Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Quilting Update

As you can see, I've had a little bit of help. Thanks so much to Amy, a blogger recommended to me by Bren, she got my sidebar elements back to where they belong. I'll keep the new look for a while because I'm afraid to touch anything, LOL, and someday maybe I'll tire of it and get brave enough to try a new template!

And now for a quick quilting update. I've been keeping really busy lately and have hand quilted some on the flower quilt, finished the 5th topper and am cutting and readying freezer paper for 3 more. I hope to have the pieces ready for basting today, along with 3 more tops marked.

I had picked a pattern some time ago for the album quilt, but hadn't figured out fabric. I'd wanted to avoid going out to buy fabric if possible, for several reasons, but was having a hard time coming up with what I wanted to use. I had a piece out for another project that I found wasn't quite right and that has become the main piece for the album quilt. My first thought was to use one fabric, but I didn't think I had enough of this to do that, so it became the main fabric (13 blocks out of this one) and will be the borders and binding. There are 3 other fabrics going along with it. One of the blocks is already made, I did a test block to see if I really wanted to do 25 of these and if I thought they would work for what I wanted. It was actually quite easy and not terribly time consuming. It has a nice space in the middle for signing. I'm going to also bring along some nice sayings to fill in any blank spaces at the end of the party. I cut the fabric for the other 24 blocks, did the strip piecing and subcutting so that these are now well on their way. I made little "packets" with all the pieces for one block in each one, so it will be easy to keep track of what needs to be done. I hope to have the blocks finished by the weekend and maybe even have the top finished. My husband has a busy weekend, which usually means lots of extra free time for me. I will spend as much of that time quilting as I can, but if it's nice out I'm sure we'll take a couple of walks as well. We walked to the library this morning and even though it was a bit chilly, Ruthie loved it, so we'll be doing a lot more of it.

I can also now post the "Joyful" baby quilt that I tested for Tyanne as it's now published and posted on her website along with the many other beautiful patterns that she's designed.

I attempted to upload a video but for some reason it wouldn't process. I'll be trying that again another time, hopefully I can get that to work.

Our walk to the library set me back a couple of hours. I've got to get stew going and told the kids I'd make them a cake. I've got the Cubs game on and my grocery list is finished, so I can sew in the spare minutes that crop up for the rest of the day.
Happy Quilting!


loulee1 said...

Wow, nice quilt. Lucky you getting to test the pattern.

I like your album block too, it's sweet.

((Hugs)) for Ruthie.

Marilyn R said...

I love your album block and am looking forward to seeing more as you progress on that quilt! The baby quilt is fantastic!