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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Design wall Monday, 12/13/ 2009



The design walls are mainly empty this week. Everything is past the design wall stage except the flash frame. One quilt is completely finished, another has binding on one side, but will have to be hand-sewn on the other. The Cabin in the Woods is being prepared to use Judy L's method of sewing the back from the front, and borders are going on the "Ugly Fabric Sampler". The secret project is down the street, ready to go on the quilting frame. I'm trying to finish everything by the 15th, except bindings, and I will be cutting it close. I don't mind working on them later, I just have a lot of Dr appointments and go off arthritis meds that day. I'm really liking how the quilts are turning out. I will post better pictures when DH has time to help hang them and photograph them.
Happy Quilting,
Becky

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using up flannel - NOT

A while ago, I decided to use up all my flannel. I made the Big star quilt out of flannel, and used up all of the left-overs in the Cabin in the Woods. I do have a panel of houses that is flannel, and a bit of flannel to finish that with, but other than that, it was all gone. I even had cut out a flannel rag blanket out of baby fabric, and given it to MM to make.
Yesterday I was quilting down at my friend's and she had decided to take care of her little "piles" of stuff. She decided she should look at the pile of flannels. She found one with a note (directions) on a piece, it was dated 2001. She decided it was time to get rid of that stack, then decided to get rid of the whole thing! She put it all in two bags and gave it to me - even carried it to my car. I think I need to have another kid sew-in and everyone needs to make rag quilts! I certainly have plenty of batting scraps they can use up. Hmmm, I wonder if I'll feel up to it for Martin Luther King Day. I haven't put away the sewing machines from the pillowcase day. I keep thinking good thoughts about how much better it is going to be for this Total knee than the last one.

Happy quilting, Merry Christmas,
Happy Holidays whatever they might be,

Becky

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Design wall Monday 12/7/09

What was I thinking last week? Where was my mind? I thought I could finish a Judy Martin pattern quicker than I could make Judy L's Freeze Frame??? The photo on the left is of the now UFO pieces for Celebration. I finished all the strip sets, and 200 of the 300 4 patches, but finally said Whoa! Too much!! I started Freeze frame on Saturday, worked a little bit on Sunday, I just need to make about 30 more border blocks, and then put all the borders on. I'm making a few extra blocks so I can put in wider center borders and outer borders to make the quilt a little bigger.

I did make it down the street to the quilting machine yesterday. I quilted this quick Stashbuster quilt made for DGD#2. Her mother (DD) said she needed a soft, easy to wash "blanket" for her big bed. This one is from fabric left over from DD's wedding quilt, and all the "ladybug" fabric used in DGDs room. I backed it with very soft Minkee, and used a very thin batting inside. I used the new giant templates - waves- again, and I'm so pleased with how quick they are to use, and the quilting looks good!
I also quilted a charity quilt with the same templates to turn into guild tomorrow. I need to find the binding I made and put it on so someone else can finish it up. The fabric for the border of the red quilt is in the dryer after a wash in Retayne. Time to get busy.
Happy Quilting,
Becky



