Sunday, September 25, 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Utah's Quilt Fest was a blast! I'll be sharing more photos over the next few days 😊 This first photo is their opportunity quilt - very beautiful.
More later! Fun time! Oh and I have something fun to share tomorrow!!
Friday, September 23, 2016
I came up to Utah to attend the Utah Quilt Guild's Quilt Fest and look what blew our way! This picture was on the local news ksl.com. Thankfully I didn't take it.
No restaurants in the area were open because the whole town was without power, so some nice people in charge of Quilt Fest went somewhere and bought rolls and lunch meat and fruit and most quilters convened in the lobby for dinner. Here I am with my sister-in-law Cathie, enjoying ourselves in spite of the weather 😊 That said, I do hope the worst of this storm has passed through! Today I am looking forward to seeing the QUILTS! In the LIGHT! Oh I've also bumped into several people from Grand Junction! Fun!!
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
My Mom wants to make a fleece blanket for a friend for Christmas. My daughter and I picked out this pretty fleece fabric and I got it ready for my Mom to tie. Arthritis has done mean things to her hands! She still loves to make pretty things though - she's always been so talented at so many crafts. We definitely need to use and appreciate what we have while we can. A friend told me yesterday that she'd never felt so grateful to be able to mow her lawn. She fell a few months ago and had a long recovery, but is now doing better and enjoying mowing her lawn more than ever before!
I have three quilts that are now ready to quilt. I have a couple of other projects to work on before I get to them though!
Have a happy day! Be creative!
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
I pieced another quilt back for a twin size quilt I'm making for my granddaughter. I loved the pink castle fabric (top) but the store didn't have enough so I bought the pink floral fabric (bottom) with plans to piece a back, but I still didn't have enough. I really wanted to use all pink fabrics, but didn't want to go buy any. I pulled out my pink tub of fabric and pretty much everything in there are fat quarters. I needed 24 inches! I've kind of decided for me, I'm better off buying quarter yards of fabric versus fat quarters. With the projects I make it gives me a little more versatility. I ended up using some of the green fabric, that does appear on the front of the quilt quite a bit, so it won't be terribly out of place, but I wouldn't have liked pink to blend better :) Ah well....
Monday, September 19, 2016
Normally I do not like to piece backs. By the time I get the top all pieced, the last thing I want to do is piece a back, even if it's just sewing a seam down the middle to piece two large pieces together! I just don't want to do it, but of course I almost always have to at least sew two large pieces together. It makes sense however to piece backs if you have a lot of fabric left over from the quilt top, because 1. You're putting it to good use and 2. You don't have to go out and buy more fabric (even though it is fun to buy fabric - it's not as much fun to buy backing fabric :)
So, here I am unpicking both sides of the quilt back, MEASURING and resewing carefully. I don't know why I am smiling in this picture because it was NOT fun.
Just as you cannot see all the waviness in the top photo, you can't really tell how much better it looks in this photo, but trust me - it does! And when I quilt it, I will be so glad I took the time to "un-sew". Where is my youngest son when I need him? He is very handy with a seam ripper :)
Sunday, September 18, 2016
I completed the Amish quilt top! I really like it! The pattern calls for an appliqué border, but if I make that border, the quilt will be too big for my Mom's bed, so I'm stopping here.
It is very colorful and cheery and the black background really sets off the colorful solids. The black fabric also shows every piece of lint. I guess that is to be expected.
Feeling inspired by Sharon Wright's class and lecture at our guild meeting last March, I pieced the back. More on that tomorrow :)