Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Crunch Time!

Each year the President of our guild picks a "Challenge" quilt. Anyone who participates presents their work at the March meeting. This years theme was Log Cabin's. It can be any size, and it doesn't have to be quilted, just a top is OK.

Miss Procrastinator that I am put mine off...but I've been having fun making blocks like this one
I only need a few more 12 inch blocks but I still need to figure out how many 6 inch ones I need for my border..tirane, beth, swooze, guess what I'll be bringing to do on Saturday...

Top has to be done by March 2! I can do it!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Recent Presents

I love "Secret Pal" swaps. When I joined the Garland guild last summer I couldn't wait to sign up for the swap this year. I got my questionnaire and filled out all the usual questions
about likes and dislikes.

I got my partner and she is a definite challenge. Polar opposite of me. Crazy quilts, applique, lace, velvet, toille, ruffles, and almost everything in her house seems to be the same 1 color. It's been hard shopping for her. I'm glad the Dallas Quilt Show is in a couple of weeks because I intend to shop for things to give her the rest of the year.

On the other hand, whoever has me ROCKS!!! In January I got a gift card to Target. My favorite store next to JoAnn's. At the February meeting I walked in and saw this on the table
I had been in a really lousy mood and just seeing the envelope boosted my spirits. I can't bear to get rid of it. Then I opened it and found
I had mentioned I collect Antique sheet music. I don't think she realized it but tucked inside this piece was another page with the chorus to another golden oldie. WOW! I've already sat down and attempted to play both. They are quite challenging, but I've been looking for something new to play. Along with these were a big handful of Reeses Peanut Butter cups,
which I've already eaten :)

I love my Secret Pal, whoever you are!

I also recently participated in a "Sweet Swap" on QATW and didn't give that many details, but here's the bounty I got from it-10 very bright FQ's, a quilting jigsaw puzzle, some Ghiradelli chocolates, a quilters emory board, and wallhanging kit. I can't wait to use the fabrics! and I've been good and only eaten 1 piece of chocolate even though it's been in the house over a week.

I've been sewing a lot again too- will post about that tomorrow. Gotta get back to work!

Thursday, February 11, 2010


I think this has been one of the whitest winters around here ever. It started snowing in the middle of the night and hasn't stopped. It isn't sticking to the concrete- at least not yet anyway.

Tonight I plan to make some hot cocoa and sew- All the blocks for "Monster Mash" are done, but I need to get started on a challenge- can I make a log cabin top in a little over 2 weeks? We'll see! Stay tuned for the details and pictures of progress!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Catching Up

I didn't realize it had been a month since I posted...where does the time go? I've been really busy at work and dealing with some personal issues and haven't done a whole lot of sewing since finishing the pink & red top which is at tirane's house.

A while back I posted these fabrics I bought at Golden D'orI took the fabric with me when I went on my first retreat back in January with the Garland Quilt Guild Board. Until I started cutting I had no idea what pattern I was going to do. I spent the weekend cutting it all up and since then I've been making these blocks.

I've already dubbed this quilt "Monster Mash". (I'm not very original with names). Tirane says the googly eyes give her the creeps but I hope she'll have fun quilting the top. I hope to have it ready for our next get together. I'm sure some kid will love it. For being such an easy pattern it's the first time I've ever made a "Snowball & 9-Patch" quilt. It won't be the last. I can see using up a lot of my novelty yardage and brights in similar fashion.

Since I've been lax in posting, here are some promised pictures. First is a picture of the Christmas presents that Swooze made for me. I love them. The pincushion is stuffed with dry walnut shells (I think). It's so pretty I haven't started using it yet.

and last, but certainly not least, is a promised picture of the "Ankh" quilt on our bed and a close-up picture of the quilting. This is the quilt that David really wanted and my friends helped me make so I'd stop whining about it. I love my friends :)

(sorry the closeup pic isn't that great, I think I should have zoomed in a little closer)