Sunday, May 20, 2018

Day of the Dead - Día de Muertos–Progress Report–5/20/18

She’s almost ready for all the top stitching that will hold her all together. I lot of progress has been made, pieces are glued down and she now has a name.  With the help of my daughter Shelli, she is now named Gertie!  My grandmother on my dad’s side was a little Mexican women named Gertrudis Gutierrez Ceniceros.  So when Shelli suggested Gertrude, Gertie seemed just right.

Still a work in progress but she’s getting close. 


The neck was a struggle for me but when I came up with this, it seemed to be just right.  The donkey and parrot pinata’s where calling to me asking that they get to join in for the Día de Muertos celebration so they are joining the party. 

I’m not sure I will have time to start the scribbley top stitching today but if not, there is always tomorrow. 



Saturday, May 19, 2018

DOTD–Progress Report–May 19, 2018

She’s coming right along.


I still haven’t decided about the neck.  Neck or no neck?  This one is just temporary for now, I’m still deciding. The earrings are maybe too small but they are flip flops (you guys know how much I love my flip flops), but maybe they need to be bigger.  These are a few of the things I’m looking at and will maybe add to her today.  OH……..and a name, she definitely needs a name. 



Friday, May 18, 2018

DOTD–Progress Report–May 18, 2018


So far she looks more like an Alien than a Day of the Dead skeleton, but it’s a start.  I have lots and lots of flower cutting to do and I think she needs a neck but or now, I’m having fun. 



Thursday, May 17, 2018

New Wall Hanging–Step 1

I just finished some simple diagonal curvy quilting.  It’s now hanging outside to dry.  I used a water soluble marker and had to wet it to remove the lines. 

IMG_0412Now it’s time to go figure out how to draw a skull and decide what fabric to us for it. 

See you again soon………………….I hope.



The Beginning of a New Wall Hanging

I’ve been wanting to make a Day of the Dead wall hanging quilt for quite some time.  I kind of had a thought about how I wanted to go about it but until this last weekend my thoughts hadn’t come together.  Then I went to M&L with my daughter-in-law and found this piece of flannel in the flat folds.   I’m not 100% sure where I’m headed but at least I have some initial ideas. 


I am planning on making it using the method I learned at the Jean Impey/Freddy Moran retreat I attended earlier this year. Here’s one of the little quilts I made during the retreat. 


This one is called Molly and Me and is loosely (very loosely) a self portrait. 

Ok, so back to what I’m starting to work on.  One of the suggestions at the retreat was to use flannel as your background.  When I found this green flannel I knew it was exactly what I didn’t know I was looking for.  The other thing that I learned from the retreat was to pre-quilt your background fabric before adding your subject.  So that’s where I’m at.  I’ve layered a piece of green flannel, pin basted it and now I’m ready to start quilting the background.

IMG_0409Here’s the backing fabric.  Not only is it the backing but it’s also part of my inspiration.  Speaking of inspiration, I found this on the internet and it will also a big part of my inspiration.

IMG_0410So now it’s time to quilt my background and figure out what fabric I’m going to use for the scull.  Then I can have fun starting to play with lots of flowers. 

Hopefully I can remember to take picture along the way and post my progress. 



Monday, April 23, 2018

Design Wall Monday–April 23, 2018

Progress is slowly being made. 

GGS 36 layout

This I believe is the final layout.  My Granddaughter Emily did the final juggling of blocks and put her stamp of approval on the arrangements.  Em is much better at it than me.  I will now be adding the sashing and start assembling the blocks. 

In the mean time I made part of the borders.  Since this is a bed quilt and will have pillow shams, I will only be adding borders to 3 sides. 

GGS Border

And who knew, you can make right angled braids and left angled braids.  For this quilt it works just fine but I really need to make an effort to pay attention.  It could make a difference in the future. 

Next Monday I’ll be hanging out in the local mountains at Big Bear Lake, spending time with friends, sewing, visiting and eating like crazy.

Have a great week everyone…………………



Monday, April 16, 2018

Design Wall Monday–April 16, 2018

It’s been a while since I last posted a Design Wall Monday post but I’ve had a variety of excuses.  I was on vacation and then followed that with a retreat with my Wednesday Wacko Friendship group. 

While at the retreat I worked on a project I call “Great Grammy Quilt”.  I will be teaching it in Las Vegas in July. 

I have 28 blocks finished but I think I need 40 for this particular quilt.  Here are the 3 that are on my design wall in my sewing room and then a 2nd picture of some of them hanging on the wall at the retreat center in Temecula.


I need to keep plugging away.  I hope to have all the blocks made so that I can start adding the sashing, sew it together, add the borders and get it ready to be quilted.  NO PRESSURE AT ALL!!!!! Yikes!!!!!

Have a great week. 



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