Monday, November 21, 2005

It's Scarf Weather!

I haven't picked up a crochet hook in years and years, but while my Dad and Stepmom were visiting, she wanted to go to the yarn shop so she could get some yarn to knit a scarf. Knit?!? I don't knit at ALL...and really no desire to start, although I do love the knitted stuff that is showing up all over the place. I did find some yummy yummy yarn and the demo scarf hanging there was crocheted, so that is what I did.

It took about 3 days to make......I don't know if I'll do anything more, but I got this done just in time for the weather here to be yucky enough to wear it! *LOL*

Life here in SC is blissfully uneventful right now. We are even having Thanksgiving dinner just the 3 of us. We haven't been invited anywhere, and I am not wanting to invite anyone here for Thanksgiving after just having relatives for a week....I bought a small turkey and will do it with a minimum of fixings, but still enough to have leftovers for a few days afterward. Gotta have that homemade turkey soup made from the carcass..that's what I look forward to most!

No word yet from the Certification Board on when I can take my exam...I know it's been only 10 days since I sent off my applications, but time is turning alot slower now that I'm not in school! :c)


Thursday, November 17, 2005

Pineapple Blossom Directions and Stuff...

Yesterday was the first day of being HOME ALONE!! What a great feeling...I putzed around the house, I cleaned out my email inbox, I watched a movie on TV while eatting lunch, I finished a small customer quilt that was zero effort at all, so much that it didn't feel like work!

I spent most of the evening editing down pics and writing the text for the pineapple blossom quilt! You can find it at http://quiltville.com/pineappleblossom.shtml There still may be typos, but it's there! I wish I had played with more block layouts for this. I think you could do a straight furrows version without sashings..just having all the pineapple corners go the same direction diagonally down the quilt. I think it would be cool, you wouldn't get the blossom look, but it would be so different. These always come to me after the fact....after the blocks are sewn together and the quilt is quilted and bound and off to it's recipient!

I was thinking about something for the Quilt Mavericks ring members as well, something I want to explain. My website is included in the Quilt Mavericks webring so that it brings us a constant flow of ring surfers. When we started out, there were two members. Me and Tonya! We needed traffic, and since there are up to 800 hits a day on my website (sometimes more) it seemed the best way to get people here was to put a link for my blog on my website, or to click into the ring from the panel on my website. I also have a yahoogroups mailing list with now over 650 members. I email these quilters when I have a new pattern up, and they come to the website, many of them clicking into the blog ring from there. I get alot of email from people who have clicked into the blog ring because of the links. Is this okay with you, or do you feel that we can be stand alone now, and not have the ring panel on my website? I'd still have the direct link, just that my web page wouldn't be IN the ring.

Those of you that have other websites....I think it is a great idea to have a LINK to your blog on your website. That will bring people into the ring to surf around too. It also gives them a more personal view of you as a quilter, as a mother, wife, daughter, grandmother... as a person.

I'm off to shower and get this wonderful day going! Day 2 of no extended family here, and home alone! Weeehaa!


Tuesday, November 15, 2005

I am getting all the pics ready to write the directions for the pineapple blossom quilt. On the top you see the block, and the pinwheel below is made from the bonus units that are left from sewing the triangle squares onto the main block. Gotta love quilts that give you something extra to play with!

I don't know if I mentioned this thing with my OBGYN wanting me back in 6 weeks for another check up? They found 'atypical' cells for the 2nd year in a row, and want to do a cryo-something where they freeze the cells on my cervix. I just got the call from them today, even though I
knew I was scheduled for Dec 6th...I didn't know this is what they were planning to do.

I guess atypical just means "abnormal" but doesn't neccessarily mean cancerous. I'm trying not to amp out about it, whatever it is we are catching it early enough for intervention, right? It's just this whole middle aged thing that is getting to me I think.

I'm just feeling a bit nervous, but trying not to think too much into it....I wish I had a friend who had gone through this so I would know what to expect, but still....And again....thank goodness for INSURANCE!!!

