Friday, July 15, 2016

Finish it up friday a video, a fox and teamwork

A couple of years ago I made "So Blue" a portrait of my mother. On the National Quilting day this year I signed up to video my quilt with the Quilt Alliance. Click on So Blue to hear my story...makes me cry every time! 





Practicing some freemotion quilting on this wholecloth quilt just in time for the Lincoln Quilts for Kids sew day tomorrow. 

Practice Practice practice.........and more practice needed!!!!


Earlier in the week I met up with some gals from our lqg and we worked on finishing two quilts made from the blocks our guild members donated for PULSE.  

       
Jennifer sewed it together, Sarah quilted it and I sewed on the binding. 
and

                 
Jennifer helped me lay this one out and I sewed and quilted it at home and then put the binding on that day. We worked in a fun little shop called Crafthouse in my area. 

Linking up with Crazy mom Quilts HERE


Friday, July 1, 2016

Doing my thing, MIA and WIP

Helloooo Hellooooo Helloooo.....is anyone still there?  It has been so long. I have been mia but working on various projects. Some not worthy of pics like my husbands work truck seat cover, though made from upcycled jeans, not photo worthy!  I have been working on various quilt blocks for some group projects in some of my guilds. 



HST for some diamond blocks that will be made into an opportunity quilt for one of my guilds.  The hst's were super fun to make.  I also worked on some  heart blocks for PULSE in Orlando. Both Modern guilds I am in were making some.  The left over hst's that fell off the heart went into the diamond block above. I could not help but play with the tiny hst's that fell off too.....a mini diamond!!!! love it so much. 



I took a pic of a stack of various sized squares I cut from a big back of scraps donated to me of flannel. 


I took a pic because the stacks were high (can't see that from this angle now can you?) silly. Anyway this was back breaking and took much of a day. I have piles of strips and piles of smaller rectangles that fell out of the various square sizes. All ready for something???

Then had some fun time.  Libs Elliot came to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum to see her quilts that are on display right now. So fun. Loved meeting her and seeing her fun quilts.  

Then next day....it was Weight of Love class time for my other guild. Libs was so fun and we had a very productive day. 

Showing us her techniques.  She had a cool experience staying on a goat farm in a tiny house while here. I told her that when she goes back to Canada to not say we made her stay with goats but it can truly be a unique experience when you come to Nebraska so sure, spread the word. 

My progress on Weight of Love. This quilt is so fun to make and I put a lot of thought and collecting time into these fabrics. This is a love story and will share more when I get going on it.  Takes me about 30 minutes to sew a row on. Hope to get faster but I have only a few left. 

So that is some of what has been going on. OH My Hello Kitty  baby quilt is going to Quilts for Kids. We had a bit of a challenge lately to get those panel pieces out and get them finished. I just simply added borders and quilted it free flowing organic lines. So simple but cute.  

Oh and I made a simple nightie for myself out of some old knit fabric from my stash. Not worthy of a pic but I will just say my old one was in tatters. :(

linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts HERE
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Show off Saturday

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Dreaming of Colin Firth



A different kind of quilt challenge from a gal in my lqg this week. Urban Detritus  is her website where she is holding a Mood Lighting challenge featuring the FatBoy lamp.  I decided to get in the mood and try this challenge. I am not sure if I followed the rules totally but I did have fun!  

Yes, I am a huge Colin Firth fan from the A & E version of the classic book "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen.  I embellished my mood lighting with a little love charm of Colin himself. I added the lace fabric and the specially printed "Spoonflower" purchased P and P fabric with some boa trim too. I just sort of had too much fun but oh well.   

The challenge ends tonight at midnight so I was entered in time.  All in all this was a super fun project. 

Linking up with Lorna @ Let's Bee Social

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Tribal Lands

Tribal Lands - 36 x 36"

So ........I had to come up with something for the Riley Blake Sashing Stash fabric since I signed up for it through the Modern Quilt Guild and then when it came I gave it to another member. So thinking about it I went to lqs and bought a bit of it. Then what to do..?  I had to go online and order some RB fabric solids since I could not find any local. So with all that effort you would think I had some idea of what I was going to do. That would be a big fat..NO! ha

Just looking at the multi sashing stash I kept thinking it felt Seminole like. I started using just bits to create a landscape. Plots of lands, trees, craggy pieces for rocks and off in the distance some mountains.  In the forefront I was going for rich dark earth being sectioned off and farmed and a valley with waterfall. Way off in the distance the flying geese. The best part for me was doing the diagonal quilting. I used clear thread on top.  I liked the lines and finished it with a facing instead of binding. Finished size is just at 36" x 36". 


This quilt was put together by just cutting strips and piecing. I really didn't measure much just sewed and cut to fit whatever feel.  I do wonder if it is a good entry for the challenge as many did abstract pieces or used their sashing stash as a print fabric and just cut it up.  I think now that it is done I just like it for what it is. 

Linking up with Lorna @ Let's Bee Social 
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CrazyMomQuilts

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Daisy Panel for a Little Girl


"Daisy"
approx. 38 x 45
Straight line quilted

This panel was in my stash for .....years! My local chapter of Lincoln Quilts for Kids decided for a little fun challenge this month to use up a panel you had. I found this and could not even cut it up it was so cute.  Decided to just frame it out with some flower and lady bug fabric. 


Stash fabric for the back too. I should go back and see just how many quilts I have made this year from my stash only!!
If you would like more information about Lincoln Quilts for Kids check HERE.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Round Robin -Hole in the Barn Door


 Last weekend some of my modern lqg members met up and had a bit of a sew in.  Friday night we set up and did work a bit on some group projects and then Saturday we did the Round Robin score from Sherri Lynn Woods book.  This is the second Round Robin I have participated in but the first one that I finished.  I kept it pretty small at approximately 28" x 32". 
 I started the piece by making a "hole in the barn door" block but I didn't use a ruler. From there I framed it a bit with some other pieces from my curated collection.   After 30 minutes we passed all our fabric and piece to the next person.  We kept one piece of our own fabric and used it as our signature piece to use in each of the other participants quilts.  We had a huge group so that meant lots of unusual fabrics in our palette. 

These were the pieces. We ran out of time so I had a bit of all of these in my quilt but one. 
I worked on this when I got home and tried to constructively size this down and give it a bit more balance. I ended up trimming some of the ruffly edges off and some of the bigger pieces down to size so they ended up on the back. 

Simple spiral quilting seemed to fit the Hole in the Barn Door theme.  It was a fun project to do with others and I highly recommend trying it. Improv sewing can be so freeing even if it is with someone else's fabric. 

The sun was so bright so the colors look a bit washed out but still I think it turned out pretty well. 

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Little Boy Blue

 Quickly finished the crib top I put together last Saturday SewDay for Lincoln Quilts for Kids. I made a girly quilt last week and this week decided to use some of my more boyish stash to make this little boy blue quilt.  The pattern is their Streak of Sunshine pattern and is so quick to make.  I just did some simple straight-line quilting. All fabrics in my stash from quilt a while ago. 
 Used up the rest of the two prints on the back.  So simple and so quick and I hope it is loved by some baby boy. 

Have you ever dug in your fabric stash and found all the makings for a quilt AND the receipt?? Oh gosh when I pulled out the fabrics for this boy quilt I found a bag of girly things for another quilt.....and the receipt, faded and I can't read the date but I think it has been quite a while. We will see if I can get that one together just as quickly.   My sister used to say she was "lightening her load" when she got rid of things and I think that can be true of making things from our stashes.  Also it fills up your heart when someone gets a handmade quilt to cuddle with and love. 

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