Monday, June 28, 2010

Weekend Update

30 Blue Rays, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
I had to work a bit this weekend but got a little bit done on a couple of things.

1) The rows are mostly sewn together for the Chinese Takeout.
2) I've reloaded the design wall in the house with a quilt that is a present. All squares finally put together, it's a simple pattern there's really no reason for it to have been in progress for umm, 3 years or more.
3) I've completed 30 of the blocks for the Blue Ray (at least 70 to go).
4) Sewed some on this binding.

photo.jpg, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Blue Ray

Blue Ray, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
Too bad I'm not good at math or I'd have cut all the blue pieces at the same time for this new quilt. It's paper piecing but I found some great thin paper which luckily went through the printer/copier so it's easier piecing than I remembered from my momma's quilt. (note to self: find pictures of momma's quilt)

I've just enough of the squares finished to see how the secondary pattern will turn out. The original idea was that I'd use up some of my stash of blue but even with figuring I need twice as many blue rectangles there is not going to be a noticeable dent on that shelf.

P.S.  To all my stalkers out there (you know who you are), the traditionally gifting of gifts on my 100th post is only 2 posts away.  But I'm making the rule that only followers can win.  So right now there's a 1 in 9 chance that you'll win.  

Monday, June 21, 2010

Dad's Quilt

Dad's Quilt, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
My lawyer works fast. Wait, she's asked that I refer to her as my sister. And probably not my little sister. She's picky. Well, here's the quilt all sorts of quilted up. Since I quilted it upside down as you see here the front doesn't look like it's quilted with words but you can read it all from the back.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Dad's Day

Well, I was going to post pictures of the completed quilt I made for my dad with some charming comments on how he's a good dad but I don't have any pictures readily available and when I asked for some, I received this response - "Your dad says we will have to charge for the pictures.  And a copyright on the design so you can’t copy it for someone else.   If you agree to these terms I can email you a couple. "

Nice, right?  Kinda makes me want to use double negative and slam the bathroom cupboard doors when he's sleeping (which was the subject of a family meeting years ago, those meetings were fun).  Let's see what else?  Oh, right.  Those ones, Dad.

Anyway here's a link to the old post about his quilt - Not not a link

PS I'll add pictures once my lawyer approves of their terms :)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Design Wall(s) Full

I need to get at least one cleared off (yes, I know, the term you're searching for is show off. I have multiple and they are magnetic soendlessly fascinating for guests) then I can "randomly" place these
blocks up on the wall and judge them harshly.
I've got two quilts in the binding stage since I knew my long arm (currently called Pippi Longstocking) is going to be at the shop for two weeks. But I just feel like working on other things so I've come to terms with being way behind on my goal to finish 24 quilts this year.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Pretending I Perfected Pinwheels

I've actually been sewing some these days but nothing to completion as of yet. But look what happens if you follow directions and trim blocks down to a uniform size. It's crazy I tell you. Crazy.

This is the first pinwheel on a quilt I'm working on for me right now. The fabric is a set of fat quarters that I got with a Fat Quarter Shop gift card (thanks Luc's Mom!) awhile back. It's called Chinese Takeout by Sheri Berry.

It's up on the design wall now and I'm not a big fan of the whole thing at the moment but it could be due to the random pattern in the block placement. Or it could be due to me looking at it too much while I'm sitting on the couch trying to get fiscal closing started for work. Oh well, there's always a stage of every quilt where I want to toss the whole thing into the alley. If I never get along with it, I'll just delete this post and give the quilt to someone who loves it.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sleeping w/ the hula girls

Sleeping w/ the hula girls, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
Here's a picture that makes my heart grow two sizes. It was sent to me a couple of weeks ago with permission to share but I had to track down the other pics to share the full story.

This is a quilt I made 2 years ago for the children of one of my bestest friends. It's actually a scrap quilt since it's made from the leftover pieces of a quilt I made for her dad. The hula theme was perfect for that family although the fabric store people were quick to tell me that my fabrics didn't match (like that matters for a luau!).

So here is the original quilt for Tom -

Tom's Quilt, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

I used the Yellow Brick Road pattern and I made extra blocks because I was rushing to get it done before we went to visit him when he was sick.

This little guy was born the year after Tom (Papa) passed away. This quilt used all the extra blocks for a nice sized kid blanket which is called the Papa Quilt by the three boys now. I'm 87% sure that the blue border on the small one is the leftover from Tom's Quilt and I used the same quilting pattern of a wave and a loop on both.

Hulu Girls - Small, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
I love to see the quilts in use. (HINT HINT, people)

Now before you all start thinking I'm nice and what not, please know that all three quilts currently in my view (and in various states of progress) are mine, ALL MINE.