Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Half Square Triangle Marathon

Hello, I had such a productive sewing weekend. Since hubby works most weekends, it's the days when I can dedicate some time to sewing. I spent most my time between the two quilts I'm working on. The Lime Quilt and the first of the Breast Cancer Warrior Quilt tops.

Lime Quilt Status

I spent many hours preparing all of the half square triangles on the quilt. I figured there are 60 such blocks in the quilt. So, I took the time to stencil out all the sewing lines on the squares. I didn't mind this because it was also a good time to catch up on some TV too. Here's a look at the block markings in progress

From there, of course it was all that pressing and sizing up the squares and snipping all the edges. Sometimes I forget all the prep-work that goes into making one of these quilts :-). Next thing I knew, several hours went by and I was still just preparing the half square triangle blocks. But, I did finish them all!! yeah!! Here is just one stack.

Once these were done, I started assembling more of the quilt blocks. I ended up completing 7 blocks sewn, ironed and trimmed to the 12" size. So, I exceeded my goal of one block per day. With the rest of the blocks, I decided I'm going to create all the rows first and then complete all my ironing in one fail swoop. So, I'm still working on sewing the rows.

Breast Cancer Warrior Quilt Status

I was able to complete the first quilt top this weekend as well. Once I started it, I couldn't stop until it was finished. It really is great seeing / reading all the messages. Next step, determining borders and fabric.

Only one entry in my book giveaway so an easy winner! So, KarenO if you would email me your address, I'll get the books out to you. Thanks.

I couldn't help snapping a photo of my first rose bud. It's so tiny. It opened the next day and didn't last long so I'm happy I captured this photo!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Lime Quilt Block and Breast Cancer Quilt Layout

Lime Quilt Block

I think I'm going to really like this Lime Quilt! Here's one block finished. The block finishes 12" square. The digital camera is having problems capturing the polka dots correctly. It make the block look crooked but it really turned out pretty straight. Now only 29 more to go plus borders. My goal is at least one block per day. It's a slow goal, but, I also have 4 breast cancer quilts to assemble that I volunteered to complete. Here's the lime block.

Breast Cancer Quilt Layout

Below is a trial layout of my first of four Breast Cancer Quilt for the Breast Cancer Warrior Quilts. As members attended the race, they brought or created a square on pink fabric provided or brought their own. Some on white, some on others. Here's a trial layout. There are more light pink blocks than darker and I am OK with the areas of repetitive light pink. These will be taking a lot of my time over the next couple of months. I'll keep you posted on the progress. The green you see in between the blocks is my carpet.

Congrats Pittsburgh Penquins NHL 2009 Stanley Cup Champions!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

LimeQuilt Status, Quilting Books Giveaway

LimeQuilt Status

I am happy to say, I have washed and lightly ironed all fabrics! I should move into cutting the squares today in between yard work! Hard to see but the white on white fabric is on the left.


As I was looking around while cleaning today, it's time to get rid of some of my excess crafting items. So, what better way than to give them away!! These will be easy giveaways since there are not too many visitors to the site. Who knows, you could be the only one :-) So, if you are interested in some free books, please let me know by leaving a comment and tell me what your favorite quilting book is if you have one. If not, what's your favorite craft book.

35 Projects - Quilting Books Giveaway - Ends 6/15/09

I have sooo many crafty things that I would much rather give to other crafters instead of having them end up in the land fill. The giveaways will touch all different types of crafts. Some piddly, some good ones, we'll see.

The following quilting books are from my own library and will be given away on Monday evening EST, June 15th. I will pull a random number and match to comments. I will not approve any postings that I feel are inappropriate. The books will be shipped at my expense by media mail. Sorry, but only US Address entries at this time.

The two quilting books (remember, they are used but in great condition) from my supply are :
  • Quirky Quilting by Tomme J. Fent
  • 90 Minute Quilts by Meryl Ann Butler.
Thanks for stopping by!