Friday, September 14, 2018

Wedding Quilt is Finished!

I am happy to report that the wedding quilt was finished on time!
Me showing off the quilt at guild.

Another view

Peaceful rowing

View from the rowboat

I was able to get the binding on and brought it along to our trip to the lake. I spent one afternoon tacking it down. Bonus! When digging through my fabric stash I found the exact fabric I had used for the flying geese border that was perfect for the binding.

We came home for about 5 days and then headed to California for the wedding. We took two days to drive there, Mountain View, CA. Stopped in Bakersfield on day one. All of Sweetie's brothers came to the wedding. Our niece, Sam, is the daughter of the youngest brother.

Thursday night was a casual family dinner at the couples house. It was nice to meet the other bride, Kristi, and her family. Unfortunately, Sam's father and step-mom's flight had issues over Dallas and they had to be rerouted finally arriving 2:30am at a different bay area airport. Their luggage did not make it there with them. Thankfully it did arrive later in the afternoon, which had all their wedding attire.

On Friday family and out of town guests went for a  DOF (Day of Fun) to Santa Cruz. We had a lovely time at the beach and then at the arcade.
The four Brothers

Sweetie and me at the beach

The happy couple at the arcade.

Saturday was the wedding. It was one of the loveliest weddings I have ever attended! All the readings, songs, prayer and vows were well chosen and very meaningful. The reception was held at a nearby park in one of the larger picnic areas. Lots of shade, catered BBQ, photo booth, yard games, it was fun!
BBQ buffet

Cup cozy favor

photo booth results

Sunday morning was a family brunch and then we headed out for the two day drive home. Again, Stopping in Bakersfield for the night.

I did not take many photographs, I got sidetracked visiting with family. One photograph I should have gotten that I didn't was a photograph of the happy couple with the wedding quilt. So it goes.

Before starting to write my post I spent some time reading blogs that I follow. What a thrill! Quilt Inspirations  posted several posts about the Springville Art Museum's show and one of my pieces was featured in this post!

Tuesday I am headed north to Layton, UT for the Utah Quilt Guild's Quilt Fest! Should be a blast to catch up with old friends and make some new friends.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

19 Quilt tops to choose from!

I got an invitation to my niece's wedding recently. It is the weekend after Labor Day. Since she is quilt worthy, I wanted to make her and her fiancĂ© a wedding quilt to celebrate the occasion. My time this summer is limited, so I pulled out a bunch of quilt tops to photograph and email to the happy couple so that they could choose one that suits their style. I sent them 19 photographs! Oh My! And that did not include tops that were smaller than lap, needed borders and ones that they were not allowed to choose from. (ones that have already been spoken for) I really need to get  going on some UFO's!

Here are the 19 quilt tops:

Row Robin from about 2003 or 4

Scrapbag Bargello started in 2002 borders later.

Wales Star Sampler I designed this about 3-4 years ago for my guild

Before and After Curves about 2009 or so

Tropical Treasures About 2009 or 10

Allegra I made this top for my bed, my sweetie looked at it and said 'boy that is busy". So it got thrown into the UFO pile. About 2010-11 or so

Bird of Paradise class sample from 2004 or so

Another class sample, can't remember the name right now. 2002- or 2003

From a class I took 2 or 3 years ago. The Amazing Race

Cloth Carousel's $5 quilt Block of the Month from 2002. I was working at the shop by the end of the year and designed this setting.

Serita class sample 2014 or 15

Sarah another version of Serita 2014 or 15

Garden Path. I used this as a leader project. Top was finished about 2003 or 4.

Nancy's Pinwheels Another class sample. About 2008 or 9

Another of Cloth Carousels $5 BOTM I believe it was 2003

A retreat project designed by my friend Diane Don't remember the name. I believe it was 2014 

Jazzy Another class sample about 2010 or 2011

An old UFO. It was another leader project. It would be pre 2001

Yet another class sample. I forget the name of the log cabin variation. 2004 or 5

Remember, there are more tops and almost finished tops (just needing borders). So the happy couple chose this one:

Now known as the wedding quilt.
I have a backing selected, need to sew the seam and then baste. Hope to get this quilted in the next two weeks. I think it needs something more than just my usual all over wiggle quilting. Stay tuned.

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Sarah G



Friday, May 11, 2018

Sego Lily

I made a fiberart piece that I could not show until now.  It is for the Stretching Art and Traditions Challenge. Here are my in progress photographs.

Working on the petals 
 The piece needed to finish 18" x 36". The theme, Under Scrutiny, needed to be a very close-up of something. I used a photograph of a Sego Lily. Of course, I have not been able to find the original photograph so that I could post it.  I used a quilt as you go method that I just kind of made up. First onto the backing is a piece of batting. Next up is some petals.

 It then tucked in some dark green pieces to form the background. I made sure to trim it close in shape so that it would not shadow through the white petals. I stitched down the edges, going through all layers.

Floral details
 I then fused stamens and the red of the petals. I also stitched those down through all layers.

Petals quilted
 I quilted the petals using my trusty walking foot. Just some simple echo quilting.

Detail stitching
I quilted the background with horizontal straight lines. It does not show up very well in the photographs. I also quilting some red lines to add detail to the red of the petals.
Sego Lily
Trimmed and bound, it went off to the coordinator in time to go to the first show!

BFL roving
 This was some quickly acquired roving bought so that I could try out the new spinning wheel.

