Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival

After finishing the big stitch quilting on this I was so pleased I could not wait another minute to finish it.  Being the scrap happy quilt that it is I thought a scrappy binding was perfect.  So I pulled out my bin with leftover binding in it and started sewing them together.  Some pieces were long others quite short but they all came together to make the perfect binding.
 I'm very pleased with the results if I do say so myself.
This quilt hold so many memories for me; in the fabric that created to where and how it was made.  I started it at a quilt retreat with dear friends I have known for a long time.  Worked on it in the chemo lab as I made new friends that inspire and uplift me.  And finished it up in the comfort of my home with my family.  
It brings me such joy I want to share it with others.  So it is my pick for Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Make sure you check it out.  Be prepared to be awed and wowed by all the lovely quilts.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Stellar Stars

It's been two weeks since my last post.  Where have I been you may ask.  Well, my Wednesdays have been spent with some stellar stars.
 Like the twenty something young artist who has put her life on hold to fight a mighty battle.  She is inspiring and brave.  I loved hearing about her hopes and dreams for the future.  May she win her battle and live her dreams. 
 Then there were the two mothers that were juggling treatments, soccer games and music lessons.  Valiant women  setting an example of courage and hope for their children.  Also the grandmother trying to decide her battle plan.  A tough choice between prolonged life and uncomfortable side effects.  I pray they all will have wisdom to know how best to fight there battles.
 Finally the army ranger that kept us laughing with his fun stories and songs.  He knew how to rally the troops and keep us fighting for a better day.  While I listened to their stories I big stitched on my spiderweb quilt.  My goal was to have it done when my treatments where done.  I didn't quite make it but I as I recovered yesterday I put in the final stitches.
And thanks to these stellar stars I have a name for this happy life filled quilt.  I'm calling it Stellar Stars caught in a Web.  In memory of the way these fabulous people who inspired me and brought joy to my life.  

Friday, October 12, 2012

Getting it Quilted

Does anyone else struggle with how to quilt their quilts?  I have problems picking out fabrics, getting things pieced, and I love to bind.  But when it come to stitching those layers together I'm often at a loss.  So they hang on the clothes line till the poor thing is sagging and I can't get to my washing machine cause there are so many quilts hanging in front of it.  Then I'm forced to figure out a quilting design.  
Such was the case this last week.  So I pulled down my 15 minute play quilt.  It's been sitting on the line since January.  I really was at a loss as to how to quilt it.  But finally decided to try echoing.  
I must say I'm very pleased with the results so far.

I've about got the blocks done.  Hoping today to finish them up and if I'm lucky to finish quilting the sashing too.  
What part of the quilting process slows you down?  How do you make it over that hump?  Or you lucky and you breeze through the whole process?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Look What I Found

Look what I found, not what I was looking for, but a treasure nonetheless.  I was looking for something for my neighbor.  I had put it in a special place so it would be safe.  It's real safe now, cause not even I can find it. Bet you've never done that. But while looking I found this quilt my grandmother made for me when I was little.  It is hand quilted and full of cute pictures.  I remember a basket with tubes of the ink she used to draw and color the pictures.  The edges of this hand quilted quilt are still nice but the middle is falling to pieces.  It is a well loved quilt.
I also found these beautiful knitted afghans my great Aunt Nell knit for Alex and Josh when they were babies.  Aunt Nell was an avid knitter.  My mom, an avid garage saler, would buy every skein of yarn she found to keep Aunt Nell in yarn.  It still was never enough.  

So thankful for treasures found.  Hope that eventually I will find what I was looking for.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Creamy Dreamy

I've been a bit under the weather recently.  When I've felt up to it I've been doing a little mindless sewing.  Not that I really need to start a new project.  Heaven knows my clothes line is full of quilts needing to be quilted.  My Free For All quilt needs the blocks sewn together and Josh's quilt needs the last row added.  But I'm not feeling up to moving back and forth to gather and sew the rows together let alone wrestle a quilt to get it quilted.
I have however wanted to make a quilt using only my lights.  Like a quilt I saw in Sunday Morning Quilts and like Victoria has challenged over on 15 Minute Play.  So I dumped my lights in a laundry basket and began sewing.
Mindlessly sewing strips and bits together is healing for me.  After one day of sewing these bits together I started to feel better.  By the end of the weekend I was almost back to myself and I had almost created another quilt.  
Now I need to decide how big I want to make it.  I could stop after 3 more blocks and the quilt would be 50"x 50".  That would be nice but a rectangle is more pleasing to the eye so I might have to add another row.  Heaven knows I have enough scraps to do it.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Cuppa

Back when I made the Bloomin' Peaks quilt I showed a cute little block that could be made what was cut off the nine patches around the edge.  I had mentioned that they would make great coasters for the cocoa one might enjoy after a day on the slopes.  Well, I made four coasters.  But I still had a few more triangles and I thought wouldn't it be nice if the coasters had a cozy home.  So I made a little basket to put them in.  They had a few friends that wanted to tag along so I made the basket big enough to carry two flavors of cocoa (always good to have choices in your cocoa) and a good book.  
Now these good friends are ready for me when I want to cuddle in the Bloomin' Peaks quilt and relax with that good book.
Just in time for cooler weather.

Monday, October 1, 2012

A Pretty Little Pile

I've sewed more blue and green strips.  Trimmed them into 3 1/2" x 10 1/2" pieces.  Added 1" white strips down each side.  Pressed them in half to get them ready to trim the corners.  Stacked them into a pretty little pile.
Ready to add the grey triangles to complete the blocks to make this quilt a little bigger.  What pretty little piles are you working on today?