Sunday, October 10, 2021

Recent work and Ghastly Ghouls update

Here's my most recent finish--I know, the photo isn't good, but I've hung it on my loft and don't want to take it down to get a better photo. (Call me lazy...or too busy...)
The panel is Fall Festival by Jennifer Brinley for Studio E.
I added the 2 borders. I wish you could see the pumpkins I quilted around the outer border, but, alas, not in this picture. I kind of copied the design from someone in the Fall bloghop, but now I can't remember who. My apologies for not being able to give credit, but thank you for the idea!

Below is a One Block Wonder in progress. 
I taught this to our Cerro Gordo Quilters group, am teaching it this weekend to Kim, and will do a class at Stewart's Sewing in Mt. Zion on November 18.
This one is much busier than I prefer, but it's interesting, and I was fascinated by the original fabric (should have had a photo of that). It's called Contempo's Anything Goes by Ann Lauer for Benartex.
This picture is before I started sewing rows together, but now it is as together as it's going to get before the November class, so students can see how to progress.

The Ghastly Ghouls blog hop, hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt, starts October 18. Get ready for some awesome show and tell by all the bloggers!
Here's the list:


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

My Day for Falling for You with help from Crafter's Edge

I'm excited to be a part of the Falling for You blog hop, hosted by Joan of Moosestash Quilting!

For this hop, I made 4 placemats.

To make these mats, I used Crafter's Edge dies--the hexagon, oak leaves, maple leaves, and a posies set.

I used leftover 2 1/2" strips to make half-hexagons with my 5" hexie die on the Crossover II.

Then I stitched them together into braids.

Here's how the wide part of the half hexie just fits across the top of the braid as you are building it.

Here's one braid done and trimmed.

After cutting out many leaves of various fall colors (I put Heat N Bond light on the fabrics before cutting them.), I ironed them onto 4 placemat backgrounds and stitched the braids to them.

Next I used a machine blanket stitch to applique all the leaves and acorns onto the mats.

After quilting each mat, I machine stitched veins onto the leaves and bound the mats.

Here they are on my table:

One more project I'll share is Shabby Fabrics Year Through Words wall hanging for September.
I've been getting their kits every month, and they have all have been sew cute! The letters and other shapes come laser-cut, so there is no hassle in cutting any of those out. I have October's already (Halloween) and am anxious to get started on it--I bet I'll show it off for the Ghastly Ghouls hop!

Thank you, Joan, for hosting this hop! 
Be sure to visit everyone on the hop for lots of fun and inspiration!


Monday, August 30, 2021

Quilt Retreat

 Six of us enjoyed a lovely quilt retreat last week. We had the entire large workroom at Threads of Time in Danville, IL, to ourselves!



Brenda and Kim

Jennifer and me

Some of our projects:

Here's a jelly roll race:

Brenda started a One Block Wonder. I'll be teaching that lesson to our Cerro Gordo Quilters on September 8.

Here is a sample of her work so far. Some of the fabric is inserted into the middle of the hexies.

Kim worked hard on a t-shirt quilt for her daughter.

We had a very productive time and a fun time.
Threads of Time also benefitted from our presence with all our purchases (especially from Jennifer who bought a Brother embroidery machine).
It's a great place to stay and a great place to work and have fun!

Monday, August 16, 2021

Orange You Glad and Crafter's Edge

 Orange I happy that today is my day on the Orange You Glad blog hop hosted by Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks. Thanks, Carla! This blog hop gives me the opportunity to create something fun and to use my Crafter's Edge supplies for my July CE Design Team project! Woohoo!

The Crossover II from Crafter's Edge is an awesome cutter!

When open, it looks like this--included with it are the plates you see here--necessary for cutting with the dies.

This is the die set I used this time, Fruit Wedges, along with the 1 1/2" strip die.

This is the strip die set out of the package. They are almost flat and not sharp at all.

Here are the Fruit Wedges dies. I used all of them for my various fruits.
First, I made some glasses cases using felt for all the pieces. Of course, I forgot to take pictures along the way!! I used the rounded fruit wedges for the orange and the straight-edged wedges for the lemon. Then the seed die was for the apple and watermelon. One of my granddaughters snatched the watermelon case, so I made a 2nd so you could see it (actually, so I could have all four).
The pattern, called "Fruit Sunglass Cases," is found on National Sewing Circle's web pages. They machine stitched theirs, but I saw it as a perfect hand-stitching project. 😀
I blanket stitched the wedges, seeds, and half-circles on the flaps and then whip stitched the entire case together.

See how the fruit is the flap and the glasses slide in the pouch behind?
They're very roomy and could easily fit a larger pair of sunglasses.

I wanted to do more with the fruit wedges, so I made a table runner. 
Again, I forgot to take process pics...
I made the orange, lime, and lemon and then decided I needed one more square, so I made a grapefruit.
I used 8" background squares and the 1 1/2" die to cut the sashing strips. Then I cut 3 1/2" strips for the border.

I used the applique as part of the quilting, but then I decided to quilt over the wedges too, so could have appliqued them before I quilted. No big deal either way, I guess.
Here is a close up of the quilting. I thought the triangles reminded me of the fruit wedges. I have used this triangle design before--it's from Christa Watson's 99 Machine-Quilting Designs.
The loops on the border are very common, but I made those because of Lori Kennedy's 25 Days to Better Machine Quilting book.