Friday, July 24, 2009

99 bottles of beer on the Wall ......

Well, actually, it's 99 POSTS.... Woo Hoo! I wonder what I'll do for my 100th post??? I guess you'll just have to come back next week and check!

On the quilty front, I am slogging away at the basket quilt and slowly making some progress. I have done SID around all the squares, and I have done some of the fill behind the baskets. Tonight I am going to start working on the templates in the setting and side blocks. I marked some of them last night.

The problem, of course, is that I've never actually quilted with a template before.... so feel free to cross your fingers for me! We'll see if I can manage to stay on (or even close) to the lines!

The second problem is that I have NO IDEA how to quilt the basket. It's too big to leave it plain, but I am on a deadline and I don't want to attempt anything fancy or time consuming. Ideas anyone? Do you think it would look all right if I meander inside the basket (not the handle, just the basket)? Or I was thinking I could quilt a heart right in the middle of the basket (if we assume that I can stay on the line for the template, I could trace a heart and quilt over it). Help!!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

It's Here!

My Spring Fling Round Robin 3 quilt arrived yesterday. Isn't it pretty? I love it. I made the center block and the rest was made by: row1- Kathy, Texas / row 2- Chelsea, Washington / quilting- Helen, St.Helen's, UK.

The Basket quilt is moving along. I finished putting on the border last night and I pieced the backing for it. I won't get it on the frame tonight (Wednesday night dinner...), but I should be able to do it Thursday night (SportsFan has no baseball for a whole week.... I should actually get a little ME time this week! lol)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Goal Accomplished ! Sort of....

Here it is, borders and all.... Somedays I like it and some days I don't. It's probably one of those quilts where I won't love it until after it's quilted.

Which unfortunately, won't be this week. I did get the borders on, got the backing ready, I even cleaned off the quilting frame, just in time to realize that I need to make a new quilt, and it has to be done in three weeks. (UniversityGirl actually laughed out loud when I said the 'done in three weeks' part).

Every year for the past 5 years we have spent the long weekend with friends at their cottage up north. Last year after we left I decided I wanted to make them a quilt as a thank you for the yearly invite. Of course I promptly forgot all about it once I was home.... that is until yesterday when they called to make sure that we were still coming this year. Ooops.

So how do I make a quilt in three weeks? Start with a top that's already made. In this case, I am going to give them the Basket Quilt that I put together at retreat this year (which has been languishing away, waiting for borders and quilting. What is it with me and borders, anyways?)

So I'm off to Fabricland after work to pick up backing fabric. And unfortunately, it's really only two and a half weeks until we go ..... eek....

Monday, July 6, 2009

Yes, I have a goal....

I'm a bad blogger lately, I seem to have switched over to relaxed mode where I really don't seem to get much accomplished.

I did manage to send off the colorblock blocks for the swap I'm in, but other than that, I haven't been quilting at all.

However, in an effort to motivate myself, my GOAL for this week is to attach the borders to the yellow brick road quilt and load it onto the frame. There, I put it in print..... Now I have to do it!