Quilting Fun

While I love the satisfaction of finishing a quilt, it isn't the only way to have fun with quilting. Fun also comes from the great outings with girlfriends, shopping expeditions with Grandma, or just sitting in my "thoughtful spot" chair perusing magazines and books. The thrill of the next project waiting just there on the horizon...

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Day in Columbus

This fine Saturday finds us preparing to spend the day in Columbus at Ohio State for the Spring Game. This always brings out a huge crowd, and with our National Championship this past season, there will be even more excitement and hype.

Yesterday did find me making a bit of progress in the sewing room. I finished the prom dress, delivered it to the owner who tried it on and gave it a thumbs up. Glad about that. I would have no qualms about doing my own daughters' dresses, but doing one for someone else was somewhat daunting.

And I prepped the binding for the purple quilt. That quilt might just be completely completed by tomorrow.


Happy Quilting, Friends!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Things Pile Up

Isn't it funny how life works? I was (relatively) on top of the projects I wanted to work on a week ago, but now I have extra irons in the fire and am feeling some increased urgency to get a few of them done.  Typically, when things get this way, I make a list.

1. Finish the 19th C. Reds kit - I made the blocks at retreat; now I'm feeling the need to have it put together.

2. Put the binding on Emma's purple KF quilt. Terry quilted in no time and I picked it up on Wednesday. I first will need to make the binding (I plan to use what I cut away from the backing).

3. Finish the last border of the Tulip Wall Hanging. I've got no excuse for not having this completed. It just needs a 2.5" neutral border and then I can sandwich it and quilt it. I've been lolly-gagging. (Is that a term you know?)

4. I took on a new project this week. I am altering a prom dress for a friend's daughter. It was too long, and that portion of the alterations is finished. The part I am stewing over just a bit is an insert she wants in the bodice to give her more coverage. The dress was made with rhinestone-covered tulle over lining on the skirt. The bodice, however, was lined only in certain area; the rest was see-through. Anna felt that there needed to be some additional lining in this one particular area. I made a practice insert yesterday, which will need a couple of adjustments. I plan to finish it today.

5. The April UFO has been in the back of my mind all month. I've been considering options, and just need to make a decision and get this completed.

6. The two Quilt-Alongs also need to be dealt with. I took them to the retreat, but did not get to work on either.

7. Put the blocks from my Farmer's Wife Quilt together. This, too, I've been pondering and it's time to just make a decision. I have 53 blocks completed and will need to make setting blocks of HSTs or hourglass.

8. Long Road Home is still not finished. I have completely ignored it since around late February. My fingers got sore, I took a break, and that's where I left it. With NBA playoffs coming up, and MLB on TV, maybe I ought to just watch my sports (Go Cavaliers! Go Tribe!) and finally finish quilting this. I will love having it done. 

We quilters sure know how to stay busy, don't we?
Happy Quilting, Friends!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cade Ezekiel Has Arrived

I am way, way late in announcing this birth. He arrived on March 11, weighing in at 5lbs. 13 oz. I do have some pictures thanks to grandparents Judy and Harold, so let's see the sweet babe.

Cade Ezekiel Schmidt, b. 3-11-15.

In his father's christening gown.
Adam and Jenna with their bundle of joy.
The quilt was made with a near-half of a jelly roll plus some additional yardage for the border. I used a flannel for the back to make it cuddly.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sweet Jan

The world could use more Jans, if you ask me. She is one of those people who goes way above and beyond when thinking of others. I'm blessed to have several people like her in my life, and I hope you know a few "Jans" also.

For the retreat, Jan was in charge of supplying the paper products. Her choosing this obligation stems from her freely admitting, "I don't cook. 'Cook' is a 4-letter word."

So there. Don't expect any part of Jan's sweetness to include homemade goodies. (She will, however, happily go to the market to get you something, or pay someone to make it.)

Back to those paper products. Now I, and probably most of you, too, would have just grabbed a stack of generic paper plates, a package of forks and knives, a pile of napkins and considered the obligation fulfilled. But not Jan. No way. She individually wrapped a knife, fork and spoon in a colorful napkin and tied it with a ribbon and a flower. When we began the retreat, there were at least 50 of these pretty napkins, and they made quite an attractive table alongside pink and green plates.

Here's the going above and beyond part, kicked up a notch. We each had an overflowing Easter basket full of good stuff - not just chocolate, either - waiting at our tables when we arrived. One item in the basket was the pattern and all the necessary parts for making a travel kit for carrying quilting supplies. Yeah, even the see-through, zip-lock dividers. And the batting. And the velcro. And the metal ring. Sweet!

And that's not all, in addition to the basket of goodies, we each got a bright kiwi green t-shirt embroidered with "Canter's Cave Quilt Camp 2015" on the upper left. Don't we look great?

Now, Jan is not all fun and goodies. She gets stuff done, too, by gosh. She is the quilter whom you've met here before with all the Lucy Boston blocks and projects. You can click back to see some of that stuff here and here. This year at retreat, she worked to finish a UFO made of various panels. The patterns for each panel were offered at a number of shops on a shop hop she did awhile back. She had a few of the panels made, and wanted to finish the rest and get the top sewn together while at retreat. She met her goal. Here are a few pics I grabbed of her work. I don't know which were made previously and which were made at retreat, but that doesn't really matter. What matters is that her finish is fantastic.

And Jan had a Show and Tell, which I forgot to include in a previous post. This Churn Dash quilt is gorgeous from afar, but take a close up look and see the great detail she added to each block. What a sweet quilt!

I will finish this post about Jan by adding that she also taught a technique. I shared pictures of Laura teaching how to paper piece; well, I did not get any pictures of Jan teaching Lucy Boston. I really wish I'd gone over to learn a few things, but alas, I did not. JoAnn was taking it all in, though, and I think she will at some point have some LB blocks to show off.

 We "heart" you, Jan!

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Monday, April 13, 2015

What We Ate and Stuff We Did - Canter's Cave Retreat

Oh yes, there was food. And there was fun. And there was shopping. And there was Show and Tell. So let's just do a lot of pictures, since I'm running short on time today, and this is late getting posted.

Show and Tell by Jan.

Show and Tell by Sheryll.

Show and Tell by Jan.

Festive table setting for each meal.
Roomy sewing space with good lighting.
Dinner with Terry, Jan, JoAnn and Sharon.
Tomato soup, grilled cheese and dill pickle.
Cheesecake with strawberries.
Sticky rolls.

Scrambled eggs with sausage.
Fabric shopping in Jackson at Guhl's.

More from Guhl's; fabric is less than $5/yard. Lots of variety.
Happy Quilting, Friends!