Monday, December 31, 2012

Feathered Peacock Star Wall hanging is almost done!!!

The wall hanging is now quilted and just needs a hanging sleeve and binding!!!

Becky Silbaugh at Ruby Blue Quilting studio did a great job with the quilting.
This link will take you to her blog where there are pictures of the quilt being quilted!!

"Get It Done" in January 2013

Judy at Patchwork Times is helping us to get projects done in 2013
by sponsoring "Get It Done". 
We are to blog about 4 items we want to get done during the month.
For the month of January I need to complete the following items.
Hanging sleeve and bind my Feathered Peacock Star Wall hanging
This is my second Judy and Brad Niemeyer pattern and Becky Silbaugh at Ruby Blue Quilting studio did a great job with the quilting.  Becky has a post at her blog with pictures of this quilt in progress.  This quilt needs done by January 19th so that it can be delivered to the Lake Farm Parks for Quilts 2013.
Scene in Alaska Quilt Kit
This is the fourth Lisa Moore pattern I have completed since traveling to Alaska in 2008.
My friend Doris traveled to Alaska this past June and asked if I could complete the 2 kits she picked up there.  I need to finish the shasings and borders.
Cassie's Brown and Teal quilt
I would like to finalize the pattern I will be doing for Cassie's quilt.  I will be doing a Judy and Brad Niemeyer pattern, but I have to decide one which one.  Then I'm going to design it in EQ7 so I can add the fabrics.  I'm leaning toward Waterfalls.
Sara's Baby quilt
My hairdresser is expecting her 2nd child this winter, so I will be doing a boy's baby quilt.
I have to design it in EQ7 and then start cutting and piecing.
I have some left overs from another baby quilt I did last year, called Sea of Dreams by South Sea Imports.  So I thought I would use that fabric to make up a simple block and rectangle quilt.
Ok now I have my goals for January lets see how many of them I "Get Done"!!!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Garfield is avoiding the Holiday shipping rush!!

It's the holiday season in the Gerber household and with all the packages coming and going, Garfield has decided to take this opportunity
 to try and ship Nermal to Abu Dhabi!! (Again)

Thanks to Terri, Garfield came to live with us 6 years ago, and wasn't he cute!

He has become a big part of this family, literally!!

He is a big boy!!
He is Jim's buddy and not a lap cat!!

When I was laid off in 2009, I needed someone to keep me company
when Jim was at work. 
Terri, Cassandra and Richelle found this little guy at the intersection of our road.

Bill said NO to more cats!!  Jim said NO also, but he changed his mind!
Terri said we had to name him Nermal,
the "cutest kitten in the whole world" and Garfield's nemesis.

Nermal has helped on many of my quilting projects.

But at times Garfield and Nermal just don't get along!

So Garfield packed Nermal up for a trip to Abu Dhabi!!

Garfield looks kind of relaxed about the whole situation!!!

So I rescued Nermal and decided to send Jim to New York instead!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Jim, Darlene, Garfield and Nermal !!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

2012 From Marti and Me Club Christmas

Had a great time today at the 2012 From Marti and Me Club Christmas
at Cottonpickers Quilt Shop in Chardon, Ohio.

Show and tell was fabulous, we have some very talented quilters.

Plus the cookies were great!!!

Thanks to Gayle and Beth for a great time
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Friday, November 30, 2012

Yes there is life after Feathered Star!!!

Thursday I stopped at Cottonpickers to pick up some 50% off fabric for quilt backings.
Beth asked me what I was working on now that my Feathered Peacock Star is at Becky's for quilting.
I'm currently working on two Lisa Moore Quilts with a Twist kits from Alaska for my friend Doris.  She and her oldest son's family traveled to Alaska this past June.  She bought the kits to decorate her basement as a reminder of the trip.
Aurora Garden with a Twist
Aurora Garden with a Twist
This one has been fussy cut and some of the blocks are together.  The fabric for the outer blocks and the borders on this one are directional so I need to pay attention when putting them together.
Scene in Alaska the Interior
This one will be next.  I need to press the fabric and and use template plastic to cut the panel into the correct pieces.  I love how this looks like you are looking through a window!!
Alaska Photo Album
I purchased this kit when I was in Alaska almost 5 years ago.  It's finished and I may have Becky quilt them all at the same time.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Buckeyes Won and so did I, I won the Chili Cookoff!!!

