Monday, December 31, 2012
I have not figured out how the rest of the top is going to be constructed. I do know that I have LOTS of pieces left to sew together. The top is going to be constructed on point, I do know that. The thing is I won't have to wait long as the reveal will be tomorrow.
But for now, Spooky, Wild Willie and I wish all my friends and family HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!
Posted by Karin Efman at 9:13 PM
Sunday, December 30, 2012
And on the other note....I love aurafil thread-it is all that I use. And I use the BIG spool at home. I finished a spool today. I think this is the third spool that I have finished. Lots of sewing going on here.
Posted by Karin Efman at 3:48 PM
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Posted by Karin Efman at 10:32 AM
Friday, December 28, 2012
I had a couple of interesting comments from friends regarding my 2013 quilt plans. Bad Melisa (Sweet Home Quilt Co.) mentioned accountability. And that is what I need. My friend Pat (Queen of the Silver Thimble Quilt Co.) reports that I will be responsible for her taking up drinking as I plan on completing Comfort and Joy. Sarah is going to join me in working on her Comfort and Joy and Gretch says she is also going to encourage completion.
So last night, in prep for 2013, I opened up the box and pulled out the next section to be done. I will be working first on the snowman. I have to admit, i did not get that far...but at least it is a start. I'll keep you posted.
Posted by Karin Efman at 9:47 AM
Thursday, December 27, 2012
#2 EASY STREET- I am up to date and waiting for the next step on this year's Bonnie Hunter mystery
#3GRANDMOTHER'S CHOICE- the block of the week. So far 17 blocks completed.
#5PINEAPPLE QUILT IN 3 COLORS-most of the blocks made for this one. Not sure how the finish will go.
#6 TIED UP IN BOWS-the top is done but it needs a back and binding before it goes off to be quilted
#8MIXED BERRIES- top is all cut out and ready for construction. This is a variation of Pat Wys's Blueberry Pie
#9 DEBONAIR-top also cut out and ready to go
#11-JUST FOR YOU quilt- top is made-Needs backing, binding and quilting
#12-SILVER THIMBLE MYSTERY QUILT (not pictured-it's a mystery!) Top is done-it needs a backing, binding and quilting
I am tired just listing these! But since work won't get in the way and there is a retreat coming up, I think I can manage this for 2013.
Posted by Karin Efman at 9:07 AM
Monday, December 24, 2012
Yesterday I did my Christmas cooking traditions that are usually done Christmas Eve. I didn't want to get up that early to get them done today. So the Swedish meatballs are made and just need to be heated up. And I finally got around to starting the Swedish coffee bread about 3 yesterday afternoon. Finally out of the oven about 7 last night.
I am looking forward to spending Christmas Eve and Christmas day with Sarah and Emma (and Sue and Rob). Sarah is Mary in the Christmas pageant this afternoon and Emma and angel. I wonder if the other angels are vegetarians? Then again Emma's version does allow bacon and fast foods!!
Before heading out today, I am working on s "just for you" quilt top. I hope somewhere out there there is someone who likes frogs. Picture will follow.
Merry Christmas to all!!!!!
Posted by Karin Efman at 9:27 AM
Sunday, December 23, 2012
I guess I need to wrap a few presents today. Then tie up a few more things for Christmas. First, though, is coffee!
Posted by Karin Efman at 7:11 AM
Saturday, December 22, 2012
I downloaded the block of the week for Grandmother's Choice this morning. And I have only one thing to say, "Yikes!"
I finally finished Christmas shopping yesterday since the Mayans were wrong. I had a good time with Sue, Sarah and Emma.Today is a trip to Publix for Christmas cooking.
Posted by Karin Efman at 8:25 AM
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Now i will think about all those things that I need to do today.
Posted by Karin Efman at 10:04 AM
I downloaded Part 4 of Easy Street before entering the kitchen. I even was able to get all of the cutting done before heading over to Thimbles.
