Friday, December 17, 2010

Patriotic with a Twist

Hooray! Another UFO completed. This one was begun in March (2009?) at our guild's Quilt Fest - Donation Quilt Workshop. I was so busy talking that all I only got the cutting and first sewing done. The sewn strips hung in my sewing closet for over a year before I decided that I needed to put the quilt together.

Here's the rest of the story:

Two quilting friends came over for a sew day a couple of months ago and this was the project that I chose to work on. The funny thing was...I didn't even remember that it was on my UFO List!!!

I took the sewn strips from the closet and started chopping! 3 1/2" chunks and 6 1/2" chunks turned into the basis for my blocks. Once the sewing had been completed, I threw the blocks on my "design floor" to see what we could do with them. I arranged the blocks one way and my friends arranged them another. Together, we came up with a pleasing arrangement. With the addition of some alternate blocks and an unusual border configuration, a plan was formed. The top was done by the end of the day. (So what if it was almost MIDNIGHT!!!)

A few days I went to my mini group. This quilt top was part of my show and tell for the day. Lucky me! One of my friends volunteered to quilt it on her longarm. So...the waiting began.

I wasn't in a hurry because the quilt was to be a donation quilt. I worked on other projects in the meantime. The quilted piece was returned to me on Monday of this week. However, it wasn't at the top of the list for finishing so it had to wait its turn.

That turn came the next day (Tuesday of this week.) Once my other projects were completed I could devote time to working on this one. I was quilting with 2 other friends and brought Patriotic with a Twist along to make the binding. And, make the binding, I did...only to discover that I had cut the strips incorrectly!

You see, I was trying a two-color binding technique that yet another friend had found on the internet. Once the strips were cut and sewn together, I found that I had run out of time. Sadly, it was time to go home. You know what happens at home, don't you??? Dinner and laundry, etc. Another day passed without preparing the binding. That brings us to Wednesday of this week.

What happens?! I've got a Field Trip to attend with DS2. No time for sewing. That's ok, it was a wonderful adventure. When I return home...there's MORE dinner to make and MORE laundry to do! No problem...tomorrow's another day. I did, however, manage to look at the binding sections long enough to realize that I had cut the pieces INCORRECTLY. :o(

You won't BE-lieve it!! The kids are home from school!!! Icy conditions in the morning and who knows what it will be in the afternoon? I did manage to make time for quilting. The binding situation was cleared up. The binding was prepared, attached, and sewn down! You know what that means, don't you???

The quilt is DONE!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Return of the Pfaff

I scheduled the pick up of my Pfaff for yesterday. It was picked it up (without trying it out...again!) and promptly put it to work. Unfortunately, there IS one small problem. :o(

The machine is not as quiet while sewing as it was before its vacation. I'm hoping that it simply needs the kinks worked out and NOT a return trip to Mr. Fix-it! I'll have to give a call to see what he thinks about it.

Wish me luck...

Meanwhile, I completed the binding on one quilt (The Quilt Test) and began prepping binding for another (Patriotic With a Twist.) Look for a photo of the Soldier quilt within the next week or so. I'm hoping to finish it off for the UFO Club. The fall session is quickly coming to a close.

Ready? Set. Sew!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Quilt Test...Revealed!

When Lindsay at put out a call for pattern testers on, I responded. Telling her that I would be happy to test her pattern was the one of the best things that happened to me during the month of November. Testing her pattern firmly pulled me back into my quilting studio. I've been spending MUCH more time in there since.

As I mentioned in my last post, it's a fast and easy quilt to make. The pattern is called Boxed Ribbon Baby Quilt, but it can be adapted to fit any recipient. If you have 5 FQs, some background, backing , and can make this quilt. (Even if you are a beginner!) Need a bigger quilt? Just multiply the number of blocks you make and add more strip sets around the outside border.

I didn't know what I would be asked to make upon signing up for this pattern tester gig. At the time I received the pattern, the LAST thing I wanted to make was another baby quilt! I threw caution to the wind and decided to show what ELSE could be done with Lindsay's pattern. ** See the photo above. (I figured that if she didn't like it, I could always go back into my stash for more fabric!)

Lindsay's pattern is set to be released Wednesday, 12/15/10 on and will be available to purchase for approx. $6.00.

Happy Quilting!!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Quilt Test

I've been working on a new quilt (off and on) for the past couple of weeks or so. I was the "pattern tester" for a friend on Ravelry. Her pattern will be released for sale this week on her blog.

