1/03/2019

Upcoming Blog Hops

I am participating in two upcoming blog hops. 


Black & White in January 
and 


Dust of a Quilt Book in February 

I am busy working on the projects.

Black & White (hosted by Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks) starts on January 21. I have a woven basket filled with black and white printed fabrics I have collected over many years. 


When I saw Carla's post asking for participants, I knew this was the time to dig into that basket! I wanted to start using my AccuQuilt dies more and thought this was a good place to start. I choose the Go! Triangle die #55002  for this project. It is designed for 6" quarter squares, but I chose to sew two triangles into 4" half triangle squares. 




Cutting the triangles with the GO! Fabric Cutter was so quick! I had 160 triangles cut in no time. But I still have lots of black and white fabric in the basket!

This is where I will leave you until I reveal my project on the Black & White Blog Hop. I've added some more interest to the quilt. (We're waiting on the final schedule before posting; but my day is tentatively set for January 23.) 

I have a left-over project I made with the black and white scraps. MUG RUGS, of course! 


The mug rug on the left is finished. The other two need the binding and I hand sew it to the back while "watching TV" in the evenings. 


The Dust Off a Quilt Book blog hop is hosted by Bea of Beaquilter. The idea is to make a project from an old quilting book or magazine that we have never made a project from, or one we haven't gotten back to in years! I chose one off my books that has a publication year of 1977-one year after I started quilting! Yep, it's been a long love of mine!


This book was on the freebie table at the quilt guild meeting quite a few years back, I liked the nostalgia of the patterns. I won't tell you what my project is just yet, but I am using some of the Island Batiks I have left from when I was an Island Batik Ambassador. That will be one twist in the pattern. My scheduled post day is February 20. 

Thanks for visiting today and I hope to have you visit during the blog hops.

12/30/2018

Quilt Photography

I hope your holidays were the best they could be. My husband and I haven't yet celebrated Christmas with our daughters and their spouses. We are waiting for the Seattle couple to come in early January. Today, after his cousin and his wife left (they had a funeral to attend in town), I told him we had to open the presents we got for each other. (We knew what they were.) I wanted to open my photography stand!


After reading the blog post of OPQuilt.com HERE, I knew I had to get this as my Christmas present. I must thank Elizabeth for all the legwork to find a great stand for photographing quilts! I don't really have a place or a set-up to get a good straight-on photo of my quilts. I am super excited to start using this. 

I set this up very easily today. It is light-weight and easy to carry in its case which holds all the pieces in their place. 


I did purchase 6 more clips, so I have 8 (for those large bed quilt photos that have always been so hard to get). 


The rods are aluminum, so my idea of using my small magnetic level didn't work out; but I decided to put it in the case anyway.


I found some references to taking good quilt photographs that I will read in the next few days. One thing I have heard for a few years is that taking photos straight-on is the best way to show our quilts, especially for competition photos. 
From Angela Huffman via APQS: HERE and Simple Simon and Co. HERE.

Have a great start to your New Year sewing!






12/21/2018

Craftsy Patterns: Will They Be There For You?

Have you purchased patterns from Craftsy? Or maybe you got free patterns through Craftsy from a blog hop, email sign up, or other such manner. 

Well the other day was a shock for some Craftsy designers. I have received emails, from designers I follow, that Craftsy is changing the structure of the shops before the end of 2018. Craftsy sent emails to the designers telling them if they were some of the fortunate ones who will keep their Craftsy shops, or if their shop would be discontinued. Those who will keep their Craftsy shops will have limits on the number of patterns they can list. 

One Craftsy designer, who I have obtained patterns from, sent an email to those of us who have her Craftsy patterns telling us to download all our patterns and save them on our computers. The reason for this cautionary download is that no one really knows what is going to happen. Craftsy says customers with a Craftsy account and a Pattern Library will still have access to patterns in their libraries; but will that include patterns from designers who will no longer be able to have a Craftsy shop? One concern from designers who no longer have shops, is that updates to their patterns cannot be uploaded. And customers will not have access to those updates.

There is an article from Craft Industry Alliance HERE, and presently open to the public to read.

