Sunday, June 3, 2018

Catching up

I'm back to the blog.  I've been busy with quilting projects, but some could not be shared (gifts or challenge) and others weren't close enough to being done.

Here's my latest:
I did something I will never do again.  I entered a quilt in our Seven Sisters Quilt Show that was not complete.  I knew I could get it done and I wanted to (!), but what a mistake.  It's due this week and last night I finished the quilting, rinsed it, and put it on the wall to block.  I still need to attach the sleeve and do something about the eyes on all the creatures.
13 Days of Halloween.  63 x 64 inches.
The original pattern is for hand embroidery.  I scanned the images on my Destiny
(IQ Designer) and digitized them for machine embroidery.  I used a font in my
embroidery software for the words around the two borders rather than using fusible.
Cranberry Pie Designs.  I just saw another one:  Twas the Night Before Christmas. Very Cute!!

The original pattern did not show the sashings I used. 
The ones with the pattern were very plain.

Can you see all the "eyes" I quilted in the block.
I'm thinking of adding sparkle eyeballs for each one.

Following is a table runner I made for our guild challenge.

 The required fabric was the blue with circles. 
I got third place.  (Viewer's Choice)
I finished my top for Bonnie Hunter's 2017 Mystery, On Ringo Lake.  I ended up with extra blocks because I made the quilt square.  I used the extras to make the quilt below.  I originally called it "Ringo Lake Leftovers" but someone changed it to "All That Jazz".  It will be the donation quilt for our 2019 Seven Sisters Quilt Show.  Bonnie Hunter will be the guest artist the week before the show.  We use the quilt as a prize for people who fill out our info survey.  Not a bad prize for just telling us how you found out about the show and where you're from.  Mark your calendars:  June 29 & 30, 2019.  Bonnie will be teaching June 24 - 28, 2019.

All That Jazz.  42 x 42 inches.

A friend was moving out of state, so we decided to make her a quilt. 
We each made a block, Anna put it together, and I quilted it. 
Can you guess her favorite color combination?

It was difficult for me to quite each block differently.
Overall it turned out very good and Barbara was pleased!

Just little Easter goodies for the great nieces and nephews.
I put a surprise in each one.  I was able to hand them out
Easter Sunday at our family gathering.  Often I mail
the holiday projects, so I don't get the fun part of seeing
them 'open' the package.

This was a bed runner I made for my step-mom to give to her daughter for her 60th birthday.
I know the mom liked the end product, but the daughter just got the package this weekend, so I 
haven't heard from her.  Vivian and I matched the colors in her bedroom.  I had a hard time quilting this one because I really didn't know what to do.  It's so modern and not quite my style.  
Somehow quilting straight lines just didn't seem right.
I thought I had a better photo, but if so I couldn't find it on the computer.

Thanks for checking in.  It was a lot this time.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

St Pat's Day Machine Embroidery

I wasn't going to send St. Patrick's Day cards to my nieces and nephews, but then I got an email from Bernina with a cute Shamrock machine embroidery design.  I couldn't resist.  I got them all done today.  They're ready to mail tomorrow so the children should receive them by Saturday.

The bad part is I realized I lost the mailing labels in my computer crash.  I have to locate all the addresses again!
The top is glitter form, fabric applique circle, and foam again on the back.
It's the first time I've used foam.  Very easy! Everything was done in the hoop.
I just had to trim around the outside edge.  

Thanks for checking in.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Busy December

I know it's February, but I did get a lot done in December!
This year's ornament.  I did a lot of it on my embroidery machine.
I used software and created the body and appliqued beard.
It took some time, but I enjoyed the challenge.

30 Santas!

 Right after Thanksgiving, I got involved making machine embroidery table runners.  I made five tops and had my three sisters select the one they wanted.  That way I knew which ones I needed to finish.  They all got their runner before Christmas!  Below are photos of all the tops.

Peppermint Candy.  Claudia's Creations.
This is the design that started the process.  I used my software for some groupings,
but realized it was just as easy to add them one at a time wherever I wanted.

Yard of Snowmen.  Bird Brain Designs.  Blue.

Yard of Snowmen.  Black and gold.  Very elegant.

Ginger Garland.  Turnberry Lane Patterns.
I changed the border so it came out even.

One sister wanted to hang hers and needed a smaller size.  The original pattern made the gingerbread men in pieces, then sew them together.  The second time I put the designs in software
and used the multi-hoop feature for placement.  It was an interesting process to figure out.

The amazing thing was that I had all of this done by December 22.  That's a record for me!!

Thanks for checking in.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

On Ringo Lake Quiltville Mystery 2017

Thanks to a friend visiting over New Year's I was able to finish my Bonnie Hunter Quiltville Mystery, "On Ringo Lake".  I only had clue 1 complete when she arrived Friday, Dec. 29, but by Tuesday when she left I was almost caught up.  It's amazing what two focused quilters can accomplish.

