Monday, April 14, 2014

It's A Mystery

Over the last 9 months, I have been facilitating a Mystery Saturday Sampler at TOWQS.
It was fun to design and everyone who participated has enjoyed the project.
Now I have to figure out two different borders.
The easy one is just a stopper strip and then 4" finished borders.
I would really like to incorporate some more applique, including the year and maker's initials somehow in the second border option. 
Any suggestions for a name for the quilt?

With a heavy class load and a vacay in March, I did not meet my blockhead goals; but I did have fun putting together this little miniature,
'Baby Steps',
by the Little Red Button Quilt Co.
Now all it needs is the perfect frame.

I am so close to calling 'In the Meadow' a flimsy.
A few embellishments and some trouble shooting on the middle applique row is all that is left! My hubby loves this quilt.  Probably the first quilt he has ever been truly interested in. He is always thoughtful and ohs and ahs over all my projects, but he really, really likes this one!

And finally, I was so thrilled that the quilt I designed for Fons & Porter actually was chosen for the cover.  A big thank you to all my friends who voted for my quilt. I am patiently waiting for it to return to me.  They have had it for just about a year.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Went on a Little Sojourn

Just returned from an adventurous trip to Ecuador,
so this post is not about quilting.
I will get back to that once the business of life is all caught up on.
Matter of fact,
working on the last row of In the Meadow this morning.

This was one of my favorite experiences!
The women's center was created and built by local women using the money they make by selling handmade products.  They have a communal garden, education center and birthing place.  Rosa, the local midwife, explained their traditions to us.

The Giant Tortoise and a Darwin Finch on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos.
Juvenile Iguanas. 
My husband frolicking with a sea lion. 
Lava tunnels.  The water here was full of sea turtles and eagle rays.
The blue-footed Booby. 

Hope you enjoyed.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Marching Along!

I have somewhat accomplished my February goals.
The next Le Jardin block.  
I chose this one because there were very few pointy leaves!
A Rainbow Garden is half quilted and my hope is to get it finished this week.
Another row is done for my red and green quilt.
I do have another pile of blocks made for Christmas Magic, but they do not make for an interesting picture. 
I did not make any progress on my red and white quilt, but...

worked instead on the long overdue wedding quilt. I also added a dozen or so of the joining hexies to the pile. Hoping this quilt will become my summer finish.

It is not too late to enter the drawing for the Easter Baskets kit.
Just head on over to The Olde World Quilt Shoppe blog and leave a comment.
And remember, if you are a no-reply commenter, there is no way I can notify you if your name is drawn, so your name is not in the drawing.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Easter Baskets Kit Giveaway!

Easter Baskets
26" x 26" 

Here is my little quilt I designed for the quilt along over at The Olde World Quilt Shoppe.
To get the quilt along started,
they will be giving away one kit.
The kit includes all the fabrics to construct the flimsy, the Triangles on a Roll paper for the half square triangles and the binding.  
To enter the drawing, just leave a comment on the Shoppe's blog letting me know you want a chance to win. 
I am sure they would appreciate it if you subscribed to their new blog by email!
I will be drawing the winner on Friday, Feb. 28th.

If you have a blog, please help me spread the word about both the quilt along and the giveaway. Leave your comment here about your post and I will enter your name a second time.

Hope you join me!
Instructions will be posted every Friday, starting the 28th, on the Shoppe's new blog.

Monday, February 10, 2014


The quilt shop where I teach is launching a new blog.
Please take a peek!
Lisa Bongean, of Primitive Gatherings, recently taught at the shoppe and my friend, Cheryl A., took her class, Homegrown.
Cheryl used her Sashiko machine to quilt her project.

She did an awesome job!

The shoppe will be offering Lisa's new BOM, Words to Live By.
For more info, go here.
It was so beautiful to see in person!

I am also excited to announce that the shoppe will be offering
 Kim Diehl's Simple Whatnots Club.
I will be signing up!

