Monday, May 2, 2011

A productive weekend

I managed to accomplish quite a bit on the weekend and today my day off.  First off I finished my "There's a Square in There" blocks.  I was moaning about using stripes.  Well it didn't work too well.  My stripe fabric is a little wonky.  This is probably going to end up in the charity quilt pile.  It was a good introduction in how to do this quilt so it was not a total loss.  Just picked up the rest of the Moda white to finish it up.

Doesn't look to bad far away but close up.  Well...

On Saturday I did an easy peasy quilt from my pattern called "Fat Quarter Shuffle"  You use six fat quarters and cut them all at once.  Then you shuffle the pieces down in the pile and sew it together.  My picture came out a little light but you can get the idea.  I got the fat quarters from ebay and they have been sitting out on my desk for awhile.  Had to end up washing them and so I decided I better use them before I had to wash them again.  Need to find a border still.

Saturday I also made it to Joann's.  They had patterns on sale and I scored Denise Schmidt's new pattern for $1.99.  It was regularly $15.99.  It is all wonky blocks so I did not want to pay too much in case I decide I can't deal with the wonkiness.

Saturday was also a good day in the mail.  I participated in my first fabric swap.  We swapped "Kitchen Sink" 2 1/2 strips.  The fabrics are fairly traditional.  I should be able to make a great scrappy quilt in the future.  The next swap is string blocks.  I am going to practice making a few before I sign up.

Sunday I cut out my fabric for "Doodle Bricks".  I started putting it together today but it is taking me longer than I thought.  I have a picture of progress to date.  I am afraid I am going to lose my light.

As a state employees we got the "opportunity" to sign up for Walk Across Texas where you walk for around 13 miles per week for three months and earn a half day off.  I signed up and of course it is raining today.  Hopefully it will stop before the light gives out.  We do need the rain so it is not a total loss.  At my doctor's appointment I got the "you need to exercise" lecture so I need to follow up on this.

Whew.  This was a long post for me.  I got a lot done.


  1. I didn't know McCall's published quilt patterns like this! What a deal! Congrats on getting a lot done! You got rain in Texas!? Not my part of Texas; we are still bone dry.


  2. You have been all of your projects but the first one is so interesting....and I think you are doing a fabulous job....

  3. I think your quilts look terrific. I've found when I have a quilt top that didn't come out accurately enough for me, if I use a highly shrinkable batting and stipple it, it looks just fine after it's been washed once. There's nothing like lots of shrinky poofage to minimize inaccuracy. 8)

    Thanks for your kind words about Krystian's photography on my blog. She's only 13 and I think her talent is amazing. I hope she sends me some more photos soon.

    Take care,
    Susan in Texas

  4. Oh, I would say so! They are all so good! I should work so fast!
    Happy Mother's Day to you too!