Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever-(n) Restlessness from confinement
Sew-together-(n) A time to work on your quilt and other sewing projects amongst friends.

That's where I am headed on Friday...a much needed retreat with girl friends at the lake.  It looks like a cold and wet weekend, but who cares?  We will all be busy doing what we love!

Packing my bags with the important and tell....

Snacks of course!

And a project to work on...but I haven't decided what I want to work on this weekend.  I have been cutting 2.5" strips, so I think I will work on something out of  Kim Brackett's Scrap-Basket Surprises.  I finished sewing together Summer Breezes and now I am quilting it.  Normally I do not work in pastels, but I do love Robin Pandolph's fabrics.  When I saw this quilt in Kim's book, I knew I needed to use my box of pastels to make this one.  There are a few more I want to make, and I do have Kitchen Sink cut out, so that will most likely be the project I will take with me.

Is it Friday yet?


Sunday, February 13, 2011

It's finished!

Midnight Stars
(20" x 20")

It's finished!  All I need to do is add a label and hang it on the wall.  LOVE the way it turned out!  A huge thanks to Lori of Humble Quilts for her inspiration and instructions....when is the next quilt-a-long, Lori? 
You must check out this amazing is an animated film.  You will enjoy the quilt motifs and designs that have been choreographed to music.  Be sure to have your speakers turned on and also go ahead and pull it out to a full-screen version.  I found this via Karen's blog.  Enjoy! 


Wednesday, February 09, 2011

More Civil War blocks

Finally, I am caught up with the Civil War blocks that Barbara Brackman is so generously sharing with all of us bloggers.  Richmond, the 6th block, proved to be quite challenging, as it does not lend itself to an 8" block.  But with a little help from others who are having the same problems, I was able to get it done.  I trimmed the 4-patch to 2 3/8" and was able to come up with a 3 1/8" block.  If you are having trouble with this block, go to Flicker on Barbara's website.  There is a lot of great discussion going on and wonderful pictures of the blocks. 

Now I am ready to go do something mindless! 


Tuesday, February 01, 2011

It's a good day to hibernate!

Looks like today will be a good day to continue quilting on my Midnight Stars.  I really cannot say that I have ever been in a blizzard, so this will be a first for me.  It has just started to snow here in KC, fortunately we did not get a lot of ice build-up. 
I am using the Golden Threads paper to quilt my design onto the quilt.  I like using it, but tearing it off and getting all the little flecks of paper off can be a bit frustrating. Usually I scratch with my fingernails and sometimes wetting it down will help.  Any suggestions?  I do like using the paper, especially on dark fabrics.   
Hope everyone is staying in where its warm and safe!  Maybe we should continue our Word Up sewing party, and re-name it the Blizzard of 2011 sewing party.  Hopefully none of us have to sew by candlelight today!