Thursday, November 19, 2015

Feeling the Love-from table toppers to quilt friends.

This is a real early Valentine table topper.  A friend wanted to make these toppers together to figure it all out so I decided to make one in some Valentine fat quarters that I had on hand.  Once you figure out the directions it was pretty easy and went together quickly.

I go to this monthly thing at the local quilt store called Party Party Party (or cut throat quilters to some)- we start about 6 pm and sew until 12-2am.  A couple months ago, the owner decided that we were all going to make this basket for another person in our group.  We drew names.  I got a lady who is very particular - a perfectionist which made me very nervous.  (This lady will throw away an applique block because she doesn't like a color she used.)  I finally finished mine and it was given to her last week.  I have no idea what she thought of it--I wasn't there.  I don't want to know.  But it's done.  You can see the pink one my friend Elaine made for me.  I gave her the fabric (same fabric I have on my ironing board cover and step stool).  I love the bag.  She had some perfect coordinating stripes and fabrics to go with it.  (Please ignore the pile of fabric next to the pink basket - that is my scrap basket that I need to start cutting up.)

I also quilted a charity quilt for our guild.  It was a panel with a couple borders.

This past weekend I spend a wonderful 2.5 days with a few of my friendship group (Material Girls) friends,   We went to Wonder Valley Ranch which is only about an hour from my house.  I only brought quilts that need to be quilted.  I finished one and got the stitch quilting and a little more on 3 more.
Pat Sloan's Vacation Mystery quilt all quilted and bound!

This was our set up.  There were only seven of us there so we had lots of room to set up.

Anna worked on a lot of little things.  This is a topper that she'll be teaching at her LQS (Bolts in the Bathtub in Lancaster)

Kathy finished her Downton Abbey Mystery quilt that she started at Road 2 California in January.  

Lynne Marie worked on a scrappy quilt from one of the Scrap Therapy books.

The seven of us on the last day.  I hope we can stay longer next time.  

That's what I've been doing.  I have all my block of the months cut and if I have time I'd like to get them done tomorrow.

We will be going to my step-daughter's for a few hours this weekend for our Thanksgiving celebration with them.  And I expect I'll be heading to Sacramento maybe for a day for a funeral.  One of  my childhood friends's mother passed away.  Knowing how hard that is I'd like to be there for her.  She and her mom came to my mom's service.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Catching up on my Block of the months and sew alongs.

Now that the boutique is over I can spend some time catching up on some of my Block of the Months and sew-a-longs.

Here are the Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery Blocks fro September and October.  (Library and Post Office)

And also from Fat Quarter Shop the September and October Snapshot blocks.

And the Shabby Fabrics Pillow of the Monthly Club for October.

And some  blocks from the Farm Girl Vintage Sew A Long.  I've finished the top and plan on pinning it this weekend.

I'm going on a friendship group retreat in a couple weeks and I plan to machine quilt the whole time.  I will have 4 quilt tops and 2 table runners to quilt and bind.

Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville announced her colors for this years' mystery quilt called Allietare this year - it will have the colors of Italy, a place she visited this past year.  She is always inspired by her travels.  I think I'll start pulling colors tonight.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, October 2, 2015

MORE Boutique Items and a couple of things for me...

September is my month that I set aside to make boutique items for our local guilds annual fund raiser, a holiday boutique.  I feel its my responsibility to keep our guild alive (I love great speakers and workshops and our guild is good at that).  Our guild helps our community and learn.  So I try to make as much stuff as I can.  Here are a few more items.

I've made Christmas and Halloween little gift bags, and thought people would give little gifts at Valentines too.

More cord cozies. 

Won these 5" squares at one of the guilds little quilt drawing.  Thought I'd put them to use for the boutique.   It's a small baby quilt.

What little kid wouldn't want an Olaf (of Frozen) quilt?

And for the boys, a little Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle quilt.

An adult size lap quilt for Halloween.

Some fun Minkee baby hats.
I got all my consignment quilts ready to go tonight.  I'm putting a lot of them out to sell.  If one sells I'll be thrilled - but I want to give people options.  :)  I'm happy that there are at least 6 of us who will sell bigger quilts on consignment.  I hope people will understand the reason they will be more expensive than the quilts you see at Target or Bed, Bath & Beyond.  These quilts are unique, hand made with love.  

And now some stuff for me.  When putting my quilting stuff out this past weekend, I didn't have a little quilt for the end of our counter where I keep the fruit bowl.  And bowl has a skeleton on/in it.
And I finally caught up on the Shabby Fabrics Pillow of the Month club.  Well I shouldn't say I caught up  - I still haven't done the Summer one with Watermelons.  I don't really like that one so I'm thinking of parting it out and making some cute pillows as gifts or next years' boutique.

Well that's it.  I might make some other little boutique things.  I do have 10 days, ya know!  I still have the Christmas quilt to machine quilt that I made for consignment but since the lady who asked for it last year said it still wasn't big enough, I don't feel like I have to finish it this year.  I'm in no rush.  It's pinned and ready to go.  After the boutique I'll work on that.

My sisters are coming in a couple weeks.  Really excited to see them.  I only get to see them once or twice a year.  And I know my dad is excited for company.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

A finish and some more boutique items

I had a challenge with a friend to finish two quilts by the end of August.  I got them both pinned and one done but not bound until September 1st.  Here it is.  It's from a kit I got from Fig Tree Quilts.  It's not all Fig Tree fabrics though.  She had a mix of  all different lines of fabrics.

And after I finished that my goal was to make more boutique items.  Here are some more items I've made.

These little bags are great to give as gifts with a gift card and some candy.  I want to make some Valentine's bags too.

