Saturday, April 28, 2012

My flimsy arrived today from Tami. It looks fabulous. This is going to be a fun one to quilt. I'll let it speak to me for a day or 2 and then get stitching. What fun this has been. I can't wait to see the quilt show when they are all done.

Julie in the barn
Well, it has been sandwiched, quilted and bound and the final finishing is nearly done.  It should head towards home next week.  This has been quite interesting.  I can't wait to see what has become of my center!
I received my "flimsy" today!  And I love it!  It is MY colors!!  So that makes it even more fun to complete....I have it on my design wall to study for a bit to decide how I want to finish it!  Can hardly wait to see what becomes of my original block!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Very, very late, but this is a sneak peek of the second border. It's in the mail to Julie H (sent via USPS Priority). Since we're in the same state it should arrive really soon. Sadly I had no excuses for not getting it done in time. Just a bad case of the blues. I'm hoping that as the weather starts to get nicer that I'll feel more upbeat too.


It's shown in greyscale so that it's not too obvious who's quilt this belongs to. There are 34 large flying geese in the final border preceded by that dark skinny border that separates the small hourglass blocks from the geese.

Updated Update

Okay, I've now heard from everyone and all the tops should be in the mail by today.

My notes now indicate that tops have been received by:
- Amy
- Andra
- Glen
- Gwen
- Kristin
- Mary Jane
- Sophie
- Julie W
- Andrew
- Melinda
- Tami


Jay will receive a package from Kristin; Kate will receive a top from Andra; Nan will receive a top from Andrew; Julie H will receive a top from Tami; and Laurina will receive a top from Melinda.  Please check in and let me know when these arrive!


Thanks,


Julie

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Where is my flimsy to finish???

I don't mean to be a whiner, but it is nearly May...and I don't have my flimsy to finish up yet...does anyone know anything about where it might be??  Hope it's not lost in the mail somewhere!!!  J

2nd border done

Sorry for the delay.  I finished the second border today, it's all packaged and ready to be mailed.  Will go out Thursday or Friday.

 - Kristin

Updated Mailing Updates

I read through the last couple of weeks of posts, and it sounds like everyone has mailed their finished tops except:
- Andra  (I've heard from her)
- Kristin (I've heard from her)
- Melinda (I've heard from her)
- Tami

If you're on this list but you've already mailed, please let me know.

and tops have been received by:
- Amy
- Glen
- Gwen
- Kristin
- Mary Jane
- Sophie
- Julie W
- Andrew
- Melinda

If you're not on this list but you have received a top, please let me know.

Julie

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I am a little late but mine should be shipping out in the next day or two.
Andra

Finishing up -- reminders

Once you've finished quilting and binding your top, you're free to send it home to its owner. 

BUT -- before you wrap it up, please email me a photo of it!  I want to be able to post a recap of each project with a list of the participants who worked on it.

Please DO NOT post a photo of the finished quilt on this blog.

If you're mailing a finished quilt to Laurina or Sophie, remember that they'll have different addresses than the ones I originally sent you. Feel free to check in if you're not sure about who to mail to or where, and I'll double-check all my original information just to be sure.

Thanks,

Julie

Mailing Updates

I read through the last couple of weeks of posts, and it sounds like everyone has mailed their finished tops except:
- Andra  (I've heard from her)
- Kristin (I've heard from her)
- Mary Jane
- Melinda
- Tami

If you're on this list but you've already mailed, please let me know.

and tops have been received by:
- Amy
- Glen
- Gwen
- Kristin
- Mary Jane
- Sophie
- Julie W

If you're not on this list but you have received a top, please let me know.

Thanks!

Julie

Saturday, April 21, 2012

second border on its way!

