Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Block number 2 of the current BOM is done!  Or really just done for now.  I plan to add beads to it when the entire quilt is assembled.  It feels good to be up-to-date with it.  I have already started the wild rose and lilac block for this month.  I rarely use fusible applique, but on this one I am trying it on the lilac flowers.  I had to go to the quilt shop yesterday as my stash was seriously without purple fabrics. 

We have been busy this week, packing the van for John's trip to Tacoma.  He plans to leave on Saturday.  I will be here in Florida until May 30th, when I head to New York for 3 weeks and Atlanta for 1 week.  Having our families 3000 miles apart sometimes makes for an awkward summer.  We each have a granddaughter graduating in June.  I am a very uncomfortable flyer and tend to avoid it as much as possible.  But who knows..... I may decide to fly to Seattle from Atlanta, we will have to see.  Or head back to Florida and enjoy lots of extra sewing time!  I am still working on mastering EQ7 and using my new Handi Quilter machine. 

Current work is all hand applique, Esther's BOM and a small mystery quilt from EQ.  Sewing room needs some attention, there are fabrics all over it while I decide on which ones to use.  I really need to make some time to organize it again.

That's it for this week.  Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Finally have finished the first block of Forget Me Not.  I am working on block 2, just about finished with that one too. 

We have had a busy week here, beginning to get ready for summer trips.  John is heading to Washington State on the 19th and I am heading to New York at the end of the month.  This morning we worked in the yard for quite a while, putting down new mulch and cutting back the hisbiscus bushes that are having a very good year.  We had to cut off many buds, but we couldn't let them continue to grow or they would be totally out of control by the time we return from our travels.

I was able to complete the French Braid quilt and it is ready to travel to New York with me.  Most of my work this week has been hand work. 

 I have one UFO left to complete this year, a hand applique queen size that has been waiting for quilting for quite some time now, at least 2 years.  I hope to be able to quilt it sometime this summer.   I am loving quilting on my Sweet Sixteen!

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Hunters Star

Finished up this quick project and hung it yesterday. I needed something for a spot on our red wall, lol.  It is a fun quilt to make, just 32 inches square so it was a chance to practice on my HQ Sweet Sixteen.  I am getting a bit better with even stitches, but I still tend to wobble a bit with it.  They are introducing a stitch regulator for it in June, but I am not sure I want to invest anymore in it.  I will definitely test drive it before deciding. 

Still working on my French braid, with two more borders to quilt.  Granddaughter graduates next month, so I need to concentrate on finishing it.  I have almost completed my first block for Esthers new BOM, but I am really running behind on that one.  I need to get organized and cut my pieces for the calla lily block.  I will have lots of time on my New York trip to hand applique. 

I am off to finish cleaning up my sewing area, then time to work on that French braid.  I hope everyone has a great week!