Sunday, September 25, 2011

Quilt Show Ribbons

Our quilt guild had it's show yesterday. This is a show that they have every three years. I entered 9 quilts and won first place with a wall hanging that I did for for daughter. The award was for best hand quilting!!! I also took 3rd for my Autumn Stars mini quilt.

I was so stressed before the show, I was considering quitting quilting! So I find myself up early this morning and soooooo inspired! I have prepared a backing and am washing it and the binding. It may be three years before I use it but I'm back at it!!! :) Off and running! Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Class Quilt Finnished :)

I finally finnished the Exploring Fabric Choices class quilt! I took it to the shop and they immediatley hung it in the class room :) I'm so excited to teach this class! I know I learned a lot from it and I'm hoping that I can share it with others :0)

I really need to be working on my butterfly block! I was supposed to be at a fund raiser party tonight but work ran over and, well, it's not going to happen. Maybe I will make it into the studio tonight after all! I really should as the rest of the week is crazy busy as Easter is fast approaching! Choir practice Wed, and signing on Maunday Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday! Oh, yeah. The company arrives on Friday, too :)
Off and running! If I don't post before..... Have a happy Easter!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ode to our Snowman

I meant to post this a week ago or so but we did have snow yesterday. Not enought to build a snowman, thank goodness!!! This is our snowman as he is enjoying his last hours before returning to hibernation until next winter. We were amazed at how skinny his neck had become and still be able to hold up the helmet!!! We thought it quite comical :)

We have a Passion play to attend at church today but after I'll be making up a quick table runner. The tutorial is a couple of posts back, if you would like to see how it's made :)
Off and running.... have a great day :)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

New Quilt Block Design!

I can't believe it has been almost two weeks since I posted! Time sure can get away from us! I have been working on a new block design using the light blue butterfly fabric as the challenge. This block started out as just going to be the black butterfly cut out on the challenge fabric. As I worked on it last night it just sort of took wing! LOL I am so pleased with it. I do have to thank my son for the glittery yellow in it as I was auditioning a gold looking bali.

This is a fun little contest that is put on by four quilt shops in my area. All the blocks (after being judged) will be taken and made into quilts for different charities. This will be the fourth Bop Around the Bay. It is sort of like a shop hop. There will be sales and if you vote at each store you are put into a drawing for gift certificates! It's a fun weekend :) Hope to post again soon as I have more stuff to share. Off and running..... to blanket stich on my block!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Table Runner Tutorial and Another Contest???

Well, I would like to thank everyone who voted for my mom's quilted jacket and purse. I must confess, after seeing the beautiful competition, I just could not vote for myself!!!! I really LOVE the Asian Jacket!! Hey, what can I say, I have a soft spot for blue herons! So, there is another contest this weekend and the subject is applique. I finally have the binding on the Signs of Peace Quilt so I thought I would use it for my entry :)
If you would care to vote, all you need to do is click on the link on the right for the Quilting Gallery and go to Quilter's Fun. That will take you to the page with all the entries. Voting is open Fri. - Sun. Have fun and enjoy!

This is a table runner that I did for my sister-in-law for her B-day. It is from a free pattern that I picked up from my LQS.

Very easy to make and I believe there are a few variations but all you nee is:
1/2 yard for the back and border
1/3 yard for center
about 3/4 yard of fusible interfacing or enough to fuse both pieces of fabric.

Press both pieces, fold in half (for easier evening) and even edges. If you lay the smaller piece on the larger piece you can easily trim your selvages off all at once and both pieces should then be even.

With right side together sew both long edges, making a tube. Turn right side out. Press so that your center fabric is center. Then trim the ends so that they are even. Take one end and fold so that the center fabric is on the outside and stitch all the way across with a 1/4 inch seam. When you unfold this it will make the nice triangle shape on the end.

Repeat with other end.

I tacked down the flaps with buttons but you could get creative, maybe use a decorative stitch all the way across or maybe just use some glue :) Have fun with it.

I made one with less fabric because it was all I had and it turned out cute as a mini :)

Hope my directions make sense :)

Have a great night!!! Off and running.....

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Entered a Contest

I have entered a contest. It is put on by Quilting Gallery. See link on side bar :) They do a weekly contest and this week is a wearable theme. If you care to check it out, the entries will be viewable Friday - Sunday. You can vote, too. Sounds like a lot of fun! I can't wait to see all the wonderful quilty goodness :)

I'm off to get some long arming in. would really like to get the wall hanging off the frame! Off and running.... Have a great night!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sign's of Peace Quilt -TM

I really should be quilting instead of in front of this computer, I bet I would get a lot more done! LOL I just had to do a quick post of this quilt that I designed and quilted for a friend of mine. The quilting was inspired by Linda Taylor. This quilt is bound but the pictures turned out blurry.

Have a great night, all I'm off and running......

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Hard to quilt with Teeth Involved!

When I heard that both my children need braces the thought didn't occur to me that it may affect my quilting. Well, it has both financially and time wise. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my kids and cherish the short amount of time they will live here! However, when your son has to have his braces on one day and then oral surgery the next; it's a little taxing. He came through it like a trooper and he thinks he's something else because he had three baby teeth in that one hole!

So after his surgery, mind you he is pretty loopy from the sedation, I thought it would be fun to stop at the animal shelter to look ay kitties. Yeah, you see where this is going.... Well, we lost our cat Hasbro about 6 weeks ago, he was 19. When we wlked into the shelter there were his carbon copies!!! I was hooked! So, yes, life with cats now begins. They are warming up to our shih-tzu slowly. I think it will be fine. They were named Ozzie and Harriet and I think the names will stand :)

Need to do some securing of the house as they are into everything!!! Then I hope to get to some quilting :) Off and running! Have a great day!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Two Projects Done!

Well, I have just realized how much of a blessing a new router can be! I uploaded these two pictures in seconds! Usually, it seemed, I would have to go and cook dinner or something. LOL As I mentioned in my last post, I have listening to I'm addicted!!! That stuff is huge for getting my creative juices flowing. The latest show I can't get enough of is Pat Sloan's Creative Talk Radio. LOVE IT! So, latley, I have been getting overwhelmed with projects. The stars you see have been made for our quilt guild, RQK, for Moda's, Just One Star, can comfort a soldier. So, of course, I had to make four! So they are done :)

One of the ladies, in a smaller group I am in, brought back a beautiful fabric from Hawaii. She wanted to share this with us so we decided it would be a great Round Robin Project :) The fabric is the white, green and blue bali fish. My center block is of a fish, I'll try to find a picture to post, later. The last border on this on is my applique border. Thank goodness she top stitched the center or I don't know what I would have done!

I do have the next Round Robin to work on and it is a border of squares. Thinking maybe hourglass blocks. Then there are the place-mats, I'm doing 6. Two for one group for an adult foster care home and four for the other for the craft table at our guild show in Sept. Way too much more to think about... LOL So we'll keep it simple :)
Off and Running! Have a great day :)

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Awesome Pod-cast / Radio Show

If you haven't heard or listened to Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, I highly recommend it! You can download it on itunes or listen to it live on, online radio show. Mark has guests on the show that he does interviews with and they are on there to help you spark your creativeness :) Each show is two hours and I LOVE them. A lot of book, web sites, blogs etc. to check out.
Off and running! ;)