Thursday, May 28, 2015

Afternoon of Quilting

       As I have done for several days recently, I spent the morning working in the yard.  After cleaning up and a short rest, I went back to quilting on the carpenter star quilt.  I have meandered all of the background and stitched-in-the-ditch to outline the center star and both inside and outside edge of the outer wheel.   

This afternoon I started free-motion quilting feathers in the star diamonds using dark gray thread. The feathers show up well on the green.  It is difficult to see the thread on the purple and that also made it more difficult to quilt because I could hardly see what I had quilted and where I needed to go. 

On the outer wheel I may find a purple thread or another color for the purple diamond
 areas. 
Tomorrow will be another great day for piecing or quilting!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

One More Border to Add

        Very little sewing has gone on this week with guild meeting Tuesday morning and yard work 2 mornings.  I did manage to sew the dogwood quilt top together.  Here is the top except for the last simple border.  

Today I bought a green leaf print for the outer border. It is so large it is difficult to get a great photo.  It will be queen size.  I need to give some thought as to how to custom quilt it.  I hope to quilt vein lines in the leaves. I plan to take my time with the quilting so it won’t be finished very quickly.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Playing with Made-Fabric

     I enjoyed a visit with my sister, made a presentation to ACPQ guild and led a workshop on creating and using made-fabric. 
I have been inspired by the work of Victoria Findlay Wolfe and her book, 15 Minutes of Play: Improvisational Quilts.  You can find many tips on her blog   and also many made-fabric tutorials and challenges at http://www.15minutesplay.com/ .

In the workshop the ladies had fun creating their made-fabric.  Here are some photos from their play with scraps. 





Sue was not 100% because of eye surgery so she acted as assistant. 


Sue has also been busy playing with her green crumbs.  Isn’t it lovely? 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Progress on Dogwood Blooms

    The past few days I have been enjoying time with family so no sewing has been going on.  I did layout dogwood blocks to see how they will look. The blooms will be sewn in 3 columns with the floral fabric in between and as a border. I will probably also have another border maybe of green which I don’t have yet.  I’m getting excited about this quilt. 

Sorry the perspective is off.  I took the photo viewing the columns from the side and then rotated it. The blooms almost cover a full size bed top so difficult to see all. 

     I won’t get to work on this for a few days.  I will be presenting working with crumbs and made-fabric for my sister’s guild but then will get back to work on dogwood blooms. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

String Piecing with Students

     Thursday morning I worked with 2 students at Creative Sewing on string piecing.  I focused on the variety of uses and patterns for strings.   Leslie chose to piece half-logs on phonebook pages.  She does not yet have a stash of strings so she used a jellyroll. 
I love her warm and cool half-log blocks. 
 


     Cynthia chose to work on spider web units using dot fabric.  I did not get a photo of her completed units.  However, she recently took my beginning quilting class and brought a finished quilt to share.   



I enjoyed sharing string piecing info and hopefully inspiring them for more string piecing.
 Here a some of my scrappy spiderweb blocks. 



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Working on Flowers Real and Fabric

      I love this beautiful spring weather.  I have spent several mornings working with real flowers in my yard . . .

 . . . before I relax in the afternoon and sew on fabric flowers. 
 The above photo shows all curves stitched.


I have all 21 needed dogwood units together and feel great about the progress.   I have stitched the leaf curves on only one unit so far but that is the last part before sewing the units together for the quilt top.  

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Almost Another Finish

    Saw this comic on Facebook recently.  Yesterday morning was perfect.

     I took advantage of the rainy morning yesterday and sewed.  I have made good progress on the dogwood blooms.  In the directions Annette recommends stitching the curves after sewing the blocks all together.  I do not want to manipulate a large quilt top to stitch the curves so I have been stitching the bloom curves for each block. They now look more like blooms. 


     When I needed a break from dogwood blooms, I decided to stitch a small sample quilt for a JoAnn Fabrics beginner class.  This version of the “Hole in the Barn Door” block is taught in Quilting 101.  I made scrappy blocks and quilted simply with the walking foot – mostly in the ditch.  I just need to add binding and the sample will be ready to display for Open House on Saturday. 

Hope you have enjoyed some rainy weather.