Monday, September 1, 2014

Quick Medallion Quilt

 It all started Saturday afternoon with these fabrics which had been residing in a plastic shoe box, just waiting for the perfect pattern.
This Villa Rosa Designs would be the one!
 I tried a couple of combinations of fabrics for the center and inner border
and chose this one!
Here is one layout I had early on but then decided the burgundy paisleys were too dark and took away from the border. I find my camera to be one of my best tools for looking at my quilts and seeing what needs to be moved or taken out.
Here is the final quilt top! Made in just a few hours! It is 54" x 63". I enhanced the colors on my computer so it brightened it up a bit. How fun is this??!! Makes me want to take another fabric combination and try it again! Happy Stitching!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Believe Retreat Project

In 2008, my sister, Patsi, and I went to the Believe In Yourself Retreat in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, given by Kristin Steiner and Susan Edmonson! It was 4 days and we had a GREAT time, mostly just being together and working on this project above. However, we neither completed ours.  As often happens, you get home, put it on the shelf and years, yes years later, you realize it's never been touched. I decided it was still not too late and was worth doing and enjoying the memories of it.
Here we are - ready for the evening!
We all received these goodies to begin our mixed media project. And yes, the cookies were delicious!!!
 Our teachers, Susan and
Kristin.
Here is Patsi working on her project. As you can see from our table, there were lots of embellishments we used! Now the rest of my project below!
 As you open the screen doors, here is what's inside! A little quilted booklet you might say. There's a little bird nest at the very top made of scrap threads.
And the back here.
 These pages are fabric/paper/embellishments all combined.
Here is the flip side.
 Now the close ups and details! The little booklet was made of corrugated cardboard that was the packing for some kind of tuna. Susan Edmonson found those.
 Fun with paint and writings, painted laces, scrapbook paper, gesso, canvas, etc.
 A little more sewing here and embellishing.
We took some things that were special to us to put in our embellished treasure chest.
We made a little side trip over to the 'Blowing Rock' and the legend. Great memories and what a fun time we had and now a finished birdhouse, too!

Friday, August 8, 2014

More Charity Quilts - Cathedral Pattern

 First, let's just get this out of the way - this fabric that is. I figure after 20 years of aging it and using lots of pieces off of it, I must not be going to sew this.
 I recently packed up three shopping bags full of fabrics, a little cross stitch, etc, and let someone else be in charge of sewing it. Actually I had one long arm customer who was making many charity quilts take one shopping bag full.
 Some of these ended up in the quilts below but the rest went to Goodwill. No more guilt for me on not sewing these fabrics!!! It truly felt so good to share these with someone else that would use them.
 The Cathedral by Villa Rosa Designs is the pattern here. I've shown them before, little 4 x 6 postcards with simple cute patterns.
 I added some fun 'newer' fabrics to make these older ones pop, bought a beautiful sunflower batik almost half price for the backs and had two quilts ready. Here is my machine binding that I'm so thrilled about - thanks to Nancy at Tattered Garden Quilting.

 These quilts are very similar but different quilting designs and bindings.
 Now to find them a home!
 These fabrics were leftover from a little quilt I made last year. Just enough to make this baby quilt!
Another all machine binding!!
And, just as a word of caution! Yesterday as my husband and I were eating lunch, we heard a really loud crash. So loud we even looked outside. When we went to the other end of the house this is what we found in the guest room bath!! The glued mirror had fallen off of the wall and shattered into a million pieces. A mess to clean up and wash quilts and things that were laying close by but mostly we are just so THANKFUL no one was in the room. This is where the crib for the babies is and could have been so tragic. So, now all our mirrors have clips at the top to hold them in case the glue lets go. I have now heard of several instances like this, even our next door neighbor, but many times a towel bar or adjacent wall caught the mirror before it crashed. Don't let it happen to you!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Primitive Garden & Improvisational Quilting

This is Block 6 of my Primitive Garden Quilt . . . still a work in progress! It's called Sap Bucket.
 Here are some components left over from the Chevron Baby Quilt I made in February. I just bag these pieces up when I finish a quilt in hopes of doing something with them later . . . Well, now is later!
Hmm, here is a possibility for the squares.  . .
 Lots of little odd triangles. There were no blocks in the quilt like this but the easy technique used gave all these leftovers.
 I began experimenting to see how to put them into a new quilt.
 Another way . . .
 and yet still another.
 Okay, this is a possibility for a strip quilt which I really enjoy doing!
 Just going to line all these up as far as they will go in rows.
 And now it's looking a little unorganized and boring so I think I'll add a little contrasting color - red seems good to me!
 I just happened to have enough red left from the construction quilt a few months ago to make all these 1inch finished strips.
 I've almost used every single piece I had of leftovers
 and here it is quilted - still on the longarm machine.
I used a pantograph I've been wanting to try for a while - Basket Weave - actually gives it more of a contemporary feel. I'll finish this with a red binding soon. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

WIP

 My Words to Live by is coming along. All pieced EXCEPT the last border which has those hundreds of half square triangles to sew together plus four more pretty appliqué blocks in the corners.
 After getting this far, I just needed something quick and easy to work on. I will say the HST's ended up very accurate using the triangles on a roll paper. I am having a hard time knowing how to press them best so they will all lay flat. With those in the center, I pressed the seam allowances between the rows open. Any more suggestions? 
 Here is the FUN project for now! Under the Big Top 2. These fabrics are leftovers from a baby quilt I made last summer for a great nephew. This will be a charity quilt.
 I really love working with scraps like this. Just take the leftovers - lay them out - and see what comes to mind. I had so many cool triangles leftover that I began sewing them together. 
 What would be the best layout?
 I sewed them very similar to the original quilt but didn't have quite enough to go around the border. No problem!!!
I improvised and filled in with some other leftover fabric. I pieced a backing and now it's waiting to be quilted. . . more when that is finished!