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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sunday Morning Musings

I'm browsing around on the net this morning, still working on waking up. I signed up for the new Quilt Dash so I'm seeing lots of new quilting sites with lots of new patterns and ideas. Oh Golly Molly,,, I DO NOT, repeat DO NOT need new ideas! I'm doing pretty good at finishing up what I have started ( at least getting tops done and back to go with them ) and I have lots and lots of stash I want to use up - so NO NEW IDEAS !! (( LOL sorta sounds like 'no wire hangers" from that movie about Joan Crawford, doesn't it ))

Went to my Saturday Bee yesterday,,, we were all there but one ( we missed you! ) I took the quilt for the Beautiful Granddaughter to my bestest friend for quilting, just something easy and flow-ey ( is that a word? ). I pieced part of the back, she'll finish the rest. Got the Turtle Quilt back all quilted and cute. Guess tonite maybe while watching TV I"ll do the binding...

I'm such a bad Granma,,, I saw the Most Amazing Grandson and the Most Beautiful Granddaughter yesterday and told them I had a surprise for them... that was bad! They went crazy trying to figure out what it was - I'm a big tease. But being kids, something else came up and they forgot..... I hope! I'll see them again today,,, wonder if they ask?

Anyway,,, I have two quilts here that have been sandwiched and pinned for the longest time! One is a bug jar quiltDSC00155 that I was in an online swap for. I could never collect so many different fabrics by myself! So I've been thinking about how to quilt this myself. I have a Janome MC6600P and it has a big enough throat that I should be able to do something with free-motion quilting. Now, I KNOW I won't be as good as my bestest friend with her long-arm but it will be fun to do this one. at least give it a try!

I think I'll do a bug in the middle of each jar, like an easy butterfly or bee or lady bug and then do some small vine thingy in the black parts between the jars. Something easy in the borders. Yea, I can do this!

LOL,,, it was funny last nite! I tested and practiced my quilting on a play sandwich and I was doing pretty good but the tension just didn't seem right, top thead and bobbin thread not hitting right. I belong to a Yahoo group for Janome owners cause they have LOTS of hints and ideas and figured out how to set the tension better.

So I'm off! Yipee,,, bugs and outlines are being quilted. The quilt is by no means finished,,, I started this experience about 10pm, gave up about 1230...

think I'll go play!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Most Beautiful Granddaughter needs a quilt

The Most Wonderful Granma thought "Now how can I make quilts for the Most Amazing Grandson and not make one for the Most Beautiful Granddaughter? How silly of me!" So the Granma went thru her stash cause she KNEW that she had the perfect fabrics to make just the RIGHT quilt and this is what she found

"just perfect for a Girly-Girl quilt! Pinks and Yellows and Greens and Purples... Just Perfect!" Said the Wonderful Granma

"So just what pattern will do the best or these fabrics - it can't be too fussy or too detailed," thought the Granma, and she looked in her books and searched the internet and she found Meadow Morning at the QuiltMaker web site http://quiltmaker.com/patterns/patt51/ it would do just fine! ( Now you have to imagine this quilt in the colors that Granma picked, ok?)The Wonderful Granma has been very busy this week! She has the quilt all cut out and most of the pieces put together,, it's time to put the 4-patch blocks together and lay it out! DSC02036 Girly-Girl!!! The Wonderful Granma is thinking about how fun this will be for her bestest friend to quilt! Granma put together a couple of the blocks just to see how it might look when it is all together..........DSC02038 Granma thought to herself,,, "hhmm,,, think it will be more interesting if I twist some of these blocks around and not have them all going the same direction the same colors" So that is what the Wonderful Granma is going to do this afternoon! ( after she makes the Handsome and Strong Granpa take her out to lunch! )

I found a new Blog

I was at my son's house last nite, needed a little Grammy time with the 3 year old! It was SUPPOSED to be bed time,,, but of course, he had other ideas (see my sneaky grin)... anyway, I was browsing on the computer while I waited for the Most Adorable Grandson ( not to be confused with the Most Amazing Grandson who is 6 ) to finally get tired and call it quits and found this cool website http://patsythompsondesigns.com/. She has really great quilting designs that are free to use. Oh, and a really cool blog, too!

If you are into doing your own quilting... check her out!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

The NO-NAME Orange and Black Quilt

The Saga of the Orange and Black Quilt
(it's not a new quilt, its not an old quilt either,,, just a work-in-progress that has taken a couple of years and I've just never showed it before, I guess ?)

Well, as the story starts, as it usually starts,,,, One day, at the quilt store (LOL) ( do you see where this is going??) I found this collection of fabrics... ( can you relate?) that just intrigued me. The main focus color is ORANGE,,, not usually one of my color choices and especially not for the focus.. but, like I said,, the collection intrigued me.

So I bought some of all of them.

Yes, I bet you know the feeling... all these pretty fabrics that look good together. Pretty pretty fabrics and no idea just what to do with them.

I'm SURE you have been there!

Well, the pretty fabrics sat on my shelf for quite awhile - orange, and black, and gold,,, what was I thinking?? There has to be the perfect quilt pattern for these. .... just can't figure it out.

Well, somewhere ( aahhaa! I just remembered! ) It was in my QUILTS FROM THE QUILTMAKER'S GIFT . I have always loved the story and by golly, someday maybe I'll do all the quilts!

Anyway,,, the pattern is PUSS N BOOTS,,, very basic and a great way to show case some fabrics with medium to small prints ... and EASY! and .. my 'inner eye' said " OOHH a Great way to use the Orange and Black and Gold Fabrics" ( see, the older I get the more my "inner eye" talks to me! LOL )

I haven't shown a picture of the quilt yet.. are you curious?? Orange, black, gold,,, hhmm,,, wonder how this turned out? Halloween!! Lions and tigers and bears ?? Oh MY!

Well, I'm not the fastest quilter and I am easily distracted but yes, I truly finished it,, binding and all ( oops, no label yet ).

This is my masterpiece TA_DA!!
(Webster just has to check everything out! and do you see the round circle floating in the picture? hhmm,,, wonder what that is?,,, )


DSC02003 The pictures are not that great and I didn't think about the old rifle case that my "dear" husband had out there (arrgghh ) but I'm right proud of it! The orange is 'orange' and there is golds and rusts and .. well, I'm pleased with the results. . This is the back....DSC02004 My bestest friend pieced the back for me,,, a great use of all the leftovers! She takes good care of me!

You should see the quilting! Since the top is all SQUARES,,, my bestest friend, who does the bestest quilting, did CIRCLES --- random circles all in different sizes. This one was done before she got her longarm so it was quite a project... I just love how it came out. Maybe by zooming in on the pictures you can see the circles.

I don't have a name for this one yet,, but CROP CIRCLES something is coming to mind ( inner eye is talking again! )

I was showing my son and his ladyfriend some of the finished things and he really liked this one. They have just bought a brand new house so I thought that this would go to them.

Gotta get a label done. Gotta come up with a name!

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