One more little thing…

November 23, 2014

I’m trying to make up for lost time, since I’ve been swamped with personal stuff lately…

Here is my latest little project!  I’ll post more on it later…

IMG_1183The corner stars measure 1 inch finished and the whole piece is just over 3.5 inches…  I love itsy bitsy stuff!  Hope you like it

Thanks again for stopping by!

Layton Quilt Guild… Re-purposing “Cutter” Quilts…

November 23, 2014

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At Quilt Guild on Thursday, Lorri taught us to make re-purposed items out of vintage quilts.  It was very hard for a couple of us to cut into the quilts, although it did help that they had already been cut!  LOL! Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to do it!

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I have a thing for all things vintage quilting, and it almost hurt to cut my heart out.   Lorri assured us that the quilt will still live on in the sweet pillows that we made!

IMG_1177Here is everyone working away…  Viv and Suzy!

IMG_1180I cut one of these as well…  Can you imagine?  This quilt was never finished…  I’ll quilt this one by hand before I make it into a pillow.

Thanks for visiting!

A fun little project…

November 20, 2014

Hi everyone!  Things have been a bit hectic in my world lately, but I wanted to share this little project with you!

I call it a “Pin Pen”.  It’s basically a little quilt on which I display my collectible pins…  I use raw edge squares of fabric and stitch everything in place using grid quilting!  Easy peasy!

IMG_1037I need to make a couple more for some quilt pins I’ve been saving up!

IMG_1039I received this one from the quilter, Susan Brubaker Knapp, a facebook friend!  She was kind enough to pick one up for me in Las Vegas!

IMG_1038I wanted to show you what I do on the back.  Before I stitch on my binding, I add 4 squares folded on the diagonal in each of the corners.

I baste them in place, and then put my binding on as normally done.  I cut a piece of cardboard to go between the wall and the back of the pins.  This keeps them from scratching the wall.  (The cardboard has to be removed every time I add a pin, but it works like a charm!)

Hope you all enjoy my little project!  Thanks for stopping by!

A friends quilt…

November 7, 2014

My friend just gave me this little baby quilt to FMQ for her new grand baby due in a few weeks…  I love the traditional feeling of this one, and really wanted to quilt it as it would have been done hand quilted.

I followed the checkerboard pattern using a feather stitch and filled it in with a grid background.  IMG_1170There has to be an easier way to do it, but I haven’t found it yet!  LOL!  I used strips of tape to mark it with.  (The last grid quilting I did bled when I spritzed out the markings…)  I surrounded the center section with my least favorite motif, meander.  (I’m not terribly comfortable with it!)

I used a pebble stitch in the narrow yellow sashing.  Then I finished it up with a leaf motif along the edges, and a floral along the top and bottom sections.

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IMG_1172Here’s a picture of the back…

???????????????????????????????The whole thing…  I love the use of 30′s fabric in this, and I really enjoyed quilting it!

Thanks for stopping  by!

Here’s the finished quilting…

November 6, 2014

I posted a picture yesterday of a quilt I had in progress… Here’s the finished (as much as I’m doing) quilt!

This is going to be auctioned or raffled off with the proceeds going to one of our local homeless shelters…

???????????????????????????????The front…

???????????????????????????????The back…  And my photobomber kitty!

IMG_1158And a couple of close-ups!???????????????????????????????Thanks for stopping by!

Quilting like a mad woman!

November 6, 2014

I quilt with a wonderful group of friends on Tuesdays at our local Senior Center!  A couple of my friends are

always looking for projects to donate to worthy causes…  Vivian had these blocks that she donated, and Susie sewed them

together….  Vivian, Susie, Emily, and Diane pin basted it on Tuesday, and I brought the quilt home to quilt.  After a mad sewing day, it is all quilted!

Back to Susie for binding…  It’s being donated to our local Homeless shelter to be raffled off for funds to support the center.

What a great bunch of friends!  They inspire me!

IMG_1152Coming along nicely!

IMG_1148I’ll show a full picture tomorrow when I have some daylight!

Thanks for visiting!!!

The Raven… (Or crow. Whichever you prefer!)

October 30, 2014

Excerpt from “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe…

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    And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
    And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
    And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
            Shall be lifted—nevermore!

Just playing a bit…

October 28, 2014

I joined in another swap (surprise surprise!) after meeting Mary Lou Weidman at Utah Quilt Festival last month…   My friend Emily was in her class

and encouraged me to join in Mary Lou’s group as well.

Mary Lou had such a fun, quirky style, I had to get in on her next swap.

Lo and behold, it was “Owls”!  Yay!  I used my Great Horned Owl as a model.  I finished up the last of the owl bodies today and decided that they looked like

dresden plates.   (Loosley! LOL!)  I stuck them on more of the background fabric and came up with this design:

IMG_1022These aren’t sewn down. Like I said, they’re for a block swap.  This is such a fun idea, I may do it in fabric in the future!!!

Thanks for joining me!  Fun things here in the works…

Caroling Snow Globe…

October 21, 2014

The theme for this round of BBC blocks (The Bitty Block Committee) in flickr is “Winter Snow Globes”.  This is the little pattern I designed for my block.IMG_0882Normally, I would do fusible applique for a block like this, but I haven’t had any luck since Steam A Seam 2 Lite went off the market.

I understand that they’re coming back soon!  (I keep checking at my local hobby retailer without any luck!)

So I am needle turning all 10 of them!  It will take me a while to get them done, but I have a little over a month!

The other set will be for crows, ravens, magpies, etc…  That pattern is drafted, but I don’t have a model made up yet.

Guess that will be my next post!  LOL!

How to quilt it…

October 19, 2014

I made these beautiful paper pieced blocks and wasn’t sure how to quilt them…

(I made 1 for a pincushion, but who wants to sew just 1?  So I made 5 and used 1 for the pincushion and 4 for a mini quilt…)

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This is the final picture of the star center…

IMG_0787I started with wavy quilting radiating out from the white star.  Then I used a tape template cut into a circle

I stitched around the tape circle and then removed it…

IMG_0791Then I add pebbles in the center using the figure 8 method…

I filled in all of the spaces between the pebbles and ended up with the above block.

I still have to work in my threads, but I really love the way this makes those pebbles pop!

Thanks for stopping by!


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