October 30, 2008

What's Been Going On

It has been a crazy week around here. I know all of you have weeks like that too! I was able to send out my PIF (Pay It Forward) gifts. I first talked about it here. I was able to send Julie's gift off to her, but my friend Char was close by. I was able to deliver hers in person. My other friend Jessica is no longer blogging, but her gift is waiting for her. She should be getting hers soon. As you can see the gift was a fabric basket and a little pillow. I will admit that I did not make the pillow - but I did make the basket! I saw the pillows at the store and since they were so cute they just had to be tucked inside the baskets. Thanks girls for being part of my PIF! It was fun!

I haven't had much time lately to sew. Last week I taught a Beginning Machine Quilting class and a Hand Applique class. That was a lot of fun. I really enjoy teaching and I always come away learning something new too! I was able to do a little sewing Sunday afternoon. I started to work on this scrappy quilt, Diamond Dazzler. I talked about this quilt in an earlier post here.

I bought a couple of jelly rolls to make a quilt for a wedding gift but I wanted to try out the pattern before I cut into them. I took some precut 2 1/2" strips that I had and made some of the blocks. I figured I would rather play around with my scrap fabrics and make sure the directions and measurements were correct before I cut into the jelly rolls. I liked the way the blocks are turning out. I am going to make a quilt top with my strips and then cut into the jelly rolls. This quilt doesn't seem like it will be hard to make, but you have to be very careful how you press those seams so they land where they are supposed to.

As I have mentioned in an earlier post I am the Program Committee Chairman for my guild. I have been working hard on lining up speakers & teachers. I am so excited because it looks like my guild will be able to host Bonnie Hunter (from www.quiltville.com ) in 2010. Yippee! I guess you could say I am just a little excited! If you are not familiar with Bonnie and you are a quilter you must go and check out her web site. The wealth of free patterns is amazing and she is so generous with her quilting knowledge.

There will be a lot going on in the next couple of weeks so I don't know how much I will be able to post. I will try to keep up with the blogs I follow. Sheesh! I am already behind in reading them! Big sigh! When I sign off here I am heading over to my Google Reader to see if I can catch up. I will try to post now and again, but if you don't hear from me in the next couple of weeks please know that I am returning soon!


Karen said...

I can see where the jelly rolls would make up nice in the diamond pattern you are working on. What jelly rolls are you going to use?

Teresa said...

That is such a pretty block, one that I would like to try.

Sara said...

I love the diamond pattern. I wonder if I could get the points to line up that good! And congrats on getting Bonnie. I am sure that will be a great presentation!

Tanya said...

Pretty diamond! You know, I've never bought a jelly roll yet. I'm afraid I wouldn't know what to do with one! Good for you getting to meet Bonnie!

Carin said...

Great diamond pattern it would look great with the jelly rolls. I love your little basket.