Friday, April 2, 2010

Back to the Party and the Civil War

Now I know why Bridal Lace is so expensive--it has stitch counts in the thousands and takes forever to stitch out. So while one machine was busy stitching lace in the hoop, I went across the hall to my other machine and finished up these quilt blocks.

This is the 5th block in the Pinwheel Party. Very easy and fast. Next week is the halfway block.

And then back to the Civil War Tribute...
I wonder if I can secede from the union of Civil War Tribute quilters? After all, I do live in the south...and like the majority who were tired of the war after the first 3 months, so I am growing weary of this...
I did not like this block. I don't think the directions are all that easy to follow and nowhere could I find what was supposed to be the fiished size of any of the half square triangles or the weird trapezoid shapes. Anyway, I stayed consistent throughout--I stretched all the bias edges and chopped off almost all the points!! And, lo and behold, it came out the correct 18 1/2 inches! Whew--now I have to do one more block this size and 2 12 1/2 inch blocks. The big pieces were hard enough to work with, now I have to make smaller ones???

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Lace Making and EZPZ zippered bags in the hoop!!

Had to take a break from quilting to start making some lace for the bridal gown. The scalloped piece was to go around the train which will be silk organza--I think it is a little too heavy for that, so its back to the drawing board to try to figure something else out. The other little pieces are going to be zig zagged together to form a trim to go around a part of the jacket I am making for me. While making the lace, I just had to take a break to make these cute little zippered bags. They are completely done in the embroidery hoop--yes, even the rick rack. They are so much fun!!
This one holds my Little Quilts receipts. It is always with me because you never know when an emergency will hit and you have to head to the fabric store and there just might be enough receipts that will add up to one free yard of fabric!!

This one will hold all my weight watcher trackers--there's none in there now--I haven't been doing too good on that.
Check zippy's website for more cute in the hoop project ideas.