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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Moonlit Kitties, day 7

I was tempted to put more stitches in Desert Mandala last night, but picked up the Moonlit Kitties instead. I've nearly finished the kitties now. :)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Oh, and Spring Fairy progress

Just a little bit of Part 1 - still waiting on silkies, metallics, and beads...

Desert Landscapes Mandala (a little more progress)

My Paducah 2011 stash haul

I went with my guild yesterday on a bus trip to the AQS Quilt Show, saw some beautiful quilts (of which I took some photos, but can't share because of their rules).

After perusing some of the exhibits, I started checking out the vendor booths. The first order of business - find quilting thread for my Waterlily Pond quilt, appropriately named "Riverbank" I also found "Heiroglyphs" for my Trip to New England quilt, and "Statue" to use as my bobbin thread when I quilt them. Please don't mind the cat fur... :)

I was pleasantly surprised when I swung by the Moda Bake Shop booth, and they gave me a cute little needlebook.

Then I found that Marti Michell's daughter, Stacey, had a booth at the show. I've been wanting to try this (Shades SoftFuse) since I got an email about it - the model piece felt much softer than what you get with Steam a Seam 2 or Heat n Bond lite and I've heard very good things about it, so I'm looking forward to checking it out for myself.

After that, we had some lunch, browsed through a fabric shop downtown, then hopped a shuttle bus for Hancock's of Paducah. My plan was to find some brown border fabric for my One Block Wonder quilt. I found that plus a yard of cream print (stash builder), the charm squares for one baby quilt, a jelly roll for another, plus a neutral fabric that I plan to use as sashings and borders on the baby quilts (it's very soft).

Once the shuttle bus came back around, it was time for a couple more exhibits and vendors in a couple of abandoned retail buildings near the mall - they had to move several of the exhibits, vendors, and classes to other venues because of the possibility of flooding of the Convention Center. I didn't get to see as many things as I would have liked, simply because of all of the time spent waiting for shuttles or in transit, but I was glad I got these two locations in before the end of the day.

I could not pass up these embroidery scissors, they were just too pretty, and too funny - they were at The Quilting Squares' booth (they're from Franklin, TN, a mere 30 minute drive from me). I also picked up a few notions that I've had on my list.

On the drive back, everyone on the bus got at least one fat quarter from Marita (or bus trip organizer and new quilt shop owner!), and I picked this fun dots fabric.

We played lots of trivia games on the way up there and back, and at the very end of the trip I won this project organizer! The trivia question was, "What does the term frogging mean?" My hand shot up in the air so fast, and I got to say, "Rip it, rip it, rip it!" Too much experience with that one not to win... :/

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

First stitches in Desert Landscapes Mandala

Just the beginning (and not a great picture - lighting - the fabric is a little lighter than it shows here) of Desert Landscapes Mandala. It was so soothing to work on this last night. A brand new Bohin needle gliding through the Belfast linen - yummy!

Monday, April 25, 2011

One Block Wonder - columns pieced

Here are the 16 columns now waiting to be pieced to each other.

Aurora progress

Before I began stitching the Moonlit Kitties, I had pulled out Aurora and was working on her for a bit. I put a few more stitches in her last night (I can use the sewing method on her, while I have to stab stitch MK), and here is my latest progress.

I will get back to Moonlit Kitties, but I finally got my fabric today for Desert Mandala, Spring Fairy, and Autumn Fairy (which will start in May). I am still waiting on the silkies and beads kit, but pulled all of the DMC for DM and SF, so I am definitely going to start one or both of them tonight! :)

And I'm taking a vacation day Wednesday, before my guild's bus trip to Paducah, and plan to spend the entire day in the sewing room - heaven!!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Finally, after about a year...

My March calendar block is quilted.

I also managed to finish piecing all 16 columns of my One Block Wonder quilt. Now I will need to begin piecing them to each other.

Moonlit Kitties, day 6

Another scan, and this time it shows the beads a little better.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

New computer glasses

Since the prescription for my computer distance changed the most, that is what I ended up getting this year (reading and distance are only slightly changed, and I can live with those for now - actually subbing my old computer glasses for the old distance ones). Here are the ones I got - I'm pleased with what we picked, considering that I couldn't half-see at the time I was trying on different pairs (eyes dilated). Their color is slate, they have a gold accent on the temple with a little bling.

