Saturday, October 6, 2012

{Post 1,068} Hi-Ya!! Take That!

My third son and fourth daughter competed in a karate tournament today.  They both did very well.  Here is a silly shot of all from their dojo (place of learning) that went with their sensei on the left:

From left to right, my daughter's best friend, my daughter, and my son:

Ben won against a black belt and brought home two gold medals and a silver medal.  I didn't get Rachel's specifics, but I'm sure I will!

Friday, October 5, 2012

{Post 1,067} Ivy's Quilt Finished

Ivy finished her quilt this AM!  I didn't find out until last night when she came to finish the quilting that her sister's baby shower is tomorrow!  Flip into fast forward.  We put the binding on last night and I showed her how to hand sew it to the back.  Maybe if you've been quilting a while you will remember how awkward and slow you were when you first started doing that yourself.  She was a trooper though and worked through.  She same over this afternoon so we could both work on it to finish it up.  It's in the washer now.

{Post 1,066} Pink & Orange Finished

If I hadn't seen this on my own design wall, I would hardly believe I made it.  Enough of previous dialogue.  38-1/2" square.  Without further ado, here are six pictures to peruse:

Thursday, October 4, 2012

{Post 1,065} Top Finished for Modern Baby

This font is supposed to be orange!  Here are sticks 5, 6, and 7.  The top is complete...on to the quilting!

Special thanks to my hubby for helping me figure out how to bisect two existing sticks.  My method was making a slash and adding a strip of color.  He pointed out that I should REMOVE white fabric and REPLACE it with a color to keep the existing lines lined up properly.  What a genius!

{Post 1,064} Modern Baby Quilt

I wonder how well this font color will show up?  In case you haven't noticed, I match my font color to the item I'm blogging about.  There isn't a color on blogger for this quilt.

This probably should be on my secret blog, but the one for whom I'm making it does not have internet and probably doesn't know I have a blog, so I'm fairly certain it shall remain a surprise.

One night I asked the mother-to-be what type of quilt she'd like me to make her.  I usually (ok--never) ask.  I just make something and give it.  For some odd reason I felt compelled to ask this time.  She said something modern (yes, my heart nearly stopped) in bright pinks and bright oranges (yes, the ticker skipped a few at this comment).  I tried to act natural, like I made bright pink and orange modern quilts all.  the.  time.  Inside, I was thinking "What in the world?  How does one make a modern quilt?  Who would want a bright pink and orange quilt?"  

Well, I recovered and planned, and here's what I have so far.  My intention is to make this pick-up sticks of various widths were dropped onto a white-on-white floor.  Here are pictures stick by stick:

On the last picture I did not crop out the edges of what started out being a square of fabric.  I am going to trim it down then add perhaps a couple more slices of color.  I was inspired by the designs in my new machine quilting book by Angela Walters.  All the quilts in there are modern quilts.  I am going to quilt each section with a different modern design.  Talk about being outside one's comfort zone!!


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

{Post 1,063} Ornaments Finished

I finished the first batch of the selvage Christmas tree ornaments.  Now I'm wondering what to do with them!  I would like to sell some to support my habit (of quilting, that is).

Here are six of them:

As I was sewing the jute loops to the top with buttons, I was having trouble finding buttons small enough to use in my button box.  Then *aha* I remembered my small jar of buttons that I'd removed from the men's shirts I was using for quilts.  Perfect!

Making fantastic progress on my 3 identical secret Christmas projects.  Head on over to my secret blog to check them out.  If you need the URL, just email me.