Saturday, September 20, 2014

Guild Challenge Quilt

I spent time this morning again working on my challenge quilt for the Santiam Scrappers  Quilt Guild challenge this year.  I'm just about finished with the final border, then it's on to layering, quilting, and binding.  I'm hoping to get to that point next week.

The final border includes some Star blocks:

And some blocks with Hearts (4 hearts make up each flower):

And Curved Piecing blocks:

I also added a couple more Appliqued Ladybugs:

I will post pictures of the finished quilt once it's all done!  It will be quite colorful!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pin Cushions

I've been making some basic pin cushions to sell at quilt and craft shows this Fall.  They are fairly simple ones, but are fun to do.

This is one that can be tied to most sewing machines.  It's small, but handy for quickly grabbing pins while sewing.

These are two of the larger ones.   They're 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" and have a button sewn in the middle. 

This is one of the smaller ones.  They look like little pillows and are 3" x 3".

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Trip to The Purple Frog Quilt Shop

I stopped by The Purple Frog Quilt Shop in Jefferson today.  This is one of my favorite quilt shops locally and is run by a couple of great people - Kim and Mary.

I saw a quilt top they had done from one of my patterns - Little Broomtails.  They used a western print fabric in place of the beige and added a border in the same fabric.  Wow - it really popped!  I loved it.  What do you think?

They had also made a quilt from my Bunny Tracks pattern and used batiks in shades of green instead of the blue and black I used.  Another winner!

Of course, I couldn't get out of there without buying fabrics for a new pattern I'm working on.  It's going to be paper-pieced.  I'll post pictures once it's finished.  I'm thinking of calling it Windblown Seeds.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Projects, Projects, Projects

Yup, I have at least a dozen projects I'm working on right now and all are in various stages of completion.  I'm trying to get several done to have on display at my vendor space at the Santiam Scrappers Quilt Show the end of September.  I'm keeping my finger crossed I'll get most of them done in time.  You know though, if I didn't have several projects going at the same time, I just wouldn't be happy.....that's how I flow.

So, here are a couple I worked on today.  I got the applique almost done on the Celtic Summer wall hanging.  I have to finish the machine stitching around the edges of the applique with the monofiliment thread.  Here is a picture of the pieces layed out on the table.

Close-up of the applique center.

These are blocks for a block-of-the-month I've been doing through  I like the bandanna prints I picked out for this one.  I can't wait to get all of the pieces assembled to see what it will look like.

I'll try to keep posting updated pictured of all my projects as I work on them.  Yes, there are lots more than the couple shown here :)

Happy quilting!!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

New Pattern Coming - Lattice Be Happy's been a while since I posted on here. So sorry, but I've been going through a "dry spell" if you know what I mean.  Sometimes the creative juices just don't want to flow.  In the meantime, I've been enjoying the summer and have gotten out for a few nice rides and have seen some beautiful and interesting sights :)

Well.....on to what this post is about ;)  I've been working on a new bed runner pattern. I call it "Lattice Be Happy."  It will have two sizes:  Twin/Full and Queen.  It will have options for the block:  using just two fabrics for the entire quilt to give the "lattice" effect and the option of adding applique flowers

OR adding a dark fabric for the block centers to give a different look.

I've competed a quilt top in Twin/Full size using two fabrics (white and a medium green print).  My next step will be to add applique flowers.  I will post more pictures after I get the flower stitched on.  (I took the picture of the quilt top hanging by an end, so the turned picture may look a little odd to you.)

I'm hoping to get it done by the middle of September.  I have a couple more long motorcycle rides I want to do in the meantime, so that's why it will take so long to get the applique done on this bed runner.  Be patient!!

Happy Trails!

Friday, March 1, 2013

My First Sampler Quilt

Even though I've been quilting for a few years now, I am basically self-taught.  I learned through quilt books, magazines, videos, and on-line tutorials.  I've done many techniques on various quilts, but have never done a sampler quilt.  So......I browsed the classes on and decided to do their FREE Block of the Month 2012 class taught by Amy Gibson.  I've had a lot of fun learning about how to put various blocks together in ways other than how I came up with.

I chose colors different from those shown in the sample.  I used a variety of of same print, different bright colored fabrics with black as my background color.  Here are the blocks I've done:

Asterisk Block
Wonky Pound Sign Block
Greek Cross Block
Octagon Block
Traditional Dresden Plate Block
Modern Dresden Wheel Block

Ohio Star Block
Double Star Block

Chain Block 
Cleopatra's Puzzle Block

Friendship Circle Block
Circle of Geese Block

Balkan Puzzle Block
Chunky Chevron Block

String Block 
Broken Spider Web Block

Hexi Stripe Block
Sunny With A Chance of Hex Block
Modern Log Cabin Block
Wonky 4-Sided Log Cabin Block

Blocks all put together with sashing.  A 2" border comes next, then the top will be done.

I took a couple of other classes on machine quilting.  One is taught by Leah Day and the other by Angela Walters.  I'm anxious to try out my new machine quilting knowledge on this quilt!!  Stay tuned for pictures in a few weeks :)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Finally Getting THAT Quilt Quilted....

Didja ever have that one quilt that never seemed to get quilted?  Oh, many you say??  Well, I have one in particular that I've started quilting several times, only to be put aside to work on more "fun" projects.  After having "started" quilting it many, many times, I'm finally almost done.  I just have the outer border to complete then it's on to the binding.  I'm making a prediction that I will have it all quilted by the end of the day tomorrow.  We'll ;)

I decided to try several different quilting designs on this one so it's been a good learning experience for me.  These are a couple of the blocks in the middle of the quilt.

This shows 1st border and part of the 2nd border:
This shows more of the 2nd border and the 3rd border:

 Once I get it completely finished I'll post a couple more pictures.  Boy, I 'll be glad to get this one done!!