Tuesday, December 23, 2014

What Being a Quilter can Be!

This morning, while reading in my Sunshine Yahoo Group, I was directed to the following link at Quilts Beyond Borders.
Bennett AZ

As I zoomed in on each picture of quilts and looked at the vast array of color and design blowing in the wind, tears came to my eyes.  I thought of countless quilters at their individual sewing machines sewing away in order to complete quilts by the December 15 deadline.

Here are a couple of pictures from that site.

These are just a few of the many!

Yesterday I hosted two of our Grands for a Craft Day.
We painted:

Drank green smoothies:
Enjoyed the finished projects:

C was trying to not express "Joy" and he can really pull faces for the camera.

This is a picture of C with Nana before her passing:
This one tugs at my heart each time I see it.  He told me yesterday that she's an angel now.  (Sob)

Life goes on and kids somehow show us the way.

Love to all!


Friday, December 19, 2014

I Think I'm out of the Woods!

It's been two long weeks of feeling totally yucky!  But, today I feel like I might make it.

I finished the quilting on this quilt and just need the binding.  Yay!  I'm going to get it done by Christmas!

This completes my journey on the Drunkard's Path Here

There are so many ways to make Drunkard's Path quilts.  I'm sure that this is just really the beginning, but I've got to move on.

My daughter-in-law's mother passed this week and she would like to have comfort bears for her siblings and for the two grands.  So that is my next project and I hope I can get them done quickly.  I need to cut the clothes and make patchwork out of them and then sew them into bears.

I feel like a million with my new haircolor and do today!  Love the blonde in me!
I've been pretty sporadic with my blog.  I have a lot of catching up to do on other's blogs.  I'm not promising that I'll get to much before next week.

Now to get the binding on that quilt!

I'm so happy it is done, I just didn't think I would make it.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Yippee! I Got to order the Backing on Cyber Monday

I've been waiting to make an order for the backing for my queen sized quilt and today I finished the top on this number to bring it to 60" square.  I found a flannel that I think will work as I don't want to put a plush on the other side of this as I don't think I could quilt it on my machine and I'm not going to pay someone to quilt this when I need the practice on my machine.  She really loves plush fabrics, but I'm just not sure, so I'll stick to what I know for this one.

It's a bit hard to photograph as it isn't quilted yet, but here is the peek.

It's part of my choosing to participate in the Cross the Drunkard's Path Quilt Along found Here

I got the fabrics from Color Wheel Palette found Here

I just love Vicki's color palette fabrics.  This will be just so much fun to quilt for my 12 year old granddaughter.  It's very much a teen age friendly quilt top and will take her through to college I think...

Time Changes One's Perspective

A quilt I quilted last summer was one I thought I'd keep.  I spent hours on the quilting.  I was practicing feathers and another technique and I didn't want to give that away. 

Since I'm not in the process of doing any kind of a trunk show, I've decided to throw this in with some other quilts to give to Quilts Beyond Borders Here

Deep inside me I realize that what these people need is more equality so that they can get their food, their lodging and the basic needs met, but until that happens, I can give my quilts as meager as that may seem.

Here is the quilt and you'll recognize the fabric as that I am using for charming stars also.

I also finished these this week.  I tried some more of the McTavish design I've watched on You Tube channels.  It's my own version.
and a close up the Pattilou McTavish
And this one that was in the basket awaiting gifting

And then this one was made from some HST's I had and didn't want to use in more Jacob's Ladder blocks.  (After a queen size quilt that is awaiting quilting)

And then this was quilted, but will probably go to Project Linus because of the amount of white in it.

And this will go to Project Linus too.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Back into Some Charming Stars

I took a month off from making charming stars.  I really thought I'd get some done in October, but I didn't. 

Today I made seven blocks and now I have a total of ten.  I'm not sure if I'll follow the pattern or not, as I could get maybe two quilts from these blocks.  We'll see. For now here's a picture of nine of them.

Here's my Original Post

It's fun to be back into some sewing.  Yesterday I tried quilting a quilt, and I took out what I've done and I'll arrange to have someone else quilt it.  I just don't have the patience right now and I'd like it done!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Bit by Bit, Cross the Drunkards Path Quilt Along

Two weeks ago when our grandkids came to visit Grampy and check to see that he was okay, one of my Granddaughters spied my design wall and fell in love with what was there. 

