Friday, April 21, 2017

Thread Heaven

Last week I was in St. George, UT for the Dixie guild's "Gems of the Desert" quilt show. It was fabulous!  I was also teaching and had two wonderful classes of students. But I didn't get any photographs!  LOL Sometimes you are so busy teaching that it is difficult to remember to pull out the camera. I did get a few photographs at the quilt show, but I did not get the info for each quilt and per the show rules I am not allowed to post the photographs without the proper acknowledgement. I guess you will just have to believe me, it was a good show! The guild has photographs up on their site of the prize winning quilts, check it out here.

After lunch with a friend we headed over to Superior threads.  Can you say "Kid in a Candy Shop"!

Superior Threads warehouse

The rows stretch out forever!

And ever!

So many colors
I had never been there before! You can shop through the warehouse for your thread! I did ask permission to take photographs and to be able to post to my blog. They also have a fabric shop on the upper floor. I did not get photographs from that, but I did buy a couple of batiks. The one is a beautiful blue and really wanted to come home with me. I just couldn't disappoint that guy.

40 miles from home
We did a "big" city run to Page,AZ the other day. On the way home we turned off on a dirt road just to see where it went. It dead ended after a few miles with a campground and some hiking trail heads. I just love the rock formations in this part of the country!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Finish!

I love to hand stitch my bindings. It gives me a good feeling to finish a project, and having the quilt on my lap for the grand finale gives me a personal relationship with the quilt
The Helga Quilt
I am very pleased with the way this quilt turned out. And Helga was thrilled with the quilt!

Glamour shot 

Close up
I used my "wiggle" quilting technique. I go edge to edge using my walking foot.

Crocheted rag rug
A friend gave me some junky polyester fabrics. I cut them into 1 inch strips.  I then crocheted the fabric strips into a rag rug.  Just a simple single crochet with a large hook.

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

Friday, April 7, 2017

Pin Basted and Ready to Quilt

A couple of weeks ago I posted a photograph of a quilt top that was missing the final border. The border is now on and I have it pin basted, ready to quilt. It always amazes me how this design changes with the addition of a simple border.

The Helga Quilt


Half Hexagons
I also pulled out a top that was finished at least 6 or 7 years ago. Time to work on some of those UFO's. So this guy also got pinned. I hope to have a productive weekend machine quilting.

Back Patio
And then we had another snow storm on Monday!!! It stuck a bit, melted the next day. I really am hoping that is the final snowstorm for the season.

Asparagus Souffle
And I baked a souffle this week!  I haven't made one in years. They really are not that difficult, just labor intensive.  It was good!


Friday, March 31, 2017

Snowing March

I can finally show a piece that I made for the Stretching Art and Tradition 18 challenge! Dream Big (which I thought was Dream On, but whatever works) was this year's theme.

Clouds in my Coffee
My first thought when I heard the theme was the Carly Simon song lyrics "Clouds in my Coffee". So that is what I did. The above photograph is more true to the colors. But...
Another shot
I like the shot of this piece against the wood fence.  I used one of my hand dyed fabrics for the background and fused the coffee and cup using some of my batik fabrics. I used some tulle for the steam/clouds.

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