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Sunday, September 27, 2009

And the WINNER is...

... (drumroll, please) ... my husband graciously agreed to draw the winning name out of a hat ...

Shadow 5618 (Teresa)!!

Teresa, if you will please send me an email ( as soon as possible, I will notify Annie so that you can claim your prize!

Congratulations, and I want to thank you all for taking the time to comment on my blog and enter the contest. Also, thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog even when I'm not having a contest. I love to share my experiences and projects, and I'm really glad that you all come by and visit with me!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Great Big Quilting Giveaway!

I don't often do giveaways, but this is just the most exciting one I've ever done.

Would you like to learn to quilt? Or would you just like to take a class with Annie Smith, the absolutely wonderful teacher from whom I recently took the online Quilter's Palette class?

The class is Quiltmaking 101 (begins October 2nd), which is for all skill levels – beginners to anyone who would just like make a beautiful quilt. The class runs for about 11 weeks and is a sampler of simple techniques.

The best part? If you leave a comment on THIS blog post, you will be entered into a drawing to attend the class online for FREE (an $85 value)! On September 27th, I will choose one lucky name from all those who have commented, so let me know if you'd like to learn to quilt!


Hurry and enter today, I'll be drawing one lucky winner's name in less than a week!

Butterfly Song with pendant

I didn't realize that the pendant would be this big, but I really like it.

I also decided to stitch on square #6 of the Waterlily Pond Quilt (Chatelaine), since I had already started it many months ago, so I should have that square finished soon.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A plethora of photos

Just to start this post off right, my firstborn kitty-child, soaking up the afternoon sunshine.

And now, on to the quilting and stitching!

I had a blast at Moonlight Stitching again this month. It was wonderful, as always, to see Julie, Pat T., Susan, Sally, Joanie, Patricia, and Kimberly (and everyone else - these are just the girls at my table).

I've been doing a little bit of both lately, just have been remiss at taking photos until today. Quilting has commenced on the Quilter's Palette quilt, I've completed one block (Dresden Plate), and I'm working on two others. I thought I was finished with the Maple Leaf block, but decided I just needed something else in the larger white areas on each side, so I freehand drew a small leaf and short branch, and have quilted one of the four. Then I think that block will be finished. I'm also currently working on the background crosshatching quilting of the Crossed Roses block.

Dresden Plate

Maple Leaf

Crossed Roses

Now that Noel's and Tori's quilts are completed, I have brought back out my Bamboo and Pinwheels blocks. The Pinwheels are ready to start arranging, and the Bamboo blocks are still being pieced.

Bamboo blocks

Pinwheel blocks

I haven't yet pieced September's block of the month, but I am all caught up on my finishing kit blocks (30 so far).

I waited quite a while before taking my first picture of Stilts (aka My Security Blanket by Patricia Allison). She looks a little strange still (but not as weird as before I backstitched her eyes!), but hopefully soon I'll finish her nose and mouth and can work my way down the flag.

I have decided to begin two new cross stitch projects after I finish Stilts. I should be able to stitch both of them from stash. The one that CC picked out was Take Time To Quilt by Jeannette Douglas. I chose a different overdyed silk floss for this, so I'll probably look at my stash and see what I have to go with it. I will probably need to get the charm, but that's all.

The other design that I have been thinking about stitching for a while is Mirabilia's Deco Spirits. I don't know why, but this design speaks to me. I don't have anything art deco in my house, but I have admired this design for a long time.

I haven't abandoned my other projects, but I am just not yet ready to come back to them, so a break from them is definitely in order. Of course, knowing me, I'll want to stitch on one or two of them as I work through these two new projects, but I'll just let that come as it may.

Okay, I'm going to get off this computer now and go stitch!

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Changed my mind

I decided that now that the quilt is stabilized with some machine quilting, I am going to hand quilt the blocks. Yes, it will take longer to finish, but I am so much more confident in my hand quilting skills, and I really want to practice on more preemie quilts before I tackle another large machine quilting adventure. I have been working on the Dresden Plate block first (I can work on any of them, since the stabilization quilting is already in there), and I'm really pleased with how it's turning out. I'll post a pick when that block is done.

I just got back from doing some running around - paid my Moonlight Stitching fee for next Saturday, picked up another audiobook, and I'm going to go work on the 2nd part of the finishing kit for my SSS 2009 quilt.

Anyone who wants to see the class quilt - I'm going to bring it to Moonlight Stitching to work on. Sure, most everyone else will be cross stitching, needlepointing, or knitting, but I'll be quilting that day. Diversity, I say! :)

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Quilter's Palette - quilting has begun!

This weekend I cleared off the table in my craft room, pieced together the backing, then basted together the layers for my Quilter's Palette quilt. Once that was done, I began the stabilization quilting (stitch-in-the-ditch around each block and around the perimeter of the quilt). I've been working on that today too, while I listen to Magyk, Septimus Heap book 1. I still haven't figured out exactly what kind of quilting I'm going to do on each block, but I have some ideas.

This morning was also our quilt guild meeting, and we had a fascinating lecture from a national teacher - Susan Cleveland. She is teaching several classes in addition to today's lecture, but I didn't sign up for any because I wasn't as interested in the techniques at the moment. I'll probably regret this later, because I really regret not taking any of Mary Sorenson's classes on needle-turn appliqué last year (if there were any available), but it's not like I haven't taken a lot of classes recently anyway. One thing I did learn is that I've been holding my quilt wrong when I bind it by hand. Which is likely the reason it tends to take so long and hurt after a while. She demonstrated why it is uncomfortable when you do it the way I've been doing it the past, oh, 15 years or so. I generally hold my quilt with the binding at the top. It puts the hand and arm in an unnatural position. She showed us that when you hold it with the binding at the bottom, quilt at the top, the hand and arm are in a much more natural position. I will definitely try that next time.