I downloaded these pictures from Facebook, they says it all  !!
We attended the 12th Annual Ohio State vs. That Team from Up North party in Ohio City today.  So while the fans in Columbus where cold in the Shoe we were cold in Ohio City!!

The alumni and fans that put on this party do a great job!!!
Each year they have a Chili Cookoff competition.  I placed second 2 years ago!!
This year I WON  !!!
I was almost more excited about winning the Chili Cookoff then winning the game!!
Oh wait that's just stupid!! 
We are undefeated and beat Michigan again!!!
Great season Buckeyes can't wait for next year!!!
Thanks Coach Meyer for a great season!!!
After all it's only 371 days until we play Michigan again!!!
November 30, 2013

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ohio State Football vs. That Team From Up North Week!!!

Yes, I realize that it is Thanksgiving Week, which means cleaning the house
and preparing the Turkey and all the fixings!!  Spending time with family and friends and being thankful for everything we have!!

It also means changing out the front door quilts for at least one day!!

But at the same time we(the alumni and fans) are so excited that the Ohio State Buckeyes are 11-0 and are the winners of the Leaders Division of the Big Ten, in a season that no one really cares what we do!! Go Buckeyes!!
Ohio State Buckeyes 2012 Big Ten Leaders Division Champions Locker Room T-Shirt - Scarlet

Now we just have one more game on Saturday at Noon to finish off a great season!!

How will our Defense play against TTFUN's new quarterback and Denard Robinson?  That question will be answered on Saturday.

I will be eating, drinking, performing Script Ohio and enjoying the game at the annual party in Ohio City.

Speaking of eating, I need to make Chili for the Cook Off competition.  I won second place a couple of years ago and really want that trophy!!!
I'm wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Go Buckeyes!!!!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

From Marti and Me Club November 2012

Attended the From Marti and Me Club meeting at Cottonpickers Quilt Shop in Chardon, Ohio this morning. 
Our attendance was light because of illness and grandchildren!!  Hope you feel better soon Marge!!  And Jenny we hope you had a geat time with kids!!
We always start with show and tell.
Marge showed us this Wool Applecore table runner that she made for under caseroles.

Nancy showed us her hexagon quilt.

Cathy brought this quilt that she made for her granddaughter.  Which is an example of one of the quilts we will be discussing in class.
Our instructor Gayle is great at sharing ideas of how to use the patterns that Marti Michell has designed for us.
This is the Hexagon Pinwheel that Gayle made for the class sample.
I think this may be the project I start after the holidays.
 Thanks Gayle for a great class!!!

Feathered Peacock Star quilt top is done!!!

I finished sewing the and removing the paper from my Judy and Brad Niemeyer Feathered Star quilt top last weekend. 
Then this past week I worked on pressing the quilt top and piecing the backing.
Today I visited the Cottonpickers Quilt Shop and put the quilt top on the design wall.
Close up of the center.
Becky of Ruby Blue Quilting Studio will be quilting this wall hanging in the next few weeks.
I can't wait to get it back and finish it for entering it into the Lake Farm Parks 2013 Quilt Show.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Feathered Star - Chapter 5 - Eight seams to go!!!

Eight more seams to go and my Judy and Brad Niemeyer Feathered Star Quilt top will be done!!  Except for removing all the paper that is!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Feathered Star Quilt - Chapter 5 Progress

I have completed all paper piecing and have started sewing together the sections of my FeatheredStar by Judy and Brad Niemeyer quilt.
I was able to do some of the border paper piecing at the Buckeye Sewing Retreat I attended last weekend.
Saturday morning I worked in my sewing room, unpacking everything from the Retreat and setting up my sewing machine.  Then Saturday night I finished the paper piecing and started working on the corners and my first Y seams of the project.  If you follow the instructions the Y seams go together pretty easily.  I did increase my stitch length in case I had to reverse sew!!
The instructions have you sewing sections together, so that you build the quilt area by area, corners, middles and sides.  I even started removing paper last night; it took me about 30 minutes to remove the paper from one of the sections.  I have decided to remove the paper from the inner parts of the sections prior to completing the quilt. 

I lay the section I’m working on, on the table and use my ‘Purple Thang’ to help loosen the paper and definitely have a trash can or bag handy.  Of course my trash can is a Buckeye one!!
 I have had a couple areas where the glue didn’t release, so I may have to use a little water with a Q-tip to finish those areas.

