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Thursday, May 28, 2009

A little cross stitching

Here is a new update on the grapes pillow, which I'd estimate is over ¾ done


I'm working on it again tonight. I've cut out my fabrics for the next two quilt class blocks, and my background fabric came in the mail, so I'm good to go for tomorrow night!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Tori's Hexagon Beads quilt top

Quilt top without borders

Quilt top finished with borders

Closeup of the borders

I spent most of the day today working on Tori's Hexagon Beads quilt top, and the great news is that it's done! Now I just need to piece together the backing fabric and drop it off with my quilter at our guild meeting. I was having a little trouble figuring out the border fabrics, when C came in to have a look. He suggested I use the coordinating fabric as the smaller, inner border, and I just had to agree. It looks much better than what I was originally considering. Now I'm going to use the rest of the coordinating fabric for the backing and possibly the binding.

Though I love the colors in this quilt, as well as the pattern, I'm glad to be able to nearly mark it off my list. Especially since I just added the class quilt to my ever-expanding list of projects!

Quilter's Palette Class, Lesson 2 Results

So, here are the results of Lesson 2, my Dresden Plate. It isn't yet appliquéd to the background fabric, because we will be doing that in Lesson 5, but the plate itself is pieced!


The hardest part was arranging the pieces to get a pleasing value result in the plate. Basically our instructions were to try to get it arranged so that the lightest fabrics were in a Y formation and the darkest fabrics were also in a Y formation, opposite the lightest. My instinct was to arrange them by color, but that really wouldn't work because the block would be very lopsided (the browns are so much darker in value than the other colors' darks). I am pleased with the arrangement, and looking forward to Lesson 3. I hope that the rest of my background fabric gets here soon (had to order it because I didn't have 3 yards on hand).

Happy Memorial Day, and thank you to all of our armed service men and women, both in current and past service, and especially to those who gave their lives to protect our freedom.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Online Quilting Class

Thanks to another quilting friend who made me aware of it, I am now signed up for an online quilting class, The Quilter's Palette with Annie Smith, who also has a great podcast, Annie's Quilting Stash.

Although I know I don't need yet another project, I just couldn't pass up this opportunity to learn some techniques I haven't tried yet, like paper piecing. First lesson is picking out fabrics for my quilt, and I've decided to go with similar color to what Annie chose (see her first lesson videos until May 29). I've had to order a little bit of fabric because I didn't have enough of my focus fabric (a Peace on Earth fabric from Moda), and my background fabric (of which I needed 3 yards), but the good news is that I actually had most of the fabrics in my stash and just hadn't decided what to do with them yet. Here's the picture I took a while back, and while I won't be using every one of the fabrics pictured here, I do plan to use most of them.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Grapes and leaves


I've finished the cluster of grapes in the center of the design, and now I've moved on to the grapes in the upper right corner. When I step back and look at it from afar, I love the way the grapes and leaves look. When I'm working on it up close, it kind of all runs together. :)

I'm just so glad it's the weekend! We saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine last weekend (excellent!), and we're planning to see Star Trek tomorrow (major treat - we rarely go to the movies, usually waiting for the DVD).

Saturday, May 09, 2009

May Block of the Month

This month's block is a Churn Dash variation.


I used 3 of the Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork templates to make this block, and this is what it looked like with the pieces all cut out.


Piecing the corners


Corner pieced


What I love about these templates is that the corners are die-cut perfect so that when you cut out your fabrics, you trim the corners. Then when you sew the pieces together, they fit together perfectly, no guesswork involved. This is especially helpful with triangle pieces. I'm really looking forward to doing whole quilts with these templates.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Grapes Pillow and GFG quilt progress


Here is my latest progress on the grapes pillow. I've finished the left side and started working on the middle and upper left section.

I've also worked on my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt a little lately, and I have 3 more rows pieced.


I've been piecing some of the hexagons on Tori's quilt, but don't really have enough to take a new picture.

When I went for my yearly eye exam, I chatted with my optometrist about the books we've read recently. I have a seriously cool optometrist. She's read the Twilight series, Orson Scott Card Ender's Game, and she recommended a new series to me, the House of Night by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. I finished the first book in the series last night, and it was really good! I went ahead and downloaded the second book and started it today. It's completely different from the Twilight series, even though it also has vampyres (their spelling) in it. I just love a good YA series!

Okay, I'm off to stitch or quilt or read some more - hope everyone has a great weekend!