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Friday, August 21, 2009

Dinner tonight

Here's my first real mobile blog post.

Just goofing around

I'm going to leave this photo just because it's the photo I took at the mobile phone shop today to figure out where the photos went when they were sent to blog. I thought I had created a blog before from my phone, but never could figure it out. Now I have. I'm glad I was able to link my mobile phone to my existing blog, so now, I can take photos of my quilts and any other things and send it to my blog. How cool is that?

The main reason I went to the phone shop today was because last night when I was trying to use the internet on my phone (I wanted to try to see Facebook), I was not able to log in at Facebook. I still can't and don't know exactly why not but I since I was in the shop, I had several other questions. Mainly, I REALLY want an iPhone. I had the opportunity back in March or April when I renewed my contract to get an iPhone for free. I thought it was too big and that I really didn't need it if I wasn't going to do the internet with it, etc. In the meantime, I got on Facebook and both my daughter and my sister-in-law have iPhones and use them to send pictures to Facebook. I thought that would be cool to do it too. That's what I was trying to see if I could do with my phone (which apparently, I can't). Now, after talking to the guy in the store, my best option is to wait 4 months before my contract runs out and renew it then and take the iPhone for free. Darn, darn, darn. I could have one now and I don't and now I have to wait 20 months or I could fork over 1000 Euros and buy the iPhone myself, which I won't do. Now, I just have to count down the time until January 2011.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Photos of the projects I'm working on

The top pictures are the stars for my quilt that I'm working on in my quilt lesson. Underneath the stars are my Sylvia's Bridal Sampler squares. I sure don't have very many of them done, but that's ok. It is a LONG term project. The bottom picture is the top of a pillow. I'm still quilting it. I have to do the pink part around the outside still. I'm planning on adding some prairie points around the edges and then back it with the same pink as the top. When it's finished, it's going to my daughter, Lyn.

One More Time.

I've managed to do something to the settings of my blog and I don't know how to get it back to it's previous settings. I've been trying to add new photos and it's not working. This is just an attempt to see if the plain post without pictures will show up.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

It's June and what have I done or not done??

I'm really not very good at blogging. I am ashamed when I look at the date of my last post. I"m also ashamed that I haven't accomplished all that I set out to do. Well, we did have a little mini vacation tucked in there so that's a very small part of the reason. So, back to the question of what I've done since the last posting.

The costume got finished enough. I still haven't made the blouse that goes with the costume, but I was able to wear a blouse I already have, so I was pleased with that. My friend, Angelika, and I will be doing some more sewing to make the costumes even better for the Castle Fest in August. Hopefully, I'll have the blouse finished by then. Here's a photo of Angelika, Wendie and me at the Elf Fantasy Fair with our costumes. I've also got to redo my vest. It didn't hold up well over the whole day. Will add some inner facing to make it thicker.

I have managed to put together 14 stars for the star quilt in my quilting lesson/group. That includes the star itself as seen in an earlier post with pink checked squares and triangles to finish it into a square. I figured I need about 35 to make this into a nice lap quilt for myself.

I have done nothing so to speak on my SBS quilt. I went to one club gathering the week after our vacation and I'll be going back again this coming Wednesday. The block I was working on at the last gathering is still stuck between the pages of the book. I had problems with the sizes of the pieces. I used paper as a template and cut around that with my rotary cutter. Big mistake. I was constantly cutting a sliver of the paper off and thus the pieces were becoming smaller and smaller, so they didn't fit. It was also recommended that I use a different green, so I have to recut those pieces as well. Guess I'd better get busy with the recutting of these pieces so I have something to work on on Wednesday.

I STILL haven't found the batik fabric I used for half of the block border for DD's butterfly quilt. I'm sure I have some left over, I just have to look AGAIN through my boxes of stash and find it. In the meantime, though, I can cut the pink and turquoise triangles out and be one step ahead when I do find the batik or buy some more if I can find the same pattern.

The pillow is still unfinished. I don't have a lot of quilting left on it, so I really need to stop the other projects for the moment and finish it. It's fast become a UFO which is a pity since it's such a nice looking pillow top and it's ALMOST finished.

