Tuesday, November 29, 2011

WOW- November 30, 2011

I’m very happy with what I accomplished this week. Thanksgiving was wonderful and my dinner turned out great.  I always like when it’s my turn to host Thanksgiving you get to keep the leftovers!!!
I finished my very last Affairs of the Heart block Thirty-six blocks completed when I started this quilt in April and the first block took me 12 hours I thought well maybe I will make four blocks and use them for a wall hanging or something, and here I am almost done with the entire quilt. I spent most of the day on Sunday putting the blocks together.  Now I have to start the border and I’m not going to using the one in the book.  I have decided to design my own because the fabric I’m using has inspired me to show it off better than the pattern would. The only problem with this is I keep changing my mind I have done a few samples and I keep tweaking it. Maybe next week I will have something to show you for the border.

I’m so happy that I had time to work on my Peaceful Pathways quilt because I’m still not done with part three.  I was able to complete one of my corner blocks and got working on the second.  I decided to use the alternative design that Esther included with the pattern because I’m doing hand embroidery and have a more rustic scrappy feel to my project. I also needle turned hearts in the embroidery.  I hope I can finish the rest of these corner units this upcoming week.

The most wonderful thing that happened to me this week was my husband told me that I could have the sewing machine I have wanted to purchase for two years.  Financially the timing was right and he surprised me with taking me to order it so it will come for Christmas, but he wanted me to come with to make sure he ordered it the way I wanted it.  So sometime next week my new Bernina 830 LE should be delivered to the dealer.  I still cannot believe that it will be mine.  This is why I decided not to quilt Dominic’s quilt top yet.  I want to wait and use my new machine with its 12 inches of room instead of the 7 inches my Artista 200 has.

I also want to mention how beautiful Esther's new quilt pattern is just stunning!!! What a Christmas gift hope my good fortune dose not end.
I hope everyone had a wonderful week!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

WOW – November 23rd, 2011

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and I have so much to be grateful for.  I will be spending most of the day cooking and preparing for having twenty four guests tomorrow.  I wish everyone that celebrates Thanksgiving a blessed time with their families and friends.
This week my creative juices were flowing.  I worked like a crazy women on my nephew Dominic’s quilt.  I actually got all the panels done and the entire top put together.  Now I have to decide how to quilt this. With so many different shapes and kind of a dark feel I want to take care that I do not distract form the appliqué. I do know I’m going to quilt with black thread on the border a barbed wire fence, but other than that I’m not sure.  Feel free to give me suggestions in the comments. There are so many very talented quilters in this group.

I finished another Affair of the Heart blocks and I’m about two thirds done with the very last one. I’m getting so excited to finish.  Then I will have to get busy putting it all together and deciding the positioning of the different blocks in the quilt.

I feel bad that I have not had time to work on my Peaceful Pathways quilt It’s been really wonderful to see others progress.  I have had to work on my projects according to their deadlines.  I hate having deadlines but Dominic quilt is already three months late. Maybe it will be done for Christmas since I missed his birthday. 
Happy Thanksgiving!!!
God Bless,

Monday, November 14, 2011

WOW – November 16, 2011

Another week mostly dedicated to finishing my AOTH Quilt.  I completed another two blocks this week only two more to go.  I love these fabrics they keep me inspired to keep sewing. 

I took some time out this week to work up a pattern for a bag that my quilt guild will be making for a local charity called Safe Place.  They are a children’s shelter for kids that have not been placed in a foster home yet.   My first go at the pattern had to be corrected that is why I made two I wanted to make sure it was correct. It should be simple for anyone to complete now that I have tweaked the pattern.
My goal this Wednesday is to work on my nephews quit I’m really close to being able to put it together. We will see what I can get done.
Lisa Mortell

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

WOW – November 9, 2011

This week was all about Affairs of the Heart.  I completed three blocks this week and now I only have four more to go.  I will still have the border to do after that but once I get the center blocks done I can start putting it together and that will be exciting.  I have be working on this quilt for seven months now and I have three months to complete it if I’m going to put it in my guild quilt show. So I really need to step it up.  I have to admit that my hand is hurting from all the needle turn.

Hope everyone has a good week.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wow – November 2, 2011

It’s hard to believe it’s already November.  This week was better than last week for sewing time. I put the word blocks together for my Peaceful Pathways.  I have not started the corners yet I’m hand embroidering them to match the work blocks.  I’m hoping to get started on them soon.

I finished my art quilt that I started and I’m very happy with how it turned out the beading took a lot longer than I thought it would but it really enhanced the quilt.

I also made some progress on the nephews quilt and I hoping to finish the skull blocks today.  
Hope everyone has a wonderful week.