Sunday, March 28, 2010

Crazy 9 Patch pieced and "Home"

What a busy weekend. My son and i were invited by his friend and his mother to go to their cabin for the weekend. The cabin was beautiful. It had a view of the Bigelow Mountains in Maine that was awe inspiring. It didn't get above 20 degrees the whole time we were there but the sun was out and there was very little wind. We spent a little bit of time outdoors but mostly in.
When I got home I couldn't wait to finish this quilt that was up on my design wall. It is the "Crazy Nine Patch" by Oh Franson. The tutorial on her blog looked so neat I had to try it. There is no waste with this quilt. I love it.
Now I have to decide what fabric to use for the backing and the binding. The shop hop in Maine starts on April 1st and runs through the whole month of April. I am putting together a list of all the things I am hoping to find at all the different quilt shops around Maine. There are 32 shops in Maine but I am definitely not making it to at least 2 of them. (They are 6 hours from me in different directions)
This block is for a block swap I am in. We were given the word "Home" as our inspiration for a block and asked to make a 10.5 inch block. In our house, home is centered around the fireplace. it is the warmest spot in the house .

Monday, March 22, 2010

I spy Swap, Design Wall, and a finished top

Well I have joined another I spy swap. Katie at fabrikatesdesigns is hosting this one. I have signed up for two sets. Here is set one: And here is set two:
I got all of these at different LQS (I have three in my area) and one at Joann's but it is so cute.
Here is what is on my design wall. I showed this during the Friday Sew In. I chose the sashing and border fabric. I haven't chosen a ninth block but I will. It has been fun looking on Quilter's Cache for all the possibilities.
And finally the Red White and Blue No Sew Swap blocks. This top is finished I have pieced the back and it will be heading to the quilters soon. Yeah!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Birthday Party and Friday Night Sew In

Well here he is the Birthday boy. He is now in double digits. 10 years old. His party was yesterday and the weather cooperated. He wanted to have a kickball game with a bunch of his friends and then just run around and play. A perfect birthday for a 10 year old.I was so tired after the cleaning, planning and hosting of a birthday party that I almost forgot that it was the Friday Night Sew In. I enjoyed spending a couple hours cutting and sewing. Here is the fabric for a swap that I am in. It is a red/aqua swap of 3.5 by 6.5 bricks. So I cut my bricks from this fabric.
My favorite is the little hedgehogs.
Next I pulled out the bags from a No Sew Swap that I had done. I was in a pink green white group. I haven't sewn them together yet because everyone had a different idea of pink green and even white. I put them on my design wall and replaced colors till I had blocks I liked.
I broke a needle and was half done with one. I only have 8 right now, I will either put a sashing and a border around these eight or I will come up with a ninth.
And last but not least I sewed on the binding of this quilt. One more too the finish pile as soon as I decide on a name and put it on the label.
Well as I look back I really did get a lot done.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Getting Blocks Done

I have been completing blocks. Fresh Comfort Blocks for Rachel. Ticker tape blocks.

Pinwheel Sampler Quilt along Blocks. Love them

And finally the Jellyroll Sampler block.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Block Lotto and Modify Tradition

I made 4 pairs of March blocks for the Block Lotto site. They were fun to make but I realized that I do not own much cool fabric. Even my blues are to the warm side of blue. I also finished my Modify Tradition block of the week. This one was simple and easy. I loved that there were no points to match at seams.
The family had a busy weekend. Bowdoin College was the host to the regional hockey championship. They made it to the finals but lost to Middlebury. My son and husband spent alot of time waiting for tickets and watching the game. I on the other hand was driving the two daughters to the YMCA state swim competition. It was in Bangor this year (a 2 hour drive) both girls have boyfriends who swim for the Y so we had to stay and watch them swim. I left the house at 8am yesterday and rolled back in at 10:30pm. I was exhausted. I tried to do hand work during the meet but I made two mistakes and decided I was too distracted.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Quilts and a Sick Kid

Well I haven't posted for a while because I have had a sick kid. My 15 year old has labrynthitis, basically an inner ear infection due to a virus. No quick fix with an antibiotic. Every time she moves she gets sick to her stomach. Of course at 15 she thinks she can tough it out and suffers for a day before she tells me she isn't feeling well. She's able to move around a little better but today she woke up and can't hear out of her left ear. A little scary but hopefully it all works out.

I have been stuck at the house watching her and so I have gotten a lot of quilt piecing done. Here are a couple. These are the blocks fron the No Sew Block Swap. I was in the Red White and Blue Group #1. I switched a couple of the fabrics around but here they are. After I stitched them I took the left over fabric and made 3 more squares. As I'm looking at these pictures I am noticing two mistakes. I guess I'm going home and fixing a couple blocks.
The other fun thing I did was get all my I spy blocks from a swap laid out. I really love some of this fabric. I am not using all the squares (there were 200).
I am using the leftover squares and some from another swap to make another I spy but that Hasn't come together yet.
I have to go check on the daughter. Looking forward to spring and summer.