Sunday, July 31, 2011

Quilt Show Pictures

These are just a few from the Springville, Utah 38th annual quilt show at the Springville Art Museum.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Oh SEW Many Things Beginning!

I put away the Liberated Round Robin for now as I await the arrival of some green fabric I purchased to follow Debbie's advice in the previous post I made.  Her suggestion is excellent.  

I started some crumbs and ended up with so many crumbs!!

And some finished 6.5 inch crumb blocks in a drawer awaiting quilting.

I sewed some autumn colored blocks into 60 inch strips that I'll used with a basic tan color for a vertical strippy quilt.

And then there is my design wall with ideas percolating.

But for now, I have a party to prepare for--10 for dinner tonight!  Can't wait to enjoy good company with friends.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


I'm a bit frustrated with my liberated quilting piece.  I think it's getting too big for me to deal with comfortably.  I tried adding some curved borders and with it all, I can't hang it up on the design wall very well.  I don't know how much I can quilt out.  I'm going to try to stabilize it with either some pellon or with the iron on batting I have on hand.  I'm going to leave the edges as they are, and leave the possibility of trimming a bit more.  Batik is hard to work with as a wall hanging.  I've used it before on smaller pieces, but one I completely gave up on and threw away.  

So here is the photo of where I am so far.

It does need a bit more deliberate curving, and I'll add that after some stabilizing.   Aaargh! I guess the frustration is that it hasn't turned out like I had in my head and I've only got a bit more of the dark purple.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

One Thing Leads to Another...

Yesterday I started going through my stash to see if I had any spare blocks for Christina
I don't usually keep too many around.  I send them off to the Sunshine block lotto that is held each month or I make donation quilts out of them, but I did have an assortment of things I thought I could make into a 12.5 inch block or two for her. 

I found some 6.5 inch blocks I could sew into a bigger block.  I decided to keep the others for a donation quilt.

I found a 9.5 inch block that I added a border to from the backing of a quilt finished last week:

Then I found some green blocks I connected with some of that stripe:

And as usually happens an idea was born:

So now I have some pieces blocked into a beginning of yet another quilt.  The green breaks up the brown/gold in quite a nice way.  So I'll work on this to make it into a 40 x 60 quilt for donation.

Then I found this piece of African fabric and some triangles of batiks that were from Bev in Alaska's stash and came up with the beginning of yet another top:

I woke up cogitating (my new word for the week) about doing something with letters and making it a liberated quilt--maybe something like: "DANCE LIKE THERE IS NO ONE WATCHING"  I had only a small piece of the African fabric and so with the new triangles there was enough to go around.  It uses up some fabric I had no idea where I'd use it and now it's nearly sewn into a block unit for a new quilt.

Today, I'm going to take the day off sewing.  The state celebration is over and the crowds have dispersed and we can find someplace in the mountains--or maybe even take in a quilt show.  If I make it there, I'll take pictures.

...til tomorrow.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

On one of the hottest days of the year, my mother traveled while in labor to a small hospital in rural Utah nearly 50 miles to deliver her first born--ME!

Happy Birthday to me means a big celebration as it is Utah's state birthday too (well, actually they call it pioneer day as statehood came later--much later)!  Always a parade--but I never join in.  Not much into parade's and celebrations, but love cake and today I'll have some gluten free chocolate brownies!  For today, the quilting will rest as we enjoy a clean house and a slow pace!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Thinkin' and Sewin'

This is what I have so far for round three.   Round four has just been announced:

For those ready to more on >>>>> Wouldn't it be fun to add some curves to your project?

You can do this by doing applique, sewing bias strips down, sewing circles, making curves seams with different fabric, or _________ (you fill in the blank with your idea!).

I don't think I'll rush into it...just keep the quiltlet on the design wall and see how it speaks to me...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I Really Have Been Thinkin'

Not quite sure what to do with the Liberated Round Robin.  I've had these up on the design wall. 

Rectangles are next and I've been thinking a piano key border would be nice to bring in some more "lights".

I may get to it yet, but first I need to do a pillow for grandson.  He wanted a "No Girls Allowed" and I just got some more of that fabric--thank goodness.  It won't be hard, just an 18" pillow and none too fancy for him, I'm sure.

Finished up the flannel string quilt and it feels so soft and nice.  We may just keep it and put it in the SUV for winter travel.  It's one of those, "hate to part with quilts."

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I Wanted 1.75 yards

...and what I got was 1.25 or something--anyway I was short!  So this is what I've got:

I've been going to the local quilt shop (LQS) for my backings because then I won't have so many scraps.  I order 1.75 yards to get just a bit more than the 60 inches I need for this kids quilts.  When I laid this out I was short!  I didn't want to make a special trip back and I didn't need anything right away, so I made up for the shortage by adding the lime green--yes it's lime green, even if it doesn't look that bright in the picture.

This is the front: 

Another string quilt--yah, I know, but they are so easy to make and such a great use of leftovers!  Two more to go this round of sewing and then onto something else!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Not Much Going On

I've been quilting, but so far there's only one quilt finished.  I've got another ready to bind, but I'm not sure what to bind it with.  I've got another two sandwiched, but this is the only photo I have.  It seems bright enough to me, but as I observe, many don't like yellow.  It seems to be a color that you either like or hate.  I hope this quilt is one someone will like.  The green doesn't photograph well and looks a little off, but in real life it does go with the greens in the bright floral fabric.

 One day, when cutting, I made three or four "strippie" cut outs from Mary Quilts 
Mary makes many quilt patterns and along with the string quilts this quilt is an easy fast donation quilt staple for me.  

It's taken me awhile to get back the energy from last week when the grands were here.  I've been in a bit of a slump--wrong diet and when I eat any wheat, I seem to get quite lethargic, but it is ample when the grands are here as that is what they like--although they didn't really care for granny's whole grain pancakes!  Guess next time I'll have to have more kid food!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What is There About Scraps?!!!

My husband laughs at me.  I throw away food without thinking twice about it.  I give away clothes if I no longer wear them or use them.  I clean out lots of things and throw them or give them away--then what is it about fabric.  I have a compulsion to use every bit of fabric!

This picture shows the scraps of flannel I've been saving.  I purchased about a yard to make it more eye appealing, but I used up the flannel.   (and have some starts for another!)
Whoops--it's upside down due to the directional print of the bears--but the quilt holder is gone for his workout!

Here's a close up.

And then I've taken my scraps and made enough blocks for two more quilts--don't know when I'll get them sewn together as we have company coming today and I must clean up the house a bit!
 So, that's it on the quilting front today.  The yard is under control, the grandkids are coming to go to Lagoon and we're the designated house for the sleepover!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Blocks for Wrap a Smile

Used up the remainder of the pink elephant fabric and now ready to send to Sunshine Lotto,  Yippee!