Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Few Projects

If you are a regular reader you know we moved to a new house in December. I have since been mostly painting and I'm nearly done. The last painting projects were my sewing room and the guest bathroom. I'm working on getting my sewing room how I want it. Pictures to follow in the future. I have also been trying to get the bathroom to be a pleasant place for guests. I started with some wall hangings for those bare walls. The patterns are by Erin Russek at "One Piece at a Time" from past block of the month designs that she offered for free on her blog. They are no longer free but she does sell them.

I also made a new shower curtain from some fabric I found at Home fabrics for $3.00 a yard in clearance. 
Here's the completed bathroom. It's hard to get a very good picture because of the size of the room.
I have also been working on the blocks of the month from our local quilt shop and I made some curtains for my grandson's room. I'll be back soon to share pictures of these projects soon. Enjoy your Wednesday!

Friday, June 27, 2014

My Favorite Quilt

Sew Mama Sew has a fun linky party going right now with quilter's favorite quilts. I've decided to jump in and add one. My favorite quilt is a mini that I designed and made in 2003.
 I just plain love the bright colors against the pieced neutral background. I, also, love that it incorporates my two favorite aspects of quilting, piecing and machine applique. It is seventeen and one half inches square in total. The center is a neutral background made of four quarter log cabin blocks, exactly four inches square each, over-laid with the applique. The real challenge for me was to design a machine applique that was small enough but still worked with that method of applique. The log cabin stars in the corners are only three and a half inches square. I still own the quilt and will soon be hanging it in my long entry hall with my mini quilt collection. 
Back when there was a "Miniature Quilts" magazine, I loved to enter their yearly contest. It was great fun and the prizes were wonderful. I made this quilt especially for the contest and received third place in combination pieced and appliqued traditional quilts. 
Although I have since made mini quilts that have placed higher, this remains my favorite. I think the people that published the magazine like it too. They placed it front and center on the cover!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Back From Extended Break

I didn't intend to take such a long break. I was just feeling a little over-whelmed by everything and to be truthful wondering if I wanted to continue to blog. After much thought I've decided that I do want to continue. So what have I been doing during the the break? We have been doing more painting and have finally painted my sewing room. I will have pictures when I get it all together. As for the painting, we are down to two small guest rooms and the task will finally be finished. Oh wait...I want to paint the kitchen cupboards. Do you think I'm my own worst enemy?
I did mange some sewing while I was gone. I belong to a local block of the month group. This year our focus has been barns and the blocks painted on them. At first I found the barn blocks fun and challenging but then I realized that the fun had become work and I wasn't enjoying making them very much. I decided to use the ones I had finished and add some filler blocks to make my quilt. I've finished the center and I'm thinking about what I'd like to do for borders. Any suggestions are welcome.
I'm continuing with the blocks that go on the barns. This year because the blocks are fairly simple, I decided to design an applique for each block. I'm behind but continuing on with this project. It's my first real extensive hand applique project and for the most part I'm enjoying it. Here's my two latest blocks. 

I also finished a UFO. I made the center block of this quilt about three years ago for another project. It didn't work with the project but I loved the block and the fabric. So I added borders, did some simple quilting, and called it done. I'm very pleased with it and I'm going to hang it in my sewing room. 
The center block is simple foundation piecing. If anyone is interested in making this small wall hanging(it is also a great size for a table topper or pillow), please let me know and I will write up a pattern.
Last, but not least, I'm continuing with Little Miss Shabby's stitch along(see sidebar). As usual, I've made changes and substituted a completely different block for the barn block because I didn't think the block would go with my finished product. I'm enjoying this sampler so much and thank LMS for the patterns.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

It's Been a Loooong Time...

since I posted. Nothing at all for February, but that doesn't mean that nothing was happening, in fact too much was going on. We have put 14 gallons of paint on walls and trim. Our master bedroom was very dark brown and took 3 coats to cover. I wish I could say we are done, but we still have a ways to go. 
I have been working on my Quilty Stitches cross stitch sampler. I've added three more blocks and a top border. Block five is already sashed and ready to stitch. Of course it goes without saying, I've added some embellishments and gone my own way with some of the blocks I just can't seem to follow instructions to the letter. Many thanks to Little Miss Shabby for the patterns and inspiration!

I've also managed to get a little quilting in. Here are my February blocks for a group that I belong to at a local quilt shop. 

I will eventually add applique to the churn dash block and catch up on my December and January blocks.
I also made a baby quilt for my niece. She requested bright, happy colors and is having a boy so this is what I came up with.

Here's a picture of the lovely mom-to-be and the quilt.
I will try to be back soon, maybe with a spring project for you.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

So What Has Happened to January?

January has been a busy month with little to show for it. I've mostly been unpacking and organizing. We downsized when we moved, but didn't downsized our possessions enough so I've been trying to see what will fit in this house and what needs to go. I still have a way to go with this process. We also need to paint the entire house, so things are going to be very busy around here.
On the sewing front, there has been no sewing except for shortening some curtains. I hope to be able to get to my machine in February! I did sign up for Little Miss Shabby's cross stitch along(see badge in the sidebar). It's something I can do in the evening while watching TV.  I've finished my first block. 
 I decided to limit my colors to only three, which could be interesting in some of the future blocks. I added cornerstones and checks with french knots for the sashing. I'm enjoying this project and looking forward to more blocks!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year...A Little Late!

Just a quick post to let you know I'm still around. We have been without Internet service for nearly two weeks and there has been some major withdrawal around here. It has been a wonderful but difficult holiday for us. Although we did everything we could to speed things up we ended up moving the Thursday and Friday before Christmas, in a freezing rain and snow storm. Not fun, but done! With the help of many local family members we were able to have the house livable and the some decorating done by the time the family from California arrived on Saturday. From then until they left the following Saturday, we enjoyed the season with everyone. Since then we have been unpacking and trying to get things organized(still a long way to go)
Needless to say not a lot of sewing went on around here. I did manage to finish my younger grandson's stocking(pictures to follow) and had my Quilt Etc. BOM quilt from September quilted by a friend with a quilting machine. I bound it and my son and his wife purchased it from me as a gift to her parents. They seemed really happy with it. Here's a picture of me showing it at a guild meeting.
 I hope your holidays were lovely and your New Year will be a happy one!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

More Quilts Etc. Blocks

If you read my blog regularly, you will have heard me mention belonging to a "First Saturday Block of the Month" group at a local quilt shop named Quilt's Etc. This year our theme is "Every Barn Tells a Story". We are given instructions for making a basic block that finishes at three inches or twelve inches. We are also given instructions for a barn with the three inch block featured on it. I have decided to do both blocks. Because the blocks are pretty basic, I decided to challenge myself and add hand applique to the twelve inch block. I get the instructions for the block and draw it out on graph paper and design an applique to compliment the block. I have done very little hand applique so it has been a learning experience, but I'm enjoying the process. Here are October's and November's blocks.

 I seem to have an inability to follow instructions and so every month I find myself redesigning the barns and adding more details. This can be a bit interesting and time consuming, but it's fun and makes the barn uniquely mine. I figure these blocks out using my Quilt Pro computer program. Here's my October and November barns. 

 November's barn was a real challenge to put together. I think they are going to be a little more simple from now on...maybe!