Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Quilt Number 2

I spent several hours today out in my quilt room (my quilting "outhouse" because it's a separate building from the house) working on a second Christmas quilt top.  No.....I haven't quilted the first one yet.....haha.

I stitched the background blocks.

Sewing together the petals for the "Poinsettia Wreaths." 

One of the wreaths pinned to the background and ready to machine applique with transparent thread around the outer petal edges.

I laid a center circle onto the wreath to see what it will look like.  I almost like the green background showing through better, but I think once all the wreath blocks are in place, it will take on a different look.

I will post more progress pictures in the next few days.  This is what I'm going for as a finished quilt top:
The fabric I'm using is a little busier than what I used in EQ7 and the red isn't as pronounced, but I think it will turn out okay.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

It's Time For More Christmas Quilts!

After hanging up the measly few Christmas quilts I have left, I decided it was high time to make more!  I seem to have given most of the ones I made away - gosh, it's funny how that happens all the time!

So, I got busy on my EQ7 and came up with some designs to start on.  The trouble with that is every time I start designing, I keep coming up with more and more designs so it makes it very hard to decide on just one.  Well, guess what.......I'm not stopping at one!

Okay, so I finally decided on a design and printed it off, chose my fabrics from my Christmas stash, and cut the pieces.

I decided to use my trusty Singer 401A for piecing.  I still go back to it time and again for this type of stitching.  It's one of my favorites :)

After stitching the blocks together for the first one, I played with the layout of the blocks and came up with four layouts I liked.
 I liked all of them, but after asking for comments on Facebook and Instagram, and looking at each one many, many times, I finally decided to go with the more traditional one in the upper right.

I stitched all of the blocks together and added a border.

Tomorrow I will start quilting it and will probably also work on stitching pieces together for two others I cut out....lol ;)  Ya know, I just can't work on only one project at a time!  How about you?






Monday, December 8, 2014

Weekend Local Christmas Bazaar

Whew......I'm still tired!  I had a wonderful 3-day weekend at the local Town & Country Christmas Bazaar.  I got to see so many familiar faces there and had lots of good visiting with them.  There were over 200 vendors selling their handmade products.  There were wood carvings, candles, soaps, quilted & knitted items, jewelry (one of my favorites!!), alpaca fleece products, sewn items, leather products, knives, food (cookies, candies, pies and more) and many, many other things.  Of course, there were quilted things too.

This is an annual event I have come to enjoy very much.  Everyone, vendors and customers alike, are always full of the Christmas spirit.  Here is a picture of my space.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Around The World Blog Hop - I've Been Tagged!

I was tagged by Martha who has a blog called Quilt To The Edge.  Martha belongs to the same local quilt guild that I do and also rides motorcycles.  The difference is that she rides with her husband and I ride solo, but we both enjoy riding.

Martha did let me know ahead of time that she wanted to tag me for this Around The World Blog Hop and I agreed to do it.   I have to answer four questions:

1.  What am I currently working on?
2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?
3.  Why do I write/create what I do?
4.  How does my writing/creative process work?

To see what others who are participating in this blog hop have written, track back to Martha's blog, the the ones she noted in her blog, and so on.

Well, here goes!

1.  What am I currently working on?  Right now, I'm trying to get many things ready to sell at a local Christmas bazaar next weekend as part of my business.  One of the things I'm working on today is putting borders on several "orphan" blocks I have had stashed away for years.  Once I get all the borders on, I will layer and quilt them so they can be used as table toppers.  Here are some of the blocks that I have all bordered.
     
Before I begin quilting them, I have to decide what design I will use.  To help me with that, I have several quilting designs done on samplers that I refer to a lot.  Here are a couple of those samplers.
     

2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?  I'm not really sure about this, except I don't have any one style I stick with.  I like piecing, paper piecing, traditional, modern, applique (both hand and machine)......you name it!  I pretty much like all styles I've tried.  I don't really have a favorite color scheme either.  I go with whatever I think fits the particular design I'm working on.  I love trying new things all the time!

