Friday, February 25, 2011

Quilting Weather!

You've got no idea how happy I am that right here in Central CA there is a chance (small as it is) that we could have a bit of snow this weekend. It'll definitely be cold and rainy! So in response, my sweet hubby and I have a plan. The videos are rented and the fireplace is lit! I don't mind him playing golf at all, but I am really looking forward to just rolling out of bed and onto the couch with him to sit and watch one movie after another. It doesn't hurt that the sewing machine is only a few steps away and when I need to stretch my legs, there it will be. This could be the most perfect weekend ever!

Since it has been a while since my last post, I do have a few blocks/triangle photos to share. I've not gotten as much done as I would have liked, but there has been some progress. This first one is K4, called Thea's Turn, it was paper pieced and has 17 pieces. 

 This triangle is BR3, called Attic Window, was paper pieced and has 20 pieces.
 This next one is a block I've been dreading since I started working on this quilt 3 1/2 years ago. I finally decided to jump ahead and get it done! It's M3, called Fireweed Flower, was paper pieced and regular pieced with Y seams galore! It has 25 pieces and I am so glad it's DONE! And I'm pretty pleased with how it came out.
 This last one is K3, called Seven Sisters and was entirely rotary cut and pieced and has 31 pieces. The pattern called for the outside boarders to be the background color, but I liked it with the focus fabric better, don't you?
Now, I believe I'm down to about 26 blocks left to do and 5 or 6 triangles left including that darn one that went missing about a month ago. I started working on redoing that one last night, ugh! So anyway, I've begun putting some chunks of the quilt together. How much fun is that? Okay, it's really not any fun until they come together and I can gaze upon this quilt and think I may actually be done with it some day!

Hope you have some wonderful quilting weather wherever you are this weekend!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My name is Melanie

Melody is a fine name, a pretty name. Especially when you really think about the meaning of the word. Melody....But my name is Melanie.  And when someone calls me Melody, it just sounds like they are trying to say my name, but have a very bad cold. So it's really unfortunate that I have come to really dislike the name Melody, or at least being called that. Don't you just hate it when people get their panties all in a bunch about silly, meaningless things? I know I do and yet here I am, annoyed at being called Melody!
So, forgive me, but please call me MELANIE.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wow, it's been a long time!

Coming up for air here, if only for a moment! I see my last post was done the night before I went back to school. At 51 college is still fun, even if it is demanding. I still love it. Don't listen to me all those times I'm whining and complaining. Hmmm. Tonight I'm feeling relieved because the 3rd oral exam is done. It's always good to cross something off the list, even if there is so much more left undone. Wow, I've really strayed off the path here! Let's get back to stitching!

I have been able to find a few minutes here and there to do a little work on my baby Jane. This first block is called Grandpa's chickens. It is K-2, was completely machine pieced and has 40 pieces. The block in the original quilt has the borders done in the background color, but I like it this way!

I'm counting down to getting all of my triangles done and because the end is in sight, have been doing more of those than blocks. This one is BR7, was machine pieced with a little of the usual applique and has 27 pieces. I love this fabric!

I really like how this one turned out! This is BR6 called Frank's Ric Rac. This was mostly paper pieced and has 31 pieces. 

Sorry, couldn't get this picture to rotate. This one nearly killed me. Seriously, a couple of these seams were ripped out up to 7 times! I just should have done this completely differently than I did, but oh well, it's done! This was also mostly paper pieced. It is BR10, called Nicholas' Diamond and has 25 pieces. Trying to get the hardest ones done first.  I think there are only 6 triangles left to be tackled!

There are a couple more than this done, but the camera is on the fritz, so no pictures yet. Oh, and if you see this one, please let me know. It's gone missing. Happens this is probably my least favorite block of the bunch, so that's probably why it crawled off somewhere. Sure hope I don't have to remake it! 

Hope you are all well out there in blogland. Will try to post more this weekend!