Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Emily and Her Fish

Ok......isn't this the cutest fish and of course cutest granddaughter you've ever seen?

This is my granddaughter Emily who just turned 14 last Friday. She is in 8th grade at Oak Middle School and believe it or not, they still offer Home EC. She had told me they were making pillows but I never imagined it would be so darn cute. It is made out of felt and sewn primarily by hand. She did a very nice chain stitch for all the black lines. Emily loves to sew and has made a couple of quilts and loads of pillows but never anything this cute.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

astrud - Magical Slice and Dice

Finished Quilt Top

I have no idea where the name astrud comes from, but that's the name on the bolt of fabric. It's not capitalized but all small letters. If you have know what it means, please let me know. In any event, I finished the top today, so it's ready to be quilted. I normally quilt my own samples either on my Handiquilter or on my friend Terri's longarm "Tilly". This quilt is larger than I can comfortably do on my Handiquilter so I think I may send it to Dean Lund and have him quilt it for me.

Close up of some of the blocks

If your interested in the kit to make this quilt, please email me at and I'll send you the information.

Now I'm off to find backing and resume working on another sample.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Another Magical Slice and Dice Sample

This weekend I find myself working on another Magical Slice and Dice. This time I'm using an Alexander Henry fabric called Astrud. I love how this quilt goes together, quick and easy. Here is a sample of some of the blocks that will be going into the finished quilt.

Marilyn and I will be vending at a quilt show in Hemet, California in a couple of weeks and this will be one of our newest kits for sale. I need to finish this one up then I can work on another one so that I can get them quilted before the show. Wish me luck.
BTW......if your interested in seeing the pattern I'm using, Magical Slice and Dice, look about half way down the page.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Paint Chip Quilt

About a year ago I read an article in Mark Lipinski's magazine Quilter's Home about using a paint chip as your color inspiration for a quilt. My friendship group the "Wednesday Wacko's" decided this would be a fun challenge with the end result being donated to charity. Of course many of the Wacko's have already completed their quilts, but alas I am just now getting mine put together. Here is the paint ship I got. It from "Valspar Signature Colors" from Lowe's. The photo has the colors a little off but at least you get the idea.

So here's the finished quilt top. I love sewing curves and it's a really fast and easy way to make an interesting quilt top. I used the 7" "Crazy Curves" templates for the center blocks. Now I have to quilt it. I want to do something simple that will wear well since I have no idea where it may end up.

Monday, January 21, 2008

TLC Quilt Guild

Recently I was asked to speak at the TLC Quilt Guild meeting in Covina, California. They were a wonderful group of women and made me feel very welcome. The had a wonderful Show and Tell with many beautiful quilts displayed. I did my dog and pony show which I call "Making a Difference Through Quilting".

The Saturday following the meeting I taught a workshop for 21 guild members. They are fortunate to be able to use a Home EC. classroom at the local high school. I taught my pattern "Magical Slice and Dice". Here is a picture of the project board I put together for the class.
There was a wide range of fabrics used to make the blocks and each and every one of them is a winner. Here is a photo of just some of the blocks made that day. It was so much fun seeing all the different combinations. I'm hoping that I will be able to get pictures of many of the finished quilts.

This is the classroom with everyone hard at work.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Magical Slice and Dice in Progress

I finally got back to working on a Magical Slice and Dice Sample that I would like to have completed this week. Here is a picture of some of the blocks along with a large piece of the fabric before it was cut up.

I spent the afternoon getting the top together. I still need to add the outside border, quilt and bind it but I'm really pleased with how it's turning out. I'm using an Alexander Henry fabric called Abbey Road for the blocks.

I'd like to have it finished so that I can show it at the TLC Quilt Guild in Covina, California. I'll be speaking at their meeting Thursday night and teaching an all day workshop on Saturday. The project for Saturday's workshop is "Magical Slice and Dice". I'm very excited about having the opportunity to share my quilts and my quilting journey with various guilds. It's a great way to promote Two Wacky Women, a business that my Marilyn and I have had for several years.

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