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Monday, November 30, 2009

Design wall Monday 11/30/09







The holiday has taken a toll on the design wall. The king-size of last week is down for "security reasons", and we are off in another direction. I finished the red, black, and white quilt top that I posted about last week. It, along with others, is waiting for a turn at the long-arm machine. Last Friday, I did indeed have a sew-in for the grands and cousins. The first picture is of them with their pillowcases. The length of the picture does not show that 3 of them made the second pillowcase for body pillows. This was a full day/evening adventure, and they were very proud of their accomplishments. Note the color of the pillowcases on the far left (she's not asleep, I just can't take good pictures). This is the Gniece this quilt top was being made for. The pillowcases were made to match the colors in her room! I asked a lot of questions, and ended up finding out that she doesn't like pink, her sister likes pink. I just wish I could keep the two of them straight! Now I need to make a non-pink quilt! That's the reason for this week's design wall - a pattern called Celebration from Judy Martin's Scraps book. The colors are poor in the top right picture; they should be closer to the ones in the pillowcases. I've debated back and forth between this pattern and JudyL's Freeze Frame, but decided this one would be quicker. I really want to make the Freeze Frame, but I am running out of time.
Time Sponges My time has been taken up by this little imp, DGD#2. My DD's school football team had an undefeated season, so went Saturday to St. Louis for the State Finals. DSIL isn't that great at babysitting his own child, so she came here on Saturday overnight until Sunday afternoon. Then today I took her and her mother up to the hospital so little one could have ear-tubes inserted. She's spending the day here as DD is very sick, but still needs to show up for at least part of the day at school to finish up the newspaper (she teaches it). They were waiting on the results of state - they lost. She had no business going to St. Louis as sick as she was, but that's what journalism teachers do to help students with the photography. She rented a huge camera / lens to photograph with in the Dome - nothing they had at school would work there. She also chaperoned the cheer leaders. Back to DDG#2 - she will be here again Thursday and Friday as she has eye surgery scheduled on Thursday, again early in the am. DD's not working those days, but needs my support. Santa's workshop is really running late with all this happening. I have visions of quilts without binding being given for Christmas presents!
Happy Quilting,
Becky

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Monday, November 23, 2009

design wall monday

Ugly fabric quilt progress
The Sunshine Ugly Fabric Stashbuster Challenge quilt has now grown too big for the design wall. The first plain 6" border is on, and two sides of the 6" block borders are on. Someone asked what my Ugly fabric was - It is the "fireworks" found in the center of many of the blocks. I picked it for the challenge as I don't work well with grayed (toned) fabrics, and I wanted to gain some skills with that. The Challenge also involved using a bit of orange and/or yellow in each block, also colors I don't use much. I have learned that most quilts need a touch of yellow to put the "sun" in them, but I don't pick it as a main color, which I have done in this quilt. I'm sure hoping the couple I'm giving it to for Christmas like these colors. They've wanted a large quilt from me for a long time (they have a large lap quilt, denim quilt, and lap Christmas quilts), but not one for their bed.

The other two borders are still on the design wall ready to sew together. It is so delightful, the first pieced border actually fit without a lot of easing. I also have the 12" blocks to do as well, but there isn't room for them on the wall right now.

Mile a Minute Blocks

When I was cleaning up all the scraps that accumulate when doing a sampler quilt, I decided to try MAM (Mile a Minute) blocks. I used some templates (Marti Michell) to cut out as many shapes as I could, then put them together with the various leftover small strips. After making these blocks, I only have a 8 x 8" piece of the grayed blue, and about a quarter yard of the second orange fabric left. I had hoped to make this quilt all from stash, but when I cut those 120" final borders, I knew I didn't have enough of the green to make all three plain borders the same, as well as I still needed the spacers for the block borders. I went with some other quilting friends Friday over to the Kansas Farm quilt shop, and found a compatible green (after checking that I had nothing in my stash to work).

Pink-eye, it's not just for kids
I came back with something more than I purchased - a case of pink-eye. Farm doorknobs carry a lot of bacteria, is what I guess was the problem. It started within hours of returning home, where the 2 DGDs were having a slumber party with Grandma. I had them sleep in the living room, instead of with me in the bed, and I practiced really good handwashing, and neither of them has come down with it yet. They were going to spend Saturday with GMa, but after I reported to their mothers what the eye doctor said, the moms quickly made other arrangements.


New Quilt started
While their mothers were here, we discussed Christmas presents. DD requested a "blanket" that could take a lot of washing. DGD#2 is the ladybug bedroom, so I found some fat quarters of Red, White, and Black, and started a Stashbuster quick quilt with them. I'm doing 20 blocks, so it should be big enough for her twin bed. I may have to add a bit more to the length, so it will cover DSIL's feet (6'4") when he reads books to her in her bed. I'm making it as a reward to myself. Every time I finish putting on a border on the king-size quilt, I sew a seam on these twenty blocks. It keeps me from "giving up" on the borders of this giant. I had planned some long-arm quilting today, but I don't think Rose would like me to "contaminate" her house and the quilting machine with pink-eye germs.

