Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Nothing more accomplished for BDSI

I did not do anymore quilting for BDSI :( yesterday.  I had to brave the stores and go shopping in the morning, cook supper for my family and visitors, then enjoy my company.  I was so tired when they left that I crawled into bed by 9:30 pm.   Hoping today can be my SI - at least for part of the day.

I want to participate in Quilter in the Gap - 2012 Finish-A-Long.  So the next few days, I'm gonna concentrate on taking pictures of all my UFO's for the prizes.  I have a lot :).  I put a list on my sidebar the other day.  I can't believe the number and I know there are more that I haven't found yet.

UFO's are unfinished objects - meaning started, put away, and haven't touched for a while.
QIP's are Quilts in Progress - meaning started and currently working on
So what is the acromyn for the projects that have been purchased but never started??

Hope to have some pictures ready for the next post.

Have a great day!

Sunday, 25 December 2011

BDSI - Boxing Day Sew In

First I would like to say to you all:

                Merry Christmas

I had a great time on Christmas Eve at my Brother and Sister-In-Law's place.  It was a very full house and had lots of fun.

Then today, we had a quiet day at home.  It was the first time I didn't have to go anywhere or have a house full of family on Christmas.  I think I could get used to it. :)

My niece and her family are coming tomorrow.  I'm going to do a ham and potatoes, so it should be pretty easy.  Maybe I will get a chance to do some quilting for the BDSI, which you can find out all about it here.  Hope you are able to join in and get some quilting done.

I've been cleaning and organizing my quilting area while my kiddies were watching their new videos.  I actually checked 3 things off my list.  It felt really nice.  Especially since I'm living is chaos right now. 

Talk soon
Vicky K

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Pillowcases for Friends

Good Evening All

I have watched the videos for making pillowcases quite a few times but never had the nerve to make one on my own.  Not sure if I mentioned this before - I HATE sewing but LOVE to quilt.  Making pillowcases is sewing to me.  So I always shed away from it.  But then I was able to watch a friend make two at a retreat I went on recently.  You should check out Rhonda's Retreats.  They are great.  She is the best hostess.

A friend from an on-line swap requested pillowcases.  I thought that this would be a good time to try to make some.  And I bought the cutest fabric for the pillowcases at a quilting store on the same retreat.  It was a great experience, now I want to make more.  I think the next one that I will make will be for my little guy.   He's always asking me to make him something when we go to the quilting stores.

Here are the ones that I made:

This last one says "Quilters share a Common Thread".  I love it.  Now I wish I purchased more fabric to make one for myself.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Block of the Month Swap - Oct

Good Morning
I wanted to post a picture of a crumb block that I made for the Block of the Month - October Swap that I joined on Quilting Board.  It was lots of fun and I learned a bit about stash busting while making it.
The competed block is 12.5 inches unfinished.  And I believe the 4 crumb blocks are 4.5 inches finished.

I have been reading, and reading, and reading about Stash Busting.  I even started a system that I'm hoping will work.  It took me about 3 weeks to get my stash cut and stored based largely on Bonnie Hunter's system.  Of course I tweaked things a bit, but doesn't everyone?  LOL  I don't have a lot of variety in my stash yet, but that means I just have to keep working.  Oh right, Playing.  ;).

So when I made my first 4.5 block, I tried using a paper foundation.  And HATED it.  I couldn't image having to make 3 more of these.  I was quite upset too when I thought about all the time that I spent creating the stash storage.  And thinking I can't stand this.  Oh what was I to do.  I had to make a block and my partner loves scrappy.  I decided to give it one more try - this time without the paper foundation.  Happy Dance, Happy Dance.  I loved it.  It was so much easier and the 3 other blocks came together wonderfully.  I'm really happy with the block and with making crumb blocks.

As I had my crumb container beside my sewing machine, I decided to leave it there.  I now am using the crumbs for my leaders and enders.  I almost have another 5 inch square ready to go.

Has anyone else made a crumb block?  What are your feelings about making them?  Do you Love it or Hate it?

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Just downloaded the Edmonton Regional Pictures

Wow, I can't believe its taken me more that 2 months to download and look through the pictures from the Edmonton Regionals.  Time sure flies!  LOL
I'm gonna post some of my favorite pictures:

What an amount of samples that were there.  Amazing to see all the different cards we can make.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Edmonton Regionals

Today was Edmonton Regionals for Stampin'Up.  It was a full day of demonstrations, Make'n'Takes, and lots of samples.  I tooks lots and lots of pictures.  Almost wearing out the battery.  lol  I will load my pictures tomorrow and show some of my favorites.