I changed colors:  Red, green, aqua, and black for my neutral.  I  made it square by leaving off nine blocks, then added an extra border of three-inch squares just to make binding easier. It finishes at 79 x 79 inches.  The extra nine blocks will become the center for a medallion quilt later.  We took time to play with designs before the final reveal.  All we got right was that the blocks were on point! - but it was fun to play.  I'm using one of the arrangements for the medallion.

I don't do a lot of truly scrap quilts, so I especially like doing the mysteries.  I'm excited to have the top complete.

Here's the link back to Bonnie's Website/blog.

It's fun to see all the different variations from one set of directions.

On Ringo Lake
79 x 79 inches

Extra 9 blocks . . . to be continued!

Thanks for checking in.
I'll add my Christmas quilting in a separate post.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Quiltville (Bonnie Hunter) Mystery

It's time for Bonnie Hunter's Annual Mystery.
October 31 Bonnie released the introduction for her newest mystery quilt:  On Ringo Lake.  You can use the information below if you want to check it out.

I started thinking about fabric choices.  Rather than use Bonnie's suggestions, I'm putting together my palette.  I have two possibilities:

1.  While checking out Bonnie's paint chips, I picked up some extras for additional ideas.  One card gave a "top-pick color" then showed colors that you can mix and match.  I picked four choices from that card.

colors:  Upholstery Red (1008-3A), Johnny Cake (3001-6A), Notre Dame (5006-1B), and Virginia Soil (1003-9A)
I always wonder how they come up with names!

2.  As I have done in the past, I selected a piece of fabric and used that to select my palette.
Of course, the color is off.  The colors are black, yellow-green (3), orange-red (20), and aqua blue (8).

I have two weeks to make my final decision.

Thanks for checking in.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Two more finishes (almost!)

I took a guild class with Peggy Martin, Quick Paper Piecing Feathered Star and I've been working to finish one quilt for a guild challenge.

I haven't quite finished the binding, but I'll have it ready for the next
guild meeting.  I used the floral fabric to pull my coordinates, then fussy

cut it for the center.  Rather than quilt a design in the setting triangles,
I quilted around all the black.  It needs more, but I'm not sure how
far to go.  I'm taking a class next week on Thread Painting, so I think
I'll take it with me and discuss it with the instructor.  Other than
the foundation quilting there's not much quilting in this quilt.

I introduced this quilt in my last post - but now it's quilted.

The guild challenge was to use only solids - fabric and thread.
I couldn't decide on what to do and then while cleaning/organizing
the studio, I found an old class project.  I was about to throw it away
knowing I'd never finish it when I realized - it was all solid fabrics!
Sooo ..... I cut it into half-square triangles, put with black, and
went to the design wall.  I originally planned to quilt feathers
in all the black, but decided on lines instead.  I used a stencil I had
in my drawer - equilateral triangles with fill lines.  I still need to
do the black around the center.  I held off to think about what I
wanted to do.  I'm going to add more lines.  I'm excited - this challenge
is not due until November and I'm finished!!

Thanks for checking in.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Two finishes and two ready to quilt

A friend came to visit and we spent three days sewing.  I got a lot done!

This is for my newest great-nephew born January 1 2017.  I actually have it quilted and bound. I hadn't even decided on the pattern, but Anna had good suggestions.   The size was determined by the amount of border fabric I had purchased.  I just did the math!!  This gets a stack of fabric off the table and the left overs put away.

50 x 50 inches
We had both purchased a kit for this pin cushion and decided to work on them together.  I had to use a BIG button to cover up the hole where all the pieced came together.  This qualifies as a UFO for my guild since I bought the kit 1 1/2 years ago.  And . . . . I got a small box out of the studio.  Now I have a pretty cushion instead of a clear box.

I started the truck in a collage class, however I like the truck so well I didn't want to cover it with flowers.  (Laura Heine pattern)  I have the backing ready, so I just need to layer and quilt.  Not sure what I'll do, but I will add some threads to the grass and leaves.

Not sure what I'll do with the quilt.  We have a 51 (red) Chevy truck in the family.  It's been around for a really long time.  Every family member that sees the quilt wants it so maybe I'll work out a custody schedule.  I'm hoping to find ownership records.  My grandfather purchased it sometime in the late 50's or early 60's.  I'm just not sure how to do that.
44 x 44 inches

The challenge for one of my guilds is to use all solids in a quilt related item.  I kept putting it off because I couldn't come up with an idea.  While cleaning out old projects I came across a class project that I knew I would never finish.  All solid fabrics - what would happen if I cut it up??  The foundation quilting is done, now for the fun part.  This gets a large basket off the floor and all the solids are now back in my stash.
34 x 35 inches
As you can see it was a very productive week.  I'm happy to finish (well, almost - I do have two fully complete) all of these items.  I'm continuing on with "finish it and get it out of the studio".

Thanks for checking in.