Monday, March 30, 2009

Another Little Quilt Swap 3

Kate North is hosting another round of ALQS - but with a twist - no pressure! You don't officially sign up for the swap until after you've finished your quilt.... So if you don't finish it, no one is disappointed (except maybe you....). Anyways, you can check it out here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Quilt Retreat

I finally decided what I want to work on at the retreat next month. I picked up this issue of AP&Q and I just love the quilt on the cover. However, I'm going to make a couple of changes. First I'm going to do the stars in 20 different batik fabrics for a multi-colour look, and second, I'm going to make the stars in 8 inch blocks instead of 4 inch blocks (I want a larger quilt). I already have the batiks, I just need to pick up the background and pick something for the small squares.











And I am under strict orders to post a picture of the BACK of the dress, she didn't like the first picture....LOL

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Pictures.....

From this:













To this:


































I started stitching the binding down last night. I ran out of steam 3/4 of the way through, so I'll have to finish it tonight.
I have to say that I am
A) very happy with how it turned out, and
B) even happier that it's finally finished!!!!
Some of the quilting I did in the blocks didn't turn out as nice as I would've liked, ( I'm NOT very good at following the lines! LOL) but overall it looks good.

And a picture of "The Dress"!

Monday, March 23, 2009

A "Finish"

Well, it's not a quilty finish, but we managed to come home with a dress on Saturday! I was so impressed, I had visions of multiple trips to Toronto! Plus, she actually managed to stay within the budget (really made me happy there!).

On the quilting front, I finished quilting Dave's quilt...Yippeee!!! Now I just have to attach the binding. I had big plans to do it Sunday night, but I got way-laid by a killer migraine, so I never left the couch all night.... maybe tonight....

I don't have any pictures yet, because either the light wasn't right, or there wasn't anyone home to hold it up for me (the nerve..... not being at my beck and call when I need them ...LOL)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Canada Post comes through .....

Well, they might be expensive, but Canada Post came through with flying colours..... Tina received her quilt only a week after I sent it! WooHoo! Her pictures are better than mine, you can check it out here.

I'm making progress on Dave's quilt, all the blocks are quilted now, I only have two borders left to quilt. It probably won't happen this weekend though, all three kids will be home and I promised MaterialGirl that we will go to Toronto on Saturday to shop for a formal (prom) dress (technically, it's not called Prom in Ontario, they call it Formal). Given how picky the girl is, I'm sure I'll be exhausted by Saturday night.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Still Plodding Along .....

on the never ending quilt ......






I'm over half finished now, it's slowly getting done. The colours in the last picture are too yellow, I'll get a better picture later.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Decorating and the never-ending wildlife quilt....

We spent most of the weekend re-doing my bedroom. We've lived in this house for more than ten years and my bedroom was still painted white.... can you say Blah? Last week DH built me a new closet (it was a little bit of a wait, the sticker on the closet doors said they were purchased in March of 2006....), then Friday night he and DS built shelves and finally we painted on Saturday and Sunday. Whew, thank goodness that's done, I hate painting! Although I still have to paint the kitchen (again, still white after 10 years). I actually bought the paint for the kitchen this weekend, so hopefully it will get done soon (in my house soon means anywhere from one week to a few years, so we'll have to see how we make out there!).

It's funny how I really don't like painting and decorating, but since we've moved in, each of the kids rooms have been repainted at least twice. Hmmm.....

After I finished the swap quilt this week (see last post), I put Dave's quilt back on the frame. Good Lord, this one is taking me forever!!!! I finally finished the McTavishing around the blocks, and on Sunday I started quilting each of the individual blocks. It's taking a lot longer than I thought it would. Of course, I went a little overkill on the quilting, but once I started, it was too late to change my mind.

I need to get a little bit more productive.... I also have two quilts that still need binding....

It's March break here in Ontario, so my two high school students are off for the week. MaterialGirl went on a trip to Quebec City with a bunch of friends and won't be back until Friday, and SportsFan is leaving Tuesday to visit a friend for the rest of the week, so I should be able to get something done while they're gone.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

4 Seasons Quilt Swap 5

First, I mailed my quilt off Monday morning..... going overseas (can't tell you where):



Then I came home from work and found this little gem in my mail:



It's from Tina and it's gorgeous! It has tiny tulips in the corner, and even tinier little bumblebees in each of the tulips. She also sent some really cute notecards, but I was a little braindead yesterday and forgot to take a picture.

Thanks Tina, I love it!

Of course I can't have a post without a story:

I went to the post office Monday to mail my quilt and I ask the girl behind the counter, "how much to send this parcel to XXXXXX?"

"Well, she says, "it's $8 to send it ground or $17 to send it by air."

So I say, "how long does ground take? (I'm thinking if it's 6 to 10 days, I'll do it that way)"

She says: "4 to 6 weeks"

I'm thinking "4 to 6 WEEKS? R U Kidding me?! Is it going in a ROWBOAT????"

But I didn't say it, of course, instead I said, "Umm, I 'll go with the air. Does that include a tracking number?"

She says "No, if you want a tracking number it will be ..... let's see.... Oh yeah, $57."

"$57 DOLLARS????!!!! For a tracking number? R U ON CRACK?????"

Actually what I said (after I got the shocked look off of my face was, "Thank you, no. I won't be needing a tracking number....)"

Canada Post drives me insane.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

I'm still here .....

Just not accomplishing anything.....
Well, I have almost finished my 4SQS5 swap quilt (just need to attach the label and mail it tomorrow). Actually it's the second one I've made for the swap, because the first one was a little too "off" for me to feel comfortable sending it. I am going to finish the first one and keep it for myself, but not right now (famous last words).

It's one of those weeks where every time I plan to work on something, something else gets in the way..... arghhhh....

Right now I'm off to watch my son's hockey game (good lord, will hockey season EVER end?) and then I'm seriously thinking about attacking the HUGE load of dirty clothes that is taking over the laundry room ...... maybe .....