Friday, November 29, 2013

Trimming squares - Giveaway

I have been on the hunt for a 3" square ruler for trimming up 2.5" (finished) half square triangles. I never would have thought that they would be so hard to find. Needless to say, my search has been fruitless... until I found a site that will custom laser cut and engrave pretty much any size acrylic shapes. So I ordered these.
I got a 2", 3", 4", 5", 5 1/2" and 6", each with a line engraved in the horizontal and vertical center line and from corner to corner. I was trying to get the sizes that you can't already get with the square quilting rulers. The lines should help with centering the squares since they don't have ruler marks.

I haven't had a chance to use them yet as they came in the mail the day before I left to Indiana.

The price was very reasonable, including shipping it was only a couple dollars more than the cost of a 12 1/2" square ruler. Shipping time was good, I received them in less than 10 days.

I did not think to ask them if it would be okay to link to their website, so for now if you would like info please email me and I will be glad to forward the info to you.

UPDATE: To celebrate the Black Friday Sew In (#BFSI) I would like to give away a set of these trimming squares. So if you would like a set please comment on this post or follow me on twitter @SweetAdelineQ for a chance to win. I will choose a winner at random at midnight tonight (eastern time) and contact you by email for shipping info.

Deadline met!

So excited that I was able to meet the nearly impossible deadline that I had set for myself. It was a good thing that the cousin I was traveling with had to work the day we were plannig to leave. I finished the quilt at about 2:30 Friday afternoon and had just enough time to wash and dry it before we left that evening. The top is made with fabrics from a few different lines, unfortunately, the only one I remember the name of is Double Chocolate. Guess I should start writing this stuff down instead of holding on to the selvages and then not remembering where i put them. The backing fabric is Wintergreen by 3 Sisters for Moda. I totally fell in love with it and think that I need to go back to my LQS and buy more.
This is the first quilt that i quilted entirely with freemotion. Needless to say it is not the most fabulous quilting I have ever seen but it came out okay. For the center I did lines of leaves, then more leaves in the center border and then crazy curls in the outer border.
The quilt was hand delivered to my cousin-in-law and she loved it. She is one of the sweetest people you could ever meet and is always doing for others in her family and her community. A hand made quilt is the least of what she deserves. The timing was just right as it was starting to snow a bit when we left Monday evening. All in all it was a really long drive both ways but it was totally worth it to spend time with family that we only get to see once or twice a year.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Oh, the impossible deadlines I give myself

So, amid all of the other things I have been working on like the plane quilt and another that I cannot speak of yet because it will be a Christmas gift, I have now given myself a nearly impossible deadline of one week to complete a queen size quilt nearly from scratch.

I started this project several months ago and got about 1/4 of the triangles pieced.  My intention was that this would be a (another) Christmas gift for a relative in Indiana.  So I decided yesterday (Thursday) that I am going to go to Indiana next Friday with a cousin.  I finshed piecing the rest of the triangles, 28 of each color.  Needless to say I have a lot of work to do.  I need to trim up the triangles and then decide on a layout, thinking something along the lines of what is shown in the second picture and continuing out with the concentric squares.


Wish me luck...

Paper Pieced Plain Planes

Wow, that's a lot of "P"s
I am also working on a quilt for a baby boy who's family loves to fly planes.  So what better on a quilt that a bunch of planes.
I don't like to make my baby quilt too juvenile (novelty prints etc) because I like to imagine that they will be kept for many years to come. So I decided to make paper pieced planes with Kona solid in Navy on a plain Kona White background.

I wanted to do a navy & white stripe fabric for the backing but wasn't able to find any that I liked so I made my own.

It is now basted ready to quilt.  I am thinking of outling the planes and then quilting a propeller design in the center of each plain block.

Happy 100th Birthday jelly roll race quilt

My husband's Great Aunt just turned 100 last weekend.  I didn't have a lot of time to make her a quilt so I decided on another jelly roll race quilt in purple batiks.  The quilting is just freeform overlapping curvy lines in a purple variegated thread.  I trimmed it down to 50" square since she is a rather petite woman, but apparently I forgot just how small she is.

She is sooo cute peeking over the top.  Standing on her tippy toes even though she is wearing 3" heels. 
You just gotta love her, 100 years old and still doesn't leave home without being dressed to the nines with make-up and heels on.
One of my husband's cousins asked her secret to staying youthfull. 
She answered Estee Lauder... Hilarious!

Slacking on the blog front and a new addition to the family

Sorry I have been slacking on the blog front lately. 
I have a tendancy to get so wrapped up in my quilting that I neglect everything else.
To make up for lost time I am going to post a few blogs tonight or morning or whatever it is now...
I will start by introducing my new friend, I don't know her name yet but she sure is awesome.  She is a 1956 Singer 201-2.

She is a little dusty here as I had just got her home.  She has since gone in for a good cleaning and a tune up since her previous owner had no idea when she was last tuned.  We have been very busy.  In the last month and half since she joined the family we have completed 3 full quilts and pieced another 1 1/2.