Happy Quilting,
Becky
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Circle Lord zig-zag templates arrived

Wow, I LOVE these giant templates. If I could quilt like some of you (Mary), I wouldn't need the templates, but with them, I think this quilting is so neat! The quilt above is laying flat; the hills and valleys are a result of the quilting and the tangential light streaming in the window. It was really nice when I walked in the "studio" and saw this. It's ready for trimming and binding. It's not a Christmas gift, so I will put the binding on the front, and save the turning to the back for something to do while elevating my knee in January.
Happy Quilting,
Becky

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sunshine "ugly " fabric challenge blocks finished



All the blocks for the king size quilt I'm making from the Stashbuster Ugly Fabric Challenge are finished. I made 36 - 6" blocks, and 28 - 12" blocks. I'm tired of making blocks from this group of fabrics. The EQ drawing at the top is similar to the set I'm using. I haven't figured out how to make sashing in the borders in EQ. I decided I didn't want to have to deal with pressing points back with so many of them in this quilt. I'm putting about 1-1/2" sashing between each block in both borders, so I'm using one less block than it shows. I'm so ready to stop working on this. However, I'm going to persevere as this is a Christmas present.
Giant Templates - Our giant zig-zag templates for the Circle Lord arrived late yesterday! I'm planning on playing with them this afternoon. They are my Christmas present, but I need to finish other Christmas presents with them so I didn't wait until the 25th to open them. I hope I like them as well as I do the spirals. I really want to be inspired about using the long arm machine so I don't think about the discomfort in my feet and legs. I really want to be able to do this. I'm so inspired by others' quilting, and know I can do some of it if I just make myself practice. PPP - that's what it takes.
Happy quilting,
Becky

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Another big star center finished





















I must have Big Stars on the brain. Today I finished the center of the Stashbuster Ugly fabric Challenge quilt. This will be a king-size Christmas present. The center is 48" square. The other picture is of the finished blocks to surround the center. It will have a plain border, a border of 6" blocks, another plain border, then a border of 12" blocks. I need to sew a lot, as I still need about 12 more blocks of each size.

I did go down to the long-arm and loaded the two charity quilts that were on the design wall last Monday. My friend wanted to try a pantograph on something before she tried to do it on a snowman quilt top she made. The first pass was a bit rocky. I left it for her to practice. I hope she finishes them soon, as I have 4 tops waiting that need to be finished by Christmas. I really wish I was better at the long-arm, but it takes constant practice, and I don't do that right now. Even just loading and helping her get started was rough on my joints. I really wish I could have retired sooner, but I can't go back. Oh, well, at least I can still cut and piece tops to my heart's content.
Happy Quilting,
Becky
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Friday, November 6, 2009

Shredded carrots - never again

Oh, the innocent-appearing shredded carrot. The restaurant I ate at (not for long) last evening garnishes their garden salad with them. Do you see how they curl a bit on the end? If you get a piece with that curly end down in your windpipe, it gets stuck! You, of course, have to cough, and cough, and cough, but every time you try to take a breath that thing gets pulled further into your lungs. The patrons of the (nice) restaurant look at you with wide eyes, the manager and wait staff come running, your daughter tries a Heimlich but you push her away because you've taught CPR so many years and you keep thinking no Heimlich if "they" are still moving air past the obstruction. You now understand about panic! When you finally cough that now nasty carrot and other contents up in your hand, no one wants you to go to the bathroom alone to wash - and an old OR nurse can't stand "contaminated" hands!

