Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Mermaid Quilt is Done!

A few months ago I was at Victoria's studio
to use her sizzix for my double wedding ring quilt.

While I was there, she had a few things up on the wall . . . 

 The more I looked at it, the more I saw a mermaid tail! 
I went right home and started cutting out parts.

I needed to figure out how to make the rest of it look 
like a natural tail.
And of course I could use the wave sizzix die 
to make the ocean waves.

So I sketched out a curvy bum for my girl.
And I decided I didn't want it to totally disappear behind the water,
So I used the blue colorway of the same fabric.

See, it looks lost with the waves going right over it.

After I got the body and water done,
I let it percolate for a bit.
I needed to do the hair, 
but wasn't sure how I would tackle that.

I cut out paper pieces to see how it looked.

Score!  I cut out a bunch more,
and at our retreat last weekend, I raw edge appliques them down.
I'm hoping when I wash it, it gets a soft rumbled edge.

 Onto the quilting and binding.
I used invisible thread!
My first time trying it. 
And I loved it!  My mistakes don't jump off the quilt at you.

I fussy cut the binding to blend into the edges.
It wasn't a total win, but not a failure either.

I'm very pleased with the quilting on this.

Blustery swirls in the background,
organic waves in the water,
echo lines in the hair.

You can't really see it in the body and tail,
but I did clamshell cures in the body of the tail,
and echo lines in the fins.

I am just loving this quilt!!
You have until June 30th!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Our Retreat was a great success!

Last weekend 29 of our guild members and friends trekked into the hills of
Pennsylvania for a weekend sewing retreat.

We had so much fun!
This was our first retreat together.
And so there was a bit of a learning curve for everyone.

The road trip was only about 2.5 hours by car.
Must have a perfectly packed car!

We were lucky enough to be the only group there last weekend,
so we had lots of room to spread out.
We took over the chapel and game room areas.
Everyone got their own table, and we set up ironing and cutting stations
through out the room.

This year's theme at Ladore is safari . . .
There were lots of decorations.  Hehe.

Everyone got a goodie box . . . 

Our first arrivals setting up and getting started.
Kim's mom was able to join us 
and that was such a treat for everyone!

I finished piecing this top the first night!
Yeah!  My Kate Spain fabric with Victoria's tumbler template.

The kid also finished a top with her Kate Spain fabric.

Emily and the kid having a chuckle at my expense.

I got to work on my mermaid quilt for the sizzix challenge.
Deadline is June 30th!  I'll make it, will you?

I had organized a group activity where everyone brought 
a block and we were going to try to make a quilt during the weekend.
Needless to say, everyone had their own projects that held their attention, 
and this project didn't make it any farther than this!

We raffled off the blocks and Anne D. won them.
Can't wait to see what she does with them!
Hope she brings it to our first meeting in October.

We had four sets of mother-daughter quilters.
That was a real treat too.

We played "Chopped - The Fabric Addition"
players got a bag of 20 scraps and had 45 minutes 
to make a block or small top.  No pantry items allowed.

It was hilarious!  
The comments flying around the room were priceless.
Some of these ended up in the block lotto, 
but others went home with the chefs.

Bernadette and the kid horsing around before we left.

I took home our group EPP project.
Hoping to finish it up this summer while I'm travelling.

Here is a group pick.
Such a talented group of ladies!  
I can't think of a better way to spend the weekend.

Hope this becomes an annual event!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

My last meetting as Prezzy of the NYC Metro Mod Quilt Guild . . .

Yesterday was our last guild meeting of the year,
and also my last as President.
Two years certainly whizzed by in no time!

I have had the MOST fun leading this group.
Of course, it didn't start out too smoothly.
Not that any of them would have known it.
I was terrified!

First I was following Victoria Findlay Wolfe as president,
so you know, no pressure there.

Then there was my fear of speaking in public,
my inability to remember names on the first meeting.
And my general fear of failure.

But, what a group!  They are so supportive.
Always suggesting ideas, and helping whenever needed.

I was so lucky to have the best board members too!
Even when they could see I was faltering, 
they stepped in and smoothed things out. 
And after I got into a groove, I was fine.

"If someone asks you to do something you don't know how to do, 
always say yes.  You'll learn so much."
And boy was he right!

We've done some wonderful things in the last two years.
Charity projects.  Group Challenge quilts.
Group sewing days.
General shenanigans at meetings.

Here is Gotham Quilts vending our last meeting.
The two owners are members of our guild.
We always try to support our mom and pop fabric vendors.

Although I did say to a couple of queeps,
that I felt like I was bringing a bunch of
alcoholics into a bar, by having them there.
I think everyone benefited in the end.