Moonlit Kitties, day 5

This shows the colors quite different because of the lighting (and it's a photo, not a scan). I've also included an angle shot to show off some of the beads.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Moonlit Kitties day 4

Once again, not a lot of progress because of the distraction of my quilt kit. Last night I started cutting out my paper pieces for the Bali Wedding Star kit. I completed cutting out 24 of the 396 pieces (!) - I certainly have some work ahead before I can get started on cutting fabric...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

MCQG Mystery Quilt, Part 4

Forgot to share these - part 4 blocks in the 3 variations that I'm doing.

Part 5's blocks are finished, but I can't share them until I release the clues. I really need to get cracking to finish off parts 6 and 7 because they will be here sooner than I expect!

Moonlit Kitties day 3

I didn't get much more done on the Moonlit Kitties this time because I was distracted by just staring at my new quilt fabrics and reading the instructions for the new Bali Wedding Star quilt. What isn't really apparent in the scan is that about half of the cat is beads and I added more beads in the moon. I'll take a picture soon so those are really visible.

In one week, I'll be on my way to the AQS show at Paducah!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Moonlit Kitties start

Here is my first evening's progress on Moonlit Kitties. The perforated paper looks a little weird because it's a scan instead of a photo.

Monday, April 18, 2011

New project start

I didn't have enough works in progress, so I thought I'd start a new one today. Ran over to my LNS after work and picked up one of the new Autumn 2011 Mill Hill kits - Moonlit Kitties. Got the threads sorted and bobbined and started stitching the moon in the middle of the design. It is stitched on perforated paper, which is not my favorite, but is nowhere near as bad as plastic.

And like fabrics, perforated paper has come a long way as far as colors are concerned. This one has a painted side, midnight blue. It feels rather tacky as I stitch on it, but that could just be from my hands perspiring a bit. It will take a little longer to finish because I have to stab-stitch it instead of using my usual sewing method, but I love the design, and I really like the color of the paper.

I got a tracking number for my Bali Wedding Star quilt kit today, and it's projected to be delivered Wednesday! Can't wait to have it in my hands, even if I know I'm not going to start it that moment. No quilting tonight, probably not for a few days, but it's always on my mind. :)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A quilty weekend comes to a close

I had another grand day in the sewing room today. I finished piecing the March block of the Country Baskets calendar quilt. It's now ready for quilting.

While I was piecing it, I got a few more blocks put together for the Feathered Fantasy (no pic). And then I picked up the piecing on my One Block Wonder. I got one more column pieced and another one started before dinnertime.

And while we were watching the first episode of Leverage, I put a few more hexagons in my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. I haven't really got a lot of progress to share, but this shows the row (really, column) and a half I've done since the last time. Left is October 2009, right is today.

I didn't get a chance to pull out the Dream a Little Dream quilt that I started in 2008. I know I have a long way to go on it, and I'll need a couple of days to concentrate on it - figure out where I am and what I need to do next. Maybe later this summer.

Just a week and a half now until AQS Paducah!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

A quilty weekend in progress

I've had a lot of time to spend in my sewing room today, and as a result, I've finished piecing the Waterlily Pond quilt top. Click the photo if you want to see a really large version (fabrics up close).

While I was piecing it, I started my first official "Leaders and Enders" quilt, thank you Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. I have had this quilt kitted up for over a year now, except for the cream fabric. Apparently when I add fabric to my stash, it tends to be really cute or really beautiful fabric in medium or dark colors, and very little in the way of light or cream-colored fabrics make it in (that will be rectified in the future). The pattern is Feathered Fantasy from the March 2003 issue of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine. Here are a couple of pics of that one so far. It is laid out in rounds but pieced in rows, on point. I hope that makes sense.

Blocks laid out

Blocks in stacks

And I've been thinking about some of the quilts I've started and not really made much progress piecing yet. So I decided to make a block for my Blocks from the Past quilt. To this point, I had only hand appliquéd one block, so now it has one of those and one pieced. Here is the pieced block, Friendship Album. These blocks finish around 6½ inches each.

I'm hoping to get a little more done on some other projects tomorrow. I love weekends!!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

I'll be stalking my mailman

Because I just received notice that one of my orders is being shipped -- the Bali Wedding Stars quilt kit! I'm still waiting for shipping notices for my Desert Mandala fabric and supplies, but at least I'm *that* much closer to one of my new project starts! :)

Yes, I know I have a sickness, and at this point, I don't want a cure for it, LOL.

