Saturday, January 24, 2015

Free Hand Feathers

Oh  how I love to quilt feathers.  This was the perfect opportunity for me to load up a quilt with feathers. Look at the tiny 1/2 sq triangles in that one block.  They were hand pieced into this top.  All 36 into that one block.  Wow.

MH wanted either feathers or Baptist Fans, and since my BF is done with templates, not a board or a computer, I chose to free hand feathers and do curves in all the smaller triangles on this very large top..

The backing was a beautiful print, but the quilting still showed up nicely.

There is a lucky guy out there getting gifted this amazing quilt. 

I hope he appreciates all the time that has been put into the making of this quilt.  The colors and fabrics are gorgeous, one continuous background and then a variety of blues and greens.  The greens are very random and really make this pop.

If you want hand guided feathers on one of your quilts, please consider me for the quilting.  I am quilting full time and can be contacted via my email.


I hope you get some stitching time in this weekend,

Monday, January 19, 2015

Beautiful Handwork

My fabulous guild members. I am so lucky to be surrounded but such a pool of talent and creativity. I have not gone down the road of wool, embellishments, or embroidery but I love to see the work being done in my area.

CO is in my applique group and I've learned SO much from her, this is her piece below..

It's fun to show off other peoples fabulous pieces

These chicks are SO cute.

Oh so pretty from N

Beautiful work from K, our president

Love looking at the amazing projects others have going on, my hand work is pretty contained.  Applique and hand quilting, with the occasional  big stitch or embroidery thrown in.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Fresh Start?

January is always a great time to take stalk in what I have going on with my quilting. I like to make lists and put all my projects into a category of completion. This gets done every few years, but it requires putting my hands on every box and bin and drawer with a project in it. Needless to say, it hasn't happened yet. In lieu of doing that, I decided to turn over my design wall to a fresh, threadless side. Yes, this is what the reverse looked like. I guess I've been down this road once before!

Group my Sacagawea blocks together and see where I'm at. How can you tell I love the applique, those blocks always seemed to be calling my name. I have another appliqued block as a WIP, but have been focusing the time for hand work on a different project. None of the appliques have been trimmed yet, and the basket block just needs to be sewn together.  I have all the border sections all hand pieced and ready to go.

Here is the second last What Not's from Kim Diehl. One more to go and the first 6 will be finished. OK, they will be pieced. OK so one still needs the applique done, geez....... I'm trying! We will be starting another round of 6 months for her next release of fabric and patterns, come on, join the fun. Fabric Etc. has made this BOM very affordable, check out her site for more info or give Carol a call.

This first two weeks of January has been a blur for me, but Christmas is all packed away for another year, and I'm looking ahead to a lot of great things in 2015.

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Next Step

I took the advice of everyone, and that meant a little bit of pressing on some parts and none on others.  Background is now attached, the block has been pressed into flat submission and the center is prepped and ready to attach.

It's looking really good.  The background was over cut in some parts, but I will trim it to the correct size to machine sew it into the quilt.  This was all hand pieced, the easiest way, (for me) to get the result that I like.  Flat, no bulky seam joins, and sharp points.  I would love a whole quilt made out of this block, each one would only take about 15 hours................

Hope your first weekend of 2015 was good to you. 
Happy Monday

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Years Eve

All around blogland I've been seeing posts that reflect 2014.  Quilter's are such a generous group of people, who share and inspire, motivate and create, compliment and critique.  I am blessed to call myself a quilter and a blogger. 

While I feel like I've accomplished a lot this year, I know that 2015 is where the work will really be done to continue to move forward making my way in this world as a full time quilter.  I caught up with an old friend over the holidays and she asked if I was still quilting.  She pops in and out of my blog and I was a bit caught off guard about this statement.  Then I realized I have not shared much of my work this past year.  I've been submitting projects to magazines and that has kept much off my blog.  I hope to show most of it this coming year.

I'll leave you with my favorite project that has been in the works for 4 years, yes, 4.  My goal is to have it bound and washed by this day in 2015.  However, there will be a move this spring, but I'm carving out time for this and making it a priority. 
My Beyond the Cherry Tree quilt

I hope to show a finished quilt this day next year.   And to all my friends, I'm wishing you all the best that life can bring to you in 2015.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Help with Hand Piecing

Poof, and it's gone.  That's how I feel about Christmas.  One day the radio plays carols, next day, back to the usual.  thank goodness for cd's!  I've been driving around with Faith Hills Christmas music in my car and shall until new years. 
Lights are down, yard d├ęcor cleaned up, left overs finished, right?   Not in our house.  The tree stays up until the weekend after new years, that's been my parents tradition every year growing up and I continue the timeline.  Stock pot on the stove this morning which means a few dinners of hot soup and biscuits in January, nights which can remind of this these past few days.

OK onto my quilting question.  I've been working on this block, it's the first time I've made this pattern and this part is all hand pieced.  I have NOT pressed any seams in any direction and here is my question.  Do I press this out before stitching it to the background piece? It is not appliqued, but pieced in to two separate background pieces.

I'm pretty confident this will lay flat once it's pressed as we stretched it out by hand on the table yesterday at my LQS.  So what's your expert opinion?  Do I press before it gets the outside attached or after the whole block is finished? 

Thanks for taking the time to ponder and reply, it's appreciated. 


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

My Christmas gifts came a bit early this year, and quite honestly, very unexpected.  My guy has taken 1 day off from work in 2014, has worked many 60+ hour weeks and many of his "days off" have been spent at his business.  He came home on a Sunday, told me he was looking at flights to Maui, then Monday he told me the condo had been booked, along with the tickets.  I asked when we were going and the reply was "We fly out Thursday at 7:00 a.m."

Holy hanna, that's not much time to prep some hand work for the flight in and out. I know, most people were asking how I was going to 'pre tan' but me, I'm thinking hand work.  A big bottle of 30 sunscreen is as good as a tanning bed!

We arrived in Kihei, Maui on Thursday afternoon.  We were booked into the condo complex that my sweetie grew up in.  Tough teen years, lighting the tiki torches for his part time job!!

The hedges are trimmed and continue to send out the most magnificent flowers!

Shooting right into the sunset gave me my favorite photo of the trip.  From our lanai.

When was the last time you saw a phone booth, let along a phone that worked?  I had to pick up the receiver to see if there really was a dial tone.  Yes, indeed.  I saw one close to most beaches.  Yeah for that, just in case you needed to call 911 with a surfer down.

Christmas pedicure was not on the list for the beach, but with last minute plans, no time to change to a beach color. Toes in the surf, amazing.  The best way to get soft feet, walk in the surf every day, twice a day.  Hmmm, I wonder if the doctor ordered it????????????

Fresh picked papaya from Pukulani Street.  We dropped in on parents of Tim's school buddy.  They are in their 90's and have been married for 67 years.  They picked these for us from their yard.  We ate them every morning.......

....along with fresh pineapple, Lily Koi, and apple banana's. How can you have a bad day when it starts like this

Tim got to spend some time with his school buddy.  Pure joy for me to see these two together.

Sunsets from the lanai, every night.

The original life ring from when Tim moved into this complex.  It resides at pool side.

Palms swaying in the afternoon trade winds. 

Last view of Maui as we flew back to reality. 


Christmas came a little early for me, but a surprise none the less. A trip of a lifetime and one that I will always treasure. Memories were made, old friends were reconnected and LIFE IS GOOD!

Thank you for popping into my corner of blogland and commenting once in a while, it's appreciated.
I have learned so much from all of you who let me peek into your quilting lives and for that, I thank you.

Have an amazing 2015!