Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fire and Ice Progress

I've been making some progress on my Fire and Ice quilt from Carol Doak's class at the Lowell Quilt Festival in August.

It needs it's inner border and outer border with corner stones to complete the quilt. I'm thinking of possibly reducing the star in the middle and making four of them to complete the corners, but I haven't decided if I'm that ambitious right now with so many other projects going on. We'll see.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Blooming 9-Patch Mid-Assembly

I've finally finished all of the nine patches for the blooming nine patch I'm making for my cousin's wedding next May.  I'm hoping to have it done so I can give it to his fiance at her shower.  I cut out all the squares and am in the middle of assembling it.  Here are a few pics.  I think I'm going to put a border on it using the same fabric in the outer most section (the triangles) since that fabric was the inspiration for the entire color scheme.  

I managed to squeeze a little battery life out of my camera, but I still can't find my charger.  I may need to suck it up and buy a new one.  Hopefully I'll be able to share more quilting photos soon.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Red Sox Quilt Auction

Those of you who know me or have followed my blog know that I'm a Red Sox fan. I know there are some fellow Sox fans who follow my blog based on some of the comments I've received. I figured I'd share with you a really cool quilt that's up for auction by the New England Quilt Museum.

The quilt has been autographed by 24 members of the Boston Red Sox. All proceeds of this quilt will go to the New England Quilt Museum. The auction is up on ebay and goes until September 25th. Here's a link to the auction. A list of all of the players who autographed the quilt can be found on the ebay page. I hope some great Sox fan ends up with this quilt.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Weekend Progress

Although I don't have any pictures yet to post, I figured I'd post an updated on the progress I made this weekend. I finally spent more than an hour at my machine on Sunday with the baseball games on in the background making progress on some of my many projects. I have a list of about 20 different projects that I'm currently working on in some stage or another, and that includes tops that need to be quilted, so it's not as bad as it sounds.

Projects I worked on:
1. Quilted more of my Bento Box top. I'm probably about 1/3 of the way done quilting this top. I'm doing a lot of straight lines and I'm going to go back and quilt in a bunch of wavy lines in between the straight ones.
2. I finished sewing the nine patches for my Figgy Pudding Disappearing Nine Patch, re-cut them, and sewed them together. I ordered some white fabric that should be arriving today to use for sashing and the border so I can finish this top off. I used 2 Moda Figgy Pudding charm packs for this quilt.
3. I worked on my Fire and Ice quilt from the Carol Doak class I took last month. I still have some work on this one, but progress is progress.
4. I sewed together all the strips for the last batch of nine patches for my Asian blooming nine patch and cut them into strips. Now I just need to sew the 3 strips together to form the final nine patch grouping.
5. Did some cutting on a Halloween quilt I'm designing using Moda's Spooktacular line that I just love. I'm starting to consider designing some patterns using different types of pre-cuts, so this is one of my experiments.

I also decided that there's no way I'm going to make a dent in all of the quilt tops that I have while continuing to work on other projects, so I decided to send my Autumn quilt out to be quilted by a long arm. It's such a big quilt anyway, so it would have been difficult using my machine as it is. I'm going to have the quilter do an all over leaf pantograph on it. I'm using this quilt as a test to see how I like her work so that once I finish this blooming nine patch for my cousin's wedding I can potentially have her quilt that one as well.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

No camera = not much to post

So I haven't been able to find my camera battery charger since before we left for Alaska. As a result, I don't have many things to post since quilting blogs just aren't as interesting without photos of quilts. I hope my charger shows up soon. It's somewhere around the house, I just don't know where. But I am still alive, just without much to share right now.

What have I been doing since we got back from Alaska? Well, I was sick for a week, so I didn't do much then. I have a basic layout for my Fire & Ice quilt and I just need to sew the inner part together and work on the border. I can't wait to share that one with you. I'm also working on the machine quilting to my bento box quilt. It's nothing fancy, but I finally found the right thread that I have been looking for a while now.

I'm also working on putting a hanging sleeve on the back of a quilt I did a few years ago because I entered it into a local quilt guild's show in a few weeks. I need to have the quilt submitted to the guild by Friday, so I must get moving!!! Lucky for me I actually have a picture of that one since my sister took a bunch of pics for me so I could submit it. It's a very scrappy quilt, but I just love all the colors. Hopefully I'll have a usable camera by the time the show comes arund so I can share more pics...