Sunday, February 14, 2010

Basic Layout



My design wall is full with another project, so I laid out as much of my Olympic Challenge quilt as I could on my cutting table.  I got half of the quilt laid out and have started sewing it together.  Then I will lay out the 2nd half and hope for the best.   It's scrappy so I think it will be OK.  It has been really nice actually getting to do some peicing this weekend.  

Sorry my pictures are so dark, I normally take pictures of quilts without flash because I am trying to get pictures of my actually quilting and I forgot to turn my flash back on.  Oops!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

It snowed....AGAIN!

One of the nice things about living where we do is that it very rarely snows. Snow is a big deal here. Everything closes down. People stay home. It basically closes down the city. We get excited when it is in the forecast. The grocery stores run out of milk and beer. We usually get snowflakes at least once every winter, but hardly ever get any accumulation. You can tell just driving by someones house if they are new to the area. Because the actually own a snow shovel. For the first couple years that we lived here we were the only house on the street that had shoveled their drive and walks, now we fit right in. It is going to melt anyway so why bother... And it usually does melt fast. So this year is going to stick out because not only was their still snow on my roof and in shady areas from our last snow storm, but I woke up to more.
For the record, I love snow. I call my mom with snow reports. I do the happy dance when it starts snowing. I LOVE SNOW! But the fact remains that I also love not having to shovel it

Friday, February 12, 2010

My 2010 Olympic Challenge Quilt



Hi all!

I'm a little late, but I have finally decided on which quilt I will be doing.  I will be doing Blue Lagoon from Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam & Nicky Lintott.  I am using batiks.  I went by Wish Upon a Quilt today and picked up an Island Batik jelly roll which consist of all light neutrals and for my back ground I am using a darker brown batik.  

The real challenge for me will be finishing up the current quilt that is on my frame so that I can quilt this one.


Olympic Challenge

My friend , Anna Norris, is sponsoring an Olympic Quilting Challenge on her blog:

http://blackholequilts.blogspot.com/2010/02/2010-quilters-winter-olympics.html

It sounds like it is going to be a lot of fun.  People have started to post about the projects that they are starting during the opening ceremonies.  Check it out and join in on the fun! 

I am going to join in.  After all if I could learn to knit socks during the 2008 Summer Olympics then I can do a complete quilt during this Olympics... Right?  Of course this does mean that I will really have to get to work on the custom quilt that is currently on my frame.   :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Have you tried Aurifil?

I am getting ready to load a custom job, which will be quilted with only cotton thread.  So I decided to try out the Aurifil thread that I purchased to see how it runs on my Millennium.   OH MY!  I love, love, love this thread. It is the Mako 50 weight.  Talk about a fine line with beautiful stitches.  Beautiful!  Plus it was super easy to balance my tension.  Millie seems to love the thread too.  I played around on my practice cloth McTavishing and doing feathers with accents in them.  I may actually start working on my wholecloth after I get the studio moved, which is the real reason I wanted to try the thread.  But now I am going to go and see if I can get the colors that I need for the quilt I just load.

Where did January go?

Can it really be February all ready?  I can't believe it.  January was a blur. 

If I look at everything in a positive light, I can say we found out why Mom has not been feeling up to par, I got a closing date for the new house and I got quite a few customer quilts done.  Unfortunately not everything in life is positive while it is happening. 

Luckily, Mom is starting to feel better, but she scared us all by having to be rushed to the emergency room and then spending several days in the hospital.   Not fun at all for any of us.  But the good news is that we have found out what caused her weird spells, that she was having at Disney in December and her lack of energy. So now we can do something about it. 

When we signed the contract on the new house, it was supposed to be done in February.  So when we had not heard anything by the 3rd week in January we started to panic.   We finally got notified that it is running a little late and we will be closing the last week of March.  Now that we know, we can start packing and organizing for the move.   I was at the house last week, all the flooring is in now.  They were working on installing door knobs and were waiting for the inspector to come and do the final check on the electrical and OK the power to be turned on to the house.  It should have power by now and they should be working on their finishing work. 

With everything else going on, I actually did quilt this month too.  Quilting is definitely a stress reliever for me!  And having customer quilts that had to get done meant that I could not really dwell on things I could not control.  Yeah for that!!!