I'm thinking I'm going to join the Carolina Crossroads group on Superbowl Sunday and do a mini retreat to make a scrap bargello quilt. If you would like to join in you can go to http://www.quiltville.com/ and find on her website under Free Quilt Patterns on the left side the scrap bargello quilt. You can use the link on this site also. Bonnie gives the directions to make it. Please remember that her patterns are for your use only they are not to reprint, resell, or any other use. The one the quiltvillechat group is doing will be a lap quilt size. It takes 2.5" strips all different kinds work you want to have a mix of light, medium and dark. I will post pictures of mine as I go along. Let me know if you plan to join the fun. We can stay in touch through email on our progress as the day goes on.
Monday, January 21, 2008
This is a quilt I had in my stash that a customer wanted to have quilted and he and his brothers and sisters could give to their parents for a 50th anniversary gift. I quilted it using the Circle Lord clamshells pattern and made the quilt label with the help of the computer and embroidery/sewing machine. It came out very nice so I hope they like it. I used a cotton/poly batt.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I've decided to post my quilt bugs so that others may enjoy them as much as I do. Back in 1993 I was reading some of the quilting magazines that had piled up and one thing kept popping out at me as I read the articles. At least once and sometimes more often somewhere in the articles of each magazine someone mentioned being bitten by the "Quilt Bug" and a light went off in my brain. I wonder what a quilt bug looks like says I to the cat (no one else was home at the time) and an image began to take shape in my mind. I could hardly wait for someone to get home so I could tell them about my brilliant idea. Needless, to say my very supportive Better Half thought it was a great idea. So it pretty much stayed in the back of my mind for the next couple of years. I wanted to do a Quilt Bug pin, but it was an expensive thing to do. My husband kept after me to get it done so finally with the help of my brother-in-law Richard(the corel draw expert)I came up with my design. I told Richard what I wanted and he made it happen. I managed to do six different Quilt Bugs starting with the first one in 1996. Richard came up with the idea of putting polka dots on the shoes which are hard to see on the pins, but they sure are cute on a larger image. So now my next step is to learn to digitize them so they can be sewn out on an embroidery machine. Then I can have a cd to market with the current designs and anything new I come up with for people to embroider onto whatever they would like. That is one of my projects to work on this year besides moving. So let me know what you think of my Quilt Bugs.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
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Today as I was looking around the web I thought I'd check out one of my favorite sites for quilting ideas and food for thought. If you'd like to see this site go to www.quiltville.com . I first became aware of Bonnie Hunter several years ago when she lived in Burley, Idaho and belonged to the same longarm list I did. I lurked she posted. One of her posts was about her trip back to Burley from the Sister's Oregon quilt show and the things that happened to her on that trip. I laughed myself silly even though I could relate. I saved her post, but when my computer crashed in 2003 it was lost. I wish I'd saved it to disk so I could read it occasionaly. Anyway, over the years I have gone to her website every so often to see what she is up to and what quilts she is making. She is really into scrappy quilts which are some of my favorite quilts also. She is currently doing a mystery quilt using scraps. Since most of my fabrics are packed awaiting our move (to the Rupert/Burley area) I have been printing out the instructions so I can do this at a later date. Anyway, if you get some time check out Bonnie's website and her blog maybe like me you will find yourself dropping in from time to time to see what she is up to now. Have a good evening.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
I've started a new knitting project. Sorry the picture came out so dark. My batteries were going out in the camera. I'll take a better picture later along. I am trying a shrug pattern. I'm making the smaller size hoping that when I get it finished it will fit my daughter. I'm also quilting an interesting quilt for a customer. She made it with animals and some fish and pheasants on it. It's quite an interesting pattern. I'll post a picture of it when it is finished. Carl made it to his school okay and has completed two days. It's been snowing alot in Boise the last couple of days and he says it is supposed to snow the rest of the week. We had snow here last night and this afternoon it started raining and most of the snow is gone here. Tomorrow is my quilting group Patchworks meeting so I am planning on going to that and coming home to finish the quilt. SO I guess I'll go get some knitting done while I watch NCIS.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Well here it is 2008. I have spent my time since Christmas knitting a shawl for my sister-in-law Thelma. It is the Easy Triangle Shawl from the Lion Brand Yarn website. It is a free pattern # 60301. This is the second one of these I have made and it takes me about a week to do one if I knit at night while watching t.v. So now to get it blocked and mailed.
I don't usually make New Year's relolutions, but I have decided that this year I will get my website up and running and start putting together an internet quilt shop as soon as I get moved. I will be starting small and growing as I can. I'm also going to do my best to take pictures of every project that I finish so I can keep track of how much (or how little) I managed to get done. I've joined a community called Raverly on the internet. It is for Knitters and crocheters. It gives you a place to keep track of your stash, needles, projects etc. It is still in the testing phase and is currently by invitiation only so if this is something you might find helpful you can go to http://www.raverly.com/ and get on the list to join.
That's what's new from here so far this year. Let's hear what you have decided to attempt for the New Year.