Friday, November 18, 2022

The Piano Quilt is done


It's done. My own grand piano. :) 
I quilted a piano key border and then made the rose, leaves, and stem according to the directions in the pattern. I'm not really pleased with the rose or the leaves, but there they are, and they look pretty good from a distance.

Here's a closer look. Maybe I needed more length for the rose, but I really think the trouble was my fingers and hands, not the rose itself. It was hard to stitch it together underneath. And I seriously don't like the leaves. If I do them over again, I will cut out the leaf shapes, stitch front and back together, turn them right side out, and then slip them under the stem. I made a black binding, as the pattern directed, although I pondered a red one. Then I decided red might distract too much from the piano itself, so black it is.

Overall, I'm happy with it, and with all the projects I have lined up to do, the leaves will probably never get redone. LOL.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Music, music, music

 Today is my turn to show the musical projects I have created. Thank you, Carla, of Creatin' in the Sticks, for hosting this hop. Yesterday I saw some fabulous projects, and I'm eager to see everyone else's!

I am upset with myself for not being able to finish my project, but with life getting in the way, it just didn't quite happen. 
This is The Piano Quilt, designed by Pam Booras. It's about 30 x 30".
I have the inside all quilted but couldn't get to the border or the binding. Being gone all weekend long didn't help.  At least you can see what I've done so far. 

The quilting is a flower design, maybe kind of like roses?? I will be making a 3-D red rose to sit on the piano after I finish quilting and binding it.

I play the piano but I don't have a grand. When I saw this pattern several years ago, I had to have it, and when Carla announced this hop, I knew what I would make. It will be done in another day or 2. :)

I have done a few other musically themed things in the past:

This musical 3-panel number sits on my piano sometimes, especially around Valentine's Day.

The above is from DIY (Frond Designs) in Webster Grove, MO--a row by row the year the theme was music. Sadly, that shop isn't open anymore, but Frond Designs is alive and well in Iowa.

I made up this Amazing Grace panel several years ago for our church district auction, and then made another to hang in my own church.

Don't forget to visit everyone else and see what they've been up to!

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

My Turn for Gremlins, Goblins, and Ghouls


Today is my turn for Joan's Gremlins, Goblins, and Ghouls hop. Maybe I have a few creepy things to share, but some are just fun.
First off, with a little help from Crafter's Edge, I cut out and appliqued these shapes on 2 towels.

The circle die is from Crafter's Edge circle die set.
And then I used an Accuquilt die for the bat and cat. Did you know you can use Accuquilt dies on the Crossover II machine? There are directions for doing so.

I used my trusty machine blanket stitch to applique around each figure. Worked like a charm.

Next up is a wool hand project. This is a small piece, about 8 x 16, I think. I hand-appliqued all the wool shapes onto the background and hand stitched the embroidery on the borders, which was also the quilting. I don't remember the name of the pattern...

I also made Scrabble Jack. I gave the pattern away, so I don't know the designer.
This guy uses the interfacing that has the squares marked on it, but if I were doing it over again, I would forget about using that and just cut 2" squares instead of the 1 7/8" ones that were in the directions.
The raffia, buttons, and scrabble pieces are hot-glued onto Jack.
I see that I should have cropped this photo a little, but it works.

Not spooky but fun is the Riley Blake pumpkin pillow cover kit. I love these Riley Blake kits. Behind this pillow is my Hagatha's House quilt from last year. I love this quilt!

Lastly is my little ghost. I read the book The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt by Riel Nason to my quilt group (Cerro Gordo Quilters) and had them make a ghost wall hanging (thanks to Sharon, head of an Arkansas quilt group for the idea). Ahead of time, I asked them to make a patchwork about 8 x 10". I brought backgrounds (12 x 15") and borders for them to choose from. They didn't know what they were making until I read them the book. Below is my quilt ghost. This is a wonderful story about being different.

Ok, I can't resist one more. Here is our youngest little pumpkin (i.e., grandchild). Sydney is 9 1/2 months old and a real joy, full of smiles, and happy most of the time. She has 3 big sisters to keep up with. 

Thanks, Joan, for hosting this hop!
Everyone, enjoy visiting all the others this week!

Monday Oct 17

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Queen of Gadgets hop


Boy, do we all use lots of gadgets! We must all be Queens of Gadgets (speaking for myself and my quilting friends, of course.)! Thanks, Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for hosting this hop!

The first gadget I want to feature is Crafter's Edge Crossover II cutting machine.

For the finished project I am showing, I used the die sets below.

And below is my project for September as part of the Crafter's Edge Design Team. 
It also works perfectly for this hop since I used many gadgets. :)
I call it Birds and Bows.

The rainbow die comes as a solid die so you have to cut all six arches out of each color. That means lots of extra "bows." Thanks to an idea from Julia of Inflorescence (you'll see hers in October, I believe), I decided to use extra parts on the corners of my wall hanging. I think those squiggles look pretty good, if I do say so myself.

I have many more necessary gadgets:
I love my machines:
my Janome 9400

and my Juki QVP sit down quilting machine and rulers
(I got the butterfly decals in Menard's wall paper section--love them!)

A necessary, but unloved gadget--my seam ripper... I used it countless times on this Riley Blake pillow cover kit. Guess I was too busy listening to others at our sew day last week instead of paying close attention to what I should have been doing! LOL!

I LOVE my Quilter's Select rulers and rotary cutter! 

When I am hand stitching (I like to have a wool project going), I use DMC embroidery floss most of the time, and I love the Clover Macaron that now holds my needles and pins. I also like having my scissors attached to my old ID holder (from when I was still teaching). It has a retractable cord--very handy.

Well, I could come up with more gadgets, but I'm sure you all use many of the same that I do.
Happy hopping!

Be sure to enjoy the rest of the hoppers!

September 19