I have yet to see an email to the Craftsy customers, telling us of what is happening. That means some of us will be surprised if we can't find our favorite designers' Crafty shops the next time we look. As a precaution, I connected my external hard drive to my laptop and am downloading my Pattern Library, one pattern at a time (since there is not an easier way). While I have downloaded most of my patterns, I am not sure which ones since I have them in different folders.  I created a folder called Craftsy Patterns just for this. I have over 500 patterns in my Library. It will take some time, but I don't want to lose anything I have. 

We can only wait and see what happens from all of this. It sounds like the designers are scrambling to find another method of pattern sales and distribution within a short period of time. 


12/18/2018

Quilting and Sewing Update

Quilting and sewing has been hit and miss for me. We are getting ready to remodel our master bathroom. This includes taking everything out of the bathroom and the closets that run between the bedroom and the bathroom. One closet area will become the new, larger sink and a larger linen closet. The small shower will be enlarged into the other closet. The plumbing will be moved.

To make up the lost space of one closet, I ordered an armoire online. It had to be assembled and since my husband was busy, I assembled it. I called him only to rotate and raise it so I could add screws on the back of the shelves. It was so large, I had to assemble it in the living room!


Here it is completed. I wanted a wooden piece that came close to matching the color of our oak dresser.

Consignment Shop Items

In between all the "hard work" I was able to sew five Pillow Book Totes for the consigment shop, The Yellow Window. I think these would make wonderful Christmas presents for youngsters. 


And Christmas treats are always a good choice, so I made some embroidered candy cane reindeer and Christmas tree pencil toppers.



Christmas Items

Daughter #2 said she didn't have a Christmas tree skirt for their tree. I sent her a photo of some fabrics I had in my stash. Texting between us, she chose 2 fabrics for a reversible tree skirt. All of them have some metallic paint in the prints. I found 1/3 yard of gold metallic fabric that would work for the binding (which I cut on the bias and sewed many pieces together!). 


It was dark in the house and I don't have a Christmas tree this year, so I took the photos outside around the deck umbrella pole.


I machine stitched the binding to the edges from one side, but hand stitched it to the other side so no stitches would show.


Mail

I got a small present from one of the originators of the Gridsters (an online quilting bee I belong to). It was a very fun, early Christmas present. Thank you, Elizabeth.


I am working on the blocks for the December Gridster Queen Bee. I want to finish them before the weekend. These are the colors she is using:


and includes some of Aneela Hoey's Little Apples fabric line from Moda.
I am working on some apples from The Quilter Community and the (center) leaf pattern from The Inquiring Quilter's Fall into a QAL. I will post them when I finish them. 

QuiltCon Entry Update


I also got an email telling my that my Quilt Con entry, Millie Restyled Again, for the Michael Miller 2019 Challenge did not make it into the show. The quilt is now posted on Instagram with the hashtag of #quiltconreject (with no sadness). If I hadn't entered, I would never have had a chance at being accepted. I will continue to make quilts for entry. And perhaps one day I will get a congratulations email!

Season's Greetings
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and hope you have some time to sew or quilt during a quiet moment. 








12/07/2018

Challenge Entry Finished - Millie Restyled Again

I finished my entry for Quilt Con Michael Miller Challenge in the nick of time. I submitted my entry on November 30, the final day to enter. I didn't procrastinate; I had a hard time coming up with a design.

That is until I checked out, Ultimate Quilt Block Collection by Lynne Goldsworthy, from the local library! Lynne is a British quilter who quilts and works under the name Lily's QuiltsI paged through her book and came upon her block called "Millie Restyled." 

Right away I pictured how I could use Lynne's pattern and restyle it again for my entry. This, of course, depended on getting her permission. I emailed her on Friday night telling about the Challenge-that I wanted to use her pattern as inspiration in my modern quilt entry. She emailed permission on Monday. I am so very grateful for Lynne's permission because I am very pleased with my quilt.


I fittingly call my quilt MILLIE RESTYLED AGAIN.

"Millie Restyled" is a paper piecing pattern that I copied from the book and used as my center medallion. I chose where to place the Michael Miller Challenge fabrics. I added my own components as a wide 4 inch border incorporating peach and teal triangles moving out from the center in a slight twist for a little movement. The lighter olive green Hash Dash fabric triangles point toward the center, bringing the eye back to the medallion.

I quilted this 20" x 20" quilt on my domestic sewing machine using my own design. I buried all the threads within the two layers of batting. The background, binding, and backing are white Cotton Coture by Michael Miller.

And now, I wait.