Now for the collaboration part...I will be designing their first quilt along project,
Easter Baskets.
I would love it if you joined me!
To help launch their new blog,
I will be giving away a kit for the project.
Check back later for more details.

In the meantime,
check out The Olde World Quilt Shoppe here.
In 2009, they were featured in the BHG Sampler Magazine as a top ten quilt shop.
They specialize in reproduction fabrics, homespuns, flannel and wool.

This month is going by way too quickly!
 I need to get to work on my monthly goals!!!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Progress on Several Fronts

First three rows of In the Meadow.
I was so pleased with my progress until I noticed I had forgotten the steps on the church in Row 3...argh!! I am contemplating some unsewing, but now that I see it all together...maybe not. I used a 28wt. Aurifil cotton to blanket stitch the barren trees in Row 3.  Much quicker and easier than doing by hand!
Really enjoying A Rainbow Garden by Liberty Homestead. I am even giving the embroidery a go.

I used my Sashiko machine to quilt this UFO from a few years back.  
It is a Carol Hopkins pattern, Grandpap's Cards.
This time I used a low contrast thread.  Cannot wait to see what it looks like after a washing. 
I had a request to show what the back looks like
and here is a close up of the front. 

For those of you who expressed interest,
Kim Diehl's club can be found at the Fat Quarter Shop.  Country Spools is also offering it, but you can pick which quilts you want to make. 

Last year I designed a patriotic quilt that I submitted to several magazines.  I was honored when Fons & Porter showed interest.  I just learned my quilt will be featured in their May/June issue of Love of Quilting. I am grateful to Diane Tomlinson and her staff for selecting my quilt. 

It is the first of the month, so time to make time for work on my blockhead projects. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

I am in LOVE!

And the object of my affection is my new Sashiko machine by Baby Lock.
You can find out more about them here.
My good friend, Lin, and I drove up to Prescott last Friday to check them out and I came home with one.  Lin's comes in next week.  Needless to say, I came home and immediately tried it out.
I had made this little 6" block to demo a Tri-Rec ruler and thought it would be perfect as my first subject.  I used a 30 wt. Aurifil cotton thread in a golden brown hue.  I was so excited I just could not wait to quilt something else, so I rifled through the now infamous closet and found a UFO that would be perfect for this style of quilting.
Count Down to Christmas, a Monique Dillard pattern, I had pieced last year.
Here is a close-up of the stitch.  It looks like hand quilting on the front and a straight stitch on the back of the quilt.  I am fascinated by how it works.  The only thread is in the bobbin, and a ingenious industrial engineered combo of a hook and needle pull the thread to the front to look like hand stitches.

Needless to say, I am itching for another project to quilt.
So, I searched my bucket of future quilts and found the fabrics and pattern for a darling small quilt called A Rainbow Garden, designed by Glenda of Liberty Homestead.
You can see her designs here.
I forget that a small quilt can take as long as a full sized quilt to construct, so it will be awhile before I can use Sashi again.  
The pattern is from her book, Farmhouse Quilts, The Scrap Basket.
You can find it here.
It is the quilt in the center at the bottom of the page. Oops, it is the one in the top left corner!
Here is my first block:
Only 46 of those little 2" finished pinwheels to make!  And then there are the 6 baskets, the embroidery and then the wool applique. It will be awhile before I am back with a flimsy.

I have kept up with my monthly goals.  My pile of flying geese is growing, another set of blocks for my red and white quilt are done and my Le Jardin block is close to completion.
This one has been hard for me to keep on task with.  It is not my favorite block in the quilt from a design standpoint and all those tiny leaves!  Only 4 more to sew down.

the beginnings of my red and green quilt.
Yes, I have been a busy bee.
Between the Australian Open Tennis Tournament and football playoff games, I have had a lot of time to sew!  Very sad my 49ers did not make it to the Superbowl, but I am a chameleon who now wears the Seahawks colors!

Back to making pinwheels. 
 Hope I can keep up this productivity with all the projects I have in the works.