I put my completed quilt top in the mail just under the wire on Friday!  It is on its way to Nan.  Here is a close-up of one corner of my border.  Lot's of tiny pieces!!  756 tiny pieces to be exact.  (I really enjoy tedious projects... I'm kinda neurotic that way).  Anyway, I'm a little worried that Nan is gonna hate me.  Since lots of tiny pieces means lots of seams, I'm afraid quilting through my homage to tedium is gonna be a bi...  I mean is going to be difficult.  I hope it isn't too horrible, Nan!  Thanks! -Andrew

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Arrived in Nova Scotia

The flimsy has made its way from California to Cape Breton. South to north and west coast to east coast...quite a journey.
I love it, even with the wee wonky touches.
Soon as my Hallowe'en wall hangings are finished, the quilting will begin.

Arrival from England

The top most recently worked on by Kate North has arrived in South Georgia.  Now how to back, quilt and bind.....??????

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Another Quilt on Its Way


I kind of tormented myself with the second border of this one.  Andrew's first border is so outstanding that every idea I had seemed to compete with rather than compliment.  Also, as I think I've posted at least twice before, if it had been my quilt, I likely would have stopped with that first fantastic border and called it done.  It just kept screaming "I'm done" to me.

After trying a few things, I settled on adding skinny borders.  I never really thought about it, but I didn't know that the 1/4 inch foot on my Bernina (#57) is exactly a half inch wide ... until I started putting together strip sets with 1/4-inch, 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch borders. I considered using the Jane Hall (queen of foundation piecing) approach of using a foundation, but settled on the technique of cutting them wider and trimming them to the correct size after each seam and it actually worked well for me.

I wanted my second round to:
  • Float and highlight Andrew's points and continue his skinny white design elements
  • Pull some of the colors from the center to the outer border to make the center pop
  • Reinforce the feeling of a miniature medallion-style quilt
  • Give Melinda some space to create a wonderful quilting design because I know Melinda is capable of some pretty wonderful quilting ;-)
Here's a sneak peek of one corner. Aside from the mini-borders (and the fact that everything matched when I mitered the corners), I'm pretty happy that I was able to find a close match to the blue and black fabric that Andrew used with another fabric in my stash.

I'm off to the post office this afternoon and then tomorrow . . .  off to Santa Fe.  I know I'll hate the drive, but I'm excited like a little kid to be making the trip. Now that I've managed to make the deadline for mailing,  I can pack up my computer and my sewing machine and and start figuring out just how much of the "essentials" will fit in my vehicle for this trip.  I walked into my sewing room today and realized I need to take the April lotto blocks (still on the design wall) with me so I can mail them to the winners at the end of the month (doh!)

Recieved

I received my package earlier this week.  Haven't opened it yet, I've got to finish the second border and get it in the mail before I even peek at it!

 - Kristin

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mailing

It sounds like there might be some confusion about where some of you are mailing. I am out of town until tomorrow so please check to see if the first email I sent matches the last email I sent and I will do the same when I'm back at my computer. Let me know if you think something is amiss! Julie

received & sent

Phew - my 10 days in NY are over +/- a couple days to get back to work/life.

I have the quilt top that Laurina (Sorry if that is spelled wrong) sent from NZ.
& I have mailed my top to Tami in CA, hopefully it does not take the slow boat.

Has my next round been sent?

Hi all - I'm wondering if the person who is sending me the next round has done so yet. I'm travelling and only at this VA address for the week. After that I'm on the road for a month. I am hoping that it will arrive in time so that I can steal some fabric from my Mom's stash and hand quilt while on the go. Otherwise, it may be my mother that does it (FYI, she's a much better hand quilter than I am)!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Got my parcel from Gwen!!

What a fabulous job everyone has done on this one! It is truly amazing. I can't wait to see my own after seeing this one. Gwen, your math was perfect!

When I unfolded it I thought immediately what it needed. And I just happened to see this necessary component when I was cleaning and organizing in a frenzy last week. Now just to find it again ..................

Thank you all for sending me the most wonderful piece to finish up.

