Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Update on projects

Just a quick update on what I've been working on.

I started a tradition that when my nephew's (so far no nieces) get married: I give them a tree skirt for a wedding present.  This year I have two weddings. I decided to revert to something I did when this generation was 5 - 8 years old.  I laid out all my quilt tops, had them select the one they wanted, and quilted it for their birthday that year.  I decided to do this for tree skirts.  I will see the couples this weekend so I will show them "tops" I have made and let them select the one they want.  I have three done.

The color for each photo is not true, but I think you'll get the idea.

This was the first one I made.  I saw it on Pinterest and figured out 
the pattern.  It has lots of good space for quilting.  That will make all 
the difference.  Otherwise I think it's a little plain.

This is my second design.  I first made this pattern years ago for my parents.  It
is a "quilt as you go" design.  I found the technique frustrating and decided then
I would never make it again.  I finally made it a couple of years ago, but just made
the blocks and put it together like a regular quilt. (Much better)  I left one set of seams
unsewn for the opening.  This is now the third time I've used this pattern.
It's becoming my favorite pattern!

this was actually a kit for a quilt - from my stash.  I decided to make it
up.  I'll cut into the top to make it into a tree skirt. The center
is a panel, the outside a border print.

I have one other pattern to put together.  I would really like to complete four skirts before Christmas this year.  Two for wedding presents, one as a donation for a tree auction fund raiser, and one for ME!  I'm making great skirts for family and the one I use is an old, plain one I made about 40 years ago.

I'm also making a quilt for one of my guilds to use as an opportunity quilt.  Photo to come later.

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Works in progress

I'm currently working on a couple of projects.

1.  I'm making a quilt to be used by Old Town Quilters of Nipomo for their opportunity quilt.  It's a pattern from 6 Halves makes a Whole Lot More by The Quilt Branch.  A friend made it previously and I quilted it for her.  I liked it so much when I was approached to make an opportunity quilt this was my first choice.

2.  I would like to make at least 5 Christmas Tree Skirts this year.  Two (maybe 3) for wedding gifts, one as a donation for a tree auction in November, and one for me!!  I actually started one yesterday.  I ended up changing the border from my original choice, but I'm hoping I can salvage this one.  the other border did not do anything for the quilt., but even now it didn't turn out like the vision in my head.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Threadology with Philippa Naylor

Last week a friend and I went to Superior Threads, St. George, Utah, for four days with Philippa Naylor.  It was not a class to make a project, but rather four days to learn her techniques:  precision piecing, curved piecing, applique, and finishing techniques.  I learned a lot!!

The building seemed to be camouflaged.  It
blended in with the mountain.  Mother Superior
told us the red dirt would make any building
red, so why not just start with that color.

These is what we made for Precision Piecing.
1/2 square triangles, square in a square, mitered borders.

Our curved piecing sample.  My first border matches my background so
the star would appear to float in the sky.  I'll add another border for more practice.
Philippa had this pattern for us, but gave us instruction on how to make our own.

I tried to take photos so I could remember the techniques.
How to prep a sharp corner for applique.

How to make a narrow rouleau strip.

After the workshop, we stayed two extra days and went to Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks.  I had been before, but it was about 40 years ago.  It was Barb's first time.  The two parks are very different but each has something special.  We did a little hiking and lots of "ohh"ing and "ahhh"ing.  It was interesting to see the changes in the desert scenery throughout the trip.

Zion National Park.  You are at the bottom looking up.

Bryce Canyon National Park.  You're on top looking down.

Of course we visited quilt shops.  The shop in Hurricane, UT, told us of an event in the history of Panguitch.  Quilts saved the town!  The town celebrate this historic event every June.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Seven Sisters Quilt Show

Last weekend was our Seven Sisters Quilt Show.  I'm involved in the planning so I spent all of two days there, plus some computer work on the night in between.  I just finished all my thank you letters and got them in the mail along with two raffle prizes that had to be shipped.

