Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Fourth of July! What is on the Design Wall in July?

It is the 4th of July! Yeah! I did some yard work, have to go visit my Mom and run some errands this afternoon, maybe run through the sprinkler. Although, I did run through the sprinkler at the Lyons Club Park in Council, ID, on Saturday afternoon.  What fun!  We went to the Council Quilt Show, had a picnic, and I ran through the sprinkler, while T swang (yes!, swang!) on the swing, and Daisy looked on with great amusement.  I will post pictures of my favorite quilts at the Council Quilt Show, later this week.  Meanwhile, below is a photo of the quilt I am working on for "Scrap Happy". 
     I started the quilt, below, in late 2008.  I wanted it to look scrappy but I was short on RWB scraps, so I was using repeat fabrics and trying to put together different combinations of the same fabrics in the blocks, and it was very limiting.  I put it away and went on to enhance my quilting skills on many other quilts since then. When I went into quilt shops, if I did not need something for the current quilt, I would look for fun red, white, and blue fabrics to add to my stash.  I have discovered, this last week, that I truly have enough RWB to get on with finishing this quilt top.  I have discovered, that my old skills (2008-2009) were a bit more sloppy than I am today, but I am going to use those old sections and just fill in the gaps with the new fabrics.  The newer fabrics actually date through the entire time-frame after 2009 until day-before-yesterday.  Yes, had to buy some red and white fabric, in Cambridge, on the way back from Council! 

I have used some of these fabrics in
other quilts I have made since 2008.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Wonky Flowers!!

Way back in March, when my life was completely frazzled, I took time to be good to myself, and I attended our Spring retreat in Eagle.  I planned on working on my purple Twisting Turning Twenty, but once again I was thwarted by the group learning of a new stack n' whack block.  It is called Wonky Flowers.   Well, okay, I will give it a try, but then I am back to my purple project.  Well, that did not work so well.  I ended up deciding I needed to complete this new project, so I could return to working on my old projects, of which I have 30 on a list from 2015.  I have not had time to update my list for 2016, not to mention it was packed in a box somewhere until May.  Below is my first quilt photo, taken out-of-doors at our new house. 

The fabrics are those I have collected with cupcake, baking themes,
and polka dots. Quilted by Phyllis Oneal.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Orphan Block Challenge!

I had a wonderful time at the last Idaho PieceMakerS Meeting, in Kuna.  We all brought our Orphan Block projects and presented them to their owners, all finished in a surprise fashion.
I forgot to take a photo of the finished wall hanging.
Norma took a photo and sent it to me.
The really amazing part was what became of the two orphan blocks I submitted for completion by someone else. 

I made these two blocks at a quilting class in spring 2014. I learned paper piecing and enjoyed the experience, but I did not want to make anymore of these type of blocks for a quilt.  I prefer my own free-style method of making wonky house blocks.  So, these went into the paper bag for the Orphan Block Challenge.  It turns out Mary, picked my bag from the pile on the table and what she brought back, two months later, was a wonderful pleasing surprise to me!  Below are the front and back of the most fabulous tote bag!  The back has the trees block and it is a pocket. She, also, put a pocket on the inside. The bag is lined in navy blue.  Mary is an excellent seamstress and made me feel extra special with this wonderful finished project!

Thank you, Mary!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Newly Painted Old Cabinet and Smashing Roses!

Hi all!  I have been very busy, but have made progress in a little bit of the quilting area of my life.  T helped me move my metal cabinet from my workshop into my husband's empty workshop, where I took a couple hours to be creative with some spray paint.  I painted it white, with pink and yellow accents.  This last Saturday, T and R helped me moved my newly painted cabinet into the new house; into my quilting room.  I managed to get five boxes emptied this last weekend and it is starting to get organized.  T helped me put up my design wall next to my newly painted old metal cabinet.  Right now that blue flannel quilt that I am growing is on my wonky houses quilt on the other wall.  I want to see my wonky houses quilt and not have other quilts being designed on top of it.
     Last Saturday after getting the cabinet situated, T and I went to Quilt Expressions and ran amok!  We found the coolest fabrics to use in our dog quilts and more! I have nothing on my freshly hung design wall yet, but I am working on a wall hanging for someone in the Idaho PieceMakerS group, from their orphan block.  I took a photo, so I can show it off on my blog. It is ready to be quilted, laid out on the backing and batting. I plan on having it done by Sunday.   
The big block in the center is the orphan block that
I added to.  The only fabric I could find that went
with that red diamond in the center are the roses;
and what a smashing match!

Monday, February 22, 2016

February is nearly gone, but there is something on the design wall!

I know February is nearly gone, but I think that is a good thing. Tonight is supposed to be a snow moon according to the Farmer's Almanac Calendar.  After I type this, I will have to go outside and have a look.  It got up to 50 degrees today, here in the Treasure Valley.  I have something to post, before February is gone.  I unpacked a couple boxes in my quilt room (in December), and decided I had best use up some of this flannel and make more room in my fabric cabinet.  I pulled all the blue and white flannel out, all but two of the fabrics are scraps left from previous quilts.  The stash flannel that has not been in previous quilts is the blue on blue leaf pattern flannel and the tiny symbols print (may be black on blue). The symbols print is small, so you cannot distinguish it in the photo.  I decided to just grow a quilt and use as much as possible of the airplane, automobile, and train fabrics.  Some of the Spidey scraps were already sewn to black flannel, so I added more black flannel, into the quilt, for contrast and balance. 
Growing a quilt is fun because you don't know how it will end up, but you can leave it on the design wall and just add to it when you can, or when you feel like and not have to remember what it was you were doing with it.  I think there are three seams to sew on this before it is all one piece. Also, I think I need to add another strip across the top to make it yet longer.  I last worked on it on Super Bowl Sunday. I will post a photo should I get it finished in the next couple months.  It is soo close to being a finished quilt top, but I have other priorities at the moment.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New Year!

I took a break from moving activities/working at old house over the Christmas and New Years holidays.  On December 19, I completed a fabulous Dalek pillow case for our daughter.  On New Year's Day, our daughter helped me to hang my wonky houses quilt on the wall in my new quilt room.  We had a wonderful time! 
Dalek pillow case, is said to exterminate
sleeplessness and bad dreams.

Now that this fun pieced quilt is hanging up,
I can see the entire thing at one time.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Rustic Bird Wallhanging Completed

It is completed at last.  I finally finished whip-stitching the casing on the back, for hanging.  It looks very nice hanging in the entry way of the new place.  I made it specifically for the quilt shelf that it is hanging from.  I made the quilt shelf many years ago, and it has only been used for two other quilts. The quilt shelf measures 37.5" across and 4" deep.  The bird quilt is 30" across.  This is brief, as I need to get back to putting everything to rights in one of the rooms in our new place.  No, it is not the quilting room. That one must wait.
The idea behind the block pattern is from the book:
pretty little mini quilts, by Lark Books.  I just enlarged
the block size and use bird fabric!