Around the World blog hop

January 12, 2015 § 6 Comments

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Debbie at Shadows of the Blue Ridge invited me to join the Around the World blog hop.  Today you have landed in Redmond, Washington, the land of large tech companies, cult-like coffee drinkers & bigfoot.  And… home to my humble blog. (above, view of Mt. Si from Snoqualmie Valley Trail)

Nested Bear Paw

If I remember correctly, I met Debbie through a series of emails discussing my crochet mobius scarf.  She crochets all sorts of things, including socks, as well as being a fabulous quilter.  We kept exchanging emails and I have enjoyed getting to know her via our blogs and Flickr.  Recently her block, Nested Bear Paw (photo above), was published in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 10.  Debbie is also a member with me in the Do.Good.Stitches charity Flickr group.

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I’ve invited Melissa at We Shall Sew to continue hopping around the world next Monday. Melissa is the fearless leader of our circle in the  Do.Good.Stitches charity Flickr group.  Her fabulous Hope Takes Flight quilt (photo above) is a free pattern over on the Robert Kaufman web site.  She originally designed this quilt for our Do.Good.Stitches group and explains the meaningful process of how the quilt came to fruition on her blog.

Melissa, Debbie and I, along with 7 other women, help make quilts to send to Restore Innocence, an organization that rescues girls from human trafficking.  I have come to love this group more than I ever thought I would.  While I’m certain that the quilts we make are a blessing to the girls that receive them, I’d have to say that it does my heart a mountain of good to make them. It’s hard to think of all they have been through and we rejoice that they are being made free from that bondage as we make the blocks & quilts each month.  I’ve come to love & appreciate the ladies in our group who, each month, take time out of their busy lives to do a little sewing for someone in need.

How this blog hop works is that someone invites or tags you to play along, you answer a few questions and then they in turn tag 1 to 3 people to play along the following week.  If you follow all the links backwards, you should meet many interesting people in interesting parts of the world.  It’s just a fun way to find new blogs to follow and make new friends.

To add to the fun, I’ve been asked to answer a few questions. So here it goes…

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1. What are you working on?
Well, you all know that I have WAY too many projects going on. But lately, I’ve been working on my Merry Mayhem mystery quilt gone awry (above). And, I’ve picked up my Merry Merry Snowman applique quilt again.  I will have it finished for Christmas next year! More on those two quilts later.

Asteria-top

2. How does your work differ from others of it’s genre?
I’m not sure that it differs all that much. But I can say that the part of the process that I love the most is the selection of the fabrics.  I love the challenge of putting my own twist or flavor into whatever I am working on. It’s surprising to see how the same quilt pattern, whether old or new, can be transformed into something completely different just by choosing different fabrics.  One of my favorite transformations was the Asteria quilt (above). Which… I just realized was finally finished but never blogged! Oops!

old clothes quilt

3. Why do you create what you do?
My grandfather on my mother’s side would make these dioramas from astro turf, twigs and all sorts of other leftover items.  I loved them! And my mom taught herself how to sew.  As I got older we would try our hand at every new craft that came along.  Latch hook rugs. Needle punch. Sequined Christmas stockings. Cross stitch. You name it. We’ve probably tried it at least once. Fabric, sewing and just plain making things has been a part of my life since I was a wee little girl. I can’t imagine my life without some form of creativity.

I made this crazy clothing quilt (above) when I was in Junior High.  You can tell that I didn’t know a thing about quilting back then.  There was also an elephant quilt that I wish I had saved.  Now that one was really cool. At least in my head I remember it being cool.  As I’ve gotten older I’ve decided that I really only have time for quilting & knitting with occasional apparel sewing on the side.

handkerchief quilt

4. How does your creative process work?
The creative process varies.  But I have to say that a Kaffe Fassett class that I took years ago (maybe 2003?) really changed the way I approach the process of choosing fabrics for a quilt.  His class reinforced making quick decisions and going with your gut feeling.  Spending too much time analyzing what might be just the perfect fabric can be more detrimental to the process than advantageous.  And I’ve come to recognize that more often it’s the not so perfect fabric that makes the quilt more interesting in the long run.

Above is my second Kaffe Fassett quilt.  It still isn’t quilted. (oops!) Actually, I was thinking of adding a few more blocks to make it bigger.  It seems like everything needs to be a bed-sized quilt for me at the moment. The first Kaffe quilt that I started is still in a box and in pieces. (embarrassing confession) I had totally forgotten about that UFO.  I guess I’d better add that to my long list!

Well… I hope you didn’t find that trip down memory lane too boring.  And don’t forget to go visit Melissa next Monday, January 19th.

Merry & Bright

December 4, 2014 § 6 Comments

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Five local quilt shops will be participating in a Holiday Shop Hop this Friday & Saturday, Dec. 5th & 6th.  There’s even a flyer with all of the details & shop addresses. There will festive holiday activities and prizes along the way.  All you local peeps…  stop by each of the shops for free holiday block patterns.

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So I whipped up a table runner with the Holiday block, Merry & Bright, that my local shop, Gathering Fabric, will be offering.  The blocks are made with the fabulous American Made Brand solids.  And the setting triangles are Riley Blake’s dots.

It’s so hard to photograph this red!  I don’t know if you can even tell, but I quilted the whole thing with orange thread!  You just have to see it in person. I’m really glad I step outside the usual box and used the orange thread.

