Sunday, April 14, 2013

Give away found

Head over to Chester County Criswel for a fat quarter give away. I'm always in need of new fabric. lol
Spent the day sewing on some blocks, taking pictures and catching up on emails. Whew what a day.
So these next few quilts are mine. This first one is called Quiltress.  It just looks to be regal so it needed a regal name. I bought the pattern and the ruler from the quilt shop in Joplin MO. the year before it blew away in that horrible tornado they had. I am so glad I talked Brenda into selling me the pattern (it was her last ans she wanted to keep it) I had so much fun with it. The border was trail and no error. I made one of the rectangles as the pattern called for and then said oh heck lets just slice it here. I got those wonky little diamonds and I think it worked out just great.

And a pic of the quilting of Quiltress
Here are the leftovers from Quiltress so I named this wall hanging Leftovers. Very creative name I know. Since I used nothing but lite diamonds for Quiltress I had all the purple ones left. This wall hanging will go in our bedroom once it has completed the quilt show circuit this summer. LOL I belong to two clubs so it will be in their shows. A big circuit!
Here is a close up of the quilting on Leftovers.

And this is Moo Cows, for my Hubby. The pattern is called Shuffled 9-patch and it something I saw at a show and thought I can do that. So I came home and figured it out. I have heard that some one else has a pattern but is different in the aspect that in mine you chain sew everything together instead of cutting and then mixing them up. Chain sewing is so much easier I think, I can't loose pieces that way.

Back of Moo Cows, showing a horse pulling a cart. I did a whole Barnyard scene on this one. Yes there are cows in here too. But just showing this on. The hubby really liked it but he too has to wait until the quilt show circuit is over. lol

Sew On.....

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

This is going to shock you but........

two post within a week. What is going on? It must be the change of the weather. I walked to work this morning so it must be all the extra energy I am feeling. Or is it I have veggieated on the couch for months so it is time to get with it. I'll go with a combo of both maybe. I have been blogging for a couple years now and still have no real sense on how the templates and stuff work. I really would like to explore more but then that all takes time and do I really want to spend time on computer or sewing. Sewing!! Ok so no change for me. Thought for a brief second you might get an improved blog but nope you're stuck with this. So I found a couple pictures that I had lost. In the unzipped file of all places. *Note to self check what is highlighted before transferring camera pictures.
This is one of my quilts. All Sewn Up. This was started in 2005 or so. I asked a friend to host an online swap of sewing notions block. She asked what block and I said I didn't care. I knew she had great taste and have always loved everything she has done so I had no fear that what ever she chose would be great. Then she came out this this block and I hated it. I thought it was the most boring but I made lots of em and helped her swap them out. I moved and packed them away. But I never forgot about them. I collected more of the fabric and when I saw a bit in a customer quilt I asked about theirs. Most of the time I was given the 2 squares that I needed. So I finally got this out May of 2012 and made a few more while at a retreat, once back at home I stuck them all on my design wall. I just hated it. I turned them on point and things started to look up. I had them random and then decided to go with this (sort of) gradation of dark to light. I should have stepped back more but 'Oh well' it is mine and it is done!!!!and I have to say my friend wonderful block! It made a beauty of a quilt.

This beauty is Rose's T-Shirt quilt for a step grandson. I like how she mixed photos and T-shirts making this a true memory quilt. I am sure he will love it, I mean whats not to love when grand ma make you something. Great job Rose.

Still looking for some of the photos and have decided that it may be best just to retake them but once again *Note to self 'Pay attention'
Enough for now
Sew On

Friday, April 5, 2013

Another month passes

Well it is really over a month since I last posted, and I have a lot of things to show you but figuring out the new camera is one of those that seem to be eluding me. I have taken pics and I downloaded them then lost them. Guess what I found some of them so here is a little eye candy for you.
This is Anita's and it is for a Grand daughter. I have seen this pattern before and it never really grabbed me, but these butterflies are gorgeous and it captured me. Well could it have been the bright purple frame out border?? So creative to put that there it really added some depth to it. Yes I likey this one! Great job as always Anita!

