Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I used up one of my cones of Masterpiece by Superior Thread, (my favourite for piecing), yesterday. Opened up my cone storage box to find only one left, and it had just a tiny bit of thread left as well!
How did I let my thread get so low?
I ordered more right away, and just received the tracking message - won't be delivered until February 1!!!
I guess I'll just have to concentrate on some hand applique while I'm waiting.......

Monday, January 11, 2010

Tablerunner finished

DH gave me a kit for this table runner for Christmas. It is from Connecting Threads, and is the Desert Rose Runner, using their Aqua Terra fabric line. The applique is done by hand, and then machine quilted. The colours are more accurate in the basket picture - still trying to adjust the colours correctly!
I used the selvage edges from the fabric, as well as a few others in the same colours to make a matching basket. It will make a nice addition to my fall table.

Friday, January 8, 2010

More Coiled Baskets

My quilting group got together last Wednesday, and several people brought their baskets along. There were also some others working on their first basket. Everyone is skeptical about sewing over the "clothesline" with their machine, but so far, no one has had any difficulty.
Some were made from scraps, and others from leftover selvedge edges.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Busy Quilting

I feel like I have been neglecting my blog! I've been busy finishing up a long list of UFO's. Now I just have to get my two helpers, and I'll be able to take some pictures to share.
Had a quiet Christmas with DH. He surprised me by doing some shopping at Keepsake Quilting and Connecting Threads. He picked out two new quilt books, some packages of fat quarters, so I'd have some new fabric to try out a project or two, two kits - one for a runner and the other for a wall hanging. Both kits involve applique (he knows I like handwork). There were also some new threads, and my annual quilt calendar!
Even Florida is enjoying some winter weather (frost last night). My quilt room doesn't warm up until the sun helps, so I am working only in the afternoons.
Today I prepared my samples for the two blocks my group will be working on tomorrow. We are trying a sampler quilt this year, and hope to finish two blocks each week. Of course, some of the quilters will be working on their own projects, and there are a couple of new quilters who plan to make a runner for their first project. People work at their own speed, and the hope is that everyone has fun and learns something new.