Friday, May 27, 2011

Proud Momma

With my Josh graduating and my N finishing up his Eagle Project, there just has not been a lot of time for me to sew.  Instead I thought I'd use this chance to show off my talented kids.  Below is Joshua playing on the potter's wheel.  He is getting pretty good.  I love all the pots he has made me. 
 Here is his latest. 

 Here is my N giving the wheel a go.  He is new to it but is learning fast.
 His passion is drawing.  This is his final project for his art class.
This little elfin man was carved by my DD the last time we visit my mom and dad.  I think she has some of my mom's great talent. 
 In fact, I think all my children do.  So thankful for their artistic abilities and for a mother who taught me to develop mine so I could in turn teach my children.

(I didn't forget my Alex, but he's been so busy with his engineering degree that his artistic indevors have been put on the back burner.  If you would like to see Alex's latest look here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Quick Look And A Question

It is my turn to be the Queen Bee in my Sew Bee Wonky Group. I wanted a Valentine Quilt and took my inspiration from this quilt of Victoria's. The blocks have started to come in and I'm so excited! Here is a quick look at what I have so far.
Also on the design wall are these happy, wonky, maverick stars. I'm teaching I'm A Maverick Star and my Breathe quilt at Quilt Walk in a couple of weeks. There are a few openings if you would like to join me. I gave my Maverick Star quilt to a very courageous little boy and don't feel right about stealing even for a little while. You can read about him here. So I'm making another. It's good mindless sewing after a couple of busy stressful weeks. And I'm sure I can find this one a good home too when I'm done. Maybe another Happy Chemo Quilt.

Speaking of Happy Chemo you still have a few days to get your quilt in for a chance at a fat quarter stack. Email me if you need my address. Also there will be a room set up at Quilt Walk where you can help make quilts for this deserving cause. So in between classes you can join other great quilters having fun doing what you love, make a few new friends and help bring comfort to someone that is going through the not so fun experience of Chemo. Hope you will join me.

Now for my question; I was visiting blogs yesterday and every time I went to leave a little love and encouragement Blogger had me popping up as anonymous. I tried to fix it but couldn't figure out how. The first couple of blogs I went to wouldn't allow anonymous comments so I gave up on leaving comments. Has this ever happened to you? What did you do to fix it? Any help would be appreciated.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Find The Good

I've been on a circle kick lately when it comes to quilting. So I went on a quest to find some great circle quilts on flickr. I believe I've fond a few treasures, like this great one by Mary. I love Mary's use of color. And who doesn't love dots?

New York Beauty-licious!!!By Molly Fanders
Next up is this beauty. Look at these gorgeous giant circles. What a great way to use oriental fabric.
Japanese Circles QuiltBy MeliBismakingthings
I love the bold colors in this one. And cool stripe fabric running through the circles is awesome.
Circle Quilt 2009By MariQuilts
I'm loving all the different fabrics in this cozy circle quilt.
Another circle quiltBy Clothwork
And this one is just plain fun. I like how some of those little black circles look like spiders and the circles in circles are delightful.
welcome to the world quiltBy hollyhollyoxenfree
Hope you enjoyed these wonderful circle quilts. That they inspire you and get your creative juices flowing. If you have any suggestions for future Find The Good posts let me know what you would like to see. I'll be happy to go on a treasure hunt for what pleases you.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Better Late Than Never

With all the excitement around Market and working to get things done to display Julie's fabric the Bloggers Quilt Festival slipped my mind. That is until I say Amy at the meet up and started seeing all the beautiful quilts popping up on people's blogs. This is such a fun tradition I don't want to miss out on the fun. So I'm joining in. I figure, better late than never.

Amy's Creative Side

The quilt I chose this time is my Kelidoscope quilt. I chose it for many reasons. The main one being that I made it with a dear friend. She and I sewing in my sewing room chating and laughing will always be a charished part of this quilt. So not only does it hold the memories of all the scraps of every quilt that came before it but the fond memories of sewing with my friend.

So that when I wrap up in it I'm reminded of so many good things, how could it not be a favorite?

Make sure you visit Amy's great blog and check out all the other quilts in the Festival. There are some real beauties.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Find the Good

As you know International Quilt Market was this last weekend. Well on Saturday evening there was a blogger's meet up and I'm so glad I went. I got to meet in person a few people that I've only know through the Internet. And can I tell you it was delightful. I remembered my camera but to my dismay I left the memory card at home. So a lot of good it did me. I still want to share with you the wonderful people I met so with their permission I'm sharing their beautiful work for this weeks Find the Good.
I started blogging about two and half years ago. Jacquie's blog was one of the first I found, and I'm so glad I did. I have learned so many wonderful things from this very talented lady. I hoping next year we will be able to have her come and teach at Utah Quilt Guild Annual meeting. Wouldn't that be awesome! I definitely think so. I will never for get when she made this fun little neighborhood and imagined various bloggers as neighbors. I was thrilled to be among them living in the little apartment building. Meeting her in person was fabulous.little quilty neighborhood
ByJacquie of Tallgrass Prairie Studio

I also got to meet Victoria. Another great experience for me. I couldn't believe it when I saw her from across the room. And was so excited when I finally made it to her and was able to introduce myself. I love her whimsy in piecing. She has helped me play and experiment and get outside the box. So thankful for all I've learned from her. It was hard for me to pick just one of her fabulous quilts. I chose her Everything But the Kitchen Sink because it inspires me so. I've started collecting blocks to make my own.
Everything but the Kitchen Sink quiltBy Victoria Findlay Wolfe of Bumble Beans Inc.

