Category: Misc

Dec 30 2016

2016 Recap

Janus – a time to look backward and forward.

My biggest goal for 2016 was to NOT contribute to my UFO projects and I was successful.  Right now I have three projects in process – Winter Diamonds (needs the embroidery on the snowman),

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my leaders/enders project (Charlotte’s Baskets) and the Lincoln Quilt (8 out of 13 blocks completed).  There were 11 finished quilts and 25 quilt tops sewn among which were 5 UFOs and 1 kit.  I also discovered that I don’t care for hand quilting and like trapunto in small doses.  There were 31 spools of thread emptied with all the quilt tops and string blocks that were sewn this year.

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The Rocky Mountain Bear Claws wallhanging and table runner tops were completed.  I am so happy to have them off of my design wall and be able to move on to something else.

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As for 2017 – the two biggest goals are to machine quilt 25 tops and (same as last year) do not add to the UFO project bins.  Actually I have no idea how many UFOs I have mostly because I refuse to go through and count them.  But as long as I continue to finish some up every year and do not add to the count, eventually there will be none.  I want to get the Lincoln quilt top completed in 2017 and as soon as that is done I plan to make a crib sized Bible quilt.  Other than those two tops, I am going where ever quilting inspirations takes me.

Happy New Year

Marlene

Jun 03 2014

Tooth Trauma

The five phases of losing your first tooth.
1. Get a loose tooth and wiggle it for a couple of days.
2. Wrestle daddy and very unexpectedly your tooth will fall out.
3. Freak out and cry for 10 solid minutes because your parents did not prepare you for what would happen when your tooth fell out. Yell over and over that daddy broke your tooth and keep handing it to mommy so she can fix it.
4. Look online at pictures of other kids with missing teeth so you can see how cool it is.
5. When you’re finally feeling better about your missing tooth, smile and tell your parents that now you want a gold tooth there.

JP My oldest daughter sent me this email and picture.  I know that she is a very talented lady, but I don’t think that “fixing a tooth” is on her resume.What a blessing grandchildren are!Grandma Marlene

Nov 16 2013

End of Year Goals

My end of year goals are:

1 – Blockhead Baby quilt – Christmas present

2 – Challenge quilt – sew a quilt top using the Card Tricks block for the layout

3 – Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler – 10 more blocks

My stash usage report is 85 yards and my goal is 100 yards per year so

4 – Machine quilt and bind Bow Tie quilt

5 – Machine quilt and bind Wavelet quilt

6 – Machine quilt and bind Bermuda Sunrise quilt

7 – Machine quilt and bind Split 9-Patch

I don’t know if I will be able to get through all seven, but I am going to try.  First up is the Bow Tie quilt.

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Feb 24 2013

Quilt Police

I think the quilt police was inspecting my work.  🙂

022213   (1024x949) I have finished the quilting on five quilts.  Now it is time to start a marathon binding session.  I will post pictures as I finish each one.

I also have decided on the next piecing project which will include making templates.  What are you sewing on this weekend?

Marlene

Dec 31 2012

2012 / 2013

This is the time of year to take stock of the current year and set goals for the next year.

Looking back at 2012 –

  • started a blog in January
  • taught a class at the local quilt shop
  • first year with my HQ Sweet Sixteen
  • used 104.471 yards of fabric this year
  • completed 3 fabric journals, 3 placemats/doll quilts, 2 growth charts, and 18 quilts of various sizes
  • attended a lecture from Judy Niemeyer and Judy Martin

and on a personal note – my son got married and a new grandson was born.

Quilt goals for 2013 –

  • Finish 75 blocks for the Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler quilt
  • Make a quilt from a Judy Niemeyer pattern
  • Start on Storm at Sea quilt

So how was your year and what do you want to do next year?

Happy New Year

Marlene

Dec 15 2012

Spidey-Ninja-Frog’s Web

My daughter suggested a better name for this quilt.  It is now Spidey-Ninja-Frog.  Here is a close-up of the quilting – a spider web, of course.

Using the walking foot on my Bernina, I quilt 4-6 lines that all intersect at the same place.  Starting near the center of the web, spiral around from line to line using the edge of the walking foot as a guide.

This is a great quilting design for Spidey-Ninja-Frog and Halloween wall hangings, but I don’t plan on using it on anything larger.

There is binding to finish on the next quilt (pictures tomorrow), then it is on to Easy Street.

Marlene

Jul 26 2012

Playing with leftovers

With the leftovers from the alphabet quilt blocks, I made nine patches leader and ender style.

I have enough 2 1/2″ squares cut to make five more blocks.  My first thought was that some Dr Seuss fabric would be great as the alternate square –

but as soon as I placed a nine patch on the fabric, I knew that it wouldn’t work – too much white.  The picture really shows how the black fabric makes the colors pop.  There isn’t enough of this black fabric to use in the quilt, so I found a black with white musical notes and colored instruments in my stash.

I really enjoy making a second quilt with the leftover fabric from the first one.  It makes me feel like I am getting a second quilt for free.  If you enjoy working with the colors the first time around, why not repeat the fun?

Marlene

May 02 2012

Road Trip

Tomorrow I head to Denver to visit family and attend the Denver Quilt Show.  This is the seventh year of the show and I have made it to every one.  Some years are better than others and I will give you my impressions next week.

But until then I do have something interesting to share.

On April 21st I went to Delta’s Quilt Show.  It is a small quilt show and without hurrying, I went through the whole show in 50 minutes.  During that time I won a door prize – the zippered pouch on the left.

Then on April 28th the local quilt shop celebrated their first year anniversary and I won the quilt kit on the right.

Am I on a roll or what?  I wonder what quilty thing will come my way this weekend.  I will let you know next week.

Marlene

Jan 19 2012

2012 Raffle Quilt

You can see the BCQS 2012 Raffle Quilt here:  http://blackcanyonquiltshow.com/raffle-quilt.html

Isn’t it gorgeous?  Of course since I did some of the piecing on this quilt – the flower blocks and the large diamond units – I am a wee bit prejudiced.  It was such fun to get together for the two sew days and work on this project.

I have not won a raffle quilt yet – but don’t you think that this year should be my turn?

Marlene