August 27, 2012

Scrappy Summer Quilt

Just finished my donation for our quilt guild auction. What do you think? The picture is not too good as I took it tonight, but it should give you an idea.

It was based on a design by Jillily Studio, then I added the vine, flowers, leaves, hearts, and the scrappy border. Red and blue buttons around the vine make fun berries.

It is 44.5" square. The quilting is pretty detailed, which you can see on the next picture. Between the vine and the border I quilted hearts, strung close together. Below the vine, I improvised as I went along. It took me a few afternoons to quilt it, as I only had two hours at a time.  It will look nice on someone's table...

I hope my friends like it, and that it will raise good money for the guild!

My first finished project in weeks! Celebration time... In the meantime, I have already completed 30 out of 48 blocks for the bed quilt.

How about you, what have you been up to lately?

August 25, 2012

It's time to P-A-R-T-Y !!!

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Back to School Blog Hop Party! Yes, this is ONE of the ways I am celebrating back to school days. The best part is that I am not alone - lots of other bloggers will be giving away cool gifts! The only thing you need to do to qualify for this blog's giveaway is to answer this question:

- What is the best thing you did (with or without kids) this summer?

You will have from today, August 25th, until September 3rd to enter by leaving your comment with the answer. On September 4th, I will announce the winner:

Patterns galore, matching ribbon and buttons, plus the right needles to sew your jeans bag should get your creative juices going for your next projects. Use the fabrics you got from my previous giveaways, new purchases, or draw from your old stash. You can recycle your old and favorite jeans by making cool handbags with them, use honey buns to make quick table runners and book covers, or choose between traditional and modern patterns for your next lap quilt! Prize can be shipped internationally!

Join the party! I can't wait to read your comments!

August 21, 2012

Slow going

Until school starts next week, it is difficult to find a couple of hours to stay in my studio to work on the projects I have going on:

1. Scrappy bed quilt (see picture of what the center will look like, not yet sewn...)
2. Table quilt for quilt guild auction - am quilting it already but decided to add more applique - due 9/5
3. Christmas row quilt - need to finish last two rows by Sept 5th
4. Double wedding ring bed runner - got more fabric and need to put additional blocks together
5. Drunkards path - got more fabric and need to continue adding blocks to pattern

I think this is it for now. Items 1, 2, and 3 are the more pressing. Finding time to sit at the sewing machine for at least 2 hours without interruptions has been my challenge...

August 27 can't come fast enough!!!

August 14, 2012

Cool patterns

The pattern I am working on right now is from this book by Evelyn Sloppy. If you like scrappy quilts, this is the book for you (you can find it here)! The instructions are straight forward, the pictures are gorgeous... I've had this book for a while and I am glad I finally decided to work on one of the patterns I had dog-eared. 

I do not make many scrappy quilts, but these are really cool looking. I don't have to go farther than my library to find inspiration...

August 13, 2012

Having fun with log cabins

When I started quilting I made about a dozen log cabin lap quilts before I moved on to something else. Not surprisingly, the second book I purchased was Flavin Glover's "A New Look at Log Cabin Quilts" (I found it here).

What a wonderful book! Her landscape scenes with log cabin blocks are fantastic! Using batiks, I created the wall hanging pictured on left. My husband, reluctantly, let me give it to my sister who lived in Boston at the time. The quilt now hangs at the foyer of her house in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

I have wanted to make another quilt based on Flavin's book, as I love the way she interprets her favorite scenes using log cabin blocks, but other patterns and ideas got in the way. This week, however, while attending a trunk show at the Museum of Arts in Springville, Utah, I heard that Flavin will teach a class at the Utah Quilt Fest in St. George this September.

Although I will not be able to make it to the Fest, I took her book out and read it cover to cover again. I think my husband will finally have his row-house quilt after all!

If you haven't seen her book, check it out! Her designs work very well with batiks, solids, textures, and small scale prints.

I would love to see pictures of your quilts using log cabins in non-traditional ways. Share them and I will post them on my blog.

In the meantime, thanks for stopping by!

August 11, 2012

Back in the saddle again!

I am starting to select fabrics for the bed quilt I need to make. The lady who commissioned it likes vibrant colors, mostly reds and yellows, although not modern. After looking at my stash I have decided to use these Timeless Treasures prints as inspiration, have added the green and will continue to pull fabrics to go along with the prints.

It is so exciting to be able to think about creating again!
I may have chosen the pattern already, but will only confirm it once I have all the fabrics round up.

How about you? What have you been working on?

August 4, 2012

In the new house...

... but quilt room is totally filled with boxes still. I like to unpack the living areas immediately so we have some sense of normalcy in the new house. That is done. As soon as my wrists feel better, I will tackle the sewing stuff. I can't wait!!!

Here are views from my back deck as I write this post. Funny thing, I can hear the symphony by the crickets nearby as well as the distant roar from cars on the highway. The roar could be confused with the sound of ocean waves, if it only had the pauses we 'hear' as the water ebbs and flows...


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