 This is Janet's and she did this one for her Mother's birthday. What a lovely lovely present. Her color selection is spot on! and as always her piecing is so flat and square. I really wanted to keep this one. Oh lets face it I want to keep them all. I just can't believe all the patterns out there and color combos. When they come into my door I fall in love and it is like I am giving away a baby when I have to return them to their owners. Janet as 2 more here at my house one is on the machine and the other well it is one of the pics I can't find. but luckily it is still here so I could take another pic if I can't find it. But it has to be somewhere doesn't it.?

This Turquoise and Brown beauty belongs to Rose. She made this for a charity auction. I can't believe she gave it away. OH yes I can Rose is very giving. In fact in her sewing room she has my name posted on her wall with a note telling her family to call me to deal with her sewing room in case of something horrible to her. Yes very giving! She's giving me her sewing room to do with what I want. Ohh what a dream! Rose I hope you live a very very long and frabicful life.

A Triple Irish Chain by Tammy. This is for her Aunt who loves roses and green. So the background fabric has little roses. How clever to unite the two this way. Another amazing job. See once again I just marvel at the creativity of others. Tammy lives a distance from me and found a quilter or quilters closer but recently called me to see if I would do her quilt. She stated that she felt I added a little pizzazz to the quilting. You know that does a heart proud!!!!  Of course she does such wonderful quilts that it is easy to put a little pizzazz to them. Keep it up Tammy love your work!

Now this quilt belongs to Patti, but was made by me and other co-workers. Patti a co-worker found out she had breast cancer again, but this time was going in for mastectomy. I wanted to make her a comfort quilt, then thought it would be nice if we all (co-workers) had a hand in it and signed our blocks, left little messages for her. I had to pick a simple block that even a beginner could do and something that would be easy to square up to all the same size. It came together so well, and she had no clue. We did all the meetings to talk about while she out to Dr appointments and then people would just walk by my area and drop their blocks off. She never noticed! Two other  co worker friends stopped by after work on day and we pressed, squared up and re sewed as needed. As one was pressing I was drafting a pattern. It all just happened.  I wanted it nice and soft so it has pink minkie on the back. We gave it to her the day before her surgery and her daughters sent us a pic of her in her hospital bed with it on her right before her surgery. Needless to say she came thru with flying colors and still cuddles with her quilt. She does need to get back to work , I'm having to cover for her and it's exhausting!!!
And finally this is mine. I call it Leftovers. It was just that pieces leftover from another quilt. (which is finished too but I may not have posted it. hmm need to check that) It is a wall hanging and will go in our bedroom. I have a wall quilt rack but nothing on it. So once I do the local quilt show with this it will go on my wall. Yay some color in the bedroom.

Block 1 of my Barn Quilt. last year I bought 3 different Barn quilt patterns, this is the first! don't know why but I love barn quilts!

Not a barn but a cute building! for an online building swap!!

These blocks are from a BOM from JoAnn's 2001. I bought a tote of yarn at an auction a year or so ago and just now went thru it. At the bottom I found months 6 thru 12 all together with the fabric and pattern. Block 3 -5 just had the pattern. I was talking with a friend and she thought she had the same one so we compared and she had pattern 2, I could use but neither has 1. Well I am sure I can get close to it by looking at the complete pattern pic. So patterns 1-5 will be of one fabric background and 6-12 out of another. I think it will look fine when all is said and done. We put a date of OCT 2014 of having these done and in the quilt show. I wonder if I can make it by then.

And finally I did get this top together at retreat. I wish I would have done my stripes different so I am going to add to it so the yellow isn't so...... I mean I don't even have words for it. But it was so fun to do this, just make a large Churn Dash block and cut it into 4 quarters and twist the pieces to make the zig zags. Yes fun and easy!

That's it for now, Sew on