I did manage to get all the blocks done for the Maker's Choice exchange in my Yahoo quilting group, but that had a deadline, so I felt more compelled to finish that than the others.

So that's it from me for now. Pictures will follow when I've taken them and upload them from my camera.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Beginning of April and my illustrious plans for the month.

Ok, maybe if I put it in writing, I have to accomplish all I say I WANT to accomplish. LOL Like that will help Mrs. Procrastinator.
  1. Since I am missing 3 meetings of my Sylvia's Bridal Sampler (SBS) club in Amsterdam, I want to have 3 blocks finished by the time I return the beginning of May. That should be doable.
  2. I have 3 MC blocks to do. Two from March and one final block for April. That will be done this weekend without a doubt.
  3. I'd like to get all the triangles cut out for the additional border for DDs butterfly quilt. That won't be a problem either.
  4. Actually, at the top of the list should be my costume for the Elf Fantasy Fair. Yesterday, I got the under skirt finished and cut out the over skirt. Should be able to finish that this weekend as well with the MC blocks.
  5. For the rest of the month, just work on my star quilt for my quilt lesson, the quilting on the pillow cushion and sewing the triangles together for DDs quilt. That should be reasonable for the month. We'll see what I have accomplished on May 1.

New quilt lesson project

Last night Angelika and I had our quilt lesson. Didn't learn anything new but we started on a new project. It's a kind of kaleidoscope quilt/wall hanging I guess you'd say. There were 4 fabrics on the table to choose from. I'm the only one with my fabric because I chose first and there wasn't enough for two. I bought the rest of the bolt because I'd like to make mine bigger than the wall hanging. This will be my snuggle quilt for on the couch so I've got some time to finish it since it's beginning to get warm and I won't be needing a blanket anymore for a while. I'm going to take a picture of the full width of the fabric so you can see what I'm starting with. The idea is to trace 8 exactly the same diamond shapes from the fabric and make them into a star. For the wall hanging, you need 20 different stars. The challenge is to "find" as many different stars as possible. This is a scan of my first star. The bottom half is already sewn together, but the top half is just laying there unsewn.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

March is nearly over and I haven't accomplished much

March is nearly over and what have I done. Not much. Bare with me if I am repeating myself in some of ramblings.

I'm part of a Maker's Choice block exchange on my Yahoo group, Quilting For All. Two names are pulled from hat and we have the whole month to make the two blocks. I got behind in the beginning of the year and frantically tried to get my head above the water and get the January and February blocks done. Well, got them done, but now, I still need to do the March ones. And..... I signed up for the potholder exchange too and that was due the 15th of March and I haven't finished those yet either. What a procrastinator I am. Well, I can't say that is totally true where the potholders are involved. I was working diligently on one and every time I tried to free movement quilt the last of the 4 squares, I kept thinking it was beautifully done to turn it over and it was full of loops. I'm going to make a new bobbin and try it again. Today, either way, I'll make the potholders for the other person. I have promised 2 potholders to 2 people. I also have to make 2 MC blocks. I already have the fabric and the blocks chosen, so it's just a matter of cutting and sewing. Should be able to have that done this weekend.

And then there is darling daughter's butterfly quilt that should have been finished for her birthday, March 5. I don't know what I was thinking when I thought a 50"X 50" quilt would fit my 5'11" daughter as a nice lap/snuggle quilt. I am now trying to figure out how to make it at least 10" longer. I'm going to repeat the inner border which will add 6" so I'm almost there. Just have dig around and find the fabric. I have the pink and the turquoise, I just have to find the batik I used. I have found another batik that is similar, so if I don't have any of the other left over, this other one will work just as well. Might even use it anyway. And of course, by increasing the size of the original quilt, that means I don't have enough of the last border. I bought it locally and they don't have it anymore. I have been able to find a shop on the internet that carries it, so I can order it. I'm just not sure about the choice now. Once I have gotten the inner part of the quilt put together, it is quite bright and the butterfly fabric I chose for the final border is quite light in comparison. I bought a fat quarter of another butterfly fabric I like and it might work, but I feel it may be too dark. I did as well find this fabric on the internet, so either way, I'll be able to order the border fabric. I'll wait until I go to Amsterdam again and ask Merel at the Birdblock which fabric she thinks is best, then I'll order it.

