Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Morning

I had joined a 4" block swap at a local guild. We were to swap 2 sets of blocks with each participant and an extra one for the upcoming raffle quilt.  We did the swapping last week. Some really fun blocks came in the batch. I decided to set aside 12 to make a small quilt.

12 blocks for a small quilt
On Friday I blogged about using the rest of the blocks for making some prayer flags. I had seven finished and hung them on my back fence.

Ready to tie together

Just need to attach the twine
Yesterday I sewed on the rest of the 14 blocks I am using for the flags. So  a total of 21. I ran out of time before dinner, but just need to sew the twine on the last few blocks, that should go quickly and then they can go out to the fence.

The leader project
I am sure that you all will get sick of the seeing the leader project, but it is growing. Slowly, but surely! I am on the long rows, so it doesn't seem to feel like it grows much, but it is!

Saturday's Sunset
I just love sunsets! We get some really awesome ones here, so I decided to share Saturday's sunset with you.

This is my Design Wall Monday post for this week.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Off the wall and onto the fence.

This week my good friend Lisa came to our guild and gave a talk on Prayer Flags. She did a great job! Good information, good history, great examples and a wonderful slide show. I was so into the lecture that I forgot to take any photographs during the lecture, or of her samples.

Also at this meeting we swapped our 4 inch blocks (that I have been whining about for the last couple of weeks). I decided to make Prayer flags using my cute little blocks. I only have 7 done so far, but will add more flags as I get them finished. 

My string of 7 flags

Love the way these turned out!

My sweetie insisted that I back up to take a photograph so that all the "yard art" is in the foreground. We have a thing for rusty junk, er, um, art pieces found in the wild. That milk can was bought at a yard sale probably about 30 years ago. It has moved all over the place with us. The axle has crossed state lines twice. The giant cog is new this year.

Peaty and Eddy love the dirt hill!

This is my off the wall post for this week.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Cold Monday

It turned cold all of a sudden yesterday! At least this morning the wind is not blowing. I spent some time in the sewing room, and will go in there again today.

I got this month's sample block made. I am going to make November and Decembers as well. I will hand out the patterns this month. Then next month will be the sashing instructions and in December the border instructions. It has been a fun block of the month, good participation from the group.

My Emerald Pools sample
I always have a "leader" project for when I am chain piecing. I know that Bonnie Hunter is famous for this idea, but I have been doing it for a long time, way before I ever heard of her. Great minds think alike! I love her patterns, she has really taken the scrap quilt to new level. Right now my sample from my class is my leader project. It is on the wall right behind me as I am sewing. So it is easy to grab two squares and sew them together.

More leftovers
I had so much fun sewing the second boat from the leftovers of the first boat! I found some more leftovers which I pinned to the wall. I hope it inspires another art piece.

4 inch blocks
Last week I finished sewing my 4 inch blocks for the swap that is due on Wednesday. I always end up making a couple extra in case. I decided I am going to make prayer flags out of my swap blocks. I tested the idea using my extra blocks.

This is my Design Wall Monday post.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fun on Friday!

I wanted to work on my Friday post first thing this morning. I am at the quilt shop today and it has been so busy that this is my first chance to work on the post. Busy is good!  Had a batch of women come in who are in the area for a quilting retreat. It sounds like they are having a very good time this week at their retreat! I love going to retreats!

Autumn Sunflowers
I sold a quilt this week! It is going to California to live in my old stomping grounds in Sacramento. It is a great feeling when someone plunks down cash to buy your work! I am thinking about selling some of my 12 by 12 quilts. A group of us took turns selecting words and everyone made a 12"x 12" quilt inspired by that word.
California Blues


Here Comes the Sun
Given to my friend Sandy.

Peace, always in Fashion
Given to my friend Lisa.

Music Man

First Snow


This is my off the wall post for this week.

Monday, October 6, 2014

World Wide Blog hop

I was tagged by Jan to do a post for the world wide blog hop!

