Sunday, December 5, 2010
Decided on the more copperish colored fabric for the smaller borders. Probably not my most favorite quilt ever...not really sure why. But it will great on my walls during the fall. In my house I always have at least five quilts hanging on the walls and one to two over the stairway railings. For several years, I've been working on having enough quilts to change them all out during different seasons or holidays. That is how I started working on this quilt due to the fall colors and trying to find something to use the outer border fabric on.
Since I had plenty of fabric for this, I convinced my sister to buy an extra panel, when we saw them on sale this summer. Now there is a pre-cut kit waiting just for her in my sewing room to make this same quilt, but with the gold smaller border next time she is here!
Enjoyed the long Thanksgiving Holiday, but little sewing due to a great visit with my niece! I am so thankful for the many blessings in my life!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
My sister and I joke that good mail days are when we go the mailbox and discover a new quilt magazine (isn't it about time for a new Asian Fabric?) or when fabric arrives via mail. So, I decided to try sending fabric from my stash, or from shopping trips, to my sister at least once a month.
Well the first few times went off without a hitch! She had some good mail days and I had fun picking out fabrics to share. Recently, while I was at the local quilt store, I fell in love with this fabric! Have you noticed that the majority of Asian fabrics tend to be on the dark to medium side? It is rare to find a good light that is not overly busy. Of course, having gone to Mt. Fuji the last time we were in Tokyo made this the perfect one to send to my sis. However, this last envelope has disappeared in the mail...So someone has had a good mail day...sorry sis!
It has been a crazy month since I last posted. Still having some health issues...am back to work full time, but come home exhausted, so not much quilting has taken place. Decided to start this Saturday backwards from what I normally do. I usually start with all the regular stuff... laundry, picking up the house, etc., and by the time the afternoon is here, I'm out of energy for blogging or quilting! So, started today with this blog update, next stop my sewing room!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
|Sorry to say, I won't be traveling to the Kona Bay open house in Washington next weekend. I just not quite up to traveling yet. Would love to hear from those of you that do go!|
Monday, September 6, 2010
|It's been a good, quiet and relaxing weekend. Have hemed pants for work, held the grandbaby lots, napped and even worked on a quilting project! |
I've had the panel below for some time and decided it was the project for the weekend...nothing too difficult, had lots of possible fabrics to use with it and even had a pattern set aside to try. The pattern is Sidelights by Monutainpeek Creations. Here's a link so you can see some of their other fabulous patterns.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Window on the World from Asian Fabric # 20 is finished. It is actually straight, only the photo is a bit wonky from being taken while it hangs on the design wall. I'm pleased with the color combinations and looking forward to sending it on to my favorite long arm quilter Jean. You can check out her work at http://www.santiamriverquilts/. com .
Yesterday, as I was checking what is in my stash, I realized I have the same fabric as used in the magazine, but in a brighter blue colorway. Perhaps I'll make the one up with this pattern some day.
So what is next? Here are some possibilities:
--Pumpkins gone wild panel and coordinating fabrics from last year.
--Asian crane with golds and browns, with just a hint of blue.
--Michael Miller giant poinsettias to be used in a 9 patch pizazz. Plan to play with doubling the block size.
--Bright green flannel bug quilt for the most wonderful little grandson...
--Two minkee strip quilts that were suppose to Christmas presents last year...I never promised when they would arrive...
--Batik squares from Sisters, Oregon with black lattice for my awesome niece in Olympia...sorry even if I start now it won't be ready by my visit later in September on my way to Redmond.
--Asian lady panel project picked up last year at the Long Beach show...
--Make more Japanese blocks from the book purchased in Tokyo with traditional blue fabrics
--Piecing a top from butterfly squares found last summer during cleaning out a family estate. There are 50 plus butterflies in various states...
--Hemming three pairs of pants for work :-( (You can see what I think about that chore!)
These are just the ones that come to mind off the top of my head...I'm sure there are others if I went to my sewing room!