As if I didn't have enough on my plate with the quilting projects, my husband, Marco, and I have been going to The Elf Fantasy Fair for the past 4 or 5 years and I've always wanted to make myself a costume. My good friend, Angelika, and her husband and daughter have been going with us for the last 2 (I think). Angelika bought herself a dress at the first one, made her daughter, Wendie, a dress and I bought me a skirt and managed to put together a costume. We decided to make our own costumes for this year and Angelika has been busy making a new costume for Wendie, a shirt for her husband, Edwin, as well as a new costume for herself. She just finished Wendie's costume yesterday and Edwin's shirt is nearly finished. Her costume is as well nearly finished. And what have I done, yesterday, I got the waistband sewed on and put the elastic in. Then I pinned up the hem, so I'm almost finished with the underskirt. I still have to cut out and sew the over skirt, the blouse, and the vest. I hope I get it finished in time for the Fair, the end of April.

And then there is Sylvia's Bridal Sampler quilt. Even though this is a VERY long term project, I want to keep up with my SBS club that meets every two weeks in Amsterdam. I told them I wouldn't be able to come for at least the month of March and now probably not even for April so that I have the time to finish my costume. I know Merel was only joking when she said I had to do my homework, but I do want to have 3 blocks finished and the next block cut out when I start back in May.

And one last thing. I bought me a camera yesterday!!! It's a little Kodak that I think will be just what I need. It was already on sale for 99 Euros and I still had 20 Euros of gift cards, so I only paid 79 Euros which is what I wanted to pay in the first place. I haven't tried it out yet because it just got off the charger when I went to bed last night and I haven't looked at it yet today. I'll take a few pictures and post them here when I can.

That's all folks. See you next time. I hope I have more finished projects for you.

Monday, March 2, 2009

What I've been up to last month.

Here are the projects I've been working and the progress I've made on them in February. The first picture is of Milky Way, D2, for Sylvia's Bridal Sampler. That gives me a grand total of 4 of the 140 blocks. March's challenge for my Yahoo SBS group is a bit easier this month. Jan. and Feb. were both 9 blocks and I never even came close to getting that number. March will be only 5, so maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to meet the challenge or at least come close. We are choosing 5 blocks from either the number 3 blocks (March is the 3rd month) or any of the M blocks (March begins with M). I've already made a list of all the possibilities as well as which ones I have a pattern for or that I think I might be able to figure out on my own. I'm considering Bright Hopes (A3), Bowtie(F3), Sarah's Choice (H3), Dutchman's Puzzle (I3), Churn Dash (K3), Wild Geese (M2), Ohio Star(M5), King David's Crown (M9), and Clay's Choice (N3). Plenty to keep me busy for the month along with my other on-going projects.
The next photo is a partial scan of my cushion top I'm making in my quilting class. You can actually see most of the top, just a bit was cut off in the scan. I'm also including a drawing of the cushion pattern so you know what it will look like when it's finished. I'll do the large pieces in all sides in the same pink as the points in the photo to the right, the points will be the light green and the squares will also be pink. The back of the cushion will be pink.

The last picture of this post is my log cabin block that I have made two of. They will be sewn together and filled to make an Easter chicken. I'm still a little unsure how to finish it off, but we will do that in the next quilt lesson. I have red and yellow felt to make the nose and the comb and on the back, the tail will be prairie points. (Edited post) I finally uploaded the picture of my Easter chicken, so I have deleted the photo I got from the web showing how it should look. You can now see my Easter Chick.

