7/31/2019

City Park Art Quilt Reveal

Today is the reveal for The Endeavourers 3rd quarter art quilt theme, A Walk in the Park. Each of the members of this international group have posted their work HERE.

My art quilt is titled "The City Park" and you can read about my process HERE.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

6/04/2019

How a Simple Sewing Day with Friends Can Energize a Quilter


Have you ever lacked ambition to get working on a quilt project or maybe finish some UFOs?

For the past few weeks I didn't have the excitement to work on my projects. I had so many things going on, and pulling me in different directions, that quilting was near the bottom of my to-do list (just ahead of pulling the garden weeds).

I hadn't seen two of my quilting friends since the beginning of May and decided I would invite them over for a sewing day. Last Monday I sent them a message and we were all available that Thursday.

Just a few days to plan, but easy enough with the 5 steps listed below.

1) FOOD: We were beginning at 10:30 A.M. so we planned a lunch. We each chose to bring something to share. Teri would bring fruit, Gloria chose vegetables and I would make chicken salad. (Bonus:All the ingredients I needed were on sale at our local grocery, so I bought them on Tuesday,  which happened to be senior discount day.) I made the salad the night before our sew day.

2) SEWING SPACE: We sew at my dining room table. I cleaned the parts of the house we would be using. (Cleaning the rest of the house cleaning could wait for another day.)

3) SUPPLIES: Make it easy for friends to tote just what they need for sewing. The night before, I got out the ironing board, iron, big cutting mat, rulers and cutting tools. I plugged in the extension cord and surge surpressor near the table.

4) PROJECTS: We could work on whatever we wanted to sew. I had a quilt and nine hotpads to bind. I got the supplies for the projects together the day before.

5) JUST BEFORE ARRIVAL: I took out the plates and cutlery for lunch, the counter-top would be the serving area.

When my friends arrived, we were able to get the machines set up and start our day of sewing fun. For 7 hours we sewed, talked, and enjoyed a wonderful lunch! The time flew by too quickly.

I got my projects done and Teri and Gloria got a good amount of larger UFOs going.


It was great to have some friends join me to sew. The preparation spurred me into action and my neglected projects were finished in a pleasantly short time.

Do you quilt with friends. How do you plan a sewing day?

I am linking up with Meadow Mist Designs Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup for May. Click HERE to see what others have finished in May.



5/06/2019

Christmas RAPPing Blog Hop

Welcome!

Today is day 8 of the Christmas RAPPing Blog Hop and my day to share the project I have.
The word "RAPPing" in the title refers to Reverse Applique and Paper Piecing.

Margaret Willingham and Nan Baker wrote a quilting book loaded with Christmas quilting project small and large. Here are some of the projects in the book.




You can find more on this book at 
www.purrfectspots.com 

We want to thank the sponsors of the blog hop: 
and 
June Tailor, Inc. 

And, at the end of my post, you will find the Rafflecopter Giveaway. 

A few months ago, Nan Baker sent out an email to Island Batik Ambassadors, present and past, to participate in the blog hop. I am an alumni Ambassador and said, "Yes!" The PDF of the book was sent to us so we could choose a project.

I chose to make "Christmas is Coming," an advent calendar.  I've wanted to make an advent calendar for quite some time. I had some Island Batik fabrics leftover from my Ambassador days and some I purchased in the past few years (because I really like the fabrics). I chose to use somewhat traditional colors in this piece. Except for the white-on-white, all the fabrics are Island Batiks. I am still quilting the layers with my sewing machine. Here is the project before layering:

I was pleased to be able to interchange the 4" reverse applique stars pattern with the 4" paper-pieced stars pattern in the corners. (I have carpel tunnel trouble and hand sewing with a needle is difficult.)  Both patterns are in the book, along with many others. I will admit I added the lines to the paper-piecing patterns to creat the center diamond (yellow) so I wouldn't have to applique a diamond, even if by machine.


There were directions for both paper-pieced or machine pieced log cabins (with the paper pieced pattern included). I machine pieced and hand trimmed mine, since it's the way I always make log cabins.