After everyone sits back down, your 3-year-old DGD crawls under the table to your side and asks "Dramma all right?" She then demonstrates how to cover her mouth when you cough like they do in preschool. The manager offers you ice cream, on the house, to try and "ease" your throat; DGD has to have a bite, and says "nasty" - they have a bit of nutmeg in their vanilla. Wait staff, and manager, come back several times as things are starting to swell, and wheezing accompanies the coughing. Take-home boxes appear, DD makes an appeal for an expedited check, the manager walks you out and helps you in the car, and everyone goes down the street to the local ER.

The security guard at the door tells you to put on a mask (NOT) since you are coughing, wheezing, unable to talk - DD is parking the car. The desk clerk pushes a button and in what seems like an hour, but was probably about a minute, an (excellent) nurse appears with a wheelchair, takes you straight back into a room, calls for a respiratory therapist, helps the admitting nurse takes vitals, and says he'll have the doctor write the order when the chart gets into the computer. Good, good triage nurse. DGD has to be up on the bed with you to make sure they are taking care of Dramma okay. The dinner out was a "treat" for her as she "survived" allergy skin tests earlier in the afternoon. She stands right next to the nurse and watches when she puts that plastic tube in Dramma's hand.

The rest is like you've done before: breathing treatment, an IV line "just in case", chest x-ray to check for remaining particles, an indirect laryngoscopy to look for damage (man does that Cetacaine taste bad), a bit of steroid for the road after feeling comes back to your throat. When Dramma stands up, DGD sits up on the bed, lays the BP cuff and O2 saturation monitor on her hand and says "my turn" and throws a fit when she doesn't get a "tiger" bandaide. This girl has no fear of hospital things - they've been a part of her life since birth weighing 2.7 lbs. By 8:30 PM you are at home, assuring everyone you are fine, and can really be alone - with the phone by your side - as DH is out of town playing with trains, again.

Oh, the manager at Longhorn - very nice man - gave DD his work and cell number, and wanted her to call when things were settled. (I did apologize for making them have to fill out an incident report.) DD did call, and next Tuesday, Wed, or Thursday, we will receive a free dinner, on him. I finished my steak about 1:30 this morning, with small bites, and it really tasted good. I think, however, that I will check for alternatives to salad for a while.

Hopefully tomorrow we can do some
Happy quilting,
Becky
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Monday, November 2, 2009

Quilts for kids tops finished- My design wall

Yesterday I started and finished the quilt kit for Quilts for Kids. They ask that you send another quilt made from your stash. I had this Disappearing 9 Patch cut out, so today I finished it. If I ever make it down to the quilting machine, they can be loaded together on one backing for quilting. It is much faster that way. I'll either send back their backing, or use it on another charity project.

I haven't been quilting on the big machine, other than the small quilt for the railroad symposium. My stamina and pain tolerance aren't what they used to be, and one quilt on the long-arm usually costs me an additional day of rest (rather than doing the things I want). I only work 2-3 hours in a day, with a rest time each hour, but it still is a problem. I'm having my second total knee the end of the year, and I'm hoping things will be better. I think we have found the problem, and fixed it, that created the slow, and incomplete recovery with the first knee. I feel as if I've let down the Heartstrings Quilt Project, because I have more tops here to finish, but it is taking a long time. I WILL finish them, later if not sooner. Right now I'm trying to finish up Christmas presents, as I will have have to stop some medications mid-December, so need to finish soon.
Happy Quilting,
Becky
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

V & T train quilt to new owner




The train quilt was finished, and delivered to the Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum for their silent auction last weekend. It made $125, which I thought was good for a drag-around size. We had two grandparents striving for it, so it went higher than I expected. I did, however, tell my husband he had to buy it if it didn't go for at least $75. I didn't have to worry. It was won by a quilter / grandma for her grandson, and the quilt was being sent back to Missouri, but to St. Louis this time. People seemed to enjoy the back art big star, made from scraps, so I may have to rethink always using one-piece backs for my quilts. When I was quilting this quilt, I didn't have problems with the dreaded "baggy back". I did pay attention while loading it so I could center the star left-to-right. I deliberately didn't center it top to bottom. I'm holding it upside down, so the extra on the bottom would tuck in and still leave the whole big star on the top of the bed.

