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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Surprise in the border and a new start ….

with the top of my Sashiko / Applique quilt done
(Sylvia Pippen design)
I struggled with what to do for the border…
really wanted something different.

decided on a Sashiko border!

 with and applique surprise every once in a while!

really like how it's turning out…


New project…

Using 2" pentagon paper piece papers
and fabrics from my stash of Bonnie and Camilla.

 This is what I've come up with so far - 
a 16" red polka dot background square,
blue/white hounds tooth fabric in the center,
sashing in a blue/grey fabric, 
cornerstones in a blue/white fabric
blue piping
and flowery border.

but it's still in the percolating stage!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's starting to come together!

My Sashiko and Applique Quilt
is starting to come together!!


The center is done!
quilting ideas are running around in my head…
but next up borders … hmmm…what to do?
Maybe a sashiko border?!?….

we shall see what the new year brings!

Happy New Year to all!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Whirl wind Month and Block #9 done ….

December is JAM Packed!

Victoria came home from Grad school for Christmas
and she brought Stella!
The cute little Chihuahua puppy that was rescued 
from a trash barrel at her school…
a true rescue dog!

We celebrated my mom's 90th birthday!

Victoria and I went out for our yearly
girls day out at the Nutcracker!

Nana over seeing Cookie Night

the start of 15 dozen Santa Face Cookies

Matthew doing his part for cookie night

Matthew, Nana and Victoria

Tree trimming night
Matthew, Victoria and Stephen

The Christmas tree
Love our tree
it has such an old fashioned look to it

the mantel

Here are just a few of the ornaments on our tree,
everyone has there passion represented!

My Quilting

Matthew's Flying
All the planes are from the Hallmark Plane Series
that go back to 1997!

The Nutcracker
we have at least 2 dozen nutcrackers on the tree

Stephen and his fishing hobby


Victoria and all of her sports

and music

there are even four very social ornaments from my childhood tree
yup they are over 50 years old!!

me with the Dogs
Stella and Bella!!

I even had time to finish block #9
of my Sashiko Applique quilt!

It all leads up to tomorrow …
CHRISTMAS!!

Wishing you all a wonderfully blessed Christmas
and a Happy and Healthy New Year

Thursday, December 11, 2014

block 8 and the design wall


Here is Block 8 
"Hibiscus"


looks whats coming together on the design wall!

working on block 9!

just need to cut the setting triangles …

Again!

I know they are here in my sewing room…
some where…
just can't seem to find them!

I must have put them in that 
"special safe place so they don't get lost"
ya know what I mean …right?!

UGH!

I'm sure they will turn up as soon as I finish the quilt top!!!


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Block #7 of the Sashiko and Applique Sampler

Block #7
Moth Orchid

Here they are on the design wall!

What a pretty Bunch!
just two more appliqué blocks and I can
start putting them all together!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Two more Sashiko and Appliqué blocks completed!


Anthurium

Plumeria

the Plumeria block was a challenge!
I did not like the way the pattern had me do the pieces
so I ripped it all out and designed my own
Plumeria flower … the challenge was
the petals overlapped
so my first flow center did not come out so hot
but with a little pressing and a few 
strategically place beads I think it will be ok!

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Quilter's Gathering 2014

The "Gathering" has come and gone
and I'm still pinching myself!

Yup ... Funky Garden on Red 
did very well!



Second Place in Overall Craftsmanship!
I'm just so pleased!

This beauty won Best of Show
"October Sky"
by Bethanne Nemesh
done on silk
 just look at the beautifully quilted turkey!

"Kaleidoscopic Calamity"
by Margaret Solomon Gunn
received a first place for color compatibility

Quilting Excellence went to
"Endless Waves"
by Loiuse LarRose Isabelle

 I've seen this quilt done before,
but when you get up close it really sparkles

The feathered quilting really made the quilt


And I was SO happy my Quilty Gal Pal
Diana R. Annis
won a third Place for her beautifully machine quilted
"Barbara"

These are just a few of the fabulous quilts
that were display this past weekend…
really enjoyed strolling through the quilts
and getting inspired!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Block #3 and #4 done

Just finished the appliqué on the Ginger block

and the Heliconia block

here are my four completed blocks on my pull down design wall!

only 5 more to go!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sashiko and appliqué project


Started working on the appliqué blocks 
of my Tropical Sample Quilt


Loving this project!

Loving even more….
my new needles…
#10 Applique Hiroshima Needles by Tulip

I'm using Batik fabrics for the appliqué flowers
and these needles just glide right through.



Found mine at Knit One Quilt Two
(love that shop!)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mini Shop Hop - so much fun!


Yesterday my Quilty Gal Pal Joan and I went on
our very own mini shop hop!

It was great to get out and see a few shops.
I've been in a little funk lately -  
nothing has been hitting me
until yesterday!
Boy did the Creative Juice Hammer hit me 
- thunk - 

The first shop Calico Cottage
is a very nice shop with a great selection of fabrics!
The first thing to hit me was 
the "Swoon" t-shirt - a MUST have!
a few EPP packets
 a great piece of yellow/orange fabric 
for an applique project that's in the works,
and "The Dress" pattern
 ~ thunk~
not that I have anyone getting married,
but for some reason I just fell in love with
this pattern and it's laser cut silvery fabric.
Having never worked with laser cut fusible fabric
this could be a really fun project!


Our next stop was 
Knit One Quilt Too
this little shop is jammed with fabric, notions,
yarns, embroidery floss, ribbons, buttons…
my head spins every time I go in ~
there is just SO much eye candy!
Really need to control myself in this shop!
They have my favorite - Japanese fabrics!!
Picked up a pre-print Sashiko table topper,
new Tulip Applique needles
a beautiful pattern for all of my Japanese fabrics,
and of course a FQ of Kaffee for my appliqué projects!


the last stop of the day was at
a small shop packed with lots of Batiks,
novelty, panels and holiday fabrics.
Just had to add to my Batik stash!
more Sashiko threads
and my Favorite Best Press scent
Caribbean Beach!
I now like ironing!!!

It was a great day!
My Quilty Gal Pal Joan
picked up a few goodies herself!

I think the Creative Juice Hammer
hit her too!
Joan ~ can't wait to see your bag when it's done!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A night with Alex, Victoria and Friends at Quilters Way

Last Tuesday three of my Quilty Gal Pals
Joan, Betty and Giuliana
for a special guest event with…

Alex Veronelli of Aurifil Threads
 and
Victoria Findlay Wolfe of 15 Minutes of Play

What a fabulous night!
Alex was mesmerizing as he explained 
how Aurifil thread was made.



He presented a slide show and explained
each step of the thread making process!
Who knew thread making could be that interesting!


Plus he sent everyone home with thread color cards and 
thread samples ~ 6 spools all different weights
12, 28, 40, 50, wool and 6 strand embroidery!
Wow! Can not wait to play with them!

Speaking of play….
How about 15 Minutes of Play!
Victoria's Quilt made from orphan blocks and much more!
Having followed Victoria Findlay Wolfe's blog for a
number of years I was very excited to hear her speak.
She did not disappoint … 
her stories and humor made the night fly by! 
Loved how she takes scraps, sews them
together and creates such beautiful quilts.


she is a very passionate quilter
who just loves what she does!

she just jumps right in and starts creating!

Just Love that!


It was a fun evening, 
especially sharing it with friends!
Thanks Joan, Betty and Giuliana!