Thursday, June 26, 2008

Blocks Lost In The Mail

Just another thought. I am a member of For all you youngsters, it is a group for all us people over 50. Anyway, within that group is a quilters group and I joined that. They decided to do a Friendship Block swap using snowball blocks with 30's fabric in the corners. I think I would have rather done the Friendship Star block, but that was what they decided on so off I went to find some 30's fabric and some unbleached muslin. No muslin, so off to the LQS I went and spent a weekend making the blocks and signing them. I even bought some fabric pens just for this undertaking. Well, after finishing them, I got my Priority Mail envelops together. We had to send a SASE with our blocks so the coordinator can send blocks back to us. Anyway, I spent almost an hour at the Post Office last week and sent everything out. Last Thursday I got an e mail from the coordinator telling me that the envelop was ripped in the back and the only thing in the envelop was my return envelop to her. All my blocks were lost. Now I need to do 30 more blocks. Yucky. I've got half of them done. I'll spend Sunday doing the other 15 and then I'll spend Monday back at the post office. Thank goodness there are some other ladies who haven't sent in their blocks yet, so no one is really waiting on me. We were supposed to have 30 blocks done and sent by the end of May and here it is almost the end of June and some of the ladies haven't even started. At least they know that I sent mine, even tho they were lost. Okay, just want to get that off my chest. We pay so much for stamps and services from the Post Office and they can't even take care of our envelops. I guess they don't care how they treat our packages, they just care about the paycheck at the end of the week. And to think that every time we buy stamps, it might be going into someones paycheck. You would think they would care about that more. Now I'm really going to bed. Take care. Renée

Number 80


Camera is broke. It dropped on the wood floor and the tab that covers the batteries cracked in half and now I have to tape it shut in order for it to work. Pain in the tush. I'm hoping to talk some relatives into buying me a new one for my birthday (in September). We shall see.

Tomorrow I go for a pedicure. Sheer heaven. After the pedi I go up to the Long Armer. I have two or three quilts to be quilted. One is a gift (first CC) and the other two could be one gift or two. It's the same quilt, I'm toying with using it as a reversible, or not. I'll wait and see what Cathy says when I get them to her. If she says no problem doing the quilting as a reversible, then a reversible it shall be. Saves on backing. Saturday is my tee shirt quilt class. Ally (my daughter) sent me the tee shirts she wanted to use in the quilt. She sent down 11. I think I'm not going to use that many. She sent one shirt that was navy, one shirt that was sort of a browny green, two that are black and the rest are white. I'm going to use just the black and white ones. I added a couple of mine, but she didn't go to those concerts, so she really doesn't want them in her quilt. I'll do my best with what I have and if I need to, I'll use the front and backs of the shirts. Jeff, the teacher, said we can do that and it will also make the quilt a bit bigger. So, it will either have nine, 12, 15 or 18 blocks. If I need to stretch it, I may be able to squeeze a few more blocks out of those shirts. The squares are 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 and the logos are so much bigger than that. So I'm going to have to cut some of them in half. If that happens, I will have double the amount of squares and I will be able to make the quilt bigger. I really don't think nine squares is big enough. We'll see. And I will take pictures. I might even take the camera, taped up and all, with me to class.

As I'm eating dinner, I've been going around the ring. When I got to mine, I realized that I haven't been here for a while. And I also got some comments on that fact. Sent off an e mail to Amanda, thanks for caring and now I'm letting you all know what's been happening.

I tried my hand in doing a really small (5" x 7") quilt project for another one of my groups. Thanks goodness only two other ladies decided to participate in this, so I only made two. First real project using appliqué and quilting. Although I didn't bind them. When I received one of the other participants quilt I realized that it wasn't bound, I decided not to bind mine either. I just can't figure out how to do it and I can't hand sew it down either. I just hope they like what I did. I'm a piecer, not an artist. These women do all sorts of fabric art stuff and they seem to have a more creative mind than I do, so I did my best at least.

