Sew Many Projects, So Little Time

This is showcase of my projects in various stages.
Toula's Inspiration

It's been a while since I posted here.

This is one of my more recent projects. I made it for my friend Toula who was going through a rough patch in life. I wanted to make something to help lift her spirit.

I drew upon her love for god and family for my own inspiration. She loves pink so I had to include that colour some how. I'm on an appliqué right now so that helped me decide on the flowers. The nine patch blocks represent the cross. The words were taken from 1 Corinthians 13:13.

I used Valiente to round out the words because it is her family name and I think it's nice to tie it all together this way.

It isn't quilted yet but I have an idea of what I will do with it. This top was completed on Sep 26 2009.

Even more quilt show photos.

Finally, here are the rest of the quilt show photos:




And that's a wrap. Thanks for viewing.


Quilt Show Photos

Here are more photos from the weekend show:

The following were a BOM offered at the LQS. "Women's Voices":



These were a class, Moda U:



These are charity quilts:










Quilt Anxiety

I dropped off my quilts today for the show this weekend. Although they are properly labelled I am worried and paranoia is setting in. What if I never see them again? I'm trying to be rational but I'm not doing a good job. My husband said I'd give myself a stroke if I keep this up. 

I keep picturing someone breaking into the shop and making off with all the quilts. Heaven help me I need some chocolate.


Today's project is the second of 3 wall hangings I got from Connecting Threads. This one is also from the Country Essentials line:

Patchwork Party Blocks

Here are some of the blocks from Marti Michell's Patchwork Party Spring Edition. There are 12 blocks total. I bought my finishing kit from "Great American Quilt Factory". I already have them all cut out but I sew them in between other projects.


Country Spring

I made this wall hanging today. It was a kit from Connecting Threads using their "Country Essentials Spring" collection. It may end up as someone's Christmas present. Here are the front and back:


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!

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