Thursday, April 29, 2010

Dresses and more dresses

I haven't done much quilting--basically just my five minutes--but I have been making dresses for the middle school musical. It took me longer to cut the dresses out than to sew them. I'll try and get a picture of one of the girls in the dress. I'd have Trevor model it, but I don't think he'd go along with that. :-)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Fruitful Weekend

Well, I really nailed the 5 minutes a day this weekend! I was on a quilt retreat and I was working on my Judy Neimeyer Hawaiian Star quilt. I pieced the the 8 half circle starbursts. You can see them on the very edges in the first picture--I've only got three of them layed out. They are made in turquoise and purply-brown.

The other pictures feature Tacoma the monster dog, who always lays on any quilt I try to lay on the floor, and Trevor. He's the guy that still needs his seal quilt quilted.

The nice thing about the retreat this weekend was I spent it with my mom and a bunch of friends. It was so relaxing and stress-free, something I really needed! It was fun to quilt for the sheer enjoyment of it!

And, yes, I've managed to quilt 5 minutes a day everyday. Wednesday I think it was, I was only able to do the 5 mins, but I met the challenge.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


I finally got the top of the wedding quilt sewn together! Hooray!! I still have to put the borders on, but I'm glad I've got the piecing done. It really looks great. I treated myself to a Summer Shandy for getting this much done. I'm going to put the wedding quilt aside for a little while so I can get Trevor's seal quilt quilted. The poor guy still doesn't have his big boy quilt and he'll be 12 in November.

Monday, April 19, 2010


Well, the last third of the wedding quilt is finished, ready to be sewed on to the rest of the top. I promised myself a brownie ice cream sundae when I got the last section together. So, now, I'm done with the blog and ready for my ice cream!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The M & M wedding quilt

It feels so good to get stuff accomplished! I'm not quite done with the wedding quilt, but it's getting closer! I've got 2/3 of it sewed together and the remaining rows are just waiting to be added.

Today, I journeyed down to Country Sampler in Spring Green to buy the border fabric for the wedding quilt. I found a nice dark slate blue that will work. I'm putting a dark brownish gray narrow border on first, then the blue. I'm thinking the binding will be pieced from leftovers from the interior of the quilt, with maybe a brown or dark tan piping. It's great to be so close to the end of the quilt. It might just be done in time for their first anniversary!

As I was laying the quilt out to take the picture, I had to move Hot Wheels out of the way. I realized what an interesting statement that made about my life. I'm making a wedding quilt for the oldest child and still buying Hot Wheels for the youngest. My life is in so many different places at this moment. I wouldn't have it any other way. :-)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Crayon Challenge

I really like doing my GFG because I can do it in the car, in bed while watching the weather, or at a museum while my son and nephew are looking around. I got some hexagons sewed on while traveling up north today.

I did get some other sewing done. I completed the blocks for my crayon challenge. You can see them in the picture. I'm not sure if this is the set I'm going to use, but I'm liking the way it's looking. I'm still figuring out what to do for borders, too. I have to at least get the top pieced by our May guild meeting.
I am happy to report that I am keeping up with my challenge. At least 5 minutes of quilting every day. I'm getting a lot accomplished. My next challenge is to get my sewing room cleaned and organized.
Today, on our way to pick up our venison sausage, we stopped at Brubaker's in Witthee. It's the place I bought my Bernina 440. It's a Mennonite dry goods store. They have a nice selection of fabric and their prices are reasonable. I bought five pairs of fuzzy knee socks. Remember the cable knit kind we wore when we were kids. Those are my favorite kind of socks. They keep my tootsies warm in the winter and are high enough to wear with boots.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sewing on the bus

I'm learning how much a person can get done in 5 minutes. And how much more than 5 minutes I spend because I've been motivated to just start. You can do this regardless of your hobby--reading, knitting, scrapbooking, etc. Five minutes here, 5 minutes there, and before you know it, you've accomplished something big.

Today, my 5 minutes (and then some) were spent on a school bus full of middle schoolers on the way to a roller skating field trip. I managed to baste these 6 hexagons while riding on the bumpy bus. The kids were very well-behaved--mostly plugged into their i-pods. It made it easy to get some things done. I'm lucky that I can sew and read in a moving vehicle without getting sick.

