Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fabulous project!!!

I just found  a project at the Piece O' Cake blog.  It is Becky Goldsmith's journey in making her Kauai Road piece.  I don't have permission to use a picture of it but go to the June 18th post and scroll down to see her creation process.  I can hardly wait to start a project like this.

She took a photo that she wanted to make into a quilt.  She enlarged it and traced it to clear vinyl.  Then put pieces up on her design wall with the overlay close by.  She just trimmed, folded, and pinned till she got the pieces the right size.

She carefully took it off her design wall, has basted the shapes into place, and is now hand stitching the background.

I just love the whole concept.

Maybe one of these pictures could be made into cloth.

Isn't this sky great?  It has so much potential.

And this picture for fall.  Maybe each pumpkin could be made out of a different orange fabric.

The possibilities are endless!!!

Does anybody know where I can find some extra time?


Saturday, June 18, 2016

A teaching opportunity

DIL's finished top 19" X 27"

My newest DIL wanted to learn how to quilt.  We decided to start small and she began to look through my finished tops and small quilts.  She found the prairie queen block with the double four patch in one of tops and instantly wanted to make it.  I remembered that the little quilt below had a double four patch and showed it to her.  She was smitten.  It is from a pattern called "Simply Sweet" by Cheri Saffiote Payne

And then came the task of picking out fabric.  She soon decided she wanted to make something in red, white, and blue using the bright red but it got more difficult after that.  I got out my box of patriotic fabric, my box of Minick & Simpson fabric, all 3 boxes of Jo Morton fabric, the box of small scraps, and she searched the shelf of misc. large pieces by color.  She found two pieces of toile that she loved but couldn't quite figure how to incorporate them into the little quilt.  We finally decided to use one of them for the backing.  I was ready to pull out the boxes in my downstairs closet when she finally decided on the blue with the white stars and we were ready to begin.

My version of "Simply Sweet" by Cheri 

She soon became confident with rotary cutting.  She started sewing the tiny four patches tentatively but with determination.    She was a able to finish the project in  just 3 sittings.  She wants to hand quilt it so we'll be basting the layers together on Monday.

Instructions for Simply Sweet
 We went to Colorado the weekend after Memorial Day.  We hadn't been back for over eight years.  We took balloons to our little boy's grave.  He's buried in such a pretty cemetery.  Being there brought back so many sweet memories.

We stopped in Green River for breakfast on the way there.  My husband loves a good link sausage so he was delighted by these locally made ones.

We had a birthday this week.  It was grandchild # 6.  A rollicking playful young man, look at those eyes. . .

You can see additional sprinkles on the stovetop.  They were all over the entire stove top.  The celebration is today but grandma wasn't encouraged to come because it will mostly be scrambling little boys in a recreational facility.

Just wanted to share a few spring pictures.  The tiny carnations are from our yard - so pretty.

This picture of the teeny tiny grapes was taken at the nursery.  They are just so cute I couldn't pass them up.

Hope your Saturday is spent in your sewing room!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Welsh Quilt Study II completed

This picture shows the whole quilt, all 38" square of it.  It was originally supposed to end at the sawtooth border but that wouldn't work with a knife edge binding.  So I added the extra little border and quilted everything and then (gasp!) because of the way I had added the border had to do a regular binding.  I used the same toile fabric so it became a faux knife edge binding.

I'm not sure where I'm going to display it.  I have it as a lamp table cover here with a crocheted doily between it and the lamp.

Here I folded it and used it as the back of the chair.  Hmmmm?

This shows the intricate quilting and why it has taken me so long to finish it.  I remember thinking (when I made Welsh Quilt Study I) that I wasn't in any hurry to make another one.  Guess what?  That's exactly the way I am thinking again.  It's beautiful but SO MUCH work!  I've spent the same amount of time quilting this as I would a full size quilt.

This is a close-up of the center with the Welsh Tulips, paisleys, and butterflies.

Here are my most recent 1857 blocks.  I put my initials in the center of this one.

I loved doing this block because it smoothly made itself with all the soft curves.  And, of course, I love blue.

I traced my hand and appliqued it instead of doing the "chicken foot" block.

This block was a little tricky but I enjoyed it too.  I wanted to do this quilt entirely of Jo Morton fabrics but I found a little blue bird on some Blackbird Designs fabric called Meadow.

Here is a close-up.  I need to go back and do some touch up on those wonky cherries.

This is the block I finished last Thursday when I was at the cannery.  It almost looks military-like made with that stripe.

These are the fabrics I've pulled for the next block.  You can see a tiny picture of the basket block in the upper left.  Can't wait to get started.

Thursday I stopped by Quilts Etc. to browse.  I didn't realize that it was the Wasatch Front Shop Hop!  There were so many people in and out that I didn't stay long.  But I did take a photograph of this lovely climbing rose next door.

