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The list continues to grow but I’m having loads of fun. While at the LQS I purchased the book Sleepy Acres by Amy Bradley Designs. I haven’t started this quilt and I won’t for a while, I must finish Jon’s before I start another quilt for Nikolas.

I also purchased a circular sewing attachment. Dee Ann gave me a quick demo and I can’t wait to quilt something using this attachment.

The attachment didn’t cost quite as much as a walking foot and I’m hoping it will add some quilting interest to my quilts, since I seem to be freemotion quilting challeneged.

I also joined a challenge on a machine applique’ group I belong to and a swap all on the same day. lol I’m looking forward to both.

The group owner kept reading about all the quilts being made and give to others so she challenged us to make something for ourself. The rules were simple, background must be birthstone color, no bigger than a fat qtr, must have birth month flower on it and be finished by June 30, ’08. I purchased Batiks. Do you know how hard it is to cut Batiks? My birthstone is blue sapphire and the flower is an Aster. When I saw the flower I started to worry. lol After finding a coloring page of an Aster, I took it to Staples and had it blown up and while I was tracing the flower on fusible I figured out how to make the flower without it taking me years.

Miniature Booty Swap
1. 100% quality cotton – prewash is recommended
2. No larger than 20″ x 20″ — 51 cm x 51 cm
3. Completely finished, quilted, binding and label with month/year/name

After signing up for this swap, I grabbed my little quilts book and started drooling. I can’t wait to get the details of my person so I can get started. This quilt must be finished and in the mail by May 31st.

Recap from last week
Waiting on St. Nick – sew buttons on done
Sweet Baby Jane – layer, quilt done
Sunflowers Forever – applique’, layer, quilt
tea towel – finish started 2 more
Baby quilt # 2 – put binding on
My Friend,Mary Lou – appli-quilt done
Java Jive – wash fabric, iron

This week
tea towels – finish 2 that are started, prep 2 more
Ribbit – trace frogs, fuse, applique’
Birth – applique’ aster, embroder words, quilt
Booty swap – find pattern, purchase fabrics (if needed)

Hope everyone has a quilty week!

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My Friend, Mary Lou

I still need to sew the buttons on and the rings to hang it. You can see all my mistakes in the quilting on the back but I love it.

Happy quilting!

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Hope everyone had a wonderful easter. We woke up to rain, 25 mph winds and 48 degrees, which made it very chilly in NM.

We had a quiet day with DH watching TV and me reading 2 new knitting books and teaching myself to cast on and do the knit stitch. I’ve ripped all the stitches out as I had purchased very fine yarn. I will be picking up some worsted yarn, like the book calls for. All my life I’ve wanted to know how to knit and could never find anyone to teach me, I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of using the internet and teach yourself books before. Thanks to CraftyGryphon for inspiring me.

Recap from last week
Waiting on St. Nick – sew buttons on Done
Sweet Baby Jane – layer, quilt Done
Sunflowers Forever – applique’, layer, quilt fused, layered, basted
tea towel – finish
Baby quilt # 2 – put binding on
My Friend,Mary Lou – appli-quilt Done
Java Jive – wash fabric, iron
tea towels – 2 more fused Done

This week
Java Jive – wash fabric, iron, cut blocks, trace coffee cups, fuse, purchase coffee fabric
Sunflowers Forever- appli-quilt, binding
tea towels – applique’, purchase more tea towels
knitting – learn
Pretty ‘n Pink – complete flying geese block

Hope everyone has a great week!

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Artful Hands, Part II

Went to the quilt group for the second time. These are some of the nicest talented ladies I’ve ever had the pleasure of quilting with.

Yesterday I took my wallhanging My Friend, Mary Lou to work on. I got the dog and the leaves blanket stitched. Today I finished appli-quilting the rest of the wall hanging and started doing the filler quilting. I can’t wait to get it finished and on the wall.

