Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Eron's Crossed Canoes is Finished!

I started this quilt before I got married in 1979, so it sat unfinished (UFO means unfinished object in quilt jargon) for nearly 30 years. If you look closely, you can see the fold line in the middle of the quilt. When the weather is nicer, I will gently wash it and lay it out to dry on the yard. I don't know if that will help the dented area or not. I used Mountain Mist batting back then. If you know of something that will help, please let me know about it.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Binding Crossed Canoes

This is the quilt that has been a UFO for 30 years. I just couldn't finish it by hand. I have finally quilted it by machine, and was working on applying the binding last night when I thought it might be useful for someone else to see the new way I am handling the length of binding. I read somewhere to wrap the binding around an empty bath tissue roll and let it sit in your lap as you sew. The lap thing didn't work for me, but slipping it over my thread holder worked like a dream.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Funky Flower Quilt

It is always good to do a little hand applique. I found this in one of the drawers I emptied yesterday when I was trying to locate some now forgotten item, so I put in the finishing stitches. It is one of the three flowers mom and I worked on last summer. With my frantic search, and subsequent drawer emptying, my office got re-organized. I put a lot of my larger pieces of fabric on pants hangers in the closet (in the other office). I guess I should call MY office a sewing room, but it really feels like an office to me. My office laptop does not have reliable internet, nor does it have a DVD viewer, so I have to go to the other office to use the "real" computer. I only print pictures on MY computer. I bet it sounds like I have a large house. NO, not really. I am basement deprived and everything gets split up into different bedrooms and closets. I don't recommend it. If you can score a basement, go for it. Or like my mother; just have your husband build you your own retreat....

Sunday, December 14, 2008

"Lilly" quilt gets a label.

AND I don't want to see another quilt needing a label for a while. I learned alot. The pigma pens aren't all that great (or I bought the wrong ones), I misspell words when I concentrate on correct spelling, some printer fabric is NOT washable, etc. I almost gave up, and then I tried cross stitch. Even though I had to chart it myself, it was a sensible thing to do. I also learned how to use minute amounts of fusible web on the flowers I cut from leftover fabric from the front, and how to put piping on along with the mitred border fabric. The whole thing was exhausting. I am now going to concentrate on the holidays and my trip to Kansas City with Adam.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Andy has a hot new car, and I have a completed name tag! I used some of the vintage fabric I pilfered from mom's stash. I wish the picture was clearer, but I only took one for now. Tomorrow I need to make a label for my finished Lilly quilt, and plan what to do about a Christmas quilt gift that isn't finished after almost 30 years in waiting. I think this is the year to "get her done."