Friday, March 17, 2017

Middle March

Ready for border
I completed the in progress quilt top for demo'ing in class! I am happy with the result! It will get a border using the dark print. I am hoping that it will hold that yellow in a bit.
Dinosaur tracks
Sweetie and I took the dogs on a hike this week. We are so lucky to have some wonderful trails near our new home. A spur off the Bunting trail led to some dinosaur tracks. It was very cool to see!
My cactus/herb garden
I miss my herb garden from the old house. We don't have much accomplished with the yard at the new house yet. We have a start of a cactus garden. We love old rusty junk. So I decided to plant some herbs in pots until I figure out exactly where the herb garden will be located. I stuck the pots in the cactus garden for now.  The rock bird is "Louie". My Dad made him for me years ago. I had him in the house, but we rearranged the furniture and I moved him outside where he was intended to be.

I am linking to Nina-Marie, Myra, Celtic Thistle, Sarah, Emily, Judy, Beth and Beth

Friday, March 10, 2017

Retreating

Block of the month
The week started off with my local quilt guild meeting. I am in charge of the Block of the Month this year. We have a lot of participation and here is last month's block.
Sandy's project
I am at the annual Pie Plate Patterns Super Spring retreat! It is a blast! Upstairs in the open sew area Sandy pulled out this project to work on. It was from a class I taught in 2011 at the Quilt Walk festival!
My project to work on at the retreat
And guess what I happened to bring along to finish? One of my sample tops from that class!
All quilted
I completed the quilting yesterday. I was able to get it trimmed and today it will get its binding.
Glamour shot
Birthday cake!
Yesterday was my birthday. My dear friend Helen brought a delicious almond cake for me! Everyone sang to me! It was very special! I love these wonderful women! I am glad that I was able to come to this retreat and visit with my good friends.
Downtown Fountain Green
This is on a building in Fountain Green. It is an amazing metal sculpture!

I am linking to Nina-Marie, Amanda Jean, Sarah, Myra Beth Judy Emily

Friday, March 3, 2017

Marching along

Serita sample
I always like to have an in progress sample for my classes. I selected these 3 fabrics to use in my Serita class next week at the Pie Plate Super Spring Retreat. I haven't decided which variation to make, but will be cutting it this weekend.
UFO
I decided it was time to finish a UFO. This guy is pin basted and ready to quilt. Hopefully I can get him finished so I can work on the binding at guild on Tuesday.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Sarah



Sarah
I finally was able to get a photograph of my "Sarah" version of my "Serita" class. I will be teaching this on March 11th in the morning at the Pie Plate Pattern Super Spring Retreat. I believe that there are still a few spots left in the class.  Always a wonderful retreat!

No Name yet
Alright, I have spent the last half hour trying to get the above photograph uploaded right side up. WHY? does the uploader insist on rotating my photograph? I don't get it.  Does anyone know how to rotate a photograph in blogger?  The straight edge should be up.

I actually finished something!  LOL! It is just a small piece, but it was fun! I had some scraps from another project that I had sewn together. I found some bias tape, cheap, at the local thrift shop and decided to play with it a bit.  I then practiced my FMQ.  I am trying to get better at it. I am getting pretty good at peace signs.  My favorite symbol right now.



Hmmm!
I have been making our bread for the last couple of years.  I found an easy, no knead method that works wonderfully! This loaf has some whole wheat, flax seed and poppy seed in it. It was delicious!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Nothing to show, or rather nothing I am allowed to show

trimmings

I have finished a couple of art quilts recently.  But I am not allowed to show the results yet. First up is for the Inspired by Elvis challenge. I did a piece for the song "Moonlight Swim" from the movie "Blue Hawaii".  I used a Blue Hawaii novelty print for the backing. You can see the trimmings above. I had trouble with this piece, I used a collage technique and I didn't allow enough extra for the shrinkage.  I made a very wide binding.
Backing
The other piece is for a challenge, "Dream On". The first thought that came to my mind was the line "Clouds in my Coffee" from the Carly Simon song.  I had this wonderful coffee themed novelty print in my stash, so that is on the back. Of course I had to piece it, it is a directional print and I needed it in the other direction.

I have been trying to organize my new sewing room. It is quite a bit smaller than my previous space. Quite the challenge to get things to fit. I am using a second closet for my half of my fabric stash since the one in my room is about half the size of the previous room. Yesterday Sweetie hung up a couple of shelves on the wall and also put up some of my mini art quilt collection for me.

