Thursday, May 29, 2008

Drum roll please....

It looks like it is a girl! The ultrasound was this week and they think it is most likely a girl. The technologist said she only goes to a max 80% likelihood with girls, but it seems pretty sure. We saw 3 lines, and nothing even close to boy parts. I do think I may make a boy quilt as a backup anyway. :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

"Girl Quilt" top finished!

I was able to finish up the "If it's a Girl" quilt top this weekend.

I've got to pick out my backing, which will either be Full Moon Forest bunny damask or whatever else I can dig up. I bought a lot of the green + white bunny damask for the nursery, only to realize it clashes with the carpet in the room. Duh! (We still have the not-so-loveley green carpet in all the upstairs bedrooms.)

Once the backing is ready and I pick up batting at the sale at Joann this weekend, I'll drop it off for the longarmer. I would love to do it but I have neither the time nor the skill to do it right at this point.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Etsy or eBay?

With the upcoming arrival of a new member of our household, I've been in a cleaning frenzy. Excess is being purged, and I've found quite a few lots of yarn and some quilting fabric I would like to unload. My question is whether it would be better to sell it on etsy or eBay. Have any of you tried selling these items either place? Do you have a preference?? Advice???? (other than decent photos which is now a given with either)

Friday, May 9, 2008

Oldie, but goodie

I made up this pattern a couple years ago. It was the first (and only--so far) paper pieced pattern that I have created myself. Even with the binding it measures less than 14" x 14". Someday I'll have to post the instructions.

One quilting trick used for this quilt that works with dark fabrics is to:
1. Print out your quilting pattern line art, or draw on paper
2. Take a pin and poke a series of holes closely spaced on the lines
3. Position quilting pattern over quilt or block
4. Use a chalk pounce over all the line work to transfer design

The quilt lines will get transferred through the perforated holes and the marks easily come off when done. I don't know if there are colors of chalk that will work for lighter fabrics. I can't imagine this is an original idea, but it is not something I remember hearing anywhere.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

That darn cat!

So much for finishing up the quilt today. One of my two cats puked on the quilt top, so now I'm carefully washing it out by hand. Grrrrrr.....

We're meeting friends for lunch so this morning was my main time to sew. Guess I'll work on the strippy border.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Progress on "girl quilt"

All star blocks are finished and sewn together. It is really coming together. Hopefully I'll get more time tomorrow to finish it up, or get closer. There is a small inner border and a strip pieced outer border left.