Isn't this totally exciting?

glen

Sophie's updates

I owe you all a few updates.
  1. The flimsy from Jay is here and this one is a stunner!  I immediately had some quilting design ideas and can't wait to get started, but first ...
  2. I am putting the finishing on the quilt that next goes to Melinda.   This one was a challenge for me, because Andrew's first border is so wonderful that it really could be finished without a third ... but inspiration finally stuck, just when my life got complicated by a new wrinkle ...
  3. I accepted a 4 month job in Santa Fe, New Mexico about a week ago and have since been, as my mother would say, "running around like a chicken with its head cut off" as I look for a place to live and try to anticipate what furniture, kitchen stuff, sewing projects, etc., I need to take with me for the summer.  
I anticipate that I will finish and mail the quilt with my second border from Austin, before I leave for Santa Fe ... but whomever is finishing my quilt will be getting a Santa Fe, NM address update for me ... as soon as I find a place to live.  It seems there are two types of rentals in Santa Fe: short term vacation rentals (that mostly do not allow pets) and long term rentals with a one year lease.  The quest to find a pet-friendly "medium term" rental  pretty much had me in that state of "paralysis by analysis" last week ... and I still don't know where I'm going to be living.  Eek! Cross your fingers for me.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Ready to mail...


So, I had a chance today to work on the piece I received from Kristin. Here's a tiny - and I do mean tiny - sneak peek of a corner of it now - this bit is only a few inches across, so it really doesn't show much at all, though I imagine the owner of the quilt will still recognise it from the rather distinctive feature fabric!

It's off in the post hopefully tomorrow; otherwerise on Monday.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

It's In The Mail

     I got the little quilt off today.  I meant to get it mailed two days ago, but other things kept getting in the way.  It is a short trip for it though and they told me at the PO that it should arrive on Saturday.  Now, I am looking forward to get my final one to complete and on its way back to the original owner!!

Mailed off to Quaint-ville!

I got to the PO today at the expense of my credit card so the mystery is off to Oregon.

glen: who bought a new yogurt maker while out

Mialing today or tomorrow

And I was at the post office just yesterday too.  Why didn't I think of bringing this package in?  Duh.

For some reason I thought there was another border.  I will have my current piece mailed out today or tomorrow.  It is criss crossing the US to Cottage Grove.

Sounds so quaint, that is just where you'd want your quilt to come from!

glen

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Here It Comes...



Sneak peak time, folks... Pleased with myself for hiding the original an quite nice "Center Block". The other two go so well with the center, and so nicely together I couldn't resist the photo.

I was so happy to get my second border finished on this little beauty! I actually finished early and had to wait 'till today to send it off to New Mexico (correct place and all, Julie! No heart attacks on this end this time!!) Anxiously awaiting the next installment.
Cheers everyone.
Nan

Finishing

Are there any rules or suggestions for the finishing up of the flimsies. Machine or hand quilting, or does it matter. All opinions welcomed.

in the mail

No sneak peeks at my second border. The surprise will have to wait. The label is signed and all hit Canada Post at 3:00 PM today. It's going air Mail for a change so it may arrive in Baton Rouge before Christmas. (Just kidding about the Christmas thing)
Can't wait to see the finished works...or should I say creative masterpieces.

Monday, April 9, 2012

A peek of my second border

I sent off my finished second border today to Amy. I managed to get some photos, so here's a sneak peak.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Done and ready to mail...

Here's a sneak peek at my second border...  it will go in the pretty soon email.

Is everyone else about ready to roll?

Julie

Monday, April 2, 2012

Border two done with a New Zealand spin

When I read the preferences for my second border, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I admit it was something new, but I had a great time once I got started. I was hoping to post a picture of one corner, but I'm not sure I'll get around to it.

The block had colors that reminded me of a New Zealand bird, the kakariki. So that was my inspiration.

I was going to mail it from the US - I am travelling there on the 16th - but I think I will send it from here a little early (Amy, I hope that's okay). I'd hate to forget to pack it in all the chaos that is sure to be my household on the 16th. Packing for a 3-month trip will be interesting.

Round 2 Done

I finally figured out the border and the fabric and completed it this past weekend.  Won't mail until next week.