QUILT SHOPS
I had a wonderful time at the symposium, which was over on Sunday after seeing the McKeene car nearly restored. We stayed over an extra day, and drove down to Gardnerville, NV to the quilt shop there. It was wonderful! They had a collection of antique sewing machines - and child sewing machines that was wonderful to see. On top of one set of shelves was an old, but beautiful Singer that appeared to be a chain stitcher. I have a Willcox and Gibbs, but have never seen the Singer one. It wasn't listed for sale. I did a planned buy - two pieces of light blue, a serendipity backing of flannel for the Cabin in the Woods (40% off), two fat quarter bundles - red and white for DGD2, and pinks (I'm out) for DGD1. That just left 2 one yard pieces of diagonal stripes to use for binding on the QOV tops I need to finish. I didn't plan to buy them, but didn't want to pass it up, either. We also took in the Windy Moon quilt shop in Reno. I would love to have that place near me, because they have lots and lots of stuff - some of the older fabrics and such. If I ran out of something needed to finish an older project, I might be able to find it here. I only bought one panel which is a bright colored train tote bag kit. DGD2 is using my basket to store Thomas (the tank engine) track and cars, and I would like it back! Hopefully I can finish this for her for Christmas. Who knows what I would have purchased if I had more luggage space. I had carried on the quilt, and the fabric purchases just fit in that space.
Happy Quilting,
Becky
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Friday, October 9, 2009

Back art finished, creeping crud




















The picture above, left, has now become the picture on the right, so the back art is now finished. I hope I feel good enough tomorrow to load the front, bottom left, and the back on the quilting machine. I'm in a quandary how to quilt it. I was going to quilt it following the piecing lines, such as Mary http://blog.maryquilts.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/DSCN7803.JPG
has done on the Heartstrings Happy blocks, but my center patches are 6" rather than the usual 4", so I thought I would have to quilt in the centers. Then the border is 8 1/2", so now what should I do? The train fabric has little swirls with 4 dots, almost like a bass cleft, including the border fabric. I suppose I could fall back on my swirls templates, but they will really mask the train blocks, and seem to make a quilt less puffy than I would like. Maybe I should try a panto?? Any comments /ideas would be helpful. DH asked if I was binding it all on by machine, but I think I want to hand turn it if I can. I think I can eke out enough binding from the last of the lime green fabric - I hope. This trying to use up every last bit of fabric from one project can really cut you close.
Creeping Crud
For the last four weeks I have been taking care of DH, then DGD#2 with all their respiratory viruses, pneumonia, etc. Why now, when they are nearly well, do I have to come down with it? I started antibiotics and breathing treatments yesterday, so hopefully I will have enough energy to quilt this top tomorrow, and sew the binding on. I may be finishing it on the plane, as we leave Thursday for the V & T symposium.
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Becky




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Monday, October 5, 2009

What's on my design wall 10/5/09


The train donation top is finished, and I started playing with the scraps for some back art. I don't know where I picked up this obsession of using up all the small scraps before I move on to another project. I'm sorry the train quilt picture is a little fuzzy, and the colors are closer to real in the backart picture. I hope to start quilting it tomorrow, so will have a finished picture in about 3 days (I hope).


Backyard update
I'm still playing in the back yard with iris transplanting. I became frustrated Saturday - I thought I would have the help of DGS - and he's such good help - but he had to go home too early. I was trying to hold an iris with my grabber in one hand, and use the hoe to pull dirt over the rhizomes. DH came home, and I asked him to come outside in about 20 minutes and help me stand up. Then I did what I call the "Mom Ackley" way of gardening. She sat on a cushion and inched her way down thru the garden area. She was, however, able to take off one leg to get it out of the way. It was probably quite a show when DH came out and tried to help me up. I can't get my feet back under me to be pulled up. I finally scooted on my bottom down to a swale in the yard so my feet were lower than my bottom, and then he pulled me up. Note to self: Don't get down on the ground when you are alone. I sure hope when I have the second knee done, I will be able to kneel.