For now, here's a preview:

It was a fast, easy quilt so I'm sure that YOU are going to want to make one, too!!! Watch for more details in the next couple of days.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Vacation's Over

So...anybody wondering what happened with the spitting machine?

I heard from the sewing machine repair guy the other day. My Pfaff has been restored to full heath for a grand total of $42.00 US. Not a bad price for a month-long excursion! LOL

Goodness knows, it could have been much, MUCH worse!

The machine went on an extended vacation due to the fact that my repair guy keeps limited shop hours. Every time my friend called or went by to drop it off, the shop was closed! Can you IMAGINE not being able to sew on your favorite piecing machine for a month???

I'm going to pick up my machine on Tuesday. Just in the nick of time...I've got a quilt due on Wednesday and I really miss the built in dual feed/walking foot on my Pfaff. There's still binding to apply and be stitched down. Too many puckers without that feature!

Look for more details on that quilt on Tuesday night...

Monday, November 15, 2010

HELP! My Sewing Machine Spit at Me!

It was a really productive weekend. I made a total of 12 Crumb blocks for a UFO and worked on borders for my Ravelry Friendship Star Swap quilt, also a UFO. I didn't start ANYTHING new! (Aren't you proud of me? I'm feeling supremely virtuous!)

Divine intervention came when I was SUPPOSED to be making dinner last night, but wasn't...

My sewing machine went THUNK! and spit a piece of metal out at me. This is NOT a good sign! I think it was tired of all the sewing I was doing this weekend. Couldn’t it have just SAID that, instead of spitting metal at me??? :o(

Here's how it happened:

I was happily sewing along, to finish ONE MORE BLOCK, when I ran out of bobbin thread! (Isn't that ALWAYS the case?) I stopped, pulled the bits off, and forgot that I was out of bobbin thread... so I started sewing again.

Apparently, the machine then pulled the top thread down and it wrapped around the bobbin casing and jammed up the machine. (That’s where a THUNK! sounded…I think.)

It was good and truly jammed so I removed the bobbin casing and tried to ease the machine into submission. It was having none of THAT! (Maybe this is when it went THUNK!) Then it proceeded to spit a piece of metal at me! Can you IMAGINE???

Great! Just great! I was really getting into the habit of working on my UFOs, too. :o(

I suppose I'll have to find something ELSE to do while my machine goes on VACATION!!! (I may even have to resort to QUILTING, rather than PIECING - I use a different machine for that.)

Updates to follow...

Saturday, November 6, 2010


I meant to get back to you sooner, but I've been distracted by my knitting. Please forgive the fact that I've kept you in suspense for more than a week.
Here's what I wanted to show you. It's what I saw when I went looking for my quilt at the quilt show. MY quilt, with a 1st place ribbon attached!!! I can't tell you how excited I am.
I can tell you, however, that when I saw my quilter (Quilts by Jan) I gave her a BIG kiss on the cheek! She then proceeded to ask if I thought it was worth the money that she had charged...
Of course, I said YES!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Quilt Show Ramblings

My local quilt guild has some amazing quilters among its ranks! We host a phenomenal quilt show every two years. When walking through the show, one quilt is better than the next and the one after that is even better than the last. You would be fascinated by each and every one. There are traditional quilts, art quilts, pieced and appliqued quilts. Colors and patterns abound.

This year I entered 4 quilts in the quilt show. Like always, I signed up to have them judged. I do that, not necessarily in the hopes of winning anything, but just to see what the judges have to say. Some quilters find entering their work in shows nerve-racking (at best) and absolutely excruciating (at worst), but I find it exhilarating. While the judges negative comments can sting, postitive comments confirm (or inform me of) the things that I do well.

I have friends who are "ribbon driven." They enter quilt shows expecting to win ribbons. They are sorely disappointed when/if they don't. I like to go in with a more positive attitude. I enter to share what I've been working on since the last show. Of course, I 'hope' to win a ribbon! (I'd be lying if I said I didn't.) The difference's a pleasant surprise when/if one of my quilts is a winner.

This year, I entered as a professional since I make quilts for money from time to time. Although, quilting isn't my primary occupation the definition was a bit vague and I decided to err on the side of caution. This dashed my hopes of winning ANYTHING this year!

Are you a follower of my blog? YOU may have seen my show entries in a previous post. When I located my quilts, this is what I saw:

Oops! The camera is unavailable. I'll have to show you later.

Until then...Happy Quilting!

