Monday, May 27, 2013

November 1, 2012

was the day that I started sewing on my Stars for a New Day Block of the Month.  Four days short of seven months, I have it done!  Being that it's Christa's birthday, I'm sure she would like it as a birthday gift.  Sorry, Christa, but I'm still willing to give you my leftovers...which is A LOT!
Looks like a great sewing day!
Month 12 called for making the log cabin blocks at the end of the star border, adding the star border and two final borders.
Adding the star borders
Adding a border
Auditioning for the final borders
My new sewing table is fantastic for supporting the weight of a whole queen-sized quilt.  I pull out the storage drawer and it turns into a perfect support while adding the final borders.

From Month 1

To Month 12
Ok, ok!  So I'm teasing you a bit by showing you the back of the finished quilt, but it will be hanging in our guild quilt show on June 29 and 30 here in Torquay.   If you are interested in seeing the front of my quilt along with many other beauties by our guild girls, the Estevan Wednesday girls and feature quilter Irene Roy, we'd love to see you at the show and serve you a piece of strawberry shortcake.  See you there!

Maybe I'll have just enough time to get my Nickel Quilt done??  Terry???

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Arrived from Norway!

I want to Thank Michele from Quilting Gallery for pairing me up with a Norwegian.  It was special with me being half Norwegian.

Norwegian stamps

Berit from Mysen, Norway sent me this super creative mini.
My mini was also made from log cabin blocks.

All of the beautiful hand stitching.  A lot of work!

And a few Norwegian treats...
Quilt postcard, backing for hand stitching, buttons, a flag and some gorgeous thread.
Thanks Berit!  I love it!  I know that you put a sleeve on the back, but for now, it will sit on my kitchen table.  I have girlfriends coming over for coffee this morning and intend to show it off!

My mini seems to be in limbo in New York.  The funny thing is that I mailed two parcels to Australia that day, mine and one for Christa.  Christa's is already in Australia and has been attempted for delivery already and mine sits in New York.  Go figure.

Last thing,
my baby has graduated from preschool and is registered in kindergarten.  Ughhh.

OK, one more thing.
View from my living room window

Seeding lentils on the home quarter.
Month 12 of Stars is almost done so stay tuned.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Month 11

Is finished and I'm ready to begin the final month of this Block of the Month Quilt. I only have a couple of minutes, so this post is going to be straight to the point.
My final two flying geese sections

Adding the flying geese borders

Finished with Month 11
I have two weeks to get Stars done.  I'm starting to think that I might just get this one done for our show!  Its coming, Terry!!!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Australia bound!

Not me, unfortunately!
You get to see my quilting in this photo.

My mini quilt that I sewed for the Dreaming of Spring mini quilt exchange is on its way to Australia along with Christa's mini.
Complete with label.
We were both excited to have been paired up with someone from far away, but the postage costs!  Postage was more than the quilts were worth.  I'm still glad that I did the exchange.

My order of Laundry Basket Quilts fabric arrived yesterday from the Fat Quarter Shop.  This line is called Paint Box Batiks.  I plan on pairing these fabrics up with an earlier line of LBQ fabrics called Dancing in the Rain.

And I will be making this quilt

It is called Scattered Stars and it is from McCall's Quilting magazine.

Happy Mothers Day to all Moms out there.  I hope to finish Month 11 in my Stars quilt today.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

For sale...

a 1950's laminate silver and white kitchen table.  Great condition, sturdy and reliable.  No, its really not in great condition because the middle has started to bow.  I've replaced my old garbage dump sewing table with a new handmade Amish birch beauty.

Back extension leaf
Front view
My sewing machine fits like a glove.
I hate to say it, but it's almost too nice to use.  I don't want to scratch it!  But Wow! what a difference in sewing ease with my machine being three inches lower.  Its so much easier on my shoulders.  I am truly blessed to have this to sew on for the rest of my life.  I guess that I will have to include this table in my last will and testament, heh?  I do take bribes!

This table was custom ordered from Schrock's of Walnut Creek of Ohio, USA.  I had a choice of three woods- oak, cherry and birch.  I chose birch because of the grain with a walnut stain.  The company hadn't made this combination before mine and said that they were going to add pictures of my table to their website.

My table was at our farm for a month before I could sew on it.  We were waiting for my bother in law to help carry it down our stairs.  So last night we had an insurance salesman drop by and he insisted on helping us get it to the basement...he offered three times...he was in a suit and tie!  He must have been a football player because when they were done hauling it down, he had barely broken a sweat and didn't lose his breath at all.  I told him that I wasn't gonna phone his wife and tell her that her husband was squished to death at the bottom of our stairs by a sewing cabinet.  Oh the visions that run through my mind!  See Christa, insurance salesmen aren't all that bad!  :-)

And one more Thank You to Colleen.  The mini cutting board is perfect for my flying geese.
See you girls at guild tomorrow.  Probably the last of the year.........unless is snows again...........