Folks are still here....couldn't really vent to them about this, so the quickest thing I could do is type it up and get it off my chest.


IQFOI String Spider Web Class Supply List

String Spider Web Class Supply List!

Lap Size Quilt Approx Size: 55"X55"

Quilt can be made any size you want it, just make more blocks!

The objective in this workshop is for students to learn the basics, and the fun and freedom of string piecing!

Students will bring scraps and strips to share with others in the class so that everyone has a variety of fabrics to play with.

Please come with a basket, a box, a bin, a bag of scraps you've had sitting around! Bring strings (long strips from 3/4" to 2" in width and everywhere in between) squares, bricks, trimmings from joining binding on the bias, odd sized triangles, left over binding pieces....in a wide variety of colors! Lights, darks, mediums, prints, solids, batiks, calicoes, bring enough to keep yourself busy for 3 hours of fun piecing!

Background fabric: This all depends on how big your quilt is going to be. The lapsized quilt can be made with 1 yard of background. (In this case Orange) If you make the quilt bigger, plan accordingly. A twin sized quilt will take you 2 yards, a full to queen 3 to 3 1/2, etc. These yardage requirements are estimates.

Block Size: 10 3/4"

Sewing machines will be provided for this class.

In addition to your fabric please bring:

Print out the pattern here: http://quiltville.com/spiderwebpf.html and bring it with you.

Thread, scissors, seam ripper,pins and any other notions you usually sew with.
Rotary cutter, mat and ruler.
Wooden seam presser, unless individual irons are approved for your venue. Please don't overload the breakers and blow the fuses!

One piece of template plastic and a fine point pigma marker to draw on it with.

1 tablet "newsprint" type drawing paper. This paper tears easily for removal. Avoid velum as it curls when touched with the heat of the iron. Phone book paper is also great! Printer paper is a bit tougher, but can be used in a pinch.

1 fine point pencil

We are going to string up a storm at the International Quilt Festival of Ireland!

Please contact me if you need more info:  Quiltville@gmail.com

IQFOI Jared Takes A Wife Class Supply List

Jared Takes A Wife!

Class Supply List!

12" block, quilt size approx 82"X95"

Jared Takes A Wife is based on the traditional "Blackford's Beauty" block. It is a great block with no inset Y seams, and can be made completely from 2" strips and squares! Even the sashing and cornerstones are 2".

In class, we will be learning some basic techniques from quick pieced 4-patch units to easy star points. Anyone from a beginner on up is welcome to take this class! This is a "power sewing" class and we hope to get many blocks done in one sitting so you have something to show for your fun day at the machine.

Machines will be provided by the Festival for this class.

You will need:

Pins, thread, needles, scissors, seam ripper, rotary cutter, mat and ruler. My fave size is 6.5" X 12.5" but whatever you usually use will work. Please treat yourself to a NEW BLADE before class-- You deserve it!

Ironing stations will be provided.

Please print out the class instruction sheets at http://quiltville.com/jaredtakesawifepf.html This allows you to print out the pattern in color, look at it before class, and saves on paper expenses.

Fabric Requirements:

The original "Jared Takes A Wife" Quilt was given as a gift to my choir master upon his marriage-- I made a second one to travel with, this time substituting purples for the blacks that you see in the original pattern. I made each star from a different purple, and love the effect!

You need to give a bit of thought as to what goes where, so I want you to study the quilt in the pattern carefully. Know that you can substitute ANY of the colors shown for those you like. *Note* As you choose your fabrics, go for contrast. This is a 3 color quilt PLUS a background.

If you prefer to NOT have a scrappy background, you can choose one fabric for all the cream fabrics shown.

Wherever you see a color (be it gold or green or black in my picture) You can choose any color you like. Because we are not sewing from kits, this is a great way to go through your scraps and make something from them! You can even make EACH BLOCK DIFFERENT if you so desire, let your imagination soar!