When I got to our meeting space, this little drawing was hanging 
over my desk at the front.
The space is used for all kinds of things and children's
art work shops too.
I was so tickled to see it there!
 Then my buddy Brian showed up with this
little lovely.
A mermaid with attitude!
(And my hips)

I only got to take a few pics since I was the MC.
But this one I had to share.
Cynthia made this for the back of 
a wedding signature quilt she made.

Cynthia is a very talented quilter.
And I am so happy to say, our new president!
I handed over the "coat of arms" and the bell.
She is going to be a wonderful Prezzy for our group.

And look at this!  My Mods all made very 
cool signature blocks.  Kim designed the layout so that
you can make all different designs by moving
the blocks around.
It is amazing!  I just threw them up there.
I'm going to play with these!
A few more on their way I understand.
I love a good puzzle.

But, the fun isn't over yet.
Next weekend I take 30 of them on a three day retreat!
Out to Amish country to sew the weekend away.

Emily gave me this hilarious book yesterday too.

I'm thinking there needs to be some kind 
of a challenge here . . . 

So to my Mods,
Thank you soooooo much for a great two years!
I had a ball.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

I seem to see a theme happening . . . .

Last night I was fooling around with some diamond
shapes that Christie of Christie's Quilting Boutique gave me.

Then this happened.

I have some of Victoria Findlay Wolfe's template 
to fool around with too.
Next up the Tumbler!

Now I have never really been a fan of the tumber shape.
But this I love!  Look how sweetly they fit together
to give an arrow effect.  And there are tons of other ways to use them.
I will keep experimenting and showing off!
Now I can cut up all the Kate Spain fabric I bought at Christie's! Haha.

My Quilter's ADD is in full gear,
two new quilts on the wall, one to be bound, one to be quilted,
and a pincushion to finish.
Where to begin?
Oh yeah and my GF Gidget is on her way to pick me up to go fabric shopping.
Someone lock me down!

What are you doing this weekend?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Pin Cushions

I may or may not be a little obsessed with pin cushions at the moment. Yes flea markets and pin cushions. Is there rehab for that? Never mind, I'm not a quitter, I'm a quilter, we never quit. Well maybe for chocolate or wine. Hehe.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Hexie Star Quilt . . .

A few weeks ago, my pal Victoria Findlay Wolfe,
gave me her new templates to play around with.
Last week I pulled them out and starting cutting!

I had some Jennifer Paganelli fabric I was hording,
and I thought this would be the perfect way to show case her fabrics.

A great combo right?  Victoria and Jennifer!

I started kinda fussing cutting the Hexie's and Triangles
so the fabric pattern would look like one big start.

I used the same green fabric to set the stars.
Really makes them pop right?

I was getting so impatient because
 I didn't have much time this week to play.
Hehe, I came home for lunch everyday and tried to cut some more.
The templates are very easy to use!
My day job just gets in the way of all my fun.

Finally last night, I had the whole thing cut and up on the wall.

This morning I decided I needed to make hay 
and get this baby all pieced together. 
My design wall is in my kitchen, and my sewing machine 
is in the living room.  Not a far distance, but I had no time for 
all the up and down and back and forth!
So I set up my little Bernina on the kitchen counter
and put my ironing board right next to it.

I must say sewing standing up was fun,
kept me on task too.  I get distracted so easily.

Now here is the GREAT thing about these templates
and the layout I chose . . . . 
It sews together in a flash and very quickly!
Sew the diamonds first.

Then sew the diamonds into rows.

I pinned at the intersections and got perfect points!
The templates have notched tips
 and it makes the piecing together a dream.

Here I am multi-tasking!
I'm piecing on my sewing machine.
The dishwasher is humming away.
And I'm getting a steamy facial as I stand over it sewing.

Here are my rows coming  together.
I used the triangle template to make some diamonds
to fill in on the sides.

 TADA!  Four hours of stand up piecing (with breaks of course)
And I have a beautiful quilt top!
I really love those sides and am going to do tricky binding
on those edges.

Here are the templates.  A 10" hexie with a triangle that fits.

Thank Victoria!!
Now I have about 8 more ideas for quilts using these.
Hehehe  #youaretheculprit

Monday, May 11, 2015

One for me . . . .

After I made the "little" one for the Sizzix Challenge,
I decided I needed a bigger one for me!

I used some of the leftovers from the first one,
cut up more of what I had,
Added in a few others!

I put all the rings together.
This it the traditional layout.

Then I thought, what if I twist the rings a bit.
Okay, but not a total score.

Then I thought, Keep the rings the opposite way of the 
setting centers.

Yes, Yes, Yes!

Mother's Day spent with the kid sewing
gave me a completed top.
AND a wonderful day with my kid . . . 
She and her boy also cooked me dinner.
All is right with the world.