Monday, October 17, 2011

No Sew Fun Weekend

Sewing has been almost nonexistent around here. My 9 patches are waiting to be cut to start forming Stepping Stones from Sue Abrey's Pick Four book. The Uber-Quilt-Fest sampler is on hold for me - temporary condition. Instead of being productive I spent a lovely weekend with family and friends enjoying the lingering summer weather in sunny Florida.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekend Fun!

Material nicely starched, pressed, cut and waiting to become a quilt. I am using Sue Abrey's "Stepping Stones" pattern from her wonderful book "Pick Four." The cutting took me a long time. I have nerve damage which gives me a lack of feeling in my hands. There is no pain in the cutting process. I tend to overcompensate and grasp items too tightly. This creates slippage as I work with the ruler and rotary cutter. I am learning to work around the issue. I improve the more I cut. So the fabric above became .....
I have 8 lovely 9 patch blocks of the red, cream and green ready to be cut into 4 pieces. I am leaving that for another day! I, also have the green and cream strips sewn into the mid section of 8 more 9 patch blocks and the gold and cream strips joined awaiting becoming the rest of the to be 9 patch blocks. Sue's book is so informative and well written. I love a pattern designer who takes the time to tell you the direction you need to press the seams!

Block 8 - Quilt-Uber-Fest
Designer Cara Wilson of Cara Quilts gave us this lovely block. Mine is not stitched together quite yet. It will be before I leave for work. I am having to get "creative" in fabrics utilized. I am getting down to layer cake squares with larger designs which do not fit the concept of this quilt. And I am out of two squares of the same print....Cara used 3 prints; I made do with 5 to keep going.

This has been a wonderful weekend! Hope you had as much fun as I did.

The Point is My Points ARE Improving
I had the crazy desire to come back and add this. Block 8 is together and my points are much improved. The true color is better in this photo, also. 

Happy Quilting! Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Jigsaw Puzzle

Block 8 - Quilt-Uber-Fest
Designer April Rosenthal of 21st Century Charm School. This was my first attempt at a Chevron. I am somewhat pleased with the result - some of the points leave a bit to be desired. I do like the colors, which are much more vibriant than the photo shows. There are a lot of seams, points, small (for me) pieces and jigsaw puzzle arrangement.

April's block is beautiful. Go check it out on her blog.

I am thinking the time has come for me to go  read a book. The Christmas tree skirt I had planned to work on can wait a bit.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Moving Along!

Block 7 - Quilt-Uber-Fest

Designer Scott Hansen of Blue Nickle Studio's block. Scott is also the host of this quilt along. I'm having difficulty realizing I have kept up for 7 full days. I am enjoying myself!


Friday, October 7, 2011

Brain Teaser

Block 6 - Quilt-Uber-Fest

Designer John Adams of I'm Just a Guy Who Quilts threw me a brain teaser with this block. I'm loving how it turned out - my resulting diamond is "mostly" smooth edged. This is a large block with little (for me!) pieces. I had fun with the challenge and do believe I want to put this one together again - soon. I can see a feature fabric becoming the center square. We will see.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Garden District Houses

Block 5 - Quilt-Uber-Fest

Block designed by Amy Lobsiger of Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts. I love the little houses surrounded by flowers. My roof tops (Geese again!) look like they survived the last major wind storm (ha!).


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Flight On Schedule

Block 3 - Quilt-Uber-Fest
Designed by Karen Linton, no blog. Karen's block can be found here on Scott Hansen's (our host) Blue Nickel Studios blog. There are Flying Geese and half square triangles throughout this block and I am amazed at how well mine are flying!

Below is the face of a somewhat angry kitty cat who is feeling ignored. Poor Kitty.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Rocking On

Block 2 - Quilt-Uber-Fest
Designed by Kaye Prince of Miss Print. My geese are flying straighter today! Yeah Geese!

Block 4 - Quilt-Uber-Fest
Designed by Konda Luckau of Moose on the Porch Quilts. There is a missing piece of mortar due to material shortage. And I had to piece one side of the outer blocks - the cut was 3.5 x 12.5 - ain't happening when one is using scraps from a jelly roll and a layer cake. Get over it and improvise!

Block 3 - To Follow Soon .... I skipped this one this morning. There are GEESE - very pretty GEESE! I decided these would be a better after work project. Speaking of work it might just be time for me to start getting ready. Piecing in PJs is perfectly acceptable. Work, on the other hand, is a different matter.


Monday, October 3, 2011

Barely Airborne

John Adams of Quilt Dad calls his block for the Blogger's Quilt-Uber-Fest being sponsored by Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studies "Taking Flight." I have aptly named my rendition "Barely Airborne." Something happened during my translation of the lower right hand section of the block. I'm unsure exactly what I did (or didn't do) but I am using scraps, love the colors and the block will stay what it is. This quilt will be nice and warm.
My Friends Swap 2011 and Santa Sack 2 packages are on their way to Grace and Robbie.

Now I am off to find the other two blocks which have been released for Quilt-Uber-Fest.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Back on Track

FRIENDS Swap 2011
Santa Sack 2 Swap
My gifties are ready for the trip to the post office so they will be on the way to Grace and Robbie tomorrow.