Sunday, February 28, 2010

Bountiful Blessings & Insanity Strikes Again!

I was able to do 2 more pots this weekend. The first one was a killer to do, it had many more intricate pieces that found their way to the trash. If I have any gray hairs tomorrow it will be from this one block. Six more pots to go and then the fun begins. The sashing has a bazillion paper-pieces blocks in it. HELP!!!

My goal is to make an Insane block for every day that I don't have to go to work. I has a three day weekend so here are my three blocks.

I hope everyone has a happy, healthy, quilty week.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

More Bountiful Blessings.......and a little Polka Dot Girls

I was able to finish 2 more pots last weekend. I really like how these are turning out. I am so glad I picked this project out of my UFO list.
I was also able to get another months worth of Polka Dot girls stitcheries finished. I need to decide and choose the fabrics I will use to make the quilt with.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Check it out!!!!!

I sent my "Wildflower Samper" quilt out to be quilted by Margaret. I kept seeing the beautiful things she has created with her longarm machine and I knew I could trust her to do something special with this quilt.

Please take a second and look at what she did. I think it is AMAZING!!!! I can't wait to send her a few more.

Click here -----> Quilts of Love Blog

I can't wait to bind it! Isn't it beautiful???

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Bloggers are the BEST!

Ranette just finished her Nearly Insane quilt after many months of working on it. I found her site a while back and followed her progress since I was making the same quilt. She was kind enough to ask if I would like the paper-pieced pattern for the border since it was much easier than the method written in the book. How could I refuse! Easier = YES. Look at what else sent me along with the paper pattern. Two awesome red/white fat quarters, a pin cushion she made with one of her Insane rejects and new red pins. I was thrilled! Ranette, thank you so much!!! I was on a mission this weekend to get four Insane blocks done. Ranette challenged me to make five so I may get one done tomorrow. ;)

The next two blocks are from a kit I bought 2 yrs ago when I was in New Mexico. I fell in love with it at the shop and fused 2 blocks from it as soon as I got home. I never did the machine applique on them due to too many projects and not enough time syndrome. I dug them out this morning and decided to make this the next UFO I work on. I finished all the machine applique on them using a zig zag stitch. I am hoping to fuse 1 or 2 more blocks tomorrow.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Thank you!!!!!!

I want to thank everyone for their responses to my last plea for help. I went with the majority and decided to call the quilt done. I will get the same fabric that I used on the top for the backing and will bind it with one of the greens that was used in the quilt.


What do you do when.....................

What do you do when you have a UFO that you never want to finish? I started this Eleanor Burns "Magic Vine" quilt about 3yrs ago. I have lost all interest in it but I don't want to just throw it away. I have heard of guilds that take in orphan projects. Does anyone know of this program? I have enough fabric to make a queen size that would go along with this. Any ideas?????

I got out my UFO list this morning and picked the easiest one on it to work on. I had the stitchery done and just needed to add borders and quilt it. I decided to add the borders and make it a pillow instead to give as a gift this Christmas. Another UFO bites the dust!

What would a week be without an Insane block. This was the easiest block from the book. I chose the center squares just for Valentines weekend.

I need honest opinions please

I have been trying out different border fabrics for this quilt and nothing is jumping out at me. Do you think it needs a border? Can I just quilt it and call it a day?


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Wool progress, Stitchery transfer paper review and insanity

I was able to square up and sew together all the wool blocks I had made. Now I have to make a zillion triangles for the first border.
Below is the stitchery I posted about last week. I used a new transfer paper that I bought from Treasured Threads. You use your printer to print the design on the transfer paper. Then you remove the backing of the paper and stick the design to the front of your fabric. It looks and feels like a lightweight stabilizer. It sewed like a dream, no issues at all. This morning I placed the finished design in a basin of cold water for 10 minutes. The paper completely washes away, leaving zero residue on the fabric. I was worried that the ink would stay on the fabric or run but I had nothing like that happened. I am sold! I will definitely buy more of this when I run out.
Block 2 of Polka-Dot Girls is now complete!
What is a week without an Insane block. Here is an Insane-ish block. This will be one I use to replace one of the blocks with a zillion pieces. The one on the left has red on the corners because I ran out of the light fabric. Oops. LOL!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Rainy Day Project

I was able to get some Saturday sewing time in today since it was raining. This is my "Affairs of the Heart" quilt all put together. I opted not to do the applique borders. This was my first hand applique project and you can sure tell the first blocks from the last.