More flying geese!! Also cut some green finally. Little green squares. Maybe next week they will be worked in to the process. I am loving this mystery.
The otherwise great day was marred by the tragic news from Connecticut. Newtown was not that far from where I used to live. Such beautiful country. There are no words to fully describe the horror. Just so sad.
Posted by Karin Efman at 7:06 AM
Sunday, December 9, 2012
And on another note.....celebrated Pat Wys's birthday yesterday with some of her posse. It was quite an enjoyable afternoon. I wish I had a picture of herself in her head gear. So funny! Andy (Sir Quilt Dude) was in formal attire. I think he was just back from his photo shoot for Awesome Men of Gwinnett County!
And I would be negligent if I did not also congratulate their lovely daughters on hosting the event. Love that crazy Pat!!! Seriously though she has taught me so much. And she continues to push me toward heinous applique.
Did the Marietta Diner yesterday as well. Oh that food! Forgot to save room for rice pudding. Just another excuse to go back.
Posted by Karin Efman at 7:29 AM
Friday, December 7, 2012
Yesterday I finally got the place mat done for the guild meeting I also finished a gift that I can't show 'cause it's a surprise.
Posted by Karin Efman at 2:39 PM
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Weekly assignment now completed!
I am ready to lay out and stack "Tied Up in Bows". I bought this cute pattern when we had our last fun/food/fabric road trip up to Franklin, No Carolina. I had a bunch of Winter Elegance by Moda.
I am also playing with the pineapple block using black, gray and white/black print. I cut a bunch of strips last night.
And I found my fabric advent calendar in the garage and hung it up. After all, it is December 1.
Posted by Karin Efman at 9:05 AM
Friday, November 30, 2012
Tomorrow is the BOW!
Posted by Karin Efman at 6:00 PM
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Cindi and I went out to Sweet Home for small business Saturday and visited with Melisa. (We left with some "stuff" as well). I asked Melisa about the quilts sent up to NY for the storm victims. She said they were overwhelmed with quilts and blankets donated.
Posted by Karin Efman at 10:29 PM
Friday, November 23, 2012
I am so psyched to do this mystery!! Good thing I finished the Silver Thimble mystery last week!!! AND I AM LOVING THAT ONE!
Okay-now I am back to my four patches...later for you!
Posted by Karin Efman at 9:59 AM
Sunday, November 18, 2012
It is sitting on top of Emily Jane-a lovely quilt designed by my friend Pat Wys. Sure hope she is not mean tomorrow when she attempts to teach me heinous applique. She just does not think "staplaque" is the way to go. I'm scared!!!!!!!
I had a great time at Thimbles this weekend. But I always have a great time with these wonderful ladies. The mystery quilt was revealed and I was able to make progress on final construction. Since this is a mystery quilt, there will be no pictures of it. Don't want to spoil any one's surprise if they choose to do it. Just say you won't be disappointed with the outcome.
We had a discussion on storing quilts. Folding them is not a good idea as it creates permanent creases and breakdown the batting at the fold. They need to be stored flat. Now comes the problem. The bed in the guestroom looks like the princess in the peas bed as it is piled with quilts currently not in use. I folded some of them on the bias as Pat suggested. The bed still looks crazy but Spooky is a happy camper as he can find a warm spot.
Posted by Karin Efman at 10:22 AM
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Just realized that the sheets are my cat sheets. I wonder if the mouse knows!
And on another sad note...no more Drake's cakes. I never liked Twinkies but oh those crumb cakes. So sad.
Posted by Karin Efman at 6:39 AM
Thursday, November 15, 2012
This is done just in time. Bonnie Hunter's mystery starts the day after Thanksgiving. I am ready!!!
Posted by Karin Efman at 9:31 AM
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Yesterday I put another inner border on pineapple polka dots-one more border to go! And then decided the disaster area that used to be called a living room needed some attention. It is a bit better today. I need to do a bit more work on it today.
Posted by Karin Efman at 9:02 AM
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Today I think I need to return to pineapple polka dots. I have some serious cutting to do for my planned border.
