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.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Total Chaos!

So this is what my sewing/living room looks like this morning. And I have to leave for the day job now. Wish I could just stay home and clean and sew!  What are you doing today?

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Blogging . . . . .

 Blogging . . .
So this top picture won't move. 
Thanks Blogger!

I decided to write a blog post because two of my Queeps
(quilt people friends)
Have been giving me the business about not blogging.
Apparently they actually read my blog posts.  Hehe

 I find it funny, because really I'm a picture girl.
I don't need a lot of words.

I decided that, yes, I will try to give this old blog
some much needed CPR and return it from its
place of languishing in cyber space.

So once or twice a week I will photo bomb something in here.
Comment, don't comment, doesn't matter, just enjoy.

The top picture and this one under are my final pics
Love the way it came out! Have you entered yet?

Last weekend I was in Salem, MA for a two day class
Double Wedding Rings baby!
I'm doing my goldfish version of her Big Lights Bright City Pattern.

And then this happened.
I was fooling around with the arcs and they made a circle star!
Squeals of delight insued!
Two quilts for the price of one!

I've only made one star block, but I can tell this is going to be a quilt.
Maybe if I blow the pattern up huge, I can make a one block star baby quilt.
Because you know, I only have six other quilts in progress right now.
I guess it beats smoking crack for an addiction!  Hehe.

So Jacqui and Julie, thanks for the poke.
I will try not to let you down in the blogging world.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sizzix Quilt Challenge!

My friend Victoria Findlay Wolfe has a little challenge going on . . . 
Have you heard???

She has designed some die cuts for the Sizzix Die Cutting System.

 I didn't have the cutting system, so V graciously said,
"Come on over and cut some fabric after the guild meeting."

Hehe, you don't have to ask me twice!
I grabbed a bunch of florals in warms and cool colors.

I cut up a whole top in about an hour . . . 
Using her melon wedding ring pattern.

 I was hooked. 
I bought the system a few days later.
Here it is on my counter so I have good leverage.

Since I really had no plan at first,
(I just cut warms for the melons and cools for the centers)
I just kind of winged it on the design wall.

A huge floral mess.

Took it down and moved things around.
I had only cut two or four of each fabric in the melon shape.
It's okay.  But not completely loving it.

This is about the day when I ordered the whole system,
and had to wait for it to arrive to cut more fabric.
(Impatient red head!)
Once it showed up, I cut more melons in red.
Fooled around with the corners.
Moved the lightest star to the center,
but that's not working either.

Moved it back.
That pink in the center is not the right color.

So I put in a darker shade of pink.
And voila!
Now this I love.
I have found recently that I really need to leave my stuff
up on the wall and play around with it for a while
before putting it all together.
(Sorry for the crappy photos, no good light inside!)

And here is the construction.
Sew the rows together and then sew the serpentine rows together.
Easy Peasy.

So are you going to make a quilt for the challenge?
Lot's of fun prizes, 
but really it's just a great challenge!

And I have an idea for a second quilt.
Stay tuned!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

National Quilting Day!

Today is National Quilting Day!

partnered with Christie's Quilting Boutique to have a day of sewing!

The lovely Kate Spain dropped in to show us how she 
approches the design of a new line of fabric.

It was so interesting to here how she moves from photos and drawings,
to colors and repeats, 
and finally to a finished product.
And then to the quilt!!!

Kate's Horizon line started with block printing,
and she showed us some of her practice samples.

Then we got to see a parade of fabulous quilts!
This one she took right off her bed!

This is one of the first quilts she ever made.

Her Central Park Quilt.

This is a particular favorite!
I think I need to make a word quilt.

And I love the back of it too!

Kate is so warm and down to earth.
It was such a pleasure to hear her talk about her passion 
for design and color.  
We were so lucky to get to see all of her eye candy!
Thanks Kate!

Then we settled down to some sewing.
Judy and I realized we had made the same
little notions pouch.  
So funny to see the same pattern and we both did it so differently!

The mods took over this corner of the room,
The light was much better for our rather mature eyes.  Hehe.

Judy & I worked on putting together this group community quilt top.

Margaret worked on this beauty.

Jody worked on an arrow baby quilt.
Love the graphic feel of this.

Mayann finished quilting this baby
and was able to square it it.

And I tried out some of these January Blocks.
I like them, except I have to cut the pieces out by hand.

Here is the group photo before we all headed out.
Very fun day!

Thanks to Christie's Quilting Boutique for all the fun
swag bags and prizes!
Always fun when quilters get together!