Thursday, November 28, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

DWR Finish

My DWR is finished!  I can't believe it.  I would never have dreamed I could do a double wedding ring.  I'll admit it really scared me at first.  But a challenge had been given and I love a challenge.  
When I started this challenge I thought I would only make a table runner.  But I feel in love with the design and it grew and grew until I had a queen size quilt for my bed.  
I've had it on my bed for the last few days and every time I see it there it makes me smile.  Sleeping under it is heavenly.  So whether I win the challenge or not this quilt is a winner in my book.


Monday, November 25, 2013

Binding Funfetti

I finished quilting Funfetti over the weekend.  Now to choose a binding.  I thought of doing a red binding all the way around.  It would be easy.  Then the idea came to do a scrappy binding (instructions on doing scrappy bindings here.)
I went though my scrap bins and picked out a few pieces.  

After making the binding I began to sew it on.

I plan on doing the hand sewing as we travel over the river and through the woods to Grandma's house on Wednesday.  

Friday, November 22, 2013

Basted and Ready To Go

First off thank you to everyone for sharing recipes and input on the quilt.  I appreciate your help and can't wait to try all the wonderful crock pot recipes.  They are perfect for busy days and fall weather.

Secondly Funfetti is basted and ready to go. 
Hoping to find a little time today to get her quilted.
Will you find time to sew today?
If so what will you be working on?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Little Help Please

I have been looking for a back for this quilt that my Alex calls the Porsche of quilts and my Josh calls the Mitsubishi quilt. 
I thought this fabric I found on clearance at Fabric.com would be fun.  The dancer combined with the car theme would work and I would then call the quilt "A Night On The Town."  In the picture on Fabric.com it looked white, grey and black.  But when I received it what I thought was white is pink.  Not really a great combo for my masculine quilt.  So my question is should I use it or save it for another project?

My next question is what is your favorite crock pot recipe.  I have a busy couple of days.  Today I will be getting ready for Young Women in Excellence.  An event that we have every year for the young women at church to display what they have been working on in their Personal Progress (a program to help the young women set and achieve goals.)  We will be having dinner so that takes care of DD, hubby, and me.  The boys get to fend for themselves.  I do have leftover lasagna and chimis in the fridge so I know they won't starve.  But tomorrow night I am doing a trunk show (to see where I'll be or to schedule me for a trunk show or class go here) and will need to leave before dinner.  So I'm looking for something to feed the family while I'm away.  If you have a favorite crock pot recipe could you please share.  Me and my family will thank you profusely.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Blessed

It's that wonderful time of year when gratitude fills the air.  We take time to reflect on all that we have been blessed with.  Events of the last few days combined with this reflection have me feeling very grateful.  Let me share.
Recently I had a Happy Chemo Sew In.  This is when I gather fellow quilters and we work together to make quilts for those fighting cancer.  Well, at my most recent one, my friend Ruth brought a mini quilt to share with all who volunteered.  This is the sweet one I received.  I have always loved this little pattern.  I have seen it often on flickr and pintrest and it was on my bucket list.  So imagine my delight when Ruth gave it to me.  It touched my heart that she would not only take time out of her busy day to help me sew for others but that she would also bring me a gift.  Yes I am blessed.
Then last night we held an Eagle Court of Honor for my youngest son, Neil.  Momentous no only for the obvious reason but also it means that all three of my sons achieved this lofty goal.  My heart was touched as friends and family gathered to pay honor to my son.  As I saw leaders who had spent so much of their precious time to mentor my sons and help them to become what they are today.  The moment I watched as Neil was escorted to the Eagles Nest and welcomed by his two older brothers, his friend, and those great men brought tears of joy.  My heart was bursting with gratitude.
YES, I AM BLESSED!
Please take a moment and share with me how you are feeling blessed today, for each of you are a blessing in my life.  Your comments cheer me on.  Your friendship is dear to me.  And hearing that there is good in your life will bless my life also.
Thanks you
Em

