Thursday, February 9, 2017

Margaret's Strip Quilt

Margaret gave me this lovely strip quilt to work on. Generally these quilts don't have such lovely big borders, but hers did and she let me play!

I had just seen a new border design in one of my many books, so I got to try it out. Its very geometric and a nice contrast to the curved allover in the body. Here's a quick shot.

And the body has my usual heatwave allover. It certainly seems to be my "go to" design!

Thanks for looking!


Geesh--Sometimes I HATE Change!!

Its been a few months since my last post--actually, longer than that because I tend to schedule posts way in advance. I'm not very good at sitting down to do this when I should (gee, bet you're surprised!)

We are in Cannon Beach, Oregon, at Ecola Lodge for our 16th wedding anniversary.  Isn't it beautiful--or it would be, if the sun were actually shining!

King Suite with Kitchen & Fireplace

The plan was to do lots of hiking and checking things out; however, the weather is not cooperating. It rained and gusts of wind shook our cabin windows all night long. And its still going on outside. So perfect day to sit at my computer and update my blog while Dennis works on his stuff--we're waiting for the weather to improve. And then Google changed everything--took me hours to get into my blog again--thus the blog title!

More posts in almost immediately.


Monday, December 12, 2016

From Practice to Quilt

After taking Kathleen's class, I knew what I was going to do with Carolyn's quilt. Prior to that, I was stumped!!

I'm not sure why the fabric looks so pink...its actually a beautiful red on the back.

Kathleen taught us to look for patterns made by the piecing as well as areas to highlight. The stars had to be highlighted, so I framed them with very dense quilting.

Here are closeups of a few more.

In this last one, you can also see the border.  I did a wide bead board with pebbles between the "boards" in gold thread. Military Gold by Glide is my favorite "go to" gold thread.

A couple more shots of the back. I wish the fabric color had photographed more true. It probably would have if I knew what I was doing--I just point and shoot!! I'm a quilter, not a photographer, in case you hadn't noticed!!! 

Thanks for looking!


Monday, December 5, 2016

I've Been Practiciing

A few weeks ago I went to Victoria with another longarm quilter to take a class with Kathleen of Kathleen Quilts!

Kathleen is amazing and a terrific teacher! The class was for domestic machine quilters, but she was nice enough to let us take it with only our sketchbooks. The best part of this was that while others were sewing, we were getting more options for the designs. It was a great day and a great class.

Kathleen showed us quilting done with these two great stencils by Jodi Robinson--which I immediately had to have! This one has so many options with these circles.


And this one--the design potential is just unlimited!


This is what my top looked like with after marking with the above stencil.  I had to put directional lines and "x"s in the blocks so I could keep track of where to sew!!

If you'd like to purchase the stencils, or any of the other wonderful aids on Jodi's site, click HERE

This is my finished sample. As you can see, I must have gotten a little too involved listening to "Outlander" while I was quilting.  Can you spot my mistakes????

Remember, if you click on the pic, you get a larger view.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Beautiful Celtic Quilt

Shiela from the Cabin Fever Quilt Guild in Port Townsend gave me this quilt to finish for her. I loved her color choices.

Its hard to see from the photos, but she actually did the "transparency" thing where the purple covered the gray and the gray covered the purple. Its such a neat affect! This photo shows a bit more of what I'm talking about.

This one is closer still. Lots of different designs and basic quilting filled this one up. I really tried to emphasize the "celtic" bits!

Thanks for stopping by!