Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Hallows Eve

Tomorrow is Halloween.
Are you ready for spooks and goblins at your house?

Last night we had our church Halloween party.

The young women and their leaders, of which I am one, created these fun silhouettes for the decorations. 

Aren't they amazing?!

I sure think so.
Hope you have a Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Call me Grace

I enlisted the help of my friends Suzy and Ruthie to baste my double wedding ring quilt.  They think I'm crazy to do this on my Bernina.
And they may be right about the crazy part.   But with the table behind my machine and another to the side it I'm not wrestling at all.  No shoulders in my ears.  And the only reason I'm a little sore is because I tripped up the stairs the other day.  Just call me grace.  

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Cookin' Up Some Halloween Fun

A few weeks ago, you might remember, I was at Quilts Etc demoing perfect circle applique.  I had made my circles from a layer cake of Boo Crew that was lurking in my lair.   Because I have enough ghosts from projects past haunting me I decided to put these to rest.  I brewed them up into a not so scary runner. 
The recipe for which you can find on Moda Bake shop.   

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I Heart this Project

 When I received my Great Grandma Ida's quilt I was elated.  I just love the design!  I love it so much I wanted to create my own rendition of grandma's quilt.  I have run into a few hiccups in this process.  Like when i ran out of the heart fabric.  Thank you to everyone that helped me to locate some more.
Well the newly found fabric arrived but progress on this sweet little quilt was not happening.  That changed when I went away for a few weekends.  The DWR was too hard to take traveling so I got this one ready.  I got all the applique ready in open sew at quilt fest.  Turned them at a fun concert by Six Small Words.  Then got busy sewing at my parents this weekend and made a few more blocks.
Good thing, my grandma ( Ida's daughter) wants to see my rendition.  I've been putting her off because I felt there wasn't much to show.  With my small progress I think I'll give her a peek.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fun Finds

When I visit my parents it's a given we will be going garage sailing.  It's always fun to see what treasures you can find.  I found some good ones this time.  Like this cute little sewing box.  I love the color!
I had to laugh when I found this great stitchery.  It reminded me of my DD.  Who seldom finds pleasure with needle and thread.  In case it is hard for you to read it says, "No time is wasted spent making a friend Stitched during the 9th year of my life and I hated every minute of it"   
I also found me some kickers, and cookie cutters.  Neil was pretty pleased with his finds also.  Another wild shirt (with Neil no shirt is too wild), and a jazz band statuette that plays jazz music.  Now Neil wants to go every weekend.  To bad where we live the garage sale season is coming to an end.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My Talented Friends

I am very blessed, not only do I have friends that are kind, generous, and fun to be with.  They are extremely talented.  In the quilt show at Annual Fest several of them won awards.  This fabulously fun quilt by Lorri won best of show at the Utah State fair.  The only fault the judges found was that they felt the bustle was too big.  I beg to differ.  I wish this picture did Lorri's work justice.  The detail she put into it with applique and embellishments is phenomenal.  

Kaye Evans was in my guild when I first started quilting over 15 years ago.  I have learned so much from her.  The next two quilts are hers.

Don't you just love her use of Kaffe fabrics.  You should google her name since her blog is not active.  She has some pretty amazing quilts.

Finally this amazing machine quilting is done by Lisa Brothman.  I took a class from Lisa a few years ago and she is so knowledgeable when it comes to machine quilting.  I learned so much and I'm a better quilter today because of her.  You'll also have to google Lisa.  I promise you will not be disappointed.

Thanks for letting me share the talent of a few of my wonderful friends.  Hope you enjoyed the show.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fortunately Dreams Did Not Come True

I woke up Saturday after a nightmare.  I dreamed that I left to teach my class in plenty of time but when I arrived I was a half hour late.  To make matters worse I had lost my voice.  When I recovered and began to teach my class it was the wrong class.  So I felt a little disconcerted as I left for my class.  

Fortunately none of my dream came true.  Listening to the hum of all those sewing machines calmed me.
I enjoyed teaching this wonderful group of ladies.  There were co workers, a mother and daughter, a group of four sisters, an awesome teacher's assistant (who passed out handouts and found us an extra iron.  Thank you Mitzi), and a myriad of other eager to learn quilters. 

That many people in a class room makes for tight quarters and there was quite a bit of bum bumping as we moved around cutting and pressing.

Fortunately quilters make friends quickly. 