The quilt shown in the pattern uses the following:

1.5 yards assorted 2" light strips for 4 patch units
1.5 yards assorted 2" green strips for 4 patch units
2 yards cream polka dot for sashing around 4 patches.
2 yards gold on black music fabric.
1.5 yards green fabric for border
1/2 yard green plaid for block centers
2 yards dark gold for inner star and sashings

Pre-cutting before class:

Because we want to SEW, not watch each other iron and cut, please come with the following: (take into mind the number of blocks you wish to make and multiply that by the pieces given for each block below.)

If you don't have scrap 2" light and 2" dark (in my case green) strips, cut them from your yardage so they are ready for class.

Each block uses 4 4-patches made from these 2" strips. If you don't know how many blocks you want to make, a couple hand-fulls of each should get you started! In this case, bring extra fabric in case you get to a point where you need it. this is FAST sewing! We will be strip piecing 4 patch units from our 2" strips in class.

From another light (Shown as cream polka dot above) cut (8) 2"X 3.5" rectangles for EACH BLOCK you want to make. I find it easiest to cut the yardage at 3.5" intervals FIRST,and then cut 2" rectangles from the 3.5" strip. Plan accordingly to the size of quilt you want to make.

From scrap green strips cut (4) 2" squares for each block you want to make.
(Note, they can be all one fabric if you want them to,or you can scrappy them up as you desire)

Star Points:
From your main star point fabric, cut 240 rectangles 2"X5". There are 8 star point rectangles in every block. Adjust the number of star points to the number of blocks you want to make. I find it easy to cut the yardage at 5" intervals first, and THEN subcut them into 2"X5" rectangles.

Block centers:
Each block has 1 center 3.5" square. These can be scrappy, or they can all match. Cut one for each block you want to make. If you are making the large quilt, cut 30!

Inner star points: If you look closely at the picture above you will see that there is a gold inner star as well as a black outer star! These are simply made with 2" squares. I used gold, but you can use whatever color you wish. You need (8) 2" squares for the inner star in every block. If you are doing the large quilt, you will need 240. Plan accordingly.

Background star points: The upper points of the star show a neutral background. I used many different lights for these 240 2" squares.

Here is an EQ drawing of scrappy plaids, neutrals and reds! Blocks like this will give you a quilt like this:

Have fun with your fabric choices, and LETS MAKE A QUILT!!

If there are any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at Quiltville@gmail.com

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Charleston pics...

Yesterday we took a 2 hour bus tour on the grey line, what a great way to tour when you are travelling with older parents. It was wonderful, the tour guide's stories were entertaining and we ended up down streets that we probably would not have gone down without a guide.

After the tour, we shopped up King street and had ice cream, wandered through church yards inspecting old grave markers. I've always liked to do that. I don't know why. It makes me feel a connection with the past, with people who lived before. I like wondering what their lives were like....where they so different from mine?

At dusk we joined a ghost walk tour, Charleston's great attraction. It was fun, and again, we ended up down back alleys that we would not have discovered had we not gone on this tour.

We had dinner at T-bonz down by the slave market, and as I said previous post, it was midnight when we rolled into home!


From graduation and beyond!

I'm having a bit of computer time will my dad and step mom NAP! So the house is quiet. Nice. Graduation was....WOW....I am still so blown away! They called me as class valedictorian!! I was just completely amazed beyond words, and it's a good thing I didn't have to give a speech, because I couldn't get anything out of my mouth at that point! It was wonderful having my Dad and step mom here to witness my moment :c)

This pic was taken at my house just before leaving for the graduation ceremony.

Yesterday, Saturday, we went to Charleston and spent the entire day doing touristy things. Charleston is just the most wonderful walkable city! So much to do and see....we got home about midnight.I think the plan for today is lunch at crackerbarrel, a bit of shopping and some more just relaxing and recuperating from yesterday. Fine by me! It's been a whirlwind and this is the first day with nothing planned!I filled out all my paperwork yesterday morning early, and sent it off to the national certification board to apply for my national exam. I hope to hear back in about 3 weeks as to when and where I can take it. Now the waiting begins!

