Halloween DWM

I had a great time at the Shipshewana Threads of Mine quilt retreat.  There were somewhere around 56 quilters but I’m not sure we were ever all in the room at the same time.


I sewed on Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll……I learned that squaring up my HST was well worth the effort because the block units are fitting together just about perfectly.  Here are 600 HST ready to be sewed together 5 at a time.


And sewn together with my leader/ender project sitting in front.

Then I started sewing the units into bigger units…..and here they are back at home waiting to be sewn up into completed blocks.

Like this one 🙂

I did a little stash enhancement shopping while there but I also de-stashed a bit too 😉

And that brings me to the design wall for this Halloween Monday:

Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll is going to be finished, completely finished by next year’s retreat because I’m going to show that I didn’t waste the whole retreat sewing and sewing for nothing (even though all I had to show for it was bigger block units than when I started, lol).  I may never do another Bonnie Hunter quilt again 😉

Stash Report:

  • Fabric in:  8.5  yard (Shipshewana purchases 🙂 )
  • Fabric out: 4.5 yards (Shared at Shipshewana)
  • YTD Fabric in: 158 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 86 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 72 yards accumulated – just wait until I get the RRCB top together, that will bring down the total!

Happy Quilting, Cherie

Wonderful Gifts

I received a wonderful gift.  It’s hand made, selected just for me and took a lot of time to complete.  A.  LOT.  OF.  TIME.  Which means I must be very special 🙂  So what do you think of it?  Isn’t it wonderful?  My DSD (dear step daughter for the uninitiated) made this as a birthday/Mother’s day present.  Thank you so much….it means so much to me.

So where might I hang this?  Well, I spend a lot of time in my office at work, so what better place for something that was made especially for me and makes me smile when I see it?  (And don’t even comment about my messy desk 😉 )


And here’s the other gift – the last of the 600 half square triangles for Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll waiting to be trimmed.  Woo hoo a great gift to myself 😉

 

Fun at Paducah

Darlene & I had a wonderful trip to Paducah and, despite the venue changes caused because the flood walls were installed, we managed to see everything twice.

We stayed in the home of the same wonderful host (hi Nancy) we had last year which happened to be quite close to the church where the small wall quilts were displayed.  Nice because this year Darlene’s quilt was accepted into the show and was hanging at the church.

While her quilt wasn’t an award winner, it more than held it’s own and was deserving of hanging in the show…..it looks terrific!  We went to lasagna night with our traveling companion from last year (hello Dar) and her friend and had a great time!   We saw Quilt Man again this year.

New this year is his sidekick, Bobbin.  Get it, Quilt Man and Bobbin 😉

As we do every year, we helped the quilting economy:

I picked up Bonnie Hunter’s newest book, some scrap bags of Cherrywood and hand dyed fabrics (these are great for scrap quilting), some Thermore batting to try using for embroidery like Wanetha Ebker uses, some thread, needles and basting glue for applique.  I also snagged a couple of $2 t-shirts from prior shows as well as this year’s shirt.  And a couple of bags, oh, and a bit of fabric 😉  Okay, maybe a little more than a bit, including fabric for 4 backings, three of which are flannel, and some Moda Bella cheddar, Kona orange, chocolate, ash and ivory……woo hoo!!

Not only that, but I got block #17 of Barbara Brackman’s civil war quilt BOW finished!

Happy Quilting, Cherie


Design Wall Time

Here’s what’s on my design wall this April morning.  Click over to Judy’s DWM post for more quilty goodness.



The big news of the week is  —-  I completed the Animal Quilt, binding, label and all!!



Here’s the April First Saturday blocks.

I free pieced this yellow circle which was such fun!

The yellow circle will be quilted and wrapped around a CD to make the rosette of a yellow award ribbon for the Quintessential Quilt 2011 show.  Our guild directs this judged and juried show that hangs in the University City Public Library for the whole month of October.   For the first time last year we made the award ribbons and they were a big hit.  Directions for making these ribbons can be found here.

I’ve continued making half square triangles as my leader/enders for the RRCB quilt…..and I have 380 sewn & trimmed and a total of 425 sewn.  Woo hoo…..only 175 more to go.


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Stash Report:

  • Fabric in:  0 yards, yep nothing new 😉
  • Fabric out: 0 yards
  • YTD Fabric in: 27 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 16 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 11 yards accumulated – the same as last report

 

 

Cat Nap

It’s definitely not spring like weather in St Louis today.  My cat, Casper agrees, staying curled up on the warm bed this morning.  The quilt Casper is on was made by my mom.  We took a class together when she was visiting St Louis and now I have the quilt she made 🙂

I’ve continued making blue/green three patches and, as soon as I cross cut these sewn strip sets, I’ll have the required 414.   Then I’ll start sewing them into nine patches as I want to get the zigzag top together so I’ll be able to show it at the April scrap club meeting.  I’ve also continued leader/ender sewing the red/neutral half square triangles.  I don’t have a current count but it is more than 350 so I’m getting closer to 600 every day.