Posted by Karin Efman at 6:04 AM
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Yesterday we did a "3 F" event (fabric, food and fun). Marty, Cindi, Becky and I drove to Franklin, No Carolina. we checked on 2 quilt shops. We walked into one-Cats and Quilts (I think) and there hanging right before our eyes 3 Silver Thimble quilts from Spotlight on Neutrals. Havenstone (Dark and Creepy), Scrappy Nines and Sunnyside. Of course we had to let the owner know that we were personal friends!!!
We had a lovely lunch. It was a beautiful day for a drive.
I was good. I only bought one piece of fabric-a yummy gray for the next Bonnie Hunter mystery. I have started gathering fabric from my stash for the quilt. First clue is not until the end of November-I have plenty of time. I also bought a pattern to add to the someday I will make this pile.
I have made all the polka dot pineapples I am going to do-36. They are sewn together and a narrow black border is on. I am not sure how I am going to complete the outer border. I am playing with a few ideas/
Today is pretty much a blank slate. I know what I should do but whether that happens is questionable!
Posted by Karin Efman at 6:14 AM
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Do over....and now I have the directions in readable form. I will soon be off to begin gathering fabric. The first clue is not until the end of November-so I have time. That being said, I will soon begin anyway.
Now my friends know the condition of my living room at the current time and now I will be adding to the chaos/piles of fabric. I have been working steadily on pineapple polka dots so there is a pile of polka dot pieces. And then there is the Silver Thimble mystery-a pile of lime green pieces. I've been cutting for the blue/red/gold swap.......get my drift. Did I mention the bag of teeny trimmings to give to Becky for pet beds? Can you say OUT OF CONTROL?
BUT I am a happy quilter and that's the truth!!!!
Posted by Karin Efman at 7:28 AM
Saturday, October 27, 2012
I have 20 blocks made for polka dot pineapples. I am not sure how many blocks I will end up with-it depends on how far I can stretch the black Kona. It will be 25, 30 or 36 blocks. In the meantime I have one big mess from all the cutting and trimming.
Posted by Karin Efman at 10:11 AM
Thursday, October 25, 2012
I told Kathy that I would make her a quilted container for her Kindle. That was back in June. Then I forgot. But now that is done as well. It does need a snap. I made use of some of the extra flying geese I made for "Turkey". Don't think this will get lost if put in a bag!
I also got the tea cozy made but it is already on it's way to NY. Good progress this week
Posted by Karin Efman at 10:07 AM
Sunday, October 21, 2012
I printed off this week's pattern for the BOW on Blockbase. This is going to take awhile to do and since it is like the other block.......
Kathy sent me a request for a tea cozy and Becky hooked me up with a site. Now that is on the to do list when I find the perfect fabric in the stash (and I think I know just what I will do with it).
I guess I should do a little picking up before I start.
Posted by Karin Efman at 1:10 PM
Saturday, October 20, 2012
So what got accomplished yesterday? I needed to work on the BOW from last Saturday-the womens' rights on line quilt. Must get it done before next block published. I decided that since I managed to needle turn that one block, I would do it again. After all, it is just one block and not a Baltimore Album! I had a little trouble with the star points but otherwise, it went together.
After completing that block, I started working on this month's installment of the mystery quilt. It is almost done but can't be shown. Pat is taking this program to Houston next week. Don't want to spoil the surprise.
So I do not have a lot to show for the eight or so hours I was there but I did have a great time visiting with the quilting buds. And that is what Thimbles is all about-sharing! Quilters are the best!!
Posted by Karin Efman at 7:01 AM
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Posted by Karin Efman at 8:37 AM
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I had such a wonderful time. I so wish it was not so far away. i visited with former co-workers that I had not seen in 14 years. Also my old boss. He was the most wonderful man to work for-fair, honest and funny.
I have more pix from our trip to Kykuit. I have to resize them first.
Posted by Karin Efman at 10:43 AM