Category Archives: applique

QUILTING and PIECING FOR FUN!

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QUILTING and PIECING FOR FUN!

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This is a great quilt that came about from an experiment in making pinwheels in an unusual way.  Although it was pretty accurate it is not a technique I would recommend…hence no explanation there.  It took a very long time even though the center of this quilt is only about 30″ square.  The wonderful borders came from my stash, a preprinted stripe!  Worked Great.  With the large cornerstones I just freehand cut the stars and machine stitched them on.  The colors in this quilt work so well with my house I may very well have a new tablecover!

Happy Quilting….Karen

 

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QUILT MEMORIES

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QUILT MEMORIES

Just finished a beautiful quilt made by Karol’s mother before she passed.  What a beautiful memory!  The handkerchiefs and incredible embroidery really showcase her talents!

Individual block, simple and elegant

Individual block, simple and elegant

20 blocks, all different

20 blocks, all different

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Another beautiful handkerchief and tea pot

A view from the back

A view from the back

Happy Quilting!…..Karen

 

LOVE BLUE AND WHITE QUILTS!

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LOVE BLUE AND WHITE QUILTS!

These were the last quilts to come off the quilting table.  Mema does beautiful work and her fabric choices are wonderful.  I really love the blue and white quilt.  Its a blend of lots of blue fabrics and I quilted it with swirls to make the orange peels spin.  Looks great!  The second is another of Mema’s quilts, this one done with 30’s fabrics using the Dresdan shape to create the flowers.  Great idea!

Enjoy your day….Happy quilting!  Karen

Oh..I’d Rather Be Quilting

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Well, the holidays are over and the inevitable has come…time to take down the Christmas tree and decorations!  I sure don’t like this part.  Thought about leaving the tree up all year (I love the lights) but figured that wouldn’t be acceptable..sigh.  So, ornaments and garland off the tree and now I have to figure out a new container for the tree itself.  It’s old home has given up the ghost.  Problems, problems.

Here are a couple more designs for background fill on quilts.  Just imagine a beautiful applique in the center of either of these fills.  They were fun to do, fun to learn, and I’m looking forward to trying them out on some quilts this year.

My 365 Challenge is going well.  This is Day 3 and I have 3 blocks complete – 3″ blocks.  That means I only have 362 more to do before Jan. 1, 2016.  Right on task – wonder if that will be true 6 months from now, or 6 days from now for that matter.

I found reference to another type of 365 challenge that I thought was a terrific way to be ready for the holidays next year.  I wish I could give credit to its inventor but can’t locate that information.  So here it is:

Find a jar and keep it handy.  On day 1 put 1 cent into the jar, day 2 put 2 cents in, on and on, day 100 put $1 in and on day 365 put $3.65 into the jar.  If you are good all year, on day 365 you will have $667.95.  Great, effortless spending money!  I think I will try it!

Watching Downton Abby over again in prep for the last season (sob).  Love this series and my Amazon prime has all 6 seasons.  I’m up to Season 3, Episode 4.  Need to watch the rest of that season, then season 4 and 5, then, alas, the final season starting in the USA now.  I love this show and love the way the costumers have integrated its’ story into the quilting world.  The second time through really lets me SEE what is there, the fantastic fabrics and costume design, the wonderful home as well as the incredible countryside.

Back to the tube…happy quilting.  Karen

 

 

Wow, I’m Back!! Quilt blogging again!

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Well, it’s only been 1 1/2 years but blogging has peaked my interest again since I am trying to cut back on the number of customer quilts I am doing each week to have more time to play and talk with you.  I am actually taking a couple of weeks off and “playing with quilting and my Intelliquilter again.  Working on fun new backgrounds for applique and/or show quilts.  I love technology and really like the challenge of making the computer “sew”.  This is one background fill I’ve played with.  the echo pearl design would look great around your fantastic applique!

Great around applique

Great around applique

My new favorite blog:  I am Pam by Pam Holland      Check it out!

My new challenge:  http://www.365challenge.com.au   Check it out and join me.  one block a day for 356 days!  Starts Jan. 1   Great scrap project!!

See you soon!  Happy Quilting

Karen

Mug Rug for Coffee with great Blog reading!

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Monday was President’s Day and, of course, I needed a cute little mug rug that would be special for the holiday.  Using silhouettes downloaded from free clip art, and combining them with a wonderful patriotic print, I quickly came up with “Coffee with the Presidents.”

Presidents Day Mug Rug

Presidents Day
Mug Rug

Super simple and quick…maybe one day I’ll learn how to take the pictures better!

BLOG FOR THE DAY: Check out all of the tutorials on this site! Everything from purses to great little paper pieced designs. I love the 30’s apron paper pieced design, the super cute hot pads/mug rugs and the hexagon purse.  http://charisecreates.blogspot.com/://  Great  free patterns, tutorials and fun little gifts to make.

FUNtastic baby/toddler quilt just came off the longarm table.  Sandy always does such a great job on her colors and applique.  Take a look.

 
Happy Quilting….Karen

Mug Rug Monday

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I have always been in love with the adorable little, and quick, mug rugs.  I collect them in a bowl in my kitchen so that I always have something to set my coffee on in the mornings.  After a long time of thinking about designing my own little rugs, I have designed my first in honor of February.   Fun and finished in about an hour.  Quick, easy and free!!2014 February Mug Rug Color

I must be a total pinhead today because I can’t manage to upload the pattern for you onto this blog.  Until I figure it out if you want a copy please just reply with your e-mail address and I will send you a black and white pattern with instructions and supply list. 

Enjoy…bee happy.  Karen