After too much pondering, I have selected and cut fabric for a quilt top that I'm testing. I was going to do something "safe" and that appeals to more people, WTF? These are my colors (with the addition of the yellow), I'm loud and I'm proud.
I'm working on a quilt that I've put off for a while...
After cutting forty-nine 11x11 paper foundations and hundreds of fabric strips, I grew tired of it. This will be a quilt for my 13 year-old sister's double bed, to coordinate with her room. Well, now that I've put together so many blocks, I really like this project!
24 blocks down, 25 more to go.
I went away for the weekend to a small sewing retreat with my husband's mom and friends, before leaving, I made a small ironing table using this tutorial, it really came in handy for this particular quilt block as you need to press it after sewing on each strip.
A year ago, I made this dresden plate. I really love it & I wanted to just make a few more, I thought about it for a few weeks/months. I finally came to my senses that I do not have time for all of that business. There's about 25 other projects that I would like to start and not finish.
So, here's my wall hanging! I'm hand-quilting this with a Presencia #8 thread. I will work on this during daughter's dance, which is once a week, so, I should be done with it in 14 months....
My scrappy dresden mini quilt lives in this sweet-ass project bag. Thank you, Form&Fabric and QuiltCon!
I want to blog more, so, that means I will just take some pictures with my phone. I really feel like blogging is dropping off, maybe I am just telling myself that because I am in love with Instagram.
I submitted this quilt to QuiltCon's juried show, I'll be happy if it is accepted and happy if it isn't. I had plans to make this since the spring. My niece cut out blocks from magazine pages and I thought that it would make a groovy quilt.
I quilted each block differently, yes, it took a long time. Next, I quilted the the background, I feel like it grew as I quilted it, this project swallowed my entire week! I did not have time to post about the progress because I made it in 5 days, it's now balled up in the corner of my studio, just as I was on Friday night...
I'll be notified at the end of this month if I am able to ship this baby to Austin!
I finished my Bella quilt, a local woman, Wendy quilted it for me and I love it!
I attached the binding by machine, it can be a bit fussy, it takes a lot of practice! I have not clocked that many hours on the skill, but, I am will keep trying. I still like hand stitching bindings, but, sometimes, a girl has to move on to new, possibly, unfinished projects.
I do not always want a quilt with visible stitches, but, sometimes, it's fine.
I am tickled pink to share this---
my first needle-turn applique project!
I am done with this Merry Merry Snowman quilt top! I did needle-turn appliqué on all 9 blocks--it is easily over 100 hours of work, hell, at least 150 hours. I still cannot believe that I'm done with this part! I sent this away for quilting, Wendy will do some custom quilting, I'm excited to get it back. I'll talk more about this when I finish it.
If you are interested in reading a little about me and quilting(I know you are), I did an interview with Amanda for our guild--OKC Modern Quilt Guild, you can read it on that blog. I welcome your comments.
This week, I'm headed to a nearby city's quilt guild to do 2 presentations on modern quilting with a fellow guild member. I'm anxious today as we finish preparing our material, I might be crazy.
I went to International Quilt Market in Houston a week ago, look for some posts soon!
I am linking to OKCMQG's "Flaunt Your Finish" feature, which I plan to do often, maybe you will, too?
About a month ago, I found this Process Pledge, I really liked it and I want to adopt this policy in my blog. Even though I have grown tired of taking pictures, uploading, then finding the words to blog, I want to do this. I'm not sure how much I even like blogging, but, I do love sharing my work. I think that there is something wrong with that part of me, why does anyone care? Why do I think that anyone cares what I'm doing? Well, I love seeing what people make, but, it is a struggle every time I log in to Typepad. I guess I will continue to keep this up for a while longer, but, maybe just 2-3 times a month, I may be able to comply.
I actually wrote a post 2 weeks ago (it took days) and my computer was giving me the business and I couldn't get my pics from the html state and I just deleted the whole thing from frustration. Ugh, why are we so spoiled and hindered with technology? I know it's not just me.
I'm working with Lotta Jansdotter's new line, Bella. I found a pattern called Supper (I do not like that word) Club by Modern Quilt Relish, pretty mod.
Chain piecing happens as often as possible.
It went together really fast! I was surprised! I sent it away to be quilted by a lady that I love, I just didn't want to make the time. I struggled with the idea of me not quilting it myself, but that's silly, I don't have to do all of the steps. Gosh, what's my problem??
I love it already!
I'll be binding it this weekend and displaying it in my local quilt shop, Oklahoma Quiltworks, I also work there once a week.
While I worked on that quilt, my family was out working on a desk for me (plans from Ana White):
I'll be painting it really soon!
Can I cut into that woodgrain?
It's Kids Clothes Weekly Challenge again! In the past, I would just make four dresses or skirts, but, I need a miracle to complete four anything (well, maybe I can handle 4 shots of of liquor)! I had plans to make a skirt with this, but it's Friday now, so not sure that's happening this week! Oh well, I'll have my own KCWC a different week. Please check out the challenge, there are some talented people cranking out cute kid clothes, I especially love this guest post by Jessica Grey.
blurry pic, yikes!
