Saturday, October 29, 2016

Happy Halloween!

I am making a mini-quilt wall-hanging, with a Jack o'lantern on it.  I pulled out all the orange scrap fabric I could find and took a contribution from my quilting buddy, T, and pieced the pumpkin part.  I am going to applique the eyes, nose, and mouth onto the quilt top.  I picked the candy corn fabric for the borders.  I have, what I think, is a better idea, now, but that would mean making a second one, and that ain't happening!  I have pinned the eyes, nose, and mouth on, so you can see what it is shaping up to be.

Monday, October 24, 2016

I Finished Something!

I made a baby quilt for little Evelyn, aka Evie.  I had some shu-fly orphan blocks from a previous study in pink, so I used some of those and some yellow fabrics to go in between.  The yellow birds and bees fabrics really set off the pink!  I used Winnie the Pooh and friends fabric for the backing.

I quilted it mostly stitch-in-the-ditch on my home
sewing machine. I used high-loft batting for extra
soft cuddliness!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Challenge Blocks!

Last year, the Challenge Block Committee picked out some awesome fabric for the challenge blocks.  I did all mine and turned them in last fall.  Then someone gave me one, as I was packing up our house to move.  It has been AWOL for quite some time.  We were unable to have our Quilt Show in 2016, so the challenge blocks will be on display at Room To Learn, in November in Kuna, during the Customer Appreciation Run.  Quilters visiting Room to Learn will get to vote on their favorite challenge blocks.  I found that challenge block fabric last week!!  How timely!  I have been practicing making these 'frames,' as they call them in England, and I did the off-set frame for this challenge block.  There was an additional left-over piece from a block I did last fall, so I used it all up making this one block.
I used the same technique on the outer border (frame), or I would not have had enough fabric without cutting and piecing it.  I had exactly enough.  I do hope you all like it.

Friday, September 9, 2016

That Red White and Blue Quilt I Started in 2008 is Finished!

My blog entry for July 4 is about this quilt, but the photo is of what was on the design wall that day.  There was not much up there.  I am so happy to have it finished after all these years.  I get to cross it of my list of UFOs.
Ta-da!  I do love bright colors!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Made a Fat Quarter Pop-up!!

Sometime in June, I discovered the Fat Quarter Pop-Up.  I bought one from Nancy at Nancy's Quilt Shop in Nampa.  Then I bought a refill (spring) in Bend, OR on the way back from the Sister's Quilt Show in July.  Nancy came to our Kuna meeting last Wednesday and gave a lovely demonstration on how to make these Pop-ups!  All you add is your own fat quarter.
Friday night I got out my license plate fabric fat quarter and got started.  I finished it up on Saturday morning, just before my hair appointment. I took the Pop-up with me, and I stopped at my dear friend's house to wish her a happy birthday.  I gave her the pop-up. A perfect home made gift!
It has a metal spring inside and a piece of elastic sewn into
the side seam, so you can smoosh it down and secure it
with the elastic, so it is compact. Take the elastic off and it pops-up!
It is a handy container to take to quilting retreats to hold
your scraps, or whatever you decide to put in it.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Summer should get a speeding ticket!

I have gotten a couple of quilts finished! Hoorah! My stack n' whack doll quilt got a blue ribbon at the Western Idaho State Fair! Yeah! I have been cleaning, painting, and organizing our garage, so not much quilting or blogging going on.  But hey, here are my top picks for the quilt shows I went to in July:
Council Quilt Show -hand quilted -Spools by Barbara Huey
of Indian Valley, ID
Sisters Quilt Show -my favorite. By Pati Fried of
Piedmont, CA -love the fabrics and the background!
a little closer so you can see the detail;
especially the selvage edges that make up
the background
Love it! Don't know who did it.
Quilt backs blowing. Sisters Quilt Show

Sisters Quilt Show -hand quilted by Jan Tetzlaff of
Bend, OR, Guatemala Color
Star Quilt Show:I wanted to include a photo of this entire quilt,
but the blog program only lets me show it sideways, even when
I chopped it into top and bottom. Here is the close-up;
you can see the bunny ear details and kites.  This one
was by Saralyn Lynart; it is called Seasons in A Row

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Duck Tape Quilt -oh yeah!

I had an extremely busy July:
1st  Sat in July –Council Quilt Show –took Aunt Daisy and my friend T

2nd weekend in July –Sisters Quilt Show –went with my friends to 3 days, two nights, quilting adventure in Sisters, Oregon

3rd Sat in July –Star Quilt Show –took Aunt Daisy and Duree and then went out for Mexican food!  What fun.

20th of July –flew to Missouri and drove back to Boise with our daughter and stopped in Hamilton MO (quilting Mecca of USA)

4th weekend of July  -M and I used duck tape to make a sun drape for our back patio, which looks like a quilt! I used my half-hexi ruler that I bought at the Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton MO.