Monday, November 21, 2016

Designing Monday

I seem to have lost my excitement for blogging, although I certainly still find time to read plenty of them.  I always enjoy finding out what others are making and look for inspiration to get me to the sewing machine.  I think my blogging is definitely a function of the amount that I sew.  No sew = no blog.

I did get this little quilt finished last week.  I always struggle with the quilting of every piece.  So I basically followed the designer's lead.  I looked at her finished piece on the pattern and tried to emulate it.  I started this piece in a class from Gail Garber in October.

 Gail had a box of ceramic buttons that a friend of hers made.  Gail carries the box with her and sells these fun buttons for her friend.  They are such a fun accent.

 I used a variegated thread to quilt the borders.

 I think the little house needs something over the door.  Maybe a  tiny wreath.  I have a circle attachment for my machine, but I don't know if it will go that small - 1" dia.  

The objective of the class was to learn how to piece flying geese and other objects like the tree in a curved shape and how to sew them to the background.  Mine turned out pretty well, but sewing that curve over the point of the tree was a little tricky.

Welcome to my little house!!

Hop over to Judy's blog  to see more beautiful designs.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Progress Made

I found some time to finish piecing this top together today.  I like how it turned out.  There were a few errors in the pattern which didn't help matters, but I made it thru.  Looking forward to getting it quilted and on the wall.

Monday, October 24, 2016

A Fun Class

I had the chance to take a fun class last week through our guild.  The teacher was Gail Garber.  I didn't know who she was, but I have seen her work and was glad I got the chance to meet her and learn some new skills.  The quilt I recognized immediately has been used in Bernina print ads for the last several years.  Here is a link if you are interested.  I am sure you will recognize it too.  You can see her other work at the link too.

Anyway, we learned how to do curved paper piecing and join it to other curved pieces.  We started by making this tree.

Then we spent the afternoon learning to draft other curved pieces using a flexible curve.  Here is a sampler quilt that Gail made that shows lots of possibilities.

We purchased a pattern for the class and since then I have made two more parts.  One is a strip of flying geese and the second a house.  Maybe by next week I will have it all put together.

This was definitely a class I enjoyed and I hope I can take these skills forward and make my own creation using some curved piecing.

My other sewing the last couple of weeks was making 3 more pillowcases for the children's center near our church.

I love these little dogs in the snow in their sweaters!

Hop over to Judy's blog to see more works in progress.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fall is Here!

Our leaves are starting to change and the temperatures are starting to turn brisk and cool.  The A/C is off and the windows are open to let in the cool air.  It is soup weather for sure and I have a pot of borscht in the fridge.

I whipped up this Dresden Table Topper from Luann's design at Loose Threads.  It is going to my church for a potluck dinner.  Our church quilting group is the featured topic this month and we are supplying the table decorations.  The group makes pillowcases and small quilts for children who are clients of the Willowbrook center, an advocacy group for abused or neglected children.

I finished the 2 Halloween quilts from last post and got them in the mail to others.  Now I need to finish mine and get it on the wall.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Designing Monday

I have been doing some fun Halloween sewing for the last couple of weeks.  I saw this little quilt on Pinterest a couple of weeks ago and then two days later the designer and her husband had a booth at Quilt Expo in Madison.  Their pattern company is called Bloomin' Minds.  How cute is this little quilt?!

 The border fabric is from a line called Cheeky Wee Pumpkins.  It has the cutest selvage.

I am making 3 of them and have two quilted.  I should have them finished this week and in the mail to special people.  One is for my sister and one is for a friend whose birthday is on Halloween and she definitely needs this quilt.  The third is mine, mine, mine, my little pretties.  Oops!  Got carried away there.

I have changed out all my summer quilts for my fall quilts and pulled out the Halloween decorations. Last Wednesday night, our church decor committee got our sanctuary decorated for fall, too.  It is starting to look a little fallish here.  The trees are just starting to turn, which is pretty late for us.  My garden is still producing, so I haven't even cleaned it out yet.  Can't believe it is October already.

Hop over to Judy's blog to see more fun designs.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Blue & White Day

Today is Blue & White Day at the Sentimental Quilter Yahoo Group.  Each month or sometimes every other month the group is challenged to make a small quilt following some theme.  This time it is blue & white.  Here is my entry.

I posted the beginnings of this awhile back and got it finished pretty quickly, but couldn't reveal it until today.  When the them of b&w was announced, I did a google search or on pinterest to find something.  There was an antique quilt just like this one that was a doll quilt that had seen lots of lovin'.  I loved it too.

If you are not a member of the group, you just need to ask to join and then you can see all the great little quilts that are posted for all the challenges and join in the fun.  To find the group, go to the Sentimental Quilter blog and find the yahoo group on the right sidebar.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Day of Quilts

Last week was Quilt Expo in Madison, WI.  This is a fund raiser for Wisconsin Public Television and Nancy Zieman is the main sponsor along with many sewing and quilting related businesses.  It is a pretty good show although the number of really fabulous quilts that one would see at an AQS or Houston type show is limited.  This year however, there was a special exhibit of quilts by Marilyn Badger and Claudia Meyers.  Since these two are typically award winners at every show they enter, it was a treat to see so many gorgeous complex quilts in one place.  Both ladies were there to discuss their work with viewers.

I only took one photo as it was so crowded.  I intended to go back at the end of the day when the crowd had thinned out and take more, but I was just too pooped.  Here is my one photo.

Isn't this adorable?  I cut off the borders, but you can see the top one is a black and white print that is scalloped.  The sides are also scalloped in pink and white stripe like the awning.  So cute!!!

I bought one pattern and some little snowflake buttons.  The pattern is Halloween themed and here is my start.  Maybe by next week I will have it done.  My plan is to make 3 total.

 Here is my group of friends.  We had such a fun day laughing and shopping.  I am blessed to have them in my life.

I am linking up to Judy's blog.