Thursday, February 25, 2010

Quilt Pictures!

FINALLY!  Some pictures!

I eventually got the camera software loaded back on the computer after a virus tried to eat it.  I took some pictures this past weekend of the quilts that I've been working on.  The first one is called "A Star is Born" and is a pattern by Tammy Tadd.  I did this quilt earlier this year in more muted tones for a baby girl.  This was originally intended for some friends of ours, but Rich thought that it was too "bold" for a kid's quilt.  So now its going to go up for sale.  I'm debating on whether to post it on Craig's List or on Etsy.  Craig's List is a little less secure, so I'm thinking Etsy might be better, but then I have to actually do some homework on how to list stuff. ;-)

Anyway - here's the pics of "A Star is Born".


And a close-up of the middle of the quilt....


And a close-up of one of the corners....


Since Rich didn't like the above quilt for our friends...I ended up designing a whole new quilt for them.  This quilt is all made using Moda Marbles, with the exception of the backing.  I really like how the blues and yellows came out pretty random.  I'm an random is not easy for me, but I liked how this came out.


I think the most surprising was how the back turned out.  I came up with the quilting pattern based on the design on the front of the quilt (if you click on the above picture, you should be able to see the quilting).  However, the pattern that emerged on the back is pretty cool...and totally unexpected.  I really like it though.  While these pictures show the quilt without binding, I was able to get the binding done in a few hours while watching the Olympics, so it just needs a washing before its ready to be wrapped for the recipient.


Now that I've gotten done with all the baby quilts for other people, I'm starting to work on quilts for us again.  I have one that is just a test quilt that I'm going to try to sell on Etsy.  I'm working on that one now and its coming along fairly decently.  I'm almost done with putting the top together, so you'll get some pictures once that is done.  Then I'm actually going to try to quilt it on the mid-arm machine that I have.  Scarey! ;-)

Monday, February 22, 2010


The last few weeks have been completely hectic.  Between major projects being due at work, trying to sell the house, and my hubby ending up with a concussion from snowboarding...I haven't really had time to post anything on here.  I have finally taken some pictures of quilts I've been working on, but they're not ready for posting yet....probably tonight though.

So for work.....not only do I have one major design review this week (Thursday, Friday and Monday), but I have a SECOND major design review next week.  The bad thing is that the review next week is Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday!  So I have two major reviews back to back.  Not FUN!!  Plus, all the "normal" things still need to get done, so the preparation for these reviews is causing some sleepless nights.

On the house front....we haven't had any offers yet.  We recently had to do a major price drop because one of our neighbors (who we don't know) put their house on the market.  We have the exact same floor plans and while we have a few more finishing touches, they have a little bit more land.  The downer is that they listed their house for $30k under our house price.  So we had to drop our price in order to be competitve.  The annoying part to all of this is that we finally found out what the house across the street from us sold for.  The sale price was $255k, but the bank wouldn't accept anything over $242k.  The good news is, when you break that down to price/sq ft and then the sq footage we have...the bank thinks our house would be worth $282k...close to our original asking price.  So we've been trying to justify the $30k price drop considering we're going to lose our shirts on this house.  However, with the way things are looking for our area, its better to take the $30k hit now, because our agent thinks that the area is just going to go downhill once the new tax rates are published.

On the hubby front....;-)  So he came back from snowboarding a week and a half ago and said that he fell on the mountain.  He doesn't know how it happened, but he ended up with a concussion.  So we've been nursing that the past week or so.  Thankfully the CAT scan came back normal, so there's no "major" problems...just the after effects of a concussion (headaches and nausea).  Hopefully he'll take it easy (unlikely) and let his head rest!

So onto the quilting! :-)  I do have pictures of "A Star is Born"...its similar to "Stars & Hearts" but just different fabrics and quilting.  I plan on trying to sell it, but I'm not sure if I want to list it on Craig's List or on Etsy.  I may try Craig's List first since its free.  I also just finished up a quilt for some good friends of ours.  They had their baby last month, and I just finished putting the last stitch into the binding yesterday while watching the Olympics.  I was actually able to get the binding done pretty quickly since I started hand sewing on Friday evening (just an hour or so) and did some on Saturday (maybe another hour or two) and then finished it up on Sunday.  So now I'm onto a new quilt! ;-)

Anyway - I promise I'll have pictures soon!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Stash Busting 2010 - Week 6

I missed posting last week as it was a pretty busy Sunday for us.  Still no pictures. :-(  I really miss adding the pictures, but with working 50-60 hours a week at work I haven't had time to take any pictures.  I did get about 1/4 of the quilting done one Jacob's Ladder (baby quilt) and I got a lot of needlepoint sewing done this week.  Its been one of those things where things are so hectic at work that by the time I get home, I don't have the energy to do quilting.  Needlepoint on the other hand is pretty calming for me due to the repetitive motions, so I've been doing that.

Anyway, my numbers haven't changed....

Used this Week: 0 yards
Used Year to Date: 7.35 yards

Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards

Net Used for 2010: 7.35 yards

I've been very good and haven't bought any fabric so I'm definitely on my way towards my goal of using more fabric than I buy. :-)  That's not to say I haven't been tempted, but I'm making a concerted effort to stay away from the fabric store unless I absolutely need something to finish a quilt.

How is everyone else doing??