Monday, July 25, 2011

So many distractions, so little sewing time

This past month has had so many distractions that I have not really had any time to sew. For one, we had our annual family camping trip with my extended family. I wish I had some nice photos to share with you from that trip, but unfortunately my camera broke, so I have none. But, we did have fantastic weather all week and a good time was had by all.

After our week of vacation, I started watching my granddaughter 2-3 days a week. I really treasure the opportunity to bond with her. I love being a grandma! I am trying to squeeze in a little quilting when I can, but progress is slow.

This is what my design wall looks like today. I have a few days open, so with a bit of luck, this will all be stitched together to this point by the end of the week.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Still Uncertain About this One

On my last post, I showed a picture of my current project up on my design wall. I asked for opinions on my setting triangles, because I wasn't sure about the navy. And several of you were nice enough to comment that you liked the navy. And the more I looked, so did I. But something was still bothering me about the quilt. It wasn't until someone pointed out that she thought the red was overpowering the blocks that it made sense. I was so determined to give this quilt a Christmas feel, that I totally missed the misplaced red. I have been playing around on EQ with some alternate options. This one is speaking to me at the moment. What do you think? Is this better, or is the center now too light?

Monday, June 20, 2011

DWM- June 20

As you can see, I have my tree blocks on my wall again this week. All of the blocks are complete and I am playing with the setting elements. I know I want to stay with the red and gold, as this is intended to be a Christmas quilt. But I am just not certain about the navy. Any thoughts?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Something new for the design, has it been a while!

Last post I said I was finally going to be able to do some quilting again. So naturally, the very next day my machine started acting up. I was doing some machine quilting and somehow managed to throw the timing off. I was working on this at the time.

I am fortunate enough to have a back-up machine, but I like the stitch quality better of my main machine for quilting. So I put this quilt aside for when I get that machine back from repairs and started a new project.

Here is what I have so far. Some of these are only partially stitched together. And I still need to make some more blocks.

These blocks are from the Crab Apples quilt pattern in Bonnie Hunter's book 'Adventures with Leaders and Enders'. I am working with my scraps on this one and I can't really tell I have used any from the looks of my scrap bins. Sigh. I guess I will need to try a few more of the patterns in the book.

To see what other quilters are working on, check out Judy's blog.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Another Granddaughter has Graced my World

I am thrilled to announce the arrival of my newest granddaughter earlier this month. Here is Grace on her quilt that was designed just for her. I have been too busy playing grandma to do much sewing this month. But I did manage to whip up a little companion piece for baby's room.

I found the instructions for this here. It looks pretty cute sitting on the chair in her room. And it was so easy to make! I have several new projects I want to get started on, so regular blog postings should resume soon. Until then, happy sewing!

Monday, April 18, 2011

I am still alive...

...I just haven't been doing much quilting lately. Until the past few weeks, when I felt the need to get busy on a quilt for my next grandchild, due the end of this month. My daughter and I worked together to pick out the color scheme and come up with a pattern that we both like. This is the end result. I named the quilt Springtime Graces. I can't wait for that baby to grace us with her presence. :)