Monday, April 14, 2014

Design Wall Monday


Next up!
I finished quilting on the Trip Around the World Quilt! I am getting a lot of UFO's done this year! Next up is a Convergence quilt that was pieced sometime about 10 years ago. I am auditioning threads.

My daffodils finally bloomed! They are planted on a North facing slope, so are always later than anyone else's in the neighborhood.

This is my Design Wall Monday post for this week.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

It shouldn't be so hard!

I have been on a finished UFO binge.  Well, it ground to a halt. I enthusiastically was quilting on this little Trip Around the World quilt when my stitches started to mess up. Picked out the line of stitching and tried again. Ugh! Then my eagle-eyed spouse spotted these two other skips and I throw the quilt in the corner so it could think about its bad behavior.  (I know, the quilt was innocent, but it made me feel better)

Skip 1

Skip 2

Trip Quilt

So a couple of days later I decided to get back to work on my Utah Rainbow quilt that I had designed in December. When we got back from our trip there was a stay put in place and the piece was no longer current. I was at a loss whether I should finish the piece, revise it or what. I had some good advise from a fiber artist. Yet I still stewed about the piece. Last month at the local guild meeting a friend demo'd Trapunto and so it put this piece back in my mind. Originally I had intended to do "stuffed work" (as it was called by my first quilting mentor) putting the #18 in the center of a cutout of the shape of the state of Utah. Since it is possible another state could be the real #18 I decided to change my design. I got out the atlas to get the shape correct and drew on my rainbow fabric the outline of the state. Then I drew two bars to signify the equal sign that has become the symbol for the marriage equality movement.

Chalk lines
 I cut out the outline of the state, adding a quarter inch seam allowance. I then put a layer of batting behind the equal sign and pinned it in place.
I put the water soluble thread  in the bobbin and stitched around the equal lines. I just left the thread that was already in the machine, brown, since it will come off when the piece is washed to dissolve the bobbin thread.

Equal sign stitched
 I trimmed the batting just to the stitching.
Stuffed work on the back

Outline of the state
I pressed the seam allowance under on all sides and added a thin fold of black as a shadow. I pinned it to the background.

Pinned, ready to stitch

Stitching down the applique to the background
And then I started to stitch, using a rainbow colored thread. Here I ran into trouble. The stitching was giving me fits. I would stitch 6 inches and it would mess up. Ripped it out and stitched again. The needle fell out. No wonder I had trouble with the Trip quilting, the needle wasn't in properly.  Put it in correctly and finished stitching around the state. The needle was thunking like crazy so I replaced the needle and found that was the problem all along. Duh! It hadn't been used much, but I do know that there are defective needles and that should be the first thing to check (after rethreading the machine and the bobbin).

Background cut away
I cut away the excess background from behind the state applique. I basted the piece and then did some quilting. And it worked! The stuffed equal lines show up perfectly!

Now I want to add text to the top and the bottom of the piece.  I planned to write "Utah #18 for 17 days" at the top and the dates underneath. I remembered that I had some TAP from a class that I took a couple of years ago. I went into word and then printed out my text on TAP. Shoot. I messed up, the text needs to be printed out mirror image. I wasted quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to mirror image the text. I am not very skilled at Word. I finally was able to figure it out later in the day with the help of my soon to be sister-in-law.

Oops, backwards!

This is my off the wall post for this week. Check out Nina-Marie's blog to see what everyone else is up to!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Quilting like crazy!

Last weekend I had a baste-a-thon and got five quilt tops pin-basted, ready to quilt. I was able to finish two of those quilts during the week!

I finished sewing down the binding for Flower Garden yesterday. It is such a good feeling to get that last stitch sewn! I had won these blocks at a guild meeting a couple of years ago.  It is nice to get some UFO's completed and out of the sewing studio!

Close up of quilting 
The perfect print for the back

Up Next.
This little guy has been moved two times across state lines. I think it is time for him to get finished up!  It is just a small wall hanging. I don't know why this guy keeps moving down the to do pile of tops. But I still like the colors even though it is at least 15 years old!

The Secret quilt
And I got the Secret quilt completed! It is a surprise for a friend, so I can't show it just yet. Stay tuned!

This is my Design Wall Monday post, check out Judy's blog to see what everyone else is up to this week!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

So easily distracted!