My folks will be here until wednesday. So not much quilting going on until after that, but I do have all the pics taken that I need for writing up the instructions for the pineapple blossom quilt. As soon as I have some 'alone' time I'll be able to tackle that. It feels so weird knowing there is no more school for me. But I also have this wonderful sense of peace and purpose and of goals reached. And maybe I'll take a very well deserved nap too!


Regrouping a bit...and why....

We need to redefine what Quilt Mavericks is and what it isn't. We are NOT ARTY ARTY quilters. We make quilts. Quilts that look like quilts. Quilts that are used by people, on beds, for children, for pets, for whatever.....and some of us branch out a bit beyond that. But we do not classify ourselves as ART QUILTERS. What we wanted in a ring is a group of quilters that interact with each other closely, encouraging each other in our efforts to quilt. There are some ring members who's blogs don't reflect their quilting, and they belong to so many rings-- all of whom have the same members. Or so MANY members that you can't possibly visit them all and develop a community.... They are all into very arty atcs, still life, whatever, and the other rings they already belong to fit their identity more than "Quilt Mavericks" does.

All we want is for members to re-evaluate why they are in the Quilt Mavericks webring, when the other rings they already belong to fit their style and spectrum much more than Quilt Mavericks does. And what is the point of joining every webring out there in the first place? Which one really defines you as a quilter or artist?

Some people just seem to collect webring panels as if they were badges on a girl scout sash....And mostly, their blogs don't focus on their quilting. It focuses on art from other people...not their own. These people are better served in the other rings that they ALREADY belong to, and as Debra put it, we are a little ring with little members and we will never be what she is looking for in the direction her fiber art is going. I have not talked to Debra myself...I haven't been on the computer until this morning, but I did agree that some needed to evaluate their own blogs and see if WE fit THEM...and if we didn't, that they would be better just belonging to their arty ones, and not to ours. No real hard rejection meant and I'm sorry that Debra took it that way.

The the fact is, Debra's blog...and a couple others...are not quilt related. They are art related. Art is wonderful! Their work is beautiful. They fit their other rings they already belong to. Why do they need to be in Quilt Mavericks? We are not their focus in the first place? We are just another badge in their side bar. I hope this helps everyone understand

We just don't want to be "ANOTHER" art ring. We make quilts....we color outside of the lines a bit...but we still make quilts. Many of us would not or have not been accepted into the art quilt rings because our quilts are too traditional. Yet we are not griping about that rejection on your blogs? All shoes don't fit all people. All rings won't fit all people. There is one out there for you. You can start one of your own and include who you want.

And you can feel free to email me personally if you want to discuss this further, I'd rather not carry it out in the blog comments like airing dirty laundry and fanning the flames as I've seen on other pages.

Back to quilting...

Friday, November 11, 2005

IQFOI Pineapple Blossom Class Supply List!

International Quilt Festival of Ireland!

Pineapple Blossom Workshop Supply List

Large quilt with 36 blocks

Lap quilt with 20 blocks.

This quilt is related more towards the "geese in the corner" style of log cabin, than it is a true pineapple block, because the triangle corners are only sewn to two opposite diagonal sides. It still has that pineapple punch though, and it works up into a pretty quilt!

The block logs are cut from 2" scrap strips I already had waiting for me in the 2" scrap strip bin, and the pineapple corners are cut from 3.5" light strips.

Please keep in mind that this is a "scrap quilt" workshop and you are meant to use your stash! Since our scraps are all different shapes, lengths and sizes, fabric amounts are guestimates, no exact yardage is given.

Each student must come to class with the Pineapple Blossom pattern printed from the Quiltville.com website. The pattern is found at http://quiltville.com/pineappleblossompf.html
This helps keep workshop prices down. Please be aware of any students who might not have printer access, making sure that everyone in class has a copy.

Machines will be provided for this class.

