Monday, September 3, 2018

Design Wall Monday–September 3, 2018

Nothing new on the old design wall but I did finish another new skirt.

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I’m slowing getting rid of some of my old skirts and replacing them with new.  It’s fun and a quick and easy project. 

I’d like to get a quilt top layered so that I can start quilting it.  We’ll see maybe it will happen over the next few days.

In the mean time…………………….

Enjoy,

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Friday, August 31, 2018

My Yellow Skirt

I’ve been wanting to make a “retro” looking yellow skirt for a while.  I thought the fabric would be easy to find........not!  I finally found this one and only fabric at M & L.  Fortunately it was exactly what I was looking for.  I’ve had it cut out for a while but finally sat down and sewed it together this morning.     Enjoy,  

Monday, August 27, 2018

Design Wall Monday - August 27, 2018

It’s been a while since I’ve had a Design Wall Monday post.  I don’t exactly have a design wal to shae but I do have a couple of things I’m working on.  As I’ve mentioned before I’m in the process or relacing some of my older skirts.  I have two cut out and hopefully I’ll get them sewn up tday.    Here’s my Yellow skirt.  I think it has a slightly retro look to it.  
I loved this fabric when I found it and decided it would make a great skirt.   Enjoy,

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Posting a Blog Post from my IPad

I am trying to transition from using my laptop for just about anything to attempting to use my iPad more and more.   As a test to see how it’s working, here is a picture of a quilt top that I worked on last week.  
Until next time, Robin

Monday, July 23, 2018

Design Wall Monday–July 23, 2018

I’m not sure I like this but this is what was most recently on my design wall.

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I decided to play with making a small (20” square) piece using a herringbone pattern.  It’s very similar to a braid but notice how the rows are interwoven together.  It wasn’t hard, just different.  My fabric choice is questionable.  My excuse is I was in Las Vegas and these are what I had that would show the contrast of light versus dark.  I don’t know whether I like it or not.  Maybe with different fabrics I would like it better.  I’ll have to dig around and see what else I can come up with. 

Enjoy,

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Size Really Does Mater

I’m in Vegas this week attending a Quilting Retreat that I’ve been coming to for close to 20 years.  I usually teach one day and this year I taught a “Great Grammy Square”.  The idea is to make 12” blocks and make as many or as few as you like to make anything from a wall hanging, table runner, throw quilt all the way up to a king size quilt.  In talking to my friend Barb, we were discussing pin cushions we each had using basically the same idea.  She brought her pincushion (the one on the bottom), and I brought mine. 

The end result was a study in cutting size and the finished blocks. 

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The block at the top is what we are making this week.  It is made using 2 1/2” squares.  The next one (it’s just sooooooo cute), is made using 1 1/2” squares.  Reduce the cut by another  1/4” in and you have the cute pincushion with the red button in the middle, it was made using 1 1/4” squares.  And that cutie at the bottom (Barb’s pincushion) is made using 1” cut squares. 

I’m always amazed at what a big difference the cut size makes.  I always think whether it’s 1” or 1/4” it’s not going to have a huge impact but sure enough…………..SIZE DOES MATTER.  

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Design Wall Monday–July 9, 2018

I’m back to working on this…….

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My Great Grammy Squares.  This is just a sampling.  I actually have 26 blocks made using these fabrics from two different (but similar) Bonnie and Camille lines.  I’ll be teaching this next week at a Las Vegas retreat so I need to put the finishing touches on the instructions today and tomorrow.  As you may recall, this is the same (but different) as the quilt and shams I recently finished. 

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I also just finished a boring but practical skirt.

IMG_0454I have a couple of really cute tops that I’ll now be able to wear with my boring white skirt.  Like I said, practical and boring but we can’t all be “The Star”. 

Until next time………………………….

Hugs,

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

3 More Skirts

Who said skirts need to be boring.  Check out these fun ones. 

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A quick story about the women’s face skirt.  I watch a lot of “The Cooking Channel” so of course I see a lot of Chef Anne Burrell on various shows.  What you may not realize is that Anne always wears a skirt (straight line instead of my A-line) and they are made for her.  Well one day I was watching one of the shows that she is on and she had a skirt on made out of this Robert Kaufman face fabric.  If she can do it, why can’t I.  BTW, I was able to find the fabric on the flat folds at M & L so the skirt cost me under $5.00 to make.  And a second BTW, the fabric name is “Bouffants and Broken Hearts”. 

I’d like to make one more (a boring white one) before next week but I have other things that are a priority so we’ll see if that happens. 

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Friday, July 6, 2018

2 New Skirts–More To Come

It is unbelievable how hot it is here in Southern California.  I live in Seal Beach and today the temperature topped out at 110 degrees.  By any standard that is very, very hot. Thank goodness we have air conditioning so today I stayed inside and finally manage to get a couple of new skirts made.  Most you you know that I have worn a skirt just about every single day for the last several years.  I haven’t made a new one in quite some time and it’s definitely time to retire some of the old ones and replace them with new ones. 

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Both of them were made with fabric I purchased while visiting Kauai a few months ago.  Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get a few more made.  They are actually quite simple to make and don’t take much time, it’s more a matter of just doing it. 

Enjoy,

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Design Wall Monday–July 2, 2018

Not exactly my design wall, more like my design yard but however you see it it’s a “Finish”.  Yeah!!!!!