6 of 12 blocks

Sewing like crazy!
I have a secret quilt that need to be quilted. It is surprise gift for a friend (so no peeking!) So instead of working on that quilt, what do I do? Sew like crazy on these QAYG blocks!  I taught this at the retreat 2 weeks ago and had some in progress blocks to demo the technique. I just got word that this class was not picked up for a conference in the fall. Since I don't need the blocks for another class demo, I thought I would just piece a few of them. It was too cold outside on Saturday to do the work that I wanted in the herb garden so I got sidetracked and finished all 12 blocks!  And got them quilted and trimmed this afternoon. Not like I have anything else that needs to be finished (the gift quilt among other things).

This is my design wall Monday post, check out Judy's blog to see what everyone else is up to!

Friday, March 21, 2014


Thanks to everyone who entered my Craftsy class giveaway! I just received an email from Craftsy and Margaret S. is the winner of the Joe Cunningham class!



At the quilting retreat last week, my friend Lisa taught a dyeing class. I brought a yard of this black on white snowflake print that was cut into fat quarters and asked her to over dye them for me. And good buddy that she is, she did! One of the photographs didn't turn out well, but the dyeing did!

And then she gave me this wonderful art quilt for my birthday! LOVE IT! Blue is my color! It is pinned to the design wall until I decide where it is going to be displayed! She has several wonderful art pieces available in her Etsy shop.

This is my Off the Wall post for this week, check out what everyone else is up to at Nina-Marie's blog.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Last week I was at a quilting retreat put on by the Pie Plate Patterns ladies in Fountain Green. They do a great job of putting on a small town retreat!  Everyone had a great time!  I meant to take a photograph of downtown Fountain Green, but forgot. The downtown is one block long on one side of the street. With a gas station on the other side of the street. The event was held at the renovated dance hall. I had posted from the event about my first class here. Then I was able to play in the open sew area for 2 days before my last class on Saturday afternoon.

I pulled out my tub of Paradise Punch blocks. These were blocks started as demo's for classes. I had cut enough squares to make a queen sized quilt for my bed. So the tub of blocks had been tucked away for a couple of years. When I started to layout all the blocks, I was amazed at how many I had! I squared up the pile of untrimmed blocks and played with them a bit. I am excited to get back to this project!

I had a bagful of plaid squares leftover from when I made the nine patch quilt for my Dad a couple of years ago. It is on my gallery page. I started sewing them together into twos. Came out even. Then sewed the twos into fours.  Came out even. Then sewed the fours into eights. Came out even. And then finished off by sewing the eights into sixteenths. I ended up with 40 16 patch blocks! Not a single leftover square! I am trying to decide whether to make 2 twenty block quilts or one larger 40 block quilt. And whether to sash them with some shirting prints.


Sweet Lady, whose name is on the tip of my tongue.
Another thing that is so cool is when your students from last year bring finished projects from a class that you taught. There were three ladies who brought their projects from my Hudson bay class. Diane's is a top and Michelle and Sweet Lady had completed quilts! Last September my good friend Charlotte brought her quilt to the guild meeting. I have a photograph of her quilt on this post. She had used a different layout than the one I used.

This is my Design Wall Monday post.

BTW, my Craftsy class giveaway is still going on until March 20th.  The link for the giveaway is in this post.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Retreating with Lisa

My friend Lisa and I are in Fountain Green at the Pie Plate Super Spring Retreat! Lisa taught a dyeing class this afternoon, she had a blast!
Lisa in action!
I taught my class "September" this evening. It was a lot of fun. The students got a lot accomplished. Everyone seemed to enjoy the class.

My work space
I had spent some time yesterday making up some sample blocks.  This is how my work space always looks after a bit of sewing. Home or away.

Sample block in progress

Attaching blocks demo
I love when each student brings a unique color scheme to work with in class. I had dug through my scrap bags and pulled out white, green and blue strips.

Trina's block
Trina used a jelly roll.

Tammy's block

Tammy used bright, colorful citrus colors. The multicolored polka dot fabric was her inspiration for the color scheme.

Pauline's blocks

Pauline used her collection of Hawaiian prints. I love the way she was able to highlight the old truck and the parrot!

This is my Off the Wall post for this week, check out Nina-Marie's blog to see what everyone else is up to.

My Craftsy class giveaway is still open, a winner will be drawn on the 21st, so check out this post to enter!