Or, maybe I should say, “the quilter survived the holidays” and is back to a more normal workday. The latest quilt off the table belongs to Roberta A. She is a big fan of K. Fassett patterns and fabrics. I really love these fabrics she used in this great quilt!
I did throw in a Quilts of Valor quilt. It turned out really well with a rather heavy patriotic design by Nancy Haacke. I used royal blue Glide thread on the top with a matching bottom line on the bottom. I love working with the red/white/blue color scheme!
Great QOV Pattern
Close up of quilting
It is the 7th day of the 365 Challenge for one block per day. Actually, since this challenge originated in Australia, it is the eight day of the challenge. So far so good, maybe not one per day but I am caught up with the blocks so far. I was concerned about the color values but a black/white picture of the finished quilt shows that the border we are working on is very dark and the value comes into effect when put next to the light colored blocks. The blocks, although 3″ square, are really simple! Go to http://www.365challenge.com.au if you are interested in joining the fun. She also has a facebook page. Here are the simple blocks we’ve constructed up until now. You can see what I mean by the values. I choose browns and creams since my stash is overflowing there. We shall see…..
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
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
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.”
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.
Sandys Applique Quilt
Well, its Thursday so I think Thursdays would be really good to tell you about new tools or materials etc. that I have discovered. This week I will concentrate on you appliquers! I have found, and tried, a new foundation paper for those who use a foundation meant to partially disappear when soaked only leaving the fibre content..great for giving a little dimension to your applique. It’s not really so new, I just got around to trying it. The foundation is made by Floriani and is called Stitch N Wash Tearaway Fusible. The interesting part is the fusible. It is a very, very light fusible and you MUST read the directions for it to work. Unlike other fusibles this one takes a very limited amount of heat for a very limited amount of time. You need to use the SILK setting on your iron and press from the fabric side or use a press cloth! If you heat it too much it will not stick. Be sure to follow the directions. (Ask me how I figured that out!) It feels much lighter than the Sharon Schamber paper we have been using. I cannot pick a favorite but they are definitely different. I do like the idea of not having to add that extra glue to place the template. Give it a try. Here are a few pics of a quilt that I finished not long ago. It was totally done with fusible and what a fantastic job!
What a great baby quilt this is. I used a whimsical dragon fly for the quilting motif and love the way it came out. Baby is due tomorrow so Grandma will be binding quickly I imagine! Great job!
A charity quilt that just came off the table. Really nice, I know someone will really appreciate Jennefer’s work on this one!
On the table now. A gigantic batik quilt. A great birthday present for a Bonnie’s wonderful son! He surprised her by picking batiks and bright batiks at that! Hopefully it will be finished today.
Happy Quilting…bee happy! Karen
Great Table Runner
Cross Stitch Perfection
Some eye candy for today…Great quilts that recently went home to their owners…super fun to quilt!
Wow, how exciting to see all of the beautiful quilts from the first big quilt show of the year, “Road To California”. I have had the chance to go to that show and truly enjoyed it! But then, how could anyone not enjoy all the unbelievable quilts set in the beautiful city of San Diego. (My favorite zoo in all the world is there too!) Check out the many winners at http://road2ca.com/2014winners/index.html Congratulations to Sharon Schamber for her fantastic applique quilt that won Best of Show! I was so lucky to see this quilt when I spent time at her Payson, AZ home. Incredible up close (and she even let her super-cute little fur baby, “Baby”, sit on it! Wow, fantastic! So many other fantastic quilts you have to find a cup of coffee and take a look! Enjoy!
Meanwhile, Bee Happy. Karen