Friday, September 28, 2012

Playing

The free for all blocks are done.  So I've been playing.  My first arrangement went like this.
But then I realized, I arranged my blocks like this last time I made a free for all quilt.  With so many ways to arrange these blocks, it seemed a shame to repeat so I rearranged them like this.
N came into to my sewing room and said that would look cool as a spiral.  So I arranged a little more and came up with this.  I think we've found a winner.
Now to find some time to sew it all together.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Little Uninterrupted Quilting Time

It's amazing what a little uninterrupted quilting time will do.  I didn't quite get to all the projects I packed but I did get a good amount done.  Like this free for all of four patches, moved a few steps closer to becoming a top.  Nothing was bigger than 2 1/2" in fact a lot of them were only 1 1 /2" big.  Now they are all 4 1/2" big. Hoping soon to be bigger and into one of these quilts.  Looking forward to playing with the blocks and choosing a pattern.
I was also able to put together Josh's quilt.  He is pretty pleased.  I'm thinking it might need to be a little bigger so we have more hang over the sides of the bed.  So I'll be making a few more blocks to accomplish this.  But I think it will be pretty great when it is done.
Yeah!  for productive sewing.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Crazy Lovin' Blocks

Friday night I taught my Crazy Love class.  I had some fun lovin' women in my class, who although shy made some very lovely blocks.  Carol Ann was my only student willing to pose with her beautiful blocks.  
Here are Nancy's.  I love the colors she is using.

I made up a few kits from scraps I had on hand for anyone who wanted to use them.  Ruth made these little pretties using one of those kits

As did Clella.  I was so proud of Clella for sticking with the heart in a heart square.  It really is not an easy block to make but she was determined to figure it out and made two.  Most of the others were just happy to move on to other things.

Victoria was prolific.  She whipped though the hearts and really enjoyed making all the letters.

Winnie didn't want the class to end.  She was having fun making lots of wonky hearts.  I love her little one with wings.

Thank you ladies for taking the class.  I really enjoyed having you.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Doing A Very Happy Dance

I couldn't sleep this morning because I was so excited for my trip.  So I got up early and went for a walk.  When I got home around 6 my son, Alex's light was on and the window was open so I could not resist a little pre-Halloween boo.  I scared him good.  It was very funny.  Great way to start my day and give him a little adrenaline rush to keep his mind fresh for the test he got up early to take.
Then I came inside and opened my email to find some very exciting news indeed.  My quilt for the EZ Dresden challenge won a Judges Choice Award.  I was ecstatic!  Alex was not as happy.  I guess it serves me right for giving him the scare.  I had to impatiently wait for the rest of the house to wake up to share my good news.  It was sooooo hard. 
I have to borrow the quilt from my dear friend, Holly to send off to be photographed and displayed at Fall Market.  Thankfully she understands that when I give her quilts this sometimes happens.
And the really cool thing is that I won books from two of my favorite quilters.  One from Victoria, can barely  wait for this one.  But wait I will have to do as it's not due out until Nov.
And the other from the very talented Jacquie.  I don't have to wait as long for this awesome book.    
Could a morning get any better?  I don't think so.  Now I'm off for a very fun rest of the week doing happy dances all the while.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Getting Ready to Play

As I mentioned in the previous post, I'll be doing a binding demo at the Utah Quilt Guild Annual Meeting.  I will also be teaching a class on this quilt.  Well, the demo is on Tuesday and my class is not until Friday.  so I have a little time to play.  So I finished cutting out my leaders and enders quilt, another free four all quilt.  You can find directions for it on my tutorial page.
Then I delved into my scraps for another scrappy quilt.  Because I love to play with my scraps.  This will be a Japanese x and + quilt.  I changed the sizes I cut things so it would be friendly with the left over jelly roll and layer cake pieces I had.  
If you would be interested in these dimensions let me know.  I'll do a tute for them when I get back.  Now I'm off to get everything else ready for my week of play.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Practice, Practice, Practice.

Earlier this year my friend, Diane, asked me to make a quilt for a Quilts of Valor challenge.  She told me if I did she would quilt a few Happy Chemo quilts for me.  So I took her up on the challenge and made this quilt.        and gave her a few tops and backs to quilt for me.  I recently got a call from her telling me they were done.  We met and she gave me these beautifully quilted treasures. 
I love when people think to make manly quilts for happy chemo.  I think we hear a lot about women and breast cancer and I get many beautiful women's quilts.  But I think we some times forget that men get cancer too, and that they would appreciate a quilt also.  So these new additions are perfect, especially when photographed with my hubby and son's motorcycles in the background.  That tail you see on the one quilt is it's binding.  I was going to finish it up today but may wait and use it for a binding demo I'm doing on Tuesday at the Utah Quilt Guild's Annual Fest.  If your going to be there stop by and see me.  If not you can follow my tute.
This is the back of a third quilt Diane did for me.  Yes I think I got the better end of the deal.    Aren't the southwest shapes fun?
Even with Diane's generous quilting I still always have a few Happy Chemo quilts that I must quilt myself.   Which I guess is good, as it gives me time to practice my machine quilting.  Like I did on this lovely lone star top someone donated.  There was lots of room for machine quilting.
  So I  practiced
practiced 
practiced.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Look who's cookin' Now

Cookin' at Moda Bake Shop that is.  I baked up this fun zig zag quilt.  I call it Bloomin' Peaks.  It just the right size for a picnic or to snuggle under after a day on the slopes.
And you can make these cute little blocks blocks to turn into coasters for your cocoa.  Just sew two of the  trimmed triangles together, sandwich, quilt and bind.
I got the block made and hope to have the coaster soon.  I apologize for all those here from the Bake Shop looking for the promised project.  I had a friend/neighbor pass away last week and this didn't get done.  If you're here for the first time.  Check out my tutorial page.   It is full of free quilt patterns and quilting tips.  Thanks for stopping by.  I'm off to finish the coasters. I have a little time before the snow flies.  Then I'll be ready for a fun snowy weekend at the lodge.  I can barely wait.  After all winter is my favorite season and cocoa is a  great weakness of mine. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Unwind

After a busy first week of school, that threw me a few unexpected loops, my family is settling into a routine and I was finally able to find some time to enjoy my sewing room.  During the summer I was forever late at getting my bee blocks done so I was bond and determined not to be late again.  I enjoyed making two granny squares for Elizabeth in our String me Along bee. Then I set to playing in my scraps to make the word 'unwind' for Christine and our Sew Bee Wonky group.
Next I set to work on spiderweb blocks for Laura

and Jackie.
It was so pleasant to just sit and sew.  I hope these fine ladies enjoy their blocks as much as I enjoyed making them.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Winner, Winner, Winner

Did you think I feel off the face of the earth?  Man life has been crazy.  I thought it would slow when school started.  Not, and although I did get some much needed house cleaning done yesterday,  finding time to create a fun package for the scrap giveaway as eluded me.  I finally stole a few moments this afternoon and made this little bag.  I stuffed it to the brim with scrappy goodness.  Now the moment you have been waiting for.  Drum roll please.  Thrrrrrrr
1- 44 entered in the random number generator and #1 came out.  That is....
Pat, she said...
Wonky log cabins. Love all scraps and use them almost everyday.

Please contact me Pat with your snail mail and I'll pop this off to you.

Thanks to everyone for playing along.  Hope you had a scrap happy summer!