Monday, May 31, 2010

Spring to Finish Wrap up

Wow! What a weekend! I have been cutting and sewing, and cutting and sewing.....
These are the Modify Tradition blocks. I replaced one block with the Churn dash block. I have 4 more blocks almost finished and then I can sash and border and finish this top. Next are the Jellyroll Sampler Quiltalong blocks. I did different blocks for 3 and 4 but am up to date with this quilt along.
I had one more swap to complete a Breast Cancer block swap. I was in for 2 sets. These are my blocks: Patchwork Heart and Memory Wreath
Besides these blocks I have the back for the Pinwheel Sampler almost complete. The other quilt I am working on is the Breast Cancer Quilt. I haven't finished the border yet.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday Night Sew In

I began the night with a nap. I was feeling a little tired and thought if I take a quick nap I will get some energy and really be able to get things done tonight. Well it worked and I woke up ready to get some sewing done. Look what I found at my sewing machine. This is my middle daughter sewing. (inside I am thinking, yeah, she is sewing) but now I have to change my plans a little.
This is what she was working on an I spy quilt from all the squares I have been getting in my swaps.
I stood and did some cutting for these blocks. They are for the Block Lotto blog. Each month we have a different block. Everyone post the blocks that they have made and you get into a drawing to win enough to make a quilt top. I love these blocks.
Finally I worked on this doll quilt / wall hanging. I had some squares left from a charm pack and used the no waste flying geese method to sew the charm squares into flying geese.

Before I took my nap I was going to put a binding on a large quilt. I have it all pinned and ready to sew...maybe next month.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I am getting things Finished

I am finally getting some quilts finished. by finished I mean tops complete, backings sewn and bagged to go to the long armer. Yes there are four bags there with tops that have been finished for a while but I never finished the backings. Yeah. The two tops you see just need a little sashing or a border and they will be finished. I have a backing for both so I hope to get 6 quilts to the quilter tommorrow. I am working on the Spring to the Finish challenge that is why I have been getting things done but look what I got in the mail the last couple days. I spy blocks... I was in a swap with fabrikate for 200 blocks a set (at the time I thought I'm really going to need two sets) so I sent enough fabric to get two sets. Then Project corner had a second swap and I just had to get in that one and of course I needed two sets. So now I have 800 - 4" I spy squares.
For those of you that have done these kind of swaps before you already know this but for anyone who hasn't done one of these swaps not all the fabric that you get is quilt quality. I pulled out a couple of flannel squares, fabric that was very seethrough, and some fabric that really wasn't Ispy. This leaves me with 788 squares. I can't start assembling any quilts until I finish 2 more projects.
1. the modify tradition quilt along (I have three more blocks)
2. the postage stamp quilt along ( I have 15 more blocks to make)
I am dreaming of a large cathedral window quilt with I spys in the windows, or an attic window quilt, or a quilt with flaps to lift and spy the squares underneath.
No more dreaming. I am going to finish these projects and then I will play with the I spy squares.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

FInally some pictures of quilt blocks

I have been trying to get things done. Here are two blocks for the Block Lotto blog. I don't think the green shows up very lime but it is. This was a fun learning experience but one of my reeds looks a little pregnant. :) Here are some 5 inch I spy squares. This is the third I spy swap I have joined. I have started 3 quilts and only completed one, but I love arranging and re arranging the blocks.
Finally I have completed these blocks for a swap over on the Quilting Board. It is called the Great Mini Block swap. Each of these blocks finishes at 4 1/2 inches. The patterns come from Sentimental Stitches. This is a really amazing pattern resource. I have printed all 92 and hope to do most of them. Maybe in modern fabrics though.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Spring to Finish - update?

Ok, so I was supposed to post a list of the projects I wanted to complete by the end of May and I was too busy to post the list. I have created a list in Word and have been using that so I will let you know how I am doing.

1. Breast Cancer Quilts-I received the blocks back from my swap partners, I have laid them out and now I need to cut the sashing and sew the top together. I think I can finish this by the end of the month.

2. Pinwheel Sampler - I wasn't happy with the 4 block by 4 block layout and so I had to add 4 more blocks. I have completed all of the blocks now and all the little 2.5" pinwheel corner blocks and I should be able to sew this top together by the end of the month.

3. Jellyroll Quilt Along - I have only done the first three blocks so I need to catch up. I hope to be up to date on this quilt along by the end of the month.

4. Modify Tradition (quilt along)- I really like the fabrics I chose for this quilt along. I have made the first 4 blocks and I have 4 more to make.

5. Too many swaps - Here is a list of all the swaps I have completed in the last two weeks: Summer Sadie's building block swap, a mini block swap, a couple I spy swaps, Fresh Comfort 2 Bee, Sew Bee It Bee, and I am part of a Boomerang swap I have completed 31- 12" blocks for that swap.

6. Double Delight - I have worked this quilt all the way to step #4. I just have the assembling part to do. I am kind of stalled because I realized that I didn't get enough fabric for finishing the edge. Why that has stopped me from completing the top I don't know but... oh well.

7. Postage stamp quilt - I have barely started this quilt. I have all the strips cut and a few sewn together. I did not like the way the fabrics repeated in a pattern so I am still trying to figure out how I can put the fabrics together to eliminate this problem.

8. A Little more I spy Quilt - This one just needs sashing around the blocks and then assembly. Hopefully this can be completed.

Do I really only have 20 days till the end of the month. I am pretty sure that I can get 6 of these 8 things done before the end of the month. If I can then I may just go and by that fabric I have been eyeing for a quilt for myself.