#1 What am I working on.  I am doing a piece for an upcoming book celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks. I cannot show my piece, but I was lucky to get a Utah park, Capitol Reef!

#2 How does my work differ from others in my genre.  Not sure that I am that unique. I do feel my work is a bit different then the local quilters here in rural Utah. Not a lot of art quilting going on here, but they are very supportive of my work.

#3 Why do I write/create what I do?  I started to blog shortly after moving to a very rural area. It was a way to reach out to the outside world.

My View

#4 How does my writing/creative process work?

My work has evolved over time. I now try to make a statement with my art quilts. Recently I blogged about my quilts in the Springville Show. I had the most wonderful comment on that post.

Saw your quilt Saturday, it was truly a highlight of an outstanding show. My wife and I both voted for it for the people's choice award!

Since my blog address was not posted anyway at the exhibit, it meant this gentleman went out of his way to find me to tell me how much my work meant to him and his wife! That is better than any ribbon I could have won at the show!

I am tagging my friend Nan. I have been enjoying getting to know her the last couple of years. She won a ribbon at Springville. Note the photograph below.
Quilt by Nan Sturgill

And I am also tagging my friend Sandra. I have known her for a lot of years through the quilt guild. She is a quilt appraiser living in one of my favorite places in Utah, Moab!
She has two blogs and a facebook page.

I am also tagging my friend Lisa. We get into all kinds of trouble together! She helps me keep on track.

This is my Design Wall Post for this week.

Friday, October 3, 2014

October Off the Wall


4 inch blocks

One set done!

It doesn't add up

Fancy pants drawings


After all of the excitement of the last couple of weeks I need to knuckle down and get some serious work done in the studio. I cannot show my National Parks project. So I will show my 4 inch blocks for the guild swap. I need to make 2 sets of 16 blocks. I have my first set finished. I then cut a bunch of one inch strips to make courthouse step blocks. After getting my sample block halfway sewn I realized that a 1/2 inch grid would not work to make a 4 inch block. So back to the drawing slip.

I got a batch of blocks sewn together. I have had them for 11 years, they are signature blocks from one of my California groups. It was nice to look over all the names and remember the wonderful people I met while we were living there. It still needs the borders added, but will have to wait until after the National Park project is completed.

This is my Off the Wall post for the week.  Come back on Monday the 6th, I have been tagged by Jan to participate in the around the world blog hop!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sadness in September

My in class sample from last week's class
Last week I posted about the Utah Quilt Guild's annual Quilt Fest. I realized this week that I did not take any photos at the quilt show or in my Saturday class.  I was a bit distracted all week. I was able to get my bags unpacked. I moved my class sample from the portable design wall onto the wall in my sewing room. I am trying to sew a few pieces in between other things.

By Florence Evans
Every year at the Fest there is a Mini Quilt raffle. I always donate a mini quilt to this event. I have always bought tickets, but have only won once, way back in about 1997 or 98.  I won a mini quilt!!!  Made by my good friend and co-teacher Florence!  

The reason that I was distracted last week is that my Father-in-law was in the hospital. On Saturday my husband got a call and he flew out there the next morning. He was able to spend some time with his Father before he died peacefully on Tuesday. It is sad for me, Dave was a wonderful guy. I remember the first time I met him in 1979. Sweetie had brought me out for a visit to meet the family. I was surprised to see Dave helping out in the kitchen, it was something my Dad didn't do in those days. We sat down to dinner and there was a green salad. Offered at the table was Dave's Special dressing. As Ranch dressing (which I loved) had just came on the scene, I pouring a generous helping over my salad. Imagine my surprise to find out when I took the first bite that it was HORSERADISH dressing! I can still feel the tears in my eyes. 

Dave loved to garden. The vegetables were always so lovely and delicious. The flowers were beautiful. The backyard was peaceful. A great loss to our family.

This is my off the wall post for this week.