So which one do you think I should start?
Thanks sis for the good mail day...a package with fabric butterflies from N. Carolina arrived today. Now I will have 12 red ones to put together for the red and white quilt.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
When I purchased this panel, they had half of the previous panel, so of course I wanted that too! Good thing since this pattern calls for five 4.5x6.5 additional pieces. I hate to destroy the second panel with fussy cuts! So, I still have several good sized scraps to include in other projects.
When I need to fussy cut images, I often will use sticky notes, attached to the ruler, to identify the actual size of the piece I am cutting. It is a quick way to be able to view only the final image.
All the blocks and borders are cut for this quilt. I have even cut the binding and set it aside...a trick I learned to do long ago, so that I don't accidentally use up the binding fabric in another project! Hope to be sewing this evening!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Recently as I was blog reading, there was a discussion about writing more about the process rather than just the final finished project. Sorry, I can't locate who wrote it...but it definitely struck a cord for me...So here is an attempt at process writing:
I fell in love with this panel just a few weeks ago while shopping for some binding for a 30's fabric quilt (yes, the real stuff) and looking for possible borders and lattice for the 50+ butterfly blocks discovered during our estate clean out trip last summer.
Of course it is a Kona Bay...nothing else would be that beautiful.
Last Tuesday, the latest Asian Fabric Magazine arrived in the mail. That's what I call a great mail day...either a new magazine or fabric arrivals! On page 58 is the WIndow on the World Quilt, a great use of a panel and then 5 smaller cuts from the same fabric. Immediately, I knew just the panel I wanted to use and amazingly have discovered the other fabric in my stash.
I had to force myself to finish the baby quilt below and do some basic household stuff (Laundry, pay bills, clean up the kitchen) before I could start the new Asian quilt. I've learned to force my self to do some things, otherwise I would just be starting new project and never finishing anything!! It's all done now, so when I return from Cardiac Rehab, it will be time to start! I'll post pictures as soon as it is in progress!
Also in the new magazine are the details for the September 25th event at the Kona Bay Warehouse in Redmond, Washington. Let me know if you are going, as I would love to connect with some other bloggers!
|The borders are on the baby quilt, so it is ready to go off to the long arm quilter.|
Monday, August 16, 2010
|Check out the web site at http://www.kingestate.com/|
|View from the patio of the vineyard.|
|We spent one afternoon visiting many covered bridges.|
Monday, August 9, 2010
I'm a grandma!!
|My first grand child!!! Levi just a few hour sold, born on July 13, 2010. Everyone says being a grandma is great...but it is even better than expected!|
|Levi's first quilt before it was quilted!|
|The back of Levi's quilt.|
A minkie and flannel scrap quilt from odds and ends of leftovers for a friends grand daughter. Every time I work with Minkie, I tell myself never again, due to the mess it makes and how it slips on the machine...but I seem to keep coming back to it!
Yes, this is usually a quilt blog...but a few things have happened since my last post that have kept me from quilting or blogging much this summer. Most important is the addition of Levi Craig to our family in July. He currently is living here with his parents, so I am thankful for lots of opportunities to hold him, then pass him back to mom and dad!
My surprise for June was my second open heart surgery in 2010. Definitely not part of my low key summer plans that had no traveling, but lots of rest, gardening and quilting planned. I even had planted extra flower boxes and planters to enjoy on the decks this summer!!
In March I had an aortic valve replacement and double by-pass. For some unknown reason one of the new grafts closed off and after some significant chest pain and several days of tests, there was a second surgery, I now have two additional new grafts. I'm glad that is all over and am progressing well, returning to work part time this week, along with continuing in Cardiac Rehab.
A special thanks to my wife (sister from N. Carolina) who was out here for 5 weeks to drive, cook, do laundry and most importantly shop for quilt fabric and help sew on binding!!
I'm just playing around with the new tools on blogger...So, what do you think of the new design of this blog?
