Wednesday, October 31, 2007
JOURNEY OF A QUILTER
Please celebrate with me! :-)
I have finished my "Journey of a Quilter" by Leanne Beasley of Leanne's House. I am beyond excited. I've been dancing, twirling and skipping across the Surface of the Sun as I celebrate this completion. It's been a true labor of love and one that I have enjoyed immensely.
If you're responsible for inspiring me to start doing embroidery or responsible for introducing me to all the wonderful stitchery designers in Australia I can't thank you enough.
It's important to say thank you for all the inspiration that so many bloggers provide everyday!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Why do you quilt and how long have you been quilting?
I decided to take the plunge into quilting because I needed another outlet for my passion for a needle and thread. I'd been a x-stitcher for approximately 20 years. I've been quilting since October 1999 but had been a quilting wannabe for many, many years. There was a tiny quilt store in a cute cottage across the street from my corporate job and I used to spend many lunch hours browsing and dreaming. I'd look through books and patterns; pet and caress all the beautiful fabric but didn't believe it was something I could do. In the Fall of 1999 I visited every quilt store here on the Surface of the Sun and explained that I was a beginner and asked about classes, etc. Most just pointed me toward the classroom and told me that the samples were in there, except one store owner she took me by the hand and showed me the beginner quilt that was being taught. Then she showed me the other classes I could take to continue to enhance my skills.
I made the quilt in the picture sometime earlier this year with charms.
Thank you for visiting!
I know I said that you wouldn't see this project again until I had all the blocks sewn together! I couldn't help myself, really I couldn't - I had to share. :-) I've made a few changes along the way to make this my own; including adding my name! It had to be there! It's really difficult to express via the written word how excited I am that I'm seeing the end of this project. It's been so much fun to do.
I'll be back later with my Question du Jour. Teehee!
Thank you, thank you for popping by to visit. I always enjoy your comments so please leave one.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Yes, this a boring post - no pictures to share!
What's happening in your little corner of the world? What's keeping you busy?
I was inspired to pull out my Quilter's Journey blocks and get back to stitching. All the blocks are now pieced (that's a tedious process because I have a tendency to over think random scrappy - LOL) And, I'm trying very hard to get all the stitching finished! I just can't stitch fast enough. :-) My goal (probably a bit unrealistic) is to finish this project by the end of the week. I'm sure you're tired to seeing block after block after block so the next picture I post should be of the completed quilt top.
Are you tired of my silly questions? I have another one to post but don't want to bore you. Let me know!
Have a wonderful Monday and thanks for popping by!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
I've been dreamin' about being in Norway with Hanne and May Britt taking classes from and listening to Leanne Beasley of Leanne's House. Can you imagine how much fun they are having? Sigh! :-)
I had BIG plans to do a ton of handwork prepping this week end and all I managed to prep was block #8 of my Journey of a Quilter project (this way I could pretend I was in Norway - LOL)
I think it would be so much fun to take a trip to Australia to spend time in a workshop or two with some of the incredibly talented stitchery designers. Yes, more dreaming! :-)
Wait, I did manage to get 20 3" 9 patches completed for my exchange with a fellow blogger. I was sewing away and kept thinking that something was wrong with my blocks but couldn't put my finger on it. Well, duh - they were suppose to be 3" finished and I was making them 4" finished. So, I had to put my trusty friend, Sir Seamripper to work. All is well - 20 blocks are done and will be in the mail TODAY.
Today I was suppose to be on the road heading to Fall Market in Houston but unfortunately life forced me to cancel at the last minute. Big Sigh!
Enjoy your Monday and thanks for stopping by to visit!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I also use these types of boxes to store future projects and such!
So, what do you do? I'd love to hear about it.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Yes, my blog has been redecorated and has a new look! :-) My DH has been playing with the new banner for awhile now and then yesterday he said "so, what do you think?" I like it very much and especially love that those are my quilts hanging on the clothesline. teehee! He's having WAY too much fun with this but if it keeps him entertained and doing his best to keep me happy, who am I to question.
Today is prep day - applique, embroidery aka stitchery and hexagons for English paperpiecing (yes, I've pulled that project out again).
Thanks for your kind comments and compliments! I truly do appreciate that you stop by!
