Month: October 2008

Wednesday WIP and Just Us Quilters Blog – Help!


Ok, the Just Us Quilters blog is back up, but for the life of me, I cannot get the image link back in my sidebar.  I’ve searched the WordPress tutorials, asked Niki, and read the instructions another member left in the comments over there, but I can’t get anything to work with my WordPress widgets.  Can anyone tell me how to get the little picture with the link back over there in my sidebar?  Pretty please!

Ok, Suzanne has started a Wednesday WIP forum on MQR.  So, my WIP’s for the week included:

Completion of the memorial quilt for the Martinez family.  They loved it! 

I longarm quilted three OSU lap quilts, and one OSU baby quilt for a customer.

I made my Auntie’s pillow cases.

I’ve also been finishing up the handstitching on my Storm At Sea.  I have the binding and sleeve done, and have only the label to finish.  So, what have you been up to this week?

Thank you, Vicki!


I’ve been wanting to try out Vicki’s pillowcase tutorial for awhile now, and I finally got around to it.  Awesome.

I needed them to be kingsized, so I just adjusted the size of the body.  My aunt wanted some pillowcases to go with the quilt my Mom & I gave her a couple of years ago.  I still had some of the fabrics left in my stash that were in her quilt.  I started on these during my lunch break today, and finished them up after work.  Easy-peasy.  Vicki has lots of cool stuff on her blog.  If you’ve not visited her before, fix yourself a cup of tea or other beverage of your choice, and plan on staying awhile. 🙂

Stash Report, 10-26-08


  • Incoming Yardage to date: 84
  • Outgoing Yardage to date:  109& 2/3 yds.
  • Total Stash Busted to date: 25 & 2/3 yds.

Zero new fabric in this week. 1/4 yard out.  I’ve been busy, busy, busy.  I’ve gotten three lap quilts quilted for a customer, I added the inner small gold border to my 9P & stripe quilt, and I finished the hand stitching of the labels on the memorial quilt last night.  Along with just the day to day stuff that goes on around here…lol.  Hopefully, I’ll have a more interesting post soon.

Sunday Reporting, 10-19-08


My stash hasn’t changed a bit, either in or out.  I did pull fabrics from it for the guild mystery quilt, but I’m not counting that til I actually start on it.  I have been working on some projects, though.  I quilted one customer lap quilt, and have another ready to start.  My parents came for a visit Saturday, so Friday afternoon was spent cleaning, and getting ready.  I really enjoyed our time together Saturday.  I demo’d my embroidery machine for Mom, by working on the label for my Dad’s log cabin quilt.  Then, after they left, I just had some play time with it.  I got these Christmas ornament patterns, at the shop where my machine came from.  They are an OESD Christmas promo.  You spend $60.00 shopping, and you get the patterns for free.  This is the one I made last night.  I used a red that had been prewashed, but after wetting it to get the stabilizer out, and leaving it overnight to dry, the red still bled through the white stitching, turning it pink around the edge of the applique.  And, I don’t think I had my tension set quite right on this one.

Today, as I was making a label for the back of my Storm At Sea quilt, I thought that a scrap of that fabric might make a neat ornament, so I played with a different color theme.

The ornament is still wet, from rinsing out the stabilizer, but when it’s dry, it will be the same color as the label it is laying beside.  Also in the pic, is the label for Daddy’s quilt.  I still need to trim it up.

I like the way the ornament came out, in the golden color, with a bit of silver metallic thread for some sparkle.  I will add some crystals for further embellishment.  I think I’ll be making some more of these.  It was fun!

I also jazzed up one of my DH’s fishing shirts, by adding a couple of embroidered designs to it.  He loves it!  I was so proud of myself for getting them on so straight, and even symmetrical with each other!

And, I got the labels for the commissioned memorial quilt ready to stitch.

All in all, I had a really nice weekend.  Just too short, as usual.  Hope yours was great, too!  I’m off to soak in the new infinity pool hot tub now!

LOL At Us!


I think infinity pools are really cool…however, this is not the way to try to get one…

OOPS!  Someone forgot to check on how fast the tub was filling.

And even as we are progressing into the fall season, new life is appearing in our backyard.  Lots of these little guys.

I was surprised to see them this late in the year.  Aren’t they cute?  I hope they find enough to eat before they burrow in to hibernate.  And hopefully, I will see some of them again in the spring.

Starting My First Mystery Quilt


I went to the guild meeting last night and we rec’d the fabric instructions for this year’s mystery quilt.  I have never done a mystery quilt before.  I really want to participate in as many of the guild projects as I can, so I’m going to try to do this, and see if I can keep up.  Besides, it’s a great way to bust some stash.  This is one of those times that I am thankful for my stash.  I was able to go to my quilt room, in my jammies, and “shop” for the required fabrics for the quilt.  These are my choices.

The first one, the pale green, will be the background.  The floral print will be the main fabric, with the remaining two being the accent fabrics.  I like them together like this…whether or not they will be successful for the pattern, I suppose only time will tell.  They are going to send out the cutting instructions in our next newsletter.  I’m anxious to see what they are.  I will post progress reports, so you can see the mystery unfold, along with me.  I love being able to use my stash like this, and this is precisely why I have one.  Instant gratification when I want to start a project.  No waiting til I can make a trip to the nearest fabric shop, which is about an hour away.  And no waiting for an internet order to show up.  I had everything I needed, right under my roof, and even options for different color schemes.  Yes, having a stash is good thing!  🙂