Mini QT Swap Folk Art Birds…

March 31, 2015

How’s that for a mouthful?!  But that’s what today’s post is all about!  What I sent, and what I received!

My partner, Mumziepooh, over on the MQTS site on flickr, both received our little quilties today!  Perfect timing!

The theme was “Folk Art” and I decided to do my same little bird pincushions on the Wooden Spools but used needle turned and freezer paper applique, in addition to bias strips made with bias strip makers…  (Love those things!)  IMG_2904Here are some close-ups of the embroidery on the birds…

IMG_2905I used bullion knots to edge the wing.  Then I used a stem stitch on the hair and tail feathers, and colonial knots to accent the stem stitches.  A simple seed stitching on the belly give this one 3 dimension.  And of course a little yellow chain stitch under the chin…

IMG_2906I edged the blue bird’s wing with x’s separated by colonial knots.  Again, stem stitching on the hairs and tail feathers, accentuated by colonial knots.  And the belly with the little seed stitches…

I prefer a Colonial knot to a French knot  as they seem to hold their shape better.

And then today this is what I received…???????????????????????????????My partner, Mumziepooh, aka Debbie made this little gem for me!  Isn’t it fantastic?!  She did some awesome embroidery!  Plus she added beads.  It is adorable!!!  I love receiving soft mail!!!  My mail lady is a quilter and I’m sure she has soft mail envy!

Thanks for visiting!

Shhh…  My secret project is being delivered to people in power this week!  Wish me luck!!!

Tour of Handiquilter!

March 29, 2015

One of my friends invited a few of us to attend the Long Arm Quilt Guild today.  I figured a midarm was longer than a standard machine so that counted!  The fun thing is that they toured Handi Quilter factory where their group meets.  It’s a group that meets 6 times a year.IMG_3152One of my friends that I rode with waited by the door for me.  I’m always a slow poke!

IMG_3153Outside the classroom…

IMG_3154Check out the class room!  (I’d move in if they’d let me…  There were lots of quilts everywhere and it had such good vibes!)

IMG_3155And a little class on TNT~ Threads, Needles, and Tension…  Oh my!

IMG_3211Check out the door prize that I won!  Woot!  Woot!  Thank you Handi Quilter and Superior Threads!!!

We had a great time!  Brenda, Denise, Diane, and Patsy…  Too much fun!

Thanks for visiting…  Wish you could have joined us.

Antelope Island State Park…

March 22, 2015

Yes, another birding day today…  You might call me a “bird nerd”, and I wouldn’t take offense!  LOL!

Thought you might enjoy the pictures!

IMG_2869Western Meadowlark in the shrubs…

IMG_3010Aren’t these Burowing Owls the cutest thing ever?!  They’re about the size of my hand!

IMG_3103And a buffalo (aka Bison) for good measure…

IMG_2975Here’s another shot of the Meadowlark that I love!  Isn’t he beautiful?!

IMG_3077This handsome fellow is a Chukar.

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Thanks for visiting!

A little sneak peek and my super secret project thread…

March 16, 2015

The deadline for the Mini QT Swap “Folkart theme” is rapidly approaching…  Had to get moving on it as it’s due at the end of the month.  (As is the super secret project!  Yikes!)  I got a good start on the mini quilt yesterday as I didn’t have what I needed for the SSP, and I was home with kids.  This is what I’m teasing my partner with…IMG_2844I’ll show this one when she receives it.  (It may look vaguely familiar!  LOL!)

And this is what I needed for the SSP…

IMG_2843Don’t you love thread lined up in rainbow colors?  I do!  So happy!

Thanks for visiting!  See you next time…

Super Secret Project…

March 13, 2015

Okay, that sounds really dramatic, but it’s not…  LOL!  I’m doing a challenge quilt for HMQS (Home Machine Quilt Show) in May.

I just wanted you to know that I am still alive and still sewing like the wind.  (Plus I wanted to tease you a bit with a sneak peek of my project!)

I’ve been working on curved piecing, and applique on a design of my own…  It’s due to the person in charge in 2 1/2 weeks.  Yikes!

I’m hoping to have the piecing done this weekend so I can get busy on the quilting.  Then binding, label, and hanging sleeve….  I probably won’t be visiting until I get a lot further along.

IMG_2836As you can see, it’s going to be very colorful!  I basted with my machine to speed the process up a tad!

Thanks for visiting…  See you in a week or two!  ;-)

Farmington Bay…

March 4, 2015

Today we ran some errands in Salt Lake City…  Had to check out the Refuge at Farmington Bay on the way home!  This big boy was hanging

out amongst the trees…IMG_2632Another awesome place for spotting birds!IMG_2567Thanks for joining me…

Folk Art Bitty Block and Happy Chemo Quilt…

February 27, 2015

Just trying to get some things finished before the end of the month…  My bitty Folk Art blocks are due in the mail tomorrow.

I still have to get them embroidered, and beaded.  Hopefully I’ll meet the deadline!

This is my own pattern…???????????????????????????????And last month, I took a “Happy Chemo” quilt that needed to be quilted.  Finished it up last weekend.

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Postcard bitties…

February 22, 2015

This is a postcard bitty block I made for the BBC, (The Bitty Block Committee).

I had these well underway before my beloved Mother’s condition worsened…  I was able to work on them

while spending time with her while other friends and family were visiting.

She passed away last Monday.

IMG_2429I will always cherish the time I had with her…

Navajo Code Talkers class…

February 10, 2015

Several of my friends talked me into taking the Navajo Code talkers class with them while at the Winter Quilt Retreat at Bryce Canyon…  It was taught by the designer of the pattern, Norma Whaley!  It is a really neat quilt that incorporates the ideas of the Navajo Code Talkers.  It was a fun, (and a little rowdy for some :-) reason) productive class!  IMG_2132It was fun to see how different everybody’s interpretation of the theme was…

IMG_2129Jean’s are on the left, and Denise’s are the batiks on the right.  She’s our resident over-achiever!  LOL!

I can’t compete.  (Although I gave it my best shot!)

IMG_2131This is Patsy’s color way…

IMG_2128And ever the rebel, mine!

(Mine represents the turquoise and coral that the Native Americans use in their beautiful jewelry!)

Hope you don’t mind a double post today, but I have a lot of catching up to do!

Thanks for stopping by!

Bryce Canyon at Sunrise and Sunset…

February 10, 2015

This past week I attended a quilt retreat at Ruby’s Inn near Bryce Canyon National Park.  Yes, it’s one of my favorites!  (Even more now that I got to hit it at sunrise and sunset…)  I hope you enjoy the pictures!  (Quilting pictures to come soon…)

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IMG_2045Before catching fire…

IMG_2081As it was illuminated by the sun!

IMG_2058Isn’t he gorgeous?

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IMG_2167Catching fire at sunset!

IMG_2178Hope you enjoy your visit as much as I did!

Thanks for visiting!


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