There isn’t much time left before I leave to visit my daughter in Washington state. In addition to Saturday night’s special event, we plan to go to a improv comedy show as well as spend a couple of days in Canada. I’m excited about my trip and about seeing my daughter!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tonight I’ll stop at Joann’s and pick up backing, do a pillowcase turn on the quilt, and tie a few knots to hold it together so can I show off the nearly-finished quilt at work tomorrow. I can finish the rest of the knots on Thursday night.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I was really touched when I read the email. I made the quilts in the hope that they would be given to people who are going through difficult times. Pastor Cliff has done exactly that. (Another quilt, Blue and Yellow Crumb, was given to a lady battling breast cancer.)
I hope the quilt brings cheer and comfort to Kate.
Monday, March 21, 2011
On Friday I bought backing material, a dark red similar to the one found on the quilt top. I picked up batting, too. I’m getting close to the end!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Tonight I spent some time looking online. I found a few possibilities, but I’m not in a big hurry, and I’m going to check locally before I commit to an internet purchase.
Monday, March 14, 2011
How I did it: Last fall I had made some blocks for a charity quilt. Then I decided to give the quilt to an orphanage in Mexico through my church. The quilts needed to be a certain size, and I had to add lots of big squares of fabric to make mine big enough. After I finished the top, I gave it to the ladies who were coordinating the church project. They machine quilted the top and gave the quilt back to me to finish.
I took the completed quilt to work today to share with the co-workers who contributed money and discount coupons to help purchase finishing supplies. Tomorrow the quilt will be picked up from my house, and later this week a team of members of my church will take my quilt and many others to the orphanage in Mexico.
Lessons and tips: To save money, use your fabric stash as much as possible. My quilt top is made entirely from stash. Don't be afraid to ask for monetary help. Post flyers at work, asking for cash and discount coupons to finish your quilts. This gives non-quilters a chance to participate even if they don't sew. Try Wal-Mart for cheap but durable sheets for backing.
Resources: Joann's fabric store: batting
Wal-Mart: inexpensive sheets
It took me 3 months.
It made me Happy
Originally the challenge doll quilt was due at last Saturday’s quilt guild meeting. I’ve been concentrating on my daughter’s Nurse quilt, so I opted not to do the project. Most of the guild members didn’t get their quilts done, either. So we’ve been given an extension, with the new due date of the April meeting. My daughter’s quilt will be done at the end of this month, so I should be able to participate in the challenge.
I didn’t want to have to choose between sushi or barbeque, so I had a little of both—as I did in Santa Rosa. This time I ordered a Margarita Chicken sandwich and a California roll. They were good. I especially enjoyed the fried onion in my sandwich. I considered trying the Jackass roll for sushi, but there’s something about french fries in a roll-up that doesn’t do it for me. The California roll was inexpensive.
Lena and I had a nice lunch. No, I didn’t see Guy, but I didn’t expect to.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
I finished one quilt for the orphanage. I received $25 in donations for finishing supplies and I have $7 or $8 left. All of the quilts will be taken to Mexico next week—about a month earlier than any of us quilters expected. I could try to crank out another quilt really fast, but I’m working on my daughter’s Nurse quilt and I have to stay on that task to get it finished by the end of this month. So I’m going to donate the leftover money to the ladies who are doing the machine quilting. They still need batting for the last couple of quilts. I’ll tell the contributors. I’m sure they won’t mind.
Tonight I put together four corner sections of the Red Cross 2 blocks for the Nurse quilt. I’ll put another set together tomorrow night. My quilt guild meeting is on Saturday, and I’d like to have a sample of the quilt’s three blocks for Show and Tell. So Thursday and Friday I’ll work on the other two blocks—one of which is a simplified version of Red Cross 2 and the other is King’s Cross. Both of them are pretty easy.
I feel like I made pretty good progress tonight.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Monday, March 07, 2011
Saturday night I finished the practice blouse. I hate it. It’s way, way, way too big. It looks like a choir robe or a beauty salon apron. At first I wanted to toss the whole pattern. Later I decided I might give it another try, leaving out the gusset which makes the armhole so big. I’ll cut the front and back narrower, too.
Friday, March 04, 2011
I’m washing the fabrics now, and will start working on the quilt in a little bit.
Golly, did I fail to mention to Wanda that I was planning to make a quilt for her partly based on the sweater’s bright pink color and thin white stripes? I think I did! Shame on me.
It’s been over 30 years since I first saw Victoria. I was on a church choir trip, and during the brief three hours we were in the city, I fell in love with its European feel. I’ve been wanting to go back all these years. I’ll be there in less than a month.