Archive for June, 2009

Old Red Barn Co. Quilt Along Tops

I decided to make two lap quilts instead of a big one. One is four rows by four the other is 4 x 5. I don’t have a need for a near-bed sized quilt right now. I bought some light grey/blue fabric to border them and I’m going to use some leftover strips cut into squares outside that. The backing is another thing. I don’t really know what I want yet. Any thoughts?

4x4ORBtop

4x5ORBtop

June 26, 2009 at 9:17 am 1 comment

Home Life

farm collage

sweet peas

lion cake

Happy Birthday to my boys.

June 25, 2009 at 7:11 am 1 comment

Truer Words Were Never Spoken

wasted life2
Photo courtesy of a big boy camera spree. Sign courtesy of Mom.

After cleaning furiously for a birthday party for the boys, I was exhausted by the time the party came. What’s a little dust between friends, right?

June 21, 2009 at 8:46 pm Leave a comment

Sewing Machine Meme

It’s Sewing Machine month at the Sew, Mama, Sew blog and they’ve introduced a sewing machine meme. Here’s mine.

elna

What brand and model do you have?

Elna 2003

How long have you had it?

6-7 years

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?

$275

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?

Quilting mostly, some bags and pillows, an occasional potholder.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?

I wish it was daily but usually 3-4 days a week I’m able to get in some time.

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?

I like my machine well enough but not enough to give her a name.

What features does your machine have that work well for you?

Easy, straight sewing.

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?

Tension problems.

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!

Actually, I did find mine under the Christmas tree. I had sewn a few baby quilts on my mother-in-law’s borrowed sewing machine. I wouldn’t say I was hooked yet but my husband thought to get me a good starter machine to see if I’d like it. The rest is history. (Can I blame my fabric addiction on him?)

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?

If you’re looking for a well-made, decent starter machine, this is a good one. I’d like a few more features now that I’ve been sewing for a while.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?

Now I’m looking for a drop-in bobbin, needle stop down feature and a long bed for machine quilting.

Do you have a dream machine?

I dare not dream just yet. It will just make me sad that I don’t have it yet. When it looks possible, I’ll start looking at Janome and Bernina.

And let me introduce you to my new iron. Luckily for me I found a forgotten Joann’s gift card in my wallet just as my ancient (college-era) iron no longer produced steam.

newrowenta

Now get me into the sewing room, for goodness sakes.

June 16, 2009 at 8:33 pm 2 comments

Quick Quilt-along post for a busy weekend

ORBquilttop1

I’ve decided to go with two lap quilts for the Old Red Barn Quilt-along. Here’s my first go at a layout for one. Digital cameras are great for this. I can look at the photo and see any spots that I want to change.

Busy weekend, gotta run, and yourself? Enjoy!

June 12, 2009 at 8:04 pm Leave a comment

Catching Up

In addition to some larger projects that I’ve started, I’ve also joined the Old Red Barn Quiltalong, a Stash Busting Virtual Quilting Bee and a Quilt Block Exchange. I’ve done some much needed catching up.

Here are my strips for the Old Red Barn Quiltalong. I’ve got half the blocks sewn and cut and some more to follow.

ORB strips

Here is my June block for Lizziwhizz for the Bee.

lizziwhiz block

Two boy-ish Quilt Block exchange blocks for Becca and Chelsea using some great Amy Schimler fabrics.

beccas block

vetcw3 block June

A wonky log cabin for Isaacsmama. (I am really digging this one and it will be hard to send away.)

isaccsmama block June

And a girly-princess block for Mary.

namawsbuzyquiltn block

Honestly, my blocks are square. I haven’t yet figured out how to photograph them properly. Don’t be alarmed if one of these is on its’ way to you. It is square. Truly.

June 9, 2009 at 9:17 pm 2 comments

A Quilt Finds a Happy Home

marys quilt finished

My sister-in-law’s quilt was delivered yesterday and she loves it. It’s so nice when your creation finds a happy home. I pieced a ribbon into the backing for a little interest. It’s a great way to use some leftover strips.

marys quilt back

So I’m onto other projects. It seems like I’ve just had a few finishes and yet I can see five projects in the works in my sewing room. That didn’t take long.

Here are some of the 1″ strip scrappy cabins that I mentioned in my last post. They’re not all finished (I think even I can count the cabins properly) but they’re fun to look at. Not exactly a subdued palette, don’t you agree?

scrappy cabins

There’s two days left to get in on my 200th post giveaway! Leave a comment.

June 7, 2009 at 7:27 pm 5 comments

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