Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Two quilts back from the quilter!

I got two quilts back from the quilter's yesterday.  I usually quilt my own quilts on my regular machine, but sometimes it's nice to have someone else do it.  The first one is a quilt I started for my brother and his new wife for a wedding present - oooh, probably 8 years ago.  I ran out of some of the fabric, and then hoped I would find it, but never did.  I ended up using a coordinating fabric about 4 years ago to finish the flimsy.   Then it sat in my drawer again until last month when I sent it to be quilted.  Wouldn't you know it, I found that same material not days after I sent the quilt to be quilted.  Murphy's law.   Now I wonder how long it will take me to get the binding done? LOL.   At least I have the green print that I ran out of to do the binding with now!  The third pic is of the back to show the 'art deco' pano I chose.

And here is son #2's ''money'' quilt (need to name it! Actually the first quilt needs a name too!  Maybe a 'decade of quilting'? LOL)
and the quilting pano I chose for his quilt is quite fitting I think!

I also wanted to show you a picture of one of the fish my guys caught this last weekend.  The first time ever, a local hatchery has released wild sockeye into a local lake and opened it for fishing!  Hubby and son #1 caught two on Sunday, and it is the most beautiful firm brilliant pink meat I've ever seen!  Here is my handsome hubby with his prize!

Friday, July 23, 2010

hunter star quilt

I drew this up in EQ6 of what the hunter star quilt in Dandelion Girl might look like when it's done.  I don't have the exact fabrics in there, but I tried to choose one's similar to the colors anyhow.  I'm deciding on if I want to do a solid border or a pieced one though......  I'm thinking I rather like the pieced border!

Monday, July 12, 2010

quilt project for vacation

I have been cutting 2 1/2'' squares for a quilt project for our vacation coming up.  We are going to the family cabins that have no electricity.  I am bringing a model 66 Singer treadle to leave for me and my mom to share.  I am going to be making the celtic knot quilt from Fresh Hope blog.  I am using similar dark greens, dark purples, black, and neutrals for the background.  I have a half yard each of 7 different purples, 7 different greens, and 10 different neutrals cut.  Now I know this is overkill on how much material I need, but I wanted to make sure I had more than enough when we got to the cabin.  I will probably cut 2-3 yards of squares of black too (going to use solid black I think).  I might use extra squares to make a scrappy border for it when the blocks are done.  We'll see how big it is.  I would like it to be plenty big for a full size bed.

Here's the box of blocks I've got so far!

I wish I would have thought of it before I started cutting - but this quilt would be really neat done in HST's.  If I had cut the blocks 3-3 1/2'' - then made 2 1/2'' HST blocks (two different fabrics of the same color), it would have given it a bit more scrappy look and been really interesting I think!  Hmm - maybe if I get the top done, I will do that with the extra squares (although the HST blocks would be smaller than 2 1/2'' so it would make a smaller quilt).  We'll see :)

I have a dilemma though - there is no electricity at the cabins.  I don't know what I'm going to do for an iron!  We have propane oven/stove and a propane fridge up there, but I don't have a non-electric iron.  What to do, what to do.........

Thursday, July 8, 2010

finally bought a Featherweight!

I finally broke down and bought a Featherweight 221K for quilt piecing!  It's a white model from the 60's with the green case.  I will post pics as soon as I get batteries for my camera :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Dresden plate top done and basted for quilting!

Well, my 100% hand-stitched dresden plate quilt top is DONE and I basted it this morning!  Usually I go back to bed when I get hubby off to work at 3:30AM, but today I stayed up..... got my 'work' sewing done first off, then got to work basting this beauty :)  I am so happy to have it ready to quilt.  Now, my first experience with hand-quilting a quilt should be interesting.  I had heard so many good things about wool batting for hand quilting, that is what I used.  This batting is not needled at all - it's very lofty, so it should be a wonderful fluffy quilt that will show the quilting very well!  I think I am mostly going to do outline quilting, and do a small amount of feathers in the open corners of the white background.  I will leave that for last though until I get the hang of the straight stitch quilting first :)  Anyhow, we are going camping this weekend for our 19th wedding anniversary and I wanted to have something to work on while relaxing.  I don't really know if I'll get to work on it much, but at least I'll have it with me if I do have time.  The quilt doesn't look too big because it only has 9 blocks, but each of those blocks are 18'' across, so this quilt is nearly 60x60.  Great couch/lap size :)