Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Home sweet home

Finally finished block 2 of the Home sweet home series, I can't say this was the easiest block, had a bunch of trouble with the curving vine, I finally used Wash Away Wonder Tape by Collins, which is double sided clear wash away 1/4" tape, it works well with placing the vines after sewing the vines. I soaked the block to wash away the tape, and the block puckered up and I had to press the life out of it. I tried to make the flowers with the bias but that was a pain too, so I made some rushed flowers, I then decided I didn't like the roof.... so I took the first one off and used a different fabric, so glad this one is done!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Happy Quilter's day out!

Today is National Quilter's Day Out!! this event began in Kentucky! So I hope everyone is planning some wonderful quilty events.

Since I have been out shopping for the last 2 weeks, instead of going out with my freinds I'm going to stay in and sew all day.

I picked up The DVD John Adams so that should be fun to watch this weekend.

I have to get my new fabrics washed and ironed and hope to finish quilting my Simply Romantic.

I also had to purchase a new iron, I got a Shark Rapido... hope I like it, I am so hard on irons, have gone through 4 in 10 years, including 1 Rowena, 2 Black and Decker and a GE

I bought this great panel yesterday, the panel is by Andover fabrics and they have a pattern for the tote on their website, won't it make a great tote bag?

Everyone have a wonderful day filled with lots of fabric and fun!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Home Sweet home

Finished my first block for Home Sweet Home, welcome to 23 Sunflower lane, I really love the names of the streets for these wonderful blocks, wouldn't it be fun to name our own homes?
might name mine "goldenrod hill"

I did a bit more damage fabric shopping and also picked up a pattern that I had ordered a while ago. Aunt Millie's Garden by Piece O Cake just calls my name, I will be using chocolate brown BG fabrics so I did find a few this week, and should be able to pull the applique pieces from my ever increasing stash.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

shop hopping in southern KY

What a great way to kick off Quilter's day out! We loaded 2 cars and 8 gals and headed south to Somerset KY where we went to Pauls' discount, we found those cutie pie paper doll fabrics and a few other great finds, they off to a new shop in Somerset called Back Porch Quilts, she had lots of great fabrics and had a trunk show of Elenanor Burns quilts which she happily showed off. Then we headed out to Liberty Ky where we went to Lavendar's which is owned by a menonite lady who's shop is way up in the hills. Along the long winding road we passed a buggy full of beautiful babies and toddlers, as we headed up the steep hill we passed a farm where a young Amish boy wearing hip boots that were way to big was happlily playing in a big mud puddle.

We arrived the shop and got a few more pieces of fabric and then headed out to "Staff of Life" which is a restarant run by the Gideon's, several ladies approached our table and asked if we were quilters, we said yes, and then asked her how she knew, well she said, quilters always travel is packs and look like they are having a blast! which we were.

After a great lunch and renewed energy we got back in our cars and headed into town, where we went to Kings department store, which had lots of great fabrics too, but too soon we had to head for home with the trunks of our cars full, we traveled 180 miles on a beautiful sunny spring day.

Quilters are dangerous when on the hop!

Last week we went to eastern Ky and hit 3 stores, that group was 16 Calico Patch in Morehead, Sterling thimble in MT Sterling and another in Winchester, which I can't remember the name of, did a bit of damage then to.
I have added quite a bit to the stash and picked up several patterns, one is Aunt Millie's garden and another is a darling basket quilt by Windham fabrics ( chocolate Baskets) using their line Pink Chocolate. I also picked up a FQ pack of Plantation and found that there's a great pattern for it on their free project page

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Home sweet home

I started a new quilt, Home Sweet Home by Alma Allen and Barb Adams, well I've had the book for a few years (when it first came out) and even had most of the fabrics in a container just waiting till I got some other things done, and in fact I have looked at the book so much that some of the pages are falling out. Since I am still waiting for my Primitive Garden Pattern to arrive my fingers were itching for some applique. So I started the first block and prepped the 2nd block so I am off to a great start.

Our quilt group went on a mini road trip on Thursday and I picked up just a few more FQ's that I just couldn't live without, I may need a few more reds.....

I finished March Bunny Hill BOM how sweet this BOM is! I think if I add the buttons it might be a bit to much and not sure about the bow, may have to look for a bit different ribbon

Monday, March 9, 2009

Quilt trail project

Madison county KY has been working on the quilt trail project for 2 years and we have 50 quilts now hung on the old tobacco barns around our county.
Some are being hung on historic buildings in town, we have such fun driving around and seeing all the wonderful quilts that are being enjoyed by so many. There will be maps available they have made them destination rides one way will lead to a local winery, another to a pottery artist, the art center and just some lovely rides thru the farm land.
The link above shows the quilts that have been hung and a map to enjoy a nice drive

The quilt guild is making wallhanging to hang in places around Richmond and Berea, we finished one and presented it to the RECC our rural electric company to hang in their office, those men have hung all the quilts and have enjoyed the project.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Simply Romantic

Update on my simply romantic quilt, I got the top set and then added the first 2 of three borders, the last border has an appliqued scallop, so I got 2 ready for hand stitching and will sew them on before I measure and cut the other two, need them to fit exactly. Quilt isn't crooked the photographer is LOL

Back to the paint buckets tomorrow, doing the guest room, will be the same blue as my sewing room, and will look lovely with my quilts. Got to finish these indoor projects cause the weather is finally turning to spring and there is much clean up to do after the ice storm.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

nine patch done

I finished the little 9 patch yesterday, what a sweet table topper! I still have a pile of UFO's but this little gem is done.

I also found a double wedding ring that must have been started by my grandmother, the seams aren't very good, will probably have to rework it, she was almost blind, and yet she still made the most wonderful chocheted table cloths, and always had some tatting in her pocket, I still have pillow cases that she made.

Little Brown Bird

Little Brown Bird