Thursday, January 29, 2009

Another Quilt

Well, almost true to my word, I have another quilt photographed and ready to share. This was made for my 22 year old neice who requested it for Christmas. I had collected a stash of those funky, almost 70ish prints with no real purpose in mind...when I saw this pattern, I knew this was the quilt for them and she was the girl for the quilt....unfortunately, after my daughter saw the finished product (they are only 1 month apart in age) she fell in love and has requested one also. I don't know how you guys are, but I'm kind of a "one and done" girl. I really don't enjoy replicating a pattern more than once. Once I finish something, I'm looking forward to the next project and don't have the heart to repeat. On the upside, she does love most of what I make so I'm sure there's one on the horizon that will also call to her. In the meantime, I did also finish the bug quilt for my grandson (her son) so that should compensate a little. It is out at the machine soon as it returns it will be posted....I can't wait!
Pardon my grandson stealing the show, he jumps on every quilt that I try to bring into the room...I think if you look carefully, you can see his foot in the last quilt I


Thursday, January 22, 2009

I'm Back!!

Well...Finally, computer is back and good as new. The wonderful people at HP were also kind enough to restore all of my original information so that I did not have to go through the drudgery of reinstalling everything. It probably happened that way due to the fact that I actually backed everything up to a flash in the event that I would need a new motherboard (and I did)!!

On to quilting! As promised I am posting the latest quilt that was returned from my machine quilter. This was a swap exchange with 19 other quilters from my local shop..(also the shop where I teach). This was a first for me and turned out to be very enjoyable. Not only that but the blocks finished at 20"x20" so when they came back you had an "insta" further borders required. If you notice, my print was directional and when I received my blocks back some people minded the directions and others did not. At first, I thought this was going to bother me, but once together it was just fine!! as a matter of fact I think it adds a little interest and quirkiness. For those of you who may not have participated in a swap yet, the rules are as follows:

The coordinator supplies the pattern

You supply one fabric (in this case a 6"x wof dark)

You insert your fabric along with your name and the general direction you would like your block to take.

You recieve 19 other block baggies and go to town making them

On a designated day all 20 quilters meet and swap their completed blocks.(small party is in order)

I really enjoyed this and would definately sign up again. The monotony of making the same block over and over is alleviated by the fact that you get to pull different fabrics for each person.

As you look at my quilt, I supplied the argyle fabric and asked that the large blocks be dick and jane (ish) and the setting fabric be the dark and a solid "read". I loved each and every block. You probably can't see the quilting on this, but I had the quilter do an all over pattern of oldfashioned spinning tops and the swirls between look like the pull strings.

If you've participated in a swap, let me know your experiences and if you haven't...definately look for one to join!!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Computer Crash!!

So sorry for the delay in postings, but my computer crashed royally! As I compose this, it is out for a new motherboard...uuugghhh. For this quick update, I borrowed my sons' computer as my younger son has a history project due on Monday...I might have left out that I needed a blog fix....

Well the only good thing to come of this is that the holidays are over and packed away for another year and I can get some actual quilting accomplished and as soon as my computer is home I should have a project or two to share with you...heres hoping and Happy New Year!