Monday, August 30, 2010

late design wall Monday

...well..its late MONDAY..not late as in the wrong day! Its been a busy day..and I tried to cram too much into it.

Nothing up on the wall..







except this finish! It was due at the quilt shop Saturday..but I was not feeling well..so didn't get it quilted until Sunday. And I JUST put the last stitches in the binding. Tomorrow morning...bright and early, I will shuttle it to the quilt shop to live for awhile as a shop sample..and then a class sample! I won't get my wall hanging (same pattern, diff fabric...no slit for the tree...it will just be a circle with an applique over the center...) done till after the class, so I can use it as a teaching aid.








The pictures are not very true...sorry..its after dark, so the room is not lit very well either...here is a section. Ribbon candy in the turquoise, double bubble in the hot pink, holly and berries in the green...swirls in the purple..and dragons breath (its a free hand hooky thing...sorry..ask me another time and I will sketch it out for you...) in the setting triangles. I had fun quilting it...and it was the THIRD project finish of the week! The USC quilt just needs binding..and I quilted a quilt for a friend..(pictures of that tomorrow...)

NOW I'm exhausted..and I'm going to bed! night night. ...if you are a night owl and need some thing to look at, head over to
Judy's to see all the design wall Monday offerings! I will catch up on them tomorrow! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

Monday, August 23, 2010

OK OK..I know its Monday...


No design wall to show again this week. BUT...I have been busy on the long arm. See how may footballs I have quilted!? (OK Lori, NO BLABBING...I'm on the home stretch..and if I think Nick knows...it will slow me down! Odd..I know..but true!)
Each block has a large football in the middle..and 8 small ones around the edges..





AND the setting triangles each have a big football. I think I could quilt these in my SLEEP! I'm not EVEN gonna do the math...::shudder::::














as a background fill for the USC letters, I did a crosshatched grid and filled in every other one with a back and forth squiggle (such TECHNICAL terms! heheheheh).

My last bit is a inner tone on tone border. I had PLANNED to put football words..but my sweet...usually uninterested husband got this GLINT in his eye...(not THAT kind!). He suggested BIGGER words...National Champions...Heisman Trophy...HARD words! Words I have to PLAN where they go...:::Sniff:::: OK, so I didnt' spent too much time spinning my mental wheels...I just made a list..and off I went. I melded HIS ideas...and picked 6: One for the top and bottom each, and 2 for each side. Any room left over means I do a football word (tackle, punt, kick, etc) and a football(GASP) inbetween. Top and bottom done last night..today I have to turn the quilt and do those last two sides and call it GOOD! I hope by this time tomorrow to be trimming and applying binding....a girl can HOPE can't she?

I spun my wheels this morning ...I started swimming at LA Fitness last week. I have had the membership since FEBRUARY...ok, don't go there! I dropped the Sports Kid at school..half way to swim: forgot my member pass I have to have scanned...head home. Get the pass...drive to LA Fitness, get out of the car : NO TOWELS. Now I know , I probably can get one to use INSIDE..but..nothing to sit on (DH car has leather seats...don't like to get chlorine on them) BACK in the car...get the towels..BACK to LA Fitness. And so starts week TWO. I do get credit for being stubborn and not quitting. I started wtih 6 laps (two lengths of the pool) and am up to 10 with one length of free style (gasping the 2nd length of the lap on my back!). I am looking for a widget to add to the sidebar to track my distance. At this point, I'm only interested in how FAR I can swim..not how FAST I can get there. That said, I did those laps in about 20 mins or so. I'm pretty happy with that my 2nd week!


Thanks for visiting and don't forget to check out all the design walls over at
Judy's.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Same bat time, same bat design wall

I dont' think a thing has changed on my design wall...ok..well maybe more of the Soda Pop blocks have been moved to the other room..thats IT...well..I have been quilting on the long arm...so ...I have been doing SOMETHING, but nothing I can show. Maybe tomorrow I will get to dive in. I really would like to see the floor in there! I"m waiting for a new power head for my in-wall vaccuum to arrive. I may need to VACCUUM to try it out! (no...REALLY? did she say she WANTED to vaccuum? She really DOES need to sew! Her brain is FRIED! heheheheheh)

head on over to Judy's to see all the pretty design walls!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

not much happening

I promise to post with picture when I have something to show! I MUCH prefer last week, when I felt like I could get it ALL done. This week has been more about spinning wheels and being MAJORLY frustrated. Maybe that will lead way for a breakthru on accomplishing what I want to get done.

