Saturday, August 28, 2010

Kaffe - You Make Every Quilt Spectacular

Even a very simple pattern such as this Stip*ity Do Dah quilt!!

If my quilter (actually her hubby) though the last quilt I sent up to be quilted was too much, this one would probably hurt his eyes!!!  This picture doesn't do justice to the brilliant colors because this quilt is bright, bright, bright!!!  :-)
Also, I made this particular Strip*ity Do Dah quilt a little different because I used 2 1/4" strips instead of 2 1/2" strips and the quilt ended up being 57" wide by 55" long, so I cut off 2" along the side and made a square quilt (55" x 55").  The reason I used 2 1/4" instead of 2 1/2" is because earlier this summer when I was on a quilting trip with Sue (my quilter) up in her stomping grounds, I bought 1/8th yard cuts of about 15 different Kaffe fabrics.  So, I could only get 2 - 2 1/4" inch strips from each cut.  Won't do that again because I like the shape and size of the 2 1/2" strips (50" x 65") better than the square one.

Its been fun working on this quilt this weekend because with school starting for me this past week, I have not had as much time I usually do to quilt!!  Thanks, Kaffe!!  I love your style!!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Making Quilts the Unconventional Way!!

I bought this puzzle several years ago and finally, this past week, I put it together!!!  I think making real quilts has given me a bit more patience because I actually finished this puzzle!!!  Its a little shiny because I covered it with Mod Podge and then the flash added to the glare but I thought I would share because it really is a cute puzzle and very quilty!!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Well, I Listened to the Pros!!

I tried some of the techniques that Dixie and Sharon offered me in their kind comments to my last post and I actaully finished one of the 5 blocks for my swap.  Of course, I chose what appeared to be the easiest block but at least now I am feeling pretty good about getting these blocks done on time. 
In addition to intergrating Dixie and Sharon's suggestions, I also decided to not be so cheap with the fabric and cut larger pieces for each section.   Boy, did that make life easier!!  Now, as you can see, I did this block a little different from the picture in the last post, but I thought that using the two solid colors was sooooooo un-1930s like.  I know my block is not as dramatic as the original picture but I think it will go better with a quilt that has a 1930's reproduction theme!!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I Am Really Struggling Here!!!

I joined a swap a couple of months ago and signed up for 5 blocks in this quilt by Sentimental Stitches.  These are the blocks I signed up for:
                                                               Dancing Star 
                                                             Endless Chain
                                                              Blazing Star

The finished blocks are 4 1/2" square and I am struggling in getting these blocks done.  I love paper-piecing but for some reason I am having a hard time figuring out how large the fabric for each piece needs to be and so I end up half way through a block with fabric that doesn't go out beyond the seam line.   I have started three of the blocks and have cryed every time!!!  And, I have to make 11 of each block for the swap!!!  Arghhhhh!!!  What was I thinking??? 

Reeze, I am trying but oh, I am sooooooooooooo frustrated!!!  Anyone out there have any super-duper advise for me???

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wow!!! How Fun is This???

I made this darling pin cushion out of some of my wonderful Kaffe Fassett fabrics
and I just found out that it was featured on an Etsy Treasury List of hand picked items featuring Kaffe Fassett's fabrics.  Judy is the shop owner of Insomniations and she has a delightful array of felted flower pins and jewelry bowls.  A big thanks to Judy for liking my pin cushion enough to feature it on her Treasury List!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Time for Sewing - Hoo! Hoo!

Gosh, it seems like life takes way too much time away from my passion!!!  But yesterday afternoon I had the opportunity to play with some of my gorgeous Kaffe Fassett fabric and work on a paper-pieced star pattern by Carol Doak.  I love how the Kaffe Fassett and the Carol Doak patterns meld so well together!!!  Now, I just need to add some borders and I will have a wonderful wallhanging!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Project From Camp

This is one of the projects we did at camp last month and I have finally gotten the bow tied in the ribbon and up on the wall!!  I think this is such a great thing to be teaching our kids!!!  Thank you to the leaders who provided this fun afternoon for all of us!!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

This is What I woke Up to This Morning

right outside my bedroom!!!
Was I dreaming??  Oh no, thats right, I had spent the night on my niece's house boat on Lake Powell!!  Debi (my niece) asked me to go over to Page, Arizona to help some people she knows with a problem they are having.  And since I had to stay there for two days, I got to spend the night on Debi's house boat!!
I didn't even know that this kind of life existed!!!  When I got to the Marina I put all my stuff on a little cart and a young man drove me right down to the boat while my car stayed up in valet parking.  Debi has had her boat moored there for so many years that I just had to say I wanted to go down to the Johnny Quest and boom, I was there in minutes!!!  The young man helped me put all my things in the boat and helped me get some lights on!!

It was all soooooooooooo quiet!!!  And when I went to bed, I chose the bedroom (the Master, of course) with the best view.  I left the curtains open and when I got up, the view was amazing!!  I could sure do this on a regular basis!!!  Except the drive over to Lake Powell is 3 hours!!!  Arggghhh!!

And then this picture is for Nedra over at Cactus Needle:
It's a little resturant in one of the towns on the way to Lake Powell!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Do You Remember

a couple of weeks ago I had a pile of fabric on my hands that looked like this?
Well after a few steps and a lot of love I ended up with a beautiful quilt.
The pile above is a bunch of blocks that started out as nine patch blocks:
Then I cut each of those nine-patch blocks into 4ths:
Typically, the 4 smaller blocks are moved around to create a "Disappearing Nine-Patch" block that look like this one:
Notice how the small corner blocks are all the same?  Well, I made one big change in my "Vanishing Nine-Patch" quilt.  Instead of just moving the 4 smaller blocks from the same block around to look like the block above, I put all the small blocks in a big pile - the one you see at the top of the post, and then just randomly (with a little care to make sure I liked the look of each block) put the big blocks back together and ended up with a VERY fun quilt:
I then sent it up to Sue at Summit Creek Quilts and asked her to choose the quilting pattern she thought would look fabulous.  Here is what she chose:
Is that acute or what!!!  And my Dad said, "Now that really looks like an old-fashioned quilt!!  He really liked it!!!

I used the 5" 1930's reproduction charms that I received in a swap with one of my Yahoo groups called SewManySwaps!!  Thanks to everyone who participated in this swap so I was able to have lots and lots of variety in the fabric used in this quilt!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Binding Tutorial

I am getting ready to bind my Vanishing Nine Patch quilt and I had heard of this great technique to use to finish off the binding.  I did a search and found the tutorial above at jaybirdsquilts.  Hope it helps you as much as it did me!!!  I am going to put the tutorial on my sidebar so we can always find it.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Here Ye, Hear Ye!!

Well, I have been playing around with what I can do to be able to keep helping my Dad without getting a full-time job.  I have been working on my little eBay store and it keeps me busy but I have been just selling small things and so the money is not very good.  I was talking with my dear friend Sue, who is my long-arm quilter (Summit Creek Quilts) and she suggested I start putting together quilt kits to sell since there are so many women out there that would love to make a quilt but don't seem to have the time to go shopping to accumulate all the different fabrics necessary for making a quilt.

I decided to give Sue's suggestion a try and here is my first kit:
I know that most of the gals who read quilting blogs like this one are not usually the type that would purchase a kit, but you can look at the auction for this kit here - The Quilting Garden eBay Store - if you are interested.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

We're Homeeeeeeeee!!!

Camp was so much fun and soooo rainy!!!  No wonder everything was so green and luscious up there!!  The girls seemed to enjoy everything and even though I was the granny of the whole group, they included me in all the activities.  A few pictures:
A good time was had by all!!!