Showing posts from July, 2007

why didn't I think of this sooner?

Color me silly---after I posted all those still pictures of the quilt display, I could have just loaded them in my webshots album and let you look at them floating by in a slideshow. I did that yesterday, after the fact because I needed to order prints for our photo album. Then the light bulb belatedly went off. I DID try to embed the link but all that did was mess up my sidebar section--maybe I should have shrunk it down to fit the existing size of my sidebar??

If you feel compelled to go look at them all again, here's the link:
I forget sometimes that I DO have albums up HERE that contain a couple years worth of our quilts--many of the same ones out on the pews are in the 07 album, save the ones from July that I haven't had time to add.

Thanks to all of you for your lovely comments about the quilts. I look at them all spread out on the pews and visualize a young person who might be seated there with that quilt wrapped arou…

quilt display 1

What a wonderful day for the Bama Belles Quilting Club! It is always so moving to me to see the quilts laid out on the pews like this--reminds me of seeing "old friends". Friday afternoon, 5 of the group and Jane's granddaughter laid out 93 quilts. A disclaimer: 17 of them were quilts from '06 that I had set aside for the Boy's Ranch so you may see some of YOUR old friends as well. I told the girls that I knew that they were in the bunch at Linda S' house and could easily pull them out if we did not have enough room. Consensus was: put them out and we will enjoy them again. I guess that makes up for the ones we have already delivered to Presbyterian Home for Children (PHFC) in Talledega earlier this year that didn't land on the pews for the exhibit.

I posted the pictures "backwards" as you know how the blogs go newest to oldest--there are 4 posts (20 pics) to see. Right after our display ended the girls helped me gather up the qui…

quilt display 2

Continuing back up the right side of the pews

Now, starting from the back of the left side facing the entrance

quilt display 3

Amen Corner 1
Amen Corner 2
Looking right from the altar back--moving towards the back in rest of the pics

More follows---

quilt display--overview


wrapping things up

Because my mom knows what the Bama Belles meeting schedule is, she told me the other day on the phone that she knows I am going to be posting some quilt pictures right around that time. LOL, today is no exception.

We are, more or less, wrapping things up for the Boy's Ranch since we will put the quilts out on the pews on the 28th and then deliver them to the facility right after that. If you are interested, photos of last years exhibit can be seen in my August 06 archives---two posts, I think, starting with THISone dated around 8-19, I think. I'll be posting pictures again this year so stay tuned.

Pictured is the Heartstrings top the Belles pieced, I assembled and Ginny quilted with a nice red zigzag. I spent a good chunk of Monday doing the binding.

I just took a trial run up to the Ranch right after lunch since I was not sure how to get there. Good thing too, as I misread the directions the Social Worker had given me on the phone. I got it straight in my head n…

quilting--the slow way

I was about ready to start binding our Heartstrings quilt yesterday but then realized that I needed to print up a special label for it. Since the ink needed to set up and so forth, I opted to machine quilt the little Ohio Star quilt (some of Finn's blocks and some blocks I made with Finn's fabric and/or my stash). I started hand quilting the heart motif last evening. I enjoy hand quilting but really don't get much time to do it anymore---not when there are quilts to get done for donation. Well, this is one too but since I know we have enough to take to the Boys Ranch, the biggest push is about over. I am having fun with this!! Even better, no seams to deal with. I could totally see doing a whole cloth quilt.

For years I did not machine quilt and resisted it like crazy. I like the looks of hand quilting best for my own quilts but who has the time? When Joy and I got started making them for WTIL and she was getting stuck doing mine too, it was definitely time to b…

Saturday doings

My latest completion---the beetle quilt. I went over to the church after I walked yesterday to re-pin this top. I want to hand quilt the motif I had marked in the alternating square and after the fact, discovered that the backing I had used was much too high of a thread count to be able to needle it. I'll save that for another machine quilted piece as I have more yardage in case the quilt is over-sized a bit. I knew that there were some nice floral fabrics in the donation bin that my mom had sent back with me so I snapped up a peach colored one that should work out fine.

Ginny had completed the quilting on the Heartstrings top the group made while her two young daughters were at day camp. Interruptions at home made her afraid she would not get binding finished in time for the quilt display next weekend so they ran it by for me to bring home to work on. May have pictures of that one in a day or two.

Shortly after lunch the power went off and stayed off for 5 hours. DJ an…

this and that

If anyone reads my postings from a RSS feed through their web browser, you may have seen an old June post that I edited to replace the picture. Roger kindly sent the original jpeg to me so I took the old scanned photo off and put the real image up. Sorry for the confusion but much better without the glare off Dad's and my shirts. And if none of that makes any sense, I'll refer you back to the original post HERE .

Been somewhat quiet around here the last two days. I finished quilting the sashed Ohio Star quilt seen HERE yesterday afternoon and started finishing the binding on my Beetle quilt. Pat came by to pick up 3 quilts since she volunteered for binding detail. I dropped Lois' quilt off for her yesterday morning and caught her in the middle of freezing corn. She sent some cukes home with me but unfortunately, DJ thought it was a bag of kitchen scraps and tossed them. ( Color me sad)

I had a few errands to run this morning as well as a couple of calls/emails to make in reg…
It's raining again this morning---enough to keep DJ home from the golf course and make me want to dive back in bed. I probably won't but the possibility is there. With the rain falling, I'll take this as one of my day's off from walking but am up anyway. Sleep was eluding me since 4:30 but I think that is part of that summer internal alarm clock thing. Nice and peaceful---little car traffic since it is Sunday, birds chirping, neighbors must be sleeping in.

