Sunday, June 7, 2015

Camella, our newest granddaughter (born May 5) is the recipient of this quilt.
I drew the butterflies and flowers myself to applique on the quilt.
 
 
Then I decided to use some of the leftover squares to make a doll quilt for big sister Amelia who is nearly 2 years old.
 


I like to make skirts for my granddaughters, so I made these--2 skirts for biggest sister Harper (age 6), 1 skirt for Amelia, and matching skirts for their dolls.
 


 My newest toy is my Babylock Tiara II. I am excited to have this instrument to help me FMQ my larger quilts!! It was SEW frustrating trying to quilt the over-sized queen-size Delightful Stars on my home machine. I can't wait to use this machine often!
 
I used my Tiara once so far--finishing up the quilting on this piece, made of antique Dresden plate blocks that I set in this blue. I made it as a wall hanging, but it's so long, I have it hanging over our loft railing right now.

 
I have 1 quilt sandwiched, ready to get started quilting, and 1 more will be sandwiched after tomorrow. Yippee! Now to find time to quilt!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Quilt Retreat 2015

 
Last weekend 6 of us showed up at Threads of Time in Danville, IL, for our annual quilting retreat. We had our own work room, called "The Parlor," even though we hadn't asked for this deluxe accommodation, because the retreat center was full. We enjoyed having our own space but missed the opportunity to visit with all the others who inhabited the retreat center with us and the opportunity to see what they were working on. We had to tour the building now and then to see. A bonus was seeing a couple of women from another group that we had seen last year and getting to touch base with them. We probably would have chatted with them more frequently if we had been out in the "big room." We still had a great time and could have stayed longer.
 
Here are Kathy and Becky. Becky is making faces at me while Kathy is diligently getting set up to go to work.

Brenda and Nanette are consulting on a seam for one of Nanette's t-shirt quilts.

Betty Sue is cutting strips for her string pieced quilt-as-you-go.

I love this shot--we are all looking at Betty Sue's blocks and trying to decide the best arrangement for them.
 
Here is our whole group. We missed a couple of our regulars: Rosie and Denice. Hope they will be able to come next year, along with a few more from our quilt group.

Brenda is displaying her blocks. She spent a lot of time cutting fabric so she was ready to sew when she finally sat down to her machine (then the pattern illustration was wrong--how frustrating--but she stuck to it and figured it out). Her blocks are lovely!

These are blocks I worked on during this wonderful weekend. The 2 on the left are disappearing hourglass from Missouri Star Quilt Company. The ones in the center are the East Central IL Shop Hop Quilt from 2012, I think. The block I am holding is for our Church of the Brethren Annual Conference. I have made a block for our congregation for the past several years.

Kathy worked on another library quilt for her daughter Anna. I love the hand-embroidered knight sitting with the dragon.
 
Here is one of Nanette's t-shirt quilts. I think she already had this one pieced when she came but she worked on 2 others while there.

Becky quilted on this beautiful flannel quilt the entire time (so dedicated and determined). The recipient is going to love this quilt.
 
Betty Sue's string pieced blocks--are they lovely? I can't wait to see it when it's done.
 
We are already planning when to go next year--in March this time so we hope it won't conflict with other schedules. We want to stay Friday through Monday this time too. Whoo hoo!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Completed projects

This wall hanging I designed based on the Pointed Poinsettias I learned how to do in a Quilt Club lesson. Some of us said this method would be pretty in sunflowers, so I drew my petals and leaves and went to work.
 
 
I put the border on and then FMQed the background with a flower design. Then I sewed on the flower petals.
There are 3 layers of petals--it took a long time to turn them right side out and press them. Maybe you can see the beads I sewed in the flower centers and the beads on the leaves.
I quilted straight lines around the border to make it look more like a picture frame.
I named it Jeweled Beauties.

 
Then I made a set of 16 placemats for my friend Tracy. This picture shows 8 of them.

 
I finished this table runner too. This was another Quilt Club lesson.

 
It is quilt-as-you-go and reversible. Here's the other side.