While chatting with these fine ladies I met Shae from The Empty Bobbin. Isn't that such a great name? How many miles have you sewn on a empty bobbin. Me? More than I want to admit. I had never been to her site before Saturday. It's a treasure let me tell you. Make sure you go check it out. I chose her fun sewing machine cover to highlight this lovely lady's talent. I so need one of these.
There were also familiar faces, like Katy From The Blue Chair She is one of the talented ladies from the Salt Lake City Modern Quilt group. She is bubbly and fun. Don't you just love these cute little elephants she made recently? It was nice to talk with her. Looking forward to seeing her again this Thursday at quilt group.
Elephant Family
There were many other talented people there. Wish I could highlight everyone.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Circa 1934

I'm sorry to be posting late. I told you I would post more projects I made with my sister, Julie's new line for Moda. But blogger was down this morning when I tried. And I spent the rest of the day at International Quilt market. What a treat! It's so great to have Julie for my sister!

Well on to the fun things I was able to create with Julie's Circa 1934. First I made a simple checkbook cover. I fussy cut this fun saying off her project board fabric. I thought it was perfect for this little project.
Next I made a little change purse, also fussy cut from the project board fabric. There are so many possibilities with this project board fabric. I also covered a button to go on the zipper pull.

I used four more of the project board sayings for this fun bag. It has lots of pockets inside.

Finally, I used the typewriter keys and covered buttons to make this bracelet for my great sister.

Thanks Julie for this great opportunity. I really enjoyed working with your fabric.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Can You Spare A Dime

It's time for spring market. I had planned on having a booth this year since it's in my own backyard. But life through me a curve ball. And when it was time to be reserving a booth I was making weekly visits to the chemo lab. Whimp that I am I didn't dare commit my time and money when I didn't know if my body was going to cooperate. I had decided being small and selling local wasn't so bad. The shops I sell to are wonderful, the owners talented caring people, and I enjoy my visits with them. Still I was a little disappoionted. So imagine my excitement when my sister, Julie, asked me to design a quilt for her new fabric line, Circa 1934. Cosmo Cricket is now designing for Moda and I must say Moda did a great job with Julie's newest creation. Going with the 1934 theme I created 'Can You Spare A Dime'. I had fun playing with the circle theme that is present in this new line, from the old fashioned typewriter keys to my beloved polka dots. So I appliqued circles on point and continued the theme in the quilting then because it felt right I put on a dotty binding. This was a great line to work with. In fact I'll be showing you on Friday a few other creations that I made with Julie's great fabric.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Find the Good

If you've read my blog for very long you know I believe quilters to be some of the most generous people. When they see a need the jump in both feet first and do their best to relieve that need.
Modern Relief Win!By the girlwhoquilts
So when Flightin from my Twist on Tradition bee mentioned that she needed help spreading the word about a quilt that she is giving away in exchange for a donation to Japan as Modern Relief.
{Modern} ReliefBy Quilt Dad
I decided to use today's Find the Good to spotlight a few of the Modern Relief quilts.
Pat Sloan Modern Relief Japan Lunar moonBy Pat Sloan
Some real beauties that are being used to make the world a better place.
{Modern}Relief-JapanBy Isaacsmama
So pop on over to her sight and see the beautiful quilt and jelly roll she has to offer and if you can make a donation to Modern Relief.
Ginger Blossom Quilt for { Modern } ReliefBy twinfibers
Thanks and have a great day!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Joyous Web of Color and More

I'm so in love with this quilt. As it grew on the design wall it lit a fire in me to make all my blocks. It was so fun to watch my scraps become something beautiful. Not that there isn't a certain amount of beauty in a bin of scraps. If it weren't for other obligations this quilt would have a stop border and I would be working on a nice scrappy border. But soon I plan on making this a finish. I can't wait to spread it out at the park while my little girl plays and read a book. Doesn't that sound perfect? Now a special thanks to Lyn for this sweet little quilt for Happy Chemo.

Just a reminder there's a chance to win a fat quarter pack if you donate to this great cause by the end of the month. Thanks again Lyn for helping raise the Quiltometer.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Blast From the Past

I've been busy working on things I can't show at this time so I thought I would share some great old quilts that were shown at my last quilt guild meeting. I like to draw inspiration from old quilts when creating new ones. I know that others do too. So here is a little inspiration. I think this would be so pretty in some Kaffe or Amy Butler. Two tone quilts always strike me. It just amazes me all the interest that can be created with just two colors.

This stunning double wedding rings makes me want to grab my scraps and go to town. This quilt is on my someday list. Oh that there were more hours in the day.

What vintage quilts have you seen recently that have inspired you? I would love to hear abou them. Please share.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Find The Good

All the blocks are made for my spiderweb quilt so to celebrate I'm featuring spiderweb quilts in this weeks Find the Good.

I really like the way Katy used different fabrics for the stars in this beauty.

6 rows of spideys (2 more to go)By I'm a Gingermonkey

I love how the blue frames each spiderweb in this quilt. It really sets off the red stars.

004 By Taffy Jane-Des

I love the stop border and piano keys on this quilt. I'm thinking this is how I will finish mine. And don't you just love how fun the buttons in the middle of the stars are? Just makes me smile.

Spiderweb of Color By Stella Blu

I really admire all of Linda's work. She has a real gift for making things pop, like the way the gold in the centers of these spiderwebs.

T-Spiderweb Scrappy By Linda Rotz Miller

And I couldn't let this one go by without sharing it. I love the stainglass feel and the fabrics are gorgeous.

Spiderweb quilt By Lenarod8

Hope you enjoyed this weeks Find the Good. Make sure you follow the links so you can find even more good things. Have a great day!