straight pieces.










The ever- present McTavishing on the applique block and SID and wavy ribbons (Pajama Quilter) thru the star.











I'm going to take it off the frame tonight so I can quilt a charity quilt for Wednesday, but I have BIG plans to have it finished THIS WEEKEND. As much as I love this quilt, I am ready to be finished with it. I WANT TO START SOMETHING NEW!!!!! Waaahhhh......