My quilts did well in both styles of judging.  We have formal judging done by an outside judge.  Two of my quilts took top honors in the Miscellanous category.

Sponsored Awards are given by groups and/or individuals who establish the category and amount of award.  It is not formal judging, but rather a quilt (or garment) the judge feels best exhibits the parameters for the award.  My award was the Suzanne McDermott Memorial Machine Embroidery Award.  Since I knew Suzanne well, I was excited to get the first award in her memory.  I feel like she's looking down and saying "Good for you!"  Not so much that I got the award, but that I perservered and finished the project.

"Nine Fabrics, Nine Blocks" was awarded 1st place
and received one of the sponsored awards.

"Snow Blind" received Honorable Mention.
I found out later only two awards were given
in this category.  My 1st and HM.

You can't see much in the photo above, but here's a close up of "Snow Blind"
"Yes, It's a Panel" was not judged but I got a lot
of comments from atendees about this one.
Next year's show will be June 24 & 25, 2017.  Plan to attend!

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Gwen Marston workshop

I had the opportunity to take a three-day workshop with Gwen Marston.  Liberated quiltmaking is not my style, but I couldn't pass up this experience.  Gwen is delightful and so open to sharing.  I've always felt like a fraud when it came to art quilting, but she gave me encouragement to just "do it".  I'm excited about my end result.

30 x 33 inches
I'll quilt with straight lines and heavy thread.
The "drip" at the top was not planned.  Nice!
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Retreat weekend

I usually go to the mountains during Memorial Day weekend, but since I had just seen all the family the weekend before at a wedding, I elected to stay home.  Well, not really home as I spent two days sewing with friends in Cambria.  My goal was to get the blocks together for the BOM from BJ's Quilt Basket, Bend,Oregon.

This is the inside.  I included the triangles at the top to show
how it fits in the applique border.  I would like the quilt to
fit a queen bed, so I'll need another border.  I'm going to try
and find a pieced border that looks good with the inside.  I don't
want to just add fabric to the outside, but we'll see.

Just some of the blocks.  I do machine applique.
I struggle with the quilting design when each block is different.
I can't do in the ditch because some of the seams are pressed open.

I have to repeat this section 8 times.  There will be flowers at the end of the stems.
The pattern has the vine coming out of the triangle and ending near the corner.
I've decided to make the vine continuous around the quilt.  The stems are hanging
because I can't sew them down until it's attached to the quilt.  It's easier to do
the machine applique on a small piece rather than a 70' square piece.
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Two finishes

Over the past few weeks I've finished two quilts.  Yea!!  One of them is a challenge quilt for two different groups - not due until July and December . .  . and I'm finished in MAY!

Actually, both quilts are for challenges.
The first challenge was 9 Fabrics, 9 Blocks.  You had to use exactly 9 fabrics and make exactly 9 blocks.  The setting of the blocks was your design decision.  Even the binding had to be one of the 9 fabrics.

Here's mine.
The pattern is "Isabel" by Fabric Confetti.  It's machine embroidery applique.
This is the first time I've done this type of applique for a quilt. In various
workshops I've done some little items:  Monogram a bag, etc.

The background is two different grays so I could make my 9 fabrics.

The pattern called for fabric here, but I chose to leave it off. I eliminated some of
the stitching.  I didn't need placement lines and omitted the close stitching around
the exterior of each piece. I still did all the machine quilting on my domestic machine.
The second finish is for two different challenges.  One of my friendship groups selects a "challenge" for the year.  I wanted to do state patterns (NY Beauty, Road to CA, Lone Star, etc.) but was outvoted.  We selected Stack 'n Whack - Kaleidoscope.  The next month our guild challenge was announced:  Use a book from the guild library for inspiration or make a quilt from the book.  You know where this is going - we have the Stack 'n Whack book!  One quilt, two challenges!!

I showed a close up of some of the kaleidoscopes in an earlier post.

There are "twirls" in each block and you can see the lines in the background.
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