Friday, August 29, 2014

Mary's Garden

First off I want to thank everyone for sounding in on my Love Ida quilt.  I was so happy to have such an unanimous decision.  I was leaning that way but was worried that I might be being lazy.  Glad to hear it is the right design decision and it's the easy one also.  What a bonus.
Also a bonus is my newest finsih.  I can't tell you how thrilled I am to have finished Mary's Garden.  It turned out even better than I imagined.  I love all it's bright, happy scrappiness.
And I must say it looks fabulous on my bed with my double wedding ring quilt and Love pillow.
Makes me smile first thing in the morning and is so welcoming at night.  To celebrate I'm linking up with Sarah's Whoop Whoop.  Make sure you check out what others are whooping about.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Yesterday I started a piano key border for my Love Ida Quilt. I thought it was the way I wanted to finish this quilt.  But the more I got done the busier it got and the less I liked the idea. 
I thought if I continued the green diamonds.  Giving a little more space for the eye to rest that it would be better.  I like it. 
 But I also like it this way.
What are your thoughts?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Low Volume Play

Sometimes you need a little play as a reward for a finishing a tough job.  Every year for the past six years I've been in charge of Jr. High carpool.  This year was especially tough.  I've been blessed with more wonderful youth in my life in recent months.  Love them all and don't want to leave anyone out.  This being the case carpool was a little tricky.  After finally getting everyone's schedule to work for getting 15 kids to and from school.  I popped me some kettle corn and grabbed a pile of scraps.
 Then mindlessly began to sew.  In no time at all I had the beginning of a background.
 A home for a few blue bird dresdens.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Stars At Sea

This month's Scrap Squad quilt was a fun one for me.  I love the illusion of curvy lines and the movement they create. 
Rummaging through my scrap bins to find the right fabrics is always a favorite past time.
 Finding the right color placement as I made the blocks.
 Then playing with the blocks to create the flow and movement I wanted.
 You can read all about my process here, at Quilty Pleasures.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Quilt St. George

Registration has started for Quilt St. George.  I'm excited to be able to go this year.  The weather there will be so much nicer than what it is where I live.  I'm excited to meet new people and make new friends.  I will be teaching the following classes.
 Sunshine on a Cloudy Day.

Mad Dash

and Divine.
Hope to see you there.

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Little Experimental Play

 I think it is great fun to see the many ways you can put the same block together.  You may remember when I was playing with the free four all block here.  Half square triangles and log cabins are a couple of blocks that are fun to do this with.  I've had this quilt on my rocking chair.  The majestic mountain border has been speaking to me.  Telling what fun it would be to play with it's pieces.  So I made a few.
 And started to play,
and play
 and play some more.

 I think I will have to make some more of these blocks.
There seems to be a lot of potential here.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Making A Little Love

Do you remember the fabric I made in my scrappy play?  Well I found it a home in this fun pillow.
I sketched it out on graph paper after measuring my pillow.  The 'V' was a little tricky but we managed.  DD thinks it's cuuute.  I tend to agree.  Must say I'm having a ton of fun with these scrappy little projects.

Monday, August 11, 2014

To The Nines

I'm still working on quilting Mary's Garden.  I've made a note to myself that when quilting a larger quilt I must have other little things to work on.  If anything is bigger than a throw I feel like I'm running a marathon and I've hit a wall.  So after quilting 14 bobbins worth of thread I took a break and went back to my scrappy play.  I added some grey blocks to go with my scrappy nine patches.  Did a little big stitch quilting and created this little pillow.
Now that I've had a little break I'm ready to go back to Mary's Garden.

Friday, August 8, 2014

I Heart Crayons

Who doesn't love a new box of crayons?  The possibilities are endless.  DD thinks it's horrid that their are back to school adds now.  The last two mornings on my walk they have been repainting the crossing walks in front of the two schools I walk by.  It is inevitable summer is ending and fall will soon be here.  While at the store yesterday I passed a big box of crayons and could not resist the urge to buy them. 
 All our current crayons are dull, broken, and no longer hold the charm they once had when they were fresh out of the box.  So what do you do with all those old crayons.  I've been perusing pintest with that goal in mind.  I've found a few things worth trying. Yesterday my friend Ruth and I tried one out.  We melted the crayons and used them to paint on fabric.  The tutorial is here.  I started with houses.

Ruth did houses with flying geese.  Yes, she is a better painter than me.  You had to paint fast as the crayon cools and then it is useless to paint with.

Next we ironed them.  I went first and we soon found out that you have to press and not move the iron around or your colors melt into each other.
 Lesson learned Ruth's turned out better.

I think there is great potential here.  Once you get all the wax out I think it would be fun to do some bobbin drawing and free motion quilting.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Squiggles and Doodles

My scrappy play from the last post is in various stages of completeness. I hope to be able to share them soon.  I have also been working on quilting Mary's Garden.  You can see the different stages of this quilt here, here and here.  I'm outlining the daisies the meandering in tight squiggles around them to make them pop.
 Because the tulips are bigger I'm doing a little more quilting in them.  Then continuing with the tight squiggles.
Slowly but surely I'm getting it done.  

Monday, August 4, 2014

Scrap Happy Play

Sometimes after completing a project I need a little play.  Not that every project I finish has an element of play, but I like to let go a structure and be spontaneous.  Pull out my scrap been and just let things happen.  Take for instance these little 1 1/2" squares I found in the bin from a recent project.  I mindlessly put them together to create this 'make me smile' nine patches.
 When the little squares were gone I started sewing bits together to create a little fabric.
 Finally I cut up some bigger pieces from the scrap bins into strips.
What will become of all this play only time will tell, but ideas are forming.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tying the Knot and a Winner

After being romanced into working on this project again.  I'm happy to announce we are tying the knot.  All blocks are done and sewn into a top.  I'm thinking of a piano key border to finish it off.  
Here is the quilt by my Great Grandma Ida made that inspired.  I can't wait to show my grandma my rendition.  
Now for what many of you have been waiting for; a winner in last weeks giveaway.  The random number generator selected #33.  Julie of Better Than I Deserve is our lucky winner.  If you will please send me your snail mail I will mail the newest issue of McCall's Quilting to you.  Congrats!  Hope you enjoy it.