I managed to get my three quilted today, even though Carla tried to distract me by dangling a new quilting pattern in front of me and making try it out. It was a flop and I will show you pictures later, but I had to sew all the pieces together after I had cut them all out. Then, I spent an hour or so cutting out pieces for my friend's memory quilt from her mother's clothes. I'm hoping to get it done for her birthday in about a week. Memory quilts are hard to make because I know they are really special for the person receiving them and I want them to be really nice when they are done. I'm using the book, Too Cook T Shirt Quilts and I'm learning how to organize things to make the quilt look like it went together really easily, but I'm not a math person and it hurt my brain. I had to stop and work on simple quilting for a while. Tomorrow is another day. Rebecca is coming over for another quilt play day.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
If you are a teacher or know a teacher, I have to share this with you. I laughed so hard I cried. This is my life the first few days of back to school. We have to sit through inservice where someone thinks they have the newest and best way to do things. When I first started teaching, I would listen intently, taking notes and trying to learn everything that was said. Now that I'm a veteran (aka, old hat) I just nod and pretend that I'm listening and hope not to fall asleep and sometimes crochet, especially if we have a veteran principal that I don't have to impress :) This year our same principal is the same. I can probably get a dozen baby hats done in the 3 day inservice we have! Here's the link, check it out http://marvelousteachermusings.com/2013/07/28/if-teachers-planned-inservice-training/
Monday, July 29, 2013
Today is only supposed to get to 77 degrees. It was 64 at noon when we got home from the dentist. I do believe it is July 29 in Northern California. It is supposed to be over 100 this time of year. Did someone forget about Global Warming? Or did someone leave the air conditioning on?
I'm hoping to get this quilt in the mail today.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
This one I've done many times and I used it on this quilt to hold the many pieces of leftover batting together. I always love using leftover batting because it feels like I'm getting it for free. Free is good.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
I just love the look of string quilts and they are so thrifty, using up the last bits of goodness from other projects. I need to make a few more of these as my strings buckets are getting to be overflowing. I think I will invite Rebecca over to do some quilting while I work on another string quilt soon. Multi tasking at its best!
Three quilts quilted so far today and hoping to get some more done before the night is over. I'm still sorting scraps and chunks of fabric and hope to get some cut soon. I wish I had three of me so I could work faster. I even got my husband to help me quilt a bit today. He quilted three blocks on the blue quilt at the bottom. Of course I held his hand while he quilted. Hey, whatever it takes to get some help around here!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Today I will share with you how Carla stays so organized with her scraps. We both get donations of lots of scraps and mine tend to pile up while she is able to stay on top of hers and get them used up all the time. I asked her to share with me and now I'm going to share with you. Since I am the area coordinator for Binky Patrol, I purchased an Accuquilt Studio fabric cutter and I don't know how either of us could get along without it. It plows through the scraps so quickly and we use it when we have quilt days with the high school kids. We assign each kid to a different die and they each get a basket of scraps and in a few hours those scraps are cut into useable pieces of fabric. But, before the cutting can happen, the sorting must begin.
The first thing to do is gather some laundry baskets. I went to the 99 cent store and got a dozen baskets. I got one for each size die we have, plus three extras, one for bindings, one for the original fabric to be sorted (the scraps) and one for strings-long strips of fabric too good to put in dog beds as stuffing, but too skinny to cut with the die cutter.Here are the many baskets and the bag of fabric that needs sorting.