Wednesday, April 30, 2014
My friend and I are heading to the Denver Quilt Show today! We are going to take a class, look at beautiful quilts (and say very nice things about them), and of course shop the vendor booths! Pretty exciting - I will have more to share on all of that later!
This is my friend at the Denver show last year standing by the beautiful quilt she made and entered into the show. This quilt is amazing. These are her Sylvia's Bridal Sampler six inch blocks set in her own design. Gorgeous quilt.
I actually took the time to enter two quilts last year. This is my Flowers and Sashiko quilt.
And this is my seasonal Sunbonnet Sue quilt. Both are hand appliquéd and machine quilted.
I better go get ready! I am excited to see the quilts this year and be inspired :)
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
One more picture because this couple is
so cute! We're really happy for them! :)
I thought I would share the quilt I made for my daughter's wedding a couple of years ago. This is from the book "Sylvia's Bridal Sampler". These are six inch blocks put together with Irish Chain blocks. It was a lot of work but it makes for a fun, interesting quilt.
My youngest son is standing next to it in the picture below, just to show how big it is! He's 6'3".
My husband wrote the poem below as his contribution to the gift :) Weddings are so fun - looking forward to another one!
This is more than a comforter,
This is more than a comforter,
It’s more than a bed cover.
This beautiful quilt
From a warm hearted Mother.
It’s hope for the future
Thanks to Kindness and Patience,
Lots of small ‘bits and pieces’
Some of God’s Graces
It started with friendship,
Shored by Sharing and Trusting,
Piece-working a Romance
That Will be Everlasting.
Like scraps sewed together
Your futures will meld.
A Happy Love story
A Happy Love story
All guile withheld
Yes, it’s more than a coverlet,
This much-treasured quilt,
It’s parts pieced together,
Like the family ... to be built.
Like the family ... to be built.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Of course I started thinking that I better get busy making a quilt for them, then I remembered that I already have a quilt top made and ready for the "next wedding"! So, this is the next wedding! I do however need to quilt it, but I am actually excited about that because of all the FMQ (free motion quilting) tutorials I've been studying and practicing. First I need to get it pinned. Maybe my hubby will help me with that :) Hint, hint....
Friday, April 25, 2014
I thought I would post some random pictures just for fun today. My son sent me this picture of his parallel parking job. At first I thought he MUST be joking and that the other two cars just pinned him in, but no, he truly parallel parked between these two cars without bumping either one of them. He said it took him about 10 minutes. I guess this is what happens when there is not enough free student parking at a university. You take what you can get! I know for a fact I couldn't have done this, even if I had 10 hours!
I finished my little Modern Mini quilt top and now I need to QUILT it! It's super cute, even if I say so myself. Which only adds more pressure to not ruin it with the quilting - ahhhh!! I am going to grit my teeth and dig in and start quilting it today. I need to submit the entry form for Houston by May 29th. That is my challenge to myself this year :)
My daughter helped me find these really nice and comfortable totally white shoes because.... I am going to Zentangle all over them! I can hardly wait to get started on these too, but I also really need to work on my challenge for the guild, which I didn't do yesterday....
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Yesterday I was able to finish catching up on the two TQS block of the month quilts I am working on. This month I made block "e" - Eight Hands All Around, and block "j" - Janet's Lamb (named for Janet Stone the quilt's designer I'm sure!)
Appliquéing the "e" was REALLY hard, and it doesn't look all that great. That little green square on which the "e" is appliquéd is only one inch! Luckily, that is the smallest letter on the quilt - phew! I'm not sure I could do that again.
I used wool for the lambs - just had to - I couldn't make a lamb out of cotton! The little stars are wool also, as they are on the other blocks too. You will notice that my sheep are a little different on each block. I used different wool to make them slightly different.
The fun part this month is that I got to sew everything I've made so far together. 10 letters down, 16 to go! Part of me wishes I was only making one of these half sized alphabet quilts, because they are pretty difficult and time consuming, but I am this far so I will finish them both! I hope they turn out great and will make nice gifts for someone someday :)
I think I am caught up on my "monthly projects" for this month so today I am going to make an iPad cover for a gift and then work on my challenge quilt for CWQG! I better get busy!
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
In this class we learned to use the pin tuck foot. There are actually different sizes of this foot, three grooves, makes the largest pin tucks, five grooves, seven grooves (which is the one I tried) and nine grooves, which makes teeny tiny pin tucks.