I've now got the center finished, and waiting on Vicki to dye some more fabric for the border.  I found a bit more tucked away in another project that allowed me to do the sashing. 

This will make one cute Christmas present!  I was going to just make it a smaller quilt, but I'm always happy to oblige when someone wants a quilt!

Linking over to her site for the rest of the quilters images.  Click here

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Table Topper Made it to Canada!

You can now call me an international quilter!  :D

The table runner from Vicki Welsh's fabrics arrived safely in Canada.  The recipient seemed pleased. 

I think I'd quilt the next one a little differently.  I wanted to make this one tailored and it is that.  I was a little uneasy about putting feathers around the border.  I may try another one just for the practice of doing all the points.  It was a gift to the wife of a friend of mine.  We went to high school together and had lost track of each other until our 45th class reunion.  Then out of the blue he asked if we could talk on the phone and if it would be okay with my husband.  Of course.  So, we've been talking for hours once or twice a month.  He lives in a secluded area of Manitoba and for his retirement he bought a working range.  He and his wife do most of the work and many times he's alone.  So we talk about what he's thought about as he's worked and how much both of us have strayed if you may call it that, from our very conservative, religious upbringing.  It's funny, not too long before he called me I got my husband to look up one of his college friends and see if they could reconnect and they do every Thursday at one unless one or the other of them has something that comes up.  Her daughter was a bit concerned about her mom talking to a married man, but I felt like dear hubby needed a connection to his past.  I have several and he hasn't had any, so things have worked out. 

I love how this table runner seems to vibrate.  The fabrics are from Vicki Welsh shades of redwood and shades of black.  I used a transparent thread around the heart of the runner, and then matched the thread closely for the outside border which is a fabric I found at a LQS store near here.  She had 3 fat quarters left and it worked just beautifully with Vicki's fabrics.  BTW, Vicki has a lovely table runner on this Blog post  I may try it next spring when I'm tired of the fall colors of my quilted table topper I did recently,  Here
The next project will be for my friend.  His birthday is in March and I'm aiming for that.

Now to my next project spurred on by Vicki--Cross the Drunkard's Path  My granddaughter saw my design wall and she loved what I'd done, so I'll finish that one for her for Christmas!  So glad to know where that quilt will go.  It helps me get to the finishing of them!


Crazy Making!

My husband calls lots of things "crazy making" and certainly this quilt top was it for me.

I've been working on this in little bits of time since this summer when I started the HSTeria Quilt Along. Final post about the quilt along HERE

I was going to add another row, but after I got it sewn together, this is big enough. 

The thing that made me crazy though, isn't the pattern, it's the pressing.  If you press to the dark, and you put two darks together you have to change one seam or just press it funny.  I started out changing the seams, but then that got to be too much.  So I just started butting up the seams and then pressing out the seam, which isn't straight, and although it seems to work it drives me crazy.  So I thought, well, I'll look up pressing seams for a Jacob's Ladder and it didn't help.

You can see it becomes a maze of pressing and figuring out where the seam should turn.  And then when you take four blocks and make them do a diagonal like I did in this one you can see there is a real big problem.  I've done several quilts along this line and as of yet I haven't figured out a good way to press, so if anyone has a secret I'd appreciate it as I do love that block in the diagonal pattern.  So I'll put things away and then in a year or two make another!  Or maybe find something else!

I'm not going to quilt this.  I need to look up my quilter that I used to use and see if she'll still quilt something for me since I got my new machine.  It's time I looked her up anyhow.  I've missed talking to her!

It's been two weeks since hubby had his surgery and he's doing so much better than I did!  He had the staples removed yesterday and got rid of those ugly socks and he was getting antsy about the strings on the floor, so I grabbed my camera and caught him picking up
Next week he starts PT at the center so I'll be bussing him about and he'll be making cracks about my driving!  I can hardly wait.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival Modern Quilt Entry

I decided that I would add this quilt, just because I had so much FUN with it.  It started as a project in my head and then progressed into a fun Quilt.  You can see the link on the right to the Blogger's Quilt Festival and then there is a link at the bottom to the Modern Quilt Section.

