Friday, October 9, 2015

Finish it up Friday- "He said, She said"

Out on my morning walk yesterday I found that someone had accented this building with just the right color to go with my wall-hanging! I have seen this building in many states of graffiti but this was so cool.  The sun is a little bright but that is okay with me. 

This is the pattern by LA modern guild member Liz Harvantine. I just love it. I made a version of this wall-hanging earlier this year for my niece for her wedding and called it "And there is love".  I focused the text print in the center on the words "& Love" HERE and just went with a wedding theme. 

My version is called "He said, She said.... Love" 24" x 24" This has 28 different gray shaded fabrics in it. The text fabrics I have collected and some focus on sewing and literature for me and phone book listings and newsprint for my husband. is one of my fav colors.  6 shades of gray thread used to matchstick quilt it.  I used this as one of my entries into the 'Shades of Grey" challenge for my local guild. 

...and the wind was blowing. ha Well I went with it. This was so fun to photo shoot.  This one looks like I stuck my quilt on there but the wind caught it and made it look at a wonky angle. 

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

WIP - swap done in time

Did some work on my Swap blocks for a local quilt shop.  I chose two bundles and that makes 4 blocks each bundle. I did the first bundle a while ago.  The whole group needed to be done by this Saturday so I had to make an effort to get going. I just love these blocks. The pattern is Exhibit by Eye Candy Quilts.

Gotta love the fabrics!!! 
Done, pressed, starched and squared and off to the swap. Can't wait to see what I get in return. 

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

WIP Wed ...the undoing

So I tried to do a Baptist Fan.....and I considered it a fail!! That was last week. It took me over 20 hours to rip out the approx. 28" x 60" of quilting that I had done.   My arcs were just too shaky. I had too many spots when I had to go backwards with my darning foot and I was blind to my marking line. ugh

It is all out now. I have not picked it up to work on again because I have had lots of other quilty things going on. 

Here are a few of the designs from the one of my guilds. I put together and quilted most of the quilts but I used the designs the members submitted. All the quilts will go to a local charity called Lincoln Quilts for Kids.  They send all the quilts to local hospitals for sick children.  I had a chance to take these pictures when we hung the quilts on the rails of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.

Today I was off to the county fair where one of my quilt guilds meet. It needs some major help in revitalizing their exhibit programs and maybe next year the quilt entries will be up.  Helping with the judging today.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Finish it up Friday! One block

How fun is this? I go to the park and what do a find but a nice little park bench yarn bombed.  Just right for my quilt photo!!!  Love this little find. Thank you yarn bombers!! :)

This is my one block quilt. I made this design up based on a block that I used in another quilt (still a quilt top) last year...I think.   I loved how fun it was to sew up the squares and then cut them apart and make this aztec looking block.  This quilt was part of my design challenge for our guild to make a quilt for Lincoln Quilts for Kids Charity.  

It was pretty windy so I am surprised that I was able to get a full on pic.  Fabrics were all from my stash.  Quilt measures 45 x 60. 

Scrappy backing.  I think some tween or teen will love it. I really want to write up a tutorial on this block someday because it is so fun and easy to do. 

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday

Just added a tutorial on how to make the smaller block version of this: Aztec Block Tutorial 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

WIP d9p flimsy

A finished flimsy! Somehow, someway I pieced this together even though I have not been feeling the greatest. Something about the whites and snow and grays with the pops of color just make me happy.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WIP wed d9p

Up on the wall today I have been working on some 9 patch blocks to make a d9p. I am trying to follow the 4-5 layout that Kristy Daum describes in her 'modernized' version of this quilt.  You can see her layout idea HERE.

I really like how the 9 patches look so it will be hard to cut them up but it will be fun to see what I end up with.  I am trying to mix up some of the neutral and low volume pieces I have for the 5 patch and stick to the MQG colors they picked for their charity quilt for 2016 in the 4 patch bright spots. I think this will be fun!  

At one of my local quilt guilds, I was involved in a design a 'modern' quilt that would be appropriate for children. We have a local organization here called Lincoln Quilts for Kids that give you all the parts and pieces of the quilt but for the thread and batting. You make the kit up and then give it back so it can go to the local hospitals for sick children.  Our guild did a great job with the designs. Many of the members made the quilts up for us to see and others drew up a design.  I decided they should all be made so I worked the last couple of weeks making up all the designs.  These were my stash fabrics and not necessarily what the designers envisioned.  The top geometric shapes quilt won the challenge. It will be made into kits for others to sew.

I made two quilts that I will be donating also. One I already blogged about HERE. The other one I have not taken a picture of yet apparently?  It has been a busy couple of weeks what can I say?  :)
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Friday, August 21, 2015

Dapple - a Floating Square Score

Dapple - a Floating Square Score
43" x 43"
Spiral quilting with Aurifil thread.
Recently we had a sew day at the museum working on improv. We were lucky enough to have Sherri Lynn Wood stop by on her cross country book tour and give a talk. We were really inspired by her book and wanted to try one of the scores.  You can read more about her visit HERE.  It was exciting to be a little part in having her visit us.
My piece took on a life of it's own when the flower print kept falling off the shelf. Have you ever been chosen by a fabric?  I think this one wanted to be in this one for sure. :)
This is a sample of all the floating square scores from several that came to the Improv Sewing day.  What a great mix of color and design.
Literally ....floating squares!!! Someone had to say it
Linking up with Finish it up Friday @ crazy mom quilts
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