Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The journey to the birth of a block

I started working on the second block of my wool applique quilt. I thought I'd share some pictures of the process......

It all starts with the wool.
All the pieces are traced on to freezer paper and ironed on the wool.
So many pieces...........
Next, I stapled the pieces to the background. I learned that staples are so much earier to work with. Your thread doesn't get caught on the staples and they are very easy to remove.
A little more progress ............
We're all set to start stitching..........
I'll post more pictures when it's a finished block. Thanks for visiting.
Happy Quilting!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Cooties on her quilt

My friend Bren ,the most wonderful hand quilter that I know, asked me to help her baste her beautiful Basket quilt the other day. In order to save both of our backs, I suggested she let me baste it on my machine. She said that putting her quilt on my machine was going to give it "COOTIES"(REMEMBER, SHE'S A HAND QUILTER). After a bit of convincing, I got to take it home so I thought I'd share a couple of pictures of her basket quilt on my machine.

(Close your eyes and scroll fast Bren)

I dropped it off at her house today. She probably has it in the hoop and is quilting it. Go to her blog http://piecesfromme.blogspot.com/ and see a picture of the entire top. It is just gorgeous, I can't wait to see it finished.
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A short rant

I don't know which I hate worse, thistle or Japanese beetles. Thistle is trying to choke out my flowers and the beetles are trying to eat it away.

Today I pulled three carts full of this stuff out of my flowers.

I haven't been very good to my flowers this year. I've been in school and working for the past couple of months so everything has been neglected. If it weren't for my DH the whole yard would have been lost to creeping charlie.

I should have taken a picture of the garden before I started but I didn't so here's a couple of the after.

At least now, you can see what's left of the mulch. I'll try very hard to be much better to the garden for the rest of the summer. However, I start school again in another two weeks......we'll see.

I took a picture of a Japanese Beetle on my Trumpet Vine but you can hardly see it. It's the blurry thing at the top of the flower. I wish I could blur them all out of existence forever.

Thanks for reading my little rant.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Something new to spend my money on

My newest love is wool applique. I swore that I wouldn't do it but then I went to a quilt show and fell in love with a pattern so here I go again.

This of course, requires wool.........

A whole suitcase full and then some.......

Then there's the thread.......
Lots and lots of threads...........

Here's the first block of many.........

It will be so worth it when it's done! My new obsession!!!

Here are some pictures of a quilt that I just finished for one of the local quilt shops.

Here's a picture of the back. I love the fabrics.

That's all I have to share for now. Thanks for looking!

Happy Quilting!