Friday, January 30, 2015

A Great Day at Guild


I haven't made an appearance over here for sometime now!!
Yup...It's Christa
 
Since Tracey had to work yesterday I took come pics of our day!!
 
(At least Tracey got to come have lunch and coffee with us)
 
Chris Marcotte finished up a donation quilt made of panels.
 
 
Chris has also been working quilt tops from her daughter-in-law's family.
 
This one was being curated by the peanut gallery
 
We had all KINDS of suggestions as to how to quilt it.
 
With Terry showing some ideas with a washable pen we narrowed it down to favorites.
 
Carly didn't have a clue what we were telling her but she is going to go with it!!
Trust us...you are going to love your Grandma's quilt, Carly!!
 
 
Charlene was working on a kite quilt. 
 
This quilt has been giving Charlene a run for her money...




We now have Charlene on tape proclaiming she will NEVER do a diagonal quilt again!!


When given the history of the start of this one...we suggested no wine while reading instructions!!
 
Start with a clear head!!
 
We had a guest appearance from Lori Loewen even though she was under the weather.
 
There is nothing like the medicine of laughter and friendship to help recovery!!
 
She picked up her quilt from Terry Whitman
 
This is a pattern and fabrics from Antler Designs by Doug Leko
 


Jane has a multitude of projects on the go.
 
We said she needs to start using the rule of no more than 15 fabrics on the go at at time!!
She has us confused!!

#1

 
Jane is great at taking other people's starter projects
 
and
 
completing them!!!
#2
 
We had a full house for lunch, too!!
 
Charlene made some delicious soup
and
 Maryanna had some ginger cookies


I think we all missed each other!!
 
See you all at retreat next week!!
 
Christa
 

Monday, January 26, 2015

A bag and the start of a new quilt

It's funny how a New Years goal can go down the tubes in a matter of a few days.  I had wanted to sew everyday, even if was just a couple seams or a few minutes.  That's not happening for me, but I'm determined to improve on that goal.  I did finish my first ever tote bag for my daughters piano books.
Thank you, Colleen, for lending me your American Patchwork & Quilting magazine for this pattern.

I have figured out why I don't sew everyday, other than the fact that I have four kids and we spend a lot of time at the rink this time of year.  Its that I don't like to cut the fabric as much as I like to sew it back together again!  So, its a challenge to get me to my sewing room if I'm not sewing.  I started this new pattern
and here is all but the two border pieces, cut and ready to sew.  I'll be making it a bit bigger at 93x93.
I've switched up the colors in the quilt.  Dark brown fabric strips shown on the right above, will replace the red in the pattern and the red fabric will replace the black in the pattern.  The beige will stay the same.  One method that I use that really speeds up my cutting time, is stack cutting like this
This is great for saving time, but really bad when you make a cutting mistake!  Measure twice, cut once.  And, yes, I have cut wrong before doing this.  :-)  I am working on the 196 "almost 9-patches" needed for the "trail"  that connects the stars.

We have guild this Thursday, but I'll be at work.  We will have to depend on Christa for some show and tell photos.  Hint, hint!!!

And the Question of the day is:  How have you changed in the last five years?  Good is that I'm learning to trust myself and my instincts more and more each day.  Bad is that I'm becoming less tolerant as I get older and I didn't have a whole bunch to start with!  Have a great week!