Thursday, February 25, 2010

My own mystery quilt

Greetings fellow bloggers. Do you blog more than you quilt? Seems I do.

It also seems to me that I have been jumping around alot from project to project. Maybe that is because I am attempting to finish up some PHD's. I jump when I don't have what I need or know what I want to do or have to think about what I need to do next. All good reasons to have more than one project in the works at a time. I think I would get bored if I finished each project before starting the next. And likely very little would get done.

I finished this top with the exception of the green border I still need to buy. I started this about 15 years ago, so it will be a challenge to find fabric that goes with it. The border fabric wouldn't be an issue if I had planned this quilt from start to finish. Seems I rarely do that. But I had planned an entirely different quilt with the Thirtysomething star blocks and didn't like the way it was turning out. So I ditched the plan and 12 years later came up with this idea. The half blocks around the edge were also an afterthought. I didn't want just a plain light border and it was all the fabric I had left. I guess it doesn't really need another border, but right now it is only 72" square. I wonder if I will ever find suitable border fabric. Looking tomorrow. Wish me luck.
Sew long,

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Super Students

I love it when students share the completed quilts that they have made from my classes. Especially since I am not too good about remembering to bring my camera to classes. Sue stepped out of her comfort zone when she chose the fabric for this quilt. She did a super job as always.
Rita designed this quilt after taking a series of Thirtysomething classes with me a year and a half ago. Rita enjoyed the techniques so much she also made this Thirtysomething medallion as a wedding quilt for a granddaughter.

I'm glad to show their quilts especially since I haven't taken any photos lately. I keep forgetting to get new batteries for the camera. I did decide to add a border to the log cabin quilt. So once that is washed and attached I can show you that. My history suggests that could be a few years though. It's was kinda hard for me when I didn't need it for anything. Maybe now with the blog I will be better at completing the tops.

Quilting at church yesterday. Lots of great show and tell and no camera as ususal. Some of those pieces will surface again when the quilting is done. Maybe I can get a shot then.
Thanks for stopping by. Sew long for now.

Friday, February 5, 2010

What is your perfect Quilt size?

How's everything in quilt land. Do you have cabin fever, or don't you get it cause you quilt? My visit with Judy 2 weeks ago was just what I needed to jump start my enthusiasm for quilting again. Since then I quilted two tops for church comfort quilts. Here is one. I guess I never took a pic of the other one.

Then I went with Judy to quilt club at Ben Franklin and that inspired me to finish the logcabin I started when we went to quilt retreat in November. Only I forgot to take a picture of that too! I did get three pictures of other settings with the quarter-quilts that I made. I must say it was much easier handling a large quilt by putting it together in quarters. You will have to wait for my next post to see what setting I chose.

I am undecided about the border. I border nearly everything and I am not sure I want to add one to this. It now measures about 88" square. I like that size for a bed and realize the quilting will take up several inches. So I might just add a narrow border. I am really curious what size quilts you like to use on your beds. This information probably would have helped me more earlier when I wrote the last 8 books, but I am curious now cause my gals are coming over for quilting in a few minutes and we always pretend to argue over the perfect size quilt. So, please, do tell. More later.
Sew long