 
I'm in the middle of a baby quilt for my new grandbaby, due in early May, and I have also started working again on the East Central IL Shop Hop quilt from maybe 2012? I had half the blocks done. Now I have 1 more finished. There are 12 blocks.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Gifting the Delightful Stars Quilt

 
 
 
 
Here are my sister-in-law and her husband opening up their quilt for the first time. They loved it--sent photos to friends and relatives and had the next-door neighbor come over to see it. She loved it too. I value her opinion since she is an artist--she said that I have a really good color sense. For someone who thinks she has no talent for drawing or painting, I am thankful to know I have some artistic sense. :)
Sandra and John are going to purchase a new queen-sized bed in the near future and will use the quilt on their bed then.
 
I brought some sewing work to AZ with me--some placemats to sew, a one-block wonder to work on, and some embroidery.
 
I also have visited 3 quilt shops in the area--each different, of course--and purchased something at each one, of course. :) One of the shops must have 10,000 bolts and all fabric is $7 per yard. Wow! I might go back next week when they are having a sale...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

More Gifts

I made 2 sets of placemats for our daughters: the first picture is one of the set for Sarah (photo is sideways--forget to fix it) and the 2nd shows part the set for Natalie. It was a table runner pattern that I used half of to make placemats. I just quilted over the seams with gold decorative stitching.
 

 
Sarah sent this photo of Hailey in her bed with the new quilt I made for her and the matching pillow. I think she likes the quilt. :)

 
This is the Delightful Stars quilt, all done. It is laying on our king size bed on top of the king size quilt I made several years ago. I had to take a photo from the side in order to show the borders.

 
I used my home machine to do all the quilting and really had a wrestling match with the thing (the quilt, I mean). Per Michele's (of Quilting Gallery, the designer) project, I quilted straight parallel lines all the way across, at a 30 degree angle to the patchwork. I elected to quilt all one direction and not go back across. Despite plenty of mistakes, the overall effect is a good one, if I do say so myself.
However, I will NEVER (repeat NEVER) quilt an entire large quilt top like this on my home machine again. I did our king size quilt in 3 sections--much easier to manage.

 
Here is the label on the back. I decided to give it to my sister-in-law and her husband in honor of their 45th wedding anniversary and she told me she would love it. We will be taking it to them later this month. Since I just finished it this month, I attached another small label, saying that it was finished in January, 2015.

 
Last night I aligned some fabric in order to start on a One Block Wonder quilt. It will be a small quilt and I don't know if I chose the best fabric, but I wanted to try one (have wanted to do so for at least a couple of years). This will be a test. I have it ready to cut strips and then triangles to sew into hexagons. Exciting!! I'll try to post photos when it's done.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Some pictures of presents

 
I decided to put up some photos of a few of the presents I made for Christmas.
Below is a photo of our 3 granddaughters with matching skirts. I made another set for all 3 of them and another matching set for the 2 girls that are sisters.


This shows Matt with a lap quilt I made for Sarah and Matt. I used a Missouri Star Quilt Company pattern that I got from one of their Block magazines, and a layer cake. The stars are made with some fabric I already had.
 
 
 This is a lap quilt for Natalie and Todd. I just did the jellyroll race. There is some stitch in the ditch and some decorative stitching (both quilts have some decorative stitching for part of the quilting).
 
I also made sets of placemats for both daughters but those pictures must still be on my phone.
 
I finished quilting the Delightful Stars quilt--what a monster that was--and it was a reminder to me to never try quilting such a huge project on my home machine again!!! Pictures another day.
 
I spent yesterday cutting up scraps into squares, rectangles, and strips. Some of my bins are getting pretty full so it must be time to use some of those squares. :)
 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Christmas Preparations

It's hard to believe that it's that time of year again! Christmas is just a bit more than a month away--impossible!
Anyway, thanks to our Cerro Gordo Quilters group, I have 2 finished projects and more underway.
Our October lesson was this Poinsettia wall hanging. It's 3-D and embellished with beads in the centers of the poinsettias--very striking, I think.
Many thanks to Kathy who taught this lesson!
 
 
Our November lesson was no-sew quilted ornaments. Here is one of mine. They are made with prairie points pinned onto a Styrofoam ball--so simple. I have more in progress since I taught the lesson and needed samples. Also did a Christmas tree based on this design, putting the prairie points on a cone. Pretty little things and would make great gifts if one needs a little something for someone.

 
More projects underway--lots of gifts to make yet...