Monday, September 28, 2009

Adventures in Quilting

And so the journey continues... Quilting is truly an adventure!

Here's an exciting event coming up!

Working on some new & exciting things - Have the 1st block done in the Pam Bono "Fit to Be Tied" table topper....It's gorgeous, but man it's a lot of piecing. Okay, had to stop to piece a T-Shirt Quilt and help a friend do the same....know anyone who would like a memory quilt?  Pic SOON! Will post when done. Have to say it's just looking fabulous!

 Fit to be Tied - Block A

Till next time... as we continue the adventures in quilting!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Adventures in Quilting

You might find it funny for me to say "adventures" in quilting... but truly it is an adventure - and there seems to never be a dull moment... from watching a quilting pattern unfold on the longarm to piecing adventures.... well.... okay.....

See this beautiful quilt top - this is the center of the quilt (sans borders 2 & 3, that is).... I have been working on this quilt since the beginning of the year - it's called Foolish Goose Tracks.  I am thrilled to say that I have FINALLY completed this quilt top - now it waits for the studio so it can be quilted.... Okay, back to my story.... well, I held this quilt up a couple of months ago and what I saw - I couldn't believe - I had sewn an entire diagonal row in upside down!  Oh no!  Okay - so I have to admit, this really bummed me out - so it sat for a while... looking at me - with a glaring error until one night I said "enough" and began my frogging adventure.... and you're not going to believe this - but I managed to sew the entire row in, again, upside down.... so a frogging we go - but this time, I'm a woman on a mission.... and voila! The fixed quilt.... It is a thing of beauty isn't it.... and so below is the finished quilt top... well, as much of it as I could take a picture of until I can get the guys to hold it up for me again....  (I still managed to sew the borders on upside down and had to remove & redo... ah, well... this is a mark of the patience that has grown in me over the years!!)
Aren't the borders just magnificent?    This is such an accomplishment for me and I cannot tell you how happy I am to have this finished.  I had to make a deal with myself that I could not start my next piecing project until this was done.... I have to admit I was getting bored with the borders, but they were SO worth it!
So what else have I been working on?  Well, I have been quite busy.... Like I said, I had to make deals with myself to make progress on Foolish Goose Tracks - which sure fooled me more than once.... 
Finished this sweet little baby pinwheel quilt - down to the tags... Don't ask me why, but my tags were a huge hold up for me... I wanted them to look a certain way - and I agonized over them - and finally, I created what I wanted.  I am quite pleased with the finished result.
FYI - This quilt is now blessing my newest great-niece Madeline, born September 2nd!  Isn't she absolutely beautiful... Don't think I've ever seen a more content & happy looking newborn!!
What else???  A pile of table runners!  This will mostly be given as gifts - in fact one goes out the door for a wedding gift this weekend.  These have been fun - quick easy - took no time to quilt on the longarm (did them two at a time).... and there will be a very large pile of them by Christmas!
In the meantime, I'm having so much fun making these!!  All they lack is the binding.  Today is binding day.... I will have the binding cut & sewn on at least one today... after all one is a gift that must be completed right away.  So, again, for me, it's "let's make a deal" time - a deal with myself.  I have to put binding on at least one so I can work on my next project....  Something for our home that will grace the kitchen table this fall. 

This design is "Fit to be Tied" from Pam Bono [Click here to check out Pam Bonos website]... It will certainly be a challenge for me... Looks large doesn't it?  Well, here's the pieces, which I did cut out (making deals with self - LOL) ...  It's lots & lots of little pieces.... but will be so much fun!  After I cut out ALL the binding & get it ready, then sew it on at least one table runner - if not all, then I can give myself permission to start it.  Actually, I kind of like it when I complete stuff and feel like I have a clean slate... so, it might be tomorrow before the fun of piecing begins.  Can't wait to show off the finished table topper - gracing my table, of course!
That's enough for today!  Most assuredly have been staying busy ... and I didn't even include the longarm QOV's I've been doing!  Till next time and we continue on with "Adventures in Quilting!"