Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Furry Fleece is so darn soft!

So, its been awhile. Well, its been awhile since I've done much in the way of being crafty. I did do most of the quilting for the Amadeus quilt, but its not quite finished. I ran out steam on that one and my husband got tired of it being out all the time, so he put all my stuff away! I've just not gotten around to getting it back out and finishing it. Seriously, all I have to do is finish quilting the border and then add the binding. How lazy is that?!?

Well, today I finally did something. I bought some of that furry fleece in a pretty ivory color awhile ago when it was 50% off. Well, I was a ding dong and I only bought half of what I needed. It is 60" wide, so I thought that I would make a nice square throw and I proceeded to purchase a little more than 60" of it. I was so happy - I brought it home and laid it on the floor to admire and when I unfolded it, I realized my mistake. This was weeks ago. Today we were out and about, and it was on sale for 40% off, plus I had a 10% off your total purchase coupon, so I bought another 60" so I could finish it.

Its messy as all get out, and now I have to go vacuum the entire apartment and get rid of all the fuzz. But its so soft!!! And how hard is it to sew a square, really?? This is it. . .

Monday, August 29, 2005

This past week was busy and I got very little work done on any of my projects. I did start to sew the Amadeus quilt and quickly discovered that the basting on the floor just didn't work. I know its not the best, but I've managed to make it work before. So anyway.

I had to go to a conference on Tuesday and then I went home to my parents house for the rest of the week to spend some time working in the office. I managed to get my husband to help me unpin and rebaste the Amadeus quilt.

This is the best way that I have found so far. We took two folding tables and pushed them together and then we use large binder clips to clamp the fabric layers to the table. We did need to iron the whole thing again and that makes it easy to run over the whole piece quickly.

Hopefully now I can get busy quilting it this week!

Monday, August 22, 2005

Why do I get bored at all?

So, I spent the whole day today trying to think of something to do. I have a hundred projects that I could work on, but instead, I putz around wandering what in the world I want to do. When I finally settle on one, I end up staying up later than I intended working on it.

I finally decided to run over to Joanns and use my 40% off coupon to pick up batting and work on my Amadeus quilt. I got my fabric for the backing on Friday in the mail. Yeah! I got a pretty good deal on 108" wide fabric that matches the front on eBay.

So now, I'm crawling around on the floor trying to pin it, since I have a lack of table space in my apartment.

It based on a pattern called Amadeus by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company. I love so many of her quilt designs. I really would like to get the quilt kit of Summer Wind and Toulouse. Both of them use the fabric from Moda by 3 sisters. Lovely fabrics..

Saturday, August 20, 2005

By Way of Introduction

My name is Valerie. I'm 26, married and I work from home as controller for my family's company. I have lots of interests like crocheting, knitting, scrapbooking, gardening, candle making, etc., but my favorite hobby is quilting. I love results and its fun to see something that I've created.

I'm a country girl living in Pittsburgh. Since I'll be here for awhile, I'll have to get used to it. Quilts are such a comforting thing and they make me feel more at home. My husband pretends not to be too excited about them, but he enjoys cuddling up in one even more than I do.

I started quilting probably 1 1/2 years ago, but I consider myself a beginner. I feel like I've gotten the piecing thing down pretty well, but I've got to work on the quilting. I got a walking foot awhile ago and I've got that sort of thing down, so I moved on to a free motion foot. That bugger is not my friend. I guess my arm movement is not smooth or something. Need to practice on that. I always have several projects going on at one time, cause I have a somewhat short attention span. I thought I'd share one. Its a wedding quilt for my sister.

I designed it myself and started it back in March, hoping to get it done for the August wedding. I made great progress on getting the top together and basting the quilt together. Then I sewed the main seams. Now I'm stuck.

I've started with outlining the stars and I can only do one or two before I get tired of "quilt wresting." In the meantime, my sister's engagement fell apart. There's no real deadline now, so I think that has sapped my motivation. I was hoping to use the free motion quilting to outline the stars, but I can't get straight lines for the life of me. So, more wrestling for me. There are 20 stars and I'm doing a double outline. After that, I have no idea what to do for quilting the rest of it. Any suggestions?

I love this quilt so much! I'd love to keep it for myself - its already all wrinkly and I want to take a nap with it. I always use Hobbs Heirloom Premium batting usually without prewashing to make sure that it gets all soft and wrinkly like antique quilts. My goal today is to get some work done on it. Maybe I can have it done in time to give it to her for her birthday in November. Cross your fingers for me!