Friday, August 15, 2014

Mom and Tom

Today my daughter shared this Jimmy Fallon video on her FB page. I sat here crying as I watched it. Both my Mother and my Brother died of ALS. On Monday it will be 8 years since Mom died. The only thing I can be grateful about is that she never knew that my brother was also hit by this horrible disease.

Anne Borschel 
One of my favorite photographs of my Mother! At Bear Lake where we spent so many wonderful summer days!

Tom, Barbie, Me and Dad
The year after she died we went up a favorite hiking trail that has a wonderful view of the lake and scattered some of her ashes there. Although we didn't know it at that time, my brother was already displaying signs of the disease. Five years later we were in the same place scattering some of Tom's ashes.

Tom's T-shirt quilt

The back of the quilt
Tom had asked me to make a T-shirt quilt from his vast race shirt collection. On the back I used fabrics that had meaning for him. Coffee, beer, Hawaii, etc. I wrote a blog post about this quilt 2 years ago.

I had intended to have a report on my boat leftovers project for Off the Wall this week. Sometimes you have to change direction at the last minute. I am thrilled with Jimmy Fallon and all those who are participating in the ice bucket challenge. I hope that it brings in a lot of donations to help find a cure for this devastating disease.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday blues

I am having a strange day. I have all kinds of things that I should be working on, like:

Swap blocks for Cotton Club
Off to the races challenge piece

Friendship blocks that were arranged at sew day

Test pattern for Lynn


4" blocks for the mini swap
Instead I just had to start quilting my leftover boat quilt pieces quilt. It doesn't have a deadline, no hurry to get it done, but somehow this guy jumped up to the top of the queue!

Odin II
Sometimes you just have to do your art with wild abandon! Enjoy the process and everything will be just fine!

This is my Design Wall Monday post.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday in August

Boy Scout Memory quilt for my nephew

Leftover parts from my boat quilt

4 inch blocks for a swap

Hmm what can I make from these?

How about some geese?
I completed the Boy Scout quilt! Shh! Don't tell, my nephew hasn't seen it yet! I am thrilled to finally get this finished!  I am counting it as my 7th finished UFO of the year. 

I got a lot of sewing done yesterday, well until the power went out. Third time in less than a month. It almost makes you want to go off the grid.  Anyway, I always try to make a mini quilt for the Utah Quilt Guild's mini raffle. So I pulled out my leftover triangles.  I figured that some I could use for a 4" block swap I am doing and the rest will be some flying geese.

This is my Design Wall Monday post.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

End of July, where did the summer go?

Sherre's version 

Marcia's version
I asked a couple of friends to help me test a pattern for my Quilt Fest class. They each chose a different color scheme and also a different size of blocks. Then we spent a couple of days working together to get the quilt tops sewn together. It was fun! And I was able to see my design in a couple of different variations and it worked! We decided that from now on our sew days would be spent working on each other's projects and taking turns providing a project.

My sample fabrics
I had also cut out a set of fabrics, I had intended to sew on them but decided to save them for demo purposes in the class.

And while I was cutting I found this wonderful fabric in my stash! I joined a challenge group and the first theme is "off to the races". It just so happened that weekend my daughter was swimming her first open water race across a lake! (she kicked butt, big time!) This fabric is the perfect color of the lake! 

And then I was clearing out some stuff and found these swimmer silhouettes! Perfect timing! Which in my world rarely happens. I will try to photograph my progress, although when I am excited about a piece sometimes I get so involved I forget to pull out the camera. 

Lovely flower
As I was walking down the hill from my friend's house after sew day today I spotted this beautiful flower in a neighbor's yard.

September's Little Bro
And I finally finished the last 12" or so of binding on this guy! Score another FO!

This is my Off the Wall post for the week.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Design Wall Monday

I have 2 projects on my agenda this week. I had all kinds of weird shapes leftover from my boat project. I just couldn't resist putting them together! I still have a few sections that I am not sure about, so they are auditioning on the wall for a bit.
Leftovers from the Boat
Also up is a wall hanging for my nephew. When I made a t-shirt quilt for him last year he had included with his t-shirts a Boy Scout uniform shirt. I was unable to make it work in the t-shirt quilt, so I had set it aside to make a wall hanging for him. I removed all the badges and patches. I have carefully removed the back of the shirt, I am going to use that as the background.  Not sure exactly how this piece will go together, will have to work on it later today after sew day.

Scout uniform
This is my Design Wall Monday post.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Springville Quilt Show

Last Friday we stopped at the Springville Art Museum on our way to the lake. I had entered 2 quilts in the show and was not able to attend the opening. I did not win a ribbon, but two of my friends did win ribbons!
Florence's Egypt quilt!
I have known Florence for a lot of years! She is a wonderful friend and mentor! We are teaching together in September.

Nan's Quilt
I have only known Nan for a couple years now. She is in my former Salt Lake Quilt group. She does fabulous applique! I am looking forward to getting to know her better.

Anne's Agave Landscape
 Anne and I have know each other for a long time, way before either of us got into quilting. We met at the pool where our daughters were swimming on the same team.
Canyon Breezes by Anne
This is the piece that Anne made from our challenge fabrics! I love it! I wrote about the challenge in this recent post

Green Valleys By Lisa Chin
Odin my challenge piece
Here is my challenge piece. I had this idea of a boat. I am really not happy with the burlap border and that will come off when the show is over. I named the piece "Odin" because that is the name my Dad always used to name all his sailboats.

Accidental Star by Lisa

I met Lisa  when I was still in California. She was the newsletter editor for my Salt Lake group at the time and emailed me the newsletters. I had emailed her to tell her she was doing a great job and we started up an email conversation. It was a couple of years before I actually met her in person. She has become one of my dearest friends! She started the Star quilt at a retreat we both taught at in March. I knew she had altered it from the original configuration and I loved seeing it in person!

Rainbow Utah

Me with my quilt
I was pleased that this piece was accepted into the show. We were going through the show quickly and almost couldn't find it in the museum. I did not go into that hallway at first.  Please note, all the quilts have this top flop over thing going on (except for those small quilts on rods) because of the way they hang the quilts in this show. You have to put on a strip on the back that has a loose edge and they thumbtack the loose edge to the wall.

This is my Off the Wall post for this week!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Don't Look Anne!

Do you ever get stuck in the design phase? I am stuck right now. Big time. My friend, Anne and I are doing another challenge. We did one 2 years ago, check out the results here. I really enjoyed it and it was a good stretch for my artistic side. So we decided to do it again. Anne got to set the rules this time.  We swapped two fat quarters, one had to be hand dyed by us, the other could be dyed, but also needed some sort of surface design on it. I was able to do my dyeing late last year, scroll down on this post to see the fabric I sent to her. It also shows the 2 pieces that she sent me. They have been auditioning on my wall ever since. Our original due date was September, Anne moved it up to July so that we could enter them in the Springville art museum's annual show.

Progress? or is it?

I had an idea right away, but could not work on this piece for a while. I still like my idea, but the last couple of weeks I have had trouble getting my idea to work. Yesterday I actually cut fabric. That is when I found out the stamped FQ was 18"x16". So I need to revise my border idea. Today I need to work the shop, so maybe tomorrow will bring actual work on the project.

Some of the fabrics that have been auditioning for the challenge piece.  

This is my Off the Wall post for this week.