Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Block Six Finished

Six down, one to go. I think this is my favorite one so far, even though black and purple are not my favorite colors. I guess sometimes it's good to be forced out of your comfort zone. First here are the four corner blocks provided in a kit from my quilting group.

This is my concept block.

Finally the finished block.

Hopefully I'll finish number seven tomorrow. I'm ready to move on to another project.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Block Five Finished

I took a few days off from sewing, but I'm back at it. Yesterday I spent the afternoon cutting all the pieces for the last three blocks that I want to finish by Sat. Today I finished block five. Here is a picture of the four original blocks made from the kit provided by my quilting group.

This is my concept block.

Finally here is the completed block, with the four original blocks in the corners of the combined block. Two more blocks to go, then I'll get another kit on Sat. and start again!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Block Four Finished

I just finished block four, so that means only three more to go and I'll be caught up. In the picture below are the blocks I made from the kit provided by my quilting group.

Next is the concept block.

Finally is the actual combined block. By now you know what I'm talking about when I say the fabrics are really varied!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Block Three Finished

I've finished block three. Pictured below are the four original blocks from Oct.

Then my concept block.

And finally the completed combined block.

On to block 4 tomorrow!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Another block finished!

I finally made my way back to my sewing room and it felt very good to be there. I worked on another of the blocks that I' doing with the the First Saturday of the Month Group. This was December's block. As before we were given fabric and instructions for 4 blocks that I'm using in the corners of my combined blocks. When I get the kit, I first make the 4 blocks supplied.

Then I go to my Quilt Pro quilting program and design a concept block for the combined blocks that I'm making. I'm putting the large star around a pieced Dresden plate in the center of each of the blocks to unify the blocks, because the fabrics are so varied.

Finally I figure out how to construct the blocks to complete the combined block. The center and the blocks between the corner blocks are foundation pieced in this one. Sorry about the lighting in this picture.

Here's January's block. That's two down and five more to go. I would like to have them finished before our next meeting on April 2nd.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

What Do You Do With Miniature Quilts?

Some years ago, I was sitting at a quilt show near a display of miniature quilts, when a person came up and said, "Those are the most unusual pot holders I've ever seen, but it sure seems like a lot of work to just get dirty and burned." I sat for a moment quite speechless and then explained the tiny quilts were not pot holders, in fact I was sure that if they were ever used for that purpose the makers would scream to say the least. He then asked me what good they were if they had no use and I replied that somethings are made to look at and enjoy the beauty. He walked off shaking his head. So what do you do with miniature quilts? Well mostly I hang mine and enjoy the beauty and feeling of accomplishment. Small quilts, like anything small, are best hung in groups. In the picture below are a group of some of the miniature quilts I've made over the years along with 2 paintings by my sister.

Here are close ups of two of the quilts.

Another way to give a miniature quilt presence, is to frame it. Pictured below is a quilt I made some years ago. My husband had it framed as a surprise for Mother's Day one year. I hang it above the bed in our master bedroom. Sorry about the reflections, but you get that with glass.

Also I thought I would throw in a sampler update. My cold, that I thought was almost gone, returned with a vengeance and became pneumonia so I have been confined to the sofa for a while now. I'm on the mend now, but the only thing I have been able to do is read and hand stitch so my sampler has profited.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

One Down, Six More to Go!

Well It finally happened, I completely finished a Phd!!!! My plans were to finish one by the end of Feb, but then a bad cold changed that so I'm a few days late. Anyway, I finished the one listed as "Santa Wall Hanging" and I really happy with the results. It's a Jeri Kelly design. I machine appliqued it and machine quilted it. Tell me what you think.

It's so nice to finally finish something. I've found myself jumping from project to project lately, so it's time to buckle down and finish some things, but first I have to.....

Just a thought, is anyone interested in a machine applique tutorial?