Monday, February 19, 2007

Where does the picture go?

I am looking at my last post and my picture is gone. It is just a red X. So where did it go? Can others see the quilt and this is just to aggravate me? I have not had a blog long enough to be somewhat tortured as others have been by blogger. Maybe it is just my turn.
Nothing quilty to show today. I have finals at school this week. So any time sewing should be spent studying. However, in my breaks, I have cutting the pieces to My Blue Heaven and have cut out strips for the binding on 2 quilts. I am trying to get prepared to power sew next week when I have a break from classes before the next minimester begins.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Finished UFO

It's finally finished...YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have had this "Can't Cut It Up" quilt waiting on the binding for almost a year. Just couldn't bring myself to start it. Cut out the strips last Sunday and just started stitching it down when I got home from school the last few nights. It was completed tonight. Of course, it was with the help of my instructor who had to cancel class tonight at the last minute (oh darn - does that sound sincere?) so I had more time tonight to git r done.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Blue Heaven

I have finished and delivered the FSU fleece and am trying to resist the urge to go by more. It's was a fun, quick and inexpensive project. But I have other things to work on. I am putting my string blocks aside for the next month as I extensively concentrate on my next project. Have all of you seen Bonnie's new pattern, My Blue Heaven? I am going to try my best to make this. I have never attempted something like this but I have to do it. I spent most of the day yesterday with a good friend Julia. She lost her husband unexpectedly last year. She is broken hearted and all of us are broken hearted with her. Wayne was a very good man and I considered him to be a friend. You are not always friends with your friend's spouse but I think that I was lucky. I offered to make a quilt for her out of his shirts. Our friend Deby describes it best as it is our way to have his arms wrapped around her. We went through his closet yesterday and picked out some shirts and then headed to the quilt store(s) to find some sashing and border fabric. Julia is not a sewer but got into the groove very quickly about whether the fabric speaks to you or not. We came home empty handed (well 1 small yard that would do). I went to show her on Bonnie's page about string quilts and we saw the Blue Heaven quilt. It spoke volumes. After all, we had just picked out Wayne's blue shirts. We had 2 tan ones also. We both knew at the same time that this was the quilt to make. I am not a real experienced quilter and I am hoping that enthusiam will make up for any skills that I lack. This is not about doing a beautiful quilt for me but for having something that will bring comfort to a dear friends heart. And isn't that what quilting is all about? I pray about what is important to me so I am praying that this will be. Will keep you updated. Please wish me luck!

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Something Finished

I finally have something finished. Granted it was just a small thing to do but it is done. I bought 2 of these fleece panels before Christmas. The plan was to bind them and give them as gifts. I don't know why I buy things 2 weeks before Christmas to make for presents because they never get done. But I digress......I did not how to put on the packaged binding that I bought for this so I took these down with me to the LQS to ask my friend. She had no idea but liked the panel so I shared one with her. The lady working at the quilt store suggested that I hem it with a specialty stitch using my walking foot. What a great idea!!! I did get the binding out and realized that it was only 3 feet long which meant I was going to have to buy 2 more packages (making the binding more expensive than the fleece). So I hemmed it using a fancy zig-zag stitch and it came out great. Took it down to my parents house so that Mom could see. This is my Dad holding it up so that I could get a picture. Plan on giving this to my brother if he likes it. So Rick if you are reading this, you need to claim it. Before Christmas there were bolts and bolts of this fleece. Now there are none. Since the Gators have won the national championshp everything Gator is at a premium. The funny thing is that I was able to pick up some FSU fleece at half price. I picked up 3 panels for my friend and I bought one for a neighbor. Sure would like to find a fleece panel for the University of Kentucky. (blatant hint for my sister who reads my blog) Anyway, it feels good to have something finished even if it is a small thing!

Saturday, February 3, 2007


I forgot to add this shot of Bea before ending my last post. I have been trying to get a closeup of her face. She is now sprawled out snoozing on my new fabric so I guess they are keepers.

Storms - New Projects

Prayers and blessings go out to all of the people that were effected by the tornadoes that hit Florida on Thursday night. I live about 20 miles from one of the areas that was hit. We received about 6 inches of rain and feel pretty waterlogged which is nothing compared to families who have lost loved ones and their homes.

Went to a LQS with a friend today. Glad that I am not on the no-buy program. She had most of these homespuns picked out for a rag quilt before I even got there! (have I been megged?) I love the make rag quilts and snuggle up under them. There were a great deal at $4.80 per yd. I also found minkee on sale for $8.00 per yd so I picked up some leopard skin for a backing for a jungle kit that I have not even started. But at half-price, I could not pass it up!
I have 34 blocks of my string quilt done. But I am getting bored. I want to put that down and start on something else. This is how I have so many UFO's and no so many finished projects. We'll see what happens. I have 2 tests again at school this week so I should not be sewing much and will be studying lots!!!