Friday, July 21, 2017

CELEBRATE FRIENDSHIP DAY WITH QUILTS

The United Nations has designated July 30, 2017 as International Day of Friendship.  Plus, the United States celebrates Friendship Day this year on Sunday, August 6th.
I thought I would celebrate with pictures of some of the signature quilts that I own.  They include signatures of old friends, quilting friends, family, and other acquaintances.
Each quilt is very special to me, and contains fond memories of people and occasions.

















Below is a book I wrote several years ago about signature quilts that contains tips and patterns.  It is out of print, but still available on Amazon Books.

CELEBRATE WITH FRIENDS AND MAKE A SIGNATURE QUILT!

I'm joining the following:
Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or not Friday
Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop Friday
Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday
Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making
Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday
Ems Scrapbag for Moving It Forward Monday
My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

ON POINT

I've been intrigued recently about how the colors -- red, rust, and coral --- interact with each other.  I finally got to the quilt store in Colorado Springs to do 'some research', and came home with these two fabrics.
I love working with stripes especially when using a traditional  'on point' quilt setting.

The wheels are turning ------

I'm thinking of making these 3" cactus flower blocks with scraps from my stash, and using the two stripe fabrics for sashing and setting triangles.

I like the way this is going together ----

Only 21 more itty, bitty cactus flower blocks to make!

I'm joining the following:
My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
Confessions of a Fabric Addict Can I Get a Whoop Whoop Friday
So Scrappy for Design Wall Monday
Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making
Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday
Ems Scrapbag for Moving It Forward Monday

Thursday, June 29, 2017

OBSESSIVE QUILTMAKING

If I wasn't obsessive about quiltmaking before, I'm quickly getting there ----
My latest project was a 24" mini-quilt with 36 4" log cabin blocks.  The quilt contains 468 pieces with 216 DIFFERENT  fabrics.  That's a lot going on in a 24" square.




Unfortunately, it didn't make a dent in my supply of tiny scraps!

Don't call me a hoarder of fabric --- I'm the curator of an extensive private textile collection that spans five decades! 

I'm joining the following:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop Friday
Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday
What a Hoot Quilts for BOMS Away Monday
Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making
Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday
Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social Wednesday

Sunday, June 11, 2017

TRADITIONAL COMFORT ZONE

I've tried to think a little out of the box on my last few projects. 
So to change things up a bit this week, I decided I would start something really traditional ---- a log cabin with reproduction fabrics.
For me, traditional-type quilts are the most fun to make.  I'm always inspired by antique quilts, as that is where my quilting travels began 50 years ago.  Plus, I'm intrigued by all of the reproduction fabrics on the market today.
If I can pull out 100 (or more) different fabric scraps for a project, the fun just increases.
I'm paper-piecing those little 4" squares.  Is paper-piecing traditional?  I don't know, but I love the accuracy.

Traditional just feels comfortable to me!

I'm joining the following:
Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making
Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday
What a Hoot Quilts for BOMS Away Monday
Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social Wednesday
Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday
Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop Friday

Sunday, June 4, 2017

PILLOW SAGA


My pillow saga started a month ago when I decided I needed four new pillows for my living room to brighten it up for summer.  You can read about the first three pillows here, here, and here.
This is pillow #4:
I randomly picked blues and reds from my scraps for the postage stamp portion, and added the polka-dot and yellow from my previous pillow.
After finishing the four pillows, I scattered them in my very traditional living room.  They looked so bright, modern and out of place!  What was I thinking???

At any rate, they are not going to waste as they look pretty good on our screened-in porch.  Not what I planned; so, back to the drawing board for the living room.




I'm joining the following:
Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making
Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday
Have a Daily Cup for Share Your Cup Thursday
Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop Friday
Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday

Saturday, May 27, 2017

GRADATION PILLOW


My favorite part of quiltmaking is playing with fabrics.  I love to check out how different fabrics interact with their neighbors.  Do they meld together or clash?  Is there color contrast or not?  Does a blue have undertones of green or maybe red?  Are the textures similar or contrasting?  Does an ugly fabric make its neighbor look better or worse?  And, on and on ----
One of my favorite exercises is a gradation of one color using many shades.  In this pillow, I chose 10 different fabrics for each of three colorways.
Shading from dark to light and back to dark again; and checking for texture.
  The fun part for me is to limit myself to only those fabrics in my scrap/stash bins.  It's always a learning experience for me to see what type/color fabric would make a gradation better.  Then, when shopping I try to remember what my stash is needing!

I'm joining the following:
Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making
Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday
What a Hoot Quilts for BOMS Away Monday
Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop Friday
Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday

Monday, May 22, 2017

WILD SIDE

I must have suppressed my wild side in the 1960s, because occasionally my bohemian side surfaces.  Consequently, I made this pillow this week.
Actually, I wanted to practice my curved piecing.

I found the curves to be easy.  It must have been from setting in all of those sleeves during years of clothing construction.
For the most part, I even like my machine quilting on this project.

I'm joining the following:
Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making
Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday
Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social Wednesday
Have a Daily Cup for Share Your Cup Thursday
Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop Friday
Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

PERILS OF PAULINE or is it just a PITIFUL PEARL pillow?

I'm still at it ---- trying to transition from a machine piecing, hand quilting, hand appliqueing quilter to an all machine quilter.  Due to failing eyesight and arthritic fingers, I can't just give up the quilting that has been a part of my life since I was 11 years old.

I decided I needed to practice on some machine applique, so I've been working on a pillow.  I chose an applique technique that uses interfacing to finish the seams then is zigzagged on the background squares.  


I'm okay with my choice of fabrics and the design; but, frankly, my workmanship sucks!  I found this technique tedious and difficult turning all those small leaves.  However, I slogged through all 42 pieces.
My points are not very good, the zigzag is uneven, and the applique placement is sometimes wonky.  By the time, I got to the machine quilting, I was so over this project.  Therefore, I wasn't as careful as I should have been with the stitching.

I have a feeling that this pillow will soon be demoted from a house pillow to a porch pillow.

In the meantime, I need to find another method to machine applique and then practice, practice, practice.

I'm joining the following:
Sew Fresh Quilts for Lets Bee Social Wednesday
Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop Friday
Quilting Readers Garden for WIPS Be Gone Friday
Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday
Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making
Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday



Friday, April 28, 2017

MOVING SLOW ---

I've been dealing with some minor health issues this last month --- nothing serious for which I am thankful --- just several things at once.

Not much time has been spent in my sewing room, but I hope to get back with it soon!!

DOING A LITTLE APPLIQUE


Sunday, April 2, 2017

DONATION BASKET WITH BARS TABLE RUNNER

The youth group at our church is raising money for a mission trip to Alaska.  For one of their fundraisers, they are sponsoring a dinner and a silent auction.
As a donation to the auction, I did up an "Ice Cream Social for Four" gift basket including a quilted table runner.
In addition to the runner, it includes ice cream bowls, napkins, toppings, sprinkles, cookies, and a gift card for ice cream.
Here's the runner ----
I used up my Riley Blake and Bonnie and Camille scraps left over from a previous table runner.
And included simple wavy machine quilting.
Another enjoyable project !!!!!

I'm joining the following:
Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making
Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday
Have a Daily Cup for Share Your Cup Thursday
Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday
Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop Friday
Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday