Well, I really had a great time yesterday playing with my first landscape quilt. I’ve been wrestling with something to do for a fabric challenge and hated my first project, sew…here is the beginning of my second try. I have been collecting landscape fabrics for quite some time so now have a big pile to fold and put away again. The roof of the old house is the challenge fabric. Lots to do yet, it is only glued together so far. Trees need foliage (thinking Angelina or snippets), thread painting, quilting, and embellishment. It has turned out to be a fun project!
I love red and white quilts. This one belongs to Paula and I just quilted a lovely edge to edge design onto it. It was a pleasure to quilt, nice and crisp and square!
Hope to get more accomplished on my landscape later today, although I have “the worlds biggest quilt (at least that’s what it feels like) on my table and quilting it. Sure glad it wasn’t an inch bigger. Actually it is a bedspread with extra fabric and is about 120” across and five yards – yes 5 – long….sigh! Pictures later.
Isn’t this just the cutest Easter Egg. Haven’t seen any instructions for it but I sure would love to see how it’s made. Looks like the fold and pin method used for Christmas ornaments – I need to learn how to do that as well! Another bucket list item, But…I sure do love it.
I love log cabin quilts and think this one is spectacular. It is a FREE download project of Maria Umhey’s “Stripes & Stars”. The Quilter Magazine is one of my favorites, take a look. Here is the url for dowloading the free pattern. http://www.thequiltermag.com/onlineproject/index.shtml Wouldn’t this be great in patriotic colors for a very special military person!!!
The last picture is one of my quilt that I won hanging on my wall. Not a good picture since the entry in not large and very difficult to get a picture. What I was aiming for was to show you how perfectly level this quilt is hanging with the Hang-It Dang-It system. Can’t get over how great that was!
Off to Quilting Bee…
This is the neatest, easiest way to hang a quilt I’ve ever seen. Too bad I’ve had it in my house for close to two years and never used it. I wanted to hang my surprise win quilt in my entry way and, of course, had no one to help. This took about two minutes. I found a stud and put a nail in the wall. YES, one nail. The small rod fits into the pocket and a small magnetic clamp with a nail hole in it clamps, by it’s magnet, thru the quilt and onto the rod. Just centered it on the rod. One Nail…it is perfectly level and fantastic! I highly recommend these things and they are guaranteed for life and they come in various sizes. www.hangitdangit.com Again, WOW. This is one happy customer!
Meanwhile I sure hope everyone had a great and safe day. I’m still adjusting to the time change. Did you know that there are 8% more accidents and 10% more heart attacks on the day after a time change? Maybe we need to rethink the need.
Cleaned my studio today. Way too many UFO’s! Oh well…the life of a quilter!
Had a really great time last week at Bonnie Hunter’s workshop in Cypress, Texas. She is the most down to earth, friendly teacher!! What an experience. She will be speaking at the Coastal Prairie Guild in Missouri City, Texas next February. Yeah, I know, way to long to wait. Bonnie is an avid collector of vintage machines as well as a scrap quilt gal. She has a great scrap saving system and you can read about it on her website, http://www.quiltville.com Lots and lots of free patterns as well.
I am not a scrap person and was really unsure about “scraping”. I did her Easy Street mystery over the holidays and had such fun with it that I have attempted to get into scrap mode. Wow, that’s harder than you would think for a non “scraper”. You would not believe the pieces she was confiscating from the trash bin at the workshop! Look on her site for her little bitty “ruler” that has tiny holes in it so that you can check any machine you are sewing on to make sure you have an accurate 1/4 inch seam. I bought one, but it is so tiny I’m not sure I got home with it. I may have to buy another ($3). I highly recommend getting yourself one. So Cool! The block is my first of many for Bonnie’s Tulip Time quilt. It is in her new book “String Fling”.
Wow what a fantastic day Wednesday turned out to be. At the Coastal Prairie Quilt Guild meeting, starring our speaker from Grayslake, Illinois Ebony Love, a guest was introduced and she had a fantastic surprise. She was from the Lake Jackson guild – Plantation Quilt Guild – and had their donation raffle quilt which had been won by one of our members! Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be me. WOW! My day for sure. Isn’t this quilt super and so much fun! I love the colors and will hang it in my house today. I will give it “entry-hall” treatment. So excited. Then, I even won a door prize that night.
I really felt special!
Be Happy, Karen
Well, I have one more quilt to go and I will be caught up with my schedule of quilting customer quilts. These last few have been fun and I think their owners will like them. One has a minkie back. I really love the way quilting shows up on Minkie. I have worked on quilting these the past few days and when I finish one more T-shirt quilt I will be on schedule again. The costumes were worth the effort though, my daughter and her team loved them and they went on to win a banner for top team in the contest. Their next contest is this Saturday and then one in mid-February. Hope the rest of the season goes as well for them.
TODAYS QUILTING PROJECT. These are pics of the front and back of Barbara R’s small quilt I quilted this morning. I love the floral edge to edge design. It looks fantastic on the back and despite my inability to take very good pics, the front is great-quilted with a Sew Fine variegated thread. It was fun to quilt
THE GREATEST APPLIQUE LADIES I KNOW. My usual Tuesday morning is spent with a group of quilters, mostly from Sugar Land, Tx. It was a quiet day today – we just haven’t gotten into the swing since the holidays – too much rain. Usually there are some absolutely beautiful quilts and blocks to see. These ladies excel at applique! The pics below show some hard at work. Val, the lady holding the bunny has gotten into felting. The bunny is great but don’t you love the felted owl?
BO’S PLACE – A GREAT PLACE HELPING GRIEF WITH QUILTS. Last stop for the day was a place called Bo’s Place. Our quilters guild has been piecing and quilting quilts for them or over 5 years. Bo’s Place is a non-profit that works to help as many children and their parent(s ) as they can face and handle the grief of loosing a sibling or parent. No charge to those participants. Part of their therapy is makin a memorial square for their loved one. We take the squares and sash and quilt and bind them. Quilts are hung all over the facility in memory of all of those lost and those that remember. Because of privacy I could not take great pic of the quilts-a good excuse for blurred images. The group of ladies standing in front of some of the quilts are the guild members that helped to put the quilts together. What a fantastic place!
Untll tomorrow – BE HAPPY!