Monday, March 31, 2014

Divine Class

I had a wonderful weekend at the Blackfoot quilt retreat.  The classes I taught went well and I thoroughly enjoyed each one.  I only got pictures in my Divine class so I will share those with you.  Here is Kim with her cute drunkard's path border coming together. 
Jeanette busy creating the leaves for her vines

 I love that Salena reversed the light and dark of her quilt.  Making the leaves, vine, and border light and the background dark.
 Judy centering her circle
Michelle, Sue and Brittanie,a family of quilters working on their quilts

I asked them all to send me pictures when they are done.  They all had such lovely fabric.  I hope they will, cause I can't wait to see them.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Busy Busy

I know life is busy for everyone these days.  So much to do.  So many places to be.  We run faster and faster.  The last few days have seemed to be especially busy.  Hence the skipped blog post.  Wednesday I got a call from Christian's mom.  She had all his t-shirts and wanted to make a quilt to display at the funeral, but she didn't have time.  Could I please help.   How could I say no?  I knew I would be leaving in two days to teach at a retreat and time was of the essence.  I also know that I have wonderful neighbors, several who sew, that could help.  
First thing I watched a youtube video on t-shirt quilts.  Then I walked down and picked up the t-shirts and got busy cutting them out and fusing interfacing to them to keep them from stretching.  Figured out a layout and by dinner I had a top.  Because I was leaving I called one of my quilting neighbors to add borders and a fun jumbo ric rac trim.  It will be displayed as a top at the funeral and I will quilt it when I get back.  I'll show it then as in my rush no photos happened.

Once Christians quilt was in the good hands of my neighbor I got busy sewing prairie points on this fun little flying geese quilt.  I use TOAR and had a few of my friends help me with the paper at my Flaming Gorge retreat. 

I'll be using it in my class this afternoon on No More Boring Borders.  Got to run.  I need to be leaving if I'm going to be in Blackfoot in time.  Busy Busy.  Good luck everyone with your busy day.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tribute To A Maverick Star

My heart is sad today.  I lost some one I love yesterday.  Christian was an almost twelve year old that lived two doors down from me.  Our families have been friends for years.  We barbecue in the  summer.  I quilt with his mom and sister.  My boys are good friends with his older brother.  I was his primary teacher at church when he was younger and made this quilt for him then.  It made me so happy that he loved it so and decorated his whole room around it.
Christian's life was not easy.  He was born with spina bifida and has had many other health problems, but he was a fighter and a joy to his friends and family.  I will miss saying hi to him while walking by his house.  He would often be out in his wheelchair playing baseball with his nurse.  He would bat while his nurse threw pitches.  He was a tease and often made me laugh.
Good bye Christian; you are an awesome maverick star!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Creative Clutter

I've started my second Scrap Squad quilt.  I played with color and a little with the design in EQ.  Then it was down to my sewing room.  Scraps were flying as I pulled bits I thought would work.  With piles of scraps organized by color I began cutting.

I just cut a couple of rows to begin with, because while I was cutting other ideas started forming and I didn't want to get ahead of myself if things were going to change.

As I started to sew I began to have doubts.  Does this ever happen to you?  I pretty sure that everything will work out in the end, but I'm a little concerned.  Having a hard time taking my own advice 'Don't over think it.' I'm afraid the creative clutter in my sewing room has taken over my head. What do you do when this happens to you?  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sunshine On A Cloudy Day

It has been snowy and cloudy the last two days, while I have quilted and bond this lap size quilt.  The bright colors have been a ray of sunshine through this gloom.  So I think it only fitting I name it Sunshine On A Cloudy day.
I quilted the outlined of the star and then did pebble quilting around the background to make the star stand out more. I stitched in the ditch around the star block and then using 1" tape I stitched inside the frame a couple of time.  Finally, I stitched in the ditch and 1" from each seam rays coming out from the star.  Bond it all in navy and this ray of sunshine is complete.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Quilting A Rainbow of Color

Happy St. Patty's Day to you!  Hope you are lucky today, that you get a kiss whether you are Irish or not, and nobody pinches you to hard.
To celebrate this fine holiday I'm quilting a rainbow of color.  Do you remember all these pretty half square triangles from Moda's Bella Solids?  Well they are a top now.  I basted it last Tuesday with the help of my friend Sue and felt it fitting to quilt it on St. Patty's.  Now I may not find a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow but a finished quilt is pretty close.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy Pi Day

Today is 3/14 and therefore pi day.  My two oldest sons are studying to be engineers and math is a big part of that so we celebrate pi day.  I made pineapple smoothies for breakfast.  We will have pot pie and coconut cream pie for dinner.  I have math jokes and activities planned for tonight.  And here on my blog I am re-posting my perfect circle tutorial.  Hope you have a great pi day!
There are times when you need the perfect circle on your quilt.  Blocks like drunkards path and Dresden plates are a couple of examples.
Or sometimes it's just fun to make a circle block.

