Friday, March 6, 2015

Challenge projects.

I had joined a challenge on the Quiltart list. There were 12 people signed up and only 7 made a piece for the challenge by the due date. Disappointing. The challenge was "Patterns in Nature".  I had taken a photograph of a eucalyptus tree for my inspiration. I cut the sections free hand and then added a layer of tulle to hold it down while I quilted it using my trusty walking foot. You can see the rest of the challenge pieces on Sue Kaufman's blog.

New Canyon Lake
Another online challenge group is the A4 group. The latest challenge was in the woods. I made a tent with a forest print for the background. I added a bit of lake and then I added some dragonfly charms since my quilted trees did not show up.

Trees? I can't see no stinking trees!

This is my off the wall post for this week.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Changing directions

So my Crossed Canoes idea fell through. I was having some technical issues with construction of the blocks. So I changed direction! I visualized some tents in the woods. So into EQ I went and drew up a block in two sizes.

Small block, pre-trimmed
They worked up great by paper piecing. You can do a thin tent pole easily with this technique.

The start of my Tent City
When we have the entire family up at the lake the overflow sets up in what we call "Tent City". So that is what I am naming this project.

I am a thread tucker
I have finished the quilting and am ready to bind.  I did some walking foot work and then filled in the background with free motion quilting. I am a thread tucker. I don't like the lumps that happen when you do three small stitches in place and then trim the thread. I take the time to tuck all my starts and stops. It just looks better to me.

Also check out the Quilt Keeper's blog! The reveal of the fabric challenge is posted! They had to use a specific fabric and had to have a circle somewhere on the piece. Love the variety of project ideas.

This is my off the wall post for this week.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Fresh Start

I started a new project. I was playing with the crossed canoes design in EQ and since this year's quilt fest has a Quilt Camp theme I thought it would make a good class. 

12 inch block

6 inch block

Possibly fabric selection
I really need to get going on the sample, the forms need to be in by the first.

First new Journal piece
Three and a half years ago I started a weekly journal project. I was going along ok, skipped a few weeks here and there but always intended to make it a 52 piece collection. I quit the project after my brother died. I have always intended to get it started up again and while I was in California in January I did! I had all the parts ready to go 3 years ago for this little piece. Now it is finished!

Back and label
And labeled! I am not sure what this week's piece will be. Maybe some idea will spring forth from the crap, er, um, stuff on the cutting table.

The first piece in the journal project

Back and Label
This was the first of my journal pieces. I had been driving up the hill and with a clear blue sky there was lightening over the mountains.  I will try to share the old journals when I show my new ones.

The sky this morning! I love the way that the jet streams cross! This might be the inspiration for my next journal piece.

This is my off the wall post for this week.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Getting back into the groove!

I had a wonderful 2 weeks in California! Saw a lot of good friends, went to a retreat, taught a class and sewed like crazy! I had brought along a bunch of batiks in purples and yellows. I had a theory about doing a QAYG without sashing strips between the blocks.

2 panels
I pieced strips and then quilted them to the batting and backing. I made 3 panels. I let fabric hang over the top and bottom edges for sewing the sections together.

2 quilted 1 not

I then quilted each of the panels. When I tried to sew two of them together I discovered that I have a few issues that I need to get worked out. I may just finish off each panel separately.  It is now on my design wall curing.

Vintage Fiber Art
I stopped by and visited my Mother-in-Law on my way home. This piece of fiber art has been in her home since I first met her in 1979. I was always intrigued with it. It is made with layers of felt on a burlap base. It has some rug hooked loops and also some embroidery stitching. It depicts San Francisco.

Close up of rug hooking

Close up of felt layers
Has anyone ever seen anything like this? I couldn't find a signature on it.

This is my Off the Wall post for this week.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Design Wall Monday


Table topper version

Signature quilt
I have been at a quilting retreat in California this week. Tons of fun with good friends! I taught a mini mystery with two versions. A baby quilt or a table topper. The quilts turned out great!  I also brought along a UFO. I had made these blocks 12 years ago and recently got them put together into a top. It is my California Quilters signature quilt. I was gathering some more signatures to fill in the empty blocks. Hopefully I can get the borders on this week.

This is my Design Wall Monday post for this week.

Thursday, January 22, 2015



I made it to California safe and sound on Monday afternoon. Only a 950 mile drive! I stopped in Mesquite for the night and was able to set up my machine and get a bit of sewing done in the hotel room. Then an 11 hour drive to Diane's house in Fairfield.

Diane, Carol and me.
Tuesday we headed over to my old stomping grounds, Cloth Carousel in Winters. A bunch of old friends showed up for a sew day. I missed getting photographs of everyone, but here are some of the best friends that anyone could ask for.  The quilt on the wall behind us is the class that I taught today at the shop.



I had a great bunch of students in the class! Everyone had a different color scheme! I thought the class went well, everyone was having a good time!

Tomorrow we are heading up to Walker Creek Ranch for the quilt retreat. I am excited about stopping at Dharma Trading on the way! I have a list of dye colors I want to pick up and I also wanted to look at some roving.

This is my off the wall post for this week.


Friday, January 16, 2015


Finished! Isn't that a great feeling? I spent way more time designing in my head than I spent putting this piece together. As it is a challenge that may make it into a book, I cannot show the front. But I will show some of the quilting on the back of the piece.

Had to splice in a strip since I mis-cut the back

Love this fabric!

The backing fabric is old. I used it to back a lap quilt that I made for my mother close to ten years ago. The southwest theme was perfect for my piece.

Twila's mini mystery

I taught a mini mystery at the guild a couple years ago and Twila brought her finished piece to the guild meeting on Wednesday night. So much fun to see my pattern up and out in the wild!

My next project will be happening at a quilting retreat next week. Hopefully I will have some access to wifi and check in again from there.

This is my Off the Wall post for this week.