Monday, October 27, 2014

Design Wall Monday–October 27, 2014

A few weeks ago I went to a local quilt show and saw several quilts that were appliqued stick people.  I’m going on vacation soon so it’s a perfect hand project to take along.  They were so cute that I started my search to find the pattern.  It wasn’t easy but I finally found it but apparently it is no longer being published.  I’m persistent, and finally found it hidden away at a small distributor.  They had 3 of them and I bought them all for myself and 2 friends. 

Here’s the pattern front.  The original pattern has Crayola coloring on the blocks but the quilts I saw (and how I intend) is to simply outline the stick figures with Perle cotton. 


After increasing the pattern by 150% I traced the first 3 months yesterday.  I’ll probably trace the rest of them today. 













I also need to decide which colors of Perle cotton to take with me. 


Aren’t they pretty? 

It see what others have up on their design walls, check out Judy’s blog



Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Big Reveal

Last night my friendship group (the best friendship group in the world, BTW) met to reveal our nearly year long Round Robin.  It all started last January when we each made a center block and sent them on their way.  Our center blocks made 9 stops as they moved from one person to the next.  In all, each quilt ended up with a center and 9 borders. 

Here’s a picture of each of the quilt tops from last night.

My quilt that started with a South African hand embroidered center.

Robin RR

Linda’s RR started with a vegetable center. 

Linda RR

Marilyn started with a raw edge appliqued flamingo center to represent the time she spends in Florida.

Marilyn RR

It’s hard to see Pammy’s center but it’s a beautiful hand embroidered sewing scene. 

Pam RR

Pat’s decided to embroider a Redwork Christmas themed center. 

Pat RR

Patti’s is really, really into genealogy so this tree was a perfect center to focus on her family tree.

Patti RR

Rob’s center was definitely her.  She love’s all things Amy Butler.

Rob RR

Sue was finally able to use a center block that she had made many years ago.  What a great way to start a Round Robin. 

Sue RR

Susan loves her pets and the appliqued center showcases her love of cats.

Susan RR

Terri pulled out an old block that several of us received as a gift a few years ago.  It has “Twas the Night Before Christmas” machine embroidered in the shape of a tree. 

Terri RR

They are all so different and just wonderful.  I am so blessed to have such a wonderful group of friends. 

Next year we’re doing a block exchange.  It should be fun and maybe just a little less stressful.  Open-mouthed smile



Monday, October 20, 2014

Design Wall Monday–October 20, 2014

First things first……..I will be speaking at Friendship Square Quilt Guild tonight.  All the information can be found here.  I’d love to see you.

Now on to my design wall.  This is the final week of my friendship groups round robin and the reveal is Wednesday night so once again I can’t show you exactly what I’ve been working on.  However I am going to share a “finish”.

This is my completed Robin Robin that I participated in with Quilts by the Sea.  I made the center and them 5 wonderful quilts add the 5 rounds.  I then turned it over to Russ at Bears Quilt shop to do his “magic”.  And boy did he.  His quilting was the perfect addition to the wonderful piecing.  Here’s some pictures.





Notice the binding with the little piping?  I love it, it’s just enough to set off all the color in the quilt. 

Thank you Russ for doing such a great job quilting my quilt.  It’s already hanging in my living room.

To see what others are working on, check out Judy’s blog.



Monday, October 13, 2014

Design Wall Monday–October 12, 2014

I put this up on my design wall for the photograph but it immediately came down so I can continue working on it.  A new hand project (just what I need).  Actually this is a very old hand project that I got several years ago but never got around to starting.  It’s a Sashiko Kit by Sylvia Pippen Designs. 

While at the the local LA County Quilters Guild quilt show I saw the vendor that I had purchased this from some time ago.  He was doing a little demo so it inspired me to come home, dig it out and start it.  I have a pretty short attention span so we’ll see how long it lasts. 


You can see I’ve barely started.  I think I have all of 12 stitches completed.  Oh well, at least it’s started and not still in the original packaging.

To see what others are working on, check out Judy’s Patchwork Times blog.



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Design Wall Wednesday–October 8, 2014

This was suppose to be Design Wall Monday, Tuesday and now finally Wednesday.  Monday morning, very early like 3:00 a.m., I awoke to a terrible case of the YUKS.  At first I thought I had tried to poison my entire family when I cooked Sunday night dinner but luckily no one else got sick, just me.  So what I’m showing you really was up on my design wall on Monday. 

I was recently given the opportunity to create a mini 18” quilt using fabric provided by Windham Fabrics.  I received the surprise fabrics last Wednesday and it was was due back to them in New Jersey today.  Luckily before I got ill I had finished the quilt top and all I had to do was quilt it and add the binding.

So, drum roll please…………


Here are the fabrics that I received in the mail.


There were no instructions other than 18 inches.  They sent 10 fabrics (a lot for an 18 inches square) but I managed to use 8 of them on the front which included the binding.  I used 3 fabrics on the back but two were repeats of the front.  In total I used 9 of the provided fabrics with only one left out. 

Here’s a picture of the back.


If you go to Houston Quilt Market I believe you’ll see it hanging along with other mini-quilts in the Windham booth. 

This was a fun but slightly stressful challenge considering my down time with my little tummy upset but it ended well and is now in FedEx's hands. 

To see what others had on their design walls Monday, check out Judy’s blog



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