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2007 Train Day & VSQ Veterans’ Quilt Project

Friday, December 14th, 2007

I started this Winter Wallhanging last (2006) fall to hang in our living room during the train day, but then Tom decided that he wanted to use the wall space to project The Polar Express movie on. So I put the wallhanging away so I wouldn’t feel bad about not hanging it up. Well, this year I checked with Tom and he said that he didn’t want to project the movie* so I decided to pull this UFO out and worked on completing it. I finished sewing down the binding on Friday evening when I was sitting** in the car before I went into work at the temple.

*That was unitl the actual day, and then he asked if I was going to set-up to projector. A little drama, but we worked it out. The quilt stayed up and I set-up the portable DVD player for the movie.

**To get a parking space I try to arrive down in the city around 5:30 pm. The meters are 1 hour until 7:00 pm, so I sit in the car until 6:00 pm, feed the meter my $1.50 and walk to the temple, change into my white clothes and ready for the 6:30 preparation meeeting.

2007 Train Day
Last year I completed the curtains for the windows and train board. I pieced the quilt top, but did not get it quilted.

This year I decided to try and get the quilt top quilted. I completed some of it, I stayed up until 4:30 on Saturday morning working on it. I did get it done enough to put on the bed during for Train Day. It will probaby stay in that state for awhile because now I should be working on my NOYB project.

If I would have just stuck with the quilt I would have had a better chance of getting it completed, but I had also wanted a pillow sham. I didn’t a big enough piece of the village scene, so I had to piece it in 2 places.
Last year when I was piecing the quilt top the original design used the red checked as corner stones. I didn’t come close to having enough red checked fabric so I took matters into my own hands (or better computer). I copied a section of the red checked fabric and then printed it out on to fabric. I kept repeating this until I had enough for all the corner stones. As it turned out, I decided that the corner stones were too much, so I didn’t use the red checked fabric. This week when I deicded to make the shamm I decided that a red checked border would be just what was need. The fabric that I printed was only 10″ long and was not long enough for the borders. Again I used my piecing technique to make the stripes long enough. My favorite part is how I was able to match the corners. I bet you can hardly see where the seam it.
The line of sewing on the black is only a basting stitch, when I get the pillow sham completed (who knows what year that will be), that will be taken out.

Here is a close-up one of the snowflakes. I embrodieried the snowflakes on my embrodiery unit of my sewing machine.
More snowflakes.

If you want to see alot of pictues of Tom’s train layout, you can visit his blog.

We had around 50 people come to the train day. It is like a openhouse and poeple come as they want. A bunch of our nursery kids came. It was kind of fun to see their faces in they walked into our home. They didn’t know exactly what to think. They are use to see Tom and me at church, but they didn’t know quite what to think about seeing us somewhere else.

Down in the living room we had a small wooden train layout. The little ones enjoyed playing with this also. I wonder at times if the parents are convienced it is a good idea to come because many of the small children cry when they have to leave.

Village Squares Quilters

Veteran’s Quilt Project
In September members of the Village Squares Quilters were asked to help complete 48 quilts to donate to Common Grounds. They are building a transition home for homeless Veterans.
You can read an article that the Journal News ran about the project.
This Tuesday the guild donated 62 quilts to Common grounds. Prior to the presentation all the quilts were displayed. It was very overwhelming to see what a group can do if they work together and have someone inspiring them. Rosalind is a real go getter. She is the one that helped inspire others to work so hard. None of us could come close to keeping up with her.
Thank you Rosalind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here they are setting up the quilts for the display.

Many of the quilt!!!!

Many of those that worked on the project surrounding the quilts.

Bringing some of the quilts in to present to Common Ground representatives.

Look at all those beautiful colors!

The Jackets are DONE!

Thursday, October 26th, 2006
(Fleece jackets for Autumn and Prairie)

From the lack of postings on my blog you might think that I have just been watching soaps and eating Bon Bons, well not true. I have been working on some new projects but my guilty conscious kept me from sharing. I had one project that was on the top of the To Do list but I was not working on it. I was working on other projects, but just kept everything to myself. Well, the jackets are in the mail, so now I can share what I have been working on.

I have had two skelton fabric panels for YEARS and have done nothing with them. A few weeks ago one of my sewing students was going through the Halloween fabric and asked if she could make the skelton. I said yes and then I decided that I should make the other one to hang on my studio door. It’s complete. The skelton even glows in the dark, but not for a picture (I tried).

Here are a couple of other easy Halloween projects I made to hang in my studio.

Tom is in the process of redoing the train board in a winter scene. We are planning on a couple of train days in December. We will invite children (and their parents) over for a fun “Polar Express” adventure. As I was thinking about this, I decided that my colorful flower wallhanging that is on the living room wall just was not quite the mood that we wanted to set, so I started working on this Winter quilt. It is from a McCall’s pattern (that I have had for years). I am sure it will look much neater when all the details are completed.

In November I am going to a guild in Pennsylvania to present a Hands-on Demo on the folded hexagon. I have this idea for a growth chart with folded fabric for the sunflower. (It is hard to tell from this picture.) I want to complete this project so I can take it with me on that day as another example of how the fabric folding can be used.

The Pelham Art Center holds an annual fund raiser each year. They ask the different artists to donate a piece to be auctioned off (either live or silent). This is the quilt that I am working on for this event. This really has to be finished very soon. The event is Nov. 3. This quilt makes me think of Argyle socks, so I think I will name it “Argyle”.

I think the embellishment is what makes this quilt look cool.

The last thing that I have worked on does not have much to show for now, but hopefully in the Spring. I dug up all the old Summer flowers and planted some Spring bulbs. I have been wanting to do this for years. I usually still have the bulbs around in December and the ground is frozen solid – to late again! Well, this year it’s done and it feels GREAT!