Sunday, May 30, 2010

Progression of a Quilt

Finished this quilt while sitting outside and enjoying the warmth from it on a cold end of May day in Utah.  The weather is cold and breezy today, the sky is bright blue and a few fluffy clouds around the perimeter of my view and I can just enjoy binding this quilt.
This quilt started with me buying some 1/2 price sale charm packets and then I thought I could sew them together as a free pattern Charm Thursday showed me.   I didn't realize the charm packets weren't as big as some, so I had to add some fabrics from my stash.  As it all came together, I didn't like the lavendar within it and decided not to use it as I had planned, as a wedding gift for a nephew.  Soooo, I just put the quilt top on a hanger and left it.    As I listed my UFO's earlier this year, this was one of them.
Not knowing how much the quilting would help it, I just gave it to the quilter and said, pick a pattern and a thread color.  I was so pleased when she brought it back to me.  Totally amazed at what quilting can do to a scrappy quilt.  It just brings life to it!



When a local quilt store went out of business, some of the fabrics for sale were from this particular line and I purchased some.  Not having enough of any one fabric for a back, I simply made 10.5 inch squares and sewed them together for the back.  So now it's like there is a bonus quilt--one front and one back.  The binding is unusual for me as I usually choose a dark fabric for the binding so as not to show any dirt that seems to accumulate during use and I don't like to overwash my quilts.  This binding really works though on this quilt.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Hey, Christine, this is for you!

This is what I'm working on right now.

















                                        My cutting mess!

                                                                                   My first attempt at a wedding quilt--looked like  a girlie graduation gift--so I scrapped that idea and went to the batiks!  Now, I love those batiks and the colors to me are scrumptious.  The idea I'm working from for Christine's wedding quilt is here:  http://ruthsloan.blogspot.com/2010/05/bloggers-quilt-festival.html  It'll be awhile before it's done, but I promise it'll be done by July 8!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

How to label a long friendship...

Recently the gals and I had lunch together.  We were musing at how many years since Sue was married--May of 1963 that makes it 47 years.  We graduated that May--class of '63.

Since I've moved to northern Utah, it's made it possible to get together every so often with my friends from grade school.  The time passes so quickly when we get together and now I'm anticipating our July visit--so much fun to anticipate!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

One more UFO completed--89% done with the list started in 2010


So, the Eat Your Veggies Quilt is done!  I am happy with the results and it's washed and ready now for--well I'm not sure.  I may keep it awhile and see if something comes up, and if not, then next fall I'll donate it...

The FREE pattern by Mary was found here:
http://www.maryquil%20ts.com/new-%20two-rail-%20fence/

Friday, May 21, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival




It's here again!  Grab a cup of java an check in on some of the blogs in this fun giveaway!


















It's been 6 months since the last Blogger's Quilt Festival and as I had so much fun last fall going through other's blogs and viewing quilts, I thought I'd make an entry this spring. 

This may seem a strange quilt to enter--but let me tell you its story.  I make lots of smaller sized quilts for kids as giveaway quilts.  In fact since the first of the year, I've been really concentrating on finishing up old UFO's.  (I'm on 32 of 36 right now).  In the process of my quilting, I've wondered what exactly is my quilting style.  I love making scrappy quilts and string quilts and this quilt is an attempt at making an improv quilt.  It actually is some blocks that I used some fabric in CRUMB BLOCKS that I used in many other quilts and this one started out as a back. 

I was trying to get some quilts ready to take to the local Family Connections Center, and I saw some crumb blocks hanging in the closet and thought, I could use these if I cut a strip half size and place the strips off center as an "improv" style and make a quilt from it.

As it turned out, I loved it.  The stark contrast of the black against the very bright orange/red and bright blues really worked for me.  I found an organge/red/yellow stripe for the backing and another donation quilt was made from what I was originally saving for a backing that would have gone into making one quilt--so I really got two quilts instead of one and I really loved giving this one away.  It was a departure from my traditional style and hopefully now that my other projects are being completed, I can experiment more in this modern, free style of quilt.






 

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I've Got a Decision to Make





















Dang, my photos are showing my shadow, but, I'm posting this picture to show my quandry.  I've got the fabric now to start my niece's wedding quilt, and am really getting excited to do that, and then I found a partial row that I've put in upside down.  Can you find it?  Is it a big enought error to take the time to "rippit?"   I'm letting it sit while I start the other quilt.  This is one of my UFO's and it's number 32 of 36 and I really want to be done with that list!  Maybe that is skewing my reasoning....


10 a.m.  As often is the case, a deep breath, a plunge into the problem and the resulting fix was worth it!  Glad I took the first photo so that I could see the problem.  I took the photo to see if the difference white showed up--then I found the other problem.  Now that it is fixed I'll press it, go drink a cup of coffee and pour over some quilt magazines, take a long soak in the tub and begin my day again.  I started at about 3:30 this morning when I couldn't sleep--so now I'll go relax a bit before tackling the borders and the quilting.  I would really like to get it all out of the way before I start that wedding quilt!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

It's Sunday!









