A Quickie Fig Post

25 01 2008

Well, I’m not much of a fig lover (the fruit), but I am definitely a Fig Tree Quilts fan. So if you are a quilter (or ever wanted to try it!), head on over to Fig Tree Quilts and look at the new quilt kit available for Pre-Order!! Joanna has designed some truly darling fabrics, quilts and accessories. Here is the yummy quilt. It is the perfect combination of piecing and applique.
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And here are a couple of recent pictures highjacked from her blog (below). These are just the look and feel that I love. Kind of country, but fresh – not shabby. Plenty of color, but pretty and somewhat muted.

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I just love the old drying rack with quilts on it. Growing up we always had one – but I’ve never bought one. That’s now on my list. I’ve been talking to Ed for years about having some sort of display rack or ladder for holding my quilts. The ones that are not hung up are on hangers in my craft room closet. I’d really like to take some of the displayed quilts down off the wall and display them this way. That opens up so much wall space for putting up artwork and pictures. And I may just paint the drying rack it a nice blue (since I won’t be drying clothes on it). (Now if I only had *bolts* of fabric to stack next to my quilts! 😉

So, I still I.O.U. the items noted below. And did I mention photos of 3 quilts I finished last weekend. Maybe.

Big xoxoxo’s to my family and friends.
Bets





Pat Sloan/Apronista Giveaway!

26 11 2007

Thought I’d share a great couple of blogs I’ve been stalking since becoming re-obsessed with quilting recently: The Apronista Blog, and Pat Sloan’s blog. Pat has whipped up 2 of the cutest aprons I’ve seen in a while, and they are being given away on The Apronista’s blog. It looks like the Apronistas have give-aways pretty much every week, and have some pretty awesome connections, tutorial links and Flickr galleries. And Pat Sloan is a pretty well known author/quilter/designer with a pretty fun style.

Looks like I’m down for the count again with my back. I was feeling *so* good for about 2 weeks, sewing up a storm and getting out and about with Ed. Last week was really painful and I spent the day in bed yesterday. I worked for about 5 hours today and had to go lay down. I was in tears. 😦

We had a low-key Turkey Day – just the 3 of us. Ed and Nick took care of the entire meal and did a really wonderful job. I wasn’t in much of a thankful mood, being in so much pain. We (as a family) have SO much to be thankful for every single day of our lives, and do talk about that subject occasionally among ourselves. Life is good!!!

Off to the MD tomorrow for an epidural injection. Hopefully that will take the edge off, and make sure I’m able to travel to Chicago the week of the 3rd.

I.O.U.:

  • Pics of the finished kitchen. It really does look *great*!!
  • All the holiday decorating is done, too, so I’ll post some pics of a couple of new additions for the new year.

Not too much else is going on. Over the 4-day weekend, I bought a couple of domains and am planning to launch a self-hosted, enhanced blog. This got me to thinking about my “mission statement” for my blog. It does currently serve several purposes, like communicating with family and friends, and sharing pics. I’d like to begin to include some tutorials so that I can share some of my knowledge with anyone who stumbles upon my little piece of the Internet!

xo
Bets





Finally! A few Quilt FO’s!

4 11 2007

With the exception of one baby quilt about 6 months ago, I have hardly quilted in the past few years. Well, I was motivated this weekend, and despite my back, I finished 4 half-done quilts, and made a top!

So here is the quilt top for our niece, Mysti, who we just found out is having a boy on 11/16 – so I had to hurry! My photography skills do not do this quilt justice. The fabric is a beautiful aqua blue and chocolate. Here are a couple of the blocks:
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Here is the finished top. I’ll have to get some good pictures once it is quilted. I will definitely post that up, too.

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And just in time for Halloween (NOT!), I hand pieced the 5″ squares, then broke out the sewing machine for the borders, then added prairie points. They were surprisingly easy!

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And I bought a kit for this Christmas quilt years ago. I remember being on a shopping trip with Sarah Schroeder in WA, so it’s way over 4 years ago! Whomever cut the kit didn’t do the best job on fussy cutting the Santas, but I guess that makes it extra “homey”. 😉 I have just one side of the binding to finish hand-stitching on.

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And the flannel baby girls’ quilts, of which I made 3. The first I finished and even machine quilted went to one of the guys that works for Ed and his wife. They had a cute little baby girl. Here are the other two, waiting to be shipped off to get long-arm quilted:

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Quilts=cat magnets, oui?

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And last week, after finding out that Mysti and her hubby are having a boy, I broke out the baby blue yarn and knitted up my first booties and baby hat:

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The blue goes with Dante’s eyes, don’t you think? 😉 (Poor kitty putting up with me dressing him up!)

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Here’s one of our frog friends I caught playing in the pool, as mentioned in my last post. Actually, with the cool weather we’ve had the last 2 weeks, I think they’ve gone into hibernation for the winter. I haven’t seen them around lately.

And, drum roll please, the appliances are ALL installed, the granite was installed last week, and everything except the tile is installed!!! Woohoooooo!!! Ed got the vent installed, too. You know the kind that comes up out of the counter, then goes back down? It is *too* cool. He spent practically all day Saturday getting everything squared away – the new sink, faucet and soap dispenser and stove top. This really is my dream kitchen! I simply love it. The granite looks so good, and was very nice to sew on all weekend. I never thought we’d be able to afford the granite, so I feel so very fortunate.

Hugs and kisses to friends and family!
xoxoxo

Betsy





My Sweet 16 Quilt

30 09 2007

When i turned 16, my maternal grandmother, GiGi, presented a gorgeous quilt to me. She had it made by a woman in Stanwood in 1979 especially for me! I was thrilled then, even though at the time I wasn’t into quilting. Over the years I came to appreciate it *so* much, and it has always provided me comfort. As you can see from the pictures below, it has been a bit “over-loved”.

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It is showing a lot of wear and tear!! I’ve wanted to have it repaired, or do it myself, for years now. The back is is even worse shape. It’s really, really worn and falling to pieces!! Today, I decided to dig it out of the box it’s been sitting in since we moved to San Antonio. The quilt has no binding, so I simply began to remove the seams around the outside. Something different about this quilt is that there is a layer of cheesecloth between the top and the batting. I’ve never seen that construction method before, but I have heard that it is done sometimes to prevent the batting from “bearding” through to the front.

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The second step in the deconstruction for repair was to remove the lovely kermit green yarn that was used to tie the quilt. Now the top and the back are in the laundry room with a fresh bottle of Dreft, ready for a good soak and rinse. I’ve got some calico and tiny print fabrics in the same tones picked out of my stash. I haven’t decided if I’ll remove the blocks or not, or maybe fuse some fabric to what is there. I’m also going to add an outside border to help with the blocks wearing along the edges, and also to increase the size. And I’ll add a nice double binding, also to preserve it from too much wear and tear. Hopefully once I get it fixed, I can get another 28-30 years out of it!

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(L to R: Jake’s bum, Seamus, Zoe Dante and Abbey)

Ed went up to College Station to see Big Todd yesterday. Big Todd is a firefighter at the oil refinery in Anacortes and came to College Station for a week of training. On Ed’s way home today, he picked up a new mattress at Costco. Mmmmmm. Memory Foam! I can hardly wait to go to bed tonight and try it out! Of course the cats were intrigued with the mattress that we had taken out. I was amazed to get all of them in one shot together! That’s never happened before!

Have a great week!

Betsy 🙂