Saturday, October 2, 2010

My final postcard...

I got my final postcard from Beth in Ohio. This swap has been a lot of fun and turned out much better than the potholder swap did! I'm looking forward to the Winter/Christmas postcard swap coming up next!

Monday, September 27, 2010

I got my second postcard today!

I got this postcard from Lisa in Chicago.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

First Postcard Received

I received this postcard from Mary in Newberg,Oregon. (The theme for this swap is Fall or Halloween.)

Postcard Swap

I just completed my postcards for the swap. Since this is my first time participating, I made 3 identical postcards-each for different people. I used by new interest in machine embroidery to make the mummy on the front. They will be in the mail tomorrow!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Friday Night Sew-In Quilt

Here's the quilt I made for the Friday Night Sew-In. I finished the border this evening. It's a puzzle quilt that I'm planning to hang in my classroom. I work with many students with autism and the symbol for autism is the puzzle pieces. I've had this pattern for quite awhile, but finally got around to making it. I still need to quilt it. I wonder when that will happen?

Monday, February 8, 2010

I entered my first contest...

I entered my first contest with a Valentine's quilt that I made in 2006. You can vote for me by clicking on the link for the Weekly Themed Quilt Contest on the right side of my blog. I'm not sure when they are going to be posting them for a vote, but please keep checking. I titled my quilt, "It's All About the Hearts!"

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Crazy Baby Quilt

Another productive evening...I finished the top of a baby quilt that I am giving to a co-worker. It's a little overdue, but that's what happens when people don't find out what the gender of the baby is before they deliver! Well, it was a girl! I used the Kwik Scrappy Square pattern from Two Quik Quilters. If you have ever wanted to try a crazy quilt, but didn't know where to start...their patterns are so easy! I have used at least 3 of their patterns, including the one for the tote bag. I actually used this same fabric for a tote baby and made a baby bag for another co-worker. Now, if I could only get out to the store to get some fabric for the backing, all would be good.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Quilt for Daisy Dog

Over a year ago, my nephew, Chase, called and asked me to make a quilt for his beagle, Daisy. He wanted something with "dog bones." I finally have gotten around to it, thanks to the snow! It's definitely nothing fancy...but finished, except for the binding!! One more project checked off of my list. I have to thank Cheryl and Quilting Adventures for doing the Scrap Therapy workshops. I just grabbed some 5 in squares from my box and got to sewing!

Egg Towels

I finally had success!!! I tried to embroider these towels before Christmas...but I kept having so much trouble! First, the arm on the machine broke and had to be repaired and then I could never get it working right... the design would almost be completed and then as it went back to do the outline, it got off kilter somehow. I think I ruined 6 towels! I thought the machine wasn't calibrated right, but I guess I didn't have the towels stabilized well enough. Thanks, Mom...for figuring out the problem!! Maybe these will now be Valentine's Gifts...I guess appropriate since they have the hearts on them.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Sweatshirt Jacket

Well, I must be part vampire or maybe just a true night owl...After a lazy day yesterday, I got my energy around 10 pm and started on my sweatshirt. I was supposed to take a class on Saturday, but it got canceled because of the snow. I decided to attempt it on my own. I went to bed at 3:30 am, after the sweatshirt went into the dryer. I finished it around 9:30 this morning. I guess this type of behavior explains the title of my blog...I am not one of those people that can leisurely sew for an hour or two and then put down a project...I have marathon sessions until my project is finished. I'm always in a quilt'n frenzy!!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Snow of Jan 2010 - Coffee House

Here's the quilt I made yesterday during the "blizzard." A few years ago, I made a quilt for my sister using all fabrics related to COFFEE. For about a year or so before I made that quilt, I had been collecting the fabrics. Here is the one I made for was started during a Stashbusters class at Quilting Adventures in Richmond, VA, but I finished used the pattern variation in BH&G American Patchwork & Quilting (Feb. '07-Fresh Tradition). Now, what to do with the other 5 yds or so of coffee fabric that is left?!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

My first attempt at using the long arm

Last week, I took the rental certification class at "A Needle Runs Through It" and this past Saturday, I went back and quilted my first quilt on the long arm machine. It was soooo much fun to do the entire quilt by myself. Usually I send them out to be quilted when they get larger than baby or lap size.