Friday, August 8, 2008

A Quiltathon!!

While looking at various random blogs I came across Patchwork Times who will be having a Quiltathon this weekend. A day to do nothing but quilt! What a dream. Sigh.

I figured I wouldn't even try it because my youngest son's birthday is this weekend but some things have fallen into place that I will be spending the majority of my day quilting with the Quiltathon. Real life will intrude in the way of laundry - but it's supposed to be a beautiful day and I will be able to put the clothes on the line.

So I've decided to work on a Halloween quilt. I went through my stash and came up with these fabrics:

I have the pattern picked, I've started cutting and I even did a bit of sewing tonight.

I can't wait to get started tomorrow. I'll be doing periodic posts for the check ins.

If you can, join us. You can click on the link in the title for all the details.

Until tomorrow, hugs and stitches. Jody

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A Quick Catch-Up

It's been a few weeks since I've last posted and they have been busy weeks. I've gotten some quilting done. I've done two rounds on my roosting robin and am almost finished with it.

Here's July's round:

And here's August's round:

August was to be the last round but I think I want to put a black tone on tone border on it and make it a bit more rectangular.

I've been working hard to find more time for quilting because we're on the down side of the time until Christmas (less than six months yikes!). I'm planning a few Christmas gifts so I really need to get moving. One thing that is helping is it's football season. Rodger and Joe are at practice every night and I sew a lot while they're gone.

I'm still hand quilting my TATW but I have a really great reason to finish it. Rodger is very supportive of my quilting, helps me pick patterns and fabrics - he has an incredible eye for color. But he's not really into quilts and although I've offered numerous times to make one for him he always politely declines. So a few months ago we started talking about painting the bedroom. It really needs it. We've been here 11 years and probably haven't painted it since right before we moved in. We want to do a light brownish color and I mentioned making a quilt for on the bed. And he reacted typically. It's almost like I can see the wheels turning in his head - oh no, she's coming and she's going to want quilt advice. lol. I've suggested a number of different patterns for a quilt for our bed and he's not really been excited by any of them. But the other night while I was quilting the TATW he said "I really like this one. It's really nice. The colors work perfectly together." Yikes!! So I quickly suggested that it could be the new quilt for our bed (I am soooo lucky it's big enough lol) and he agreed! I'm not sure when I'll finally finish it - I'm echo quilting in each square - but I guess I have some time since we haven't even picked a paint color.

Oh - here's a picture of the TATW top:

Our big news over the past few weeks is that Joe's hospitalization is over with and he is off the medicine and the doctor said we can stop the finger sticks. Joe is so thrilled. However, we are going to continue the finger sticks throughout football season just to be on the safe side. But it looks like our journey through these medical conditions are at an end. Thank God.

As always I will leave with a parting shot of Thunder. This is his "room".

Until next time, hugs and stitches. Jody