This may not look like much, but it's been cooking up in my mind.   I returned to making fabric--by that I mean making a new piece of fabric from all the little ends and pieces cut off that could have been thrown away.  I started making little pieces from the bright Rainbow quilt I've blogged so much about.  I had them stored in a little drawer.  I just wanted to mindless sew.

 I found a lovely yard of linen in a scrap bag I purchased for only $10 and voila~an idea was formed in my mind.  So, I sewed a strip into that linen.

I got an idea from Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Now I get to sandwich it and start a process of quilting the heck out of it!
After looking at many modern quilts, I decided to go organic.  I started the strip in just sorta straight lines--moderns call them ORGANIC!

The very bottom I decided to just try some thread doodling.  I'm not using any pattern, just playing and getting in sync with my machine.
the back side

Pretty much this is my first try at quilting on the thought of "I wonder how this would look..."

I started at the colored strip with the organic "straight" lines.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to do my version of free motion quilting everywhere.  I tried it on the bottom and then wondered if straight lines would work on the top.  As I was doing the lines I wondered what would happen if I turned them.  So I added a diagonal.  I then wondered how it would be if I added some circles.  It was totally fun to do.  I had a blast.  I learned a lot.  This piece is totally for me!


Since it is quilted onto linen, I'm going to now wash it and see how that works.  I had some stretching as I quilted it and as I trimmed it the stitching seem to spring away from the end, so I stay stitched it before I added the border.  I think I would measure the end piece and mark it, stay stitch it and then cut next time--not knowing right now if that could work.  I would also occasionally mark a line to follow as it did seem to shift a bit as I worked down the quilt.  For an experimental piece, I'm still pretty happy with it.  I have that table cloth of mother in law that I still want to quilt, but I need lots of practice before I shift to an heirloom!

After washing--I like it so much better!



Small Quilt Entry in Blogger's Quilt Festival

 My entry into the Blogger's Quilt Festival  (see link at the right) isn't entirely unique, it's just a big accomplishment for me.  I purchased a table model quilting machine in February and I've been learning a lot.  This quilt represents quite an accomplishment for me as a home quilter.  I chose a quilt pattern that would give me plenty of practice.  With that said, here is my small quilt entry.

I started it back in June and posted this about it then.

I also just played in some color with a fun pattern Found HERE
I used a recent purchase from Vicki Welch Found HERE  I had some Redwood and some other solids from her in my stash.  I love it! (It needs the final border, but I got the brainwork done!)  The quilting will be sooo much fun!

Now that center looks like this:

I tried a form of Pattilou's McTavish:

The balance of the quilt was quilted in tight straight lines and the bright yellow border was done in a tight meander style.

I dyed the yellow border to match the yellow in the middle.  It's a few shades lighter, but it worked.  I had some sheeting from a couple of years ago and I was able to use it up.  A 60" square quilt took more fabric than I figured.  I tried other fabrics for the final border, but the dyed fabric just kept with the style better than what I had first planned.  Just the yellow border took a couple of days to quilt.  I'm glad it's finished and I love it!  I needed the sunshine!
 Linking over to the Blogger's Quilt Festival small quilt's Here

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I've Made a Decision

Lots going on at my house and I need to get busy on some non quilty things, but I've made a decision about my Drunkard's Path Blocks.

This is the layout I'm going to use.  This will be the main section and maybe even a medallion for more edging to bring it to a quilt size.

This gives me a pattern for my head to work on and then I can sneak in few minutes of time to work on it. 

Here's the link to the Drunkard's Path Quilt Along so you can see what others are doing.

I'm just relieved to have a plan!!!!

Hubby's knee replacement is scheduled for next week.  I plan to sew all I can while he's in the hospital.  I won't be a helicopter wife, cause I know how it all goes and he'll need the time for rest and PT.  But, that said, my plans can always change. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Wee Little Step on the Drunkard's Path

Not much sewing going on here, but I did get 4 new blocks finished this evening.
I still am not sure of the placement, but I put the 8 completed blocks together for a look.

I have a quilt finished and ready to send to its new owner.  Just a peek for now.  I'll post the full picture when she receives it.

The picture seems to make it move as you look at it.  I'm glad to have this finished.  The fabrics are from Vicki Welsh shades of redwood and shades of black

I'm getting back into the rhythm of some sort of normalcy--whatever that is!  (smile)

 Linking over to Drunkard's Path Quilt Along and you can view the fun progress of other quilters.