Friday, August 29, 2014

Summer's End

Here it is, the end of Summer! In Utah, August has been an unusually wet month. Landslides, flooding, thunder, lightening, very stormy. I drove up to the family cabin at Bear Lake on Tuesday. It rained for two days and yesterday cleared up nicely. Just in time for the grands to arrive with their Mommas!  

Clouds on the drive

I love this smiley face barn
I have driven past this barn since I was a child and I am thrilled every time I see that it is still there! I love smiley faces!

Cat tails
I had brought along my Bernina, I have a piece due for a challenge. The due date is September 1st. I got all my stuff set up, folding table, sewing machine, ironing station, cutting mat, fabrics and such. Cut and pressed and got ready to sew. CLUNK, Clunk, clunk.  UGH. Pulled out the bobbin, re-threaded, reset the needle, clunk, clunk, clunk. Something is out of alignment in the bobbin area. The nearest repair shop is an hour away. So no sewing for me. I will drop off the machine at Dave's Bernina on my drive home Tuesday. I do have another machine at home, so will be able to finish this project then. 

So for this weekend, I will play with the toddlers and 4 year old, go swimming, walk the dogs. And take some inspiration photographs.

This is my off the wall post for the week.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday is for fun!

Last week I was side-tracked by Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS awareness. It is a very emotional subject for me having lost both my mother and brother to the disease. It also has been a tearful time, 8 years ago on the 18th was when Mom died. I am touched every time I see an ice dump! My good friend Lisa did an Ice Bucket Challenge. If you would like to donate to this wonderful cause here is the link to the donation site ALS. Thanks!

So what I was going to write about last week was my Odin II. I used the leftover pieces from my challenge quilt to piece another quilt. I had so much fun! This quilt went together as if it were meant to be!
D cup
Running dyes

As it happens when you quilt closely, my quilt poofed up a very nice D cup. I decided to block it before trimming. I spritzed the bottom half, let it sit for a few minutes and the steam pressed it flat. I sprayed the top half and when I came back to press it the orange dyes ran into the sky.  UGH! I asked some friends for advice and was given a blog post that talked about using Dawn  to wash out the dye runs.  IT WORKED!
Odin II
I was able to get the piece finished and it is headed to the Utah quilt guild Quilt Fest show next month.

My name
I am not good at free motion quilting, but the bits I did on this piece were pretty good. I am trying to hid my name in the quilting.

Repeating motif
I was able to do a repeating motif in the white section! I was so proud of myself!

This is my off the wall post for the week.

Also linking to the finished Friday party

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.