Sunday, February 10, 2019

THE DRUNKARD PATH QUILT AND VACATION

I just got back my Drunkard Path quilt this past week from  Stitched in Color, what a fantastic quilt job.  I am so pleased with the quilting that Rachel did. 
I got the pieced binding on and a hanging sleeve over the last few days and I just can't stop looking at it.  
Husband and I are off on a vacation trip.  We will be back March 1st.  Planning to visit Malaysia, Borneo, Thailand, and Vietnam.  House and doggy sitters all arranged for while we are gone.  Excited to see new sights.  WiFi can be a bit of a problem in some of these areas so I will be off line until after the first of March.  

Monday, February 4, 2019

BIRDS, BIRDS, AND MORE BIRDS

I ordered this bird pattern from Patchery Menagerie this past week.  I fell in love with these little guys.  I will admit that the 40 page pattern is a bit of a challenge in the beginning.  I had my first try about half done and everything was sort of backwards.  However, I persisted and here is my first bird start. 
And a finish on him to get me on the road.
After this I learned that I had the ability to just make all sorts of different choices of size and style.  
Bird beaks took a bit of time to figure out and perfect.
So fun picking wings and breast, longer legs or shorter, wider legs or skinny, and those beaks.
So finally I think I have this down to the perfect science.  
Well so I thought.  However, note the neck of the bird is longer on this guy.  I wondered if I should just scrap it, but for some reason I like it this way.  Reminds me more of a blue jay or wood pecker.  I liked him so much I made another with the same error.  That makes it a design choice.  So I am off plowing through my batiks with combinations of wings, breasts, beaks, and legs.  There is no telling where this will go. 


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

THE FAST BABY QUILT

Over the last couple of days I decided I really needed to get a baby quilt top done and get it quilted if possible by the beginning of next week.  I found this quilt pattern online and with a bit of modification got it scaled down to a baby quilt size. 
The great part of this pattern was I only needed scraps of my children's fabrics.  None of my scraps in either the backgrounds or prints were bigger than a fat quarter or a forth of a yard of salvage to salvage fabrics. 
So the top is done.  All ready to get it on some batting and a back and do some straight line quilting.  
 Isn't this guy cute.  I ordered the pattern this week and hope to be making some of these soon.  
  

Friday, January 25, 2019

SOME FINISHES AND A PEACOCK

It has been a busy week around here.  I am still recuperating from my guild's quilt show over the past weekend.  Still trying to get some quilt tops done this week.  I have a number of items cut out and ready to go just need to get them sewn together.  
I really like this particular quilt top.  
Another favorite of mine.  I am beginning to see a depleting of my stash of long held on to fabrics. 
And the last one for the last couple of weeks too.    
Just to spice things up. My daughter sent me this picture this past week.  She rescued this peacock.  Never a dull moment around here.  She lives out in the country on three acres, with husband, three boys, a rooster, several hens [I've lost count on them] a rabbit, a huge tortes, a bunch of box turtles, and now this guy.  She says she is looking for lady friends to keep him company.  
So I am off this morning to help paint one of the rooms in her house and take Noah his placemats.
   

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

BUILDING A QUILT SHOW

I spent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this past weekend involved in helping put on my guilds every other year quilt show.  
On of our crew planning where everything is to go.  In the background you can see my 40 baskets ready for the raffle.  
The cubes are finally up, and ready to accept the quilts.
Lots and lots of quilts, just a few over 200 ready to start hanging.  
The vendors begin to arrive, this one and 35 more setting up.
My contribution, the red and black quilt.
And my February Challenge the flying geese and lavender strips.
And what's a quilt show without a little shopping.  I had very little time to actually shop.  I ran the basket raffle and also was the assistant to the treasurer doing bank deposits.  But, a quick minuet or two here and there and I managed a bit.  
Some fun Australian fabric.
Some great new Moda Grunge prints.
This wood print and the highlight of my purchases.  This flat screen light table.  Plugs in with a cord similar to an I Phone charger.
I had a great time, but I am ready to collapse into my chair for a day or so and try to get over the three days of 10 to 12 hours on my feet working on this show.  Definitely worth the effort.


Friday, January 18, 2019

MINI QUILTING

I know that I have mentioned many times that free motion quilting is just not something I have been able to wrap my brain around.   I have a Bernina 750 QE and it has a stitch regulator with it.  Still I have not been able to manage very well.  However,  mini quilting is something I find in many places I would like to do.  
Low and behold Bernina had a solution for me in a tutorial on one of their sites.  All the fancy stitches this machine has can be used to duplicate mini quilting.  
So I began to check out some of the suggested stitches.  I tried some out with different stitch lengths too.  
And what do you know.  This is the answer, at least for me.  I have made my self this collection of stitches and marked the stitch lengths that appealed to me most.  I even tried lining them up to see how they could cover an area.  There is more than one way to tackle my disability and it would seem that the Bernina company knows there must be at least one or two more like me.  Off to quilt now!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A FINISH AND A START

I continue to plow away at my quest to de-stash some of my fabric. I actually am beginning to see one stack of fabric gone amongst the many in my fabric closet left to tackle.    
Over the weekend this quilt top is done, a binding prepared, and wrapped up to go to my guild's charity group.
And a new quilt started.  Not enough of this turquoise print so I did some more searching and found this blue.
So all five rows done and just time this week to sew them together and see if we can't find a new pattern and some fabric to make another.  
Off to sew some and get ready for my guild's quilt show this weekend.