Sunday, March 29, 2015

Words and Pictures

I completed a small quilted project in March. Yeah! Go me!  I need a Please be quiet! sign at my office so I quilted one.  This is my 'be quiet' sign.  It only just occurred to me I should have used blinding pink or something.

I could go on about my laundry closet remodel, but I think I will just keep it short today.  I admit the size of this photo makes it difficult to view the details.  I did put a casing on the back, should I decide to hang it that way.  A yard stick would work just fine, since the length of this is approx. 33 inches.  I will be using rare earth magnets to attach it to the glass window at my office.  I have decided to add another photo so you can see the pieced Phoebe in the center block.  I tried doing this because of the wonderful quilts in "Collaborative Quilting" that had pieced people in it.  "Collaborative Quilting" is a book by Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Piecing Rocks!

Right now this is all I have on the design wall.  But of course, it is on the little design wall not the one with the fish on it.  The pattern for the letter 's' I found in Yoko Saito's book House Warming Patch Work.  She has instructions and patterns for the entire alphabet in her book along with charming crabs, scissors, fish, houses, and other darling things.  This bit of scrappy fun is going to be the back of my Scrap Happy quilt.  I have had this sun and moon fabric for a couple years and am happy to be able to use a little bit of it here. 
    I am in the middle of renovating our laundry room, so getting this finished up quickly is unlikely. Most of the work is done, but I must avoid having the fun of getting this done right away.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Spock Block

I have been working diligently on my Scrap Happy quilt for announcing the 2016 theme for the Kuna Quilt Show. [August 1-2, 2015, at Kuna High School]  Leonard Nimoy passed away only a couple weeks ago. I have some fab Star Trek fabric and a few bits and tads of it here and there.  I found one with a piece that had only Spock on it. I fussy cut it and did one exploding pineapple around it.  I tried several different backgrounds for the final bit of the block.  I think the balance in this b&w fabric is perfect, and the fact that it looks like moons, suns, and planets clinched the deal.  I hope you like it! The block is in my Scrap Happy quilt.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

What is on the design wall in March?!!!

I have been very busy. The theme for the 2016 Kuna Quilt Show was voted on at the last Idaho PieceMakerS meeting.  The theme is "Scrap Happy".  I can say no more. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

What's on the Design Wall in February?

My scrappy American flag tops, on my flannel design wall.
It already came and went!  Back in 2011, I made a spumoni quilt and had some strips left over.  I decided to use them and make another strip quilt, but a little wider, so I added a crazy border around it.  I put the strips on the design wall the evening of Feb. 20. The next day they were all sewed together and on Sunday, Feb. 22, I sewed on the border.  The was done in three days.  I waited until Wednesday night to go get backing fabric. Wednesday night at the Craft Warehouse they have happy hour and 40% off one cut of fabric, so I got 5 yards a 40% off.  In the mean-time, I used some scraps to make scrappy American Flag wall hangings.  I got the tops of two done.  Those are now on the design wall, just to inspire me to make more. They are so much fun!!
quikie quilt top

Sunday, February 22, 2015

It's A New Day!

I Skype with my daughter on Sunday mornings. We sometimes talk serious, but we really like laughing so we, many times, keep it light.  We both say some silly things.  I seem to be doing and saying many silly things lately.  One thing about me is: I tend to do more than one thing at once, and that is where trouble begins.  For example, last weekend at the mini-quilting retreat, I was so happy to have people over, that I was having a wonderful time chatting with everyone. I was doing this while starting my  project for the day.  I had turned on the iron, and I had turned on my sewing machine.  I did not set the settings on my machine, but was blathering instead. I pinned my two strips of fabric together and sewed them. I sewed another strip of fabric on. Then I noticed my needle was not in the correct place to be sewing a quarter inch seam.  I ripped out my first two seems, then proceed to sew the first one again, but I had not reset the needle position.  I had to rip it out yet again.  At that point, I quit talking, focused, and finally set my needle to the right place.  That was an excellent waste of the first thirty minutes of the mini-quilting retreat.
     Two weekends ago, I was with a friend at Ceramica.  I was talking and not focusing on my actions.  I drank all but 1/2 inch of the water in which we had been cleaning our brushes, before I realized I was not drinking from my water bottle.  The gal who works there said, "Well, you got all your minerals for the day!"
    I must stop this chattering, when I am supposed to be focused on something else!  Today, I am taking a plastic ruler to put in the rinse water tumbler at Ceramica, so I do not repeat my former nutrient taking  behavior.  I had thought about not sharing this on my blog. My husband told me that I should not share just the good smooth operating things. So, it is a new day and I have come clean. 

I glazed this bowl on Feb 7. I love it.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy President's Day!

A lot has happened in the a last couple weeks. T helped me sell my dining room set and the new one looks simply lovely in there.  I also got a lot of stuff cleared out of my quilting room in time for my mini-quilting retreat on Feb. 15.  T helped me bring in the extra six-foot table from my workshop. I had purchased some PVC pipe to make risers for the legs, so we could have a cutting table with the right height.  T pointed out that my table had adjustable legs. It was self-rising!  Who knew?!  How convenient!   I returned the PVC pipe to HD for a refund.  It turned out to be a pretty good set up.  It was mini.  There were three of us and we had a great time and more food than realistic.  T and I worked on mini-American flag quilts.  Ph worked on a lovely regular quilt until late in the day, then she started a mini flag quilt.  She will be showing us later how it turned out.  Meanwhile, T and I finished our mini quilts and did a swap. I give the one I made to her and she gave the one she made to me.  Yeah!  I made another small one, with zig-zag fabric, that quilter's call chevron fabric.  I don't get it. They are zig-zags.  I know what chevrons are; I was in the Air Force!  Anyway, I used the red and white zig-zag fabric for the stripes on the flag. I sewed yellow ric-rak in the seam and turned it right-side-out for a fun, quick, and without binding American Flag mini-quilt. 
L to R:  C made, C made, T made. 

Merlinda is deciding if she likes the new set.  The table-runner
is a quickie project that T taught us a couple years ago. Goes
perfectly with the 1970's flooring.