Happy quilting,
Becky
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Help with Layout , please

















I'm not sure how blogger will put these, but let's call the far left one - A, then b, c, d, as they go down. I could use some help deciding on a layout for these blocks. They are happy blocks with train fabric in the middle, and the border fabric is also trains. There is a border for the bottom, I just couldn't reach it very well. It's a donation quilt for the V&T symposium - a group trying to rebuild the Virgina and Truckee Railroad, but they also are friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum. We go in a couple of weeks, so I need to get this one finished. I can't decide on a layout. If you would leave a comment on which one you like best, I would appreciate it. It is easier to see now that they are in small pictures, so I would really appreciate your feedback. Thanks.
Happy Quilting,
Becky
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Sunday, September 27, 2009

What design wall????

If you are expecting to read a quilting post here, now is the time to move on to another blog. I haven't been in the hobby / quilting room for about 2 weeks. I'm writing this posting to "journal" about the work we've been doing mainly on property that doesn't belong to us.
Our Back Yard
This is the view of our back yard looking west from near the east edge of our property. We have been here about 4 years; we were the first house on the cul-de-sac. The back "yard" was awash with mud and the hillside oozing down on us. We've put in all this "landscaping" for water control, and because I like flowers. The two retaining walls have flowerbeds that are my arm's length wide, so I can play with flowers while standing up, since I can't reach the ground anymore.

This was the west side of our property during a rain storm, after we put in our landscaping. The developer did a lot of grading after this picture was taken, but the "gully" of water still remained whenever it rained hard. About six months ago, several of the owners of houses on the far side of this mess decided to stop the flow on their side, by digging a ditch on our side and running plastic pipe from their sump pumps across the walking path, and dumping it on our property. We ended up with a ditch about a foot wide and a foot deep between our yard and the path (asphalt). After a lot of hubbub, the city getting involved, a possible lawsuit for loss of a real estate sale, etc, we had a meeting, and discussed what to do. I ended up asking if anyone had a problem if we cleaned up the common area on our side, and made it part of our yard for the time being. Did I mention that the development was foreclosed on, the builder bankrupt and such about a month before the neighbor did all the bobcat work?
The new gully
















This is now the new "gully". My DS brought his tractor and did two days or grading and filling the ditch, also recreating a swale at the back of the property to keep the hillside water from washing out. Throughout this past week I have been digging out along the asphalt, removing dirt and weeds so that we could lay sod yesterday. Some of the sod was older, hence the yellowness, but they assure me with water it will do fine. This is 68 rolls of sod, black dirt to fill the seams, and seeding on all the areas that still are bare. My son also made me four iris beds along the back - you can see one in the left picture. For two weeks DGS and I have been digging up iris from the two raised beds, and preparing them for planting in the new beds. I still have one more iris bed to dig up. Two of the new beds are now planted, two to go, and the bed on the side of the house needs digging and replanting. We also have to do some sprinkler work so we can water the sod and seedings on the area we fixed that doesn't belong to us. If another developer ever buys this, all our work will probably be bulldozed to make room for more houses. I hope it is a long time coming.

The Great Panda Heist
This panda had been in our front yard for 4 years. A few weeks ago, a huge moving truck filled our cul-de-sac, and a van-load of movers parked right next to our yard - all of them were parked weird. When they left, my panda was missing. My DGDs both love the panda. This one likes to run outside and kiss the panda. Last Halloween she was seen feeding it. I had that panda for about 15 years, and gave it a new paint job for the move to the new house. It was light weight, as it was hollow. Everyone asks what happened to it.

