Saturday, September 16, 2017

September sewing

So, it's National Sewing Month. I've been trying to sew a little bit every day, and have for the most part succeeded.

I didn't enter any hand-crafted items for the fair this year, because we went to Indiana for the eclipse during the pick-up window.




I got the dining room table cleared off- and then covered back up again- but I think I can clear it off again fairly quickly. I have a couple of quilts that need to be sandwiched and basted so I can start working on them - but they're both fairly large hand-quilting projects. I think I'll do the zig-zag once first to practice for the wholecloth :)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Scrap Quilt Challenge

Kim Lapacek over at Persimmon Dreams is having a Scrap Quilt  Challenge. My kind of challenge :)

Once I saw it, I realized the quilt I made for our guild's Bloomin' Challenge, Bloomin' Friends, would qualify. We were  given three fabrics - the purple floral, the blue/black abstract floral, and the green/pink architectural print, and had to come up with a quilt. I threw a bunch of my scraps into the mix so they would play together nicely.

Not going to post it until I can confirm the size, though.


Sunday, May 07, 2017

2017 Friendship Star Quilt Guild Show

Our show was last weekend, and it's been until now that I've been able to think about putting up photos! These are in semi-random order- mine are first, others are later.

This started as a "leaf" challenge from my mini-group. The blocks are mini, but the overall size grew to tablerunner-ish.

This was started for last year's guild challenge. I ran out of the cream fabric, so it's not as long as the rules required.

Our mini-group challenge!  We all agreed to make at least one quilt 12 x 12 or smaller, that qualified as a miniature.

My quilt is the trip around the world with the pink binding in the middle of the bottom row.


A little pink heart quilt.

Mine is the one on the top- made out of the leftover cut-off "ears" from making a heart quilt.

This year's guild challenge was the "Nobel Challenge" using Bob Dylan's lyrics. I chose "Blowin' in the Wind." Not very well subscribed; we needed to have 8 to enter back in March and didn't even come close. There were only three exhibited; I know mine was finished the week before the show.


My quilt for the Bloomin' Challenge. Three unrelated FQ to make a quilt; I added lots more for a scrappy friendship star.

A view of a couple of the flyers. It's hard to remember to look up!!


There were quite a few quilts that I thought I'd like to make.




Overall, a great show.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Project Quilting, Challenge 6 - Time is Up

It's the final challenge for Season 8 of Project Quilting: Time is Up, hosted by Persimmon Dreams.

Like buttons through an hourglass...time flies.


This is 7.75 by 14 inches. Machine pieced, the red is machine quilted. Buttons are from the EXTENSIVE stash! I'm calling it "Time in a Button."

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Well-Dressed Man–Challenge 5 of Project QUILTING Season 8

I don't think that a man needs  to wear a tie to be well-dressed - but sometimes a well-dressed man wears a tie.  And sometimes that tie is a bow tie.

I made this little block quilt for Challenge 5 of Project QUILTING  over at Kim Lapacek's Persimmon Dreams. Overall size is six inches square. The body is some suiting fabric I found in the stash. And if you're going to do a bow tie, it might as well be paisley!



I'm sure people already do this - but when I was fiddling with a folded square to make sure I'd have the right size  triangle for the knot of the bow tie, I discovered that I could just fold it and sew it in! It gives the bow tie a little bit of dimension.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Bright- Project Quilting Challenge 4

Still haven't fixed the featherweight, and I don't like piecing on the other machines, SO - a small wholecloth quilt using perle cotton for big stitch improv quilting:


It's 12.5 x 14.5 inches overall.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Project Quilting, Challenge 3

The third challenge done for Project Quilting over at Persimmon Dreams. As usual, I'm queen of the last minute. The theme for this challenge was "texture."

My inspiration was my kitchen floor. It's brick, and despite what an amazing pain it is - it's impossible to keep clean - it has texture out the wazoo.





My original thought was to do a full-size quilt, but the tension on the featherweight went all kablooey. I finally realized I did have another machine I could use. I finished this in basically one day. Finished size is 17 x 32, so a nice tablerunner or wallhanging.

I used some batiks that are AWESOME for texture, but it still needed something. My alumni association president had suggested that I might donate a quilt for our upcoming silent auction, and since one of the University's symbols is the ginkgo, I added the leaves.



 Ginkgo leaves have AMAZING texture - and they're fun to quilt!!