Friday, October 19, 2007
9" x 11" pieces of Moda's new line call Swell by Urban Chiks . It's has a 40's retro look to it - oh so sweet!
Thank you so much for answering my question regarding responding to comments left on blogs, etc. I got alot of great insight and have a new plan.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
keep reading.................................... LOL
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I'm headed to the cool mountain pines for a few days! I'll be back Sunday!
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Another very late birthday gift is done! This is done with a Sweet Romance Jelly Roll by Moda (April Cornell) and the pattern is Zig Zag by Elizabeth/Late Bloomer Quilts. I discovered Elizabeth's patterns about a year ago and fell in love with everything she does but especially this pattern. I'm not kidding when I tell you that this pattern has been on the floor by my bed since I ordered it from Elizabeth oh so long ago. LOL When I was digging through my patterns and books for a pattern to make this birthday quilt I couldn't settle on anything. There were lots of very deep sighs in my household as I agonized about it. And, then I remembered Zig Zag. The pattern calls for 2" strips and I wanted to use a Jelly Roll - hmmmm do I cut down the 2 1/2" strips or just adjust the measurements in the pattern. It was much easier to adjust the measures - LOL Then I added a narrow white inner border and outer border in a coordinating print.
Let me tell you why this particular birthday gift is very late (it was suppose to be a gift for Sept '06). Over the last 3 years I've been making quilts for the girls in my sewing group for at least one of their birthdays. They don't have any say over the fabric or pattern I choose. Nor do they know which birthday they will finally receive a quilt from me. I don't think I've ever given them a completed quilt on their actual birthday just the fabric and/or partially completed top with big promises that I will finish it very soon. Well, last year I gave my friend a gift bag with some cute novelty prints and a background fabric with promises that she would have a quilt very soon. She was very disappointed in my fabric selection and didn't fail to let me know how unhappy she was. I chose what reminded ME of her but she just didn't like any of it and when we started discussing the size of the quilt she didn't hide her disappointment when I told her that it would be a throw size (like everyone else got). Needless to say now I was unhappy and certainly have not felt like working on her quilt. Guess what???? Another birthday came along in September and I still had not worked on her quilt from last year. Sigh! I finally decided that I needed to go Plan B - forget the plan to use the novelty prints and I bought the Sweet Romance Jelly Roll and got busy yesterday afternoon. I need to quilt it, bind it and call it DONE!!!!
By the way, the Fresh Air quilt I showed you on Sunday was also an overdue birthday gift for another friend in the same quilt group.
Two very late birthday quilts DONE!!!!
While I've been trying to get these obligations out of the way I've also been helping some friends get ready for Fall Quilt Market at the end of the month. Whew - it's been a busy October and it's only the 9th.
I looked in my mailbox and I have 482 e-mails that need attention. If you're waiting for a response from me please be patient with me for a bit longer I'm going as fast as I can.
Thanks for visiting - come again!
Sunday, October 07, 2007
I've spent all day sewing....Sigh.... it's been awhile since I've done any actual piecing at my machine.
This is made with a Fresh Air Jelly Roll by Moda using a pattern called Fields of Flowers by Pieces From My Heart (Sandy Gervais). It's a birthday gift for a friend. I'm not sure about it but I believe that she'll like it.
Thanks for visiting my little blog!
Have ya missed me??? :-) I'm not sure what has happened to the week however I have been super busy! I've read about everyone's doings and happenings and leaving an occasional comment but for the most part staying under the radar and just lurking! Thank you Wendy, Carole, Nadine, Yvonne, Judy and Sharon for the sweet "are you OK?" e-mails. I'm just fine! :-)
I signed up for the Chocolate Swap on Sharon's blog - that should be lots of FUN! And, I won Elaine's wedges that she had up for grabs. :-) WooHoo!!! Thank you, Elaine!
I wish I could say that I've been sewing lots of beautiful and/or cute things but I haven't. :-( I am almost finished with block #4 of my Country Whig Rose project. :-)
Late last week I mailed my Fall Four Seasons Swap quilt and hope that it arrives at its destination soon. My swap quilt was mailed to me over four weeks ago but has not arrived. :-( I haven't given up hope though but I do have to admit that I don't understand our mail system.
Thanks for popping in to check on me! Stop by again soon - I promise to have some pictures soon. :-)