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Wanna see the back?  I found the perfect fabric in my stash.  Now the table runner can be reversible!

This is about as festive as it is going to get around our house this year.  We’ve decided to “skip Christmas” so to speak. At least skip the commercial side of Christmas. So many changes have happened this year between losing my mom last January to my oldest friend moving away to care for her mom.  It just didn’t seem right to even try to make Christmas normal. Whatever normal might have been. So we are opting to lay low, rest, and focus on the true meaning of Christmas.  It feels right, in a way. And I am looking forward to the slower pace for the Holidays.

Liberated Sewing Classes

August 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Hey, local friends! Richla asked me to teach a series of classes that explore the basic shapes of Liberated Quilting.  Mondays, Sept. 22nd, Oct. 6th & Oct. 20th. We were going to start in August but pushed the dates back to September. Now you have even more time to gather your scraps!

Bring a bucket of scraps or a stack of fat quarters and start sewing by intuition and without a pattern.  Sign up for one class or all three.  Richla is giving a discount if you sign up for all three.  Come hang out with friends in her beautiful new studio!

Class 1 – Learn the basics of Liberated piecing with Strips (log cabins) & Triangles (stars, flying geese, trees)
Class 2 – Advanced Liberated shapes – birds, baskets, houses, people
Class 3 – Liberated Letters

The photos above & below are from a Flickr Bee group that I was in a few years ago.  If you would like to see a few more examples, I’ve collected a few quilts on my Pinterest board.

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Everything Blue block hop

August 15, 2013 § 7 Comments

The folks at Clothworks invited me to participate in the Everything Blue block hop.  We were each asked to make one block using fabric from the Everything Blue collection by Marsha McCloskey.

The blocks will be assembled into a quilt that will be donated to a local charity.  There’s quite a few cool folks participating… and you can participate too!  Just follow the rules and submit your blocks.

I got a little carried away and made two blocks.  Both are 12 1/2″ square.

The first one is a variation of a block in this sampler quilt that I found on Pinterest.  I drew up the block in Electric Quilt and the underlying grid is a basic 9-patch.

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The second one is a “throw caution to the wind” free form block using the wavy seams technique of laying fabric on top of one another and cutting a wavy line through both layers.  It was a little bit outside my normal box but oh so fun to make!  It feels like an echo to me.  Or a ripple in the water.

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Messy Summer Bed

August 11, 2011 § 25 Comments

Messy Bed

I’m loving our messy Wild Geese summer bed at the moment.  I just wish I had made this quilt a smidge bigger. It doesn’t quite cover our semi-new extra deep mattress.  But it’s good for the summer months when a warm down comforter isn’t needed.

So on that Quilt-Along note…  I’ve been thinking about what to do next. It’s not likely that anything will be decided before September. But that will give us all winter to work on something, right?

I was browsing through some of my books with antique quilts. I’m not sure that I’ve found “the one” just yet.  There is also a book at work that has some interesting options.  I’ll have to bring my camera to work and take some more photos when I get a chance.

Sampler option

I’m really intrigued by these sampler quilts that seem to be made up of leftover blocks. It’s been in the back of my mind to do something like this sooner or later.

Giant Blocks option

And I am in love with giant blocks! (different border)  This block is pretty similar to the Swoon quilt that so many folks have been working on. Except it’s scrappy.  And I do  love scrappy! I really like the block within a block concept too.

Another Medallion

And then there are always more medallion quilts. But I feel like we’ve already been there and done that.  Hmmm. What do you think?  While you are pondering on that, I am working on a tutorial for the Composition Notebook Cover.  Since it’s back to school season and all…

52 Fridays

August 13, 2010 § 7 Comments

My, what long legs you have!

Last night Gary & I went for a walk as the sun was going down. I wanted to check on the blackberries that grow wild everywhere.  They are not quite ready. Still a little bit tart.  The shadows were long and interesting.  And we played around with the camera a bit.

I love photos that tell a story and show a slice of life.  I’m not great at photography, but it’s fun to play.  And the only way to get better is to just practice.  Since January I’ve been participating in a self-portrait group called 52 Fridays. I haven’t posted any of the photos here on my blog because it’s a private Flickr group – and self-portraits seem a bit narcissistic.  Part of the point in doing them is to become more comfortable in our own skin.  And my own additional goals are to improve as a photographer in recording a slice of life.

Do you like photos that show a slice of life?  There is another Flickr group called Habit that is similar. Rather than being a self-portrait group, they take photos of various habits or routines in their lives.  And then there are the 365 groups – a photo every day for a year. That one is just a little too intense for me.  I can barely manage a photo a week.

Anyway…  here are some of my favorites over the year so far.

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hammock time

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Pincushion Cuteness

July 15, 2010 § 6 Comments

Strawberry Pincushions

Look what Katy made me for the Scrappy Pincushion Swap!  A whole jar of strawberry pincushions and star pincushion! Sigh. Such cuteness.  Thank you so much Katy!

If you aren’t an active member of any Flickr groups, you really need to head on over and get started.  They are such a wonderful community of quilters and crafters.

And a star! In use next to my sewing machine.

This has been a rather unproductive week so far. I had better give myself a little push.  I had a wildly productive day last week and made 5 flying geese blocks! I just need to make some sashing blocks to be caught up for July.   But this week. Nada. I think today might be the day.  Wish me luck. Now that I have some cute pincushions to keep me company… maybe… just maybe…

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