I can't believe I've been MIA for three months. I had to deal with a serious family crisis. Things are much better now, so here I am. I have been doing a little quilting, though not as much as usual.
My Christmas project-a-month basically got put on hold, but that's okay. I'm still ahead of the game with three tops completed, since I didn't have any when I started in January. Well, actually I finished one of the quilts -- all quilted and bound -- and another is partially quilted. I'm still working on it. The third is basted and waiting it's turn. I have a fourth still in the piecing process.
Here is the finished quilt: Tumbling Toward Christmas. I'm very happy with how it turned out.
I'll have more to show and share hopefully later this week.
I've had a lot of fun playing today. I don't have a definitive idea for my next Christmas project, but decided to play in my scraps and pull all the red and green medium to dark ones. It took me awhile, since I have three (yes, three) LARGE bins full of scraps. But it sure was fun to reminisce over some of the really older ones. Wheeeee! Anyway, here is the huge pile of red and green scraps that I pulled.
I don't understand it, but my bins are still as overflowing as they were before my scrounging. Go figure... Then the ideas started flowing and I took a stack of my newsprint paper and cut them into 3-1/2" x 8-1/2" strips and just started sewing and sewing and sewing. I didn't care if the fabric strips were straight or a little wonky. Just went for it.
I removed the paper before I trimmed them, since I basically used the paper to make sure they would at least be 3-1/2" x 8-1/2" once I trimmed them to size. Not sure what they will wind up being after it's all said and done, but it sure was a fun day. I think the quilt I make out of these will be quite large because I don't see me stopping any time soon. LOL.
And probably when it's all said and done, the scrap pile will still look like I never touched it... Scrap happy, Suzy
So far, I'm still on track regarding my Christmas-Through-The-Year resolution. Here is my March project, called "Tumbling Toward Christmas." It measures approximately 26" x 33". Of course, that's before quilting. :o)
It was made using my Accuquilt GO! Cutter, two charm packs and less than half a yard of fabric for the border. The charm packs I used were Nature's Gift by Deb Strain and Swiss Holiday by Sentimental Studios. The polka-dot border is a Bunny Hill by Anne Sutton fabric. I think it's from her Lily and Will line. I adore the holly and berries on the corners. And...all the fabric was from my stash. *pats back*
This quilt is my own design, but you can duplicate my little quilt by using the following GO! dies...
Tumbler 55015 (for center) Holiday Medley 55043 (for the holly and berries) Strip Cutter 3-1/2" 55032 (for the borders)
The center takes 81 tumblers/charm squares set 9x9, so you will have three charms leftover. Just leave out two green charms for the holly leaves, and one red charm for the berries. Although for the berries you could use some red scraps left over after cutting out the tumblers.
I still need to buttonhole stitch around the holly and berries, but that won't take me long. Then it's on to the quilting. Yes, I still need to quilt the January and February projects too. *sheepish grin*
At least for me it's sad news. I won't be putting my Farmer's Wife quilt in our Guild's quilt show in March. Complicated story. Guess it will have to wait for another show. :o(
Luckily, I am able to swap in another quilt at the last minute in the same Pieced - Collaborative category. I'll be entering my Scrappy Trippin' quilt instead. Nowhere near the same caliber, but at least I'll have a quilt in the show.
Every Wednesday my quilting friends and I get together to work on whatever personal projects float our boat. We get a lot done during the day, which begins at 11am until usually 5-6pm. We've named our little group "We Come in Pieces" and usually float house to house each week sometimes bringing bag lunches or, if the hostess chooses, she fixes all of us a wonderful lunch. :o)
Yesterday was the last Quilt Show business meeting, and since a few of our gang are on the board, we decided to all meet up at a restaurant for lunch located next door to the Library where the meeting took place. For the afternoon, we had reserved the room where the board meeting had taken place for us to gather and work on badges for the Quilt Show. Our group decided to tackle that project together as a contribution to the Show. Badges are made for all Seaside Quilt Guild members to wear during the show. We have 300 members in our guild, but usually only 200 or so actually participate actively in the guild.
Here is our clan working diligently constructing 220 badges as designed by our friend, Laurel. They are sooo cute. The prototype is shown, but the final badges we went with have less scallops (5 as opposed to 7) to help save time. I'll post again once they are all completed.
Everyone took parts and pieces home to work on, which I've been doing on and off during the day today. I'm sewing pockets to the backs so there is a place to put a credit card or whatever. :o)
My guild's quilt show this year is March 7 and 8. Preparations by our members are now getting hot and heavy. It seems like such a long way away, but if you think about it, it really isn't. Judging is at the end of February and the show is the following week.