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I call this one my Great Grammy Square quilt and shams and it’s what I will be teaching in a couple of weeks in Las Vegas.  This is my second one using Kaffe Fasset fabrics.  The first one is currently on my bed and is similar to this one, but different. 

I’m also working on another version using two different Bonnie and Camille fabric lines and Kona white.

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This one will have a very different feel to it and probably won’t be as large.  I have 24 blocks already made but I’m not sure how big I want to make it.  I guess for now I’ll just keep making blocks and eventually add sashing and borders. 

I still have several skirts to make but I got sidetracked by finishing the Kaffe and gray quilt.  I also need to finish writing the tutorial for the upcoming class.  Guess I better get moving and just do it.  

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Skirt Time

As I’m sure you all know, I am a skirt person.  I have made a lot of skirts and wear them every day.  Believe or not some of the old ones are just plain wearing out.  It’s time to make a few new ones.  I’ve collected a few fabrics from our recent trips.  These are not all of them but these are the four I’m going to start with.  I washed the fabric today so they are ready to cut out and sew up.

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They should be fun and all very different.  I already have my t-shirts ready to go.

Enjoy,

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Little Bit of Mexico

It’s FINISED!!!!!  Yeah!!!!

A Little Bit of MexicoAnd…….I love it. 

Enjoy,

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Design Wall Monday–June 11, 2018

I’ve been missing from the blog world for a little while but I have been doing some quilting.  We made a quick trip to New York to help celebrate my husband’s goddaughter’s birthday as a big surprise.  Now we are back home and getting back to our routine.

The last time I posted I showed my quilt that I was in the process of stitching in the ditch, ESS (every stinkin seam).  Once that was finished it was time to start doing the actual quilting.  The hardest part for me is deciding what to do.  Thank goodness my granddaughter Emily was around to help me with some of the quilting decisions.  I’m not done yet but I’ve made a lot of progress. 

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As you can see I still have to do the bottom two corner melons and then I need to do some addition quilting on some of the tablecloth areas, they are still a little to poofy.  Here’s a closeup of some of the quilting.

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I am thoroughly enjoying this entire process and can’t wait until the binding is added and it’s ready to hang on the wall somewhere.  Hmmmmmmmmm, I guess I need to find wall space for it.

Enjoy,

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Under my Needle

After finishing up Gertie it was time to move forward.  In order to move forward I first needed to revisit the past.  in March of 2016 my BFF Marilyn and I attended Asilomar and our 1st Empty Spools Retreat.  We had a wonderful time taking a class from Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  It was a great class and I made a couple of things while there for the 5 days.

Here is the project that I’ve decided needs finishing so it’s now layered, pinned and the quilting started. 

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I used my favorite Red for much of the background and then used a combination of old linens and newer fabrics for the rings.  It’s hard to tell what it looks like but here’s a little closer look at it.

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I think it will end up on my dining room wall once it’s finished. 

So far I’ve named it “Half of Me”.  My father’s family came from Mexico in the early 1900’s.  My Dad was the youngest and I believe the only one born in the United States right here in California.  I love Mexican themed linens and have collected them over the years.  I’ve used them to make blouses and decorate jackets, so this time I decided to use some of them to make a wall hanging. 

The quilting has begun.  Have you ever seen so many pins?

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Marilyn and I also took a class from Cindy Needham, way back when.  Cindy is a fabulous machine quilter.  One of the things Cindy does is anchor the quilt by stitching in the ditch………………. in every stinkin seam.  That’s what I’m doing now.  The decorative quilting (I use that term loosely) will happen after I have anchored all the seams by stitching in the ditch.  It’s hard to see but believe me there are a lot of seams.

Back to stitching in “ESS” (every stinkin seam). 

Enjoy,

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Gertie is Ready for the Quilt Show

Well almost ready.  I still have to permanently glue the pearls under her eyes down but other than that, she’s finished.  Oh and a label, I sewed one of by Robin Quilts, etc. tags into the binding but I suppose it needs a proper label.  But other than that she’s ready.

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Have a great, safe Memorial Day weekend. 

Enjoy,

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Gertie Is Under My Needle

I didn’t get a chance to work on Gertie yesterday but this morning she (and I) have found our way into my sewing room and is now under the needle of my beloved Juki.  IMG_0420

This is where I just get to scribble quilt all the glued down pieces.  Her left eye is done and I’m now starting to work on her right eye. 

This is a fun process but you do tend to make a mess.  Here is some of the left over mess that’s on my sofa.  It’s time to clean up or start another project.  I think I better clean up, I have too many other things that need attention. 

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This is where I sat with my basket of scraps and cut out lots of flowers from various fabrics.  Once cut out you just start adding them to you project and when you think you are done, you start gluing them down using a washable school glue stick.  The idea is to glue them down just enough to be able to top stitch quilt everything in place.

Here she is again, right before I pulled her down off the wall and placed her under my sewing machine needle.

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Soon I’ll start thinking about binding (I guess that means I’m already thinking about it).  A nice stripe would be good, don’t you think?

Enjoy,

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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. 

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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. 

Enjoy,

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

DOTD–Progress Report–May 19, 2018

She’s coming right along.

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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. 

Enjoy,

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Friday, May 18, 2018

DOTD–Progress Report–May 18, 2018

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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. 

Enjoy,

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