I’m trying to come up with a pattern for a quilt for Jon. I’m thinking frogs but I’m open for suggestions.

Happy quilting!

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Recap from last week
Mon – put binding on 1 baby quilts, Dolly Madison Star (came out 16 1/2″ x 16″, so I get to do it over)
Tues – cut fabric for My Friend, Mary Lou, finish Farmer’s Market BOM, finish Waiting on St. Nick
Wed – Artful Hands (work on My Friend, Mary Lou) too sick
Thurs – continue working on My Friend, Mary Lou
Fri – tea towels using the Be Attitude book (towel cut in half, hemmed, pieces fused & half the letters have blanket stitch) Does that count?

I have lots of little projects planned for this week.

This week
Waiting on St. Nick – sew buttons on
Sweet Baby Jane – layer, quilt
Sunflowers Forever – applique’, layer, quilt
tea towel – finish
Baby quilt # 2 – put binding on
My Friend,Mary Lou – appli-quilt
Java Jive – wash fabric, iron

Yes, I added a two new wall hanging.

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I’m pretty pleased with what I have accomplished this week, considering I have the crud again. So far I have finished Waiting On St. Nick (quilted and binding); binding on 1 baby quilt; and cut the pieces for My Friend, Mary Lou, fused, layered, basted. I think I will go make a chocolate pie for dinner and do my Dolly Madison Star.

Happy quilting!!

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My new machine didn’t get here Friday until after 3 pm, I was pacing the floor. The UPS man offered to put it in the room I wanted it in. I thought that was very nice considering they are so busy they usually kinda throw the box at you and run. I’ve sewn on it some, not nearly as much as I would like but I’ll do that today.

I want to finish quilting Waiting on St. Nick today. I would have finished it Thursday but I ran out of the thread I was using in the bobbin. Worked on my Farmer’s Market BOM yesterday, I still have a tiny bit to do before I can show it.
Mon – put binding on 2 baby quilts, Dolly Madison Star
Tues – cut fabric for My Friend, Mary Lou, finish Farmer’s Market BOM, finish Waiting on St. Nick
Wed – Artful Hands (work on My Friend, Mary Lou)
Thurs – continue working on My Friend, Mary Lou
Fri – tea towels using the Be Attitude book

I’ve got my fingers crossed that I will finish all of my goals as I have a full week of real life things to do. Hope everyone has a great week!

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Terrific Tuesday

I went shopping Sat. for the fabric for the pattern My Friend, Ted. Only I’m calling my quilt My Friend, Mary Lou. Playing with fabric is sew much fun. Sorry the photo of the pattern is so bad.I thought Mary Lou need pink in a quilt in her memory. The pink fabric with the little bones on it (lwr rt corner) is the backing.Then today I was trying to get some organization to my scraps that I use for applique’ and I found a pattern Marie sent me last year. I started pulling fabrics, got fabrics fused on the background and the little quilt layered. I will pin baste it later this evening. I’m so excited that I found this pattern. The pattern is called Waiting on St. Nick. I’m going to appli-quilt the little quilt.I’m taking the little quilt with me tomorrow to my new sewing group. Yes, I’ve found a sewing group of senior ladies. lol I’m the youngest member but I am so excited to be quilting with these ladies there is no telling what all I can learn. Tomorrow they are having a pot luck so I will make bread pudding because people out here don’t know what bread pudding is. Oh yeah, they are starting a block of the month but they are going to do a block each week. I needed another BOM so I will be doing that also.Mostly applique’ even the flying geese are applique’ and the ladies said they would help me with the pieced blocks. So my fabric is all cut for the Dolly Madison star and I’m so excited. Did I already say I was excited?? Oh well, I’m really really excited. Lacy can have the Sweet Baby Jane quilt as the Pretty ‘n Pink is going to be mine all mine.I’m off to start the breading pudding and finish gathering up all my supplies for tomorrow.
Happy quilting

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