I usually make at least one small quilt (15 x 15) to donate to our small quilt raffle. We also have several other areas in our show, such as our boutique with items made by members (in fact a couple of us got together this morning to work on some cute things), as well as a silent auction. You can read more about our show here if you are interested. Just click on the Quilt Show 2014 tab. Our guild also makes a large raffle quilt for the show. The proceeds go to charity -- this year it is the Children's Hunger Project.
My small quilt this year is "Baby Baskets." It is a collaboration between me and my friend Laurel.
I designed the pattern in EQ7 and pieced it, and she quilted it. BTW, she's the one who is quilting my Farmer's Wife quilt that I'm putting in the show. Anyway, we finished this little quilt a couple months ago, but today is the day I finally got around to making the label for it. I used my EQ program to make the label and printed it on EQ's fabric sheets. Love them! I stock up when they go on sale, as they are kinda pricey, but the end product is worth it to me. Isn't the label darling?
Have my latest Christmas top now finished. I love how it turned out. Now I have two Christmas tops to quilt... :o)
Today I taught a member/teacher Scrappy Trips class (with prior permission from Bonnie Hunter, of course) for my Seaside Piecemakers Quilt Guild. This is the second class I've taught. The first one was in July and there is a limit of 20 in a class. It was so popular, the waiting list was about 16 deep. So I decided to go ahead and teach a second one in the winter, to also accommodate the snowbirds. We had a total of 21 and had a blast. You always know it was a great class when the "students" come up to you at the end and tell you how much they enjoyed it. I'm psyched.
I also noticed from going back in my blog a bit that I never posted the final pictures of my Scrappy Trips quilt all quilted. So I'll share here...
The woman showing the back of the quilt is my wonderful longarm quilter. She does awesome work.
I titled my quilt Scrappy Trippin'. It finished at a large queen size and I even used up some ugly fat quarters on the back, alternating the rows so I didn't have to agonize over matching seams. This is a truly scrappy quilt. Everything came from my stash. Hehehe. I'm very pleased with it and it was bonus to hear all the ooohs and aaahs from the other quilters.
I've been following Angela's blog, SoScrappy, for some time now. I knew she lived in FL, but didn't realize how close she was in proximity. Then we met in person at an EduQuilters gathering when I thought I recognized her from her picture on her blog and introduced myself. We never really had an opportunity to just sit and chat because we were so busy sewing charity quilts. But it was neat knowing that another blogger lived in my area.
Well, a few days ago she blogged about her finally fixed Bernina and how she had a new table for it. Since the table for my Bernina has been broken for some time (good ole painter's tape), I asked her if she had gotten it at a local quilt shop and whether she knew if they sold them individually. She wasn't sure, but mentioned that since she had the new one, her old one was available to a good home. How sweet was that! So, I took her up on her kind offer and we finally truly met yesterday when I popped by her house to pick it up. Since this is the weekend with my grandson, he was towed along as well. But he wound up a very happy camper because Angela has a son around the same age and they seemed to bond quickly. Kids are so great like that.
So while the kids played, I got to peek into Angela's "lair" and see her stash and several of her beautiful quilts. It was like a private little quilt show and so fun! Her mini blocks are to die for! Plus, she's also a Bonnie Hunter fan. Then we mentioned that since the boys got on so great, maybe we can get together and sew/quilt while the boys played. I think the kids aren't the only ones who made a new friend. :o)
Yesterday it was merry little 9-patches. Today it's happy little hourglasses. Actually, last night it was happy little hourglasses. My Accuquilt GO! made fast work of these little suckers. One crank for all the ecru pieces and one crank for all the black pieces. They went together like magic with the little corners already notched. :o)
You'll notice I didn't use polka dots -- nothing in the stash I liked. But I did scrounge up these Christmas prints as a compromise. I like them a lot. They play together well.
Today I sewed the 9-patch and hourglass units together and the center is now complete.
Next up -- the borders. There is one block border and two strip borders. I'll probably spend the remainder of the day in and out of my sewing room constructing the block borders. But first I have to cut them. Back to my GO! cutter. Wheeeee.
I am 54 years young and widowed from my soulmate of 31 years, but am content that I will meet up with him again one day.
I have two lovely, grown daughters. Heather and Rachel, and am blessed with a wonderful 11-year old grandson, Anthony, who is the light of my life. Happily, we all reside in Florida within 30 minutes of one another.
I also have an energetic Yorkshire Terrier/Bichon Frise mix, Tasha. I don't know what I would do without her. She brings me constant joy.