Saturday, January 24, 2009

UFO Completed. Finally got all the beading done that I'm going to do. It is hung on the hallway wall now, so I feel it's complete. Maybe, I'll pull it down and block it a bit--but not today as we have company tomorrow and I need to cook!

Finished all the bindings of the quilts I'd started and even got the labels--my most hated part of the quilt process. It just seems to slow me down! Made a few more crumbs from some of the left overs of the swirl quilt and have put that box away. Next week I need to start on the quilt I'm taking a class for. Need to get those pieces cut out...

Swirl Quilt Done! Got this back from the quilter yesterday! It took me hours to figure out how to place these blocks. But, now that I've got the notes and the blocking, I can do this again with 6 1/2 inch squares of heartstrings or crumbs. I love the pattern as it is easy to work up and I think it looks nice.

It'll go to the Family Connections Center with some other quilts that I finished binding.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Another Blogger, whose blog I follow did this and I thought I'd jump in and do one myself. Kind of like a bucket list!
99 Things

Things you’ve already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to - leave in plain font

1. Started your own blog.
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band.
4. Visited Hawaii.
5. Watched a meteor shower.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
7. Been to Disneyland/world.
8. Climbed a mountain.
9. Held a praying mantis.
10. Sang a solo.
11. Bungee jumped.
12. Visited Paris.
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.
15. Adopted a child. (does a foster child count?)
16. Had food poisoning.
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty.
18. Grown your own vegetables.
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.
20. Slept on an overnight train.
21. Had a pillow fight.
22. Hitch hiked.
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill.
24. Built a snow fort.
25. Held a lamb.
26. Gone skinny dipping.
27. Run a marathon.
28. Ridden a gondola in Venice.
29. Seen a total eclipse.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.
31. Hit a home run.
32. Been on a cruise.
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors.
35. Seen an Amish community.
36. Taught yourself a new language.
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.
39. Gone rock climbing.
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person.
41. Sung Karaoke.
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant.
44. Visited Africa.
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.
46. Been transported in an ambulance.
47. Had your portrait painted.
48. Gone deep sea fishing.
49. Seen the Sistine chapel in person.
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling.
52. Kissed in the rain.
53. Played in the mud.
54. Gone to a drive-in theatre.
55. Been in a movie.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China.
57. Started a business.
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia.
60. Served at a soup kitchen.
61. Sold Girl Scout cookies.
62. Gone whale watching.
63. Gotten flowers for no reason.
64. Donated blood.
65. Gone sky diving.
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter.
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy. (I'm counting that little quilt I made w/GM)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.
71. Eaten Caviar.
72. Pieced a quilt.
73. Stood in Times Square.
74. Toured the Sequoia National Forest
75. Been fired from a job.
76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London.
77. Broken a bone.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person.
80. Published a book. (from Shutterfly.. does that count?)
81. Visited the Vatican.
82. Bought a brand new car.
83. Walked in Jerusalem.
84. Had your picture in the newspaper.
85. Read the entire Bible.
86. Visited the White House.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating. (My boys brought home lots of venison)
88. Had chickenpox.
89. Saved someone’s life.
90. Sat on a jury.
91. Met someone famous.
92. Joined a book club.
93. Lost a loved one.
94. Had a baby.
95. Seen the Alamo in person.
96. Swum in the Great Salt Lake. (And I only live a few miles away--yuck all that salt!)
97. Been involved in a law suit. (Wish I hadn't!!)
98. Owned a cell phone.
99. Been stung by a bee.

Already done – 50
Want to do – 10
Haven’t done, no interest - 39

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Checkin' In
Just a quick note about my activities of yesterday: Went to Milk--the movie with Sean Penn. What a movie--the raw emotions of what is felt by many of our society and one documented by Harvey Milk, now made into a spectacular movie! Go see it if its in your neighborhood. We had to drive to Salt Lake City to see it as it isn't here in our area.