A few weeks ago, I successfully hosted a meeting at our home for the OKC Modern Quilt Guild, it was fun! Amanda organized a group quilt for a pregnant member, her daughter's room is orange, blue, and pink. We were asked to do a block that represents who we are, I made a block that took a long time and was fussy. Also, it likes lemon cake. The mom-to-be (maybe one today!), Robin was so surprised and happy about the quilt! That was fun to see her reaction and be a part of that project!
I finished the baby quilt last week! Yea! I love how it looks!
Thinking of offering a few to sell...
Yesterday was the day that QuiltCon's registration opened! Boy, was that stressful! I am enrolled in the classes that I want, I decided not to make an alternate list and that worked out for me! In another post, I'll talk about what I am taking.
It's the last summer weekend with my monster who is starting kindergarten next week, we have a lot of things to do today--buy ballet & tap shoes, birthday gifts for a party, finish inventory for a local shop, make a dress for the first day of school! I think I can, I think I can.
We are celebrating the end of summer at the river, have a happy Labor Day, folks.
This week, I am working on a baby quilt for a friend that is attending a baby shower at the end of the month. I'm doing wonky stars, as you can tell. It was a lot of fun to gather fabrics for this project!
Here, I have cut out all of my squares and triangles and they are ready for piecing.
look how adorable these monsters are!
Jimmy recently bought a foam core board for me, I covered it with flannel and now I have a design wall when I need! How was I living without this thing?
I have plans to finish the blocks by Saturday, I think I can!
For the first time ever, after wanting to do it for a long time, I'm linking to Freshly Pieced's WIP posts.
I wanted to challenge myself to blog a little more and participating in regular posts like this is just what I need! Go check out the linky party over there and see what others are making!
I have a quilt block tutorial today, it is based on a block called "Country Checkers," my version is called Small Town Checkers. I prepped this at night, so, the pictures are icky, maybe I'll do it again during daylight, but, that's a challenge with a five year old wanting to do stuff like "hang out" and eat and shower.
Gather some scraps that are at least 2.5" in desired colors. To make one 14.5" block, you will need:
13- 2.5" squares in a solid
12- 2.5" squares in various prints
Arrange your squares like this, your top and bottom rows should have 3 solid squares.
Sew your squares together for each row, I chain piece. After you have sewn them together, press seams to one side--alternate directions for each row. For example, the top row's seams are pressed to the left, second row's seams are pressed to the right. This will make aligning seams in the next step less bulky and they will line up nicely.
Carefully sew your rows together. Press these seams open. Square up block, if necessary.
We are going to make this block a "square in a square" now.
Get 2--7⅞" squares.
Cut in half diagonally.
With right sides together, sew one triangle on an end of your block. Next, sew other half of square to the opposite end of block. Be sure to trim your "dog ears" after sewing on each triangle. In picture below, my triangle is not right sides together, I just placed it there to show where it is going.
Now, take your last two triangles and sew them to other ends, for the best results, I fold my triangle in half to make a crease and I do the same to my 25-patch, then I match the markings and begin to sew.
Press well and you are done! Yay!
Block measures 14.5."
We are using this block for my first month as a quilter in do. Good Stitches! I'm so excited to be a part of this group! You can read about DGS right here!
Thanks to my friend, Angelina, I am a proud member of do. Good Stitches. Our circle, Harmony, donates 10 quilts a year to Project Linus. I am a quilter in the group and August is my first month to head a project. I *think* I know what I want us to do for a quilt.
I'd like to post each month my blocks and maybe it will spark more interest in donating sewn goods to charity.
For July, we were instructed to use lime greens and yellow-greens with gray to make wonky log cabins, in a traditional log cabin color layout. This is such an easy block, but I cannot explain why it took so long to make. I mean, I only had one glass of sangria.
and my second one:
I made these blocks for the May quilt, cute little granny squares. (I took this photo very late at night)
This spring, while my husband and daughter put together a Lego Death Star, I sat out with them and sewed up this Single Girl block. I used a Ruby charm pack and Art Gallery's white. Now, I want to make a big one for our bed, but maybe I should just make a throw size to finish it and do something else. I always want to make quilts big enough for our bed, but, a throw is more practical, because, I can use/display it in more places in our home. Once I get dressed in the morning, I do not spend any time in our bedroom, so I should put some quilts elsewhere. OMG, I'm boring myself!
Enlighten me--when you are planning a quilt, how do you decide on a size?
Well, here's a block from my aforementioned friend, Angelina.
We are members of OKC Modern Quilt Guild and are working on a group project, she volunteered (without a taser) to make an OKC block.
AND we were in the NBA finals AND American Idol is here right now AND it's 108 degrees outside, yes, we are a HOT city!