Taking advantage of a few good days of spring, my personal gardener, DH, has prepared our yard and now we can enjoy the summer.  The day ended with still some work to do, and we'll complete the area under the newly installed gazebo.  He spent quite a bit of time putting it up, and now it's ready for me to make some sun shades to go on two sides of it so that we can enjoy the evenings without the sun belting us in the eyes!  We may take an outing today to look for some furniture to put under the gazebo...specials aplenty in the paper.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

UFO #31 Complete




This lovely quilt started in 2007 is now finally complete.  I made the blocks from dark colored scraps for the interior of the Buckeye Beauty Block.  To make it longer I added some 3.5 inch blocks at either end.  It finished up at 60 X 75.  I was going to have my quilter complete it, but decided to meander quilt it myself to save the money for more backing fabric--and the needed batting!  Almost a full roll of that complete since January.  After this picture was taken, I made a freehand border design of loops in offwhite.

UFO's # 29 and 30 Done!




















A year ago I purchased a package of Amy Butler's Mod Midwest in a sampler kit.  I wanted to do this quilt and had the strips cut from those 1/8 yd strips into 2.5 inch strips and 1.5 inch strips.  I changed my mind and thought I'd try a bento box pattern.  I wasn't particularly loving that so I returned to this original design.  I added coordinating pastel colored plain strips to make it through this quilt and this is what I got.  Pattern for this is here:  http://www.maryquilts.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Half-Square-Strings.pdf

This is made from leftover strings, and I actually have enough left for another one similar to this.  It made a nice baby sized quilt.  Now to complete the bento box quilt and the other baby quilt...just need to purchase more batting and backings.

Friday, May 7, 2010

UFO #28 Complete!

































Simply Quilty Treasures is now complete!  I started the blocks for this in 2008 as a block of the month and didn't really appreciate at the time what that might mean.  This year when I started my UFO list, this was included as I really wanted to see what it would look like completed.  It's very scrappy.  It includes many fabrics from other quilts and it even includes a few blocks from a lotto win from Yahoo Sunshine Quilters Group.  Judy, my quilter quilted it for me and now it is bound and complete for one of my sons and his wife.

I have two other quilts now, in process that should soon be UFO # 29 and 30!  Getting so close to the end of UFO's I can almost taste the completion success!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A Poem for Quilters!

My sis has been writing poetry lately!  She shared this with me:

                                 QUILTING IN POETRY
PIECES
 SO MANY PIECES
    WHERE DO THEY GO
       WHAT DO THEY MAKE
           OUT OF NO WHERE
               A VISION CREATES
                   PERSONALITY OF A BLANKET
                       A WAY TO GIVE COVERING AND COMFORT TO THEE
                           SATISFACTION IN A MOST ENDEARING WAY
                                SERVICE TO HUMANITY
                                     SERVING THE SOUL WHILE WAITING IN TIME
                                           THE CHANGES FELT DEEPLY IN THE HEART
                                                  KNOWING WHAT CAN BE
                                                       BEYOND ANY LIMITATIONS
                                                             PRIVILEGES OF LIBERTY
                                                                 ARTISTIC SECRET OF THE HEART
QUILTING
  QUALITY LIVING
     PASSING THE TIME IN PLEASANT CREATIONS
         QUILTING AN EXPRESSION FOR THEE
             ALLOWING THE HEART TO FLOW FREEING
                 NOTHING TO INTERUPT THIS PASSION IN CREATIVITY
                      ALLOWING ALL THE ENERGY OF LOVE THAT IS FELT
                           TO FLOW FREELY IN A FORM THAT CREATES ITSELF
                               IN A PATTERN OF PIECES
                                  BROUGHT TOGETHER MAGNIFICENTLY
                                     PROVIDING A WAY TO SEE, FEEL AND TOUCH
                                         THE BEAUTY OF ONES ART
                                             SEWN IN PATCHES
                                                  RELEASING THE MAGIC
                                                     SENSATIONS EXPERIENCED
                                                          THROUGH THE HANDS
                                                              OF THE ONES WHO STITCH
                                                                   LINKING EVERY PIECE
                                                                      THROUGH EVERYTHING
                                                                          MAJESTICALLY

GIVING
  THROUGH THE HANDS
      ART OF THE HEART
          MADE IN PATTERNS
              FROM THE UPLIFTMENT WITHIN THEE


A message through…The Rainbow Poet…of love and life
Pam Parsons
May 2010
http://therainbowpoet.edicypages.com/

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Two More for Wrap a Smile

Two bright quilt tops sent from Diane in WA are now quilts.  The bright circus one caused me a bit of grief as I first thought to quilt in a blue.  It didn't looke good from the back, so I picked it out and have the sore fingers to prove it.  After a good night's rest, I plowed into it again and tried just my Star thread in a verigated maize color for the top and then used my Signature Bottom Line for the bottom.  It worked!!!  The quilt is such a happy one I had to step back a bit and think how a child would view it and I decided less quilting would be better and more stable since many of these quilts go to places where they will be washed in a stream.  I'll scratch this off my "to do list" and get onto some other things I've "signed up" for.