Please bring the following:

Thread, scissors, seam ripper, pins and any other notions you usually sew with.
Rotary cutter, small mat and ruler. 

Mechanical pencil for marking lines on fabric.

Fabric supplies:
Approximately 3 yards of dark/medium scraps cut into 2" strips.

For this workshop we will start with 20 blocks. You can make the quilt as big as you want, but we will start with 20 blocks!

From your 2" strips please have ready the following:
40 2"X 3.5" rectangles
80 2" X 6.5" rectangles
40 2" X 9.5" rectangles.

From 3.5" light strips cut:

100 3.5" squares light (block center and pineapple corners) These may be the same throughout the whole quilt, scrappy through the whole quilt, or you can match them in each block as I did above. All 5 squares in each block are the same, but differ from block to block.

If you have any questions about the supply list or instructions, please don't hesitate to email me at Quiltville@gmail.com! I really look forward to this workshop with you!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

And the quilts go to........

And the winners are!!

The star quilt went to Marie and the pineapple blossom went to Andre!

This was SO much fun to do. It is just amazing how good it feels when someone's name is called and they are so shocked because they never win anything :c)

Again, I had a couple of people ask me if I would sell the quilts, and I said that although I quilt tops that other people had pieced, and I can charge a fee for that, I don't make quilts to sell from start to finish. They had a hard time understanding why, and I guess because if I do...I lose the joy of giving something like this. It becomes a "JOB"....instead of an expression of myself.

Not to mention that if I were to sell, I'd need to make more than a dollar an hour (I don't think people understand the time and the cost involved in quilting)....and selling for any price seems to devalue the worth of the quilt in the first place.

I'd rather give, because in giving I receive so much more than I ever could in selling.

And the world may never understand, but that's okay with me :c)

Oh, btw....I ACED the exam today with 100%! Only one more to go. That's tomorrows final practical hands on exam in neuromuscular therapy. By this time tomorrow I'll be DONE DONE DONE!!! Waahooooo!


On the way out the door...

I'm on my way out the door, but I wanted to post the pics I just took before I went...I had to empty the camera anyway so there will be room for more shots later :c)

Shots of the random ohio stars, and pineapple blossom quilts, all bound and ready....and a close up shot of the label on the back. I didn't give myself much margin between them when I printed them out, so it was a close call getting the borders sewn around them before stitching to the back, some of the letters are a bit cropped, but too bad....today is the day!


Up with the birds....studying...

Finals today and tomorrow. I'm sure you are tired of hearing me count down, but I can't help it!

I've got the 'drawing' quilts all bound and labeled, just need to wrap them. I wanted to get pics of them finished, and it's still dark..so I'm waiting for things to lighten up a bit before I take them this morning. I like taking pics outside, the light is always better. I'm taking my camera so I can get pics of the 'winners' and their new quilts :c)

We bit the bullet and switched from Bellsouth to Vonage and now have the phone running through the cable internet we already had. What a DEAL. $28 bucks a month, tons of extras included, no more getting the bill hiked up with all the federal taxes and fees for this and that....it saves about $25 a month on our phone bill, It was always around $50 and we never even used our phone for long distance, we use our cells!

So now...cha ching...it's $28! Good bye Bellsouth! And it's free long distance calling all the time! I would have given up the land line all together, but I need it for running customer's visa/mc cards....I'm tickled about taking my business away from Bellsouth, or any of the other rip-off phone companies. And there is an incentive.....if I refer someone and they switch to Vonage, I get 2 months free service...so consider this a shameless plug if you have cable inet and hate your phone company for gouging you! (And say you were referred by me!)

Oh, Oscar must have been up on the cupboards again last night...heard a bang in the middle of the night and one of the enamelware pots was on the kitchen floor...fell from the top of the fridge. Naughty cat. I spose I might just have to move stuff out of his way so we aren't woken by things that go BANG in the night with him trying to get up there..... *yawn*


Tuesday, November 08, 2005

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough...."

