Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ruffled Scarf

This wasn't even on my list of things to do this weekend but I just couldn't resist --wanted to try it.  I didn't have enough material but you would never know it.  It's about 3 inches too short.  I can live with that.  This is a spring scarf and I got the pattern from Bernina's website its created by Ashley Johnston.  Mine will go so pretty with a pink shirt.

Now - on to my boring blocks.  I have 60 more to make.


Thanks for looking.
Barb

Friday, March 18, 2011

I did some shopping!!! Oh my!

First, I want to thank all of you again who commented on my last post.  I will look at the comments from others about my "talent of finishing quilts" as only positive and I hope I will be just as cautious about my comments about others as well.

So, I did a little retail therapy this week.  I have seen all these cute Lil' Twister quilts and decided I needed to make one too.   So off to Fat Quarter Shop to purchase the tool and the 5" solids.  It's not like I don't have a lot of 5" squares, but I decided I wanted only true solid colors for my first try.  I will use a black border as well.  Here's my purchase,
I also bought about 7 yards of kona white as well.

I also bought 3 books from Amazon.  I used to go to Scrap Therapy at the LQS but it has changed ownership and the new owner isn't continuing the program.  I contacted the owner of 'Scrap-Therapy" and she said she was having a book for Scrap Therapy out in March so I have been patiently waiting.  While browsing Amazon, I got sucked into buying more than the one bookand found 2 other books I've wanted to get.  Hey, I got free shipping and it only took 3 days.
Cut the Scraps is the Scrap-Therapy book, Simplify just has some very modern looking, easy quilts and Don Linn's Machine Quilting has some very cool quilting designs and hints that I want to use. 

So with all this quilting stuff, I haven't touched my sewing machine all week.  I decided I needed to do some cross stitch.  I have been working on this Pumpkin Patch design  from Donna Vermillion Giampa (pattern found in the 2000 Just Cross Stitch magazine.  I have been working on this for about 2 years and am not even half way done. 
And last night, it got chilly again so I turned the wood stove back on and all three of the dogs took to their beds to keep warm.  My hubby took a picture because he thought it was so cute.  (I agree.)





But even cuter, look at this little guy...doesn't he look cool in his new shades.  And of course the photo with his dog Beast is a hoot.





He's growing so fast.

Thanks for looking and for your support.
Barb

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Two finishes -and I feel guilty

Here are my finished quilts and I'll explain the guilty part later.


The first quilt is from Judy Sisneros 9 Patch Pizzazz on point class I took 2 Saturdays ago.  I had the top done except for the border at the class and just added the borders and cut out some of the focus fabric to applique for that extra "pizzazz".  As I was quilting, I noticed that I had 2 blocks switched.  I won't tell you and you probably won't be able to see it since it's kind of a busy quilt.  The close up shows you the free motion quilting I did in the border too.  I used Valdani's variegated thread and I love the color variations but I have to say it's not the easiest thread to use - it took a while to get the tension/needle/bobbin thread combination right. 

This second quilt are the circles I had to cut out for this quilt scroll down to see it.  This  little baby will be donated to my guild's charity quilt program.  Was super fast and easy to make and used all leftover fabrics from the first quilt.

Now the guilty part, maybe guilty is the wrong word, but lately I get more and more comments from guild members and friends about how many quilts I finish.  I don't know why it's such a big deal that I actually finish quilts.  I don't have a lot of quilts that are started - I finish the ones I start.  I have a lot of what I call UFO's - quilt kits - fabric and patterns - but not sewn in any way.  I like to finish the quilt I'm working on before I can start another.  People are always amazed that I can get so much done.  Maybe because I work full time and commute, I need to use my time more efficiently.  I rarely just sit and watch tv.  I have it on all the time I'm sewing so I don't miss any shows, but I work while I watch - whether I'm quilting, cross stitch or blog writing/reading.  Now there are things in my life that I should spend more time on.  My housekeeping skills have a lot to be desired.  I do the minimum each week unless I am expecting company.  My floors get swept and mopped most weekends, the sheets get changed and laundry gets done weekly, and my bathroom gets cleaned but that's about it.  I don't have to cook big meals - it's just me and my hubby at home and he eats at weird times so I usually whip something easy up for myself.  But ladies, please don't give a finisher a hard time or tease her for finishing her quilts.  I know a lot of it's jealousy on your part but I now know how another friend felt --she actually stopped showing her quilts at show and tell because people used to give her a hard time too.  I hope I never did and if I did Anna, please know I'm sorry.   I love show and tell and I love showing people what I've worked on but if I continue to get teased, I may stop too.  Is there anyone else out there like me?  Do you get a hard time from others for finishing your quilts?