Yesterday, I wasn't sure if I would get my 5 minutes in. I was on the go from the time the alarm went off until about 9:45, without a break. The evening was taken up with quilt guild. We had a wonderful lecture given by Carol Butzke. If you ever have a chance to listen to her speak or to take a workshop from her, do it. It will be well worth your time and money. Anyway, I was going to count the lecture as my 5 minutes, because I was dragging butt by the time I got home. But being true to my goal, I basted a few hexagons. So I did get 5 minutes of actual work in. My GFG quilt will get done in no time because when I truly only have 5 minutes I can at least work on that quilt.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday night

Yesterday, I went to the Crazy Quilters quilt show in Mukwonago. Great quilts and lots of inspiration.

I feel like I got a lot accomplished today. I've been feeling guilty about not really putting my nose to the gridstone to get the wedding quilt done. But, then I have to get my crayon challenge done for the guild challenge in May. So today, I sewed one crayon challenge block, then sewed another block into the rows for the wedding quilt. I got all of my two-piece crayon blocks done and I got two more rows done on the wedding quilt. Yeh! It won't be longer and that quilt top will be done.

Speaking of the wedding quilt....yesterday, I stopped at a quilt shop on my way home from the quilt show. I bought some fabric for the border for the wedding quilt. Of course, I didn't have any scraps from the quilt with me, so I pulled a fabric to match my memory. Well, once I got it home, I'm not sure it will work. Oh well, I guess I can put it on the back.

Tomorrow night at quilt guild, we're going to have a great lecturer coming to speak to us. Her name is Carol Butzke. She's a quilt show judge, a quilt appraiser, a fantastic quilter, and all-around nice person. It should be an interesting evening!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I feel like I accomplished something!

Well, 2/3 of the wedding quilt is pieced together. Only 1/3 left to go, then borders, layering, quilting and binding. It will get done!!! I'd post a picture, but I took my camera to school to take pictures of some projects my students did. When I got it there, I realized that the batteries had died. I was going to see if the janitor had any batteries, then I realized the memory chip from the camera was in my computer at home. So, the camera is still at school and the memory chip is still in my computer. Duh! I'm taking it out right now and sticking it in my purse so I don't forget it. I'll bring the camera home this weekend and take a picture then. I may get the top all pieced by then.

Please remind me to never get into political discussions on Facebook. It gets my blood pressure up and I think all of my cousins on my dad's side hate me now. When will I learn to keep my mouth shut or my fingers off the keyboard?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

So far, so good

On Easter, I did some of the Grandma's Flower Garden (GFG) in the car on the way to my parents. Yesterday and today, I worked on Mal and Mike's quilt. I don't think I'll get it done for their housewarming, but maybe for their anniversary. So, I'm managing to keep up with my challenge.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

The day before Easter

Well, it's day three and all is going well. Yesterday, I worked on Mal & Mike's quilt and my Grandmother's Flower Garden, and read the latest issue of American Patchwork and Quilting. Today, I've worked on Mal & Mike's quilt. I'm working on the center 1/3 of it. Since it's set on point, the center has longer rows than either end. I should have the center complete within the next couple of days, then I can move onto the last 1/3. Then borders, quilting, and binding. One step at a time!

The picture is of the elongated Grandmother's Flower Garden. I'm basing it on a quilt I saw at the Sister Bay Historical Museum. You just keep adding rows and rows of hexagons. At some point, it will be long enough, so I won't go completely around. I'll just add on the corners, so it ends up rectangular. I will not end it with hexagons! I don't want to bind hexagons! I'll keep posting pictures as the project progresses. I really like having a hand project to do.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

And so the challenge begins......

April 1st, the first day of my challenge--at least 5 mins. a day of quilting. I'm off to a good start. I spent about a 1/2 hr going through some of my UFO boxes. I did take some fabrics out that I had set aside for a project that I know now I'll never do. More fabric for my stash!

I also cut out my crayon challenge for the quilt guild. It's due in May, so I figured I'd better get started. I'm using Karla Alexander's book, Stack a New Deck.
Here is a picture of a stack of fabrics I just cut, before I shuffled the deck. My crayon colors are pink and red and the rest of the quilt has to be black and white.

This picture shows some of the shuffled blocks. The pink and red are my own hand dyes.

I sewed up two blocks, just to see what they look like. I will have to square up the blocks. I'll wait until I sew them all up before I square them. I think they'll square to 5 1/2". The pattern is called Saturn and Karla says to cut the original squares 9 1/2". I didn't have 9 1/2" of the red, so I cut the original size 6 1/2". A couple of helpful hints for the curved pieceing: You need a needle-down position on your machine! A stilleto is helpful. You need to slow down as you piece and use a very scant 1/4" seam. I pinned just at the middle. I think they turned out pretty well. I have to work on Mal & Mike's wedding quilt before I get back to the crayon challenge, though. They are having a housewarming on May 15th....maybe I can have the quilt done by then.