Yesterday found me...crying in the afternoon. NO, I was NOT watching soap operas! I quit those 20 yrs ago! I have been FUZTING ( I think that is a word either my mom or I made up..I have never heard anyone ELSE use it!..means fiddling...or puttering) with the channel lock on my Gammill. (for you non-long armers, you can either use the vertical or horizontal channel lock. If you hit the appropriate button, you either get a nice straight vertical or horizontal stitch.) It is a big magnet. Mine would only engage on ONE TINY edge (so I could still SCRAPE along the track...no nice line...) and then when it REALLY engaged...it would not let GO unless I trotted around to the other side of the frame and PULLED it up. This has not really worked since I got the frame about a yr ago. It was not a problem THEN..but the more I quilt, the more I really WOULD like that feature! I like piano key borders..and this makes them nice, neat and extremely easy to quilt right along. ...AFTER I shed tears...I read a post from a quilter who suggested the SPRING screws (NO ONE ever said ANYTHING about those..this WHOLE YEAR). I unscrewed them all the way...and tightened a bit at a time....VOILA! It works...from BOTH side of the frame! Who knew!?

I was also very upset about my new laptop. Its a nice laptop...but I cannot get online with it. My wireless router has a security code on it...I dont' KNOW it and I can't FIND it. All the advise says to log on to it..but my home computer does not USE it..so it does not SEE it, so I cannot log ON to it. (are you getting the drift of this thread?...::::SIGH::::) Today I'm quilting...and maybe..just maybe, if I feel the need to be frustrated,I will try again to locate that security key!

Thanks for stopping (oh, and if you EVER tell ANY man that I figured out my channel lock AFTER I cried...I will...DISOWN you! ROTLF

Monday, August 09, 2010

Monday...1st day of school...and design wall too

so...up until this very day, when my kids went off to school...I did a happy dance. Today, I'm feeling a bit more...ambivalent. My youngest kiddo, walked out the door ( he did come back and give me a hug), marched across the street..and got a ride with the neighbor. His 1st day of high school. My neighbor was able to snap a picture of him...I will see if she will e-mail it to me...

I actually did alot of sewing this week, just not much to show ON the design wall






Here are 4 of the Christmas tree skirt sections sewn together. most of the colors are true..except that PINK. It is showing too...bubble gummy! It is closer to hot pink. There are 10 sections...so I still have a ways to go..but it will not take me too long.






THIS is what sidetracked me! I'm sorting strings, strips, little scraps and pieces that have already been pieced and are ready for more scraps...or SOMETHING. I think there is an orphan quilt..or maybe a kitchen sink quilt. I may need to keep my eye out for fabric with a kitchen sink it it! lolol


Does anyone have any suggestions for organizing ...non quilty supplies? I keep stacking up plastic boxes of ..well..STUFF! plastic tubing...hardware...velcro...you name it! I am thinking I will start a small notebook..and when I find a home for whatever it is, I wil enter it in there. That way, I won't spin my wheels LOOKING for it!

Be sure to march over to Judy's and see what is being worked on! My fav part of Mondays!

Monday, August 02, 2010

Its MONDAY!

I think Design Wall Monday is the best thing that has happened to me all summer! ( and we have had a great summer...not WEATHER wise..just family/vacation wise!) You should have seen me scrurry around last night to get new stuff on the design wall! rotlf! My family didn't know what to think!

I have expanded... I have use of a whole wall in the guest/computer room. That is where the Soda Pop blocks are migrating to. (that is the quilt that was on the design wall last week.) On that wall I can fit the whole quilt...so I'm moving them..and working on color placement. I will update that top next week. I hope to have it together to take to my quilt group this Friday so I can pick out borders.






I added a small space over the door to the closet. It is just attached to the door with command strip hooks and a few pins to pin it to itself. I have the 1st of two flag blocks (my quilt chapter is doing a BOM..and we just started in July!) I have the other flag started. The strip blocks are an ongoing project I started with a friend. We will both do these blocks and share to make scrappy quilts for Quilts for Kids or other causes requesting quilts. Covers two ends: use up scraps and make charity quilts.




This is Design Wall central (by my sewing machine!) I am making two of the same pattern at once. The one on the left is going to be a wall hanging for over my cutting table and the one on the right I want to teach as a Christmas Tree skirt. It is from the book French Braid Obsession by Jane Hardy Miller. I fell in LOVE with one color way (MY wallhanging), but didn't want it for a tree skirt. The colors in this are on the dark side. The true colors show up a bit better in the close up pictures






Here is a close up of one of the fussy cut triangles on the base. The one I fell in love with had a Laurel Burch fabric there. Of course by the time I saw it, it was long gone from the stores. I found this Folklorico fabric at
Strawberry Patches in Bakersfield CA last fall. I kinda fussy cut it...but not TOO fussy!




This is closer on the tree skirt. The base triangles are black with bright Christmas stockings....actually I think THAT Is a Laurel Burch fabric! lol I didn't notice that till right now...

Don't forget to pop over to judy's and see what all the busy quilters are up to this week!