Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Colonia Manor Project Finished

I just got back home from the Colonial Manor County Home. It was amazing to be a part of this group effort. The residents were so appreciative of the quilts. I hope that having our program was a little bit of sunshine for them. As we entered the center, we were told that the county home will be closing and they had just told the residents today. At least they will be able to take their quilts with them. Some will be moved to nursing home facilities and others to group homes, and still others will go with family. It was so sad to hear some of the residents talk about leaving their friends.

We had a small program for the residents. We sang patriotic songs, played quilt block bingo, had our own "Betsy Ross" tell us about the making of our first flag. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Princess will be home this weekend. Yea!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Quilt Photo Shoot

Here are the last nine quilts for our county home project. We started this project in July of 2008 and we will deliver our quilts this Tuesday. Everyone has done a fantastic job on the quilts.
While I had the frame up I took several pictures of quilts that are mine. I'll post them tomorrow. I'm not sure blogger can take a dozen pics in one post.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Judy's Quilt Along

I received the second set of directions for Judy's Bear's in the Farmhouse Quilt Along project. I am a little intimidated by the number of half square triangles. I know I can make them, but that's a lot of half squares.

Above are the fabrics that I've chosen. I usually stay far far away from stripes, but this may be a great opportunity to overcome my aversion to them.

I finished a quilt top for one of my friends. It was a block lottery that she won at our local quilting group. Again, this was an old project. I think I've had it since 2003. I'll have to look at the group's records and see exactly how old it is. It was suppose to be an easy set, but when you are working with blocks from 20 different people, it was definitely a challenge. One that I'm not sure I did well. I'll just be glad to give it back to her. It's been staring me in the face for the last year, mocking me on my design wall. The picture I took is not very good, but I'll post here anyway.

My princess is coming home again in about nine days. I'm sure glad she and her boyfriend travel together. It makes it less stressful for me knowing she is not alone for the trip.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

February Finish :)


A quick post to show you my most recent finish. This quilt was a pattern I received from my friend, Melodye, in 1991. Yep. you read that right. So today I just finished sewing the binding on and hung it in my kitchen.

I had a mini photo shoot today in my family room. I think I photographed 6 quilts. Most of them are mine. I really need to start my scrapbook for my quilting. I have all the necessary papers, just need to get started.

The quilt to the right belongs to my friend, Belinda. She started this quilt last fall with her youth group at church. I think I posted a picture of this one earlier, but I decided it needed a border to make it a nice size for the young man who will be receiving it. Belinda is going to send it to a young man from her church who is serving with the Navy in Korea. I just need to add a label, wash it, and get it back to her for mailing.
I'll try to post more of my photos later.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

My Stash

Here's what I've been working on since January 1. I'm still not finished. There are four more shelving units to the right of these. It takes a serious amount of time to get organized. I sure hope it will be worth it. My friend, Peg, has been helping me fold and stack fabric whenever she has time. Without her, this wouldn't be this far along. I guess this explains why I haven't been sewing much lately.
I just found out that Sew Mama Sew was asking about stashes. Here are my answers to her questions:

What do you usually sew?
Quilts, all sizes

When you shop for fabric, what size cuts do you usually buy? (i.e. If you see something beautiful, but you don’t have a use for it right away, how much do you buy?
Usually at least two yards. If I love it I'll get the rest of the bolt. I don't need a project in mind.

Do you buy on impulse or do you go out looking for something you need?
Usually think I'll only buy what I need and always end up buying fabric for something I think I'll make in the future.

Are you a pre-washer? If you are, do you wash your fabric before you need it, or only when you’re ready to use it?
Yes, I prewash everything as soon as it comes in the house. I serge the top and bottom of my fabric to keep it from fraying and causing a mess in my washing machine and my septic system

Do you iron it?
I partially dry my fabric and then iron it dry.

How do you sort it? (color, print size, collection, etc.)
I sort by color then by project

Do you have any special folding techniques?
I use a method I found on the internet. I can't remember where

How do you store your fabric?
On metal shelving units in my basement

What tips do you have for building up a well-rounded stash?
Just buy what you like

When do you say enough is enough?
I said enough on January 1 when I started folding and sorting my messed up stash

What are some of your favorite stash-busting projects?
If I had any, my stash would not be out of control.

Do you have a current favorite print in your stash? Let’s see it!
They are all favorites it would be liking picking a favorite child

What’s your definition of the perfect stash? (Consider sharing a picture or two of your stash & storage, or direct us to a pic on Flickr!)
When I can go to my stash at 11pm and find exactly what I need.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Superbowl Commercials

Ok, you will rarely see a picture of me, since I am usually the one behind the camera. This is me and my sister being goofy and getting ready to watch the Superbowl commercials. I think we'll keep it a secret as to which one of these two lovlies is actually me! I sent this picture to my daughter and she sent a text back saying "Oh mom!"

Today I worked on a Valentine table topper for my sister . It has been awhile since I've actually worked on anything. I need to stop reading blogs and get back to my sewing machine.

I am truly impressed with all the wonderful talent out in blogland.

Sorry this picture is turned the wrong way. I forgot to rotate it. I think you can see ok if you click on the picture. This is a quilt I sent down to The Victory Junction Gang Camp. My friend's daughter is in medical school and she volunteers there in the summer. So Alicia took the quilt with her to donate. I hope the child that got it has enjoyed having it.

I just took another look at the picture of me and my sister, and trust me, I should stick to quilt pictures!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Sunday Meeting & Blog Giveaway

We had our Piecemakers' meeting today. A group of ladies that meeting the first Sunday of each month. We have a "block lottery" each month. This month our hostess chose a paper pieced tea cup. I didn't win the blocks, but I did win last month. My blocks are all Ohio Stars.

I saw a giveaway at Vickie's blog just a couple of minutes ago, please visit her site to enter her drawing.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Community Project

Our small quilting group, about 10 ladies, decided back in July of 2008 that we would make enough twin size quilts (39) for our local county home. Here are pictures of the four that I made. I also made four "kits" and passed them out. Sure did help with the stash busting (NOT)!