Friday, October 15, 2010

My 1st Finish for the Fall 2010 UFO Club

The (Ravelry) Fall 2010 UFO Club only began 14 days ago and we've had a number of finishes already. This session has 10 members and, so far, 4 have completed at least ONE quilt each. We're off to a good start!

Butterfly in 3D - #3 is fresh off the sewing table. It's the third in a series of butterfly quilts using the same butterfly print and an easy technique that I developed for making the 3D butterflies. It's my first finish for the Fall 2010 UFO Club.

This butterfly quilt is a bit larger than the last one. At 9" square, instead of the 8" square of the last quilt, I'm hoping that I didn't throw the balance off. Hopefully, the recipient will be pleased.

I plan on making these butterfly quilts until the fabric is all used up. I may even sell kits in my new Etsy shop. More on that later...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

UFO Club - Fall 2010 - The List

Here’s my list for this session:

1. The Margaret Mystery
2. QE2 Goodbye Quilt
3. Hollis’ Iris Garden
4. Circle Denim Quilt
5. Black, White, & Red All Over

These were leftovers from the Summer 2010 UFO Club and can be seen in an earlier post.
Additional UFOs un-earthed after the Summer session began (shown from top to bottom, as listed below.):

1. Circle of Friends
2. Friendship Stars Rav Swap
3. “New” Green Batik Jacket
4. Crumb Quilt
5. QUILT Quilt
6. Purple & Green Coins
7. Patriotic Improv Jacket
8. Anne’s Butterfly Quilt (DONE!)
9. Patriotic (With a Twist) Donation (DONE!)
10. Teal, Turquiose, Burgundy Twist Donation

Yes. That’s 15 UFOs for this session. The scary part is…there are MORE!!!
I better get busy!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

UFO Club - Summer 2010 - The Results

Eight members participated in the (Ravelry) Summer 2010 UFO Club. Those eight members churned out 21 quilts. Congrats! to the following finishers:

basketcase9702: 5 quilts completed
fidissimus: 1 quilt completed
MonsoonCalamity: 5 quilts completed
barbknits: 4 quilts completed
liebschien: 1 quilt completed
IvyW: 3 quilts completed
needleb: 2 quilts completed

Thanks for cheering us on. We are now gearing up for the Fall 2010 - UFO Club. Watch for the List!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Loose-y Goose-y (Completed)

Another UFO, but not one on the list! I started the binding at my quilt bee meeting this morning and finished it on the way to the Carolina Longarm Quilt Show this afternoon.

I posted the bulk of this quilt's story when I finished the quilt top, but you may be intersted to hear that it took three times to get a good photo of the quilt. I also had to apply the binding THREE times before I got it applied properly. Oh, and you’ll never believe it, but all 3 of the people in our car won door prizes at the quilt show! Perhaps, the quilt needs a NEW name!


Aside from the free-form Flying Geese featured in my design, this little quilt showcases a "new-to-me" pebble quilting design. The "pebbles" really add a textural element to the quilt!

In my last post, I shared my quilt called Flying to the Candy Dish. It was made of the same design, but what a difference fabric selection has on the overall feeling of a quilt! The finishing details are different in each quilt. Where I added machine feather stitching to that quilt, this one was finished using a satin stitch zigzag for the machine applique. That one had the geese on a black "path" in a field of color and this one has geese on a colorful "path' in a field of black.

Loose-y Goose-y was made as a Journal Quilt and measures 8" x 10'. Not the "standard" size the other quilts in my JQ series, but several friends have assured my that it's perfectly OK!

Thanks, quilting friends!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Flying to the Candy Dish - Completed

Today I decided to do some decorative stitching to secure the raw edged applique and add a bit of interest around the completed quilt. In retrospect, I probably should have added a piped binding, but it's too late now...the quilt is DONE!!!

This isn't on my UFO List, however, I'm glad to have it done ahead of schedule. It started out as my "Dye Frenzy Challenge quilt and may end up being my donation to the "Little Bit of Pink and a Whole Lot of Love" charity quilt auction at the DOQ "Quilting - A Needle Runs Through It" Quilt Show 2010 to be held at the American Tobacco Campus, Bay 7, Durham, NC Oct. 22 - 24, 2010.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Remnants - A Completed UFO!!!

Remnants - Odd Angle
Originally uploaded by basketcasejoy
While this quilt LOOKS like a full sized quilt, it measures just 11" square. It started as a possible design for a teacher gift and ended up being one of my entries for DOQ's "A Thread Runs Through It " Quilt Show 2010 (Oct. 22 - 24th, 2010, American Tobacco Campus, Bay 7, Durham, NC.)

