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Sunday, August 31, 2008

New Fabric

Went to Joann's tonight and got some more fabric. I was trying to get away from the colors I LOVE (blue and purple) but I ended up buying blue and purple because that's just what I wanted! Not to mention I found a really pretty blue fabric, and I got it for the remnant price because there wasn't a yard left (which is what I said I wanted)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Block Completely Done!

My block is completely done! And I checked and it does measure 7.5 inches square! I should have probably ironed the seams open as I went but oh well, it was just practice anyway!



Done!

Finally done with the block! Okay so it's not sewn together yet, but deal with it!







A picture of my little cutie, Alex


Our new car, 2008 hyundai accent. We traded in our 2003 ford focus because it was just giving us too many problems and a huge money pit!

Still Working on Block 2!

I am STILL working on block 2!

I got some of it done, then realized that it wasn't going to work because I didn't have any seam allowances! So I had to rip it all back apart, split the pieces up into sections and started over. That and the way I was doing it was confusing me!

And now I'm almost done making all the sections, after that I'll just need to sew the sections together and I'll finally have my block done!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Piecing a Backing

I was getting ready to pin Alex's winter quilt all together the other night and then realized that 44" fabric is not quite wide enough for the quilt.

The quilt is 50x60ish, so if I cut two pieces 60 inches (or 70 inches long to make sure I have enough) then I'd end up with an 88 inch wide backing and that's excessive. Seems a waste to make a backing that big and then end up having to cut it down a lot at the end.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Block #1, Sewing Room

I did another block #1 because I felt like my first one turned out crappy. I'm happier with the 2nd one.

I also took pics of my fabric stash and my sewing room.

Block #1


And I just now realized that on the top of my block the two green triangles don't meet up just right!!

Some of the puckering in the block



My fabric stash, that whole basket is full


The desk my machine sits on

Monday, August 11, 2008

BOM Done

Hasn't been squared up, and some pieces have ripples in them from the thread being pulled to tight. But I finally got it done!



Sunday, August 10, 2008

BOM #1

I'm not too sure about the orange in the center. It just looks off to me, like it doesn't belong. The other colors seem to go to me but that orange just doesn't work for me!

I got all the flying geese pieces done, and two of the corner squares.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Beginning of Block 1

I'm doing Judy Laquidara's block of the month (and I spelled her last name without having to look it up! Double checked it though!) And this is the beginning of my block 1 along with my fabric selections.

My fabric selections are in order from outside of the block to inside.
Dark blue=her light shade/white
Green=her green
Purple=her purple
Blue=the gold triangles in hers
Orange=square in the very middle of the block



Thursday, August 07, 2008

Gone Favorites Only

At least that's what I'm calling it!

Apparently some people have nothing better to do than stalk me on the web and chit chat about me, so only people I trust are able to read this!

I'm stressing out right now with that BS, submitting a request for a/c service and having to call the home warranty company this afternoon because the a/c people had never contacted me in 2 days, the car not working right. Oy.

We went down to the gas station, filled up with gas, then pretty much sat there for almost 10 mins just turning the key so the electric stuff came on, then seeing if it would actually show the odometer reading. If it did, we could start the car. But then 2 or 3 times when we went to put the car in reverse the car would die, so we'd have to start all over again!

So no buying batting right now because I don't want us to end up stuck at Joann's and not able to push the car home! At least now the gas station is only like 2 miles up the road, so it's not a bad deal pushing it home from there.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Best Reaction Ever!!

I just got the best reaction ever to one of my quilts!!! I walked into Alex's room with his winter quilt I've been working on off and on for 2 years now and I unfolded it and he said oh wow!! I handed it to him and he took his blanket off the bed (it's actually another quilt I made) and put his winter quilt on the bed!

It's like awww, he really likes it!!! He would have slept with it if I'd let him!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Alex's Winter Quilt

I got tired of cross stitching so I pulled out Alex's winter quilt that I started working on in oh....August 2006!!! And it's still unfinished. I've finally got everything into rows now LOL. At least I haven't been working on it continuously since then, that would be really bad!

Alex has been enjoying some learning time with daddy. They go on starfall.com and go through the letters and watch the little things together. Alex says the letters and tries to say the items that he sees. Like doll, bear. I haven't gotten my chance to play it with him yet. I know he recognizes some letters, at least the ones in his name!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Getting Busy Around Here!

Could anybody who visits my blog click one of the adsense links? I know I've got some of my quilting people reading me, so if you wouldn't mind clicking a link, that would be much appreciated. Thanks!!!

We adopted a dog today. And so it's an adjustment period for both Alex and the dog. Eventually the dog will settle in and Alex will get used to not being the center of attention anymore.

Hopefully now that Alex has gone to bed and things have calmed down around here I can get back to working on the other bedroom and get my sewing stuff set up!

Does anybody have some good ways that they have their fabric so you can actually see what you have and not have to go flipping through a box? I have all of my fabric in small boxes, so I'm having to flip through it all to find what I want. Plus it isn't sorted by colors or anything!

Update

I got some more work done on the 2nd bedroom last night. It's getting close to ready to do some sewing. I've actually been working on a cross stitch for a bit now. Don't worry quilting, I'll be back!

If any of my quilting buddies are still reading me can you leave me a comment?

