Friday, July 25, 2014

Awesome Teacher and Workshop

I had the good fortune of attending a Bonnie Hunter lecture and workshop last night and today. Bonnie is a fantastic teacher and just as nice in person as one might expect by experiencing her online presence.The workshop I took was the Crumbs workshop. We made wonky stars, folksy hearts, string/crazy pieced blocks, and free form letters. It was all play and fun and no stress. When I get my blocks unpacked, I will post some photos of what I learned and made. In the meantime, here are a few photos from among the many I took last night of Bonnie's quilts. The photo on the table above is from "Ring Around the Hexies" which Bonnie co-authored with Mickey Depre.

Hawk's Nest from "Scraps and Shirttails II".

Virginia Bound from "Scraps and Shirttails".

Lazy Sunday mystery quilt published in Quiltmaker magazine in 2013.

Sister's Choice - free pattern at quiltville/

Yes, I know, there are three quilts pictured with no name. I have to get to my quilt books to find out what the names are and when I do, they will be posted.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Out of the Box

Out of the box. Up and running. Finishing up a QOV. So much fun to sew on this machine.

And here is the first quilt top I completed with the new machine.

There may be some rail fence blocks that went in the "wrong" way, but honestly, I can't tell. There is supposedly a pattern, but I can't see it. I will be quilting this top and the first QOV quilt I made on the new Bernina. While at the Ricky Tims Super Seminar in Cedar Rapids last week, one of the sponsors of the event was Pine Needles quilt store. I found two different spools of thread at Pine Needles in a red, white, and blue colorway that will be used to quilt these tops. If you ever find yourself in Cedar Rapids, IA, treat yourself and visit this store. The selection and customer service are top notch.

I taught myself to free motion quilt - more or less. The results were not always what I had hoped for. The new machine has a stitch regulator and I am hoping it will make a difference in the quality of my quilting. Some quilters have said that once they learned to free motion quilt, using a stitch regulator messed them up. I will report back on my experience with the gadget.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Christmas in July

Christmas in July. Wonder what's in those boxes? Can you guess? I have a significant birthday coming up in three weeks and thought it was time to treat myself.

I know I have neglected the blog for awhile, but I have been busy, busy, busy - and mostly with quilty stuff. I have been to three guild meetings, two workshops, a QOV sew day, and a three day Ricky Tims seminar since last time I posted. More on all those activities soon. I just got back from the Tims seminar and am worn out. Some mindless television tonight before I tackle unpacking and setting up the contents of the two boxes above.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

More Day Lilies and a Table Runner

As I mentioned before, the day lilies are really splendid this year. First of all, our plants have matured and are now good-sized, with each plant having over a dozen stems, each with multiple flower buds. Secondly the spring and summer here have so far been quite wet and cooler than normal. Seems to suit all the growing things. These particular lilies are just about my favorite. The predominant color is cheddar with a throat of mahogany.

This is one of the flower beds with several colors of day lilies and lots of cone flowers as well. If I could just get daisies to take hold, I would be content. For some reason - even though others seem to have no difficulty growing Shasta daisies, they have thwarted my best efforts. The cooler and wetter than normal weather this year in the Midwest has another side. The ticks and other insects are more prevalent than I can remember in a long time. Out outdoor cat came home with four ticks in one week, forcing us to change the flea preventive that we use to one that also controls ticks. Since then, no more ticks on Mickey. We humans are another matter however. This morning, after a quick walkabout in the yard taking these photos, I pulled a tick out of my hair.

Here's a table runner, hand-pieced except for the borders, from a packet of 2.5 inch pre-cut squares. The light aqua background fabric is Grunge by BasicGrey for Moda. It comes in a wide assortment of colors and is my go-to blender fabric of choice these days.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Go, Tigers!

My niece will be attending Mizzou (University of Missouri at Columbia) in the fall. I am making her a quilt in Mizzou colors for her dorm room. I downloaded the Mizzou tiger plus the MU logo and will incorporate both into the quilt. The tiger head was enlarged, then traced using a light box onto fusible web. He still needs to be sewn down onto the background fabric. Not sure if I will stay with the white background or use gold. Maybe black. I don't know at this point. Different fabrics will be auditioned and then a decision made.

It's hotter than Hades here and very humid. At 9:00 p.m. it has finally cooled down enough to walk. Doing that now.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

June Hexie Block

The June hexie block is a flower. It just barely fits onto the background block, which is supposed to finish at 15" I cut the block at 16" and, as you can see, the flower takes up almost all the space, including the seam allowance. That is going to be problematic.

The day lilies have begun blooming in the yard. The coloring of this one is not so different from the hexie block. Here are a few more.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Doll Quilt #2

I have never worked in a series before, but this may start one. This is doll quilt #2, perhaps to be also known as "Ticky Tacky" - remember the song, "Little boxes....made of ticky tacky...."? Totally made from stash. I can see from the photos that things aren't as straight as they should be. But, hey, it's a doll quilt, not a masterpiece. I will use it to try another of Jacquie Gering's quilting ideas from the Craftsy class by her that I am watching.