I actually finished something lately! I absolutely love this little wall hanging. That is not why I am calling it " and There is Love" though. This wallhanging is for a special niece and her new husband as of 6/20/15. The design is by Liz Harvatine and it was a block of the month in Jan for the LAMQG. I love this block. I want to make it again and maybe bigger....someday!
The whole time I was working on it I was singing the Wedding Song so that is what I came up with. This was super hard to give up but I am sure it has a good home!!
I am so excited to have this finish. This is an improv piece I did for our local Modern Quilt group challenge. I was not sure how this was going to go. I started out just piecing a few things and then the more I added the more it brought back memories of the bridge that crosses over the Missouri River near my childhood home. It is a rare double decker bridge that believe me, struck fear in my heart more than once growing up.
This is a view from the South Dakota side. The risers were running that section up and down until the 80's. The lower level was originally for rail traffic but than never happened by the time the bridge was almost finished so it is one way traffic on top and bottom. The bottom has a super scary metal grate for a huge portion of it...thus the plaid fabric representing the grid near the bottom of my piece.
Upper level with an up close view of the structure of the risers. I tried to include some of this structure in my piece as well as the worn pavement with the stripe fabric.
The side view gives the cool triangular piece that I filled in toward the center. When I was young I walked across that bridge quite a few times. It is not for the faint! :)
Here is a view on the bottom level heading south. You can see the big beams framing this entryway and I tried to show those with my partial framing pieces in my quilt.
The final beams bring you right into "Nebraska - The Good Life"
Finally my piece is entitled "Early Birds"
In 2009 this bridge closed because the new Discovery bridge was complete. Some of my family were home for Thanksgiving in 2011 when this old bridge opened for walking. I woke my sister up at the crack of dawn on Thanksgiving day and we headed down to walk the bridge. Cold, no frigid temperatures, windy and that was before we walked the top side! Glorious sunrise in gold and orange as we walked to the top. Truly a memorable morning. When we made it back home everyone was still asleep...thank goodness for us "early birds".
Bridge photos by John A Weeks III -Yankton Meridian Highway Bridge
Last night our guild met up and had a little make and take mug rug project. I made this one up for the sample and just had the binding to finish. I have been so out of tune with sewing for the whole month that it just feels good to actually finish something no matter how small. :)
Finally have a bit of sunshine to go with that little accomplishment! I used Allison's tutorial on how to bind back to front from her blog Cluck Cluck Sew
I am getting way ahead of myself these days. I signed up for two classes in one week, I belong to 3 guilds now, and I am helping to host some improvisational sewing days at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum. The Saturday class I am taking there is with Victoria Findlay Wolfe and I can't wait!! All of this leads to little getting done and lots of things started and little getting done...did I say that already???? :)
So my class yesterday was with Tony Jacobson, designer for Fons and Porter Magazine. He designed the 3 Tours star quilt and so I signed up. It is a beautiful quilt design and very fun. However I am pretty much on a budget and wanted to do more from my stash. Mine is not going to be the traditional look of red, white and blue but I think it will be pretty just the same.
I did manage to finish all of the star blocks and started to work on my striped section when suddenly our time was up. So fun to sew with others so if you have never done it you should give it a try.
Last Saturday was our first "Afternoon at the Improv" sewing day at the Museum. It is an open discussion, with sharing of books and topics of Improvisational piecing and then you can work on the demo pieces or just sew what you want. We had a great turnout for our first gathering. We had a demon on slash and insert and 1/4 curve circle piecing.
Well it is already 7 days into the month and I think I will need an easy finish for my goal. I have most of the front together on this one and waiting for some backing to come from Massdrop. I am not sure how I am going to quilt it at all so if you have any ideas???? pass them on to me. Keep in mind straight lines are really more my thing but that is because of a few limitations (I choose to believe that anyway) at the moment. The slide on tray for my Bernina is cracked so I am waiting for a replacement table with a big flat space to do some fmqing practice on. Not sure I want to risk anything too hard on this quilt though. This is going to be for a very special little great nephew! The pattern is Kite Flight by Robert Kaufmann.
I love all the bright snips of fabrics and I especially love that this was all throw away scraps. I should have made it bigger but with the mess of the stacks of 650 of these little blocks was enough AND this little guys is plenty heavy!! I spent all yesterday blocking it so it can hang on the wall. We will see if I get that done.
All stash scraps and scrappy stash backing too. My stash is getting a work out this year and I am so happy!
My trouble on this one came with the straight line quilting. I knew I had to only quilt straight lines where the scrap corners were not. This is pretty bulky even though some of the seams are ironed open. I started out with the idea of stitching down and then turning and stitching back up. I quickly saw that the top, no matter how many pins or spray starch wanted to pull both ways. Of course the worst row was in the middle but I quickly changed to just going one direction.
If anyone has any tips on how to now have the shift happen please leave me a note??????
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I finished this little "Streak of Sunshine" quilt for our local chapter of Lincoln Quilts for Kids charity that gives quilts to kids in local hospitals. I usually do bright but I had these soft cute peace sign prints in pink and green so went for it.
Not great photos but I had to snap these before I gave it away. Hopefully it is on its way to help comfort a sick child.