If the perfect circle eludes you; here is a little trick that may help.

First cut the size of circle you need for your block out of card stock.  Or you can recycle an old cereal or cracker box.
Next place your card stock circle on top of your fabric and cut a generous 1/2" seam allowance all the way around. 

Then set your sewing machine stitch to its greatest length and stitch a 1/4" all the way around your fabric circle.

Gather just until the edges start to turn up on your circle.

Then place your card stock circle in the center of your fabric circle and continue to gather until your fabric circle encases your card stock circle.

Press using steam to set edge of circle.

Pop out your card stock circle.  Place your fabric circle where you need it on your block and top stitch in place.

And there you have it a perfect circle.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Little Show and Tell

 Show and tell is one of my favorite parts of the retreat.  I love seeing what everyone has created.  There is so much variety.  It is inspiring and often adds to my bucket list.  Plus it is fun to see how proud everyone is of their finishes.  Just look at Jackie, doesn't that face say it all.  
Her sister, Janell, was working on an art quilt.  Recreating a picture of Jackie, herself and their mother.  It was so neat to watch her work.  This is going to be an amazing quilt. 
I loved Sue's parade.  She cut those silhouettes out by hand.  They are not dye cut.  Isn't that amazing? 

Lorri's carpenter star is so cheery and bright.
 Carmen's quilt that she has been promising her grandson is finally a top.

 And Judy's beginning to a Kim Deihl scrappy star.  Love that cheddar background.
 And Toni's beautiful courthouse steps.
So much wonderful eye candy.  Thank you Toni and Peggy for another great retreat!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Glamping with Friends

Apparently my friends and I think alike, for while I was making camper pincushions my friends, Lorri and Michelle were planning a fun glamper  For those who may not know glamping is a form of glamorous camping.  Women fix up retro campers and dress in 50's garb and camp together.
Sue's camper

So Lorri and Michelle had everyone bring two sets fat eighths to exchange with the rest of the group.  They provided the sky, ground fabrics and pictures of various pictures of campers.    

Michelle's Camper
Then we each set about making our camper.  Isn't it fun to see how different they all turned out.    Love all the personality.

Lorri's camper
Since I'm not much of a glamour girl I did a hippie bus.   After all my hubby calls me his hippie wife.

It was a fun retreat.  Love these talented ladies.  I'll share our show and tell soon.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Black Tie Affair

I've officially finished and posted my first quilt for Quiltmaker Magazine's Scrap Squad.  It's an honor to be included in such a group of talented ladies.  So I'm getting all dressed up and celebrated in black tie style, or at least my quilt is.  I present to you in all his finery "A Black Tie Affair."  My rendition of 'Summer Love.'
I was going for a masculine look and I think I succeeded as my boys are calling it 'The Man Quilt.'  I changed the setting triangles by designing pieced ones to include more black ties.  You can read more of my process on Quilty Pleasures.  Josh has claimed it already.  He was the one cleaning the living room where I had placed it after photographing it.  His reward for cleaning.  I guess that means Alex gets the Mitsubishi quilt .  Better finish it up soon.  I've been putting it off because they both wanted it.  
Linking up with Sarah for a little Whoop Whoop!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Off We Sew

  I saw this little camper pin cushion on pintrest. I thought they were very cute.  

 About this time every year I go with a bunch of my friend up to Flaming Gorge for a quilt retreat.  Since many of my fellow quilters at the retreat are campers I thought they would make fun gifts.  So I made a whole fleet.
Now off we sew :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Killing Many Birds With One Stone

I needed to make a gift, my strip bin was over flowing, and I can always use practice on my free motion quilting.  So combining these objectives I made a simple table runner.   Just random low volume strips, a couple pieced ones thrown in for fun.
I have a board on pintrest that I pin quilting designs I want to try.  I had fun trying a few of these out in each of the strips; feathers, hearts, l's and e's, leaves, etc.  I find a small project like this is good for practice.  I can try lots of things and there isn't the bulk of a quilt to complicate things.
I'm pretty pleased with the results.  And happy to get to check off a few things on the to do list.