Thursday, July 30, 2015

Little pink houses..,

So....that is not going to get changed! Can't believe I didn't see that I had two similar houses together.   Well this has been fun putting these together but now the pieces all over the place are driving me crazy so I must get this put is!! :)

This is from the Hillside Houses QAL @ Pretty Little Quilts. I just grabbed a bunch of Kona and went for it without using the coloring sheet. Yep, there ya go!

Needle and Thread Thursday Linking up with Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Trial Run

 One of my local quilt guilds had a group of lovely ladies come and talk about various charity and out reach programs last month. At the end of the talk I sent out a challenge to design a small quilt for one of them.  I handed out graph paper with the optional sizes on it and told them to keep it modern and simple.  We hope to have them turned in by next meeting and with a little luck and some volunteers, I hope to turn at least one of the designs into a kit-able quilt kit for others to sew up.  I thought I better give it a go so here is one of my simple modern designs.
This went together really quick and didn't waste much fabric. I was able to grab fabrics I had on hand to go with the cute butterfly center fabric.  

Since the design was so simple I took the time to free motion mums all over in Aurifil gray.  I am getting better at free motion but still not great. I could make several more of these before I will say good. :)

I thought a local park was a good photo op.  I have since cleaned up my design and made a few things bolder and so I think it would be an easy kit.   I can't wait to see what the others have come up with.

Linking up with Kelly at NTT  My Quilt Infatuation
Needle and Thread Thursday

Friday, July 17, 2015

A finish or two: Sweet and Baby!

Crossroads  52"x 52"

It has been far too many months since the birth of my 'great' nephew.  I persevered,  put my nose to the grind stone, bit the bullet and got this little guy quilted.   This quilt is a kit with a bazillion kona solids in it by Robert Kaufman.  Super easy but how to quilt it was a baffler! I ended up with straight line directional quilting lines in Aurifil gray. 

The white word fabric has the names of the colors in a 96 pack of Crayola colors. I thought it was super fun to put on the back of all these colors...until I wanted to quilt it. :)  The gray thread worked pretty well.

Today I was so lucky to wrangle my friend Jen from Jennifer under the Juniper tree blog. We headed out for some adventures today including holding my quilt out near some cool train tracks.   After we spotted some quilty inspirations in the area.

Totally fun quilt idea...right?  Then we headed to some fabric stores and for a light treat break.   Aside from the heat it was a great day!! 

My previous finish was a mini that I made for one of my guild raffle prizes. It was a 'sweet' treat to represent our ice cream sundae social.

Improv ice cream...gotta love it!

Linking up with Amanda Jean at Finish it Friday

Friday, July 3, 2015

...and There is Love

I actually finished something lately!  I absolutely love this little wall hanging. That is not why I am calling it " and There is Love" though.  This wallhanging is for a special niece and her new husband as of 6/20/15.  The design is by Liz Harvatine and it was a block of the month in Jan for the LAMQG.   I love this block.  I want to make it again and maybe bigger....someday! 

The whole time I was working on it I was singing the Wedding Song so that is what I came up with.  This was super hard to give up but I am sure it has a good home!!

24 x 24
Matchstick quilting with Wonderfil

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday

Friday, May 29, 2015

Finish before Friday

I am so excited to have this finish. This is an improv piece I did for our local Modern Quilt group challenge.  I was not sure how this was going to go. I started out just piecing a few things and then the more I added the more it brought back memories of the bridge that crosses over the Missouri River near my childhood home. It is a rare double decker bridge that believe me, struck fear in my heart more than once growing up.  

Meridian Bridge.jpg
This is a view from the South Dakota side. The risers were running that section up and down until the 80's.  The lower level was originally for rail traffic but than never happened by the time the bridge was almost finished so it is one way traffic on top and bottom.  The bottom has a super scary metal grate for a huge portion of it...thus the plaid fabric representing the grid near the bottom of my piece.
Meridian Highway Bridge
Upper level with an up close view of the structure of the risers. I tried to include some of this structure in my piece as well as the worn pavement with the stripe fabric.
Meridian Highway Bridge
The side view gives the cool triangular piece that I filled in toward the center.  When I was young I walked across that bridge quite a few times. It is not for the faint!  :)
Meridian Highway Bridge
Here is a view on the bottom level heading south. You can see the big beams framing this entryway and I tried to show those with my partial framing pieces in my quilt.
Meridian Highway Bridge
The final beams bring you right into "Nebraska  -  The Good Life"
Finally my piece is entitled "Early Birds" 
In 2009 this bridge closed because the new Discovery bridge was complete.  Some of my family were home for Thanksgiving in 2011 when this old bridge opened for walking.  I woke my sister up at the crack of dawn on Thanksgiving day and we headed down to walk the bridge. Cold, no frigid temperatures, windy and that was before we walked the top side! Glorious sunrise in gold and orange as we walked to the top. Truly a memorable morning.  When we made it back home everyone was still asleep...thank goodness  for us "early birds".
Bridge photos by John A Weeks III -Yankton Meridian Highway Bridge
Linking up to Finish it up Friday with Crazy mom quilts  and TGIFF hosted by Anja at Anja Quilts

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Slow slow WIP

Last night our guild met up and had a little make and take mug rug project. I made this one up for the sample and just had the binding to finish.   I have been so out of tune with sewing for the whole month that it just feels good to actually finish something no matter how small.  :)

Finally have a bit of sunshine to go with that little accomplishment!
I used Allison's tutorial on how to bind back to front from her blog Cluck Cluck Sew

Linking up with Lorna for Let's bee social and Lee with WIP Wed

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WIP and Let's Bee (more) Social!

I am getting way ahead of myself these days. I signed up for two classes in one week, I belong to 3 guilds now, and I am helping to host some improvisational sewing days at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.  The Saturday class I am taking there is with Victoria Findlay Wolfe and I can't wait!!
All of this leads to little getting done and lots of things started and little getting done...did I say that already???? :)

So my class yesterday was with Tony Jacobson, designer for Fons and Porter Magazine.  He designed the 3 Tours star quilt and so I signed up. It is a beautiful quilt design and very fun. However I am pretty much on a budget and wanted to do more from my stash.  Mine is not going to be the traditional look of red, white and blue but I think it will be pretty just the same.

I did manage to finish all of the star blocks and started to work on my striped section when suddenly our time was up.  So fun to sew with others so if you have never done it you should give it a try.
Last Saturday was our first "Afternoon at the Improv" sewing day at the Museum.   It is an open discussion, with sharing of books and topics of Improvisational piecing and then you can work on the demo pieces or just sew what you want.   We had a great turnout for our first gathering.  We had a demon on slash and insert and 1/4 curve circle piecing.

Linking up with WIP Wed @ Freshly Pieced with Lee  and
Let's Bee Social @ SewFreshQuilts with Lorna