Tuesday, September 28, 2010

More Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt blocks made

Contary Wife
Cut Glass Dish

At last...I have gotten time to make two more of the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt blocks. Cut Glass Dishes has lots of triangles!!  I wonder why the book didn't have some instructions to aid in constructing the blocks...like use half square triangles, etc.

Monday, September 27, 2010

AccuQuilt Theme Blog Hop

If you have some spare time...check out the AccuQuilt Theme Blog Hop...Tips, Tutorials, Videos & Giveaways. It started today. SewCalGal and nine other bloggers have joined together to have the Blog Hop. Great inspiration from today's two and more coming each day this week. This is the link:  http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/2010/09/accuquilt-theme-blog-hop-tips-tutorials.html

Friday, September 24, 2010

Almost finished!!!

Back of jacket

Front of jacket

This is the patchwork jacket I have been working on since last Wednesday's Sew In at a friend's house. She showed us how to cut the sweatshirt and the steps to get started. I have a little more hand sewing of binding , make button loops, sew on the buttons and hem the sleeves. You cannot see the fancy stitches and quilt block motifs I added with my embroidery machine, but the metallic thread adds a shine in the light. I already bought fabric to start another one!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Afternoon outing

I attended my nephew's wedding at the beach (Fort Fisher...Kure Beach N.C.) this afternoon. The weather was perfect. Everything went smoothly. Several other weddings were going on nearby. We ate some wonderful seafood while there.

Martha Stewart Moment!!!


While at Driving Miss Stacey's blog...I saw these Pumpkin Swirl Bars from MaththaStewart.com. They were the Cookie of the Day.  I made a batch because in a few weeks I will have the Circle meeting here. I like a fall like cookie for refreshments. These are tasty! Martha's show up prettier than mine.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sew Day!!!

Off to a friend's house to have a Sew In!!! Four of us will be there....one is going to teach us to make a patchwork jacket from a sweatshirt. She has made several and hers are all beautiful!! I have my batiks washed and ready to go. It's great getting ideas from others.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Christmas Quiltalong completed!!

I finished my Christmas Quiltalong top...now I just have to quilt it!!! It's a wallhanging, BUT it's BIG!!! I am thinking of adding a couple of borders and turning it into a throw. It's big enough to cover all of me, except my feet. I have to check out my LQS and see if it has any of the fabric. I can order it (if I locate it on the web). The black border strip really made it pop!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Christmas quiltalong update

I've added  the side border blocks and have only last border strips to add.  Hopefully my wallhanging top will be completed  today!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Christmas Quiltalong

This is the Noel panel by Bernartex that I am using to make a wallhanging. I downloaded the pattern and purchased all the needed fabrics. So far, I have the inner borders on.
I am using my machine to buttonhole stitch around the trees, the pattern says just to fuse on but I like the look of the stitches (hard to see in the picture).

Monday, September 6, 2010

Charming Girls' Quilt Club Goals

1. Machine quilt and bind the Tree's Up! Lights On! quilt picture in Sept. 5th post.

2. Make two wallhangings like the one pictured. I bought 2 panels when I saw them in July and all the other fabric needed for them. One is for me and one will be a gift.

3. I want to make a jacket from a sweatshirt, using batiks.
 I want it ready for cool weather!! ( which is still some time away here in NC).

4. I want to complete 4 Farmer's Wife Sampler quilt blocks.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Tree's Up! Lights On! top completed

What do you get from a bunch of red, green and white fat quarters , freezer paper and a pattern??? A Christmas project!!!
This was the beginning of a challenge for me! One of the hardest parts was to select 10 fat quarters of each color....some I did not think went well together at the beginning of the project but at the end, I was happy!!

First,after tracing the pattern on the freezer paper, it was ironed on to a red, white and green fat quarter. Cutting the 10 layers at one time was a first for me...I usually only do 3-4.  Then they were shuffled in stacks. I had never done a stack & wack project before, so that was new to me also.

The first ones I made were the white ones....I had taken a class at Wish Upon A Quilt (Raleigh, NC) and got 1 made the night of the class. The instructor was very good and patient. We went step by step together. I was happy with my block and when I left I hoped I would have the project finished before this Christmas!!!  Well, it was several weeks before I got back to the blocks (I had to finish the 2 quilts for the Church Harvest Sale).

                                                                                                                                                                       The red ones went along fast...I got them completed in an afternoon. There is a lot of pressing & trimming in each block.

When all the green ones were completed, then I had to find the smallest block to trim them all to the same size.

Here is a picture of the completed top. It's called Tree's Up,Lights On.  I cannot decide if I want to add a border ( I do, but do not know what I could do. I have a 4" X 22" strip off each fatquarter) I thought of adding a separator strip that would finish up as 1/2" but what color??? It is 57" X 73". I am going to machine quilt it....got to shop for the backing tomorrow.  I'm open for suggestions.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Blog giveaway

Check out Shawna's giveaway...she has some very useful items up fpr grabs!!!