Monday, February 23, 2009

I'm Bad, I Know

I have been doing a whole lot of nothing lately. I'm WAAAAYYY behind on my Maker's Choice blocks for my Yahoo group and the Pot Holder Exchange deadline is staring me in the face and I haven't even started those. I have managed to get a little sewing done though. I had my quilt lesson last week and we learned a new technique. We are making little Easter chickens from 2 log cabin blocks. Even though I've seen the little chickens, I still can't quite get my head wrapped around the idea of how they go together. I'm almost finished with the blocks and will have to wait another 3 weeks to finish the little darling. At least, this will be finished in time to display for Easter. I'm also a bit behind in the cushion top also for my quilt lesson. The other two ladies had their tops finished, while I only have a small section finished. I'll have to get working on that too. In the meantime, last Wednesday, I also had my Sylvia's Bridal Sampler Club meeting in Amsterdam. I worked on one block and it's not yet finished either, so nothing to show you photo wise. I'm still looking for me a camera, so I have to rely on either the scanner or hubby's camera. I'll have photos soon.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Two More SBS Blocks Completed

Here are the next two Sylvia's Bridal Sampler Blocks I've made. Below is Shoo-Fly A-2 and on the right is Wedding Ring C-2. I joined a Yahoo group that is specifically for the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler Quilt and they do a challenge each month. I joined too late for the January Challenge, but the February Challenge just started when I joined and this challenge is to complete 9 blocks that are in the 2 category, ie, A-2, B-2, C-2, etc. I had just finished the Wedding Ring block when I joined, so it can count and I had already planned to do the Shoo-Fly, so I was already ahead so to speak. I have cut out and marked the seam lines for Milky Way D-2, so it will be the next to be completed. One of the ladies in my SBS club in Amsterdam emailed me with the rest of the 2 blocks, so I will have plenty to choose from. I seriously doubt I will complete the challenge, but that's ok, I'm not REALLY trying to. If I do, I do, if I don't, I don't. Lyn's butterfly quilt and the cushion for my quilt lessons are the priorities, as well as the Maker's Choice blocks and potholders from QuiltingForAll Yahoo group. I have been able to make some good progress on Lyn's quilt. I'm sewing the last strip of the pieced border and will add a purple border and then see what kind of border I can come up with to make it a little longer before I add the last butterfly fabric border and then I'll be ready to quilt it. I won't post any pictures here until Lyn has received it. I don't want to take the chance that she might stumble on this site and see it before hand.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Looking for my Own Camera

I've been looking at cameras these past few days. I've decided I need my own camera to take photos of my quilts and things instead of using my husband's camera. Sure, his camera takes nice photos, but I have to ask him to upload my photos to my quilting folder and it's not always done in my time frame, so I'm normally waiting on him. Therefore, I don't have the photos to post here when I want them. Not sure what I want. It doesn't have to be fancy, just enough pixels to get a good picture of the details, etc . I'll keep you all posted as to what I finally buy.

Over the weekend, I got most of the 2nd border sewed on to my daughter's butterfly quilt. It's a large applique butterfly center panel, with 1st border as 1 in. border, 2nd border is hst's not sure what size, 3rd border is also 1 in. and the final border is a wide strip of butterfly print fabric 6in. The finished size of this quilt is 50in. square and I've decided I want it bigger, so I'm going to increase the size of the 3rd border to 2in., add some other pieced border to the top and bottom to make it rectangular, probably add another small border of 1 to 2in. and end it with the butterfly print border. I'm now looking for something to do for that extra top and bottom border.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Grandson's quilt

Here's me with Mickey's quilt. The friendship stars were made by members of the QuiltingForAll Yahoo group I belong to. We do a block swap every so often. This was the first swap I was in. I just said I wanted bright colors with black background. When hubby, Marco, and I were in Texas last September, I took Mickey to the local quilt shop and let him pick out the backing and border fabrics. I finished this just before his birthday on January 15 but it's still waiting to be mailed to him. I'm going to add some Valentine's candy and goodies first. This is my first "large" quilt.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Not much quilting done lately

I've been in a kind of slump I guess you'd say. Haven't sat behind the sewing machine in weeks. I am way behind on my Maker's Choice Exchange in my Yahoo group, Quilting For All. I still have one from December to do and the end of January is right around the corner. I've also signed up to do a potholder exchange in the same group, but those are not "due" until mid March. Plenty of time. I have been working a bit on hand piecing. As I told in my last posting, I've started hand piecing the quilt, Sylvia's Bridal Sampler. I just today finished my second block. I'll scan it later today after it's been ironed. Wednesday will be my sewing day. Come Hell or High Water, I'll be behind the sewing machine getting the December and January blocks sewn and then mailed. In the meantime, any free time at the telly will have to be spent working on my daughter's butterfly quilt. Still need to sew a few triangles together to make the border and then sew that all on and finish the other two straight borders. I also talked to Merel at the Birdblock in Amsterdam and she agreed that a border at the top and bottom would extend the square quilt into a rectangular shape which is what I really wanted. I realized it was smaller than I thought.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Like I Need Another Project

