Saturday, November 18, 2017

I Made a Red White and Blue Wonky House Block

Yes, yes.  I have been busy.  I joined the commuter van for transportation to and from work.  The traffic around here has just become unnervingly thick.  I drove in last Thursday, so I could do a five-mile hike in the foothills right after work.  I do not regret it. I did just fine. The important thing is the company was good.  Meanwhile, I have three quilts to get bindings on. I have to finish my "Greedy" wall-hanging, and deliver a couple of sassy doll quilts.  Meanwhile, my one quilt group did a fat quarter swap last Wednesday night.  I have a mostly red one, solid blue one, and a tone-on-tone white dotty one, then the one we are supposed to use with our RW&B fabrics.  Well, I did not want to use the extra one, mainly because it also has yellow in it.  Sue bullied encouraged me to use it, so I made it the sky of my wonky house block.  I admit it looks fab!!!  I decided if I had to have yellow in my block, I could also have one of my marvelous women in my block as well, so it has made me very happy.  I will be donating it, at our January meeting, to the group project.
Oh, I substituted the lady bug fabric for the
tone-on-tone white dotty fabric. 
I will make another block and use it in that one.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Surprise Halloween Wall Hanging

My daughter received the Halloween Wall Hanging I made for her.  Now it is okay to post a photo on my blog.  She said I picked some really cool skulls and was surprised, due to I do not like skulls, skull fabric, skull shirts, etc.  Then I told her all the fabric was scraps cast off by my friend T, except the white with little tiny bones and tiny orange skulls.  It was a lot of fun to make, and I may use some of those remaining scraps to make another Halloween something-or-other.
the spiders are the rare six-legged variety

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Had a Fabric Frenzy This Weekend

Yes!  Kirsten came over to use my design wall, because her brain was overflowing with quilt ideas.  So, she overflowed on my design wall.  What are friends for, anyway?!  Here she is after going hog wild for a few hours.
This crazy chick got two whole quilt tops finished, sandwiched, and ready to quilt.  And she has two others she left on the design wall!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Designing a Quilt

I needed to design a quilt depicting the 2018 Piecemakers of Idaho Quilt Show Theme:  Garden of Quilts
I began by clearing off my design wall, and pulling out all the gardening type fabrics I could find in my stash.  I decide right away that I wanted to use this sun flower fat quarter someone had given me.  It is my focal point piece of background.  This looks a bit messy, but you can decide what you want to remove.    I like the three colors on the yellow background, so the pieces that look funky with those bits, I remove and see what is left.
1)drag it all out 2) weed out
   3)imagine 4) add something else

I decided to add a bold one-inch separating border to help the lighter parts stand out.  I decided to create some 'quilt flowers', and I want to use ribbon as stems to help the flowers be more three-dimensional.  I did not have enough of any one light- colored floral fabric to go clear around as a border, so I used three different ones.  5) experiment  6) audition
Then my friend T made me think about this tulip design I had seen in a quilt at Sisters.  I made the tulip blocks bigger than I meant to, but it gave me more of a border to add more details to.  My friend N donated the hexi flower centers.  It began to remind me of designing a counted cross stitch!
7) add more details
8) final preview before quilting
I pinned the 'quilt flowers' on, so I could remove them for the actual quilting of the quilt.   After I quilted it and bound it, I sewed on the 'quilt flowers' and the hexi centers of the flowers.  I pulled it all together by using the orange as a frame in the binding.  Here is the 9) final product.
I really like the final product!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Cat Quilt Complete

I was not horsing around as much as I thought.  I got my cat quilt completed.  My friend T bought some cat panels and made a cat quilt top at my house.  She left the extra blocks for me.  I think it was about a year ago.  Anyway, every time I opened the doors to my stash, it was laying there screaming at me! So, I finally did something about it and got it d-o-n-e.

I admit it was fun, and it is delightful!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

I Might Have Been Horsing Around -or What's on the Design Wall in Sept!

