Tuesday, February 18, 2014

And now back to our regular schedule

After taking a hiatus from crafting and quilting in 2013 the quilty mojo is back. I purchased Edyta Sitars book "Scrappy Firework Quilts" and loved the Candy Necklace Quilt. (I just could not get the pic to flip the right way!)

Then I recieved my copy of American Patchwork and Quilting February 2014 and the quilt is in there too! AP&Q is offering it as a quilt along. Their version, called Tone It Down (page 55), is equally beautiful and I am now off and running on my own version: here is a completed block
and here is another on the design wall
so far I have 8 done and 4 in progress.

On the knitting front I completed by sockhead hat (pattern by Boho knits) in Manos De Uraguay sock.  My goal in knitting this year is to complete one small project a month. This hat is January and February is a pair of super simple slippers in chunky yarn. March I need to complete the socks which are currently on the needles.  So on track for now.
On acquisitions my big deal was an Accuquilt Go Baby! a very big surprise gift from my spouse.  I purchased the die that cuts 1 inch, 1.5 inch and 2 inch strips, all at once.  I then cut strips from nearly my complete collection of batiks.  I cut 250 fabrics giving me a total of 750 strips ( I didn't know I had collected that many batiks) in about 5 hours! AMAZING! And each one is so precise. No misreading the measurements and cutting the wrong size strip here!  I then dumped them all into 3 gallon size bags and I just pull out the strip sizes I need for this quilt.  Easy Peasy!  I did have to make some adjustments because I wanted to use the strips I cut with the cutter.  The AP&Q quilt blocks are 15 and the Sitar quilt blocks are 14 1/4.  Mine are 17.  The adjustments were easy, I just used my precut 1.5 inch strips, made a nine patch and then based everything off this 3.5 inch block.  No problem.  Although each block has 120 pieces it is going together really quickly with all my precut strips.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I got bit! Bit by the Scrappy Trip Along bug. Check out Sheri's tutorial at A Quilter's Life blog. These quilts have gone crazy on Flicker and some other blogs and I just couldn't resist.  I started with my Gypsy Bandana line and pulled coordinates from my stash.  I have these 16 done and another 9 cut and ready to sew!  This is really fun because each block is a kind of surprise, is super easy to sew, and I can do a couple when I have a few moments.

The melon colorway is really fresh and I like all the white I added, it gives the eye a place to rest.

Have a great quilty day! M

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Okay, so things got crazy.....

So what I thought I was done with, ended up being extended. plus we got the brilliant idea to add a brick border to all of our flowerbeds AND paint trim in my house. 350 feet of flowerbed border -  My back ached, my head hurt, my hands blistered.   While it looks really great now I got NOTHING QUILTY done.  Half the time I was too tired to join my quilting group on Fridays and when I did go, I sat. Hey, I was just thankful to not be moving!  The trim project got pushed to the fall and while it is now underway, it is not half as painful as the bricks.  So I am back (I think) to blogging. I'll be back soon with pics of WIPs until later.....

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Clark County Quilters Show

As evidenced by my lack of blogging, nothing much quilty has been going on here. I got a temp job which consumed most of my quilt time. But the job is now over and I am back! 

To kick off my renewed blog I am posting a lot of awesome pictures from the Clark County Quilt Guild show.  This guild is one of the larger ones on the west coast and has some amazing quilters!  We even have a couple that are regularly accepted at Paducah.  Anyway..... on to the pics!

These are just a few - more to come later as I work at getting into a "blogging groove".  Have a great quilty day!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Northwest Quilt Expo

Another great show! This is a different kind of show more like, as the title states, an Expo than a show.  Most of the quilts were by invitation, which meant that your group had to be invited to show or you had to enter their challenge for that year. A small group  which reads a book and then makes a quilt from what they read were invited as well as one of the last challenge winners was invited to display. The Hoffman challenge had some quilts and there was a display of historical quilts.  Then there are tons of vendors, nearly every longarm company had a booth and you could try out their machines. Lots of new gadgets and oodles of fabric to drool over!  And... I won a door prize drawing!  I need to buy a lottery ticket!  I won a couple patterns from one of the vendors. Now that things have settled into a routine of sorts I am actually able to get back into quilting so I am off to quilt a gift for my Aunt - Happy Quilting!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I Lost my Eyeballs!!! and I won....

I know, what a crazy title huh?!? but that is how I feel. Summer was supposed to be quiet and peaceful, but as evidenced by my lack of blog posts it wasn't! It was 2 weeks to get caught up and then a week or two of company or travel. I had a total of 28 days of family visiting and 18 days of traveling. There was a camping trip, Disneyland, a wedding and NO QUILTING! (Breath, in through the nose, out through the mouth) I think I am having major withdrawals. I managed to get the blocks done for my online block exchange but that is it. Summer only lasted 65 days. Bummer.

Boy, when I was a kid summer lasted FOREVER and I couldn't wait for school to start. This fall I was sad to send my kiddo off. At least I have the great giant beast aka Macie (who is turning out to be a really good dog). After an hour a day of training all summer she can sit, stay, heel, fetch, doesn't bolt out the door the instant it opens, no longer jumps on people, and only ran off twice this month. That is a long way from the dog I found climbing on the dining room table! 

So, back to the title, I have been up to my eyeballs and somewhere along the way they floated off! I am sure of it. They where right here one moment and the next "poof" gone. On the other hand, I WON!!! I can't believe it! Moda is doing a Moda Blog Hop Country Fair and I won a prize from Ann Sutton of Bunny Hill designs.