Well, I've pretty much decided to start yet another project. At least this is a long term project and not expected to be completed anytime soon. The quilt shop in Amsterdam, The Birdblock, just started a Sylvia's Bridal Sampler Quilt Club and like an idiot, I decided to join. We will be meet every two weeks on Wednesday morning. This means a train ride to Amsterdam for me which costs 9 Euros, so it can get a bit expensive, what with fabric and train ticket twice a month. I'll do my best to use my stash and only buy when I absolutely have to. I have almost finished one block. We won't necessarily be working on the same block. Each person has their own patterns and chooses their own blocks to make. We'll just be together to encourage each other and ask questions if needed and just plain old woman talk. Should be a lot of fun. This quilt will be hand pieced and hand quilted (probably). Here's a scan of my first block, Sarah's Favorite, G-7. Gonna need a little stretching to fit I think. It measured only 6" in the middle and it should be 6 1/2".

In the meantime, I've finished the Christmas Tree wall hanging and the quilt for my grandson. Pictures coming soon.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

First photo on my blog

Here I am with my Christmas Tree wall hanging. I was on my way to my friend's house to do some sewing together when I saw my neighbor. I wanted to show her what I had done and she took of picture of me with my work. I'm in the hall leading to the storage area below our apartment building where I have my bike.

I made this Christmas Tree in my quilting class. It is completely done with the hand. At the point in the picture, I had just sandwiched the layers together, but hadn't started quilting it yet. This was sometime in the beginning of December. It should have been finished in time to hang up for the holidays, but alas, it wasn't. I'm still working on it. Just the finishing touches now. It's quilted and bound. Only needs to have the little bells sewn on to the bottom of the light triangles and then put a label on it. When it's complete, I'll add a final picture before I put it away to await Christmas.

I'm also at the finishing stage of the Friendship Star quilt for my grandson. I only have to finish sewing the binding and adding a label and it's finished. Hope to get in the mail tomorrow. His birthday is January 15th but it won't arrive in Texas in time. I'll add a picture of it as well when it's finished.

So, now it's time to get back to my quilting. See you in the next installment.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Still no pictures

I'm so new at this blogging business it took me some time to figure out how to place another entry on my blog. LOL I hope if you are reading this, you'll have patience with me and come back again when there is something to see.

My good friend, Angelika, is coming over tonight since our quilting lesson was canceled and we will be finishing up our Christmas wall hanging. Obviously, neither of us got it finished in time. I only have to sew the binding on it and some bells on the front. Not sure it will be finished tonight, but I'll get a good start on finishing it.

The other quilt I'm working on is one for my darling grandson, Michael. He will be 8 on January 15. He lives in the US and it takes almost 2 weeks for a package to arrive there from The Netherlands, so needless to say, it won't be in Texas in time for his birthday. I'm almost finished tying it and then have to bind it. The 12 friendship stars were received from an exchange on my Yahoo group, Quilting For All. I asked for bright colors with a black background. When my hubby and I were in Texas in September, my grandson went with me to the quilt shop and he picked out the backing fabric and the sashing and inner border. I spoke to him recently and was excited that his quilt was nearly finished. I'm just disappointed I didn't get it finished in time. I'll take a picture of the quilt and make a card out of it and send it to him, so he'll have something in his hands while he's waiting for the mailman to deliver his special "made by grandmother"quilt. This will be my first completed quilt. (Not counting the little thing I put together 25 years ago for my youngest son. He would carry my nightgown around the house, so I decided to make it into a "quilt". It did have all the features, a top, a batting and a back. I just cut the gown into the biggest piece I could get and bought some blue fabric to back it and tied it together and blanket stitched the edges. He carried that thing around forever, calling it his blanket and gown. I'll have to ask him if he still has it. I'd love to see it after all these years.)