Here is the official portrait of the Framed 4 patch on point. I finished up the binding on Wednesday. Judy dropped off the batting roll so I ran it and the quilt over to the meeting place to take the picture. The blocks were donated by Nancy. There were others in brights that made their way into their own top that Ginny quilted a few months back but the pinks and browns needed their own dedicated top, I thought. Reminds me of Neopolitan Ice cream with that soft pink background.

I've been busy quilting since Thur…

this and that on a Tuesday

I think I had a day like Pam described in her post as far as productivity yesterday. A little of little odds and ends were tended to.

First off, I recovered my little under the desk footstool again. I found this piece of tapestry in the Christmas fabric basket and hopefully it will wear a little better than the cotton stuff I put on last time. I stuck down the batting this time with double stick carpet tape. The corners aren't the neatest but it beats the way it did look! See the kitties on there and snowmen too--two fav motifs.
Put some elastic back in a bow and garter thing for a basket of hair brushes and doodads that sits in the bathroom
Pressed and wound up 6 quilts worth of binding--ugh but necessary
Trimmed down those 28 HST squares from the snowballs from Sunday--3 1/2 unfinished so little Churn Dash blocks might be cute?
Marked a heart motif in the snowball blocks---might hand quilt them and live to regret seaming that one white block
Started the hand finishing on the binding o…

stashbusting my way to another top

Hot off the press--the top using the leftover blocks and yardage that Finn sent. I showed the 12 blocks I sashed and cornerstoned in yesterday's post. I had the 4 Ohio Star blocks done yesterday and today worked on the snowballs. I had pulled some greens out of my stash for a few star tips; when I went to put them away, I noticed a piece of peach colored tone on tone that might go with the blocks---5 of the block had a hint of orange or coral so it looked like a good choice. The white on white is the same piece I used for the sashing on yesterday's Ohio Star top but actually it is leftover yardage from those SEC quilts I was commissioned to make last fall. I did not want to cut another strip for just one block so I seamed the white on the bottom block from the end fold. Seems like someone is always wanting blocks WOW . My stock is low so I still have a strip about 14 wide by 90 long for another use. Not sure where that peach piece came from but there is are only a few bi…

drippy day

I think this is the first morning in months that we have had rain in the morning. Of course, DJ was set to play golf. I got in my walking clothes, including shoes/a double pair of socks, waiting to see if it was going to stop. Not pouring, just dripping--two hours later, it is still at it. I briefly considered walking in Wal-mart which is close--the enclosed mall is about 12 miles away but decided I get an extra day off this week instead. Got find an alternative walking site, obviously, for days like this or when it turns cold. I made some tuna mac salad for our noon or evening meal in the meantime.

In my last post I reported that I had been tackling some things in my sewing basket. I've got quilting to do but just haven't felt like doing it plus some of this sewing stuff has needed my attention far longer. With all of our efforts combined I now have a stack of 9 tops "pin ready" to take to the meeting. By "pin ready" I mean that the top is done, it is paire…

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July!

(Detachable center design from Sew Precise software--base quilt from Katrinka Designs "Multi-Seasonal Banner" )

Best laid plans.........

I "overslept" this morning---lately with the summer heat and trying to get my walking in early, I have been getting up anytime after 5 but usually no later than 6:30. That is not easy for a confirmed night owl to do. An "up and down" night made me awake with an "oh no!" when I spied the clock. But walking was not too bad---it is just enough overcast and a bit of a breeze is blowing with temps about 70. What a blessing that is!

I thought I would share some pictures of the crepe (crape?) myrtle trees that are just starting to come out. There are four total in our yard. This red one is probably my favorite, colorwise. When we first moved here 10 years ago, it appeared to be a fairly recent planting and it was growing as "crooked as a dog's hind leg" as DJ would say. It spent some time getting staked up. The kudzu, of course, is the greenest thing around but the yard has shaped up considerably with a bit of rain in early June. It has been a littl…

busy busy but not quilting

Pippi is no doubt wondering if it is safe to stay out on her perch. I have been busy cleaning for two days straight but finally finished the job about 3:30 this afternoon. Since my work involved the vacuum cleaner AKA kitty eating machine she stayed under the bed most of the day. Poor kitty---I've been calling her "Poodle Paws" with those shaved spots on her front legs. I notice it more when she is standing up. This angle is making her look chubbier than she is right now too---she has lost about 3 lbs with this condition she has and it really bony in her back.
I cannot show you how the patriotic row came out and that is the nearest I had been to piecing anything late last week. Kept changing my mind about what blocks I wanted to do. One involved a star on a big circle so that challenged me and amazingly, turned out well. I had thought about doing a Sky Rocket block as shown( below). I still like this one but decided I would be better served to just get the work do…