Started a new blog: (see link below, left)
to keep the ups and downs of a new year's solution to ill health and overweight.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Disappearing Nine Patch Instructions

Before Starting: Choose three
coordinating fabrics. I bought these a while back. The light blue was in remnant pieces of a third yard, but I did have enough. I had enough left to make a small border (light) and some 2 1/2 inch squares (dark blue).

From here on out, I'm using some
photos I had saved in my folder from another yahoo group. I'm in a bind this week and need to get some other things done, so I won't be able to finish this as planned.

Step 1: Cut WOF x 6 inches
Number them #1. 2 strips, #2. 3 strips #3. 4 strips

Step 2: Sew strips

Step 2-a
You'll have 3 units: #1-2-3, # 1-2-3, # 2-3-2

Step 3: Press seams and cut into 6 inch strips

Step 4: Make 9 patch blocks

Step 5: Cut into quarters

Step 6: Switch blocks with #1 fabric

Step 7: Sewn block--you should have 7 total

Step 8: This picture shows 4 blocks sewn together. There will be some blocks left over. Two of these can be sewn together for a bigger quilt. This 9 strip quilt makes a lap quilt suitable for WTIL or WAS
A border can be added.

Here's a completed one that I did and quilted myself with just basic quilting and then tying in the middle. I just have a regular short arm, so no pretty quilting here... And another sent off to Bev in Alaska...

Borders Added. Now to cut a binding and put it in the closet to be quilted or save it to send to Bev. This was a fun almost for nothing quilt because I used leftovers from 2 1/2 inch borders to happy blocks.

I did ad one more row making it 6 rows rather than 5. So 4 blocks across and 6 blocks down.

Monday, January 12, 2009

The quilt at the left is from leftover 2 1/2 inch squares that I cut from the happy blocks. It is 4 rows by 5 rows and would look better if it had one more row, so I'm going to look through my few leftovers and see if there are enough to make one more square of sixteen, as I have one left over. I think it would balance out and then have black squares in each corner. I was auditioning fabric for the border. I'm going to cut a 1 1/2 inch border of bright yellow, then add a 2 1/2 or 3 inch border of blue.

This is my sewing room. I've got several types of brights started as blocks for different type kid friendly quilts. The split nine patch was sent to me in a group of four for a now defunct yahoo group. She didn't want them back. I didn't think I had any brights, but on New Years when I was looking for borders I found quite a few. I have an order that I'm waiting on to get some more. I love shopping from that company, but the delay of the fabrics getting here is unreal. I think I'll call them today if it doesn't get here.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Happy Blocks for a Baby Quilt. I'm sending this on to Bev for Sunshine Quilts. This is made from sixteen squares--only had sixteen of this print and it is from a piece I've had in my stash for quite awhile. But, I'm hoping a small child or baby can use it. I rushed into making the borders from scraps I had and didn't plan it, but with the bright colors, I think it's okay! Aren't the animals in the squares adorable???

Disappearing nine patch for Sunshine Quilt Group. I'm sending it on to Bev to be quilted. I love this pattern, it works up quickly.

Squares from nine patches. The red floral has a bit of blue and gold in it and I thought I'd border it with that since I had some in my stash. I'm not sure about it, but I'm sending it to Bev in Alaska for quilting and I'm sending a gold backing and a red border and I think the red border will tie it all together nicely. I also put a strip of the squares that were left over, on the backing about on-third the way down. I'm hoping it will look good when done. This fabric was donated for the squares and I put it all together with what I had.

Jewel Tone Heartstrings number Two, sent to Bev in Alaska for Sunshine Quilts to go to either Wrap Them in Love or Wrap a Smile. I've gotten way ahead of what I can have quilted, so I'm donating them for Sunshine. Sent this along with the other Jewel Tone Heartstrings.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year! I used up some of my Happy Blocks in a strippie quilt top that worked up really fast. It shouldn't be hard to quilt and then a fun kid friendly quilt will be done. Nice start for a New Year's Day. Not much into anything really time consuming as I'm still recovering from a very late night last night!

January 8 Update: Put in a box to send to Bev for Sunshine Quilts.