Thank you for looking and for letting me share my finishes with you. 
Barb

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Big Ditches

My husband and I just came home from a whirlwind trip to the Grand Canyon.  I had never been and we saw this AAA deal where you start in Williams, AZ, and take a train to the Grand Canyon for the day, then back to Williams for another night, and then home the next day (today).  On our way home we stopped at the Hoover Dam to see the new bridge.  So - saw two big holes in the ground - one man made and one God made.  Both were pretty awesome to see.
Grand Canyon - picture taken from the south rim
Hoover Dam
The train ride was slow - 63 miles and it took 2.5 hours.  They tried to entertain you with musicians and we even had a train robbery on the way back.  It was fun to see that because we had 2 young boys on our train and they made it more fun.  The Marshall kept trying to hit on the 4 girls who sat ahead of us - was pretty funny to see the old fart flirt.  I have to say the musician we had on the way back also told some very funny jokes.  He was a Native American Indian and his music was great too, but his jokes were funnier and he told them well.  Not much else to do in Williams so we had a lot of down time.  We were in bed and lights out by 9 each night which is not like me at all.  They wanted $10 for 24 hours of internet so I lugged my laptop all the way there for nothing, because I wasn't going to buy that when most hotels have it for free.  I am very glad we went and Jeff and I didn't kill each other.  We listened to a book on tape both ways so we didn't have to converse alot.  ha ha

Oh, and there was a quilt store in Williams and we found it but it was closed by the time we got there and the next day we were gone during the day when they were opened and we left at 6 am this morning so couldn't go today.  However one of the Grand Canyon shops had 4 - 4" x 6" old photos of the Grand Canyon on fabric to make a little quilt and I got that. 

Oh, no quilting done for 3 days.  Will start tonight sometime.  I'm itching' to get to the machine!

Thanks for looking.
Barb

Sunday, March 6, 2011

It is well with my soul!

This past Tuesday was the Loose Threads meeting and I didn't have my project finished.  I did show them what I had started, and I finally finished it today.  The technique was to use dimmensional flowers and the inspiration word was soul or sole or any other way you want to use the word.  I used soul and found this quote that was just perfect. 

I took a class from Judy Sisneros (of 9 Patch Pizazz fame)that was sponsored by our guild yesterday.  If you ever get a chance to take a class from her I would recommend it.  My original idea was to use my tiger eyes I painted 2 years ago but she said it wouldn't work with the "on point" we were going to work on that day.  She was right - but I figured I could sneak it in.  Instead I ended up buying a kit from her.  I finished the top last night and got the back ready today as well as the binding and label.  I just have to pin it.  I plan on doing just a basic all over design so the quilting shouldn't take long.  It's pretty busy with big flowers-it's very pretty.  I like it but if I had brought my own fabric I would have made it bigger.

Anyway, thanks for looking.
Barb

Thursday, March 3, 2011

8 Year Old Birthday Party and 4 quilts in the Quilt Show! Yea! Oh and Spamalot.

What a busy week I've had.  I went to visit my folks this weekend - not only was it the Almond Blossom Festival in the big town of Ripon, California (went to the parade) my niece Claire turned 8 and I was the official photographer and am now on the top of her favorite aunt list.  Here's me and Claire.
My niece Claire

It was a chef party and here are all the girls

Me and Claire
It was a fun party -each girl got to decorate their own chef's hat, each got an apron with their name on it (and no I didn't make them her Grandma Marcia and her mom did all that work), they made their own lemonade, pizza, decorated their own cake and then had smell and taste tests.  My sis-in-law did a great job with the party.

Then on Tuesday night, my art group met and we revealed our "soul" project.  I didn't get mine finished and I'll show it later when it's done, but here are Karen's (not quite finished either), Anna's, also not quite finished, Sara's, Barbara Sawyers, and I was sure I got picture of Janices (pieces) but they aren't on my camera. .  Grace made some flowers but didn't put in a piece (yet).
Anna's - she had more flowers and a title to add (Heart and Soul)

Grace

Karen - she still needs to add her dimensional pieces

Sara's (sole)

Barbara Sawyer
Wednesday night I went to see Spamalot at the Saroyan theater in Fresno.  What a hoot!  I need to rent the Monty Python Holy Grail movie now.

Tonight was guild and Judy Sisneros was our guest speaker.  She's incredible and has a nice show.  I am also taking her 9 Patch Pizzazz class on Saturday.  Check out her website (google her - I'm too tired to find the link for you.)  And I'll report on the class over the weekend.

But the GREAT news was, I got my notice from the Best of the Valley Quilt show that my 4 quilts got accepted.  Wahoo!

Tomorrow I get to stay home (after work) and I will probably just get ready for class on Saturday.

Thanks for looking.
Barb