 Bowl cozies.  Put your bowl in, microwave and take out without burning your fingers.  

 Cord tacos.  I need to make more.  My sisters said these would make great stocking stuffers, wink wink.
 The town of Hanford where the boutique is held has an annual Witches Night Out and they are always looking for decorated hats.  So the guild got together and made a bunch to sell.  I'd love to say I made this one, but I did start it and a very good florist lady from our guild 'fixed it up a bit'.  

I also got a few of my block of the months done but I will wait for them all to be done for this month before posting those.  

Thanks for looking.  I have a few more little things to make.  (What's new right?)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Boutique Time of the Year

Three years ago, my quilt guild, Common Threads, started having an annual boutique in October.  It has been a wonderful fund raiser for our guild and we are starting to get a following of people who look forward to it every year.  I try to make as much stuff as I can and I also make some bigger quilts that I put on sale on consignment - the guild keeps 20% I get the rest.  The other stuff that we donate we get back if they don't sell.  We can pick the price we want the items to be sold at as well and without your permission, they can't lower the price.

Here are a few items I've finished this last month.  I had the two baby quilt tops done at my retreat at my friends a few weeks ago, but I am done quilting and binding them.

Baby quilt from a panel kit.  

Decorate pillow case for 16" pillow form.

Just some Christmas decorations

Some ornaments
Another panel quilt.  All the spider webs and ghosts are quilted in glow in the dark thread.  It's awesome in the dark.
 I also finished a few of my block of the month/week/sew along blocks.

Farm Girl Vintage (Lost track of what weeks these are.)

Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery Block of the Month

Fat Quarter Shop's Snapshots Block of the Month

Pat Sloan's Vacation Block of the month.  These are the outer borders.
I only need to finish two more blocks of the Sew Kind of Wonderful Twisted Blossom sew along.  Then it's just a matter of putting the blocks together, quilt it and bind it.   Ha!

I have 2 of the Shabby Fabric long pillows to do.   So behind.

And the guild's Blocks of the Month still has to be done.  Just found it in the bottom of my purse.

I went to visit my dad this weekend and while there I pinned two quilts.  I brought another to mark and pin but didn't get that far.  I have no idea when I'll be able to get to them.  I did go see Man from U.N.C.L.E. with my sister in law.  I really liked it.  And they set it up so there will be more.  And a friend of mine and I started a monthly challenge where we'll chose one thing to finish that month.  I'm failing my first month.

I have also been working some overtime so that has cut into my quilting time.  I'm hoping that's over.  This happens at least once a year when budget time comes around.  And now with this new company it's even more of a nightmare.

Also saw my doctor again today.  The MRI on my foot did show that I have significant swelling on the joints of my big toe and the 2nd toe.  Luckily no fractures or breaks.  Checking for gout and put me on a strong anti-inflammatory for a month to see if that will help (which the foot doctor told me it wouldn't - I knew he was wrong.)  And of course my blood pressure was elevated.  But stress does cause high BP.  He's still doubling my medication dosage since it's my bottom number that's high.  And of course I need to lose weight.  I'd think he was sick if he didn't tell me to lose weight.

Well enough rambling.  Thanks for looking.  

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Guild Challenge quilt

I can finally post this quilt I finished a couple months ago for our guild's challenge.

It was a magazine page challenge.  We each drew a magazine out of a bin (without looking) and then we drew a number out of a bag.  We had to be inspired by the page in the magazine that matched your number.  This is my page.

See how lucky I was.  I had a circle with buttonhole stitching on it.  I had 1/4" on my page and I had lots of words.  Words, words, words!  And some colors.  All the background fabrics in my quilt was text fabrics.  And I used the colors in the quilt using some of my small stash of  Kaffe fabrics.  I had just seen the Missouri Star quilt tutorial about the melon block.  I thought I could use that technique for circles.  But thought a quilt full of just circle blocks would be kind of boring so I added the melon patch in there.  

And guess what?  I got 1st place in the challenge.  And there was pretty stiff competition.  I had a friend take pictures with my camera of all the quilts and I'll post on our guilds facebook page and tag me so if you follow me on Facebook, you can see what I competed against.  Unfortunately I didn't get pictures of all their magazine pages (we all had a different page), but they were all really good.  The 2nd place one was hoot.  She did a little circular thing.  Her page had tea pots and hearts in a border but she also saw the word pig.  And from thinking about pig, she thought pigskin, and that turned into footballs.  So she had a cookie dish with football cookies.  She also used the numbers a few times on her quilt with the page numbers she got.  It was very clever.  They were all really good and you really could see their inspiration.  Before the winners were announced everyone that particpated had to get their quilt and go up front and talk about their quilts too.  I loved that part.  You hear a little more than what they wrote about their quilts.  

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A finish or two

Okay so more than two but they are small.  The first is this kit quilt.

 I bought this kit at Road to California this past year from Nancy Rink.  It's called Trafalgar Square.

The quilt is an art quilt for our next art theme challenge - Art Nouveau.  I used the Tsukineko Inks.  No water used so I can get full coverage.  I got the design from one of those design source books.
The next three items are for our guild's boutique in October.

I spent all last weekend embroidering and one of the things I finished was the pillow.  I also stitched out 4 labels and a bunch of Halloween and Christmas things.  Not sure what I am going to do with it all but while it was set up I just kept stitching.

And I need to end on some cuteness.  My step-daughter sent me this pic of the grandkids.

Guild is this weekend so I have two bags of show and tell this month.  Well 2 of the quilts are for our charity group - one I made and another my friend Anna made.  No pictures though.  

Been busy.  Thank you for looking.