Monday, May 28, 2012
Last day of the long weekend! Well, it has been a pretty good weekend. Clarinda and I did some sewing on Saturday and also some shopping. I got some Yellow and Black material on clearance at JoAnn's. I had a coupon for 15% off at Mason Jar and got some pretty brown and pink material there. We also went to Fabric Shack and I picked up a nice charm pack to make a wedding present for a lady at work. On Sunday, I sewed some more 9-patches and David and I went to the movies in the afternoon. Today, I worked on making a little puppy for Melissa's son Jack, I found the pattern at Fabric Shack. He likes the Avengers and Captain America so I got some of that material to make the puppy. I got most of it sewn tonight, just need to put the eyes and spots on to finish it up.
Friday, May 25, 2012
I picked up the Japanese quilt tonight and it turned out really good. I am posting pictures of all three of them. Tomorrow Clarinda and I are going to the Mason Jar Quilt Shop to work on our quilts, I am going to trim these down and get the binding ready. Clarinda is going to bring her Take 5 die-cutter so I can cut out that quilt. I will also take the yellow and black quilt to work on. We are doing that until 3 and then we are running down to Fabric Shack and over to the big JoAnn's. Today we went to Springfield to Creative Fires Quilt Shop, picked up the quilt and went to JoAnn's. I didn't buy any fabric!! I did buy a magazine though. So, tonight I just hung up the quilts and took good pictures of them to post here and on Pinterest. I think I will make a couple of 9-patches before bed. :)
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I started working on the Yellow and Black Disappearing 9-Patch last night. I should really be working on the Take 5 quilt but that requires cutting material and I wasn't feeling up to that. The material for the 9-patch is already cut so it is really going together quickly. So, you will see in the picture that I have sewn the 5" charm patches into 9 patch block. I will have 20 of those those all together. The 9-patch is a classic quilt block, to make the "disappearing" part you will cut the 9-patch up. So, once I have these together I will cut them in half and then turn and cut in half again so you are cutting into 4 blocks, you then move the 4 blocks around and sew them back together and your standard 9-patch will have disappeared! I will take pictures as I go along to give you step by step instructions.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
It has been quite a busy weekend! I was up late Friday getting the quilts ready to go to the quilt lady. Saturday I went to the Mason Jar Quilt Shop to sew with Clarinda. It was nice there because they have a big cutting table so it was easier to cut the backing for both the quilts. I worked a little on the Japanese quilt after I got the backs ready to go. Melissa picked me up and took me to Springfield, OH to the quilt ladies house. Her name is Cynthia and she used to have a quilt shop but is now doing the quilting in the basement of her house. I picked out a fireworks design for Jack's quilt and daisies for Doris' quilt. She said I could drop the Japanese quilt off at 10 this morning, so I worked most of the night to get it ready to go, stayed up until 2 am and got back up around 8 to cut and sew the backing. I got it to her in time and she already had my first two quilted! She said she stayed up late to get them done. I think that is awesome! The Mason Jar has a 3 month backlog of quilting to do so I am glad I didn't take them there. They turned out really good. Now I have to trim them down and do the binding and they will be ready to be given away. The Japanese quilt will be ready by next Saturday which is good because I would like to give it to Mark while he is here. I really need to get me a long arm quilt machine once we move out west, the expense of getting them quilted by someone else will be recouped in now time, especially if I can quilt for others and charge something. Here are some pictures of the quilts!
Friday, May 18, 2012
Every Friday there is a cruise-in just down the street from us. It is held at a now defunct car dealership and very near the grocery store where Jack work's. The grocery store sells burgers and dogs. We went quite a bit last year and they are just starting up again this year. Dave takes his truck and shows off. Tonight he had just finished up his spare tire carrier so he was showing that off. He did a really good job with it and had lots of folks looking at it. I only walked around a little bit and snapped a few pictures. It was really hot and I didn't have my hat so I didn't want to burn. So, here are some pictures of that.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Sorry I haven't posted in a couple days but I haven't really done anything in the evenings. Tomorrow I think Melissa is taking me to the quilt lady. I'll be taking both of the Couch Quilts to be quilted. I have not had anything quilted by someone else yet so we will see how that goes. I would really like to eventually get a long arm quilting machine so I can do the quilting myself. The cheapest one I have found is about $6K. So, it is quite an investment. Maybe once the boys are done with college I can get one. This weekend I am going to finish up the stained glass chenille and the Japanese quilt. I will have to quilt the Japanese one myself so it won't be anything fancy, just stitch in the ditch. I need to get both of these done since Mark and Beryl will be here 30 May for Jack's graduation. I think we are going to an estate sale on Saturday, maybe see a movie. Dave has been working on his Jeep quite a bit. I will take some pictures soon on all of his hard work. The Friday night cruise in has started again so maybe we will go check that out too. Dave said one of the guys who has a model T he has seen at the cruise in stopped by to say hello when Dave was out working in the garage. He has had quite a few people stop by to see him lately, he has been complaining that he is going to leave the garage door down because people are bugging him and he can't get his projects done. That's about all the news for this week, one day left at work, I hope it goes by quickly!
Monday, May 14, 2012
Well, I have survived my third quilt retreat at Maria Stein, Ohio! I had a great time and it was by far my most productive retreat. We had a very full room this time and things were a little cramped but it was all good.