I came into the kitchen while on the phone and found Oscar at the top of the tall kitchen cupboards looking for respite! He'd never been up THERE before, that I know of anyway...the only way he could have gotten up there was to jump to the counter top, up to the top of the fridge, and then to the top of the cupboard. It's quite a way up there, as you can tell from the top of the fridge beneath!

Most people have to worry about the dust bunnies on the tops of their fridges...by the looks of it I'm going to have to worry about hairballs instead! :c)


Saturday, November 05, 2005

Kitty Comforts????

How can this be comfortable?!? I came downstairs to get something to drink, and found Oscar in the desk letter file thingy...WEIRD CAT I tell you! He just looked at me with his shifty eyes as if to say "So? You got a problem with this? Can't you see I'm sleeping?"

It just made me chuckle and I wanted to share it with you :c)

It's another beautiful fall morning in SC. DH and son went deer hunting. No....scratch that...they went deer watching. Maybe they are more like Oscar than I am because they seem to LIKE sitting in trees doing nothing? But I think it's great that they are spending father/son time together.

Down to the nitty gritty here! 2 finals to go. Parents come in on thursday evening. Jeff's got a doc appt thursday afternoon after school to get the pins out of his hand. It's going to be a crazy schedule this week, so any house cleaning to get things ready has to happen between now and wednesday night....Never DID get the carpets clean. I decided I don't care. The walls that definately need painting? I'm not going to care about those either. If they don't like it here they are welcome to go down to the Amerisuites! I'll just do the best I can....however, I opened the fridge this morning, and then quickly moved the 'cleaning out the fridge' project to the top of my cleaning list!

Yesterday a friend and I met for lunch, and then went to the fairgrounds for the annual holiday arts/crafts festival thing. Can you believe that there was NOTHING quilty there? Alot of basket makers...I mean ALOT....every time we turned the corner. I love hand made baskets, and that is something that I want to learn to do.

I however LOVE the booths that have musicians selling their own CD's. There was one guy playing hammered dulcimer....and he had a celtic CD that was awesome, so I bought that...and then around the corner was another gal, a harpist (not a harpy, just a harpist!) and her CD's were wonderful too, so I bought two of those......these are for my massage music collection. I've always loved this kind of music though.....I play it all the time, even before I started school because I love stuff without lyrics...just instrumental. It leaves time for thoughts in my head. I love to sing along to stuff with words, but if I'm singing, I'm not thinking, and that can cause problems! *LOL*

Okay, back to the cleaning and quilting...and hopefully a trek through the woods at Harbison State Forrest again. It's going to warm up today and the colors are just brilliant! That might be my lunch hour treat :c)


Wednesday, November 02, 2005

My friend Lucy is nearly onboard!

I am SO SO excited! I have a wonderful quilting friend, Lucy, who lives in Haarlem in The Netherlands. She is an AWESOME quilter, and she works at a quilt shop in Haarlem called Irma's Sampler. Those of you who have been quilting for a long time might be familiar with a book by the same name...a book written by Irma herself! Well Lucy works there and is teaching classes there and does FABULOUS quilts, some in dutch fabrics which I have fallen in love with!

Lucy's blog address is http://lucyquilting.blogspot.com/ and I want you to all go over there and encourage her to post more of her gorgeous work! She has uploaded one pic of the latest quilt...she just finished the top and is starting on the quilting, and will be teaching this class at Irma's hopefully in the near future.

I'm sure I can twist her arm to be part of Quilt Mavericks with your encouragement!


Tuesday, November 01, 2005

It's November!

Halloween passed here as mostly uneventful. A few little gremlins walking the streets with their parents, but we don't get alot of trick or treat action in our little corner, kind of a long dark culdesac, and there aren't many 'littles' at this end of the neighborhood.

I spent yesterday piecing the second student quilt for the giveaway next week. I did have 20 of these pineapple blossom blocks done, it wasn't quite enough for a lap quilt, but the thought occured to me if I added sashings, and cornerstones...that it would be big enough for the center. By the time I added borders it was just right! All that is left to do is quilt and bind it.