Oh, and I also received a notice that our Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 DVD is being shipped. Hooray!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Arabian Woman progress

I've been working on the Arabian Woman this week while we've watched television shows. Here is her latest progress.

I'm trying to do a little cross stitching tonight on Aurora, but it's not that easy with the eyes readjusting after being dilated. It turns out my perception was correct, and my prescriptions have changed. At least there was just one which has changed drastically, my computer glasses. The other two are small enough that I should be able to make it at least another year before having to change out those lenses.

Have I mentioned how excited I am about the bus trip to the Paducah quilt show? Less than two weeks now! :) And tomorrow's Friday, yay! I've got a big Sharepoint migration project tomorrow, hoping that it goes smoothly... Then it's the weekend!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Random thoughts

I'm still waiting for several online orders to ship (fabric and supplies for Apple Blossom Fairy and Desert Mandala, kit and pattern for the Bali Wedding Ring quilt). Unfortunately, these are all waiting on backorders... and I'm such an impatient person!

I have my annual eye exam tomorrow. I have 3 prescriptions. One for walking and driving around, one for the computer, and one for reading. Except that I've been wearing my computer glasses more and more for walking around and driving, and the computer screen is getting a little harder to see (but not so bad that I can wear my reading glasses). So I'm thinking my prescriptions have changed again. I just wish my eyes would give me a couple years in a prescription. Lenses are expensive, and with all the close work I do, waiting isn't really an option. My eyes have gotten progressively worse each year for the past 4... it's definitely time for the worsening to slow its pace, in my opinion.

In two weeks, the AQS quilt show in Paducah begins, and I'll get to go for a day bus trip with my quilt guild. I'm really looking forward to it this year since I didn't get to go last year. I have a few things to look for, and the inspiration is always wonderful. I found out that our game night friend's wife is due in July, so I should have enough time to make the baby quilt I have planned.

More random thoughts later, it's bedtime now. Night all!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Creating the Waterlily Pond Quilt

Tonight I finished putting the gold borders on all of the squares, and began piecing them together with the beautiful sashing fabric that my friend Sallie gave to me. I can't wait to see this come together!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Too Short Weekend

It seems like it has just begun, and it's already over. I managed to get a little quilt piecing in Friday and Saturday, so I have 6 of 16 columns of my One Block Wonder quilt put together. They aren't yet pieced to each other, but at least the columns are pieced, so there is less chance of them getting misplaced. I also appliquéd a few more leaves in the border of my Trip to New England quilt, that one is slow going. And I started a quilt I've been planning for a while now from a magazine pattern called Feathered Fantasy. When pilling out fabrics for that quilt, I realized that I don't have much in the way of creams and lights, so I picked up a few yards at Joann's this week. I only have 3 blocks pieced, but I'm excited about getting started on it.

And tonight, I realized that I should make a baby quilt for one of the guys who comes over for game nights. His wife is pregnant, and I'm not sure when she's due, but I think it's within thenext month or two. I found a cute stacked coins pattern online, so i have something for sure to shop for at the Paducah quilt show in a couple of weeks, besides some quilting thread. I'm sure there will be lots of cute charm packs for me to drool over, and I like the idea of doing something non-babyish. Not that there's anything wrong with baby themed fabric, but I think they would appreciate something different.

Night all!

Friday, April 08, 2011

In the corner, In the Garden

Upper left corner, I've gotten almost half of page 2 stitched now.

And I get to share a framing happy dance - Stilts now has a place on my kitty wall. I love the frame for her.

So glad it's the weekend, I'm hoping to get some serious stitching in!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

One Block Wonder - final layout

Today I worked on tweaking my final layout of the One Block Wonder hexagons, and this is what I came up with (I played with it on the floor because I wanted to be in the living room while we watched a little tv - the kitties enjoyed playing too...)

Now I will need to begin sewing it all together...

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Happy Dance #16 of 16

That's all of them! Now I'll need to start putting them together into my quilt. I decided to start by framing them in a gold fairy frost fabric. Just a tiny little frame, it will only be about ½ inch wide when it's assembled. Here's one of the blocks with the gold framing.

I also finished adding the borders to my Trip to New England quilt, and started cutting out the appliqué pieces that will go ine the border corners.