Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I'm still here and I've been busy

but have no pictures to share again.  I am almost done with the "whisper challenge" quilt, which I won't be able to show a picture of for a year.  All that is left to do is sew down the binding, put on the sleeve and label.  Then I hope to also hand sew the yo-yo's for my Dresden plate quilt tonight and pin it tomorrow and quilt it and be done with that one this weekend!  Then I have to start working on the rest of my Lemoyne stars for the next Vintage Moments class.

My sister commissioned me to sew her a laptop bag and we bought all the fabric and parts for that this weekend while she was down visiting my folks.  I got the car headliner foam today at lunch and maybe I'll even get that started this weekend.

I had a great visit with my little sister and her son, my folks and my brother and his family this weekend.  My mom is doing good - building up strength for the next round of chemo or whatever they decide to do this time.  My little sister was great and made all kinds of great meals - always extra to freeze for when my mom doesn't feel up to cooking.  Her son is so easy going sometimes you hardly know he's there.  I won 3 out of 5 Scrabble games against my sister-in-law Marcy - it's unusual for me to win so that was quite a treat.  We also drove north a bit on Sunday (my sister, mom, nephew and I) to see Kelly, Chad and my grandson Jack.  He's 8 months old and growing like a weed.  Didn't get any pictures of me and him this time.  He was a little overwhelmed with all the company (because my in-laws were also there) so no one really got to hold him without him fussing for his mom and dad.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Vintage Moments Class has begun

And today we worked on LeMoyne stars.  Not one of the easiest blocks for me but I managed to get 3 of the 17 needed done today.  Luckily we have a month to get the rest finished.  This is a 6 month class and we meet once a month.

Here's a block by almost everyone in the class.  My block is the top left block.  (photo quality poor because I had to use my cell phone for pictures).  Janice's is the purple one next to mine, Linda Matthews is the top right.  On the bottom row - from left to right, Lynette, Rita, Sara and Barbara Brown.
Here's Anna Koelewyn (left) the teacher and another student Hiley (not sure how she spell it) with 2 more blocks.  Anna is holding Linda Blasingames.
Great class and I can't wait to see all of them finished.

Finished the top of my Dresden Plate quilt and got the back and binding ready to go.  Just need to pin and quilt.  (Just, right!)

Tomorrow I have my in-laws over for dinner for Father's Day and my father-in-law's birthday, so not much quilting - need to go to Joannes for more batting.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

You Are My Sunshine!

Loose Threads met tonight - all but Janice made it - she succumbed to the flu poor baby.  So now I can finally show a finished quilt.  Our technique was using metal and the theme was sunshine.  Here's mine.  I was inspired by a quote/poster I saw on Pinterest.
  Obviously I used the metal on the letter O in You.  I quilted it before I laid the words down so I have the quilting radiating from the O in You as well.  Simple but I really like it.

Here's what the rest of the girls did.
Karen Taber

Sara Kelly - Solar Power

Anna Koelewyn

A Close up of the metal mesh she used as a border detail.

Anna Koelewyn - from last month but she dolled it up more.

Barbara Sawyer
Barbara Sawyer's is on a t-shirt jacket she's making - it will have a metal microphone and the rooster will be "singing" to the sunshine.

We talked more about our Whisper Challenge and getting excited about that.  I think I've narrowed down my photo to about 2 or 3 pictures.  I have until July 12th to get it done.

I also finished quilting my friend Deolinda's baby quilt for her.  Here's the finished quilted top.  It's not bound - that's her job.
She said she liked what I did.  Quilting for other's is kind of stressful.  What I would let slide in most of my own quilts you just can't do that with others.

Starting another class this Saturday.  The pattern is called Vintage Moments.  I'm using batiks and will make it pretty scrappy.  It's a 6 months class (we meet once a month).  My friend Anna Koelewyn is teaching it at our local quilt store Thimble Towne.  Can't wait.

Thanks for looking.
Barbara

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A peek at what I'm working on...

The Loose Threads Art group meets next Tuesday and we were to use some metals in our piece with the inspiration word of sunshine.  Here's a peek at my piece.  Yes, it's done!

Then I started working on 2 of the 3 birthday pieces due in August.  Here's a snippet of what I've done.  The tops are done, they are pinned and just waiting to be quilted.  Not telling who they are for either.  :)


And then my friend Deolinda asked me to machine quilt this baby quilt.  I am almost done with the block quilting and need to figure out what to do on the border. This still has the marking pen marks on it.  I used Valdani's variegated thread in pastel colors (called Early Spring).  I love these threads but wish they were a bit thinner, but the colors, oh my.

On the family scene, my mom started her next regimen of chemo pills and was doing great for the first 3 or 4 days, even baked some cookies, went out to dinner and then last night her face was itchy again so she got up in the middle of the night to put some cream on it and passed out (blood pressure dropped again) and hit her head this time.  She's back in the hospital, probably for another 3 days and they will do more test to get to the bottom of the blood pressure problems.  She also got 2 stitches on her head.  Please pray that the oncologist, the kidney doctor and the other doctor at the hospital can figure out the best course of action for her.  Pray for my dad as well.  This has been hard on him and I'm sure very frustrating.  Not sure if/when to call 911 or the doctor, along with all the other things he has to worry about.  Still waiting to find out when he'll have his other leg stinted.  I hope soon because he said the leg they did already feels better.  And a big thanks to my sister Brenda for being there these past few weeks.  Depending on how my mom is doing when she gets out, I may go up to stay for a few days next week.  Then the week after that my little sister and her son will be coming to visit.

And for an element of cuteness on the blog, here's my grandson.  He was fighting crime Batman style this past Sunday.  He's trying super hard to crawl.  It's fun to see videos of him on his blog trying to crawl and make funny faces and noises.


Thanks for looking!
Barbara

Monday, June 6, 2011

I have been quilting

but I can't show anything.  I hope to be able to show you something by next week.  I have 3 birthdays in August that I need to make quilts for (Loose Threads ladies) and I have the top of one done, 1/2 of another done - not sure what I'm going to do for the 3rd.  Plus I have to make a quilt for our Whisper challenge by August.  Plus, plus plus.  I'm feeling a little overwhelmed.  I'll get over it though.

So my step-daughter is opening an Etsy shop.  I'm going to try to put a link on the right so please take time to check it out.  Maybe I'll give her some quilts for her to sell for me.

Must get back to work on my quilts.
Thanks for looking - sorry no photos.  Maybe I'll give you a hint or a peek in a day or two.