Thursday, June 3, 2010

all the news

Where does the time go? Lets catch up. I finished my swap blocks and mailed them last Saturday...just at the last minute again. I start them early in the month but my quilter's ADD keeps making me hop from project to project. I have started June's blocks..... hopefully I'll be done earlier in the month this time.

I took a quick photo of the log cabin I showed you in block stage. I  tried out some borders but they just were not talking to me. I was thinking that I would leave it without borders and tea dye it. (This started out as a few fat quarters and I ended up adding a lot of scraps to it along the way. Does that count as finishing a scrap quilt Katie? Cause the other one is so not done. ) BTW, does anyone have advise on tea dying? Should I do the top and back  and then layer and quilt, or should I quilt it then dye it?

I finished another little wool project. It was very quick and easy to put together. I still have a few small woolies all cut and ready to stitch. Sometimes I like to trace and fuse and cut out, so I will do a bunch of projects and then bag them up for when I feel like just hand stitching.

I finished the mini quilt for the store for June. I always forget to take a photo before I take it to the shop to hang. I have a new project I'm starting for the shop. It is a secret right now, but you will see it soon. The boss brought the pattern back from market. (Hint... it is a Halloween project)

I worked on my little snowmen for snowbound. Here they are so far.

Our weather has been kind of crazy, really hot, then rainy ,and last night it got cool. The cool was fine with me because the air conditioner could not be saved and the new one will not be here until next Monday. New furnace too..ouch$$. We have been lucky, the heat/air was not new when we moved in and we have been here 15 years. I have never lived anywhere for that long. The longest I ever lived in one place before this house was 5 years. My youngest was in first grade when we moved here. She went to school with the same kids from second grade all the way thru high school. To me that is just so weird... ( I have to confess that every couple of years I get the urge to move on). I guess that we will be here a bit longer.

Lastly.. my ongoing saga of the bent quilt frame. None of the local dealers were really able to help me with a replacement part. One guy says he called the warehouse and they are checking. That was about 4 weeks ago.When my boss went to Quilt Market she saw the after market sales rep and talked to her and got me another contact. SO I was so excited!!! I called and the guy was really not very helpful. He wanted me to fax him the parts list (REALLY?) you sell the frame and you need my parts list? Ok. I took the fax # but my hopes were deflated. On the same day I talked with one of my friends who had just returned from her home in Arkansas. Her husband offered to take a look and see if he had suggestions. What the heck I thought. I took the bent piece with me and went to visit my friend. While J and I sat on the deck and discussed quilting and books and kids, her hubby FIXED my bent frame piece. He is an experienced metal worker, so he pounded and unbent and even cut the metal. He was so sweet, he was worried that it had a couple of dents in the front. Anyway, I took it back home and put the frame together and put the carriage on and it seemed to roll on the frame fine. So I mounted the machine and it still seemed to roll fine. I have a quilt on the frame right now!!! How exciting is that??? I am having some trouble with threads breaking , but my friend D has the same machine so she will help me work that out.

Maybe I can  start reducing my stack of unquilted tops?

Happy stitching everyone.


  1. Busy, busy, busy you are;) I'm glad you got your frame fixed even without the help of the manufacture people. You'll be tearing through that stack of tops like nothing soon;)
    And you aren't alone with the urge to move every couple of years....I get the same itch. This year instead of moving, I just deep cleaned and rearranged everything. It seemed to stave off the need for a bit longer.
    Happy Quilting!!

  2. First, yes the log cabin quilt can count as a scrap quilt. I set my own rules and you can too. Finishing a top and using up leftovers were the main goals - however you accomplish them doesn't matter!

    I LOVE the background for your snowmen. So very festive, yet wintery. That would be one I'd have a hard time cutting up, had I bought it.

    And what a happy thing that your friend's hubby fixed your frame. Sad that so many people who should be able to help were unable/unwilling and it only took the help of a friend. I expect we'll be seeing some finished quilts soon?!

  3. Glad to hear everything is now working for you. I love the background you are using for the snowmen, too. I don't think I would have tried it, but you got my wheels turning now. I just love how they turned out.


  4. I'm so glad you got the frame fixed! You will be busy all summer now! All those projects are really, really nice too! ---"Love"

  5. busy busy! Everything is looking so nice, too! My thoughts with the tea dying - dye the fabric first and then sandwich and quilt, but I've never tried it the other way, so I can't tell you how that would work! Your snowman blocks are terrific! And I'm so glad you got your frame fixed - you'll be blasting thought those tops in no time!

  6. No wonder the month flies Beth, you are one busy bee! Wonderful swap blocks, your log cabin quilt is terrific and that felt/wool pumpkin is a treat. How marvellous that your friend's DH was able to save the day. You'll be whipping up quilts in next to no time. Cheers, Ann :-)