Monday, February 16, 2009

Slow progress on my UFO

The 48 sashing pieces are finally all finished and squared, to be attached to the finished blocks. I'm still debating if I should just use the fabric I used for the unpieced blocks as setting and corner triangles or maybe choose a lighter pink that doesn't conflict with the star tips of the sashing. Once that's decided, I'll add a narrow dark purple/pink border and then a wider border of fabric that coordinates with the unpieced blocks. But for now back to sewing at least some sashing strips onto blocks, so I can get all of this off of my bed.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Heart and Flower and DJ block

First of I want to thank Kristina for the beautiful hand appliqued Heart and Flower block she sent to me. Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated.

Then below is my last Dear Jane finish - H-2.
The center is paper pieced and I finished the block off by hand appliqueing the two small triangles on the outside.
Today I'll work on this weeks BOW and with tomorrow's UFO sew-in scheduled, I'll concentrate on making progress on the QFC quilt.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

My first gradation swap

With DD and myself fighting colds and me having had 3 classes to teach and doctor's appointments to go to, I didn't have time to post a picture of my first gradation swap, but here it is. It is so much fun to see all of the different colors come in. The next swap I'm waiting for is the "make purple". It'll be neat to see how different the swatches will look like for that.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope you are all able to spend your Valentine's Day with loved one's.

Although DD and I are still fighting our cold's and my voice is pretty much gone, we're also celebrating DS's birthday today! Happy birthday Aaron!

I also want to share pictures of the beautiful flowers DH sent for Michelle and me with you all.

The fun smiley face bouquet is for Michelle and the beautiful red and pink roses are mine. :o)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Two more Dear Jane blocks!

L-8 Box Kite

L-7 Town Square

With the finish of L-7 (Town Square) and L-8 (Box Kite) I'm up to 72 finished blocks and 1275 pieces.

American Hero quilt top

This is my first American Hero quilt top finish for this year, ready to be mailed to Sue Nebeker .
Most of the blocks came from ROBIN .

Valentine's postcards I received

These are two Valentine's postcards I received from members of the Stashbuster group.
The left card is from Diane B. and the one to the right is from Melva H.
Thank you ladies. Both cards are lovely!

70th Dear Jane block finished

This is what my Dear Jane wall looks like with 70 finished blocks. All in all there are 1243 pieces in the blocks so far.
E-7 / Bread Basket is my finish for today with 41 pieces. I changed the block a little, because although I don't have problems with y-seams, I just wasn't in the mood for those today, so I used straight seams on the outside units. I will put the steps in another post.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Stash busting on UFO day

These are some of the strips I started out with for the 31 blocks I needed to make.
The small 4-patch units used 1 1/2" squares of the colored and wow fabric.

Here I am sewing the units back to back.

These strips were the quickest to sew for the blocks.

And here are all 31 blocks laid out, ready to be squared up to be mailed to Moira tomorrow.

I also got a little bit further on the sashing for the Quilt for the Cure top, but haven't gotten around to taking a picture of the progress for that.

Now I really need to clean up the mess I created while sewing up a storm. :o)