Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Snowman Top is Finished

Wahoo! I have the Merry, Merry Snowmen top put together.
I love how the borders set off the blocks. I thought I had miscounted when I made my little snowman heads that are set into scattered blocks. I had one left when I finished block #9. I forgot that it went in the upper right hand cornerstone. You can barely make it out up there.

Now, I have to decide who I will send it to for quilting. I do not want to have edge to edge quilting on this one. It really deserves to be set off with special quilting. Do any of you have recommendations for a good long armer I can send it to? I follow the blogs of a couple long armers who are EXCELLENT! That makes me afraid that I won't be able to afford their work. Let me know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Catching Up

I wonder how many times I have used that title. Work just gets in the way of my quilting and blogging. In my last post, I mentioned that I was going to a conference.
Do you know what this is? It is the view of the ferris wheel from the end of Union Street in Seattle. I actually had time to walk down to Pike Market while I was at my conference. Usually, I go to a city and never see anything but the hotel and the conference center. Pike Market is great fun. See what I found!
I found Undercover Quilts. What a cute little quilt shop. The owners are so sweet. (I have their business card, but it is in my office and I can't remember their names.) The owner helped me find some fabrics to add to those that I am putting aside to make granddaughter's big-girl quilt for her third birthday (January). If you are in the area, you need to check them out.
They had some of the most wonderful machine quilted examples on display. I was especially taken with the nautical maps.

The echo quilting was something to see. I wonder if there are any Great Lakes fabrics that are similar...not that I have the skills to make something like this.

Now that I am home, I have found some sewing time. Son, DIL and granddaughter were not able to come for Thanksgiving as planned. DIL had to have gall bladder surgery. I am happy to report that she is doing well, but we missed seeing them. Sigh. We won't get to see our granddaughter until March.

I have spent a little time at my machine and was able to get Merry, Merry Snowmen block #9 completed.
Notice the sign. I haven't been happy with my back stitching, so I sewed these letters using outline stitch. It isn't as clear, but I am not redoing it. I have to say, it is not as readable as the back stitch, even though I am not very good at it.

I have also gotten the blocks put together.
Tomorrow, I will start the borders. Feels good to be getting a project done.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Catching up

I am still getting caught up on some of my projects that were ignored while I worked on a big project for work. It feels pretty good to see some progress on these projects. I have missed them.
First, I completed Merry, Merry Snowmen blocks 7 & 8.

These little guys are so cute. I have missed them. I already have the materials for block #9, but I need a break from applique. It is not my best skill.

I also finished the Designer Mystery BOM blocks 4 & 5. I just love the Vintage Modern fabric. The cuts of fabric are very generous for this BOM program. I am collecting some great scraps and bonus triangles while making the blocks.

Sorry about the terrible photography. I only have my old iPhone for a camera. I guess I should put a good camera on my Christmas list.

I am off to a conference on Tuesday morning, so I won't be having much sewing time for the next week. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 9, 2012

2012 Finish #5

I finished the On The Go baby quilt for my newest grandson.

I am pretty happy with the outcome.