Any measurable progress is good, right?

June 23, 2017 § 11 Comments

Well, I’ve finished one languishing quilt UFO so far. That’s progress, right?

This started as a Merry Mayhem New Year’s Day Mystery Quilt-along. 2015. I think it might have been Case #138 “Regatta.” The directions included a ton of half-square triangles. When I saw the final outcome I wasn’t all that enamored. So I found a different way of arranging all those half-square triangles.

I think the inspiration for arranging the half-square triangles might have been the block in Thimble Blossom’s quilt called Fireworks. I just made four giant blocks and sashed them with the polka dot fabric. The only fabric I may have purchased was the backing fabric – most likely on sale somewhere – as I was intending to donate this quilt to charity.

At the time that I started this quilt top I was part of a Do.Good.Stitches group and we were donating quilts to an organization that rescues young women from human trafficking. I’m no longer part of the group and the group no longer donates to that organization. I need to find another place that takes quilts without a size restriction!

There is progress in other areas as well. I finished another belated baby gift this week.  Also, sorting and organizing our bookcases felt really good. I found an app called Libib where you can scan the ISBN code (if it has one – or manual enter all the info) and keep track of all your books (and music and movies too!). If you are willing to pay for the pro version you can even keep track of loaning materials to friends.  It’s made me think twice about which books I really want to keep.

Have a great weekend!

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Pinwheels please

June 14, 2017 § 8 Comments

I started this pinwheel baby quilt way back in December before the baby was born but couldn’t get back to it until school ended in May. Meanwhile, the baby was born and is now four months old! The quilt was finished and the package sent last week. They loved it!

My inspiration was a similar quilt I found on Pinterest. I drew up my own version on Electric Quilt and started scrounging through my stash to see what I could find. I wanted it to look like it was for a girl without being too girly, if you know what I mean.  I found some floral prints, plaids and checks that went well together. The background fabric I had to purchase. I can’t remember what it was but it might be Robert Kaufman’s Chambray. I just can’t be sure.  I don’t look at the bolt ends all that much. Sorry.

Slowly but surely I am working my way through my heaping piles of projects. The summer is going by WAY too fast! And I feel like I need to learn how to use my camera all over again. It has been sorely neglected.

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Hello friends,

May 16, 2017 § 18 Comments

Tap, tap, tap.  Anyone out there? Does anyone read blogs anymore?  I’m just wondering… I haven’t been able to keep up.  School sucked all the energy out of me this last year.

Here it is summer again.  My list of things I want to accomplish is a mile long!  I have missed my sewing machine. You can imagine.

The first thing I did after the semester finished was to design this row called “Tree Farm” for my local quilt shop, Gathering Fabric. The shop is participating in the Row by Row Experience for the third year.  They always have so much fun playing with the themes.  This year’s theme is “On The Move” and reflects the agricultural aspect of Woodinville’s Sammamish Valley.  I hope you get a chance to stop by and participate in the Row by Row Experience.

Slowly, I am getting into a groove and hope to finish a bunch of UFO’s that have been languishing in my closet. This was my design wall last week. Upper left is The Local, a BOM through Intrepid Thread. I think I am more than a year behind!

Below that are some pinwheel blocks that I started over Christmas break. Below that are some U.S. Map blocks using up some scraps from the Deco State fabrics designed by In The Beginning a couple of years ago.

In the upper right is Fly Away Home, a BOM that I designed for Richla of Got Kwilts and Ellen of the Grip & Stitch Discs for free-motion quilting.  The BOM will be ending later this summer and I want to try my hand at self-publishing a booklet. Keep your eyes open for more info on that.

What have you been up to?

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Modern Building Blocks

December 8, 2015 § 10 Comments

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I finished the Modern Building Blocks quilt a week ago and it is now hanging up at my LQS, Gathering Fabric.  This was a fun block-of-the-month that we did through the shop.  We decided to make the quilt with dots and small prints instead of solids like the original Moda quilt.

When it came to finishing the back, I decided to  use up a few scraps and make a pseudo label.  That’s about as close as I get to labeling my quilts, I’m afraid.

Ten more days left of school and then I can play! Hurray!  I have been missing my sewing machine.  My husband has the misfortune of being forced to take some days off before Christmas or lose his vacation days. Not really a misfortune for us!  We are looking forward to relaxing over the holidays and enjoying ourselves.

