Thursday, February 19, 2009

Screen bugs

I just happened to go out the back door and saw my bugs on the screened in porch. I had forgotten about them. Instead of coming in and getting the camera to take a picture, I found one when I first made them several years ago. I sold quite a few. They are happy bugs that brighten up a drab area. They are made of glass flat marbles and copper foil with solder like stained glass.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Rainy Day

I have been awful busy to have such a free day. It rained all day and I cut fabric for the new double wedding ring. I put together 1 block and I am wondering how in the world I did the other one so long ago. It is a bit nerve racking. I am not sure now if I like the colors. It is still scraps with matching corners, only I wish I used one more matching end piece.. it has too much purple. Oh well.. I will work on it. I had son make me templates and still it is so hard to get it right and make it lay flat. Thank goodness for my helps everything lay smooth. I have to go back to work once again tomorrow night so little will get done once again for about a week. take care and happy quilting. Sallie Gayle

Monday, February 16, 2009

Double sad trouble

Well, this quilt top was a mishap from the beginning. The top I did about 10 years ago, and it was so off, I just held onto it for some reason. When I decided I would quilt it, I took great pains in marking it because I thought the least I could do would be to do my best quilting ever to make up for the unmatched seams and puckers. Well, 2 hrs of marking, pinning and getting it all ready to start the next morning and the marks disappeared. It was like I had never done anything. SO I just free handed (sewed) a design and hoped for the best. I washed it and prayed it would shrink to hide the awful seams but it did not. Some of the middle squares were not even close to matching and one set of squares are the wrong colors matched. Anyway, here is my Double Wedding ring quilt.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

I hope everyone enjoys their day!! Let me share what I did today. I met my best friend from high school at a little restaurant close by. We have not seen each other in about 35 years but who is counting. We had lots of catching up to do.!! We lost touch for the last 15 years or so and we had lots to talk about. We shared pictures stories and more. We both have red kitchens, yellow living rooms, collect black/white cows, roosters and both drive white cars. Wow.. I missed her. But like she said, we are gold friends. We have shared so many similar experiences and then so different too. Hope we can get together again soon. Here is a great picture that the waitress took of us. I am on the left. Life is so short, keep in touch with your friends . We are not here for long.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Snowplay at Southwick

Here is the first Christtmas quilt in 2009 and it is only February. I used a jelly roll called It's Snowing by Moda,4 fat quarters, border and backing and a pattern called Strip Twist from I love these colors. I think it turned out great. Love it!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Busy Monday

Today was strange. Early morning I took hubby to have some test done as an outpatient. Got him settled. Picked up grandson at High school and there was a fight there. It was on the news even. 6 people arrested, 4 boys, 2 girls and 3 warrents issued for ones that fled the scene. That is just so scary. No wonder he hates school and has very few friends. When I was in high school, we were into love not fighting. There was a dance after every home game and it was so cool. You felt grown up and important. Later, I learned yesterday a friend passed away. What was to be an easy gall bladder surgery turned into stage3 cancer that had already spread to her liver and a stage 4. Within 25 days she was gone. She was a dear friend and she taught me to do counted cross stitch in the 70's. She worked at the local phone company and made wonderful decorative cakes on the side. She was a very sweet lady who will be missed. I have been quilting on another quilt and will get it posted in a day or two. It is bed time for now.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Basket Quilt

I finally finished my basket quilt. It turned out a lot better than I thought. I was discouraged by the quilting until I washed it and it krinkled. Nothing is better than a warm quilt from the dryer. I love this quilt.!! The picture does not do it justice. The baskets are quilted in the ditch . The large squares have hearts in a circle and the larger triangles have a fancy feather type heart. The four patches have an x. The white fabric is tone on tone and really gives it diminsion. Hope you like it. I forgot to add, that is my son behind the quilt. Isn't he handsome. LOL

Friday, February 6, 2009

A work in progress

Wanted to share what I am working on. I really need a better set up for quilting. I am thinking of ways to move around my sewing room to make a table out in front and down the side of my machine. I thought of using the dinning room table but I dont thing I could get used to the machine being up off of the table. Anyway, here is a sneak peak. Hopefully in the next few days I can get finished. I plan on finishing up a couple of tops I made a while back.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Twist and shout Block

Here is the tutorial I promised. Hope I can figure this out. First you need 3 colors of fabric. Cut from Main color 5" square Cut from other 2 colors 2"x8" strips next you sew the 2x8 strips right side together using 1/4 inch seams. Turn right side out and press. Now, just sew the strip tube onto block as shown using 1/4 inch seams. Note the placement how it is turned the the main color to outside and 1/4 inch in from the edge. you could place these opposite directions for movement or all in one direction. Babies would like these to feel of especially if one side of the strip was satin. Enjoy

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Give Away!!

Check out this site. She is holding her first give-a-way. I love the bag. It would really work for me to carry to work for hand work etc.

Happy February!!

Wow, I can not believe it is February already!!! Time is flying by . Well one more night to go. Then maybe I can do a little sewing. What a surprise to come here and find I have a new follower. I am so pleased to find someone shows interest in what I like.!! Thanks to all 3 of you!! Time for bed. I will check in a little later and be planning on something good for tomorrow. Hugs