Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Plans for Today

I am not one to plan to far ahead. I just go with the flow. But today I hope to get some quilting done. Yesterday I ran some errands for Lionel.

I have been working on some letters this morning to make a wall hanging. I am going to try to learn a little about spacing letters with my embroidery machine. As you saw in my last post, I didn't do to well. This time I am printing out a template of each letter and placing it on the material and going to mark each letter to where it should go. Now getting it placed in the hoop is another story. We will just have to see when it is sewn out.

Monday, December 29, 2008

It's been a WEEK

I can't believe it has been a week since last blog. My! how time passes! I guess the Holiday slowed me down. I had more problems with my machine. Went today and got another one. I hope to get caught up now. Haven't done much sewing. Yesterday I put another border on a quilt and tried some embroidery. I am just not good at spacing my letters. I guess I need practice, practice, practice. Now how could I get off that much in spacing? Leave it to me, I can do it.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Quilt Guild

Today was Quilt Guild party time. I wasn't going this morning because of the cold weather Yesterday I started having a sinus headache and didn't want it to get worse. But Alma called and encouraged me to go and I talked to Marie and she encouraged me. So I braved the cold weather. I hadn't gotten a turkey for Christmas dinner yet. I got all that taken care of. We made a Yo Yo Santa which you can see hanging on my gift from Gloria which is the spool holder. My Santa has one leg longer than the other. He looks like he is stepping high. A friend at church had given me the thread and I didn't have anywhere to put it, so this came in really handy. Also, we exchanged pin cushions, which you can see the one I got hanging on the left side of the spools made by Marie. Marie got the one that I had taken. I had cheated and bought mine at the Sewing Center. You can also see two pillow cases hand made for me from Stephanie. She does a Great Job with hand stitching.

Friday's Accomplishments

On Friday, I got up and started quilting Martha's quilt. Monica called to see if I was going to the Annual Homemaker Party at 5:30pm. I had forgotten all about that party. I was so glad she called early cause I had a lot to get done. She had just gotten off work for Ambulance Service and had about 45 minute drive to come home. She stopped to get ingredients for making fudge on her way home. By the time she got here I had wrapped gifts for family get together on Saturday and washed clothes. I had also made a peach cobbler and the cranberry salad to take to Homemaker party. I had the kettle and measuring cups, etc. set out for her to get started. She made 4 batches of fudge before we went to the party. I just couldn't get over how well things went. I went to pick up some more chocolate chips while she made a batch so she could make some for us. It sure has come in handy. I had something to take to Homemaker party, Family gathering and Quilt Guild today. Each year this is what she does for gift giving. I enjoyed the day with her.

Thursdays List

On Wednesday after I had finished Stephanie's Team Quilt I saw this wall hanging laying on the shelf beside the quilt frame and decided to quilt one of my own. I finished the binding and putting the sleeve on Thursday. Very disappointed in the way the binding turned out. It is cut on the bias and went on straight but looks curly after it is hung. I don't know if it would look better if it was washed or not. Has anyone ever had this happen to them? I would like to know what I did wrong.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Another Team Quilt

Finished another Team Quilt for Stephanie last night. She bought 100% Egyptian cotton for backing and Dream cotton batting. It makes the quilt so soft, even the top.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Jar Wallhanging

This is what I have been working on today.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Embroidered Baby Quilt

I am back to quilting again. Haven't gotten my machine back but Dealer loaned me one. Got the Embroidered Baby Quilt done tonight after Homemaker Christmas Party. I got it quilted this afternoon and sewed the binding on it tonight. I had the binding cut and pressed. This one is for Judy Walker. She wanted it stippled close. It amazes me how these quilts look when they are in the frame and after they are taken off. They just seem to come to life. I used light yellow thread on this and was so worried it didn't look right on the back but it blends in better than any other colors I could have used.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Another Top

I have been working on a top that I started in the summer. I had quilted one like this for Joanne and liked it so well I thought I would do one for myself. I had a couple of rows completed. Well it was going good till I got to quilting and sort of layed it aside. I finished this yesterday. Now my problem is getting enough for the border to complete it. I am doing this from the fabric I got at a yard sale this summer. They are no way buying the blue for the border as that is what I would like for it. I will come up with something.

I haven't been quilting because my machine is still in the shop. I have had this machine in the shop so many times. Got it in January of this year and the hook race is all the time getting a burr on it. It has been polished a number of times and completely replaced once and now again. I do not recommend the Janome 1600P if they are all like mine. It cost enough till you would think it would last 25 years. I have other Janome's that have gave me good service but this one is a lemon.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Sue's Son's Quilt

I did't have time to post last week or didn't take time to post. Martha and I went to Guhl's in Jackson to get material on Wednesday. Of course, when we go we call it a day and never get in a hurry. We stopped at The Tea Caddy. It is a neat place. It would be a good place to book a tea party for the guild members or homemakers.

Also finished a quilt another quilt for Sue before we went but didn't get the binding on till Saturday. After I finished her quilt I put a baby quilt in the frame and the thread started breaking after sewing a short distance. It kept breaking for the whole row. As we were on our way to Jackson we dropped my machine off at the shop. Don't know how long it will take to be fixed but no quilting till then unless I decide to do it on another machine. I don't have another machine that will work with my frame. I have 2 large quilt, baby quilt, and two wall hangings to be quilted.