Saturday, September 13, 2014

Max bucket finish

I had a chance to learn to make this prior to the book being released next month, October, 2014.  It pays to be a member of a small quilt group within a modern quilt guild that has so many talented fabric designers/pattern designers/ published quilt or quilt related book authors!
I am flying out to visit my grandson Max, and oh yes, his parents too a week from next Tuesday.  I don't want to try carrying this on the plane so come Monday I am shipping it UPS out to Texas.

I took the class at least a month ago, but did not quite finish it during the class times.  Today I finally picked up where I left off and I am very happy with the end result.

They just got a new kitty so I am sure the bit of kitty fabric you can see on the rim,  will make this an even bigger hit with Max the 3 year old.
I also cut binding for the quilt in the previous post/ photo of my  recent quilt top I finished.  I quilted it up about the 3rd of this month, and trimmed it the other night.
 Last weekend I was up in Sisters, Oregon enjoying the yearly Folk Music Festival.  It was another great year of fabulous musicians playing amazing sets.
But I came home too late to do anything in the sewing room.

Plans for tomorrow include stitching the binding on the quilt and cutting 24 more 1.5 inch strips of 24 different fabrics for a swap I need to mail on Monday.  It is not much of a way of busting stash, but, it will increase my postage stamp square collection as I am cutting an extra square for myself and should get back the same number but different fabrics from the swap.

I also need to sort out the hand project I want to work on for this vacation.  I hate to admit but it will be the same project I took two years ago!  My ongoing 1/2 inch hexie English paper piecing project.
This is one of my oldest ufo projects, it would be nice to make a dent in it while I am gone.

I will be visiting one of my quilting friends tomorrow and will take along the Max bucket for her to see up close and in person. It is 9.5 inches tall and 9.5 inches across, so a good sized container for small toys.
Ok..on to stitching together binding and then calling it a night in the sewing room.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

finished top-at long last

This is the completed top of the Riley Blake fabrics I picked up from my guild earlier this year.  I missed their deadline for turning in a quilt, but, as you can see I came up with my own block ideas and enjoyed using up all of the focus fabrics.  A few extremely narrow strips may show up from the scrap heap, but, truly not many.  This top will become a donation quilt for WrapThemInLove - the children's charity I quilt for the most.
Today I spent much of the day with my friend Claire enjoying a mini quilt shop hop.  She wanted to visit two shops that carry All American Brand cotton fabrics, and I added in another 2 shops just for fun.  We had a fabulous time and helped the local economy too.  In case you need to know which shops they were,
A Common Thread, The Pine Needle, Let's Quilt, and Holly Hill.  All different, all with a good variety of styles and plenty of wonderful quilts to admire as well.
I splurged and bought two different lines of  Moda  precut 2.5 inch squares of Wishes and Bartholo-meow's Reef.  They will end up eventually in donation quilts or maybe for one of the grands.
I also picked up more solids, polka dots, and a bit more what I call textured solids to freshen up the stash and some current quilt ideas. Six cuts of fabric will end up as a quilt for myself.  I don't know which quilt idea I want to use yet, but, it will be on my list of quilts to finish this year.

In a month I leave for Texas and a wonderful visit with my younger son, his wife and my only grandson, Max.   I have a lot to get done before that deadline.
We went and saw the movie, The Hundred Foot Journey tonight.  It was wonderful and a lovely date night movie to see.
 Between coming home from the shop hop and the movie, I stitched the last seam in this top.  After the movie I pressed and took the photo, fitting  this post in before heading to bed.
Tomorrow we have lots going on, I am pretty sure there won't be any cutting of new fabrics yet.  However, I think I may lay it all out and take a photo or two.  Nothing is prettier than new fabrics!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

it's been a long long time...

I was sidetracked so long, blogger changed and I have had a heck of a time regaining access to my own blog in order to post.

So, while I have now figured out how to gain access I am posting a short message to say yes, I am quilting, and has indeed been quite busy.

I just finished reading Gwen Marston's book, Minimal Quiltmaking.  I am a huge fan of Gwen and it was another inspiring and delightful book.

Gwen talks about sketching out with pencil a rough design/layout ...what a terrific idea that would have served me well, before I dived into making blocks from 3 challenge fabrics I picked up from my local guild.

 I missed their deadline for turning in a quilt using the fabrics, but I did make many blocks.  Last Sunday, I was inspired to make more and today when I looked at the row I had sewn together, I noticed I had put it in the wrong order.  I have now taken the one seam apart and will insert the block that needs to be there and it will be much better.
  I may stop and consider drawing up the rest of my block ideas to go with the two rows I have and save myself from making any more design errors. I am playing with a variety of different color values and placements of the challenge fabrics and finding 3 to be fairly difficult to achieve the effect I "see" in my mind.

This quilt will end up going to my favorite children's charity group so I won't have to live with it.
Time to get off the computer and on to the sewing part of the day!

peace be with you, Cher