Sunday, November 27, 2011

Monday Morning Design Wall 11/28/2011

Hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving (for those in the US) and having the break without my 9-5 job was such a blast.  I was able to complete one block and finish up another.   I am just so thankful for my family and being able to spend the holiday with them was such a blast.  Now that we are moving into Christmas, I will need to figure out how to balance the need for getting ready for the holidays while still finding time to sew!!   I am so hoping to finish up a Hawaiian block this week, I feel like I am falling behind!!   No more sleep!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Monday Morning Design Wall 11/21/2011

Wow, what a week! I attended the River City Quilt Guild Quilt Show in Sacramento, California on Saturday with my quilt group, Spring Chicks, and was just overwhelmed with the incredible quilts they had displayed. So many ideas, so little time!! I was so inspired by a beautiful Baltimore Album quilt I saw that I got off my tush and stopped being scared about the flowers that I had to make for one of my Baltimore Album blocks. I just followed the instructions and so far, made two beautiful flowers!! Yes! There is nothing like conquering your fear!!
 I was also able to finish up a leaf block for the quilt, which was quite a pain to do but now it is done and over!! Time to move on to another challenging block.    The tight curves on the leaves and those sharp turns were quite a challenge, I just took one leaf at a time (one a day keeps me going). 
 I also finished up another Hawaiian block, for 4 out of 10 finished!  I can't decide what I am more excited about, the Baltimore Album quilt or the Hawaiian quilt. They are both so much fun.   Although my friend at the quilt show did point out another beautiful applique pattern which I could not pass up and now I have 6 pending projects.   That is it, I will give up sleep!! 

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Applique Thursday 11/17/2011

Had a blast today as I was able to take the day off of work and attend a Hawaiian Applique group meeting with the instructor from my class last month.  I enjoyed getting together with everyone, chatting and sewing.  We were having so much fun we forgot about the time until someone looked at the clock and it was 12:30.   We were only supposed to meet from 10 to 12 so everyone quickly packed up and a few of us had a nice lunch out.  This is my forth Hawaiian block out of the 10 I am planning so wish me luck. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Monday Morning Design Wall 11/14/2011

I had such a blast this weekend as I participated in a the Quilter's Quest, The official bay area holiday shop hop!  I visited stores that I had only heard about and enjoyed going back to my two favorite stores.  I found a store which carries my favorite applique thread at a great price, a shop with some fantastic batik fabric and so many other wonderful things.  I collected all nine of the Tree of Life blocks and turned in my completed Shop Hop paper so I am entered into the Grand Prize Drawing.  Not that I will win, but it was fun to do the shop hop.  I was able to sew together the first six blocks and am planning on finishing up the other three this week.  I was also able to pick up a bit more fabric so I can make some more!!  Just what I need, another project!! 

I was also able to finish another Hawaiian block.  I love how this one turned out but those tight points were a pain!!  I think I muttered a few choice words under my breath trying to needle turn them perfectly.  My Hawaiian Quilt group meets on Thursday so I will be asking for tips to make those points a bit easier!

Check out the rest of the design walls on Judy's blog.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Monday Morning Design Wall 11/7/2011

 I have had a very productive two weeks, as I was out of town last week and unable to post, I completed two more blocks on my Baltimore Album quilt.  The basket was quite a bit of work and seemed to take longer than any other block so far but my second block was a bit quicker!! 

I did enjoy myself last weekend, spending it with my daughter in San Luis Obispo, California and watched her cheer for Cal Poly.  Very exciting football game as Cal Poly won in the last 36 seconds.  Was again able to watch her cheer at the University of California, Davis versus Cal Poly Football game on Saturday 11/5/2011, in pouring rain for several hours.  UC Davis won (my alma mater) and she was back on a bus for the long trip back to school.  We were all very wet but I did manage to pack a box full of snacks and treats for her and her fellow cheer squad members to enjoy on the bus ride home.  She did say they all loved the snacks!!