Sunday, August 19, 2007

Quilting by the Bay

I have been busy quilting this week. It seems it has been awhile since I posted.

I had a day long retreat on Saturday -- "Quilting by the Bay" AKA "QBTB". So I had to spend some time this week preparing. I also was able to get the binding on the quilt for my nephew's new baby. So that should be ready to go out this week.

These are the blocks that I have been working on this week. I had to make 10 of them. They are pretty tricky to get those 1/4 inch seam allowance.

The few that we had finished on Saturday up on the design wall. This quilt will be the raffle quilt for my quilt guild's Quilt show in 2008.

Then I spent the day working on my African Quilt. I am following a pattern from Nadine's book that she so kindly sent me from Belgium.

This is just the start. I have sort of scattered the Dancing Mama's in the centre of the blocks, just to get a look of how I am wanting it to look. I am going to make a block with the Dancing Mama's in the centre and have a few around the quilt. Not in every block. Right now they are just sitting on top of the blocks. I like the extra zing that the mama's give to the quilt. Don't you agree?

I like this pattern with the African fabric. It would also work well with Japanese fabric I think. But I really think it looks better with the mamas!! My plan is to make the quilt 4x4 blocks. I also have some border fabric that I want to include. Each block is 12 inches square. Anyway -- this is my latest work in progress -- and I still want to try to finish some of those almost finished UFO's that are haunting me :))

The blue snowball blocks belong to someone else. That is a Chez Moi charm pack - so it will end up being quite a cute little quilt as well.

I ordered a sewing machine mat from Tazzie this week -- that was exciting. I am quite looking forward to it coming. I also ordered a new sewing case for the Singer Featherweight that I bought last November. I have just not been able to get the musty odor out of the case it came with at all. So I will keep the old case, tucked away in the storage room just for historical purpose but I will use the new case. Hopefully the new case is a good quality case, I really do want to start taking the featherweight with me on retreats and such.

I also joined the Secret Santa on Chookyblue's blog. That's also exciting. I can't wait to see who I get to make a special Christmas gift for. And I have to work for the next two nights -- so that's all the news this week. Not one trip to the Quilt shop!!!! LOL

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  1. Your progress so far looks great!! I love the Dancing Mamas, i think they look great in the centres!!

  2. Very nice...All three quilts are nice...I love the range of fabric always come up with something new and exciting...Thanks for sharing...So you didnt go shopping this weekend, you dont want to lose your image...LOL..Toni

  3. I love the Dancing Mamas! The raffle quilt will be beautiful. You have been very busy! I got a sewing machine mat from Tazzie and I just LOVE it. Makes me want to sew!!!

  4. The dancing mammas are wonderful! Thanks for showing the quilt with and without -- so interesting to see the transformation. Such a fun quilt, I love the fabrics! I made an African coins quilt and just couldn't get enough of the beautiful fabrics. Your guild raffle quilt is a winner, too.

  5. Two gorgeous projects. I love the dancing mamas! It's such a joyful look and does add lots of excitment. It's a great use of the fabric.

    I've been obsessing over blue and white quilts lately and your raffle quilt is very inspiring.

  6. Wow you have been busy Pam, and no shopping, I'm impressed at your will power.

  7. yah for retreats - always seem to learn something new and finish more projects (and start new ones :D)

    I'm doing that swap as well!! I'm excited to get started on that project now as well...still using my stash!

  8. Loooove your dancing mamas! Indeed they do add zing to the quilt. I'll be watching for the finished product.

  9. The raffle quilt is looking good! Those dancing mamas do add a zing. Will you do a wonky effect so that they are dancing even more?

  10. Hi Pam,
    I love the dancing mamas - they are great in the middle-
    Great quilt that you are going to raffle- I am sure it will be a great success.
    It is always great to see what your doing,

  11. Ciao,
    what wonderful works you have done.
    The blue blocks are very nice and the African quilt is wonderful.
    I'm sorry for your husband's cushion......
    ciao ciao

  12. You have been very busy. I love the blue quilt you are making for your retreat.

  13. I do love your dancing mamas African quilt. Very much.

  14. The African quilt is wonderful! What fun fabrics. The dancing mamas add a great zing to the quilt. It will be fun to see more pictures as you keep working on it.