I've noticed something lately....not that it bothers me, but very seldom do I do fancy pieced borders! Maybe it's because the middles are so busy that I need something just to frame it in and stop the busy-ness..but also I think that by the time I am in a crunch to finish a quilt, I just don't want to put more time into the borders! *LOL* I have done some with braided borders, lots of 1/2 square triangle borders, and dog-tooth borders with equilateral triangles, and I love how they look, but unless it is really a quilt that cries out for more piecing in the border, I'm happy with the formula of either a 1 1/2", 2", or 2.5" cut strip for the inner border and then something 5" to 6" wide for the outer border to frame everything. Some Amish quilts I've done 8" borders on so I can do really fancy quilting in there, but most of the time, it's a 5" cut.

Do you find yourself in a border rut? I'm curious if many find themselves like me.

I also tend to like a contrasting binding when binding a quilt. Even if it's in the same color family as the border, I rarely bind the quilt in the same fabric as the border because it just doesn't show. How bout you guys? Contrasting binding, or binding from the same fabric as the border?

At 11:45 I have a dentist appt to fix a molar that a piece broke off of....it's not bad enough to need a crown, but it has made the space between it and the next molar big enough that food gets in there and I'm forever toothpicking it out, so it will be nice to have that space smaller.

Yesterday the weather was so nice that at about 2:30 I took buddy the golden retriever and we went to Harbison state forest to go hiking the trails. We did between 4 and 5 miles I think..the loop takes about 1 1/2 hours to do and of course it is more uphill than downhill...ask me how this is possible! It was great enjoying the sights and smells of the forest. We even saw a deer bounding through...Buddy wanted to take off after him, but a quick jerk on the leash made him give up that idea quickly.


Sunday, October 30, 2005

Quilt progress! Just binding left..

Trying to upload 3 pics at once! Other people seem to be able to do multiple pics in a post, but I've never been able to get them the way I want before!

Here are shots of my Random Ohio Stars quilt..all that is left to do is the binding and I hope to do that tonight. I played with borders and decided on blue....green was too green, as there are alot of green stars already in the quilt. Remember, these large blocks were gifted to me by friends on an email list, and they didn't know what each other would send, but I guess they all thought green and cheddar (which I love....so it is kinda funny!) Blue just seemed to even out everything. I tried green in the borders and it was too overwhelmingly green. Red made it look like a christmas quilt...so I went with the medium blue inner border and the indigo outer border and I like how it cooled everything down.

I have one more quilt to do for the drawing next week. Gotta dig through some UFO blocks and see what I want to finish. There is a psuedo-pinapple I know I started...it uses 2" strips, and then you sew 3.5" triangles across the digaonal on the corners to give it the pineapple-geese-in-the-corners look. I need 20 12" blocks or so to make a lap size so I think that's a good candidate to work with.

I recieved an email asking me to display some of my quilts in the state guild show....It's a month long show at the Aiken historical museum, and I guess because my quilts 'look old'..they think they would be a great addition to the museum. Isn't that great? Usually stuff is pretty contemporary, at least the last show I attended was, so I guess they are trying to even out the displays a bit. I'll take some over there this afternoon. Aiken is a bit over an hour drive, so that will take up most of what I am going to do this afternoon.


Wednesday, October 26, 2005

So you want to see the quilts?

I swiped the pics from Kim's blog at dogquilter.blogspot.com. She remembered her camera....I didn't! The Irish Chain was the best machine quilting award with the faux trapunto, and the ocean waves was the best piecing award. What was funny with the ocean waves was the fact that while they were hanging the quilt, they found a PIN quilted inside! OH MY!! Luckily they were able to get the shaft out and separated it from the ball, but now there is a pin head ball floating around in the inside of the quilt, completely encapsulated inside a feather. :cD

Monday, October 24, 2005

Back in the Saddle...Again!

