WIP Wednesday – Getting a good start on Pam’s Quilt

This week, I am starting on Pam’s quilt. Everything is cut out and I’ve got about half of the Block B blocks put together.

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Cute, huh?

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I’m hoping to be finished with these blocks today, so I can move on to Block A, which will take a little more time to put together because it’s like 25 2″ squares to sew together into a single block. Then I need to square them all up and put them together into a top. I think this quilt top should go together fairly quickly, and I’m looking into options for quilting it. My embroidery machine isn’t doing so hot but my mom has one she’s not using, so that’s an option. I think the Block B squares need some nice line embroidery, but we’ll see what I can work out.

This week is the Houston Quilt Festival! Yes, I’m going, on Saturday. My daughter is planning to go with me, so it should be fun – this will be her first quilt show. I wonder if she realizes how much walking will be involved?? If she does go, that means that only my son hasn’t ever been to one – think I can get him to go next year? Yeah, I don’t think so either. LOL Anyway, I’ll try to get some photos and post some of them here after the show. I cannot wait!

Heather’s Quilt – the final version

I finished Heather’s quilt about a week ago, and I’ve been enjoying it sitting here in my studio until she can get back to me on shipping instructions. This really did turn out to be one of my absolute favorite quilts I’ve ever made, though it’s obvious I need to seriously work on my corners (Sorry about that, Heather). Here is the final quilt ..

The front of Heather's quilt

The front of Heather’s quilt

 

And the back …

Back of the quilt

Back of the quilt

 

And some detail in the border.

Detail of the border

Detail of the border

 

This quilt was inspired by the Mountain Paths design from the Quiltmaker Classics, Vol. 1, Summer 2013. This one is not a queen size, though it’s a relatively good sized quilt at about 65″ square. It’s far from perfect, and I know there are many things I need to work on improving, but for the most part I’m happy with it. It’s already been washed and dried and it’s ready to head to its new home!

 

 

Throwback Thursday – Vacation Edition

This is a photo of the kids from our failed camping attempt in Austin back in 2006. We ended up packing up in the middle of the night and coming home because in early June, it was still 98 degrees at 11 pm at night. We couldn’t sleep or do anything really because it was so hot. We just broke camp, packed up and left! Fortunately, we were able to get vacation back on track the next night, but to be honest, we learned a really valuable lesson that summer – don’t camp in Texas in the summer. 😀 Between the heat in Austin and the ridiculous sand coming in the tent at Mustang Island during near gale-force winds near Corpus Christi another night, we realized that camping is best left to the fall and early spring.

Too hot to stay, we packed up at 11 pm and headed back home!

Too hot to stay, we packed up at 11 pm and headed back home!

WIP Wednesday – Vacation Edition

Yep, I’m on vacation. Or rather, staycation I guess … we had all these great plans to go to the Smokey Mountains and see the sights and then real life intervened, and we decided to stay home instead. So for the most part, this vacation consists of some fall cleaning, some quilting and canning some homemade tomato sauce (not spaghetti sauce, just pure tomatoes).

I mean, check out these beauties we picked up at the farmer’s market yesterday.

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I’ve finished Heather’s quilt (more on that in a later post) and I’m trying to get this Halloween quilt made so we can enjoy it this season.

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After I am done with this one, it’s on to Pam’s quilt, which will actually be a double Irish chain (I swear this time it won’t morph into something different). Once I have Pam’s quilt done, it’s on to my daughter and son-in-law’s wedding quilt. And then … who knows? I have probably 10 quilts at least that are either in some form of UFO-ness, or ready to be started. It’s my mission to get as many of them done as possible in the coming months. I had to tear myself away from buying an adorable piece of fabric on Monday at Sew Contempo in Clear Lake, and now I’m kicking myself for it – I should have just bought it and held on to it until I have time to do something with it. Check it out …

Robert Kaufman Route 66

 

Isn’t it awesome? I might need to go back and pick up a few yards of it … or at least I want to, then I look at this and decide maybe I should wait a little while.

 

Current Fabric Stash

Current Fabric Stash

 

But if I wait … will it still be there when I go back?? Ahh, the quilter’s dilemma!

A different kind of “Work In Progress”

My daughter is moving back in with us, while her husband goes off to learn to be a soldier. So … yeah … there goes my office and studio that I worked so hard on a month or so ago. Oh well.

So now I’m moving the studio back to my master bedroom. Fortunately, the master is H U G E, so everything fits just fine. See for yourself (remember this really is a work in progress, so it’s not in great shape yet).

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One thing that’s really helping is that I’ve moved my office downstairs, where Chris and I now share space. I’ll post more photos when everything is done!