Tuesday, February 28, 2017

It Took a Year

It was a little over a year ago that I started a new March front door quilt.  I thought it would hang on my door last year but unfortunately it turned into one of those pesky UFO’s.  I rectified that today by finishing it. 


The quilting was fun to do and although it could use a little bit more, for now I’m going to call it finished so that it can go up on my front door tomorrow morning. 

Here is some close-ups of some of the quilting.



Here you can see some of the quilting from the back.


Now it’s time to move on to some of the other projects that I have in the pipeline. 



Monday, February 27, 2017

Design Wall Monday–February 27, 2017

Last week I was fortunate to spend 4 days sewing with a group of friends at a quilting retreat in Temecula, California.  It’s a fun-filled annual gathering of quilters called the Rockin Bobbins. 

One of my projects was a sample for a class I will be teaching at a Las Vegas workshop in July.  I think I’ll be offering two different options.  The first one is done and the second is a work in progress.  The working title is “Scrappy Sassy Stash Log Cabin”.




I’m working on a big quilt using the high contrast.  I only need 88 more blocks…………..piece of cake.  Smile

I also now have a new wallet.


Isn’t it cute?  I love how it turned out.  It’s the Mini Diva Wallet.  I bought the pattern and hardware at Road to California. 

Wait a minute, now that I’m looking at it in a photograph I realize that one of the end metal pieces is turned wrong.  I guess I better go fix it.  Oh well, I never said I was perfect.  LOL!!!!!

To see what others have on their design wall, check out Judy’s Patchwork Times blog.



Monday, February 20, 2017

Design Wall Monday–February 20, 2017

This morning I’m on my way to a retreat in Temecula, CA with a wonderful group of friends.  While there, my main project is to complete a sample for a class I will teaching at my annual Vegas gathering in July. 

Here’s a sneak peak.


Obviously it needs more variety and some work but I think I’ll like it when completed.  Once I have more blocks I can start playing with it using a variety of log cabin layouts. 

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



Monday, February 13, 2017

Design Wall Monday–February 13, 2017

I’ve already shown this several time and although it’s difficult to see progress, there really is. 


The differences in this photo and previous ones are, the binding is on and I have done all the stitching in the ditch.  Several years ago I took a machine quilting class from Cindy Needham, she stressed the importance of stitching in every stinkin seam.  So that’s what I try to do. 

The other borrowed tip comes from my friend Pat Adair.  Pat often adds her binding after doing some of the basic quilting but before she does some of the more detailed quilting.  It helps by getting rid of the extra fabric/backing/batting out of the way. 


Here’s a close up of the faux flange/piping binding that I added.  I love how easy the binding is to do but most of all, I love the design aspect.  It really adds a nice accent to the outer edge.


This is the back of the quilt.  I made a giant 4 patch kaleidoscope block to mimic the front of the quilt.  I like the back almost as much as the front. 


Here’s a picture of the actual fabric.  I love the donkey and the bright flowers.  The flowers in the upper left and the lower right remind me of passion fruit flowers (one of my favorites).  I have two passion fruit plants that love the Southern California weather and apparently love where they are planted.  My husband’s not quite so fond of them.  He is constantly having to trim them back. 

To see what others are up to this week, check out Judy’s Patchwork Times blog.



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