I can’t wait to get this finished!!  I will be having Becky Silbaugh of Ruby Blue Quilting Studio help to select the quilt pattern and then do the quilting on her long arm machine.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Buckeye Sewing Retreat Day 3

Judy and I woke up at 7:45 a.m. and were surprised we sleep so late!  We headed to breakfast and it was great; I had a cheese omelett, orange juice and milk.  Then it was back to sewing!!
I wanted to finish the paper piecing of my Feathered Star and get the pieces trimmed and possibly get some of the pieces sewn together.  Unfortunately it took longer to paper piece the border sections then I thought.  I still have a couple more to complete then it will be time to sew all the pieces together.
At 11:00 a.m. we started show and tell.  There were 25 of us with varying skills and experiences.  There were many different projects worked on over the weekend. 
Baby quilts, Mystery tablerunners, Memory quilts, Tote bags, Chenille pillows, Thimbleberries quilts, Twister quilts, Charity quilts made from fabric books, Raindeer wall hanging, Sampler quilts, 3200 strip quilt, Paper pieced quilts, binding of quilts and wall hangings, Friendship Star lap quilt, 10 minute table runners, 60 degree triangle table runners, Fast Crazy quilt demonstration and many more projects.
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I had a great time and renewed some friendships and made new friends.  I heard more than one person say that this was cheaper then therapy!!  Laughter and quilting definately go together!!
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Buckeye Sewing Retreat Day 2

Saturday my roommate Judy and I were up early and headed to breakfast around 7:30 a.m.  Breakfast was great; I had a waffle, orange juice and milk.  Then it was back to sewing!!
My table mate wasn’t up yet so I decided to bind my first Judy Niemeyer quilt Desert Sky.  I used the same fabric for this binding as I did on my Bali Breeze.

I started the binding and hanging sleeve on one of my Scarlet and Gray Bargello wall hangings, and then we broke at noon for a lunch of Salad, Chicken Noodle Soup, and Pie again!!
Then it was back to sewing.  I finished both the Bargello wall hangings then it was time for a nap!!  I need to rest my neck and back, prior to The Ohio State Buckeyes football game!!  During the game I sewed down the hanging sleeves on the both of the Bargello wall hangings.
After we defeated Penn State I started getting out my paper piecing supplies for my Feathered Star. I had a number of border sections to paper piece.
I did manage to stay up till about 10:30 p.m. without any sewing mistakes or rotary cutter accidents!!
My final post will include some of the beautiful projects that some of the quilters worked on this weekend.

Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2012

Amy's Creative Side is sponsoring the Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2012

Thanks to Amy and the prize sponsors for once again giving us the opportunity to share our quilts at the 2012 Fall Blogger's Quilt Festival.
I can't wait to sit down with a glass of wine and enjoy the show.

The quilt I selected to share is my Spinning Sampler quilt.  For those of you meeting me for the first time, I am an Ohio State Buckeyes alumni and fan.  A number of my quilts are made from Scarlet and Gray fabric, thats where I got the name for my blog

This is a quilt I started after I took a class from Marti Michell using her Perfect Patchwork Templates at the 2010 Lake Farm Park’s Quilt Show. She displayed a number of samplers in class in 12” and 6” sizes. So I started one using my Scarlet and Gray stash that includes twelve 12" blocks on point, with a 24" Carpenter’s Wheel center medallion block.

Starting at the top the 12 blocks used in the quilt are Rising Star, Weathervane, Northern Lights, Rosette, Pieced Star, Hidden Star, Rolling Sawtooth Star, Ohio Star, Dutchman’s Pinwheel, Sweet Sixteen, Martha Washington Star, Wild Goose.

I used a layout I found in Electric Quilt’s EQ7 and then added a border that includes 200 Flying Geese. I’m not sure what really possessed me to make that many Flying Geese??

I machine pieced the quilt and had it professionally long arm quilted by Jennifer McCann of Galena, Ohio and it measures 80" by 80".  It is eligible for awards in The Favorite Bed quilt and Favorite Professionaly Quilted categories.

I'm so glad that I decided to enter the quilt in the 2012 Lake Farm Parks Quilt Show. This is the third quilt I have entered in this show. My quilt actually made it into the video on the website!!
I was so excited when I found out I had won a ribbon!!!

I entered it in the 2012 NQA Quilt Show in Columbus, Ohio.  I hope the Buckeye fans enjoyed my Scarlet and Gray Spinning Sampler.