The tree and "sky" in the center of the quilt were paper-pieced triangles. The directions, again, were clear as to how to print and connect the paper-piecing strips, as well as the numbering for the colors.
Here is my advent quilt almost all quilted! I hung it on my new photography stand. The bottom edge is straight, but draped back while hanging. And the photo was taken at night with ceiling track lighting, but the colors aren't the best.
Do you see how it looks like the tree has hexagons in it? I think that is so neat! I imagine with a little sketch-work, I could figue out how to make a very colorful hexagon-filled tree.

The size of the units were all spot-on when I was finished sewing them. I am very pleased with how it turned out. I am still deciding what to do for the countdown numbers. I have a machne embroidery for numbers that get put onto covered buttons that I would like to use. I really liked how Joan did her countdown HERE on Day 1. If you haven't seen her buttons and bulbs, go look at it!

Here is the list of all the participants:

29 April –  MooseStash Quilting
30 April – One Quilting Circle
2 May – Beaquilter
4 May – Dizzy Quilter
5 May – Bejeweled Quilts
6 May – Patchwork Breeze
8 May – Quilting Gail
12May – Maria's Quilt Scraps

Thank you for visiting And here is the Rafflecopter for the entries:
a Rafflecopter giveaway





4/30/2019

Can Raindrops Be Quilted?

Today is the quarterly reveal of The Endeavourers art quilts.

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
was the Challenge theme for this May 1, 2019 reveal.

How did I endeavour to sew this challenge theme? 

I'll give you the rundown here:
(Please know the beads were added after the quilt was completed.)

  • I used a fat quarter of dotted, light grey fabric for the background (suggesting raindrops all around). 
  • I sketched a lady wearing a dress and a hat. (This is a summer day.)
  • I used Steam-A-Seam 2 on the back of the fabrics for the arms, hat parts, hair, and dress. 
  • After pressing the pieces in place on the background fabric, I appliqued each with a small zig-zag stitch. 
  • I placed the quilt top on a piece of batting and used the free motion foot to machine quilt grey thread lines in the forefront, making little raindrop swirls every inch or so as I moved down the piece.
  • I placed the backing fabric (a darker grey dot) underneath what I just quilted. Then I quilted straight lines between the raindrop swirl lines. But these were mid-ground, so I did not quilt over the woman. I stopped and started so my needle and thread would not sew over any part of her.

  • I added the binding, which matches the backing fabric. I bind my quilts completely by machine. You can read and see how I do it HERE.
  • Finally, I used Aileen's Jewel-It (no afilliation) to glue a glass bead in each raindrop swirl shape to give the piece sparkle, as one might see from a raindrop in an unexpected summer shower. (Note: I think it would have been easier to have sewn the beads, so they would have been exactly where I wanted them.)

Thank you for visiting.
You can visit the other members of The Endeavourers listed HERE.

4/29/2019

Christmas RAPPing Blog Hop


Christmas RAPPing Blog Hop begins today. 

Two talented women from the quilting world have joined forces to bring you a new book! 
Margaret Willingham (of Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design) and Nan Baker, (Marketing Director for The Quilt Pattern Magazine and Purrfect Spots Designs) have combined their distinctly different styles in Christmas RAPPing, Christmas quilts featuring Reverse Applique and Paper-Piecing.

The 10+ projects vary in size from table runners to wall hangings to full size quilts and even Christmas tree decorations.
  
There are multiple quilt size options and alternative color variations.

The variety of designs all include the unique Star patterns found throughout the book.  

Two projects include interactive quilts that can be great for helping children young and old start the countdown for Christmas Day! 

All the designs feature Reverse Applique and Paper Piecing so you can learn new techniques using the book’s easier, more streamlined methods.

The patterns in this book reflect the individual styles of both Margaret and Nan blended together to create gorgeous quilts to celebrate the Christmas season. They hope you enjoy making their quilts and find your Christmas favorites which will become family heirlooms.


We must thank our wonderful sponsors: 
and 

Here is the schedule of the designers' posting for the blog hop. 
Visit each day to see the projects made from this new book and enter the giveaway for prizes. 

29 April –  MooseStash Quilting
30 April – One Quilting Circle
2 May – Beaquilter
4 May – Dizzy Quilter
5 May – Barbara Gaddy
6 May – Patchwork Breeze
8 May – Quilting Gail
12May – Maria Hrabovsky