Friday, October 19, 2018

PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL QUILT SHOW

I was able this year to attend the Pacific International Quilt Show in Santa Clara, CA.  I had a piece that was shown there, so had to make sure to get a photo of it.  
And there it is in the center.  So pleased to be able to be offered this opportunity.  
Now we all know that quilt shows have vendors.  I have very few opportunities to fabric and notion shop in my area.  So, a quilt show with lots of vendors is pure joy.
Fun background fabric.  I am not a fond of solid fabrics.  I prefer to work with these types of fabrics for backgrounds.  
Now I have a plan for these four combinations and hope to get to that soon.  Thinking pears appliqués on the printed as backgrounds.  More on that later!
And these last three just because they were fun and caught my eye.  Frankly sometimes the vendors are more fun than the quilts in the show.  I did spend plenty of time looking at them too.  Not to mention all the fun demos many of the vendors have.

Monday, October 15, 2018

DRESDEN QUILT MAKEOVER

I originally made 24 Dresden plate blocks in three different sizes and 24 flying geese for a quilt.  Well some where along the line my planning for this quilt top went astray.  I laid it out on our king size bed.  For me the perfect place to arrange blocks to sew together.  It does not work!  Dresden blocks and the geese just do not jive size wise.  
So I just sewed the Dresden's together.  I like it and plan to quilt it myself.  Now that might be a challenge, but I do plan to try to do that.  
Another view of it.  It is pretty good size. 


However, what am I to do with these.  There are 24 of them.  I have already made a quilt with geese.  I do not want to make another, in fact I do not know what I want to do with these.  They may end up going to a friend at my quilt guild that I off load all my scraps and unwanted quilt items.  She loves the bags of things I hand over to her.  Surely I can get them out of my studio and off my mind.  I do admit they are pretty and it took hours and hours to make them.  Surely she or someone would love them just not me at the moment.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

BRAIDED QUILT FINISHES

I began a braided quilt earlier this year.  I had two rows done, then packed it away for a while.  In the last month or so I pulled it out again and added a third row.
I decided this past week it was time to sew all the rest of the blocks together and be done with all the 3 inch strips laying on the floor of my studio.  
Well I got a sudden rush of finish it up the last couples days and cut the blocks out ready to go.
I devised this system with my home made template to cut these blocks into their 7.5 by 14 inch sizes.  
Using a Frixion pens that disappears with heat I can cut them out easily with my rotary cutter.  
And the last three rows were cut out and ready to add to the original first three rows of the quilt top. 
And the top is done.  It is pretty large 63 by 84.  
I had to fold it in half just to hold it up for a photo.  So it is off to the quilter and get it bound in time for our cooler weather.  

  

Friday, October 5, 2018

WEST VIRGINIA QUILTING

Husband and I returned a week ago from a trip to the East Coast that took us through Maryland, Virginia, and primarily West Virginia.  Along the way we noticed a number of building with quilt blocks painted on them.  
It seems that in West Virginia there was a program that took place with many towns participated in doing these quilt blocks on the sides of roads and buildings.  
It was fun to see various examples of this.  
Of course I had to stop in a couple of general stores along the way and found several pieces for sale by local quilters.  
Several of these spiral runners were for sale.  I made one not too long ago myself, so appreciated the work that goes into these pieces.  
This particular runner I found really nice.  It was all quilt as you go, and the blue Indigo fabrics really made this simple runner so attractive.  
So I'm home again, but had a fun time and enjoyed not only a wonderful opportunity to see the country and some fun quilting ideas and scenes as well.  

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

I'M ON MY WAY

Last week husband and I were in West Virginia.  Lots of fun train rides, coal mines and other sites.  
These old steam engines fueled by coal were so much fun to ride.  
A ride down to the river for a jet boat trip.  Do not look down!
And a tour of a coal mine.  This was not a place you want to work.
Once home I really got busy working on my newest appliqué project.  
So block #3 is complete.  This project is so fun picking out the different fabrics.  
Block #2 done as well this week.  I think in the end I will be trimming the blocks down to a smaller size.  Right now they are 20.5 inches square.  I think bigger than needed.  But I will wait until all are done to make sure what size I can trim them down to.  
And of course block #1.  I can see already trimming these will be a bit of a challenge.  They each end up placed a bit differently on the backgrounds.  The pot on the bottom of the backgrounds are all placed exactly the same, but then things differ a bit.  I have used the lay out as directed, but obviously the patterns are not perfect or maybe its me.  Never the less, the project is fun and in the end I am pretty sure I will get them all trimmed and together into a quilt top that works.  

Friday, September 28, 2018

A NEW APPLIQUE' PROJECT

Well this post should have been put up on the 21st, however we were in West Virginia and my lap locked me out of my blog. I could have fixed it but left my cell phone home and that was the contact for a code to get me back in.  Have to fix this problem so next time we travel it does not happen again.  Sometimes these electronic wonders are not so wonderful.  

Not sure what got into me the week before we left.  I have just started block #10  of my bird quilt and decided I needed to work on something a bit different along with it.  
So I pulled out a pattern set of 12 and decided to work in a different fabric all together.
I started out using a new method to me, Floriani Fusible with turned edges.  I worked with it a bit and found it was heavier than I like.  Supposedly it softens with washing, but I wasn't so sure.  So I scrapped that idea and went for the freezer paper method.  
 The freezer paper method was next, but was not sure I wanted to stick with that either.  Turned edges are a pain, at least for me. 
 So finally I reverted to my old standard and went with raw edge fusible.  It will go faster and this is not a project that I want to spend tons of time on.  
I love these fun leaves.
So block one is done and it is on to the next one.  However I still cannot figure out why I was not able to get every thing in on the background.  I ended up having to leave off a set of leaves.  They just did not fit in.  If it keeps happening I will just reduce the sizes of my backgrounds.  They are 20 inches, which I think is really bigger than needed anyway.  Decided I didn't really need them anyway I think it is fine without them.    
Looks like this is another project that requires digging into my scrap stash.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

YES, I DID FINISH SOMETHING THIS WEEK

It seems I start a lot of stuff and the finishes are far and few between, but this past week I finished one complete quilt and the top on another.  
The Hungry Caterpillar quilt is completely done and mailed off to Colorado this past week.  
The sloth quilt top is finished and off to the quilter today.  

Now I have helpers, well maybe they are just my obstacle course.   For some reason they think nap time is right in the middle of the studio, which requires one to carefully step over them so as not to disturb their beauty rest.  
Now this is what really occupies our time lately.  Grandson Elijah #6 hight school football games.
And grandson Noah working as ball boy and water boy helping to support big brother at his games.  
And it was a win!