Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Grandmothers flower garden

Well, I am having "Issues" with the grandmothers flower garden. I was given 30 quilt blocks of grandmothers flower garden, with a print for a center. It is actual 30s fabric and I am getting really annoyed with it. Aside from my hand quilting, which you can see progress almost immediately, I do not like handwork. Because of how much I dislike it, during a power outage, I turned the hand wheel of my machine to get it to sew. I now have a treadle, so I don't have to do that. And man, did my hands hurt. . .
I can do it, but you see, I was afraid of the machine about 7 years, didn't want my finger to be sewed. I just did handwork. And now, well I'm sort of sick of it.
Anyway. Back to GMFG. I was then because I brought it to my group, given a quilt top by Lois, a really nice person in my group. And, it was GMFG... I decided I was going to, have my blocks be a border to that quilt, and I am now appliquéing them onto white squares... So, hopefully this saga will come to an end soon, in about a year. Then I have to go all around the hexagons with hand quilted. Oh well, it'll be great progress!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Right now I am really busy with sewing. I have two charity blankets in progress, I need to put the binding on those tonight. Then, I have to make my two dolls for the doll swap. I am also going to offer to make a baby blanket for another friend. So, if she agrees, that will be 4 baby blankets I've made THIS year!!!
Somehow, I'm sort of getting tired of baby blankets.....
I've been hand quilting my quilt for a while now, and while there is progress and it looks good, I have time to reflect on the flaws. I am not the most accurate quilter, and my quilts show that. Okay, the baby blankets/quilts don't. But those were just simple pieced tops. I mean, 12 10 inch squares? 1 top and 1 bottom piece, with a quilt block in the middle? Yes, easy. I had fun quilting the one quilt, that had double knit inside. I figured, why not use it up? Really fun to quilt. Now, the not so fun part. Binding!!
At least I know how to bind, thanks to my quilting group. A lady told me that they were going to work me hard on thursday. Well, I hope they do, because I love doing that kind of stuff!

Monday, March 9, 2009

charity blankets

Well, I asked a friend who, believe it or not, is going to Peru to do service! I am not jealous because I would not want to go there to do that, maybe as a vacation but not as service.
So, I am going to try to make two, and see how they turn out.
So, anyway, not much going on besides that.
Will post pictures when I am done

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Next project

The quilt I'm currently doing, well, I didn't get to at all yesterday. I sewed one seam. I was gone the entire day, and I hand quilted, so I got something done, but I need to get to work on that. I don't really like my latest block, so I may give the quilt away, because right now, I do not like it at all. I don't even know why I liked that pattern. So, I am going to keep going, but I am sort of annoyed that it isn't shaping up. I guess I'm sort of picky!
I'm getting better at hand quilting, my stitchs are fairly even, with only a couple of big ones every block I do, and now I'm working on smaller stitchs and going faster. I was given this awesome leather thimble which I totally recomend that was made by clover. It is really thick and really really nice. I love it! The one thimble I got fell apart, so I wasn't that pleased, and I was trying thimbles out at my quilting group, and one of the ladies gave me one that I had liked, and was asking where to get one.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

First post

This is sort of new for me, starting a blog. I do think it is neat, but I would rather be in my sewing room ;) So anyway, I have so far, 1 project I am hand quilting, that is a full, one that I am starting that is also going to be hand quilted that is going to be a twin. So far I have 2 12 inch blocks and am working on a third. I also have a quilt that I am going to be starting that will put the twin on the back burner, for my friend who just had a stroke and I would like to do something for her. No idea yet what it is going to be, but I'm going to take some patterns and see what her colors are etc.

I also recently finished a baby quilt for a friend of my parents. Pictures are above. I will post more pictures of the quilt blocks I'm working on, and the quilt I am quilting in my next post
Thanks for reading my blog!