Monday, April 30, 2018

Moving It Forward

My design wall was bare. So I decided to throw these blocks up.  I knew I still had several blocks to make in order to have enough for the size quilt I wanted. But I wanted to start arranging and playing with ideas.
So in addition to the blocks I dove into my bits bin and go these pretty little bits. So I could make more blocks.
 Here is the idea I'm toying with. I'm thinking of a gradation from light to dark gray blocks. I've got all the light gray blocks about done. But since I've still got about 15 each of the other two grays this is bond to change a little.
Hoping to find a little time this week to finish up the blocks and settle on a design. The weather is suppose to be raining so I won't feel guilty sewing instead of working in the yard.

Now it's your turn to show us what you've been up to. Link up and let us see your progress.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Generous Quilters

I've been doing a lot of secret sewing this week. So I have noting of my own to show. Fortunately for me quilters are generous. My mailbox has been full to overflowing with quilts from Sarah's H2H for Quilty Hugs.
  I once heard Jenny, from Missouri Star, say quilting is the one hobby you start for yourself and soon becomes about everyone else. We love to make. There is no way we can keep them all. So we generously give.
In addition to my mailbox being full. I was able to meet Cathy. She is a local quilter and asked if I could meet her to drop off her quilts. Well, of course! We met at the library and she had 6 bright, happy, quilts.  See what I mean about generous quilters. 
All these quilts will be delivered next week to the Huntsmen Cancer Institute and Primary Children's Hospital. I've got to clear of the guest bed before my father inlaw comes to visit. Thank you everyone for your generosity. These quilts bring so much comfort.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Moving It Forward

I've heard it said that there is a learning curve when it comes to free motion quilting. I feel I've been on the bottom of that curve for a long time. Slowly I feel myself rising. I now longer dislike how my quilting turns out. Often I even like it. I know I still have lots of room for improvement but I see that improvement picking up speed and that gives me hope. Part of that improvement includes speed. A good thing as my pile of tops to be quilted continues to grow. More opportunity to improve, I guess.

Just before Christmas I also decided to learn how to knit. Mostly I just want to knit socks. Some may think me silly but I've found it a good on the go project.  This is my second pair. I do them two at a time.  I'm afraid if I didn't my socks would not be the same. Kind of like the place mats I tried to weave. I now use them for table mats at varying places around my house so people can't tell how nonuniform they are.  
 In addition to free motion quilting and sock knitting we've had prom dating going on here. My beautiful daughter pinning the boutineer on her date.
 And here is the lovely couple. I remember when they used to have play dates in first grade. Where did the time go? Nice to have your prom date be your childhood friend.
Now it's your turn to share what you're moving forward. Looking forward to seeing your progress and cheering you on.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Beaded Curtain

I'm thrilled with how my Beaded Curtain quilt turned out. Thank you Elaine for the name idea. I love the bright strips against the earthy brown.
 Thankful for my friend Lori's suggestion to quilt it with beads. To connect them I added a swish to give them a yin and yang feel.
This picture makes me think of walking through a beaded curtain into a free spirited world.
This quilt will go to a free spirit. I recently found out that the lady, over the farmer's market, where I sell my soap, is battling cancer. 
She is such a kind, generous, helpful lady.  I hope it will cheer her and bring courage for the battle.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

California Workshop

Monday morning I flew out to the Long Beach area for a trunk show and workshop.
 I had the most wonderful time with these talented quilters.
 Can I just say I think quilters are some of the most amazing people. 
 So generous and friendly.
 Didn't they do a wonderful job on their Dahlia blocks?
 I would love to meet your quilt group. 
Contact me if you are interested.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Moving It Forward

 This week when I basted quilts with friends. One of the quilts I basted was my wedge quilt. My friend Lori asked me how I was going to quilt it. I told here I was not sure. Suzy told her the names I was toying with; Beads, Lava Lamps, or Beaded Curtain. She thought that if I decided to call it Beaded Curtain it would be fun to quilt strings of beads down it. Well that sealed it for me. Since figuring out how to quilt something is not my strong point. So armed with an idea, I named my quilt, Beaded Curtain. Then went on a hunt for various sized circles to use as templates for my beads.
I guess I could have used my compass. But where's the fun in that? Odd objects are so much more interesting. So I traced them with a chalk pencil on the quilt and began quilting my bead chains. 
Now it's your turn to show off your progress. Link up and let us see what your moving forward.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Love Laura

The inspiration for this quilt came from a newspaper clipping my friend, Nora found in her mother in law's sewing box. I used Sherri and Chelsi's fabric line, Front Porch for Moda.
Photo courtesy of Easy Quilts
It looked similar to these. Nora made me a copy and asked if I could reproduce it for her.
The block in the clipping looked like it had partial and inset seams. I played with different ways to arrange the pieces so this was not the case. I use found that I could use simple strip piecing to make units in the larger block and then arrange those units into the block shown in the clipping.  You can find these easy instructions in the newest issue of easy quilts. 

Thank you Nora for sharing this with me and allowing me to figure it out. I love how the quilt turned out. Can't wait to see yours.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Moving It Forward

I didn't get a lot of sewing done last week. I spent most of my week enjoying family down south. I'll share more of that later. Prior to our big adventure I finished sewing up these leftovers from my Portals quilt. This quilt features Janet Clair's Ahoy Me Hearties. I thought I had more blocks that I did. I was hoping to make at least a 60" x 70" quilt. 
 Because it will be a man quilt I knew it had to be long enough so I rearranged the blocks to make it 70" long.
 Next I pulled some scraps from my bins to make  the missing two blocks. Cut some strips to add to the width. I think with these adjustments I'll have a nice sized man quilt.
Now on to the fun. My sister and her four children, my sister in law and her four children and me and my daughter all headed down to my parents last week. We had tons of fun climbing red rock. 
 We did our first slot canyon. And played in grandma and grandpa's pool. The weather was perfect and we had tons of fun.
Hope everyone had a fun week. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been moving forward. Link up and share.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Moving it Forward

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend. The weather her was lovely and I enjoyed a full weekend. First I made the bright happy little blocks. I'm planning on using them as a sashing and border for a quilt I have planned. 
Next hubby and I worked in the yard. I brought in these sprigs from our apricot tree. Now we have popcorn popping inside too.
 My daughter and I enjoyed attending the Saturday afternoon session of LDS General Conference. Followed by pizza with the rest of the family at the Pie.
Sunday my sister, Becky and her family along with our niece, Kate came for dinner and a Easter egg hunt.
 Now it's your turn. Link up and share. Can't wait to see what you've been up to.