Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Out of the Box

The days just seem to fly by right now.  My gal pal and I headed out for a few days of sewing,  and I made some great headway on projects that had been hibernating in boxes for the past while.

First thing was to spread out over as many tables as possible, and then get busy.

JT2 was the first project on my list.  I had put it away while the patterns were still being published, so I truly had no idea what mess I had going on.

For some reason I made 2 feathered star blocks and I just happened to need a big block for the top right corner.  Done!  I did prep 4 appliqued blocks and got several other ones finished. They didn't make it into the photo.

After putting all my blocks up on the wall, I decided to tackle the 12 1/2" goose in the pond block that was foundation paper pieced.  2+ hours later (and a lot of cursing), I had it finished.  No, not the top, but that ONE block.  After a few more blocks I moved on to another project.  I spent some time the next day organizing and excluding the appliqued blocks, I have 12 or 13 more blocks to piece and I will have the top together.  After that, I got busy with some secret sewing, so no pictures.  I had all the parts ready to go and got that top completed.

M, on the other hand, got a lot more done than me.  Her JT2 is scrappy reds and whites, and she has many more blocks finished.

While she worked on the JT2, she also started putting together this top.

She still has a few blocks left over to go into another quilt.............

And a few strips pre cut for a few more blocks. I see a few more green quilts in her future!
She also got another top put together, but for reasons unknown to me, I have no pictures.  We truly just sewed all day and into the night.  It was 11:30 the first night when we called it quits.  Non quilter's must think we are crazy, but I'm sure you can all relate!

Hope you got in a few stitches on the weekend!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Guild Presentation - Man Made

Wow, it's Valentines weekend and I just looked at the date of my last post.  Slacker?  Not really, I've just been very busy for the past few weeks.  Plus I'm having issues with my iPhone talking to my Surface.  I see pictures on the phone, but the Surface can't seem to find any after a specific date.

So 45 minutes later, the simple task of finding photos on my phone and moving them over to my pc has been completed and I can share a few things with you.

As usual, click to enlarge the photos.  We had a fabulous guest speaker come to our guild this month, Geoff Hamada of Hamada Farms Quilts  (link to his FB page) in Seattle, WA

His presentation was a combination of slides and samples, and he spoke about men quilter's through the years.  It was SO interesting and some the slides had such amazing quilts.

Geoff does a lot of hand work and his beading and hand quilting is amazing.  His choice of fabrics on these pieces is so far removed from what I would use; I think this is what intrigued me the most about these pieces.

The "other" group of work that Geoff showed was his Hawaiian quilting.  He certainly has mastered those tiny tight curves and his hand quilting is terrific.  I dream about stitches that are that even!

Who doesn't love a red/cream  appliqued piece?  I wanted to sneak this one out of his pile, Oh well, I guess I'll add it to my bucket list of quilts that I want to make.

Oh so traditional, the red/yellow combination.

OK, my pictures aren't that great, but I had to show them. 

If your guild is looking for a guest speaker, I would highly recommend Geoff.  He lives in the Seattle area, is very knowledgeable as he spent several years on the Board of Directors at the La Conner Quilt Museum, and has had his work featured in exhibits across the nation.  His presentation was  well organized, informative and he has a very good sense of humor.  You will not be disappointed. 

Sharon...... who has been quilting up a storm for customers, charity quilts and a secret sewing project!

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.