Friday, June 30, 2017

Quilt For No One In Particular

I purchased a Jelly Roll at the Twin Falls Quilt Show, in Filer, Idaho, in April.  The fabric is by Moda and called the The Ladies Quilting Club.  I got it because, from what I could see, the colors were bright and the price was right; $27.00.  I made the Dani Jo quilt from it, then used the rest of the strips in this quilt.
What's on the design wall in June??
I had a piece of batting left over from the Dani Jo quilt.  Once this one was pieced, I still had plenty of room all the way around, so I added more of the strips for a second border.  I really like how it turned out.
'For no one in particular' looks
particularly stunning in our make-shift garden

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Dani Jo's Baby Quilt

I completed the baby quilt for Dani Jo, who is just over three week old.  Her mom, Tammy, is bringing her for a visit sometime this week and I have her quilt all ready for her.
Mrs. Carpender, of Empire Way, let me hang the
Dani Jo quilt in her back yard so I could get a good
photo of it.  Her property was in the Boise Garden Tour.
I also took a close-up shot so you can see some the details.  Mrs. Carpender's yard was done up in 40s-50s and quilts theme.  We had a lovely time on the garden tour.  I was so glad I brought the quilt along and obtained some photos in a different setting.  Thank you, Mrs. Carpender.
cute bunnies fabric I got at the Twin Falls Quilt Show in April, part of a
jelly-roll, bubbles, and words fabrics make a wonderful design.

I got this darling backing fabric at the Craft Warehouse!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Country Nine-Patch

I got the binding on this wonderful little number, on May 31.  It turned out a little scrappy and a lot fun! Brooklyn and her parents just adore it. My mission has been accomplished!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Stippling on the old Necchi

stippling a quilt for Brooklyn
It has been a very busy few weeks.  I had to get back into the swing of things here and catch up on a few things before I found time to do fun in my quilt room.  Friday night, I got the quilt sandwiched.  Last night I got it all quilted on the old Necchi sewing machine.  I had not free motion quilted on my regular machine in quite some time.  It did not turn out half bad.  The only white thread I had was a big spool that won't let the thread out easy on the machine, so I went and found my whirly-gig stand, but the metal post in the center was too long.  I put a tp roll on the post first to help hold the thread spool out further.  Then it needed to be on an angle, so I placed it on a folded piece of skid material and leaned it on my lamp.  I needed a clamp to make it stay, so I went into the garage and found an old moving rubber band that already had a knot tied in it.  It was perfect.  It looks funky, but it really works and is out of the way of my quilt as I feed it through the machine.

my large spool holder for non-tightening thread
The quilt turned out real cute. It has a number of scrap fabrics in it, and some knitting sheep, cooking chickens, and the backing has knitting chickens.  My husband picked out the black and white bird fabric to break up the business.  I will post a photo when I get the binding on. My goal is to have it finished by the end of the week!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

I am back from Korea and Japan!

I had a wonderful two week trip.  I have so much to do now that I am back.  But here is a photo of the fabrics I purchased at Dongdaemun Textile and Craft Market.
This is the canal park right next to the
textile market in Seoul.
the fabrics I bought
 Yes, it appears to be not much fabric.  It turns out they have a minimum 3-yard cut.  The left one is 3 yards and the right one is 6 yards. The one on the right was in a sale stack and you have to buy the entire piece, however, it was only $2000 won per yard (approx. $2.00 per yard). It is good fabric and was a great buy!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Goin' Across The Sea -So I've Been Busy

"Seaside Rendezvous" Batik meets Grunge Basics
     I love this wall hanging, I made in March, to brighten our entry way.  Ebony likes day dreaming beneath it. It is all pieced, and without paper. I am a free spirit piecer.
     Meanwhile, I have never been out of the good ol' USA. I am getting ready to take my first overseas plane flight. I am a little nervous about that. I have a list of things I have to do before I leave.  I have to focus and not get distracted by fabric or quilting right now.  I will make a nice posting upon my return.  I am going to visit our daughter, who currently lives in S. Korea.  I can hardly wait to see her!
     We are also going to visit Japan while I am there.  It is so exciting! We are going to visit Mt. Fuji, and hopefully visit Nippori Textile Town.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Orphan Block Challenge!

I told you about the Orphan Block Challenge, in my previous post.  Last Wednesday, we presented the finished projects at our quilt group.  I have to admit I was excited to see what someone had done with the cowboy boot block I had submitted.  It seemed like it would take forever until someone stood up with the project incorporating a cowboy boot block.  Then finally, Janell stood up and said she had been excited about the block she had gotten for the challenge.  She did not wait to work in it and got it done weeks ago.  Then she held up this fabulous tote-bag with my block on it!  She continued to explain that last fall she had won the 'challenge fabric' quilt block competition at the Customer Appreciation Fun Run, and that she had another of my blocks from that challenge!  She showed us the other side of the bag, and it had the cowboy boot block that I had submitted to Challenge Block Competition the previous year.  Wow! I got both my blocks back in the same fabulous project.  This is a quilted tote bag.
Thank you, Janell. I love, love, love this bag!
The fabric on the shaft of the boot, is  the
challenge fabric from the last challenge
fabric block competition.
I have always entered a block, or four, into the quilt show challenge block competition, but have never won.  I am definitely a winner this time!
This cowboy boot block pattern is in Fons and Porter August 2015 magazine.  I enlarged the pattern by 25%, so it could be used in a 12 1/2" block.