Alex is doing good too. His tummy was upset yesterday, we'll see how he is today. He has his 3 year check up soon, so I'll get to find out officially how tall he is and how much he weighs. Last time I measured him he was 38 inches, and 31 lbs. He has probably hmmm 30 words and 30 signs at least now? His newest word is cat and kitty.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Pattern

NOTE: I want to use all my own colors, not buy her fabric, so I need it all figured out by the fabric A light value, medium light value etc. Can anybody help?

All seam allowances are 1/4". Please read all directions before beginning and press carefully after each step.

Fabric A: 1 3/4 yard of BTR-4850 Sky
Fabric B: 1 1/3 yard of BTR-4850 Sage
Fabric C: 1 1/4 yard of BTR-4850 Spice Fabric
Backing: 3 yards of BTR-3909 Lapis

Cutting Instructions:
Important: Before cutting strips, cut values apart at cut line.
Fabric A (Light value): Cut (1) 2 1/2" strip, from strips cut (14) 2 1/2" squares.
Cut (4) 2" strips x length of light value fabric. Piece strips together for binding.
Fabric A (Medium-Light value): Cut (2) 2 1/2" strips, from strips cut (14) 2 1/2" squares and (14) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles.
Fabric A (Medium value): Cut (3) 2 1/2" strips, from strips cut (14) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles and (14) 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles.
Fabric A (Dark value): Cut (4) 2 1/2" strips, from strips cut (14) 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles and (14) 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles.
Fabric B (Light value): Cut (1) 2 1/2" strip, from strips cut (12) 2 1/2" squares.
Fabric B (Medium-Light value): Cut (2) 2 1/2" strips, from strips cut (12) 2 1/2" squares and (12) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles.
Fabric B (Medium value): Cut (3) 2 1/2" strips, from strips cut (12) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles and (12) 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles.
Fabric B (Dark value): Cut (4) 2 1/2" strips, from strips cut (12) 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles and (12) 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles.
Fabric C (Light value): Cut (1) 2 1/2" strip, from strips cut (10) 2 1/2" squares.
Fabric C (Medium-Light value): Cut (2) 2 1/2" strips, from strips cut (10) 2 1/2" squares and (10) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles.
Fabric C (Medium value): Cut (3) 2 1/2" strips, from strips cut (10) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles and (10) 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles.
Fabric C (Dark value): Cut (3) 2 1/2" strips, from strips cut (10) 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles and (10) 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles.
Backing: Cut backing into two pieces each 1 1/2 yards long. Sew together along the long edges.
Assembly Instructions:
1. To make Quarter Log Cabin Block, sew Light 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square
to Medium/Light 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square.
2. Add Medium/Light 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle to first two squares.
3. Add Medium 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle.
4. Add Medium 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle.
5. Add Dark 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle.
6. Add Dark 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangle.
7. Make (14) Quarter Log Cabin blocks from Fabric A,
(12) blocks from Fabric B and (10) blocks from Fabric C.
8. Following quilt photo for placement, sew blocks into rows.
Sew the rows together to make the quilt top.
9. Layer, quilt and bind as desired.
BLK-2684-001
Shade Cascade
While all possible care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of this pattern, we are not responsible for printing errors or the way in which individual work varies.

©2007 Karen Combs • All Rights reserved ©2007 Blank Quilting • All rights reserved
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Finished Size: 48" x 48"

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Pattern Problem

There is a quilt that I would LOVE to make, only problem is it uses a fabric that has stripes of color (Cascade by Karen Combs) and so you have to cut apart the stripes, but it also just tells you that you'll need 1 3/4 yards of the one thing, but that one thing has 4 colors in it. I just want to go to the store and get my own 4 shades of one color. Anybody know how I could figure out how much fabric I would need for each of the 4 parts?

Friday, July 11, 2008

Still Not Done

Soon after I wrote my last entry I went into the 2nd bedroom to work on getting it all set up and cleaned up and realized that the ceiling fan does absolutely nothing to cool the room. Not to mention it's like a 12 foot ceiling? and the fan is right up against the ceiling instead of hanging down somewhat. The fan in our room is hanging down some, and those ceilings are the same height.

So it's hot in there. I need to take the box fan in there and work on it.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Been quite a while!

It's been quite a while since I've written here. From waiting to close on our house, and then packing, moving, getting stuff in order at the house...whew we've been busy!

We actually just found the pedal for my machine maybe a week ago if that, so even if I had wanted to sew I wouldn't have been able to. And right now the room with my sewing machine is still a mess. We haven't gotten it together at all yet!

I hope to get back into sewing and quilting soon and be posting again!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Eric's Christmas Quilt

Well I finally got Eric's Christmas quilt done. Now to work on my own little project again. :)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Update on Eric's Quilt

I know I took pics of his quilt at one point and now I can't find them. But anyway, I worked on Eric's christmas quilt the other day, and got it all quilted but then I still have to add the borders and get that done.

I just have to make sure I cut the border strip big enough to be a 1" border and also able to get sewn to the quilt!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Planning on Working

Planning on working on Eric's Christmas quilt in just a little bit. Have to put the sewing machine back on the table because we moved it to eat Valentine's Day dinner and I've just never moved it back.

EDIT: Ugh, now I'm reminded why I really don't like polyester batting! It is as thick as can be and so difficult to get underneath my needle!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Been a While

It has been a while since I've written. As part of my Christmas present from my MIL, I got a quilt that had been started for Eric but it was never finished. And now I get to put it together!

I have also had a quilt in the works for Eric for a while now. I have it all pinned together and just need to sew through all 3 layers to get the quilt done.