Sunday, June 10, 2018

Bento Box Quilt Finish!

I am SO glad I quilted this one by checkbook.  Cynthia Reaves did a beautiful job with the quilting. The quilt ended up about queen size, and I would have really struggled to quilt it on my sewing machine. I sewed the binding on this weekend--I was on a mission!
Not the best picture, but you get the idea. The green is more lime than yellow.

I also made a pillowcase and sewed on the label.  Ready to mail!

Now on to the next project!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Mississippi Quilt Association Gathering

Wow! Has it been over a month since I was here last??  Super busy at Crazy Sue Land!

May 31-June 1 I attended the MQA June Gathering in Jackson, MS. I had never been before and had a great time!  I am so inspired and can't wait to get back into my sewing room.

Friday I took a class with Bonnie Hunter, Winston Ways.  I took a class with her several years ago, and I participate in her online mystery almost every year, so I didn't think I would really learn anything-----WRONG!!! 

The class was so large that it was in three rooms.  I was kinda bummed that I was not in the main room for the class, but it turns out that I had the perfect spot! I set up my sewing station at the end of the row next to a window that faced out over the playground with a view of a lovely Texas lilac in full bloom.
I bought this little Bernina a couple of years ago JUST for travel and have not used it much.  I had fun getting acquainted again. Perfect for travel. I hate to break down my big machine, pack it up and drag it around. This is much better.

Light bulb moment #1: I was sewing my four patches together wrong! I was feeding them into the machine upside down.  Wow!

Light bulb moment #2: Webbing. I never understood what that meant. Now I get it. :)
Instead of sewing each block individually, you chain piece in rows vertically and then horizontally.  I need to practice this method to see if I can assemble faster.

I had a lovely day sewing and the two light bulb moments made the class totally worth my time.

Saturday I took a crazy quilt class.  I made one block.  It was not really all that "crazy", but I wanted to make a pillow for my granddaughter so I already had a design in mind.
I want to embroider a bouquet of silk flowers in the center.

Now I just need time to stay home and sew!!!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Bento Box Update

Well, I had hoped to be farther along on the Bento Box quilt, but I'm getting there.  I have half of the rows sewn together.
I'm hoping I can squeeze in some sewing time during this busy week.

I'm baby sitting this little doll this afternoon:

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Bento Box Progress

Well...I'm clicking along!
I'm half way finished with blocks.  I figured out I could piece them faster in groups of five.

I'm hoping to be done with blocks so I can piece the top next weekend.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Bento Box

I finally started working on my niece's graduation quilt. She likes lime green, and I scored an entire bolt of this green dot last fall for $15! That's $1 a yard!!!  Score!!

I thought a Bento Box pattern would be fun. I started shopping my stash:
I started making blocks, but I think I am going to hit the fabric store for a little more variety.

I also went to the Gulf States Quilt Association in Slidell, LA on Saturday. I had three quilts entered, and was excited that my "On Ringo Lake" Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt won 3rd place init's division. It was quilted by Cynthia Reaves--she did a fabulous job. I think I got marked down because I lost a few points in my border squares---accuracy is something I have really been working on, and there is still room for improvement!
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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Where is spring???

I'm freezing. I'm in south Mississippi and I am freezing in April. Yeah, I'll probably complain about the heat later (not really, I like the heat).

My quilts reached a point of finish and will be hanging in the show next weekend.  If you live near New Orleans, the Gulf States Quilt Association Show is in Slidell at the Harbor Center(?) April 13-14.  It's usually a big show with vendor mall, demos, etc. My Splendid Sampler could use more quilting, but it is hanging. The Row by Row quilt with the row that shredded in the wash--I just starched and ironed it. It was all I could do. That row is in the center of the quilt, wouldn't you know it.

I finished a big project:
My first grandbaby's quilt, bumper pads and crib skirt are done! Now we are ready for baby!
I'm trying to shop my stash as much as possible.  I bought a whole bolt of the lime green dot for $15 at a storage unit sale last year. Perfect!!Check our to see what everyone else is up to

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Quilt Show Prep

So...I just realized I will be in Seattle when the entries are due for the Gulf States Quilt Association Show.  I think I have about 10 days to get everything together.

On Ringo Lake is finished, except the label. It can go to the show without a label.

Splendid Sampler---OMG! I never finished quilting it!! So this is my current view:
I wanted to quilt it myself, so first I quilted the grid between the blocks. Next, I am doing decorative (hopefully) quilting in each block. I think I have it over half way done, and I still need to sew the binding and a sleeve.

I also want to enter my Row By Row quilt, but it needs fixing.  My dog Jake decided to lift his leg on it. He's a big dog, so lots of pee. Yuck.  I didn't think hand washing would be enough so I put it in the washer....big mistake. One of the blocks really shredded !!!  I sewed and quilted all the blocks the same, but one store used a fusible that did not hold up well in the wash. I'm quite bummed. I think I'll try to starch and press first, to see if I can get it to behave.  I will have to replace a few of the fabrics. I don't want to post a pic--because then everyone will know which shop it came from. I don't want to call them out, but I thought it would hold up better than that. The rest of the quilt came out fine.

Hmmm.....10 days!!!  I'd better get back to it!

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