I must be crazy with all that is going on....but you know for the last two terms, I've presented graduates at school with lap quilts. The last term I took all the graduate's names and had someone draw two names to "win" the quilts. So here I am with my own graduating class and it's been eatting at me that I don't have anything for my OWN class! What can I do quickly and clear out some UFO blocks at the same time?

I recieved these 12" Ohio Star blocks when I moved here to SC from an online email list that I am on. I had toyed with the idea of making 6" blocks to go in with the 12" blocks and started making them, but to make it bed sized I was going to have to make a bunch more 12" blocks, and oodles of 6" blocks.....I got started, but it of course got way-laid as I got interested in things that were more interesting.. :c)

This morning I pulled these out...this is how many 12" Ohio stars were already done, and I also had a stack of the 6" ohio stars, and even the shirting alternate plain blocks were cut. I just started laying them out on the floor. I think if I add borders I can quilt this simply, with some all over design and it would be perfect for a graduation quilt for one of my classmates! I've got some other blocks I can also dig through to come up with another one, or I can always throw together a lap sized Yellow Brick Road in no-time flat and that will clear out some fun fabrics and I'll be able to carry on the tradition of graduation-quilt-giving with my OWN class.


Show Ribbons...

I wanted to post a pic of the show ribbons....they are SO great. I can't believe the amount of work that went into these, it was way above and beyond what you normally see for show ribbons. They are machine embroidered with the guild name..Pieceful Hearts Quilters, and that is inset into a pieced dresden heart block, which is the guild's logo. It's funny, because the guild name tag is ALSO this same pieced dresden heart, and instead of name tag, because of it's size...it is known as the official 'Breast Plate'. *LOL* Down the center streamer of the ribbon is the award. Mine were "Best Machine Quilting" and "Best Piecing"

Two weeks from friday!!

I'm still counting down to Nov 11th....Graduation day!

This last weekend was the North Augusta quilt show....I won two ribbons! I got best machine quilting, and best machine piecing on two different quilts. I was quite pleased and amazed because they were both traditional quilts, and the guild shows in the past have really leaned more heavily towards awarding the more arty and contemporary quilts the big awards like that.

My new love is my MP3 player! I should have gotten one with more storage space on it, but I never thought that I'd want more than 5 or 6 hours worth of playing time. I've been getting books on CD at the library and putting them onto my MP3 player! DH is teasing me about always having those things in my ears now.......when I take the dog for a walk, or do things like mop the floor, vaccum....I am listening to the books on CD! Awesome. I'm getting down towards the end of "The Davinci Code" And I love how the guy who's narrating it does it with all different accents for all the different charactors. It's definately more fun than trying to read it myself.

Today I'm getting my HAIR CUT. I haven't had a hair cut or style really in years and years. It's just been long and tied back. A gal I go to school with is also a hair dresser, and she begged me to let her play with my hair and update my look a bit, so I'm game. I'm just feeling the need to try something a bit different in that department, but nothing too drastic. Maybe a bit of highlights and some layers. I also want to check out a new make-up line or something. Update my colors in that department too.

I'm in the last compartment of muscles that I need to memorize the origins and insertions to. I see the finish line ahead of me as soon as I get these 15 muscles memorized......YES! Talk about light at the end of the tunnel. The test on them is wednesday, and I took the muscles and broke them down into groups and am concentrating on one group at a time and then will put the groups together and test myself on them all before the test wednesday. It's a 'blank paper' test.....all you get is blank paper and a pen or pencil. The instructor orally gives you the name of the muscle, one at a time, and you have to write the name down, and then write the origin and insertion. Then the part I hate.....he shuffles the papers around, hands them back randomly and we have to 'grade' our fellow student's papers. These 'blank paper' tests are 10% of the test grade for the chapter....So either this 'blank paper' test can HELP your test grade, or HURT it, depending on how you do. Talk about stress. Major. But this is it....the last 'blank paper' test I'll have to take!