Monday, May 28, 2007

Sunshine Top Finished

Aahhh, another top finished. I really think this one is my all time favorite. I feel that blue and yellow defines me and that this quilt is an example of my true tastes, not just an exploration of what is appealing to me for the moment. I might make another quilt like this one in the future only a bit larger so it can fit on the bed. This one only measures 57 x 66". I look forward to the day when I will have my longarm and be able to do the quilting!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Sunshine Blocks Finished

I just thought I would update the progress on my most recent quilt top Sunshine. The blocks are now finished (30) so hopefully I will be able to finish sewing it together and adding a border soon. I wish it could have been bigger, but it will make a nice throw for someone. We will see...

Saturday, May 26, 2007

A Cosy Corner

After nearly two years we finally got our couches for the sitting area yesterday! Slowly slowly we will get our little house furnished. The sideboard we borrowed from my MIL until we can afford something else to put the TV on. It's so fun to be able to have somewhere to sit down finally!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Sunshine and Green Grass

Here is a photo of Sunshine by Moda, I only got the fat quarters with blue and yellow as I have been wanting to make a blue and yellow quilt for quite some time now. I am making blocks like in the second photo, one of each fat quarter for a total of 30. It's going to have to be a smaller quilt since I didn't have very much of the blue batik fabric. The block is a hens and chicks design I got from the book, "Quilts from the Quilt Maker's Gift", by Joanne Larsen Line.

Aaahh, the green green grass of home. There is nothing more beautiful than a good crop! Here's to hoping that it can keep up! Our dog Jeffrey seems quite pleased as well.

Monday, May 21, 2007

More of Nell's Flower Shop

Here is a progress report of my latest quilt project, Nell's Flower Shop. This is my own design, which I am quite pleased with now that the blocks have the black sashing sewn around them. I think I will just add a red and cream toile border around what I have there already and call it a finished top. My original plan will make the quilt too big and since my MIL likes this quilt, it will be going to her and doesn't need to be very big.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

7 Interesting Facts About Me

I've decided to do the tag that just about everyone has done already, so I don't know who to credit with having tagged me to name seven interesting facts about myself. Here they are:

1. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 96' from Georgia to Maine where I met my husband beside a river in Tennessee who was also thru-hiking northbound. This is also where I acquired my name Heidi which is still what everyone calls me today even though my real name is completely different!

2. I have never been even a minute late to a job in my entire life. None of my employer's ever noticed this about me, except for the last place I worked at in Michigan. So, of course I happened to marry a man who is always late for everything! Hmmm...

3. I have lived over 5 years in Germany and Austria. Three years I studied German at a University in Austria and years later I taught skiing and sailing for the Armed Forces in Germany.

4. About the only food I don't like is watermelon. Well, I guess I am not too crazy about broad beans or brussel sprouts either.

5. I survived being held up at gunpoint in Mexico when I was only 19 and on an language exchange program in college!

6. I once lived camped on a beach in Hawaii for over seven months with an ex-boyfriend and only spent 1,200 dollars the entire time while we lived mainly on fish, fruit and coconuts.

7. I traveled to India and Nepal on my own where I spent most of my time hiking the AnnaPurna Circuit. I did get a chance to try river kayaking and paragliding too, though.

Well, that is that. I guess it makes me sound a bit like a vagabond or something like that, but really I am a happy house mouse that loves quiet farm living! Do you like our sunset view?

Friday, May 18, 2007

Charm in a Nine Patch

Well... I couldn't resist. I decided to cut up the Amy Butler fabric and make it into a simple nine patch as I didn't want to disturb the fabrics too much. The fabrics speak for themselves more or less. Dh wasn't too excited about this one, so I'll call this one, "For the Girls."

Friday, May 11, 2007

More of Austen

I finally sewed the long strips of my Jane Austen quilt together. I start to really slow down when I have to do borders or long pieces. Now the border adventure begins... I am going to have to get myself mentally prepared to get stuck into it. Would it be too terrible of me if I worked with the Amy Butler fabric for a little while now?

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Folklorique Top Finished

I finished the Folklorique top last night and took a few pictures. I was quite pleased that I was able to use most of the fat quarter bundle. I have just a few small pieces leftover that will one day go to a very scrappy quilt that I am collecting tiny pieces for. One day...

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Flowers For You

Look what came in the mail today! I have been salivating over this collection Charm by Amy Butler (out of print) and when I found it listed on ebay I had to have it! The seller quiltplay was excellent and lovely to deal with (she also put in a few extra goodies!) and friendly like most Canadians seem to be. I have some ideas what I would like to do with this fabric, but I will thinking/dreaming about it while they're in the wash.

At the moment I am busy putting the last borders on Folklorique so hopefully I will have a picture to post tomorrow. It has been a real treat to work on, I just love the colors and feel of the fabrics.

These flowers I am posting for you Lynn--I get the feeling you have seen them already? Let me know if you have, especially the yellow ones...

Friday, May 4, 2007

Folklorique Continued

I finished all the four patches for the body of the quilt today and now I just need to rearrange and sew together what is there and then start on the borders. I am enjoying this project.

In other exciting news, I finally got my temporary residence for Australia and am now on the path to becoming an Australian! Yea! Lots of paperwork was involved and so it is a relief to have that behind me. Now I am allowed to work so I will be working on putting my plan forward to start a long arm quilting business from home. I really don't know what I am getting into, but I feel that if one is passionate about something the rest works itself out. Hmmm... Any advice out there, I would love if anyone who has had experience starting a long arm quilting business could give me some tips. Thanks!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Kinda Like Moody Blues

I thought I would update everyone as to what I am doing with the Folklorique Moda fabric. It's quite a simple design that I saw in a Kaffe Fassett book in which he designed a quilt called Moody Blues (in the top picture). When I saw the Folklorique fabric I fell in love with the beautiful blue fabric and thought that a little bit of blue (and red) would go a long way with the rest of the more neutral fabrics. Well, we'll see how it turns out, but so far it's coming out a lot like the way I had hoped it would. At the moment I have all the four patches sewn, I am just busy trying to get the tiny blue and red corners sewn on. Fun fun!

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