Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
This project is jinxed!
Was going to use orphan blocks in a table runner. Then I decided to make a baby quilt.
It won't lay flat. Drat!
And I've fallen out of love with my border fabric. Double Drat!
I have another fabric I love, but only a fat quarter. Triple Drat! LOL
I'm typing this post from an airport as I wait for a delayed flight. They say quilters are required to purchase fabric in every state they visit. Perhaps I'll find the perfect fabric in Colorado! :)
Monday, May 5, 2014
Have You Heard???
AccuQuilt is having a block design contest.
You can win prizes for your designs, or win prizes just for voting!
Click HERE for full details.
Here are some of my entries (so far):
Out of all my entries, Star Rail is doing the best so far.
Brother's Choice 1
Hawaiian Pink Pineapple - One of my personal favs!
Radiant Star in Yellow plus variations called Reds & Blues, and Platteville Star (orange and blue).
Target on Point
Inspired by viewing my son's targets without the benefit of my glasses!
True Blue Log Cabin
Tulips in Star
Tulips in Star in Yellow
I won't ask you to vote just for my blocks - but I certainly wouldn't mind if you did!
Actually, you can vote for ALL your favorites - there's no limit. You just can't vote for the same block twice in one day. But you CAN vote daily. In fact, you can enter or vote through May 27th. GOOD LUCK to all who enter and vote!
Design work is cutting into my already limited sewing time and there's a list of UFOs a mile long just waiting to be wrapped up and posted on Etsy.
Gosh, I think I hear my Janome calling me now.... :)
Thursday, April 3, 2014
They sell a lot of embroidery programs, and the following three pieces show some of the things you can do with them. Flowers...
texts of various styles and sizes,
...and a lot of other fun stuff!
This modified sampler quilt in island colors is bright and cheerful.
This example demonstrates how one design can be re-sized for different applications.
Batik traveling stars with an Asian print backing.
This quilt pattern gives the appearance of being interwoven. I like how the color gradient and size of the pattern goes from smaller and lighter to darker and larger. And what a lovely backing.
And the coup de gras - my personal favorite - a Hawaiian print Whack & Stack, with a brilliantly colored pieced border.
Here are my favorite stars - the fire star...
...and the flower star that resembles a beautiful lei.
When I asked what products or patterns could I find there - that would NOT be available on the mainland, I learned the blue print in the Whack & Stack was one made for and sold only in Hawaii. Of course, I had to have some! So I bought a couple of yards in red.
Eye candy! I'll have to think a long time about what to do with it before cutting. Below is my other purchase, not specific to Hawaii, but I've been into roosters lately, and after seeing them all over the island of Kauai, this kit seemed fitting.
Here's the real McCoy. This picture was snapped a block or two from the fabric store. LOL
Other products of interest were Hawaiian pillow kits, suitable for machine embroidery (most kits are for hand embroidery only) and an excellent selection of blender fabrics. I must thank the kind folks at Discount Fabric Warehouse for their assistance and hospitality.
Thanks too, to my ever-patient hubby who not only accompanies me to quilt shops, but takes the time to look them up and plan them into our trips. He's a keeper! :)
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Sue W. is using up stash. In this Amish-style quilt she's using her solids. My favorite block is the pink and red pinwheel star in the far right column. Love the contrast!
Other quilters departed before I could snap a pictures of their work.
The synergy of this retreat was my biggest takeaway. All the energy and ideas in one room helped me get my quilting mojo back. Within the week I'll be getting rid of some extra furniture, so I can finally set up a proper sewing room again. Only then will I truly feel this house is a home! :)
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Since November, I've been in "thankful mode." I'm very thankful for dear friends. They are truly a blessing!! :)
Thursday, October 31, 2013
This is the first pumpkin I've carved in YEARS.
It's it amazing how the smell of a fresh cut pumpkin can bring back a multitude of memories. Give me a fresh apple and the smell of burning leaves and I'm in heaven. Good for the soul!
I carved this pumpkin for a contest - at the last minute - on a lark. Didn't give any thought to what to name my entry. So when they asked me what to call it, I just said the first thing that popped into my head: Arachnophobia!
Most of the other entries had already been on display for 3.5 days, so they'd had plenty of time to collect votes. Mine was on display for less than 2.5 hours. So I was VERY surprised when Arachnophobia took Second Place! All proceeds went to charity, but I have a nice little trophy and a coupon to McD's for my effort.
Being a dietitian who dislikes fast food - I find that VERY SCARY! LOL
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Even our scarecrows dressed for the occasion! After this picture was taken, I hung wedding bells from the tree. They looked lovely, until it started raining. LOL
With the help of a friend, I did the flowers for the wedding cake (not pictured) and the bird cage card box.
As life gradually gets back to normal, you can look forward to more frequent blogs very soon! :)