I have a headache, I'm going to bed now. I'll be back either later tomorrow or not until Saturday night or Sunday morning. Have a wonderful weekend and do lots of quilty stuff. Renée

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Megan's 100K Post/Binding Help, Please

Hi All,

It seems that Megan has reached her 100,000 blog posting. She has decided to give away a really cute little quilt. Go on over to and leave a comment and you might get picked to win that little quilt.

Okay, I have a problem. I just made a cute little, teeny, tiny quilt. It is 5" x 7". I even put on appliqué. I've even quilted it. Now comes the binding. I've read and reread and reread Bonnie's tutorial on binding and I quite liked it. The only problem, I'm really binding challenged. I don't understand. I've never quilted and then bound anything, so I am really challenged here. Does anyone know about a YouTube tutorial on binding that is out there? I need step by step instructions that I can see. Somehow or other, when it is written down, I don't seem to get it. I would greatly appreciate any help. Thanks everyone. Keep the piece. Renée

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Question for all you nice Visitors

Hi All You Nice People,

My question to you is this: What is the etiquette in answering comments left on a blog? Does one have to respond to a comment? Would it be presumptuous of me to ask people to leave their e mail address when they leave a comment? If I had an e mail address and/or a blog address, I could respond to the comment. I try to spend my Sunday's reading the blogs on the Quiltville Blogring and I leave my comments every now and then. But, come to think of it, only a few have replied to my comments, but I do know that I read every one. And, I enjoy knowing that there are people out there, who I don't know, who are reading my blog. I have met some really great people through this blogging thing, from all over the world and I find it a great way to meet others. I just don't know what the "rules" are for this blogging or if there are any. Okay, that's it from me, just wanted to know so I don't hurt anyone's feelings. I am also taking this time to thank each and every person who has been by my blog and left a comment. Keep the piece, Renée

FINALLY - CC with Borders

Well, here she is all laid out on top of the backing fabric. Worked on it this morning and afternoon and finally put the last border on a little while ago. Now she is ready to go to the Long Armer. I'm off to try to finish the borders for the Pink Grapefruit Crush quilt that I'm working on. Have a great day everyone. Keep the piece. Renée

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Pink Grapefruit Crush

Well, here it is laid out on the bed. And you know what? I'm leaving it just the way it is. I did have to move some of the stars to make the four patches go across the quilt, but other than that, I'm leaving it. I hope to get this sewn together by tonight and maybe I'll do some borders tomorrow. I'm thinking maybe a strip of orange before the pieced border, but we'll see. Keep the piece. Renée

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Orange Crush/Pink Grapefruit Crush

I really don't know how I did it, but I managed to get the logo onto my blog. I wish I could get my signature on as easily. Now onto putting the Pink Grapefruit Crush together. Keep the piece. Renée

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

What was I thinking?

I decided to take a class with Quilt University, its an online class. The class is called "Jane Was Nuts". Its a take off of the Dear Jane quilt. The instructor is Carol Miller and we have people from all over taking the class. I must say, this is my second or third class with them and the last one I took had so many people in it that I couldn't keep up with the discussions in the discussion room. This time there aren't as many and the people aren't chatty. I've done six blocks and the blocks are four and one half inches big. My fingers hurt. Tomorrow I'm going back to the tumbling blocks. Just wanted to finish these small blocks and now I'm going to bed. Good night and keep the piece. Renée

Monday, June 2, 2008

Week 6 - Quilt Along Photos

Well, it's week 6 already. It's been going by very fast. This block was quick and easy to piece. Maybe I'm just getting better. Don't know. I received my current issue of Quilter's World and on page 80 is a pattern for a elongated tumbling block. I've always wanted to do a tumbling block quilt, but they seemed
too intimidating to me. This one is easy peasy. I'll post some pics later on. I'm just wondering, the pattern says that the block is 6" x 6". Does that mean finished, in the quilt, or unfinished, still a block? I've always wondered about that and it makes it difficult for me to square up a block. The quilt in the magazine is using red, blue, brown and green colors. I'm using pink, purple, brown and green. I'm using fabric from my stash and I haven't even put a dent in it. Oh, well. I have four 4" binders filled with patterns that I can make, so I'm not worried. Going back to my piecing. Have a good day. Keep the piece. Renée