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Be Good

I saw this saying on pintrest a few months ago.  I knew then that I wanted it in my home.  I thought about getting it done in vinyl letters.  While on a retreat I found this awesome orange fabric and the wheels in my mind began to turn.  I hadn't done a improvisational quilt for a while.  Words make great improv quilts.  BE THE GOOD would look so good in that orange.  Tuesday I was not feeling my best and mindless sewing always makes me feel better.  So I pulled all my black fabrics out of my scrap bin, grabbed that awesome orange and a blue from my stash and got busy.  I had all the words done by Tuesday night and just had to fill in the spaces yesterday. 
It was just the medicine I needed.  I'm feeling much better now.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Up and Running

The second annual Blackfoot Quilt Fest site is up and running.  You are now able to registrar for classes.  And it looks like they have some great ones.  There are classes on machine quilting, a fun sewing bag and how to get your points pointy and your quilts square.  I'm happy to announce that I will be teaching too. 

 I'll be offering a lecture on No Boring Borders.  Where I will discuss how to pull elements out of your quilt to create a fun pieced border.  I'll have tips on how to make the math easy.  And instructions on how to create various borders. 
I will also be teaching my Ripple quilt.  This layer cake friendly quilt goes together quickly and is a great lesson in gentle curved piecing.
Then last but not least, Divine, a lesson in machine applique.

Hope you can join us.  It's going to be fun!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Is Your House Cold?

 My friend, Suzy once told me her hubby had asked if she thought their house was cold.  No, why she had asked.  She hadn't put on a sweater or anything.  Because you have quilts on all the walls, he responded.  
Do you have quilts on your walls?  I do.  I love to change them with the change of seasons and holidays.  I just put away all the Halloween quilts and have now put up my fall quilts.  Like this apple quilt I made at a sew in several years ago in my local quilt guild.
This falling leaf quilt is one of my first patterns.  It uses reverse applique.  Please ignore the patched wall.  One of my sons got a little rambunctious and put a hole in it.  He patched it but I've been unable to match the paint so he could finish fixing it.  We may have to repaint the whole room and down the hall.  That may teach him to get so rowdy. 
This sunflower is also one of my earlier patterns.  I call it Indian Summer.  Which it appears we are having.  After having snow last weekend we are now enjoying mid 60* 

With temperatures like that my house may not be cold but I'll hang quilts just in case.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Piles of Potential

Anyone that has read this blog for very long knows I truly dislike cutting out fabric.  I see it as the necessary evil.  What has to get done so the fun can begin.  But seeing neat little piles of freshly cut fabric makes me giddy with joy.  These piles of potential call to me.   
Create they say.  Help me to become something great.
Do you have piles of potential in your sewing area?
Are they calling you?
Hope you find time today to answer their call.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Wild Goose Chase Pillows

In the last year, sadly my brother in law, Jon, has lost both of his parents.  When I asked my sister if there was anything I could do she asked if I could make some pillows out of feathers from birds, Jon and his father had hunted. and she gave me a bag of feathers.  I wondered what was the best way to go about this and of course called my mom.  Apparently she had made a down coat for my dad once and told me I would have feathers everywhere.  Armed with this knowledge I made to pillow forms and took them and my bag of feathers outside.  As I stuffed them my dog Spike, had a great time chasing the strays.
Once the pillow forms were made they sat in my sewing room for a month or sew.  This weekend after getting the binding sewing on my DWR I decided I had better finish these up.  A grab a couple of blocks from my Wild Goose Chase. I thought they were fitting for the feathers.   

I'm pleased with how they turned out and was happy that Jon liked them also.

 If you would like to make a couple of these pillows just grab a couple of 12" pillow forms, unless you too have a bag of feathers. Then follow one of my Wild Goose Chase tutorials.  I used this one and this one.   The rest can be found on my tutorial page.

Friday, November 1, 2013

If Your Ever in a Bind

Have you ever been so close to your goal you could taste it, but so tired you didn't know if you could push through to the end?   That is how I felt last night as I finished up the quilting on my DWR.  I told my mom I felt like I was running a marathon and had hit a wall.  But my mom being my best cheerleader pushed me on and I did it!  THANKS MOM!!!
Next step to bind.  I've spent a little time looking for tutorials on how best to bind the scalloped edge.  I think I'll use this one.  It has good step by step directions and their results looked the best.  So I'm trimming the edge and after I finish my now late bee blocks I'll figure out the binding. 

I would like to do a scrappy binding but I'm a little worried about seams and the little divots in the scallops.  What are your thoughts?