On the right, the beginner's first day's worth of spinning. On the left is the beginner's second day (in a row) spinning! I am really enjoying the art of spinning!  Not sure that I will ever get to the point where I can spin lace weight yarn. But I think I have the hang of spinning fun, chunky, playful yarn!

We had three reasons to make the trip to Tennessee. One, visit family. Two, pick up the spinning wheel. And Three, attend our sister-in-law's graduation from the University of Alabama Huntsville! (yeah, that is 2 states. Their farm is in Tennessee and Huntsville is about an hour and a half drive away) I am so proud of Christine! She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in English! As I told you last week, her short story won Best in Fiction in the English department. If you did not get a chance to read it, here is the link again. Very timely story, thanks for all the positive feedback. I have been reading your comments to her. Now that she is done with classes, she will be working on more of the stories in the series.

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Amanda Jean

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Road trip!

I have been offline for a while. We took a road trip to visit my brother-in-law and sister-in-law in Lynnville, Tennessee. It was a 7 day drive with the truck and 5th wheel camping trailer. Right before we left home I quilted another UFO for the guild challenge I knew that I could work on the binding during the trip to Tennessee and get a photograph submitted before the 1st of May. And I did get it done in time. We did not have any internet until we got to the farm.

Starting the spiral
I have quilting spirals on smaller pieces, but wanted to try it on a large-ish quilt. I think that I started the center a bit too large. I did try to go back and walking foot it into the center, but it was not a success, so I backed it out to where I started and left it a large center. I may try to go back and try to FMQ the center.
Still spiraling
I don't have the best space to machine a large quilt, but I just make it work. I run into the window and have to adjust constantly. I may have to adjust my space to add another table. I will figure it out when we get back home. I really want to make a dent in my pile of quilt tops.
Glamor shot
And my glamor shot on the front porch of the farm in Tennessee!

White Sands National Monument
On our way to Tennessee we stopped in New Mexico and visited the White Sands National Monument. It was so beautiful! I cherish our National Parks. I hope that they will survive.
Texas Bluebonnets
We went through Texas and camped for the night at Lake Arrowhead. Along the side of the road I was able to see Texas Bluebonnets in person. Lovely!
Lake Texoma
We spent a night camped on the shores of Lake Texoma. It is on the border of Texas and Oklahoma. We were on the Texas side. We had the most beautiful sunset that evening!
Dogwood blooming
Our last night on the road we camped in DeQueen Lake State Park in West Tennessee. The Dogwood trees were blooming! Just lovely!

We will be attending my sister-in-law's graduation on Sunday. She is a writer and last week won an award in the English Department for Best in Fiction for her short story! I am so proud of her! Here is a link to her short story. It is the first in a series of stories. I would love to hear what you think of it, it is a very timely story.

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Amanda Jean



Friday, April 13, 2018

Wild Woods April

April blocks
 I altered the pieced  pattern a bit. I did not wish to do all those square and HST's. I am thinking of fusing some flowers, or maybe a butterfly. I am just not into animals at this point. They might get added later on when the top is pieced.

All the blocks
I save the cut off triangles and sew them into HST's. You never know, they could make something fun!

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Springing along

I was knitting the first official pattern of Sock Madness and realized it was not working for me.


It was interesting to learn how to make the beaded blackberry.
Time to rip!

I was not happy with the fit when I tried it on. Also, I did not think that the gray would last for both socks, even with gold toes and heels. So I ripped it out! My sweetie was appalled. So close to finishing a sock. But if I am not happy with it, it would not get finished.

 So I started the next round using the same gray yarn with a different contrasting yarn. It involves brioche knitting. Something I have wanted to master. And it is a very fun knit! I am ready to start the heel on the first sock.
Guild Blocks
 After the January guild meeting I brought home my show and tell in a tote bag. I finally opened the bag last week so that I could put away the quilts. I found a baggie with some white squares and two patterns. I honestly could not remember what they were for, so I messaged the guild president and she gave me some instructions. But she didn't really say what the guild is doing with the blocks. They need to be turned in before September. I decided it was an easy sew and just made the blocks. I used my "cutting table" fabric selection. Which is digging through the piles on my cutting table that have not been put away yet.
 Another block that came up for air, Swirl. I took a demo class at a retreat years ago and made this block. Not sure what I had intended, but I think it could be a good start to something. So I left it on the design wall to inspire me.
Swap blocks
 A few month's ago I posted about swap blocks that I was making for a quilt group that I swap blocks with by mail. I got my blocks back!  What a nice pile! I think I may have won the blocks in the "pot"! It will be fun to play with these blocks.
Bonus #1
When Diane mails me swap blocks, there is always some sort of bonus stuff in there. This package's bonus! Since I live in cowboy country, the bandanas might be fun to play with.
Iris blocks
One of our mutual friends also will tuck in a little something in the packages. This UFO looks like a One Block Wonder. The iris print is lovely. Some of the rows have been sewn and some of the blocks are pinned. It will be a puzzle to line it up (I think). I decided to wait and leave it stacked as it came to me.  So if there is a logical order, I will be able to lay it out easily. When I have some time to play with it.

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
Last weekend my Brother-in-law came for a visit. We drove up Johnson Canyon Road. Which used to be the border of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Lovely rock formation along the canyon. I am not sure if this is still in the monument or not since the borders of GSENM has been gutted. 

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