I'm ever so thankful for my new quilting friends,

and ever so proud of all the lovely blocks they made.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Progress Report

I've been making slow but steady progress on my DWR Challenge.  It nearly covers my bed now.  I've got to kick it into high gear though, cause it needs to be done by Dec. 1.  I'm a very slow quilter when it comes to getting a top quilted so I know I need to a lot a good chunk of time for that.  And I've never bond something with an edge like this so I need to make sure I give myself plenty of time to learn.
So I'm sewing like crazy.  Here is row six of seven almost complete.

And made fabric for the arc in row seven. 

Crossing my fingers I can get it all done and be sleeping under it for Christmas.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Meet The Teachers

Last night was meet the teachers at the Utah Quilt Guild Annual Fest.  I felt so honored to be among the many talented teachers there.  And imagine my delight to be sitting next to Kim Diehl.  A very talented woman indeed.  I love her scrappy quilts.  Her applique is gorgeous.  I enjoyed getting to know her as we spoke briefly before the meeting.  She is funny and kind.  (After she was a pretty popular lady among all the quilters gathered there.)  For good reason I would say. Here is one of her books full of beautiful treasures and some of those wonderful scrappy quilts I spoke of earlier.
Like I said, I will also be teaching.  My class is full but if you are at the Fest stop by and say 'hi'.  I would love to see you.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Method To My Madness ~ Sunflower

Welcome to the final Method to My Madness at least as far as my garden quilt goes.  Today I will be showing how to make the sunflower.
The templates come from my Garden Party pattern.
You will need an assortment of fabric for the petals.  Depending on how you want to mix and match things you can do them all the same color or up to twelve different.  Because I like scrappy I chose twelve different ones.  You will also need light weight muslin and a background.
Cut out 12 of the smaller templates from your muslin and 12 of the petal templates from your chosen fabrics.

Place a muslin template on top of a petal template right sides together and stitch a 1/4" along the edge.


Then turn right side out.  I use this handy little tool to make the edge crisp.  I won it once at a retreat.  It is basically a piece of wood with a mitered edge. 


Once you have made all your petals arrange them in the order you desire.

Next you will sew them into sets of three.  Start by sewing two together and skipping the third.  I do this so I can chain piece things.  Begin sewing at the bottom edge of your petal and continue sewing until you reach the muslin edge.

Now add your third petal in the same method.

Once you have them in sets of three, sew two sets together.

Finally sew the two sets of six together to complete your ring.  Place this on your background fabric.  Glue or pin in place.

Top stitch in place.  Using my perfect circle method and the template included in the pattern create the center of your flower.  Glue or pin it and top stitch in place.

Your block is complete.  Let me know if you make one.  I would love to see it.
Also if you have enjoyed this series let me know.  I might consider doing it again with the crazy love quilt.  But probably not until after the holidays.

Friday, October 4, 2013

1,2,3 Quilt

I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to review the book, 1,2,3 Quilt.  Next to quilting I love to read, and what is better to read than a quilt book?
When it arrived at my home I had a lovely time perusing it's pages.   Just taking in all the beautiful eye candy.  With it's 24 stylish projects there is plenty of eye candy.  

As I delved deeper I found the directions concise and easy to understand.  Plenty of basic info for the beginner and tips to help the experienced.

Deciding on a project was hard.  There are so many goodies. Fun projects using basics like; squares and triangles, and more advanced ones with circles, hexies, and diamonds.  Even a fun project with reverse applique. I finally picked this cute turtle.  Mostly because I have never done hexies before and wanted to give them a go.  I'm pretty pleased with the results and thankful for the good directions that brought him about.
You can get your own copy of 1,2,3 Quilt at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Indie Bound.  Wherever you get it know it will be a great addition to your quilt library.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Keep it Simple

My neighbor called me recently looking for donations for a service auction.  I told her I would make some hot pads.  I got out my graph paper and went to work.  You might remember that first attempt.  That it was less than successful, at least as far as creating a usable hot pad.  I then put off getting the hot pads done.  The day before I was to have them to my neighbor I realized I had better get busy.  So I needed to do something simple.  I found a fun fabric from my sister, Julie's Circa 1934 line in my stash.  I fussy cut it and added borders.
Used two layers of batting and (my mind has gone blank.  It's the batting you use for hot pads and such that has the bit of metal in it.  You can get it at JoAnn's.  Will someone help me out here?)  Any way I  put a layer of that in as well.  I didn't want anyone's fingers to get burned while using my hot pads.  I layered everything and quilted them.  Made a handle and bond everything together.  

I think they turned out well.  In fact I see more of these in my future.  

Christmas is fast approaching and I think they will make nice gifts.