It has been a busy summer and my fresh healthy lifestyle has left me longing for more time in the quilt room.  I am feeling healthier and today, I am happier.  The Knotty Quilters had a retreat this last weekend, Sept 8, 9, and 10.  I spent all three days diligently working on my Buggy Barn, Poker Run quilt project.  I got all 12 horse blocks completed.  I had a wonderful time with my quilting buddies, too!  When I will get further on this quilt, has yet to be determined, but the hard part is over, baby!
The pattern is called Poker Run, by Buggy Barn.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Trip to Sisters Oregon Quilt Show

I had a great time.  We left Boise at 8:30 on Friday, July 7.   We stopped in Burns at their fine quilt shop.  It was actually fine!  They had a wonderful selection; even train fabrics.  Oh yes, I had to buy some train fabrics.  Shannan found me some flamingos. I had to buy some of that! Then we had lunch across the street, which was rather time consuming, but absolutely delicious.
Burns Oregon
    We drove on to Bend.  As I was driving on to our motel, one of my friends spotted a quilt shop on the main drag. We made a right at the light and were there in a flash.  Turns out it was one that had moved from an industrial park, where it had been during our previous visit.  Great new location.  Not as packed as last year, but when we heard a bus had pulled up, we quickly got in line to check out and vamoosed.  I behaved and only bought 1 yard of kitty print.  The next one, I stayed outside and relaxed in one of the chairs they had out front.  I was trying to control my spending and I really do not need anymore fabric.  After ten minutes I decided I should go in and check on the progress of the others.  Logistical error?  Purrr-haps! I found some kitty fabric, and Shannan found me a flamingo quilt pattern. Then I went upstairs with Daria and we looked at their quilt display. Very nice.  Then I exited to wait for the others, so I would not be tempted further.  Then Nancy came out and gave me some fat quarters she thought I would like.  The Daria came out and gave me some fat quarters she thought I would like. Wow! What awesome friends!  We headed to the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel, where I stood in line to check in.  It was very busy.  Our rooms were right next to the Descuetes River. It was beautiful.  We went to dinner downtown on Bond Street, noisy but delicious. Thank-you Nancy's friends for hooking us up.
   Next morning, Daria and I had breakfast on the veranda overlooking the Descuetes River.  Then we meet our party and went to get coffee at Albertsons?  We went to Albertson's; I don't recall what happened there. On to Sisters we went.  There was a long line of traffic, but I turned left, before town, and wound around and into town from the south, found parking, and we were off!  We found out rapidly how quickly we can lose each other and we split off into smaller groups.  It was fun and fabulous, especially with friends.   Here are my top favorite quilts from the show.

Happy Daze, Cindi Nofziger, Albany, OR
Morning Garden, Susan Telford, Bend, OR
Jewels, Jill Miller, Sisters, OR 
California Girl, Julia Jeans, Bend, OR
Charlotte's Web, Catherine Gainer, Portland, OR

Charlotte's Web details
Folksy Fish details
Folksy Fish, Sarah Sharp, Carmel, IN

Me And My Sisters, Renee Miles, Yakima, WA
Me And My Sisters details (love the wonky churn-dash!)
I failed to get the quilter's info on this one. I love the read hand stitching.
It was an extremely hot day.  We had to have some refreshments. I had sorbet, while Shannan and Donna had ice cream.  We met everyone down across from the tasty freeze where we relaxed a little, then went our separate ways again.  Katy drove all the way from Boise this morning, then went off and had a disastrous gluten attack after attempting to have lunch, so she left us around 2:00.  Shannan, Donna, and I walked through the vendor tents, where there was, what?, more fabric?  Donna bought me a yard of gold cat fabric! Naughty Donna! But it is fabulous fabric!  Sometime on our trip Shannan also gave me a fat quarter.  I have the best friends!  Well, we finally got a table at the diner, where Shannan and I managed to spill two waters and flood the table top.  We are visions of grace and beauty.
       I believe we were all exhausted after a day of walking around enjoying quilts, shops, and each others' company.  We freshened up and went to the Craft Kitchen & Brew Pub for dinner in the beer garden.  The BBQ Bib was fabulous and raves were made about the shrimp and grits.  After we got back to the motel, Daria and I took a walk and found the, very nearby, GF McKay's restaurant, where we have planned to have breakfast with the gang in the morning. We walked on further to a walking path into a park an across a foot bridge.  We witnessed a lovely sunset and moon rise.
    Next morning, fabulous breakfast. I had the stuffed French toast. My last for a long time.  We talked and talked, having such good company.  We finally departed our motel, and proceeded to the last quilt store in Bend.  I stayed outside and did not buy a single thing.  I got an A+++.  We departed with happy quilters all around and drove back to Boise, while Nancy diligently made hexagons in the back seat..