Quilt Stats:

84″ x 94″
Batting – wool
Quilted – by Richla of GotKwilts

Everlasting love

September 8, 2015 § 15 Comments

Mini Hearts

Between trying to finish this quilt, going back to school, and dealing with my rib all summer I know I have been a less-than-present blogger.  I’m happy to say that my rib is now A-Okay!  Hurray!  And…  I’m a happy to announce that this quilt is finished!  Hazzah!  And… the two classes I am taking are falling into a new sort of rhythm in my life.  Maybe there will be some resemblance of blogging again.  I found a few drafted blogging ideas that I had been working on, so we shall see how this goes. So many ideas, so little time.

Mini Hearts

The heart blocks in this quilt were made by the ladies in the Faith Circle of the Do.Good.Stitches Flickr group.  They did a fantastic job!  Thank you ladies!  While my hubby is replacing the wood on the deck, there is way too much stuff in front of our shed for a decent photo shoot. So I walked over to the elementary school near us to take some photos. Late afternoon sun makes for some interesting shadows.

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I’m quite happy with the way this quilt turned out.  Although my quilting is less than stellar, once washed the quilt transforms into that crinkly, cozy goodness that I love so much. I decided to free-motion quilt long strings of hearts on the quilt.

Matching Plaids

And the plaid on the back was a sale fabric acquired some time ago. It worked perfectly.  I even made an effort to match the plaids in the center seam. As always, click on the photos to see a bigger version.

Mini Hearts Back

This quilt, as are all made by the ladies in the Faith Circle, go to Restore Innocence, an organization that rescues girls from human trafficking.

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
~ Jeremiah 31:3 ~

Oh baby, baby!

May 12, 2015 § 14 Comments

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Some dear friends recently added a baby boy to their family. And when I saw this quilt made up in a local quilt shop I just couldn’t resist making it for them. The fabric is just SO stinkin’ cute!  And it reminds me of my roots, growing up on a farm in Iowa.

The fabric is from Studio E and called Farm Friends.  The center of the quilt is a book panel that is cut apart and sashed with coordinating fabric.  The pattern is free.  I couldn’t find it on the Studio E web site but did find it over at Fabric Depot.

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The way that the sashing is cut to frame the book panels is goofy. It wastes some extra fabric. But it works. I recalculated the math so that it didn’t waste so much fabric.  In addition, the shop where I purchased the kit gave extra yardage beyond the pattern requirements. So much so that I was able to piece it all together for the backing.  I love the back as much as I love the front!  And look!  There is a black “Charlie” cat in the story that is making me grin.

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Peace Like A River

May 3, 2015 § 14 Comments

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A year and a half ago, Sherri Lynn Wood of Dainty Time sent out a call for folks to test out her improv quilting methods for a future book. Thinking that I might learn something, I signed up. As her book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters hits the shelves this week. I thought I might share my experience in making a test quilt.

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The improv methods or techniques that Sherri uses to get you started are called “scores.” Something akin to a musical rhythm or classification like polka or waltz.  Each of the test quilters filled out a questionnaire that included what they felt their current skill level was in terms of improvisational quilt making.  I felt like a beginner, so I was assigned a score that was suitable for beginners.

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At the same time that the instructions were being sent for our particular scores, my mother passed away.  And my assignment quickly became a therapeutic outlet for processing my grief.  I’m a little self-conscious about sharing my process because of this.  But, then again, it’s a part of my quilting journey.  While my quilt wasn’t chosen to be included in the book, I would really like to try this score again as well as develop my own version of some of the other scores in Sherri’s book.  Her techniques for creating  improvisational quilts are both directive and freeing.  You’ll have to try one for yourself to experience just what I am talking about.

Below are a few photos that I took as I was making this quilt.  I started with a limited color palette and it quickly morphed into so much more. Maybe too much for this simple score?  My assigned score was called Floating Squares.  Our rules included cutting fabric without rulers. That in itself was hard for me at the beginning. But it got easier as time went on.  You can see more examples of Floating Squares from other test quilters in Sherri’s Floating Squares Flickr gallery.

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As I went along cutting and sewing and remembering my mom, the old hymn It Is Well With My Soul kept running through my head.  The first line of the song starts with “when peace, like a river, attendeth my way,”  hence the name of this quilt.  My sewing became more water-like as I went on.  When I shared what I was doing with my dear friend, Letty, she shared a photo that she had taken of rippling water that was so much like the vision for this quilt that it was uncanny.

Lettys River

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

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