Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Oh, happy day!

There are a couple of things I am happy for today. Number one is the fact I have just finished piecing all the Giraffic Park tops, Yeah! Now to embroider the little faces on them and quilt them. Yay! Number two is this is the first day of my most recent retirement. That job just didn't work out for me. I gave it a try, however after not working and having a routine of sorts,  I decided to move on. So, now back to quilting and all that jazz.
News from my little corner; my step daughter had her baby, all is well. My oldest son will be having his first child in December. My other son surprized us with the news he, also will be having a baby in December.  All of the Giraffic Park quilts now have homes to go to. Hence, the need to finish them. However, now I'm hoping there won't be any more babies if I give all of them the same quilt.
I laid out all the tops I pieced before I started working on the upstairs bed. I have lots to quilt, this will take a while.
I bought this pattern  http://www.amybradleydesigns.com/bobe.html  from Amy Bradley's website and want to make my sisters and sister-in-law each one. We vacation at my brother's house every summer and swim in his pool. I will use Frieda Anderson's technique for the applique. I will make them as art pieces, not intended for washing.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Today is Monday!

Ok, that is because I couldn't come up with a better title.
Dreary day here, rain and cloudy. I have errands to run and I need to
stop at the gym.
On Friday, two of my friends and I will be heading to a small retreat for
the weekend. We look forward to this all year. I have been thinking about
what to take for weeks now. I want to take things already kitted up and ready to
sew. That means preparation. I tend to be a last minute person, however, I am
willing to change.
There is a paper pieced project that has been calling my name for some time now.
I worked on it yesterday and will continue today until I have all the pieces ready to
kit up. My big machine has a thread cutter on it and makes paper piecing so much
easier. I almost love it now! So, I wanted to have that done so I didn't need to
drag that machine along. It is so heavy.
I had more of the Nancy Halvorsen fabric left after the Spring Showers top and the blocks I sewed into a top. Did I post that one? It is not done yet. I need to add borders to it. So, with what was left, (I didn't want to put it back into the stash, it is so pretty all by itself) I had just enough...and that was cutting it close, to make another circle log cabin
top. I will take that with me.
Also, from what was left of the brown and pink fabrics I sewed half square triangle units and have them all ready to take.
That is three projects. There is another one that keeps pulling at me. A couple of weeks ago I brought out all of my hand dyed fabrics and sorted and organized them. That was a zen moment for me. Lets all take a deep breath here. There is something about hand
dyed fabrics and the rich colors I dye that really does it for me. Even more than the blue
I love. Getting back to this project. I save the smallest of scraps from my hand dyes.
I have bags with squares, different sizes. and bits, and bigger bits, all waiting for
a purpose. I need to mull over what to do with these. I'm thinking just sew them together....
Also, The Quilt Show has a BOM http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/bom2.php/bom_id/15 that I keep checking out.
Not sure if I will start that one, but it sure is cool.
Ok, I need to go do errands while the rain has stopped.
Have a great day!

Carolyn

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Good memories

A friend of mine died from cancer. Today was the viewing. How sad for those of us that lost such a dear friend. I have so many good memories of the times we shared. Each memory has us laughing. That is how I picture her now. She endured a lot at the end and now is at peace. I mourn her passing, I am glad her suffering is over. I will see her again.
Rest in peace, Mary.
Carolyn

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Just a quick post.

Well, the job is just that, a job. I work tomorrow and not scheduled again until April 4. However, I found out last night that I will get a call if someone calls off. I could have worked today, they called at 10 last evening...it didn't occur to me I would get a last minute call. My work clothes weren't washed and I was not mentally prepared to open the cafe without someone elses experience. I will do the other job that I was trained for alone, tomorrow and I am ready for that. However, I ran through all the steps to open the cafe and I am confident I can do it with minor flaws. This thing of starting a new job and learning outside of my box is foreign to me. So, I declined to work. I will explain to Jodi tomorrow I was wrong and should have opted to work. That is, after all, why I was hired to work as needed...
 Looks like we will have sun today. Yayy!!
Have a great day,
Carolyn

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Feeling like a slacker....