Hoping to have lots of quilting progress to report very soon...heading to my sewing room NOW!
Friday, June 4, 2010
My sister Jayne's version.
It is always fun to work on the same quilt, starting with the same center panel and basic pattern concept. I decided to focus on the purple and fuchsia, while my sister added more light pinks and greens, along with a Japanese red inner border. Yes, there was some stash raiding, so you do see some fabrics in both quilts. We have been known to raid each other's stash via email requests and then boxes arrive on our door steps. So much fun when we both live on opposite sides of the country!
Not a lot of quilting going on as I still recover from surgery and am back to work. Working and cardiac rehab takes most of my energy during the week, then it is recovery time on the weekend. I am currently working on three baby quilts. The first and most important one is for my first grandchild who is due to arrive in late July. The other two are for grandchildren of a dear friend. I have two of the three ready to go to a local long arm quilter by the end of the weekend. So, I need to get busy and finish the third one!
And now the question of this posting...do you ever wonder what happened to the authors of blogs that no longer have current postings. I have several on my side bar that I will removing soon, but I continue to wonder...
Sunday, May 23, 2010
All three of these quilts are from the pattern "Picturesque Wall Quilt", page 56 of Asian Fabric Magazine, Volume 10 from 2007. I made the first one and my sister made the other two. While she was here in Oregon, as I recovered from surgery, they were long arm quilted by Jean from Santiam Quilts. Check out Jean's beautiful work at www.santiamriverquilts.com.
You may remember my posting from August 20, 2008 when I was trying out various versions of the blocks around the center panel. Click on date on the right hand side to see the original posting.
Since I am just returning to regular blogging, some days it feels like I am starting over...there was a comment about being set to "no reply". Anyone know how to change that?
It is going to be a very good mail week around here! This weekend I ordered five missing Asian Fabric magazines for my collection. Now, the only one I am missing is issue number 1!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Yes, it is a strange name for a quilt...but it reflects what has happened over the past month or so here. I had surgery in mid-March, planned for an aortic valve replacement to take care of a defect that I had know about for over 30 years. I also ended up with a double bypass due to some complications. I'm doing well now, back to driving, walking daily and hard at work at Cardiac Rehab! On Friday is the graduation for my MBA program and then back to work, at least part-time on Monday. I'm thankful that I was young, healthy and in good shape to start with as it was a tough surgery and recovery.
Of course I had a huge list of quilt projects to work on as I recover. Unfortunately, I felt too lousy to do much, except help work on the design of this quilt with my wonderful sister who has been here during the whole ordeal. She has been my driver, nurse, wife and companion during this time, keeping the house running and making sure I stayed on track!
We made two quilts almost exactly alike, except for the the gold borders. Her's is the square fabric and mine is the wavy one. They are off to the long arm quilter at this point. Looking forward to lots more free time now that school is finished. So you can expect lots of pictures and projects on the blog!
Monday, March 15, 2010
This is the second quilt I finished in 1978. It often comes out for the month of March, then quickly is put away due to being a bit dated, etc. I took a class where each week we made our own cardboard templates, then traced cutting lines on the back of fabric and hand pieced most of these blocks! It is a king size monster quilt that was hand quilted by the ladies at a local senior center.
I have been working on a few projects, mainly putting binding on and finishing a fall quilt that was in Fons and Porter last year. I still have five quilts needing binding stitched down by hand and plan to work on them over the next month, as I will be having surgery on Thursday to replace my aortic valve.
Two items of great excitement! First (not in order of importance) is that I finished my last MBA class on Friday, so I am finally free to quilt away without the guilt of homework!!! Second, I have stacks of new projects lined up for the 6-8 weeks while I recover, but most important is it includes two baby quilts for my first grandbaby due in July!!!!!! I can't wait to hold him!
Sorry for not posting for a while, but life has been crazy with school and medical stuff...looking forward to getting back to regular blogging in the next month or so!