While I was buying sod, I took time to check out all the statuary at the nursery. This is an old nursery, run by an old man who never gets rid of things. In the very back of the place I found this panda - in bad shape - and asked for a price. I bought it, and it now resides on my workbench, waiting for repair and repainting. It took 3 strong 12 year olds to lift it out of the truck and onto the workbench. I bet no one will steal THIS panda.

I hope when I finish all this, I can resume quilting. I keep dreaming about it, missing it. Christmas is coming, and I have a lot of things to finish. I scheduled my next total knee replacement for late December, so I need to put together some handwork I can do while recuperating.
Happy Quilting,
Becky
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Monday, September 14, 2009

What's on my design wall 9/14/09





















I'm working (slowly it seems) on putting together the Cabin in the Woods to use up all the flannel left from the Big Star Buffalo quilt. On the other design wall are some happy blocks I'm using as leaders / enders. They have train fabric in the center. Every October there is a meeting of the friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum. I usually go with my DH about every other year. They have a silent auction at the symposium - donations from members - usually railroad related items. I thought I would donate the Happy Block quilt (if I finish it in time). The group is trying to rebuild the V&T (Virgina & Truckee) railroad from Virginia City to Carson City. It is now open to Mound House. DH is a speaker again this year, but we will have to make time to ride the railroad, and visit quilt shops, as well as attend the symposium. I don't think Carson City has any, but we fly in and out of Reno, and I know of some quilt shops there.
Happy Quilting,
Becky

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Triangle labels, Stashbuster syle















A Stashbuster member asked me to put some pictures up on how I made my labels. This is NOT my idea - someone else came up with this quick way to do labels.
#1 - I use Word to make the label to print on "Miracle fabric sheets". I start 5" down from the top of the page. As I add information, I make the lines shorter, and centered, so they will fit into a triangle.
#2 - After printing the label on fabric, heat-setting, rinsing, drying and ironing the label, I fold it in half.



















#3 - I use a 6" bias square and line it up on the fold, then rotary cut it on both sides.
#4 - You end up with a triangle of fabric 2 layers thick with the fold at the top.
#5 - Put the label in the corner of the quilt you want to label, and sew it in with the binding. You can slip-stitch the top down if you want. Some people suggest adding some pieces of the quilt fabric underneath the flap before sewing it down - to have some for repairs if needed.

Thanks to whoever first wrote about this method on Stashbusters. It is really easy and quick.

I usually buy my "Miracle Fabric Sheets" from http://www.cjenkinscompany.com They run a lot of sales, and I've never had any problems with their sheets. There are other good brands out there, but there are also a few where the printing rubs off very quickly. This website also has good information about how to get the best results.
Happy Quilting,
Becky

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Big Star Buffalo Quilt delivered



We returned last night (early this morning) from visiting friends in Coeur d'Alene. The picture above is when we were out on the boat in the lake. It was so beautiful. The weather was overcast, which allowed me to take lots of pictures to use as examples of landscape colors in toned colors. It also made it very comfortable (temperature-wise), and it didn't increase my sunburn.
I delivered the big star buffalo quilt to our friends, Chris and Patty. Chris said he moved to Idaho so he could have a buffalo ranch, but right now the only buffalo are in the various decorations around their house. Maybe someday. They both loved the quilt. We are holding it over the edge of the loft in their home, where you can spend the day just enjoying the view from the living room, as most of the two outside walls are huge glass windows.
A few people have asked for directions for the Big Star, so I think I will do a tutorial, but not for a few days. Instead of a brief flight from Spokane to Seattle, then a non-stop home to Kansas City, the airline delayed the first flight, so the connection was out of the picture. They then re-routed us to Las Vegas, to Denver, then finally home after a 4 1/2 hour layover in Denver, and a race for the flight in Vegas. Going out the trip was great, all on time. I'm still really tired, so this is the extent of trying to write on the computer today. Hopefully I will be back to quilting tomorrow.
Happy Quilting,
Becky
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