3.  Why do I write/create what I do?  Because I can't stop!  Really, ideas pop into my head all the time for things to create.  That's one of the reasons I started designing quilt patterns.  Since I was a kid, I've always been drawing or painting just because I feel I have to try to put what I see in my mind onto some type of medium.  I get such a feeling of happiness when I can actually see the results.

4.  How does my writing/creative process work?  When I design a quilt pattern, many times I will fire up my EQ7 and just start drawing.  Many times I will have a shape or color in mind and, using that as a starting point, create a quilt design, again using EQ7.  I'm somewhat of a techie so find it easier using the computer for drawing most of the time.  If I'm creating an applique design, I will draw it by hand first, then scan it in to EQ7 to incorporate into an overall quilt design.
I travel a lot in the summer on my motorcycle and always have my camera.  I take tons of photographs of scenery, objects, and people.  I use these photos sometimes when I create designs or paintings.

Before I sign off, I just want to do a little shameful publicizing of my quilt pattern design business.  It's called Carter Creek Quilts, and there are links to my Etsy.com shop and Facebook page in the left column above.  For the Etsy.com shop, you can click on the image that says, Carter Creek Quilts.  For the Facebook page, you can click on the Facebook image.  Exploring these linked pages will tell a better story about what I do.  Thank you!

Ok, on to the person I have tagged, Ruth Blanchett.  Click on her name to get to her blog.  Ruth is the owner of Arbee Designs LTD with the main office located in New Zealand, and design center in California.  In addition, Ruth is also a quilting teacher and designer.  Arbee Designs LTD also operates the Academy of Quilting which has over 100 online classes available.

I hope you have enjoyed my blog.  Have fun going forward!




Saturday, November 22, 2014

Back To Pincushions

Well, I got through the blog hop.  What fun that was!  Thanks to everyone who participated and commented on my blog.  I'm still in awe over all the nice comments I got on my block.  Wow!

So......today I got back to making more pincushions to take to the Town & Country Christmas Bazaar.  This time, I'm using 4 oz. canning jars and putting the pincushions on the lids.  That way, the jar can be used for sewing supplies like buttons, ribbons, or whatever.  Scrunching the filling into the fabric while trying to hold on to the jar lid makes me think a third hand might be a big help.....haha.


I printed off a bunch of pictures of buttons and am cutting them to fit the jars.  I'm hoping it will display them a little better.

This is some cute "quilter" fabric that I thought would be fun for the pincushions.

I'm hoping to finish up all the jars tomorrow and then on to more projects!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blog Tour Time - I have a block in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks - Volume 10

Welcome to my blog!  I'm part of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks - Volume 10 Blog Tour because a block I designed is in that issue of their magazine.  It's called "Diamonds In My Eyes" and you can find it on page 38.  It's Block #940.
There will be lots of giveaways as part of the blog tour.  You can get more information about that on Quiltmaker's blog called Quilty Pleasures.


                          Win a free copy of Volume 10                                 
You can get a free copy of the Volume 10 issue of Quiltmaker's 100 blocks magazine! Just leave a comment on my blog saying what is your favorite season of the year,   
I will randomly draw one name tomorrow and notify that person via email.  The winner's name will then be submitted to Quiltmaker Magazine and the free copy will be sent from them.

If your email address is blocked on your sign-in, be sure to include it in your comment so I will have a way to contact you if your name is drawn.


This is a  picture of the block I designed - Diamonds In My Eyes.  It uses paper-piecing and regular piecing techniques.  I hope you try it!



Here is an example of what a quilt would look like using the block and turning every other one.

This is an example of what a quilt would look like keeping all blocks turned the same direction.

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 10 has been officially approved by Douglas LeRoy! 


Friday, November 14, 2014

Building Display Racks

Today Hubby built a couple of rotating display racks (with my help, of course!) so I will have a more attractive display for my patterns.  It was colder than a.........well, you know, but we bundled up and got them done enough for painting.  After painting, the top and bottom pieces will be attached, then the lazy-susan base pieces.  These will be a much nicer way to display my patterns at shows.

These are the end, top, and lazy-susan base pieces.

This is one of the displays.  Each display will hold 4 patterns per side which is 16 per display.

Of course Douglas had to be there to supervise....lol ;)