Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Embroidery

This pattern was free from Gail Pan Designs. I haven't done embroidery in many years and this was a fun little project to get back into it.

Be Attitudes Block 9

Affairs of The Heart - Month 10 blocks

Nearly Insane Block 11

Sunday, December 28, 2008

L-8 Box Kite

Nearly Insane Block 83

Here is another 6" block with a tremendous amount of pieces. I counted 65. YIKES!!!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

99 Questions

This has been floating around Blogland. I thought I would play. :)

Things you've already done: Red
Things you want to do: Blue
Things you haven't done and don't want to - leave in plain font

1. started your own blog
2. slept under the stars
3. played in a band
4. visited hawaii
5. watched a meteor shower
6. given more than you can afford to charity
7. been to disneyland/world
8. climbed a mountain
9. held a praying mantis
10. sang a solo
11. bungee jumped
12. visited paris
13. watched a lightning storm at sea
14. taught yourself an art from scratch
15. adopted a child
16. had food poisoning
17. walked to the top of the statue of liberty
18. grown your own vegetables
19. seen the mona lisa in france
20. slept on an overnight train
21. had a pillow fight
22. hitch hiked
23. taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. built a snow fort
25. held a lamb
26. gone skinny dipping
27. run a marathon
28. ridden a gondola in venice
29. seen a total eclipse
30. watched a sunrise or sunset
31. hit a home run
32. been on a cruise
33. seen niagara falls in person
34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. seen an amish community
36. taught yourself a new language
37. had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. seen the leaning tower of pisa in person
39. gone rock climbing
40. seen michelangelo's david in person
41. sung karaoke
42. seen old faithful geyser erupt
43. bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. visited africa
45. walked on a beach by moonlight
46. been transported in an ambulance
47. had your portrait painted
48. gone deep sea fishing
49. seen the sistene chapel in person
50. been to the top of the eiffel tower in paris
51. gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. kissed in the rain
53. played in the mud
54. gone to a drive-in theatre
55. been in a movie
56. visited the great wall of china
57. started a business
58. taken a martial arts class
59. visited russia
60. served at a soup kitchen
61. sold girl scout cookies.
62. gone whale watching
63. gotten flowers for no reason
64. donated blood
65. gone sky diving
66. visited a nazi concentration camp
67. bounced a cheque
68. flown in a helicopter
69. saved a favorite childhood toy
70. visited the lincoln memorial
71. eaten caviar
72. pieced a quilt
73. stood in Times Square
74. toured the everglades
75. been fired from a job
76. seen the changing of the guard in london
77. broken a bone
78. been on a speeding motorcycle
79. seen the grand canyon in person
80. published a book
81. visited the vatican
82. bought a brand new car
83. walked in jerusalem
84. had your picture in the newspaper
85. read the entire bible
86. visited the white house
87. killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. had chickenpox
89. saved someone’s life
90. sat on a jury
91. met someone famous
92. joined a book club
93. lost a loved one
94. had a baby
95. seen the alamo in person
96. swum in the great salt lake.
97. been involved in a law suit
98. owned a cell phone
99. been stung by a bee

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Machine Embroidery Success!

I finished all the blocks in the Redwork Sampler Embroidery quilt. I will have to wait till next year to finish it but at least the time consuming part is finished.

Nearly Insane Block 35

64 pieces in a 6" square. Starbucks was required for this one.

K-4 Thea's Turn & K-13 Brandon's Star

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Dear Jane G-3 Four Leaf Clover

Nearly Insane Block 50 (ISH)

After over an hour of time I couldn't spare this weekend, I decided to pitch the Y seams of Block 50 and construct my own Block 50 without using Y seams. Here is my version. I guess there will be many more blocks in the book that I will have to put a twist on. I once did a whole quilt with Y seams and I swore I would never touch them again.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Nearly Insane Block 21

This one only had 25 pieces in a 6" block. I do not look forward to the ones with hundreds of pieces. Where is all that bulk going to go?

F-6 Deanies Daisies

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Vintage Valentine Block 9

Playing With My Embroidery Unit

I finally had a little time to play with my Embroidery unit. The pieces I really wanted to make require me to have a larger hoop, which is on order and hasn't come in yet. I decided to try to make a few blocks from a Holiday Redwork disk I bought. If I am lucky they will be ready to go December 2010. LOL!

I bought a freestanding lace design from that I also wanted to try. These are pretty quick and simple but if you wanted to make a bunch for your tree it would cost a small fortune in washaway stabilizer.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas Panel

I finished the Christmas panel I started a few weeks ago. It's nice to have something finished.

Nearly Insane Block 41

RS-1 Tennessee Valley

I didn't quilt match up my stripes but I forgot to take my stitch length back up after paper-piecing. I hate un-sewing but I detest un-sewing with a 1.5 stitch length. LOL!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Saturday, November 15, 2008

BR-8 Thunderhead

Vintage Valentine Block 8

I still have to embroider in the box but I will wait till:
A: I learn to hand embroider.
B: Learn to use my embroidery machine. LOL!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

I-3 Family Album & Nearly Insane Block 34

I took advantage of a day off from work to catch up with my blocks of the week. My sewing room is completely organized and I should be able to get things done much quicker.

How did this happen?

I am in the process of cleaning out my sewing room. I didn't realize how much stuff I have bought since I started quilting 2 years ago. I seriously have enough projects to keep me going at least 2 years.

How does this happen???

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Saturday Sampler

This is the final block of the Saturday Sampler that I was doing from Leah's Quilt Gallery. Unfortunately, it will be the last Saturday sampler. Leah's is closing. This quilt shop is dear to my heart. It is where I took my first quilt class. This is also the place I met the other two Amigos, Karene and Joy. There are so many ladies I have met there that I can call a friend, I cannot begin to name them.

I decided I should crop all my blocks and add a sashing to them. I didn't buy the finishing kit because I wasn't all that crazy about it.
Then I added the final border. I think it may be a bit wide, I may crop an inch or two off before I pin baste it. Tomorrow I will piece my backing, a nice mottled green flannel. I will also get my binding ready.

Friday, November 7, 2008

My Motley Crew

The killer poodles. Daisy, Max and Mindy. Be careful, they may kiss you to death.

I read quite a few quilting blogs and they all seem to contain a kitty. I may be the only quilter besides Joy that has pups. I would love a kitty but I am already responsible for my Vet owning a BMW.

C-5 Eye of the Cyclone

This was my first attempt at reverse applique. I did the center the way I normally applique and used the reverse method on the outer circles. I sure do need to practice.

C-6 Tic Tac Toe

It looks like I didn't even try on this one. I may do it over. Then again, I may not. LOL

Nearly Insane Block 66

Affairs of the Heart (Month 8)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Nearly Insane Block 64

56 total pieces and 6" finished.

Friday, October 17, 2008

A-10 Which Way Points West?

This block was not easy. It isn't pretty either, don't look too close. No way will I do this one again.