Also when you look at the close up picture below and see my curvy lines on the right, I did that on purpose because Kari said we could make pin tucks curvy so I had to try it. I really did do it on purpose :) Really.
I used cording in some of my pin tucks too - just had to try it because we could.
I talked to my Mom yesterday and she said she took a Bernina Foot class years ago and she thinks she still has her book that she made! Next time I visit we'll have to look for it because it would be fun to see what Bernina taught "way back then" versus what they're teaching today! Someday my daughters will be comparing their foot books to mine. And SEW it goes. Have a great day!!
Monday, April 21, 2014
As you know I am a big fan of Lori Kennedy's blog "The Inbox Jaunt". Every Tuesday she posts a machine quilting tutorial and they are fantastic!
Last week, on Wednesday, she had a special guest, Hilary Florence from the UK, post a machine quilting tutorial and hers was fantastic too! Here are my doodles practicing Hilary's ideas in my sketchbook. I can hardly wait to try some of these out on a quilt.
You can find Hilary's blog at:
You should definitely go check it out!
Lori also announced on her blog that she will be a featured columnist in the American Quilter magazine with her machine quilting tutorials. The first one is on newsstands now and it was great. I really like her clear, precise, step by step instructions. Practicing them on paper, then stitching them out on a practice quilt sandwich are great ways to improve our machine quilting - at least that's what I'm hoping!
I watched the latest episode of The Quilt Show today and Ricky Tims had some great tips for quilting some fancy feathers. I had to pull out my sketchbook and practice those too! I really need to do some quilting!
This is too much fun :)
Sunday, April 20, 2014
I finished the Monthly Minis for April and this makes numbers 14 and 15 projects done in 2014! I think all of the projects I've finished so far this year have been SMALL! I need to finish something BIG! But finishing is good, small or large :)
My daughter's husband got her a ladybug kite recently, so the ladybug kite wall hanging is for her. These were a bit of a challenge this month! Tiny appliqué pieces! You will notice I tried a couple of different ideas and I think both turned out OK. The blue and orange kite tails are appliquéd. They were tiny and difficult to do but they look fine.
I decided to make the kite tails on the red and green kite more dimensional and they turned out cute too! So both ways worked, which was great, because I didn't want to have to do either one of them over....
The embroidery embellishments finished them both up nicely!
I hope you all are having a wonderful Easter! It's sure a beautiful day here :)
Saturday, April 19, 2014
the churn dash block, bottom right, or any other fun thing you come up with! "Layer Cakes" are pre-cut 10" squares so you can buy a pack of those and make this project even simpler. I think I am going to make a quilt similar to this one on the right, using my 30's fabrics which I still have quite a stash of!
Kari did the same procedure above using a charm pack, which are five inch pre-cut squares and look how cute these blocks turned out! They look so complicated but the technique she taught made it very simple! I love it!
Show and Tell was great, as always, at Sew Savvy. I wasn't sitting in a position to get many pictures but I got a couple. This quilt was made by my friend Sheila. She said it's out of her "color zone" but it's awesome - really pretty - and her work is always top notch.
The wool table runner below was made by a member (I'm sorry I didn't catch her name). It is the first quarter project in the the Wool Gatherer's club.
Heather is starting a block of the month class, similar to the Monthly Minis that I am participating in, with these cute little seasonal quilts. Apparently these kits come with all of the pieces precut with fusible already on the back! Since I prefer hand appliqué, these are not my "style" but they are super cute and would be quick and fun!
All in all a super fun and informative Sew Savvy!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend as we celebrate this special event and wonderful time of year :)
Friday, April 18, 2014
Trista made this pillow using her serger to make the lattice design. She demonstrated how easy it was to do.
Another fun flower, garden themed pillow. I believe Trista made this one as well.
Another pillow made by Trista. One woman remarked that this pillow reminded her of those faux tuxedo shirts popular in the 1980's. I thought, "Oh yeah! I used to have one of those!" Styles do come back around :) And then the "youngsters" think they invented it :)
Kari modeling her "egg apron". She has chickens so she made an apron to gather the eggs in.
Heather also made a garden bucket that was really cute but I forgot to get a picture of it. You'll have to go check it out at the store.
They gave away several door prizes and I was the lucky recipient of these garden gloves, pack of seeds and a little LED lantern. I already used the garden gloves this morning when I picked weeds in my yard. Sew Savvy Club was more fun than picking weeds....