This mini sat on my table for more than a YEAR waiting to be quilted. Ultimately, I decided that I wanted this one to be extra special so I enlisted the help of a local longarm quilter. I think it was worth every penny!

The name of this quilt is Remnants. To quote,

rem·nant   /ˈrɛmnənt/ [rem-nuhnt] – noun

1. a remaining, usually small part, quantity, number, or the like.

2. a fragment or scrap.

The fabrics in this mini started life as the makings of a king sized quilt. Being the math whiz that I am, once made, there were a number of quilt blocks I made a lap quilt. After making the lap quilt, four blocks remained so I made a wall hanging. You would think this would be the end of those fabrics...but NO!!! There's MORE.

School was ending and I needed a gift for DS2's teacher. Upon finding that she was fond of hunter green and burgandy, I knew that I had JUST the thing...a miniature quilt from the "quilt that keeps on giving."

Most of the pieces had been trimmed up. All I had to do was come up with a design. It turned out that I came up with three designs and implemented two of them. Remnants is the second of those two designs to be completed...and there are STILL more scraps!!!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Dye Frenzy - The Collection

This post is for those of you who wanted to see more examples of my dye-ing efforts after the Dye Frenzy. I showed the dye packs and my favorite sample, but here is the entire collection. Look for my mini quilt "Flying to the Candy Dish" to see these fabrics in action! (The only one not used was the white on black turned red on black print.)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Flying to the Candy Dish

Remember the Dye Frenzy earlier this summer? Well, the organizer of the workshop issued a challenge to the participants. She wanted us to USE some of the fabrics that we had hand dyed!

This little quilt is the result of that challenge.

Each of the triangles represents one of my hand dyeing efforts. The black "background" really sets off the colors! My "border" fabric was a small piece that I found in the "kid print" drawer of my fabric stash. The candy shaped motifs, and the comments of a Ravelry friend, worked well to help me arrive at the name for my quilt.

I'm not sure where this quilt will end up, but while it remains in my home, smiles abound. It reminds me of "the cousins" at Grandma's house heading straight for the candy dish when they walk through the door.

Hmm...what quilt shall I work on next?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Blue/Yellow Woven - Completed

Another quilt for the Ravelry UFO Club. This one started as a woven piece that needed something extra. It ended up being a lesson in a 'new to me' binding technique. Thanks to my good friend for giving me a lesson in mitered bindings so that I could accomplish the two color binding.
I began with scrap strips leftover from a larger project to experiment with weaving fabric. Months went by before inspiration struck and I thought I would add a quilted sunflower. The more I looked at it, the less appealing that idea became. Inspiration struck a second time and the raw edged applique that you see was the result.

Once the quilt was completed and the photo op was complete, I noticed that I had deviated from my plan. The blue was to be near the flower and the yellow was so be on the opposing sides. What do you think? Should I bother to re-do it?

Until next time...
Happy Quilting!
P.S. I think I'll call it Sunflower Surprise.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Loose-y Goose-y

Loose-y Goose-y
Originally uploaded by basketcasejoy
I've been so busy with work that I haven't posted in a week. That's the way it goes sometimes. . . all work and no play! It makes me a VERY sad quilter. (Picture my frowning face here.)

Months ago, I designed this 8.5" x 11" Journal Quilt as a pencil drawing on muslin. I waited (and waited) to implement the design. Why? I couldn't decide how I would accomplish the piecing.

At first, I was thinking that I would do foundation piecing. That is by NO means a favorite method of mine! A friend suggested fusible applique. That's when I knew my design could become a reality!

I hope you like the (unfinished) result.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Michael's T Quilt - DONE!!!

After MANY hours of work, Michael's T-shirt quilt has been completed. This quilt was quite a challenge, using a number of items that were NOT t-shirts. (Note the He-Man head in the bottom left corner - a back pack front, the Green Beret, and the graduation Mortar Board!) It took a lot of creativity to come up with a pleasing design. In the end, I think you will agree that I did a good job...if I do say so myself! LOL

The quilt was supposed to be as small as I could make it using the items provided. It turned out to be 67" x 91" and that was as small as I could make it!

On to the NEXT project...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Progress - Upside Down

This photo was taken from the top down, hence the funny looking angle and the name of the post. Oh, well...a bad picture is better than NO picture. Right?

