Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Winds of Change

Plans for wedding #2 of this year are well under way.  Our oldest daughter got married in May.

And our youngest will be wed in October.  So... the changes to my wedding dress are under way.

I was touched and honored that she wanted to wear my dress and chuckled to myself when she expressed her concern that I wouldn't want to make changes to it.  My response was, "Well, honey, I'm not planning on wearing it again.  We can make whatever changes you want."

Gone are the sleeves and the lace and ribbon at the neckline.

 Oh, and I can't forget the addition of pockets! =D

It's a good thing there won't a lot of time required to change the dress.  Because I have a wedding quilt I need to get done, too!

The block name for the quilt is Summer Winds... It could be Winds of Change.  There have certainly been a lot of changes for us this year...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Abandoned... but not forgotten

I was recently gifted an assortment of fabric scraps and yard-cuts from an Aunt.  When I received them, I quickly went through them for a quick inventory and then had to set them aside because of wedding details.

I had forgotten most of what was in there, but I did remember that there were 12 pieced blocks that were obviously intended for a quilt top, probably from a block of the month class or the likes. 

I pulled out the blocks and placed them on the design wall...

The biggest problem was that the blocks were not uniform in finished size.  They varied from not quite 12" to nearly 13".  My solution?  Well, in addition to the blocks there was extra fabric of all four fabrics used in the blocks, so I framed the blocks and cut them all to a uniform size, placed sashing strips between the blocks with cornerstones.

Then I needed to decide on borders, based on the remaining fabric.
Not bad for a "rescue" quilt. 
Since this was all stitched on my back-up machine, I need to wait for my "first string" machine to be returned so that I can quilt it and do the binding.  I haven't checked yet, but I am hoping that there will be enough of the dark teal/green for the binding.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Picking Up the Pieces

The other night I watched Bonnie Hunter ( on her QuiltCam and got inspired!  She was using up odds and ends of all sizes (she refers to them as crumbs, chunks and strings) and shapes to string piece blocks.

I went to bed thinking I needed to tackle my accumulation of scraps that hadn't been touched for years.  You will notice that the plastic bin is overflowing!

I actually thought that the pieces in there were just about too tiny to do anything with other than applique.  I had a dream about making log cabin blocks with a free-form style of not worrying about the strips being perfectly straight. 

The only thing I did start out with was 2-1/2" yellow squares for the centers.

I sewed for a few hours...

... and I quickly had 9 blocks that were 12-1/2" square with some wonkiness to them because they were all different widths and some were not straight.  The day was only half done so I cut some more center squares and continued on with my sewing.  In just about 10 hours I had 18  "wonky log cabin" blocks.

All I need to do now is add some borders and it will be a lovely twin sized quilt that will be available for purchase at the Farmer's Market on Labor Day weekend.

As I was sewing I couldn't help but think of the parallel of these pieces of fabric to the past year of our lives.  A little wonky, not perfectly straight, but still very much useable and has become something quite beautiful!

Oh, and the plastic bin of scraps?  After 18 blocks what was left all fit into the bin. 

It is tucked safely away until I finish my next quilting project and the quilt for our grand daughter that is due to arrive in about two weeks. 

Happy Quilting!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Filling In the Blanks

This morning I pulled out the squares that had been written on for Emma's shower quilt and began laying them out.

There were a lot of blank spaces... Hmmmm... Do I leave them blank?  Do I fill in with just more of mine? 

 And then I remembered the artwork that was hanging on our refrigerator.  It was from Nola and Naomi in May when they were here for Heather's wedding.  Perfect!

 Nola's was the perfect size for the 6-1/2" blocks and I got two of them out of her one drawing...


Naomi's was a little big so I scanned it and reduced it and then traced it.

Just a few more to fill in! 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

In a Bind!

As I prepare for the hand stitching portion of the Orang Crush Quilt, I thought I would share a tutorial entitled "The Ultimate Quilt Binding". 

I saw this YouTube video several weeks ago and I have a new way of doing my binding!  It is super easy to do with mitered corners and all!  Many thanks to Missouri Star Quilts for this tutorial!  You have changed my life!

I hope that you find it as helpful as I did.  Next time you are ready to bind a quilt, give this method a try.

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Sticky Situation

My latest project involves t-shirts... screen printed t-shirts and jerseys.

The presser foot doesn't easily move over the numbers on the jersey and I encountered a little puckering...
So, my solution... use a little bit of interfacing over the numbers...
The presser foot easily moves over the printed jersey and then I just tear away the interfacing when done.
No more puckering! No more messing with stitching so very slowly and manually moving the quilt forward. No more sticky situation!  And I can move on to the binding...  Happy quilting!
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Something Special for Emma Noelle

Last week I quilted an adorable baby quilt for a friend.  It was so fun to use some of my newly acquired free motion quilting skills...

I had fun creating waves... and clouds. (though the photo doesn't show the detail of the clouds very well...)

I am certain that Sandi's newest grandson will love this quilt.  I know that she stitched lots and lots of love into it.  I can completely relate because our first grandchild is just weeks away from arriving. 
Yesterday I attended a shower held in her honor... Emma Noelle.  Well, her and her mommy, Heather.  And I am now torn... I have these wonderfully, personalized blocks to assemble into a quilt for her. 
I have read each one of them several times and I am so touched by the messages and pictures.  I really, really want to assemble them... but I have another quilt on my design wall and ready to go...
The blocks are cut and ready to go.  I guess it is best that I don't have all of the blocks for Emma's quilt... a couple of the guests just couldn't finish theirs and requested a little extra time.  Thanks Mary & Catie... I am off to crush the Orange Crush quilt. 
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