Wednesday, December 9, 2009

#5 is DONE!!!!!!

I finished the fifth MQ today!  Now all I have left to make is the one for Todd and me, and that can wait until after Christmas.

Here is the last one (front):
MQ #5
MQ #5
And all of them (front):

and the stack of them folded:


I'm not sure how we are going to wrap them, but I'll figure something out.  I do need to wash them before we go, so I'm hoping we have a nice weekend where I can hang them outside.

Not sure what I'll be doing with all my free time, now! I've been working on them since the first of October and pretty much spent most of my time on them (when I'm not working, which is not much).  Maybe I can get a purse done for me before Christmas.  We'll see.

Thanks for visiting my blog!!!

Off topic for a minute

PW is having a contest on her site that I want to enter and I need to have a link to my favorite recipe.  I can't find one on the net like this, so I'm going to post it here and use this link.

Best EVER Cheese Ball

8 oz sharp cheddar cheese
1 jar (1 oz) Old English cheese
2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese
1 tsp garlic salt
1 dash worcestershire sauce
1 T chopped onion
1 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Allow cheeses to soften at room temperature.
Mix cheeses until well blended.
Add seasonings and shape into ball.
Chill; then roll in pecans.

Serve with variety of crackers.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

MQ #4 is DONE! One left before Christmas!!!!!

I finished the fourth MQ on Friday!!!

I decided to take pictures of the process of putting it together (most of it, at least).

First I have to lay the backing (I used muslin for them) on the floor.  I have to use the entryway because that is the only floor we have that's big enough and not carpet.
putting together MQ #4

 Then I lay the batting on top of it. (Forgot to get a picture of that).
And finally the quilt top.
putting together MQ #4
Then I crawl on my hands and knees and put safety pins all around to keep everything in place.  That way when I move it, it doesn't shift.
putting together MQ #4

Once the pins are in, I pick it up and take it to the office.  That way I don't have to crawl around any more.  I just use yarn to tie it.  I tie everywhere the blocks meet and in the middle of each block.  After all the tieing is done, I just add the border and it's done!


I've already gotten #5 started.  The strips are sewn, so all I have to do is sew them together and the top will be done.  After that, it doesn't take too long to put it together.  The longest part is sewing the back of the binding on by hand -that usually takes me at least three hours.

They are really warm and that came in handy this week while I was working on the last one.  We had really cold weather that I'm not used to anymore!

Today I went to the Christmas Stroll parade with the kids and grandkids.  You can read about it at my other blog.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Another quilt top done!

Since I don't have a whole lot of hours to work this week, I decided to use my time to work on the memory quilts.  I completed the top for #4 today!!!!!

MQ #4 (top)

I decided to use a different thread for the label this time.
MQ #4 (top)

And I never did post the picture of the finished Christmas Table Runner, so here it is:
Christmas Table Runner

It's too heavy to put on my design wall, so I had to take a picture of it on the table.  I really like it!  Still thinking of making matching placemats, but that will have to wait until I get the MQ's done.  And I also have a new purse in mind that I want to make for me!