Everything is cut. The blocks are ready to sew. However, the borders still need a bit more work! I have to decide if I can cut down the two corner squares and plan the borders accordingly.

Soon enough, this will be my next completed UFO. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Blue & Yellow Woven - Altered

Here's what I did to the Blue & Yellow Woven quilt. I had intended to do a Sunflower in quilting, but somehow I ended up with an appliqued Sunflower, stem and leaves. There may be more to come.

This is the first time I've added appliqued to a pieced background. (Or in this case, a faux-pieced background!) The quilt is a bit busy. Perhaps, it needs a BIG bumblebee...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Quiet Quilter

It's been almost 10 days since my last post. Why? Lots going on around here. I played "Mom's Taxi Service" all last week and if I wasn't dropping one son off, I was picking up the other one! The time in between was spent working on knitting and quilting UFOs, but nothing was completed.


During the week, I worked on three (oops! four!) different projects for the UFO Club. I shared this information on Ravelry, but didn't have any new pictures to share here. I worked on Michael's T-shirt Quilt, trimmed down the Jacob's Ladder, completed the next step on my Circle Denim Quilt, and added applique to the Blue & Yellow Woven quilt.

Just when I was ready to post a picture today...I realized that I left my project in a friend's car!!!


Photos of the applique work that I did will follow at a later date. (The other work was too boring for photos.) For now, you'll have to imagine a Sunflower on my Blue & Yellow Woven quilt. It's almost done! I just have to decide on binding. I auditioned a number of fabrics yesterday, but the RIGHT choice wasn't among them. More news later...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Dye Frenzy

Yesterday my quilt bee got together for a Dye Frenzy. We used DYLON Permanent Fabric Dye. It takes 4 cups of warm water to dissolve and you add 4 Tablespoons of table salt to that. For a deeper or more vibrant result, that's it! Simply drop in your fabric and wait. Otherwise, you can add up to 4 cups of cold water to increase the amount of fabric that you can dye.

We each brought a pack or 2 of dye and some fabrics. Note: Fabrics MUST be prewashed! If not, the color won't take. The colors we used are shown in the photo. Not shown are Radient Red, Goldfish Orange, and Tropical Green (which was used to dye the old T-shirt shown.)
The method used for dyeing the T-shirt was to accordian fold it lengthwise and place large office clamps at varying intervals. I'm pleased with the way it turned out. It could have been considered for over-dyeing, but I ran out of time.
The purple piece was done by drawing lines with glue gel, allowing the glue to dry, and then placing it in the dye bath. The color turned out light because I did this one last and ran out of time. This technique opens a world of possibilites!

I would recommend this activity to any group of quilters. Smaller groups can get away with 1 pack of dye per color (for use with smaller pieces of fabric, such as Fat Quarters.) Larger groups, or if your group will be dying yardage, may want to use 2 packs per color. Our group used 1 pack per color and had dye leftover!
Combine the dye packs with a couple of buckets or tubs from the Dollar Store for each color (one for the dye bath and one for the rinse water) and this is an affordable project. Better still...It's TONS of fun!
The only thing I would change about our event would be to add tables next time for the rinse procedure. It often takes some time and multiple buckets of water to rinse out the excess dye. It's rather back-breaking work, if the rinse basins are on the ground. We might also want to have more squirt bottles and some spray bottles available for additional dyeing options.
I really hope you will try this with your group of quilting friends.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Another One Bites the Dust!

I am pleased to report that my 2nd quilt has been completed for the UFO Club. This one is was an experiment in making a woven quilt. A friend had made a clock using woven strips and I thought I'd give it a try using the trimmings from The Margaret Mystery.

I attempted to show you the back of the quilt (featuring the quilting) and a close-up, but (for some unknown reason) the pictures kept disappearing from my post.
Anyway, I used wavy lines to counteract the straight strips and mimicked the swirls in the background.
I did something on this piece that I wouldn't repeat. The strips were woven without adding fusible interfacing. This made it a bit difficult when it came to the actual quilting! The close-up showed the fact that not all of the edges are completely stitched down. I chalk that up to the freeform technique that was used in the making of this quilt. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Quilting Progress

I was a very busy quilter today! I went from this pile of shirts to this stack of pressed and stablized shirts in "just" 2 hours.

