Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
The red/green/white blocks really do measure 3 1/2" but they need more pressing to make everything lie flat. I used Thangles to make the triangle blocks and then fussy cut the little angels. The green block is 6 1/2 ". I used a speed piecing technique shown in the directions. It was a combination of several different ways I have used in the past to make triangles, but I used rectangles, sewed them like Thangles and then made two additional cuts. Quick block!!!! When I finish the rocking horse blocks I will take another photo with everything pressed out and hung on the design wall.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
e end of December. I have Santa, a rocking horse, a large wreath, and and a 3-car train left to applique. There are also several paper-pieced blocks, some nine-patch, a butter churn with a bear in the center, and some star blocks. I am certain that I can finish by December. Then comes the making of the top and figuring out how to quilt it. "Quilt as desired." Will be my challenge for next year.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Thought I would attach the first video I have taken with my camera. It starts by showing the Noah's ark block I worked on yesterday while Kevin was fishing. Sorry the block is not well displayed. I still have more animals to attach, but I like the block even as it is.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
This is a great project for beginning quilters and their mentors. I used up a lot of my odd scraps, and they learned seaming and, of course, seam ripping. We all learned that some people need to feel very organized when they piece, and others are more flexible. Even so, all the quilts look random, thus proving that there are many ways to approach the whole piecing process! I will brag on them a little by saying that my nieces did a great job of maintaining the 1/4" seams! The finished quilt tops are simply fun, and those that are quilted are snuggly and worthy of lots of conversation.
I have lots of big plans to work on these blocks out on the pontoon, but the weather is not cooperating. It has been either rainy (not enough for my grass) or too windy when we are available to go out. I am going to maintain my goal of three different block types each month, but I have not decided what will be next. Why get crazy----I have 17 days left.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Brianna had supplied us with the prerequisite rice krispie treats made with peanut butter, and chocolate and butterscotch morsels, and there was a bowl of jelly bellies on the table at all times. Despite the girls being fed and watered on a regular basis, I did hear a comment made to Kevin about how I had give the sweathouse workers a brief break of bread and water. I also know that there was a lot of texting concerning fingers and blood. I mentioned several times that they were welcome to take a break and do something else, but then I made a careless gesture that looked like I had cracked a whip.... We did break for supper. We went to Tommy Chicago's for pizza and were treated by Emily and Erin. YUMMMMM! Afterwards the girls ran to the grocery store and came back to sew more strips together (without prompting by me). Therefore, later in the evening, Emily lead them through some back cracking routines. (Did I mention that three of the five are pregnant?)