3/13/2019

Quilting Project this Week

I am participating in the All About Strings Blog Hop
 that Carla is hosting March 25 through March 27. 
 
It looks like this blog hop is going to be inspirational for scrap busting! 
I am almost finished with my project. 

I hope you'll join us each of the four days.
Here's the line up:




The other day I posted about helping in the high school art classes with pattern making and sewing guidance with the Monster Project. I've come home the past two days and sewed a stuffy each evening. Here's what I made. 

The red dog was made with a pattern I have had for a long time and I don't have any information about it. 
The gray cat is a pattern I got from Choly Knight called Kitty Bean Plush. It is the first pattern of hers that I have sewn. It was fun and the directions were clear. I am sure with practice I will get better. 

The other project I am slowly completing is the fabric shower curtain for our remodelled bathroom. It's been a long process because of the odd size: 62"wide x 84"tall. I have only the hem to finish! I'll post a photo when it is completed. 

Thanks for visiting!




3/12/2019

High School Art Classes Sewing


Last week with two other ladies, I started helping in the local high school art classes. For the past few years, the art teacher has the students design and make stuffed monsters. This is the second year we have helped. And, as with anything a person does more than once, each time gets easier and better.

The unit involves all the 2nd grade classes, too. The 2nd graders developed a written description of their monster and drew a picture of it. This information was delivered to the art teacher. The high school art students took one of the students' descriptions and pictures to work on.


They redrew the younger child's picture in a scene as described in the child's written work.
                     


After this is when we adults come into the classroom. We discuss with the classes how to design a sewing pattern from their drawings. We encourage them to ask questions as they work on those patterns. We suggest ways to add appliques or best sew appendages. We show them how to use the sewing machines.







The past week has been rewarding for the 3 of us adult helpers, who have sewn since we were children. And it appears to us that the students are having a great time working on these stuffed monsters, too. And we are looking forward to the next few weeks as they finish up.

3/08/2019

Quilt Con Charity Quilts

When I arrived at Quilt Con the first things I noticed were the charity quilts in the hallway! The colors that were designated to use in these charity quilts are favorites of mine. They were such happy looking quilts. But it wasn't until I entered the exhibit room that I saw even more of these charity quilts! Wow! I have posted a few of my favorites and apologize that I did not take photos of the details regarding the makers or the titles. Such talented and creative quilters!












I wish you a good weekend that includes doing something fun.
I will be sewing!

3/01/2019

Quilting Progress

I was able to make a bit of progress on some projects I needed to finish. I found the time here and there between cleaning up from the remodeling and the painting of two rooms.

I got the Gridster Bee Blocks for February completed and off the the Queen Bee this month. They were fun to make from the pattern she designed and now has for sale. You can read about it on her post HERE.


Before leaving for Florida, I got my April 2018 Gridster Bee Block quilt back from the quilter. I just this week had time to trim the batting and backing to get ready to sew on the binding. I think it will brighten up the guest room nicely. I call it Schoolhouse Friendship.
And today I got out the fabric I will be sending to the Gridster Bee Mates for my April block. I do want to presss the fabric with Terial Magic to help them with the sewing. I will keep the fabric a secret until April's reveal. (Sorry.)

Have a lovely day and I hope you find a creative inspiration in something you see today. 


2/28/2019

Quilt Con in Nashville

My husband and I took a week's vacation to Florida. We had been working with the builder on our master bath remodeled for 5 weeks prior. It was good to get away and relax. The evening we arrived in Florida we saw this lovely sunset.

The rest of the week the weather was cool and foggy. The sun did peek through for a bit on 2 days and the temps did rise to the 70s.

While I was there, I was able to meet Sally, who was one of the Island Batik Ambassadors when I was an ambassador. We had lunch and enjoyed a few hours of chatting, fun, and shopping. It is nice to meet online friends in person.

On the way home, we spent the weekend at my sister's and brother-in-law's house in the Nashville area. On Sauturday, my sister and I went to Quilt Con. This was the first time I had attended a Quilt Con and the first time she had attended any quilt show. The weatherman was predicting severe weather, but we went. We were able to park in the underground parking. The facility (Music City Center) was beautiful.

The show wasn't crowded, perhaps because of the threat of bad weather. My sister is a sewer, but not at all a quilter. She enjoyed looking at all the quilts, especially those on social themes. I was happy to take photos for a Gridster Bee Mate who couldn't attend. She wanted some photos of her quilts that were in the show.
Slivers of Rivers by Simone Bradford

Hoko Dots by Simone Bradford

In the next few days, I will post some photos of quilts that peaked my interest. 
For now, I hope you get to sew and stretch your creativity.