Isn't it awesome! When she said she was giving away bags of scraps I thought a small bag of scraps, cool. But the bag is BIG! (I put the iron in so you could get an idea of how big it is.) There are enough scraps for a whole quilt!  Thank you Ann! It is a bunch of greys and blues and pinks from her Lily and Will collection. I am thinking I need to make some sort of bag with it so I can always remember this. And a quilt........OH and I found my eyeballs.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Plodding along....

Things have been rather slow here on the quilting front. I finished my Medical Transcription course (finally), Hubby changed jobs (yeah) and is now home more so we have been working on our acre getting it ready for summer, so as I said quilty stuff has been going slow. But I was able to squeeze in a trip to my local quilt guild's show and have a few pictures to share.

This beauty was really unusual. The blocks where made ages ago and bought by the quilter recently. She added the border and she and her small group hand quilted it. It is really lovely and has a very modern despite the fact that these blocks were made at least 40 years ago.

And this quilt was hand pieced! I measured them, each of those little squares is 3/4 finished, looks like insanity and quilting go hand in hand! And yes, it was hand quilted also.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Blog update

A lovely lady named Melanie visited me the other day and left a comment. She has a blog of her own and designs blogs - If you are looking for a professional to help you out, go check her out! She has a few free designs as well and I updated my blog with it. Isn't it the cutest?!?!

And here are a couple quick pictures....
One is from the block swap I joined - I am going for scrappy civil war and this one is great - thanks Robin!
I have no idea what I am going to do with the blocks. Maybe a table runner (I have a long table). Or maybe as a border in a medallion quilt. You know, one of those giant quilts that you need a bazillion blocks for the border. Oh the possibilities!

And here is a picture out my window - the picture is just beautiful! I am kind of shocked that I took a picture that looks this good!
Hugs to all!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Design wall Monday and Monday musings....

It is another dreary, overcast, drizzly day here in the great Northwest. Fortunately it is bright and cheery in my office/craft room!  I still have this quilt up on the design wall, I took a little time to play with my camera and got a much better picture.  The colors are much crisper here.

I had someone ask me what I used for a design wall so drum roll please........ I use a flannel backed tablecloth. Yep, this is one of those fancy, 1.99 red and white patterned picnic table cloths thumbtacked to the wall.  Flannel gets so stretchy hanging up and I just couldn't bring myself to buy insulation boards, secure flannel to them, and then have them leaning on the  wall. I have a child! A monster beast of a dog! and anything leaning is a prime target to come crashing down, blocks everywhere, no, not a good idea. Another thing I have discovered is that a design wall will eventually become covered in thread. Little snippets and bits everywhere, and there is no truly effective way to remove them.  But wait! - with my fancy shmancy tablecloth design wall I just take it down and (wait for it).... throw it away, hit the clearance section, grab another $1.99 table cloth, and tack it up. Wala - fresh clean design wall, no sags, securely fastened. It is easy peasy!

I am also working on a 2010 BOM hosted by a fellow blogger and am on block 6.
This looks a little hazy, but that isn't the camera, it is the pattern overlay. The Piece O Cake design team uses a plastic overlay for their needle turn applique. But there are several problems with this. First, the plastic must be handled carefully, once creased it is permanently creased. After you have transferred your design to the plastic you must be careful to keep the tissue paper on it or it can rub off, sometimes on itself, sometimes on your block (major bummer). And every time you go to position an applique piece you have to reposition the entire overlay.

Instead I use pattern fabric. Available at any fabric store, dressmakers use it for their patterns. Some of it comes with dots, some not, but it is lightweight, see thru, and the ink won't rub off onto your project. Plus, a big-time bonus is that you can baste it right to the project. This means your pattern is always in the same position. You no longer have to reposition it every time you lay it on your block, lining up folds or marks. Just lay the block out flat, smooth out the fabric and everything is right where it should be! When I need to applique, I just scrunch it up out of the way. It is light like tissue paper so there is no bulk and it doesn't crease easily.

Anyway, enough for today. I have studying to do and a great beast of a dog who is having kittens. Over cows. The neighbor has a Christmas tree farm and recently put a few cows out. They walk within about 50 feet of the house, don't make a lot of noise and really aren't a problem. Except that 60 lb puppy has never seen a cow before and is totally freaked. It reminds me of the scene from Twister "I gotta go, we got cows" says the psychiatrist as she hyperventilates in the back seat. The dog is on high alert; pacing, growling, and running to the window, hackles raised, to bark loudly "MOM WE GOT COWS!" Ah yes, life in the country.....

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Scrappy civil war in progress

The scrappy civil war is coming along nicely.  I have changed out the cream background blocks for brown and like it a lot better.  The brown is making the "squares" pop out and the stars kind of melt away. It is much more interesting then the cream background.

I am still getting the hang of the new iphone4 with flash, I think I will have to play with photo taking!
Anyway, I like all of the movement in this quilt, the way you see the scrappy square within a square, then the stars, then the sort of lattice background effect.  I have one more row of stars to add at the bottom and may add one on the side as well and make the quilt square, a large lap size. The small scrappy squares are 1 1/4 finished. This pattern is out of American Patchwork and Quilting - my favorite quilt magazine. Maybe when it is done I'll send in a picture - I've never done that before.

I also have 2 applique projects in the works, I just finish block 2 for Floribunda baskets and block 6 of the Floribunda BOM from 2010. These are 2 totally different projects, from 2 different designers - I didn't realized they had the same name when I started them! I will press them and make them my next post. Whoo Hoo! Tally HO - onward to quilt! Oooops, I am from America, The WEST.  I should say YEEEHAW! Get along little quilt doggies! ( I think I have been watching a little too much Masterpiece theater!)