Monthly Archives: August 2009

UFO Finished!! (and something funny!)

In our family we try to laugh a lot.  There’s been a lot in the last year that has been very difficult so laughing has become a cure-all.  Having said that I also need to share that we have a wonderful garden filled with tomatoes, celery, snap peas, bell pepper, zucchini, green beans, carrots, and potatoes.  We’ve been enjoying a lot of the veggies except the potatoes which my husband pulled up a few days ago.  Getting tired of looking at them sitting on the counter I washed them up to make potato soup.  This is what I discovered under all the dirt on the first potato.

Butt-Potato

Butt-Potato

I laughed.  Called my husband over.  He laughed (and I laughed some more).  Then we called the girls over.  They laughed.  My husband grabbed the camera and I posted it on facebook.  There was one party-pooper who said it didn’t look like a butt…other than that there were a variety of amusing comments.  We still chuckle when we look at the photo.  I mean, how can you not?!?

All right, on to more serious matters.  Shall we?

In 2007 a friend of mine agreed to watching my darling girls while I was helping at the quilt shop up the street during the Shop Hop.  We agreed that instead of paying her I would make her a quilt.  She came in picked out some fabrics, then I supplemented with some more and I started.

I got this wild and crazy idea (before I knew better) that it would be fun to do pinwheels.  So, I cut the fabric into 2″ squares.  Did I mention that I didn’t know better?  Well I then started sewing pinwheels.  5 days and 3 blocks (each block was made with 4 sets of pinwheels) later I was tired and bored so put them away.  A couple of months later I pulled them out and worked some more.  When I got 5 blocks done I thought, “This is insanity.  What was I thinking?!?”  I put it away…for a very long time.

Fast forward at least a year…more like two.  I pulled it out again contemplating the dilemna I got myself into…what to do?  WHAT TO DO?!?  Ah-ha!  I’ll make a rag quilt with them.  So…I started sewing squares together.  And I sewed and I sewed…and I sewed and…I put it away.  I was tired of sewing.  However, after about six months of storage I pulled it out and got another good chunk knocked out.  Better…not done, but better.

Then came the kick in the pants (as in last week…before we went to Bend for the weekend).  The message from my friend, “When’s my quilt going to be done?  Can I pick it up next week?”  NEXT WEEK!!!  Hmmm…okay.  She deserves this so I’m going to go for it.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to say that it is finished!  No more to be done!!

UFO Block Up Close

UFO Block Up Close

Not bad, if I do say so myself.  She picked it up about 5 hours ago and she said, “This is better than I expected!!”  She had thought of all that it would look like and this surpassed all her imaginings.  Yeah!!  I’m so glad!!

UFO Front

UFO Front

The good news is:  Almost all the fabric that I purchased, aside from my initial start, was used up!!  I have about 7 little squares and a couple feed of the binding.  Yes, I bound it vs. clipping the edges.

UFO Back

UFO Back

The backing fabric was a white Lakehouse with different colored dots.  I ran out before I completely finished.  As a result I used another fabric with the same purples, yellows, pinks and oranges for the outside borders.  I didn’t have enough for the top and bottom but I think it turned out beautifully.

She’s a happy girl and I feel as if a burden has been lifted.  As a result I’ve finished 10 blocks of my stack ‘n whack.  Can I just say that I’m good at getting in over my head.  Wait until you see the amount of blocks for the stack ‘n whack.  You’ll agree that I’m crazy!!

Happy Quilting!

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It’s been a few days…

or more.  Not exactly sure at times how much time has passed between postings.  I’ve been dinking around on Facebook a lot.  If you’ve not checked out my Facebook page ‘Top to Bottom Custom Quilting’ then go for it.  Become a Fan!

Six days ago it was nearly 100 degrees out.  Today it’s a whopping 69!!  Washington!!  I’m thankful that I don’t live in a state that is hot and humid all day, every day, all summer long.  The variety that Washington provides is a, well, breath of fresh air.  Literally today!

During the hot weather quilting became an impossibility.  We don’t have air conditioning in our house so we went to my parents house and stayed with them for two days.  It was a welcome relief.  The first day I would sew until goose bumps appeared on my arms and my feet were icicles then I would grab my book and sit in the sauna until I started to break a sweat.  Then back inside to the sewing machine.  I got a lot done!

You Are My Sunshine!

You Are My Sunshine!

The photos not very good.  Sorry about that.  Overcast today and I don’t have a place to hang it outside.  There’s one more row left and then I’ll be able to finish the stars, add the borders and quilt it.  Should be ready for Innovations.

As far as quilting goes I had what I call The Tropical Quilt on the frame for a week.  It was not hard to quilt but seemed like it when every movement meant sweating!

My customer asked me to outline the flowers and do something in the borders or sashings but maybe leaving the black alone.  I told her that the black border was too big and I would come up with something.

The Tropical Quilt

The Tropical Quilt

So I did a medium sized stipple in the yellow border and sashings with thread to match.  Outlining the flowers seemed like an easy thing to do but the flowers had a thin white outline so I knew that outlining with white thread was going to be a challenge.  My solution?  Run the black thread, in the black areas just outside the flowers.

Orange Flower

Orange Flower

This flower I ran veins along the petal.

As for the large black border…I came up with a brilliant idea.  Bamboo!!  I pulled up pictures of bamboo off the internet.  Then, using the Miracle Chalk Chubby Crayon, I drew the bamboo on the black border.  Free handing the bamboo was kind of fun.  Here’s the black border:

Bamboo Border

Bamboo Border

Here’s what the bamboo looks like on the back of the quilt.

Bottom Border

Bottom Border

Left Border

Left Border

So there you go.  The fruits of my labors over the last week or so.  Right now I’ve got an American Hero Quilt on the frame.  Should have it done in the next day or so!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a Happy Quilting Day!