Friday, June 27, 2008

Cupcakes, Aprons and Current Projects.

So here's what I've been working on: I have one complete zig-zag ribbon boarder completely finished. I have the flying geese for 2 mores sides finished. Unfortunatly, when I was doing the setting triangles I forgot to trim one piece of sashing and ran the sashing all the way to the end. I need to unpick and make two more setting triangles. What a pain. Seriously, I don't know how I missed that. I cannot find matching background fabric. Hopefully as I go to the Shop Hop tomorrow I can find the piece. Shouldn't be too difficult.

I started this lemon quilt as a diversion from the boarder, which actually hasn't been too bad. Less than a half hour per side. Not sure why it seemed so daunting
to me. Anwyay, I am having fun with this quick one and am going to put three yo-yos on the left side (my right) of the lemon. The pattern calls for wool flowers but since my oldest breaks out in hives when he touches wool I think yo-yos may be a better option. What do you think?

Next I need to get going on my Prarie Paisley stars for a block swap in August. So far, I haven't even gotten the fabric cut. I just need to get it cut and out of the way, but I want to wait until I'm done with Strawberry Lillies before I start something else. For whatever reason, I'm not feeling that motivated to finish so it's becoming a slow process.

Last night I ran over to Broadbent's to see if they had more background fabric. Although they didn't, it's shop hop so I had fun looking at all the new displays. I also bought a few unexpected patterns. I've been wanting to make some aprons forever. As a stay-at-home mom I feel like I'm always getting stuff on my clothes.
I need cute aprons to cover them up. I'm guessing though, that the aprons will end up cutier than my real clothes.

I also bought this cute cupcake pincushion pattern. Yes, I already have a pin cushion pattern, but I couldn't resist this. They had some already finished there that were soooo cute! The picture doesn't do it justice. My only worry.... will it make me crave cupcakes?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


I love to quilt, but I also love to read. I love to read mysteries, but recently I've been reading novels about quilters. A few years ago I discovered the Elm Creek Quilts books. I really enjoyed the earlier books in this series. Most of the series is about 7 women who run a Quilt Camp in Pennsylvania. These books not only explore the lives of these women and but also of their ancestors who influenced them. My favorite book in this series are The Runaway Quilt, about how quilts were used as signals on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. My second favorite book in this series is The Sugar Camp Quilt, also about the Civil War. These books made me feel I keep reading or do I quilt. Reading the books made me want to quilt, but these two books I could not put down! I just finished the latest in this series. Not my favorite, but still good.

My very favorite quilting novel has to be the Persian Pickle Club. When I started reading this I had no idea it had my three favorite genres: quilting, adoption and murder! What could be more exciting? I really need to buy this book so I can read it at least once a year. I also want to read Tallgrass, also by Sandra Dallas. If any of you have any great quilting novels let me know! I'd love to read more.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Weekly quilting goals

I am to the point in my Strawberry Lilies quilt I have been dreading.... the zig zag ribbon boarder. It's not that it's especially hard or anything, it's just A LOT of flying geese. I have decided to set a weekly goal of doing one side a week. That's 46 flying geese a week. Sounds manageable, right? I have several other quilt projects I want to work on. One is a lemon quilt out of 30's print, one is Jelly Stars and one is out of Prarie Paisley and I need to do 12 blocks for an exchange. I should probably do the one for the exchange, but the lemons are calling me. It's a small quilt, 46x52 or something like that, so maybe I can do it first and quick. Does anyone else do this? As soon as they find a new pattern or fabric they want to start on that project?