2/20/2019

Old Quilt Book Blog Hop


How many quilting books do you have? 
What is the oldest publication in your book collection? 

Bea, from Beaquilter.com is hosting the Dust Off a Quilt Book blog hop. Her idea was to find an old (to participants) quilt book or magazine on our shelves and make something from it. It could just be that we are inspired by it or that we make just a block from it and turn it into a small quilt or bag or mug rug. It was really up to us!



I've been quilting since 1976 and I knew I had old books among all my books. (The photo shows about 1/3 of the books I have!) 



The book I chose was published in 1977. The cover quilt had interested me when I chose it from the freebie table at a guild meeting a few years ago. For the blog hop, I chose to make something smaller from the "Contemporary Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt" pattern on the cover. The original pattern makes a large twin size quilt.

I have the Rose of Sharon #2 by Sharon Pederson die by Accuquilt which made cutting lots of flower so easier! 



I decided I would make a few placemats for the summer. I chose scraps of Island Batik fabrics I still had from my time as an Island Batik Ambassador 2 years ago. 




Making the Placemats:

I am sure you can see the basic concept of the pattern from the book.  I devised my own method to make the placemats. 

I gathered green fabric for the background for the flowers. Not much of the green would show, so it didn't have to be fancy fabric. The book pattern uses muslin. I cut the pieces 12-1/2" x 16-1/2".

I sewed batting scraps together with zig zag stitches and this would go under the green background foundation. 

I used my GO! cutter to cut the batik scraps into the largest flowers. I arranged 11 larger flowers on the green background and batting (see finished placemat above). I sewed around the petals 3 times with my free motion foot. It gave a good outline and wonky was fine.



I got a tip from Lea Day, when I stopped at the longarm booth at the AQS Houston Quilt Show in November. She said when free motion quilting, if you go slightly off your path, just sew around 2 or 3 times and it looks like you meant to quilt that design.

I added the 12-1/2" x 16-1/2" backing piece. This was some extra green I had in my stash. BUT, I wanted to give the flowers more dimension and fun personalities than the book pattern showed. I layered a smaller cutout and a center circle on one of the larger flowers that I just appliqued down. I tacked them in place with a wash-away glue stick. I sewed around the flower centers two times and on the 3rd time around, I stitched a straight line out toward the V in the smaller petals to help hold them down just a bit.


Some of the loose petals had to be pinned back so they did not get sewn into another one. I also pinned them back away from the edges when I squared the sides to 12" x 16" and when I sewed on the binding. 

This was a fun project and I will be ready for summer dining! 

Here is the list of bloggers you will want to visit. 

Monday Feb 18th
Turid at densyendehimmel
Pamela at Pamelaquilts
Selina at Selinaquilts
Kathleen at Kathleenmcmusing

Tuesday Feb 19th
Jennifer at curlicuecreations
Stephanie at stephjacobsondesigns
Kathy at Kathysquilts
Shasta at high road quilter
Theresa at bumbleberrystitches


Wednesday Feb 20th
Sharon at Vrooman’s quilts
Suzy at Websterquilt
Nancy at patchworkbreeze
Brenda at songbirddesigns
Karrin at karrinscrazyworld
Denise at craftraditions

Thursday Feb 21st
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Jennifer at Dizzyquilter
Lee Anne at Podunk Pretties
Lyndsey at Sew Many Yarns

Friday Feb 22nd
Bea at Beaquilter
Barbara at Bejweledquilts
Marian at seams to be sew






2/19/2019

Old Quilt Book Blog Hop Began

I've been looking at the posts for the Old Quilt Book Blog Hop which began February 18.
My post is on February 20.
I'd love to know of an older quilt book or magazine you have on your book shelf. Leave a comment here telling what it is.
Here is a list of the blog hop links:
Monday Feb 18th
Turid at densyendehimmel
Pamela at Pamelaquilts
Selina at Selinaquilts
Kathleen at Kathleenmcmusing

Tuesday Feb 19th
Jennifer at curlicuecreations
Stephanie at stephjacobsondesigns
Kathy at Kathysquilts
Shasta at high road quilter
Theresa at bumbleberrystitches

Wednesday Feb 20th
Sharon at Vrooman’s quilts
Suzy at Websterquilt
Nancy at patchworkbreeze
Karrin at karrinscrazyworld
Denise at craftraditions

Thursday Feb 21st
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Jennifer at Dizzyquilter
Lee Anne at Podunk Pretties
Lyndsey at Sew Many Yarns

Friday Feb 22nd
Bea at Beaquilter
Barbara at Bejweledquilts
Marian at seams to be sew
Brenda at songbirddesigns

2/13/2019

Quilting Fun on Florida Trip

Last week I flew to Florida with two quilting friends. We visited our quilting friend who has moved to Florida. 

