Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mystery Quilt - fabric

This year's challenge at the quilt guild is a Mystery Quilt.

How a mystery quilt works is that you get the supply list and they tell you what amount of fabrics you will need and if they should be darks, mediums and light colored fabrics.

Once you have your fabric you get the next step of the directions. I will be documenting my progress on this mystery quilt. According to the coordinators of this project, I should have a queen sized quilt top fully assembled by June if I follow the monthly mystery schedule.

So here are my fabrics. The top picture is my primary dark, medium and the gray-ish fabric will be my background fabric. Along with these 3, we also needed 18 fat quarters of assorted mediums and darks. These can be seen in the second photo with the background fabric.

So far so good.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Catching Up

I have been without my laptop for about 2 weeks. It needed a new hard drive. The tech folks were able to save all my data, programs and favorites lists but I am behind on posting.
A lot has actually been going on so this is post #1 in the catching up.
I went to the craft fair at the college field house a couple of weeks ago and 'Adopted an Alien'
check out her blog or her Etsy shop. I have not come up with a name yet for the twins but if you have any ideas leave a comment.
Also at the craft fair I picked up a few snowflake ornaments. They are made of wood, using a scroll saw and then painted. They look great on the tree.
The white
against the dark green tree really stands out.

I also picked up a pair of mittens. They are wool on the outside and are fleece-lined on the inside.
After hitting the craft fair I had a hand quilting class. Not sure I will be hand quilting a lot but I like the idea of trying a few small projects.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Quilt Retreat

The Fall quilting retreat was last weekend. The weather was cold, dark, damp and dreary - so pretty much an excellent weekend for staying inside and quilting.

I worked on several projects but didn't think to take any pictures except for this project. The pattern is called 4-Patch Posy. The only reason I did take a picture was that I had all the blocks lined up on the design wall and I didn't want to forget what order I had them in. I originally was going to put all the blocks on-point but I thought it left too much blue background - so on a whim I alternated on-point with straight-on. I was able to sew the columns together at the retreat but will need to sew the columns together later.

One of the quilters at the retreat also makes dolls check out these photos. Jacquie makes and sells patterns for her dolls - you can check them out at her web page: http://offthefloordolls.com/

The first doll pictured she made at the retreat. The other 2 were made a while ago from scraps from other projects their names are 'Left' and 'Over'.