Sunday, September 29, 2013

Some finished creations

One of my teacher friends, Natalie Stocks, turned 40 on Wednesday. Tuesday afternoon I decided I had better make a little wall hanging for her. I have previously made her a snowman one and a tulip one--she needed one for this season of the year. Found a pumpkin pattern in a table runner book, altered it to suit my desires, and made this little hanging. She loved it.
I don't remember if I've shared the Fox Around St. Louis quilt I made for Natalie and Todd. I put a sleeve on the back of it so they can hang it in their St. Louis home. I gave it to them the weekend of Sept. 14.

This braid quilt had been sandwiched and the quilting begun before I laid it aside to work on other projects (St. Louis quilt and others). Rosie taught us the braid technique in quilt club (February of this year?). I finished quilting it a week or so ago. The squiggly FMQ on the braids in rainbow colors, FMQ in the pink that echoes the braid pattern, and then the walking foot on the borders in straight parallel lines. I really like the way it turned out. Now I'm trying to catch up on the Craftsy 2013 block of the month, ready for the July block!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Daughter Natalie is holding the St. Louis quilt, "Fox Around St. Louis," that I made for her and Todd. It is from a quilt kit that I bought at the Quilted Fox in Clayton, MO. I love the St. Louis fabric. It is a beautiful quilt, if I do say so myself.
Now I have to show a photo of Grandma with Baby Amelia who doesn't look too thrilled in this photo, but she is usually quite a happy little gal. We enjoy getting to see her fairly regularly, even if we do have to travel a few hours to get there. She will be 3 months old next week. How fast they grow!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Aiming for Accuracy Quilt-along Blocks

I realized I had not posted lesson 9 as I had planned, so here are the past 3 weeks of lessons.
In the photo below, the lower row of blocks are for lesson 11. They are attached to a block from a previous lesson. My points are all pretty precise--exactly what we are after in this project.
 I have learned a few things while working on these lessons: 1) to use 50 wt. or finer thread for piecing--helps keep seams the proper width; 2) to use the June Tailor half square/quarter square triangle ruler when sizing the squares after sewing--what a help!! I'm glad I bought one; it is worth every penny.
The block below is lesson 10. The photo turned sideways for some reason. Not sure why that happens...

This one is lesson 9. Again, it is supposed to be vertical. I expect you can tell I am using browns, golds, greens, and aquas with yellow as my contrasting color. I love these colors together.
I'm feeling the need for a quilting retreat! I hope my quilting buddies and I can arrange one next month. At least we can go in mid-week now that I am retired. Yippee!