Monday, December 28, 2009

with a few days left...

i'm trying to get as many wips done from this year as possible. this is my second 9 patch. this took me awhile because i definately didn't like it as much as my first!! oh well.
but this our weather cold up here this freshed squeezed quilt has really brightend thing up!!
i used up as much of this fabric line that i had. i think i have a half yard left. it will go with other lines though.
i used orange thread which was REALLY fun to work with. and i LOVE the binding. this quilt needs to go to the right person. someone who LOVES bold colors!!! :)

lastly, i'm in the process of stippling my string quilt and then i'm ready to pin my pink and orange quilt. i'm feeling pretty good about going into next year. i have so few wips!! i still have some but not as many! :) and yes, i did say i was stippling the string quilt. boring i know but i practiced some other techniques and i just don't have the hang of it yet and believe it or not i think stippling with be okay on this! well at least i'm hoping so! hope you had a GREAT Christmas and have a happy new years!! :)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

saturday fun

i was online this morning and came across this quilt and thought it would be fun to do so i did. this afternoon. i got to use all my reds and greens to make a christmas quilt.
i am going to put a boarder on it and i think this is what i'm going to use. it will just be a lap size but that's good for me!!

and i got this quilt top put together and boarders on so that the binding will be seen. i'm LOVING this quilt also. man i love pink! :) hope everyone has a GREAT rest of the weekend!

Saturday, December 12, 2009


this is one of my wips to try and get done this year. i will let you know that it's not going to happen. i might get the top together and i have a back for it but i still haven't got any more batting and i have two to quilt my string quilt that needs batting and now this one. you never know once christmas break is here. this will be one of my last pink with another color for awhile. i didn't blog much about this quilt but i switched it around last minute. it was supposed to have A LOT more stuff going on but i chose to redesign it so to speak. i like it. hope you are having a FANTASTIC weekend!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

oh the weather outside is frightful

We have a day off of school and we are pretty happy about it. Ruby is on neighborhood watch! :) We only got 3-5 inches of snow but the wind is horrible!!! It's quite cold out there.
We cleaned the boys room (which was a DISASTER!) Now their reward is some game time. Mine is a bath! :) And some quilt time later. Which if anyone has a suggestion for me on how to quilt my string quilt I would LOVE ALL suggestions. I ran out of batting also so I'm going to just get fronts and backs going so when I get the batting I can sandwich them.
This was my day to decorate the teachers lounge at school and have snacks for them. I will just do it tomorrow. I just really LOVE that snowman bowl and all the other christmas stuff. The box in the back is a bunch of ornaments. They get to take one if they like. We LOVE our teachers and ALL the work they do!! Hope you have a great day whatever it is you are doing. I might do some more baking. If the mood strikes! :)

Friday, December 4, 2009

one turtorial for string quilts

one of the many reasons i love this quilt is because you get to use ALL kinds of scraps!!! :) i seem to aquire ALL kinds of paper around my house because i have two in school. lucky for me this year i have a 6th grader and they don't have as much paper coming in.i cut the 8.5 x11 piece of paper to an 8.5" square. you can make it as big or little as you like depending on the size paper you have. in my opinion the bigger the better because this is an intense project that will go on for at least a few months.
for this tutorial i made my white strip 2". and i would do that again for the next string quilt. it will show off the fabric more. (i think) then you just lightly glue it on the diagonal to the paper.
get a scrap and put it face down on one side of the white strip and sew 1/4" seam.

then iron the fabric back.

continue doing this on both side until your square is full. you need to sew then iron, sew then iron and so on.

when you are done you square should look like this with the extras on each side.

flip it over...

and start cutting off the excess in line with the paper.

when you are done you now need to rip the paper off the back of the square. if will seem like it is perferated so it's not so bad. fold it back and then rip it off.

continue to do this until all the paper is peeled off.

when you are done you have a fabulous square. :) (that's my opinion) :) now i'm not really a teacher but a few of you asked how to do this and i thought i would put my two cents out there. if something wasn't clear let me know and i will do my best to explain it better.

thanks so much for all your very kind comments. you guys are so sweet!! :) have a great day

Thursday, December 3, 2009

what i LOVE about quilting...

how this pile of scraps turns into...80 squares for this...
a finished string quilt that makes me :)!!

this was my first quilt day in AGES!!!!! it was VERY nice. that's all i did today was work on this quilt so that i could get it laid out. have a great day!!