Tuesday, May 21, 2024

My Turn for On the Road

 Monday was a great start for this hop/challenge!! I'm looking forward to seeing all the rest of the inspiring work from this group of bloggers! Many thanks to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for hosting!!

I decided to be brave and share the most likely one and only quilt I have made or will make from a photo. This is from a photo I took while hiking the Presque Isle River trail to Lake Superior in Upper Peninsula, MI, in July, 2022. I took a 2-session class at my LQS, Stewart's Sewing Machines, Mt. Zion, IL, at which we were encouraged by our super-talented teacher, Karen Edwards, to find a photo to reproduce. I really liked this photo so... Perhaps an easier one would have been better. Anyhow, I got all the fabric on the piece right away and a week or so later did some quilting on it. Even did a small practice piece first to see how it would work. Then this hung on my design wall for several months. Finally, in April, I decided to start quilting again and get the thing done. Hooray, it's finished! And I don't think this is for me. I'll leave it to Karen to make quilts from photos, and I will do my thing with more traditional and a few modern quilts.

P.S. The hike was amazing, beautiful, and led us to the shore of Lake Superior where we ate our lunches. It was a beautiful day!

Another project I just finished involved some traveling for the people pictured:

My quilt holder was having trouble hanging onto the quilt, so the photo is as good as it gets since I'm too lazy to try to get another photo somewhere else. :) This quilt has a story--a quilting friend found these fabrics in a "kit" at a rummage sale. Evelyn made a quilt like this one, and after I raved about it, she gave me the rest of the fabric. I reproduced her design but I didn't have enough border fabric. After searching the internet, the only place I found it was a shop in Canada (don't remember the name anymore--sorry), and I ordered all they had which was barely enough to do the borders. (The shipping cost more than the fabric, but I had to have it!) So now it's done, and there is still more fabric--just not the border. I have a big panel that I will probably make up for our church's district conference auction, but that will be another day. 

Thanks for visiting!
Enjoy the rest of the hop!

Monday, May 13, 2024

On the Road Again THIS WEEK

 The blog hop/challenge On the Road Again, hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt, will be starting in one week!

This piece has nothing to do with traveling or being on the road, but here is one of my latest finishes. It is one of Ricky Tims' Convergence quilts. This version is called Divide and Conquer. I love the bright colors. I thought too much yellow ended up together in the center, so I made spirals to fill the spaces. Then I quilted the whole thing with my walking foot, kind of following curves. I'm ready to make another one after I finish the project I just started...

Below is our list of participants for On the Road Again--I am scheduled for Tuesday, May 21. 

I expect a fun week of stories and inspiration, as usual!

Remember to check out everyone!

MAY 20

Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Doodle Designs

Karrin’s Crazy World

Sew Many Yarns

Vroomans Quilts

MAY 21

Selina Quilts

Just Sew Quilter  (You are here.)

Kathy's Kwilts and More

Words & Stitches

High Road Quilter


MAY 22

Ms P Designs USA


Quilting Gail


MAY 23


Quilted Snail


Bumbleberry Stitches

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

My Turn for April Showers


Another great hop is going on, thanks to Joan at Moosestash Quilting! Already we have seen some great projects!

I did a simple one for this challenge/hop. This is a Riley Blake pillow kit from a couple of years ago when they had a kit for each month. This one is April's with appropriate raindrops.
The raindrops are all foundation paper pieced. 
I love these kits--everything is furnished in them. I have done 5 or 6 and have 2 more to complete.
And, happily, I have 2 beige 20" pillows that these covers slip right onto! I can change them out seasonally or monthly. Love that!

These projects have nothing to do with April or rain, but I want to share them anyway. You saw the wallet last month.
I had a lot of left over waxed canvas and decided to make the Sandhill Sling bag with the rest of it.
It was not difficult to make and I love that these go together, but this wallet is really too big to fit easily in the bag. One of these days, I'll make a Mini Diva wallet to use in it...

Everyone enjoy the Hop!
Be sure to check out all the participants!

Monday April 22

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Give It a Whirl--My Turn


Well, today is my turn for Give It a Whirl, hosted by Carol S of Just Let Me Quilt.
I knew I wanted to do something with pinwheels and when I saw this pattern on line, I decided to use it. From Monday's posts, I see I was not the only one who thought 3-D pinwheels would be fun. LOL!
The pattern said to cut 5" squares into 2.5" squares to make the pinwheels, but I decided to keep the charms full size. Using 2 charm packs, I was able to make this baby quilt.

I used some quilting from my Dot to Dot Quilting lessons from Angela Walters. I guess that kind of continues the spinning. On the outer border, I did one of my favorites--ribbon candy.

Below is the Dot to Dot Quilting panel I ordered from Angela in order to follow her instructions. It kind of spins since the colors change as your eyes move around the design.
This is the second series I have completed from her. I have learned a lot, and I especially like this dot to dot method of hers.

I know the wallet below has no pinwheels or spinning (well, the turn clasp) on it, but it sure made my head spin while I was making it. It is the Necessary Clutch Wallet by Emmaline Bags. This is the 2nd one I've made because I was thinking of teaching a class on it at our LOQ. I don't think I want to do that...
Anyway, I used waxed canvas for the outside. That is a unique experience--my 50 wt Aurifil thread breaks periodically while stitching, so I ended up finishing it with 40 wt Omni that I use for quilting.

Here is the inside of the wallet:

It has a lot of space for cards, bills, coins, a cell phone. One thing I meant to add were loops so I could attach a strap, but I forgot. Those are not in the pattern but should be.

Thanks, Carol, for another cool hop/challenge!

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