Thursday, August 25, 2016

Washington

While here in Washington (the state, not D.C) to help out my brother and sister-in-law after her major back surgery, I have made a flock of new chicken pincushions,


a placemat using a pattern from Aunties Two (using part of a jellyroll and fusible batting strips from Bosal--very time consuming, by the way),


mended, including a new invisible zipper in my niece's dress--ye gads, I haven't put in an invisible zipper for at least 25 years!,


and finished some Triangle Frenzy table runners. The sunflower one will remain on this table in Washington.


In between some sewing times, we got to listen to old-timey music, here in my brother's "tune room" with 2 of their friends,


and at the Centralia Campout with lots of other friends. Other visitors also graced us with music in the tune room. My brother doesn't miss much opportunity to play his banjo, and I even got some dulcimer pointers from Susan, pictured just below.



The best part of the trip is seeing my sister-in-law able to be up and about, and especially seeing her get to take a short stroll in the yard on my brother's arm. Woohoo! She still has a LONG recovery to be back to normal, but she has taken great strides so far--in more ways than one. :)




Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Baby Quilt and other things

Yesterday I finished a quilt for my new great-niece or -nephew due in early November.
I saw a sample of this pattern at Stitch and Sew in Arthur, IL, and had to buy the pattern and fabric.
Only 3 yards of fabric to do the top--not bad.
I backed it with Minky or Cuddle--not sure which it is--and thought some about self-binding but like the traditional binding better.


Here are some of our surprise lilies in full bloom right now--so pretty!
My sister-in-law calls them "naked ladies." :)


Did you know that there is a Highway 36 Quilt Trail in Missouri? A bunch of us went to Missouri Star Quilt Company last week, spending the night at the Home Inn Hamilton (B&B) south of town. While there, we learned about the Quilt Trail. The quilt below is of all the barn patterns you can get by visiting every shop. MO Star has 2 of their block in this one, at the top corners. We determined that we would visit as many as we could on our way home to IL, and we got to 8 shops besides MO Star (which is fabulous, by the way--if you are close by sometime, stop there). Be prepared to spend money when you visit these shops!! Now I have patterns for 9 barn blocks, plus the Row by Row from all who were participating. Fun! 


I'm excited about Bag It, Patty Dudek's quilt-along on Elm Street Quilts. It starts in September!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Finished quilt tops


I finished this top for a Vortex quilt soon after the American Quilt Expo in Des Moines in late May. I took a class on this design from Debbie Kratovil there. Loved it! The vortex in the center doesn't look like it, but it is a dresden plate--the tips of every other blade are white and don't show on the white background--tricky, huh? :) I really like the colors. Will quilt it someday...


I finished my top from the Repeat QAL, led by Patty of Elm Street Quilts. I used some basic colors for the words and the same green from the vortex quilt for the star and middle border. I'll get after quilting this one one of these days too... Now I've started on a baby quilt for my nephew and niece's baby due in November--that takes priority at this point.


Traded my Janome 8900 up for the 9400. Now that I've figured out some kinks, I love the new machine. Still have to figure out a lot of technical details, but that will come. Love the way it sews!!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Some odds and ends


Before I forget, Patty from Elm Street Quilts http://www.elmstreetquilts.com/p/bag-it.html
is having a quilt along in the fall--Bag It II. I didn't participate last year but plan to this time. Check it out.

Below are my letters so far for Patty's current QAL, Repeat. I am behind because of grandchildren coming to play and travel. Several have the whole top done already. It will say, "quilt, eat, sleep, repeat."


One reason I couldn't sew was because of our Church of the Brethren Annual Conference. Many congregations send quilt blocks (the one I made for our congregation in Cerro Gordo is in the purple wall hanging on the left--the violets in the center of the 2nd row) to be made into wall hangings and quilted at Conference. Then an auction takes place--the money goes to special causes--this year the Nigeria Crisis Fund. We purchased the purple one--love it!

Granddaughter Amelia turned 3 and is wrapped in the birthday quilt I made for her.
You can see it better in the 2nd photo. Dancing Colors on Moda Bake Shop. The fabrics are designed by Sandy Gervais. Love her fabrics and love this quilt design.



Time for me to start watching an instructional DVD about my new Janome 9400!! Don't have a clue how to use it yet--much different than my 8900. Unpacked it from its box last night. Exciting times!!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Wreath is Finished


It's finished. I stitched the corners together with purple beads between each one. Then I stitched a ribbon hanger on the back so I can hang it on a wreath hanger or put it on a table for a centerpiece.



Am nearly finished quilting the quilt for my nearly 3-year-old granddaughter's birthday. I'm getting excited about being so close to done and binding it. Today or tomorrow, I hope...

Friday, June 3, 2016

New QAL

Patty has a new QAL on her blog Elm Street Quilts called "Repeat." The icon and link are on the right side of my page.
It involves paper-piecing. I really like the wall hanging and hope I can keep up with it, among all the other things I'll be doing this summer. 
Thanks, Patty!

Here's my latest project--one of those folded wreaths. It's not done--still have to sew the points together. I'll post a photo when it's finished.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Bargello Quilt Along and New Dresses


I participated in Elm Street Quilts bargello quilt-along and made both the Queen B and the Baby B.
Below is the Queen B. The fabrics in the center are In the Bloom by Valori Wells--sorry, don't know the manufacturer--and were leftover in a jellyroll pack. I had used the blues, yellows, and greens in another quilt. I also used one more fabric from Free Spirit that I doubt if anyone can pick out from the rest. :) Then I used a yellow batik for the background. I used my walking foot to quilt it, according to the suggested method I saw on the Elm Street Quilt blog. I think that looks pretty neat. It is about 36 x 36".

This one (below) is the Baby B, about 16 x 16". It is made with Kona solids, the gray background leftover from one jelly roll, and the colors from another. I used my Tiara II to free motion quilt each column, and to practice my fmq with something different in each one. Again, I'm pleased with the overall results.


While at daughter Natalie's last week, I managed to make 2 dresses for granddaughters Amelia (nearly 3) and Harper (7). They picked out the fabric. It was late at night when I finished so didn't get to see them model since we were all busy getting ready to leave the next morning. Two more granddaughters to go...