Archive for February, 2008

Finally a finished quilt

February 20, 2008

I finally finished the quilt using the toad-ally yours fabric. I have done stitch in the ditch so much that it is the first thing I think about when loading a quilt. I’m trying to get “out of the box” and do other things. I have bought many books and DVD’s but finally found something that I’m at least decent with…leaves. The inspiring book is from Kim Stotsenberg “Just Leaf It”. If you haven’t purchased this book, it is well worth your money.

I have also purchased some stencils, and am awaiting their arrival. I do mainly baby quilts so stitch in the ditch has been okay. But, it is very boring and the quilts aren’t very inspiring.

But, here is my latest quilt. It is very hard to see the quilting in the black background areas. I did a flower motif in the large snowball blocks, a flower with leaves in the stars, a single leaf and loop in the first border, and a double leaf and loop in the outside border. I’m sorry the pictures don’t show much.

Happy quilting!

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More Sad News

February 14, 2008

This year is not starting out very good. Another of our quilting friends has experienced tragedy in her life. Our Dear Gina has lost a son to a car accident and another son is in ICU from the same accident. So, so sad. Gina, our hearts and prayers go out to you. We wish you strength during this time and know that you are being held close by your cyber quilting friends.

Now What Do I Do?

February 12, 2008

I got my Toad-ally Yours quilt put together but now what do I do. Because of the black backgrounds, the quilting won’t show very much. I thought about doing a floral panto but the only one I have is Camelia. That might be okay but since this is rather whimsical fabric, I think that would be a little too much.

I’ve got it hanging on my wall so will see if I can come up with an idea while looking at it overall.

If anyone has any suggestions, please come forward!

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Happy Quilting!

Textures in the Ice

February 8, 2008

It wasn’t as pronounced this morning but I’ve taken some pictures to show the textures in the ice. This may be boring for everyone but I thought it was interesting.
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I couldn’t be close to the creek without taking some pictures.

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While I was out there, I too couldn’t resist taking a picture of the sky above the place this morning.

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So, just a little look at things around Wishbone Lane.

Happy Quilting!

Quilting Designs Everywhere

February 7, 2008

This morning, I had to bust ponds again but was amazed at what I saw in the ice. The wind blew all day yesterday so the ponds had little waves on them. I guess because of that, when the ice formed, there were designs in the ice…..quilting designs. I didn’t take my camera with me so I can’t show the designs but they were geometric designs all over the ice. They were raised just like they would be if quilted into fabric.

I’ve been noticing that I have a tendency now to see patterns in all things. I used to look at quilts for their layouts first and might notice the quilting and might not. Now, I tend to notice the quilting first and then as an afterthought, notice the pattern of the quilt. This has crept into the rest of my life also.

I also saw a whole flock of robins this morning feeding in the pasture. My husband says when the robins arrive, there will be one more storm before spring arrives. I hope he’s right because I’m really tired of busting ponds and all that is required during the winter. I’ll be happy to put my coveralls away for a long time.

That’s it for today. Happy Quilting!

Trying to find focus

February 6, 2008

I have been promising one of my nieces a quilt since she married 11 years ago. I have to admit that I’m the kind of quilter that has a hard time coming up with a quilt when someone gives me direction. (I want peach fabric and tulips). I worked and worked to come up with peach fabric which was hard to find at the time and downloaded loads of tulips to embroider on the quilt. Then I decided to do a log cabin with a frame full of flowers in the center. I worked on the center and started the log cabins and ran out of fabric. Then, we decided to move from Kansas City and I have never found that piece of quilt since (fortunately). So, for that last 10 years, I have tried to come up with a quilt for Terri Lynn. I fell in love with the fabric for the Harvest Spice quilts but hated the quilt itself. When Terri Lynn was here Thanksgiving, she also fell in love with the fabric. So….here I am with this fabric and I can not, no matter how hard I try, figure out what to do with it. Another things that I think is hindering my creativity is EQ6. Before EQ5 came along, I would lay out fabric and come up with a design for my quilts using that fabric. Since purchasing EQ5 and then EQ6, I spend (waste) enough time playing with the program that I could have had several quilts made. I then never come up with a design I like. So, I have decided I will go back to my previous way of coming up with designs and leaving EQ6 for my baby quilts. But, if anyone has any ideas (other than the original pattern) of using these 20″ blocks and the 6″ flower blocks, to make an oversized queen size quilt, I would be sincerely grateful.

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I have another quilt (actually I’m working on 3 right now) that I have cut out and started piecing. It is using the Toad-ally Yours fabric (which I absolutely love) but I’m afraid I’ve drafted (again using EQ6) the squares too large. I’m using a snowball block with a star block finishing at 12″. The snowball block will be fine but this star is going to be really big. I did the size because I wanted to see as much of the fabric as I could but I’m not sure it is going to look like I wanted it to. Oh well, if it doesn’t, I have more fabric.

Here is a picture of the 2 blocks. The star block is just laid together so looks even bigger.

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So that’s what I’m trying to focus on in addition to 2 baby quilts I’m working on. Those are ready to put on the frame to get quilted and sent on their way.

Happy Quilting!