Monday, October 31, 2011

Stash Report, Week 44, 2011 - Do Over

I think I miss labeled the stash report last week. So I have it listed as week 44 again. I hope this is right.

This week I used fabric for the back of the star quilt for my October UFO and a scarf.

Used this Week: 6.5 yards

Used year to Date: 127.75 yards

Added this Week: 0 yards

Added Year to Date: 97.25 yards

Net Used for 2011: 30.5 yards

Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Few Days to Spare

My October UFO is complete with time to spare!

This star quilt was started in 2004 when I went to visit my sister in Washington state. While we were there we went to the Sisters Oregon Quilt Show. It was a 6 hour drive and I appliqued when I was not driving. My sister gave me the extra stars and circles from a quilt she was working on. I finished all of the hand applique in 2004 but did not put the top together until 2007 at the Bayside Quilters Ocean City retreat.

So, for 4 long years it has been waiting to be quilted. Thank goodness for Judy and her UFO Challenge. At the beginning of the year I listed 18 projects that were started. What was I thinking? But I will be ecstatic to finish 12 of them. 

These blocks are from my sister that I worked on when I was with my her so it is very special to me. 

Not all that long ago these are the types of fabric that I was drawn to. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

September UFO Finally Finished

Here we are almost the end of October and I finally finish my September UFO. I am participating in Judy's UFO Challenge at Patchwork Times. I just couldn't be happier with it. This quilt below I made in September/October 2010. I had some leftover blocks so I put them together for a baby quilt. I put it on my UFO list this year thinking that I just needed to quilt it. When its number popped up for September I had to rethink my plan for it. 

I have had the one I made last year hanging in my family room all summer. There is someone in my life that is just in love with that quilt. She told me so every time she saw it. I was thinking it would be nice to do something special for her. When this quilt came up in September I knew what I wanted to do. This quilt needed to be bigger. Now I had to find fabric for borders. 

First I looked on line to find fabric to match the floral fabric I have in the blocks. The largest piece I could find was 1 yard and that was just not enough and I did not want to piece it on a side. So I went to my local quilt shop, Lilies of the Field, and found the blue border fabric that is just the perfect touch to finish off this quilt. I am loving this quilt. I think I might like this one better than mine.

Yesterday I bound this quilt along with my October UFO. It was raining so I had to take the pictures on the porch.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Binding Day

Today was a binding day. I got the bindings put on my September UFO and my October UFO. I don't think I even mentioned that I was working on my October UFO. I quilted it earlier this week. Now I am caught up with the UFO Challenge.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Log Cabin Stars

This large quilt belongs to Mary.

I am love, love, lovin this quilt!

Many times when I take a quilt off of the longarm and hang it to take its picture I am in awe of how good it looks. It is really good to get a different perspective on it.

This is especially true with a large quilt like this one. I think that by the time I am  nearing the end I am getting tired of looking at it. Yes, I do love variety! Anyway, when I stepped back to look at this quilt after I hung it I said, "Oh My Gosh!" out loud.  

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Stash Report, Week 44, 2011

Used this Week: 12.75 yards

Used year to Date: 121.25 yards

Added this Week: 0 yards

Added Year to Date: 97.25 yards

Net Used for 2011: 24 yards

Included in my stash report this week is the backing for these two quilts. I did get the top one quilted, but I have not quilted the pineapple quilt yet. I also made 2 scarves that I had gotten the pattern out of the recent McCall's Quilting magazine. I have not taken any pictures of those but hope to do so soon.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Falling Leaves

This is Pat's quilt.

I love Fall quilts. I just love Fall and everything about it.

I especially love leaves.

In the quilting I quilted an occasional leaf and windy swirls.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Christmas Quilt

This quilt belongs to Pat.

The star centers and the border are Laurel Burch fabrics.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Quilt for Hospice

This quilt was made by the Bayside Quilters for the local Hospice.

It is for the Festival of Trees.

I am not sure if it will be auctioned or if a price will be put on it and sold.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What Month Is This?

Why do I feel like I am always playing "catch up?"

Yes, this is my September UFO and it still needs bound. If not sooner, then I will bind it Friday night. Do you think I will get one done for October?

Friday, October 14, 2011


More on the quilts I posted about yesterday. I just can't seem to get them out of my head. 

Upon taking a closer look at this one it  appears to be a variation on a lone star, except for points that are in what is typically the setting squares and setting triangles.

The two lighter oranges are larger lone star diamonds. Larger pieces makes for quicker piecing.

The yellow and the darkest outside orange are just the smaller diamonds like the center.

Like I said yesterday, I think the border would be the most difficult part to figure out.

Remember these two from yesterday? They look like they are also a variation on the lone star. Just a lot more piecing!

Right now I am wishing that I did not have so many things started. I really should get some of them finished before taking on something like one of these quilts.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

It's All About the Quilts

Yesterday at Bayside Quilters our guest speaker was Polly Mollo. Her Program was her Antique Quilts Trunk Show. The quilts she brought to show were OUT OF THIS WORLD! The quilts date from the 1800s to the 1930s. I think if I had to pick a favorite it would be this first one.

I am really feeling compelled that I need to try to make one of these.

My husband was out of town last night so I took a sketch book to bed with me. I didn't get very far though because I fell to sleep. 

Another one of my favorites was this sunburst. It looks like it is just a variation of a mariners compass and I designed and made one of those 11 years ago. It was for my son's 15th birthday. I should see if I can find a picture of it to show you.

These two, the pink and purple ones, are also show stoppers. I have never seen a quilt like them. But look at those diamonds, they look like they are all exactly the same. How hard could it really be. I really think that the most difficult part to all of these quilts would be trying to figure out the borders.

A quilt that has been on my bucket list for quite some time is the Giant Dahlia. They are absosutely stunning!

Several years ago I made a Lone Star for a wedding gift, but I would like to make another one to have for myself. This Lone Star is another WOW quilt.

Another Giant Dahlia. Just look at that border.

There is something about these large quilts that take my breath away. I LOVE this large applique. It is so simple yet so stunning.

Let's not forget about the quilting. I am always interested in how a quilt is quilted.  These feathers just knock your socks off!

This quilting design I had never seen before. From a distance it looks like pine branches, but when you get close you can see that it is long thin feathers. I might have to give that a try sometime.

I guess you can tell that yesterday was a pretty great day for me.