Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bits and Pieces

Thinking of my grandfather. He  was a jewelry designer and hand engraver. This is my family crest that he engraved.

A little free motion fun!

Absorbing colors, making selections for paper piecing . I stopped working on my project awhile back,  due to an issue my sewing machine had with the paper. I am not certain what happened, but I found that I needed to change my bobbin thread when it gets low, or it causes problems. I looked up some videos on paper piecing on YouTube and heard that if you run the paper templates through without thread, prior to actually piecing with thread, it helps. I haven't had any thread issues since I tried these two things.  Knock on wood!?!

This lovely table runner was a gift from my quilty friend, Julie Sefton. She made it from leftovers from 2 of her quilts. I quilted the free motion feathers and straight lines for contrast. I love the end result! Thanks Julie!

Brooklyn is now 19 months old! She is so delightful! I took this photo at soccer this week. She is such a cutie pie!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Binding is done!

It is officially a Quilt! Binding is done, it has been washed and now is keeping me very cozy! I used 100% cotton batting, I love the old fashioned feel and look! 



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Picnic at the Beach!

Julie made this lovely mug rug for me out of leftover pieces.  Her husband made the pen and she gave that to me awhile back.

I purchased a pattern called 'Picnic in the Park' by Sweet Jane's Quilting Design's. I named mine 'Picnic at the Beach because of the colors  I selected. I have a ton of stashed batiks, so I had many to choose from. So many, in fact, that I asked my friend Julie to take on the task of selecting just the right ones fro me and also asked her to piece it for me. She said 'YES'! If I had put it on my 'to do' list, I imagine it would still be in a box! 

Today is my grandson's 10th birthday. We will have a celebration this afternoon, so I am just sewing on the binding before going out for the day.

Julie had this amazing Moda check that she suggested for the backing and took some of the leftovers to make  the strip down the center of the back. I just love the extra touch!! I could have quilted this anyway I wanted. I chose to use a favorite panto of mine called 'Harbour Wave' from Patricia
 Ritter and Marybeth O'Halloran and Urban Elementz. Since it has a beach theme, it was a no brainer for me. It mimics the waves of the ocean and I love it!

I chose to use 100% cotton batting so this quilt will be very soft and cuddly! I also considered the open quilting pattern because I wanted it to be really soft. The Moda on the back is really soft also. I can not wait to get the hand stitching done on the binding so I can wash it and start using it!!! It will probably take some TV time stitching next week in the evenings to get that part done!

Check out my PUBLIC albums to see more photos of this lovely quilt!

Friday, September 5, 2014

I just got my new Angela Waters 'Shape By Shape' quilting book!

I got my copy of Angela Waters, new quilting book! I have all of her other books, they are always worth every penny! I am very selective on which books I purchase, but I never think twice when it comes to one of hers! She is so inspiring!

I purchased the pattern and fabrics for this small wall hanging about 3 years ago at AQS in Paducah. It has been pieced for about a year now. I have not come up with a quilting plan. I hung it up to look at it throughout the day so that  it could 'speak' to me.

I decided that I needed to remove the outer border, so I can replace it with a wider border. That change will allow me the opportunity to do something special in that area, since most of the quilting will be competing with the powerful prints.  I never really could put my finger on what was kept me from quilting it. This should make me happier once quilted.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Back on my list

I started the quilt about 2 years ago. It called for my attention this past week. There it was, calling my name. Has that happened to you? I promise it called my name! Anyway, I had some trouble with my sewing machine while paper piecing, so I set it aside. How sad, it is so lovely and I just dropped it. It is my plan to start back to piecing the rest of it.

It has always been a lovely piece and being away from it awhile has drawn new enthusiasm for me to finish it. 

I simply adore the intense colors !

My goal is to complete it by the end of the year!

Friday, July 4, 2014