Sew Many Projects, So Little Time

This is showcase of my projects in various stages.

July 2009 - Posts

This morning's Project

I started working on this when I got home from work last night but I stopped after 1 hour. I finished it up this morning. THe idea came from a project sheet on the accuquilt website. I have the GO cutter. Using the cutter I was able to cut 6 hexagons at a time. I used some fat quarters from my stash. DH commented that it would look good on the table for the fall.

I'm heading off to work now. Will check back in once I get settled.

Another day draws to a close...

It's almost time to leave work. I'm BORED. I haven't seen anyone since 1900 hrs. Patient got hit by a jet ski...ouch!

I've had to ration my internet time since I left my computer's power cord at home. It really helps to have it. I can watch movies, chat with everyone on QCA, check my email and just stay occupied. A girl can only play so many games of solitaire. I'm skipping out a little early. Called DH, my bowl of ice cream and marshmallows will be waiting for me.

Will work on a small project (feeling guilty for staying out of the sewing room for 2 days) then check out Quilt Out Loud.

Not much more to say. I'll post photos of whatever I work on when I get home.

Princesses for Allison

Got the binding done on this one last night. I now have to plan a trip to deliver it.

As Althea suggested I used a decorative stitch to sew down the binding instead of doing it by hand. Here's what I did:

                   The binding is done with two different fabrics so the stitches change when the fabric does. I used this star and a butterfly.

and here's the back: 


   and a little extra to go with the quilt. It was done by one of my co-workers.  

Laptop Sleeve

I got a new laptop for school and thought all the sleeves out there are either too expensive or too boring. I found instructions for how to measure the computer and make this one. I made this out of fabric found during my last stash shopping. Not sure sure when I bought them or for what purpose. It took about 3.5 hours from start to finish.



Attacked by cats!

I think I had a small small stroke when I returned home from a lovely time outside to discover that my darling kitty cats have had the worst case of inappropriate scratching ever. They attacked my Nana & Gramp quilt. Heaven help me. There are tiny rips in it. After screaming for what seemed like an hour (actually about 5 minutes) I managed to calm down and think. I may be able to remedy the situation by adding some heavy quilting over the torn areas. It is already quilted so replacing the pieces is not an option at this point. I talked to the LQS owner and she thinks it will be ok too (I'm entering the quilt in her show next month). I can't look at it anymore so I'm going to lie down for a while.

Now I know why these little devils are so cute, to keep them from getting killed in situations like this. Their punishment is being called "bad kitty", which they hate, and being banished from the sewing room for the rest of the day.

The girl is lying on my lap right now purring her apology, the other has disappeared under my bed (this is normal for him).

I am going to lie down 

Hand Pieced

This quilt top was hand pieced a few years ago while I was in Germany. It was made after my first hand piecing class. Most of it was done at work when things got slow. The plan was to hand quilt it. I thought I'd lost the piece during my move back to the US. Also missing was a quilt I made for one of my sisters.

Imagine the joy I felt when unpacking from yet another move to discover both items in a box with my husband's sleeping bag and my poncho lining. I am still going to hand quilt it. Have to figure out what to call it. I thinking something like "Wandering Star" in light of the trip it is taken.

Turtle Parade

My friend Michael is really special to me. When it was his turn to leave the Army I wanted to make him a quilt. He loves turtles so I wanted to incorporate them into this project. It took about a year and a half for e to finally find something I liked. It is a pattern called "Turtle Stampede" found in the special winter 2007 edition of "Quiltmaker's" magazine. Using EQ6 I modified the pattern to make it my own. I added a 4 patch center block, alternating 1/2 square triangles, as well as sashing with corner stones. I used red, black and white to match the decor in his room.

The quilt is 108 x 108! I started out hand quilting but I had an accident (fell down the stairs) that put my arm out of commission and it was really painful. I had to take it off the handquilting frame. Take out the stitches I had done previously then put the sandwich together and quilted it on my home sewing machine (this was before I got my machine quilting frame). It was very difficult and I had sore shoulders for a long time. 

I finished quilting it in February (meandering with mono filament thread). I haven't done the binding yet. I have 6 projects waiting for that step.


Here's some of the hand work:


I didn't quilt over the turtles because I like the hand quilting so I plan on going back an finishing the rest as soon as my wrist can take it. 

And here's the back:


Well that's it 'til next time.



Losing Steam

I haven't been spending much time at my desktop computer where I keep most of my photos and I can't seem to drum up the desire to sit and post photos. I was so excited at the thought of sharing my projects with everyone but I just haven't done it.

I'm busy getting quilts finished so computer time has taken a back seat.

I'm at work right now using my laptop. I have lots of time today due to equipment malfunction but no photos here. Arrrgh!

More Photos

As promised here are better photos of "Karen's Cabin".



Karen's Cabin

I made this quilt for my cousin Karen. I finished the quilting last night. All that's left is the binding which I seem to have misplaced. I'll have to get more fabric if I don't find it soon. Karen has been waiting for a quilt from me for over 2 years. I was always busy doing something else and figured it's time to get it out of the way. 

After considering many patterns I went back to my old favourite, the Log Cabin. I visited an out of town quilt shop and they had a log cabin quilt hanging there that I found to be quite lovely. The pattern was free from a website and they call it "Zazu". The shop owner gave me the website. It was so long ago that I can't remember what it was called. I used EQ6 on my home computer in order to get the necessary measurements for yardage and rotary cutting.

I named the quilt "Karen's Cabin". The fabrics are from Timeless Treasures "Amelia" line. The back of the quilt is a rail fence design (I like pieced quilt backs).

This isn't the best photo. When I get to my desktop computer I'll post a better one and one of the back as well.