Before beginning work on the T-shirt quilt I applied the binding to one of my quilts for the UFO Club. I call this Journal Quilt on Steroids. It turned out too big for the Journal Quilt Project that I'm working on, however, it refused to be cut down! Sorry about the picture. It's a little blurry, but the resident photographer was at Swim Team when I wanted to post here.
More news later!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

And She Knits, Too!

This is not the BEST picture, but I finished my JJ Scarflette too late in the day to get a better photo. I've been knitting for a very short while in comparison to my quilting "career" but I am really enjoying learning new skills. (Not that there aren't more things for me to learn about quilting, mind you!) However, my knitting "career" began at a time when I found it difficult to quilt and it has been my constant companion since.

One of my favorite places on Earth is my LYS. (That's Local Yarn Shop for those of you who don't knit, crochet, or otherwise play with yarn.) Why would an LYS be one of my favorite places? Well, it's quite simple. It's filled with TONS of color! (What quilter wouldn't like that?) It's filled with friends. (Hey! Did you think I was the only one hanging out there?) It's filled with fun. (And a fair amount of yarn, patterns, and books, too!)

I must be writing too late at night. I'm beginning to get sappy! Sorry about that. I'll be back to my regularly scheduled posts soon enough.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Boy Scouts 100th Anniversary Jamboree

The Tarheel Patrol

The Bison Patrol

The Road Kill Patrol

The Scorpion Patrol

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. Troops who attend the annual Jamboree take flags to fly at their campsite during the event. I have a friend who doesn't sew, so guess who got "volunteered" to make the flags for her Eagle Scout's troop? (That would be ME!) My friend and I have been talking about these flags for months now. In the last two weeks, they have been transformed from a stack of fabric, stencils and drawings into the flags shown above. The flags were designed by Mebane, NC area Scouts. I enjoyed the collaboration and was happy to help make their vision a reality. The artwork was done by a local artist and I did all of the stitching.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

UFO Club - Summer 2010 - The List

UFO Club - Summer 2010
The List
As you can see, I have included a selection of projects that ranges in level of completion. I know that I should be starting with older UFOs, but I did throw in a few for good measure! Once I begin finishing some of these, I'm sure to get excited. Plus, I'll make sure to continue with some older UFOs next session.
Pictured above, in order from top to bottom:
1. The Margaret Mystery (2009)

2. QE2 Goodbye Quilt (1999)
3. Blue/Yellow Woven - now known as Sunflower Surprise (DONE!)
4. Remnants (2009) (DONE!)
5. Michael's T-shirt Quilt (DONE!)
Formerly at the top of the list (and pictured in a prior post.)
6. Oh! My Stars & Haircuts (DONE!)
Other UFOs that I would like to finish in the near future:
7. Journal Quilt on Steroids (DONE!)
8. Hollis' Iris Garden (2007/2008?)
9. Circle Denim Quilt (2008)
10. Black, White & Red All Over (2010)
Every quilt has a story. My plan is to share those stories with you as I complete each of these quilts.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Oh! My Stars and Haircuts

I hope all of my American friends enjoyed the 4th of July weekend!
I wanted to share my most recently completed quilt. It was pieced in 2005 or 2006 with the leftover blocks from a king sized quilt of the same design and was meant to be the FIRST quilt finished in our new house, but it got lost in the move. It was missing for 3 years! (Maybe I should call it The Lost Quilt.) Once found, it moved back into the rotation for finishing.
Ah! The finishing rotation...I stared at it for a month (or more) deciding if I wanted to tackle the quilting myself or if I wanted to send it out to be quilted. In the end, I decided that I wanted my friend Sarah to quilt it. As you can see, she did a wonderful job!
After being quilted, the quilt once again sat around while I decided the time was right for me to apply the binding. A pieced binding, no less! I used more of the scraps from that king sized quilt. (Perhaps, I should have called the quilt Thrifty!)
As you read in my first blog post, my friend Jenn from the Quilters Knitting group on Ravelry and I decided to start a UFO Club. This was enough to get me going on this quilt again! I applied the binding and began the process of stitching it down by hand. The name of the quilt ultimately came from the surprise that I felt on the day that I completed the 2 boys got haircuts after 4 years of growing their hair long. Hooray! Clean cut boys and a newly finished quilt! What could be better?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Joyful Quilter's Opening Post

Welcome to my very first blog post. I never thought I'd be saying those words! However, some of my Ravelry friends encouaged me to start a blog to share my quilting UFOs for our new UFO Club. I am. The list of UFOs, with accompanying photos, will soon follow. (Once I figure out how this whole blog-thing works!)