Shelves and mini quilts
The lower shelf is above my cutting table. I hope it will help me keep some of the clutter off the cutting area.
More mini quilts
The quilt hanging below the shelf is my Pin collector's quilt. I have a bunch of lapel pins which fit nicely in the center squares. Then I started to pin name tags from retreats and such in the borders. The feather duster is my Sweetie's addition.
Mystery Box
I have a lot of mystery items stored. I was sorting out some things that were crammed into the upper shelf in the closet and found this little box. Hmm, wonder what it could be? (I am not famous for labeling boxes)
I forgot about this UFO!
My Frank Lloyd Wright project from a Jackie Robinson class!
Class handout
I had all the parts in the box along with the receipt for the class and the class handout.  I took this class in Sacramento in 2003.
All the wonderful leftovers!
All the leftover parts! I love leftover parts! They turn into new stuff.
Fabrics,
Wow! A lot of fabric in that box. Some was used in the quilt top, some not. I am sure that I could have used some of those in other projects over the years. If only I had looked into the mystery box sooner! And what gets me is the color scheme I used for this design! It is so Kanab like! 14 years ago when I took this class I had no idea we would end up in Kanab! I will post more on this project next week, I am really excited to finish it up and get it hung on the wall in the hallway.

What is he doing in that box?
I have no idea what this block is doing in the box or what it was intended. Might have been a sample for a block of the month I did for one of my California guilds. He must have jumped into this box by mistake.

I am linking to Amanda Jean, Nina-Marie, Sarah Myra Emily Judy Beth and Beth

Friday, October 21, 2016

At least one thing is done!

Fern
I finished my Sweet Sixteen for March, Fern. I now have 4 of 12 completed. What a stupid idea to start a year long, monthly challenge to myself while in the midst of the longest move ever! I had March started in March. I finished April a while ago, Fern was stewing for a bit.
Fern close-up
The background color is correct in the first photograph. I did a bit of free motion quilting to make the little leaves that unfurl. The rest is quilting with my trusty walking foot.
Fern back
Since this was for March, and it was green, I used some shamrock fabric for the back.
Never ending Grandmother's Flower Garden
I pulled out my hexagon quilt to work on at the local guild's weekly sew day. I prefer not to drag a machine along and since I am trying to meet people it is a good take along project. I have no idea when I started this, but I am pretty sure it has been at least ten years ago. I started off wrapping and basting to papers. I didn't count, just started cutting squares and wrapping. Then I started to put some of the hexagons together into flowers. I am using repro 1800's fabrics and a red print for the centers.
Starting from the center
Once I had a dozen or so flowers together I decided I should figure out a layout.  This is the center of the quilt. I haven't figured out what is next. I am setting these flowers together with black prints in between. It is a slow process and I might never finish it, but it is fun to work on.  Every once in a while.

I am linking to Nina-Marie, Amanda Jean,  Myra, Sarah, Emily, Judy, Beth and Beth

Friday, October 14, 2016

Quilt Fest

We are finally moved into the new house, completely! As with most of this project, our timing went totally crazy.  After a few delays we finally signed the papers. And of course, it was the day I had to drive North for Quilt Fest in Layton. Sweetie drove South to the new house with the puppy dogs. We hooked up again at the family cabin the next weekend. Our trailer was parked there and so we left from there for a post retirement trip to Wyoming. Sweetie is so more relaxed, retirement is going to suit him! He has worked hard for a lot of years and deserves to to it easy. Since we were without internet, I was not able to post about Quilt Fest until now.


Florence
My Dear Friend and teaching partner, Florence with her wonderful Tulip quilt! Perfect hand applique and machine quilted! For some reason this did not get a ribbon. It should have!
Lisa
Another Dear Friend, Lisa, with her abstract Hello quilt! She does wonderful free form piecing!
Ruth aka "Mom"
Another Dear Friend, Ruth. She is my substitute Mom and very dear to my heart! 10 years ago while we were at Asilomar, I made this little cake quilt for her. Along with being my Mom, she is also my Dessert Monitor. A position that she takes very seriously! And she does her job well! She had found it recently and brought it along to the conference.
Finished my Emerald Pools!
I did not take any classes this year, with all the moving hubbub I just couldn't get it together to prep for a class. I did buy a table in the retreat area and brought a few projects to work on. I was able to finish the binding on my Emerald Pools! Ta Da! A finish!
Emerald Pools!
The completed quilt. This top was such a UFO. I had sewn it at Bryce years ago. Taught a class on it 2 years ago at Quilt Fest. The in progress to demo quilt from that class was finished soon after the class. It feels good to have it Done!
Class samples
Florence and I taught our Walking Foot Wonders class on Saturday. It went very well. Just a sampling of quilts that we show during class. We each had a suitcase full of quilts to show. Lots of different design ideas for using your walking foot.  Florence is the precision part of our team, I am the wing it part!

I am linking to Nina-Marie, Sarah , Beth, Emily, Judy, Beth and Amanda Jean.