Sunday, May 29, 2011

May Finish 2

I finished Trip's quilt.



Quilt: 43"x43"
Blocks finished: (1) 7"x7" (2) 14"x14"
Sashing finished: 2"x14" 2"x18" 2"x30" and 2"x34"
Borders finished: 4"x38"
The borders were all cut the same. They were sewn on so that each starts at the sashing and ends over another border. Like this awful doodle I made.

The center square is the quilt blocks with sashing and the outer rectangles are the borders.

I really enjoy the colors of this quilt. Of course turquoise and orange always look good together. And I love the block arrangement. The blocks have so many different looks. Sometimes they look like a wheel and other times a frame. I just really like how it turned out.

I still do not know the pattern name of the block. Sometimes differing placements of the blocks will have a different name. So, when I finally discover the name of this block, maybe the placement will have a different name. I am excited to find a true name for it, but kinda hope that my name, Trip, will stick.

I am glad to know that this quilt is going to someone who will love and enjoy it. Trip I know you will love it. Sorry that it took so long to finish it up.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

May Finish

I finished this quilt a week ago and have been waiting on the sun to come back out for some better pictures.

I do not think it really worked. I waited to late in the day. So pictures anyway, and this quilt it finally finished.

This is the first real pieced back that I have made. Other pieced backs were just a couple of pieced sewn together, but this has a row of pieced assorted leftover scraps. It was so much fun to make.

My favorite part of this quilt is the binding.

It has what was left of the fat quarter orange fabric and what was left of the turquoise and lime green fabric from the borders and backing.

quilt: 77"x 91"
blocks finished: 14"x14"
sashing finished: 2"x14"
setting squares finished: 2"x2"
sides finished: 5"x " 91"
top and bottom finished: 3 1/2"x 67"

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Making Binding

All that is left on my sister's Tweety quilt is the binding. I am working on that today! This quilt will soon be a finish of 2011! I know she is saying "Finally!"

I am using these two tutorials:
An everyday binding tutorial which is indepth and has lots of pictures!
How to completly machine bind a quilt.

Friday, May 13, 2011


There was a short unwanted pause in quilting the Tweety quilt! I did not want to stop, but I did not have a water soluble pen that worked! I got out my pen and it worked, a little, at first, then stopped for good. NOOOO! I got out my caulk marker and it worked for the parts I needed, at first. I had white caulk in it and was just marking on green.

I decided that after stitching in the ditch along the sashing I would quilt the rest in a diagonal pattern similar to this quilt. I tried to do something similar to the way she quilted, but I did not succeed. So, I gave up and decided to just mark it.

After stitching in the ditch, trying to use a card stock guide, and then deciding to mark it, I found that I needed to mark on the white and blue sections. I tried to mark the quilt with white caulk (using a tool I have that has powder caulk in it that comes out in a wheel) which did not work. Out of desperation I removed the white caulk and placed blue in it. It kinda worked, kinda. The caulk is not made to last, which is good, it was blending into the blue (I cannot find where I put it or I would have a name, brand, and a picture), and my quilting lines were not straight. After trying both ways and having wavy lines (that I refuse to remove, they are not that bad!), I decided to stop for a little while.

Tuesday I got a water soluble pen, and got to marking! The quilt has now been fully marked and is almost finished! When it is finished I will post pictures.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Tweety Quilt

 Well, I finally started quilting my sister's Tweety Quilt.

I originally had the due date for her birthday, but she gave me 4 extra days! She is having a double birthday party with her boyfriend and told me I could give it to her then. Woo Hoo! 4 days. It will really be only 3 days, because I have to finish it before I go to the party. And what if she needs my help to decorate or something?! OK, that means I will NOT change to due date in my head! As long as I get it finished BEFORE the party we are good. So far it is about 1/4 quilted, and as soon as I finish this blog I will get back to work!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Busy Quilting Season!

I am finishing up the last semester before I go insane student teach. I have just a couple of odds and ends to finish up before I am free finished! Almost there!

With this out of the way I have plenty of time to work on quilts, that is I have three and a half months to play with glorious fabric.

I have created a list of projects and due dates that I truly hope to keep. This exciting for me. I do not usually finish projects on time, but with the help of due dates maybe I can keep everything in a manageable timeline. Also, on this page you will see Christmas projects. If you are family guess what you are getting!

What does that mean for you dear reader? That means I AM BACK! For a few months at least!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Tornado Relief

If you would like to donate to help the victims this is the link to the Red Cross.

I would like to say that I am praying for my neighbors who have gone through these terrible tornadoes this past week. There have been many lives lost and the destruction is massive. I cannot completely describe what has occurred here. It is being called the second deadliest tornado outbreak in US history and the destruction is being compared to Katrina.

There were a couple of tornadoes that came very close to my home. They were in the same county, and I have seen the destruction first hand. This is a heartbreaking time for many people who have lost family, friends, dear ones, homes, and possessions. I was without power for three days, and my only loss was that of food. I know that this is very little in comparison to what others have lost.

There is so much to say about what has happened and what is happening, but all I really want to say is that I am very thankful for the support and love that my neighbors of this state and country have poured forth in this time of need! Thank you!