Let me explain. I am working on all these giraffic park baby quilts trying to get them all finished. I was looking through my quilt journal record and discovered I bought the pattern at a regional quilt show in March of 2004 and the first one I finished was gifted in January of 2005. What year is it? 2012. Oh my, no wonder I feel the need to get them finished. Just to set the record straight why there are multiples of the same quilt, the pattern series cost $42. Making more than one was the only way I could justify making this purchase. At one time I went through all my UFO's and made decisions as to whether there was enough interest to warrant more of my time. These still were the sweetest baby quilts. Yes, I would finish them. Originally I was making them for my nephews, twins that are now first graders. Now, I have two grandchildren and another on the way. This is  a Mckenna Ryan pattern and her instructions are to make these as art quilts, using paperbacked fusible web to fuse the pieces to the background and using the quilting as an edge finish to the pieces. I tried that and wanted something more permanent, so, I am button hole stitching all these pieces. I think I am pretty good at it, although, this is pretty boring. However, ta da, I am almost finished. How many times have I wanted to put them away and start something new? Many. I start the new job on Wednesday and I want these done before then. This might happen. The happy dance hasn't started.......... yet. Once the applique is done I will need to do some hand embroidery to finish it before the quilting.
Now you know what my day will be.
Have a great day!
Carolyn

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Another top!!

This
is Spring Showers.

This is a pattern
from Vintage Spools that I have had in the works for a very long time.
It is all machine appliqued with the buttonhole stitch. I am so happy to have it done. I find the stitching to be very boring on the side of falling asleep, but you can't because you'll screw up the stitches.
I start the new job Wednesday. At 5:30. I only get up at that hour for a short trip and then back in bed. Still working on all those giraffic park tops. I may have a party when those are all done. That will be party worthy.
Have a great day!
Carolyn

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Another quilt for my bed.

This is a Rocky Road to Kansas quilt in blues and browns. As I was sorting through all the leftover parts from other quilts, I pulled out the browns and blues. I also pulled out reds and greens for the Christmas pickle and the log cabin cirles. (There are more tops in this rubbermaid tote to be made.) This is done, binding on and stitched down, ready to use. WooHoo!!
Done is good.
I have been trying to finish my UFO's before I start the new job tomorrow. I still have all the giraffic parks to finish appliqueing and a border to add to the last top I made. That is about it for tops. There are 9 tops to quilt. All are twin size. I'm not worried about those, it's the unfinished tops that loose their luster over time.
Now it's time for some football.
Have a great day!
Carolyn

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Here it is! Done! well the piecing is

Here is the latest...Drum roll please.  This took 2 1/2 weeks to piece. Not every day, but most days. I'm using only scraps that I have collected for years. One piece came from my sister-in-laws quilt I made 18 years ago. This is the third quilt to come from these scraps. Not the last by a long shot. This process is not time effecient, but a necessary step.
My guilds' retreat is this weekend. Always a fun time. I have packed lots of things. I am always told to bring lots. because I guess I get a bit testy when I run out of projects. I am ready to see like minded people and talk and laugh. I hope to finish all that I take.
I remembered to charge all that needs charged. That is amazing in itself.
That's all for now, I need to pack the machine after I oit it good.
Have a good day!

Carolyn

Thursday, January 5, 2012

What was I thinking!

I am still working on the blocks for the Christmas Pickle quilt. I started with the 480 half square triangle blocks. Although the cutting took longer because they were cut from scrap fabrics, the piecing went quickly. However, the New York Beauty part of the design is taking longer. I don't have a clear plan for color placement, so the whole process is taking longer than usual for me. I finished 10 of the blocks yesterday and the thought was running through my mind, what was I thinking, and then I laid them on the floor. Oh, my! This will be a quilt that will have to be pried out of my cold dead hand. I'm not sure why the designs that are more challenging are the ones that speak to me, but they do. My plan for today is to trudge forward and see how much I can accomplish.
My guild's retreat is in a week. That is always fun. I'll need to be packed up and ready to go by Wednesday. I have a busy Thursday. And I don't have anything ready. This is the story of my life, always a day late and a dollar short.
Have a great day!
Carolyn
I can't wait to post pictures of this quilt!