And then when I pulled up in my driveway I couldn't resist photographing my roses as well.

This is the next quilt on the frames.  I made one of these (Women of Grace & Charm - Blackbird Designs) years ago and gave it away.  I wanted one for myself so I pieced another one.

This is the backing fabric - don't you just love it?  I've been saving it for a long time to make sure I put it on the back of a quilt I am going to KEEP.  I think I might have to quilt with black or navy thread so the stitches don't show up on the back.

Blackbird Designs has a new quilt book just introduced at Spring Market.

It has my name on it for sure.  I think I'm going to reduce the size of the blocks though, they are 20" square.  Not sure how to go about it but it's in the queue so I don't have to worry about that for a while.

Well, that's my quilting bits since the last time.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Finished my nosegay quilt

with the scalloped border.  But, I put it away without taking a picture.

I find that my taste in quilting is changing a little.  I look at the tops hanging up downstairs and am no longer content to just embrace a fabric line, quickly piece it from someone else's pattern, and then lightly quilt it.

I have tops that I'm no longer "in love" with.  They don't express the quilter I've become.  I'm giving one of them to a group that machine quilts things for the Festival of the Trees.  Maybe they'll want more than one.

I used to feel true bliss as I sat in front of my sewing machine and cranked out top after top.  Now I want what I do to be an expression of who I am, how I feel about things, and I want it to say something that will be important to the next generation that inherits it.

I guess that's a lot to ask.

I am no longer content to just check off the items on my mental list.  I don't want what I do to just be another finish in the long line of finishes.

And, that's the way I feel about my most recent completed project.  Nothing special . . . just done.

Monday, May 9, 2016

A head start on my summer goal

If I had my way I'd be quilting all day, every day, (except Sunday) and would be doing a daily show 'n tell here on the blog.  Wouldn't that be amazing?

Well, I can't complain.  I do quilt most days at the frames and can do applique a few days a week.

 But, most of my attention lately has been assembling photos from years past.  The stack above is from 2002.  You can see a new daughter-in-law, my sister and I at the last of the 14 quilt shops (Village Dry Goods in Brigham City, Ut) in the Wasatch Front Shop Hop. There's a signed picture of Jim Shea who won Gold in the skeleton event in the 2002 Olympics here in the Salt Lake area. My daughter#1 is there with two other competitors who went to the Goodwill Games in Venezuela and she won Gold in Karate.  There's always eating pictures because we seem to gather frequently around food.

I am determined to get caught up.  It is so different now that we have digital pictures.  I lost quite a few pictures when my computer crashed in 2008.  Thanks goodness others were taking pictures too.

I think I'm going to continue to do albums (not scrapbooking - just labeled photos) through 2010 and then I'm going to compile the pictures and order books from Shutterfly or similar places.

After I finish my family I'll go on to me as a child.  Thank goodness there aren't quite as many pictures there.  

And then it's on to my parents' family pictures.  It's a big big project............................  but, won't I feel good when it's all done.?

The bonus is remembering all the sweet and tender memories we have made as a family.  The things that make us who we are.

Love my family,

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Not my first rodeo

I have been quilting on my Welsh Study II off an on since Christmas.  It is taking a long time because of the intense quilting.  I wanted to do a knife edge binding since that would be appropriate for a Welsh quilt.  BUT, I designed the little quilt to have a sawtooth outer border and didn't realize that that would make for a very bumpy and difficult binding until I had finished most of the quilting.

Once I realized my error, I did what any normal quilter would do, I rolled it up and stuffed it in the downstairs closet and went on to the next project.

The border space for the next quilting marathon.

I had calmed down enough to be sane after two months so, I retrieved it from it's dark corner to come up with a solution.  I knew I had to add another border of some kind and it would be a wrestling match with all the backing and batting attached too.  I seem to find the hardest way to do things.

I dug through my stash to see if I had anything that would match some of the colors already in the top.  Luckily I found a yard of the original toile I had already used in this quilt.  It's a miniature print that I bought in the last century.  (It was kind of fun to say that - ha!)

I cut a 2" strip and put it around the quilt but not before I had to deal with the wavy sawtooth border GASP!  Why do we do this to ourselves?

There is still a little too much fullness in that sawtooth border that I hope will quilt out.

I think it looks pretty good and will look great once it is quilted.  When I'm finished then I can do the right kind of binding for it.  And, hopefully, I won't have any other concerns to slow me down.

This was the "supposed" relief project I turned to in my frustration over the sawtooth border debacle.  I have been quilting on this at the frames (a quilt that has it's own misguided history) and am over 2/3rds  done.  I was hoping to get it done by April 30th and it May 1st today but I'm still chugging along.

If I didn't love my sport i.e. quilting so much, I'd have given up long ago.

Friday, April 15, 2016

I've wanted to make this little quilt ever since Cheri first posted the instructions here.

So today I did.