The weather was great in the Winterhaven area and we were happy to be away from the cold weather for a few days. We had a well organized plan for the two days we were there. Dinner at the Polite Pig in Disney Springs after getting picked up at the airport was so tasty. We walked around after dinner. I found the Lego Store and had wanted to get some Lego pieces to make a sewing machine. I spent about an hour with two young employees who were excited and enthusiastic to help me find what I needed. I took the pieces home and finished building the little machine model yesterday. 

The next day we toured the Winterhaven area, passing by the orchards of orange trees was similar but different from my daily drives past the apple orchards in Michigan. We stopped at a roadside stand where they had grapefruit twice the size of softballs for $1 and Honey Bell oranges, which I have wanted to taste since I saw a newspaper ad in December to order some by mail. I thought they were fine and tasted like oranges. 

We went to 2 quilt shops, Heart to Heart Quilt Shop and Heartfelt Quilting & Sewing. While there I found some black and white fabrics to add to those I bought just before flying out. I'm going to make another Zig Zag Tag quilt, since the first one was so fun!


We went to lunch on 2 different days, once to Crispers (I thought the food was very good) and Lavender N' Lace Tearoom (Restauraunt, Antique Shop, and Garden) where the food was so unique. We also visited Richard's Seashells Shop (say that quickly 5 times). I found a Christmas decoration. 


I had a wonderful time in Florida with a great gal and guide. We flew back in to ice and yucky winter weather! Wish I could have packed some sunshine and warmth in my luggage to bring back!


2/11/2019

Zig Zag Tag Quilt Pattern


The quilt pattern I designed and posted HERE at the end of January now has a name!

Janice left a comment with the suggestion to call the pattern Zig Zag Rag (rag because of the rhyming component). In tossing the name around, Zig Zag Tag came up. Thinking of the game of Tag it was the greatest rhyme for the name since it does look like the blocks are playing tag on the quilt.

I sent an email to Janice asking for her mailing address. I will be sending a package of 40 black and white print squares (5 x 5) out to her. I have sent her a free copy of the pattern.

The quilt pattern is now available on payhip  for a nominal price.



1/31/2019

Texture in Quilts

February Reveal for The Endeavourers.  

"We are a group of [12 international] quilters who take part in a quarterly challenge to make a smallish art quilt of any (reasonable) size according to a theme chosen at the beginning of the quarter.

We work in any style suggested by the theme, but once in a while, we will also throw a particular technique into the mix as an incentive to be adventurous."


You can read more about the group HERE. You can also see all the quilts from the members of the group HERE.

The theme for this quarter reveal is TEXTURE. 

This is what I found to use when the theme was first announced. 

As I progressed with this art quilt, I found other fabrics and materials to use. I changed the composition, too. 

My final piece, Treasuring Grandma's Memory, is completed (although I want to add a necklace hanging out of the jewelry box and add some type of leaves to the flowers). This is a photo of my mother-in-law. My husband is delighted with this tribute to her. 

Here are a few close-ups to let you see the types of texture I brought in to this art quilt. 
I tried to give the vase a smooth texture with the satin-like fabric. The idea of etching was done with stitches after I placed batting behind the satin. I trimmed the piece and appliqued it to the background fabric.

I made the jewelry box from a technique I watched Heather Thomas demonstrate on a preview video for National Quilter's Circle HERE. (No affliliation) Below are photos of how I did this.

Damp cloth poked through grate of cooling rack from kitchen to air dry, 

iron and attach stabilizer, 

ready to cut.

I found some synthetic suede-type fabric that had a backing on it. It looked great for a photo frame. 

I printed the photo on an EQ Cotton Lawn Inkjet printer sheet and I stabilized it with iron-on stabilizer. I cut an opening in the suede where the photo would show through from behind it. 

After appliqueing it to the background, I noticed that the stabilizer showed through on the edge just a bit. 
I used a brown Fabric marker to color the white. All fixed:

And finally, I used the batik background fabric to create a stucco appearance on the wall. The thought the colors created a patina and roughness of an old wall. 


Be sure to visit the other members of The Endeavourers group and see their use of texture in their art pieces.