Friday, July 14, 2017

Millefiori

I started the The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt Along (see link below). Does it matter if  I am a couple of years behind? Nah....

I found some larger print fabrics at the quilt shop in Midway, Utah last week.  I'm determined to use mostly what I have in my stash.  I just needed some large prints for fussy cutting and to kick start the color choices.

http://www.katjasquiltshoppe.com/the-new-hexagon-millefiore-quilt-along.htm


Here are some pictures of the first Rosette taking shape!  So far I'm liking it!



I also wanted to share some photos of my bees and lady bug up close - because they're pretty cute, if I do say so myself :)

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

David Taylor at CWQG

Last night was the Colorado West Quilt Guild meeting and our program speaker was David Taylor.  He gave a very entertaining talk and slide show and brought a couple of his quilts to show.  He sells most of his work so most of the quilts we saw were in the slide show.

He does turned edge hand appliqué - the edges are all turned before he appliqués them down.  His pieces are also heavily machine quilted. He uses commercial fabrics. His quilts are so artistic and his use of the fabrics to create the art is quite amazing!


Look at all of the different fabrics in the birds!  His thread choices also play a roll in the design.


This is his App quilt for a challenge he participated in.  He said he loves jigsaw puzzles and his company used to be called Blue Leaf Designs.  Check out the photo below to see the quilting on this wallhanging - very clever!


David said that the CWQG invited him to speak 10 years ago (I remember going!) and that was the very first time he'd ever spoken at a quilt guild.  He speaks all over the world now.  He said he still finds it hard to believe people will pay him money to talk about himself :)




I was sitting way in the back so I only caught a couple of pictures of the wonderful Show and Tell items that were shown.


This table runner will be sold at Apple Fest in the Fall.

July is my birthday month, so I was able to pick a present out of the birthday basket :)


And Gini, just for fun, gave me some hot air balloon fabric and a fan, made from hot air balloon fabric!!  How sweet!!  I just may have to print off one of my hot air balloon pictures and make a quilt!!

Stay tuned - tomorrow I'll show you what I worked on today - Millefiori!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Bear Block

My Dad's surgery went very well and while he was recuperating I worked on my bear block and got it all done! I am really loving working on these blocks - they are stretching me a bit and that is fun.  I think they're SO cute :)
The bees were made using the bullion stitch and I am happy with the way they turned out!  I embroidered them last because I was a little nervous about making them, but they weren't too difficult!  Yeah!  So fun :)



Miss Cutie is cooking up crayons in her kitchen!  She is talking, talking, talking and SO fun.  I love every minute that I get to spend with her!


And a late Happy Birthday wish to my son Jeff!!  his birthday was on Monday.  It sounds like he had a great birthday :)

I hope your summer is going well.  I have another busy couple of weeks but I'll be posting here and there!!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Artwork


When we stayed in Telluride a few weeks ago, we rented a house that had a lot of cool artwork.  I don't know if the owner is a quilter or not but she had several miniature quilts hanging around the house!  Most of them were framed, behind glass, so the pictures aren't great but enjoy!



This is a fun embroidered pillow.



Sorry, it was hard to get a picture without getting my reflection in the glass :)





This is an embroidered piece too.



And I liked these because they look very Zentangle.


I hope you have a great 4th of July tomorrow!!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Tempting!!

My friend Lori sent me a picture of a beautiful hexagon rosette that she made and told me about a book called The New Hexagon by Katja Marek.  Lori's quilt is so pretty and curiosity made me buy the book.  Then while traveling we stopped at a quilt store in Cedar City and they had all the paper pieces to make the Millefiori quilt along on Katja's website.  I really don't need a new project but the quilt is so pretty!  Ah!  So I bought them.  I am thinking it will make a great

take along project - even though at one point I said I'd never do English Paper Piecing again....

You can see the quilt and read about the quilt along on her website here:

http://www.katjasquiltshoppe.com/the-new-hexagon-millefiore-quilt-along.htm



I am making a bit of progress on my Bear block for Woodland Whimsy.  My Dad is having surgery this week so I will take this project along with me as I go to help him for a few days.

Have a wonderful 4th of July!!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Embroidery Guild


I wanted to share some pictures that I took of Show and Tell at the Embroidery Guild in May.  Some of the ladies there are working on a Blackwork project - which is really quite amazing!  I took some pictures of some that are already finished.



Other types of embroidery were shown as well.



This was interesting - one of the gals found this little basket at a thrift shop.  It looks like it was made in the Philippines in 1945.



The Blackwork looks a little like Zentangle to me!  Maybe that's why I like it!  Plus these are pretty tiny hexagons - maybe two inches, with lots of intricate detail in each one.


Look at the little tiny Celtic knots on the flower above!  It's so amazing what beautiful things we can make with a needle and thread!

Look closely and you can see this one has just a touch of gold :)