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Thursday, February 23, 2017

English Paper Piecing and a few Comfort Quilts!

Spent some time cleaning out my stash!
Filled two grocery bags full of fabric and quilt tops
to donate to the Comfort Quilt Programs at
Silver City Quilt Guild and
Rhododendron Needlers Quilt Guild
need to support both my guilds!!

These quilt tops have been sitting for years…
that tells me I'm never going to finish them
and it's time to let them go…
that way someone could enjoy them!

Really like the way SCQG and RNQG 
are handling their Comfort Quilt Program…
A member makes a top, another member quilts the quilt
and then another member binds the quilt!
It is a great group effort!

In between sending six quilts to 
Mad About Quilts to be basted (Hate that job!)
I've started an English Paper Piecing project!
Not that I need another project…
but what can I say this one spoke to me!!

Sue Daley's "Quatro Colours"
The pieces are just the right size for me!
Have to admit I have the whole 
Millefiori, New Hexagon and La Passacaglia collections
but for some reason found them intimidating daunting!
But this CUTIE seemed very doable!

Two of my quilt friends
Linda and Ronni
gave me a way too cute box for quilty stuff
it works perfect for my Quatro Color pieces!

One side fits all the tools and my needle book!
the other side is great for the papers and pieces!

My first paper pieced flower!!
(fabric from Bonnie and Camille)

So CUTE!!!

Have a great Quilty Day and enjoy the process

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Another quilt retreat!

January was definitely Quilt Retreat month!
I had the opportunity to get away to my second retreat 
a few weeks ago - so wonderful to get out with other quilters!
The creativity was just outstanding!!

My days were spent working on two different donation quilts,
one for SCQG's Comfort Quilt program and the other for
Quilts of Valor (ran out of sashing fabric so could not finish that one!)

Here is my pile of cut fabric for a disappearing 9 patch

Using a speckled background batik fabric
and bright 5" precut batik squares-
it was fun putting it all together
then slicing it up!

rearranging it, 

and then stitching it back together!

now it just needs some boarders
(which were left at home!!)
 and it will be ready for someone in the guild to quilt!!
Hopefully it will go to someone who really needs a bit of comfort!

After returning from my fabulous three day retreat
it was time to get serious and get quilt tops and backs ready
to be basted - since that is NOT my favorite job
and I have FIVE that need to be done 
I'm opting to send them
out to be basted! 
Here are three ready to go!

This is a block that all go on the back of my "Snap shots" 
quilt - pattern was a BOM last year from the Fat Quarter Shop.
Such a fun quilt to make!
Since in was a camera - it just call for a family photo!

more photos of the quilts once they are basted
and I start quilting them on my Janome 6600!
Can't wait! Need to get them all quilted
for SCQG's show in September!!
May even have two more to add to the pile by then!!

Let's not forget 
Super Bowl 51
LOVE those Patriots!!
Usually I can appliqué while watching the game…
but not this one! 
Emotions were all over the place…
they were off to a horrible start - so depressing, then
they woke up came to life and made the greatest come back in history!
It's funny everyone is down on the Patriots for always winning…
well I grew up watch a Dad who support the worst loosing team ever!
He had seasons tickets and went to every game … and they mostly always lost!
He still stuck by them…
I'm sure he was looking down from is 50 yard line seat in heaven
and was over joyed at such a come back win!
Thinking of you Dad - miss ya <3

Ok tears dried … now back to quilting!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Another Comfort quilt top completed

Today I was able to finish a comfort quilt 
that was started two weeks ago at a retreat!

Very happy with it…
even though there is one oops!
but I'm letting it go!!

The pattern is "Patio" by Happy Zombie
and the fabric is "Little Lifesavers" by Michael Miller
and it finished at 62" x 62"

It will go into the Silver City Comfort Quilt program…
will be quilted and bound by another guild members and 
then sent off to someone in need.

My stash is really out of control so I've made the decision
to make at least one comfort quilt a month…
Just love playing with fabric…

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Christmas, Happy New Year and a few 2017 finishes!

 Christmas has come and gone…
always makes me sad
so much preparation, anticipation and excitement
then blink and it's gone.

The Living room was all decorated waiting for the kids to come home,
so great having them home even for just a few days.

The Santa tree skirt I made way back in 1983 for
hubby and my first Christmas …
it still looks great!

 "Selfie" Family Photo!!

In October my son asked me to make a quilt for his girlfriend!
At first I though what you want me to make a quilt start to finish
in two months!!
Well mission accomplished times two!
A Patriots quilt for Matthew...

 and a blue and white quilt for Emily!
She loved it!

Happy New Year!
Wondering what this year will bring??

My first quilt top finish!
Scrappy Trip Around the World
which is a free pattern on Bonnie Hunter's website.

Here is a close up.
It will be donated to the Silver City Quilt Guild's
Comfort Quilts Program!
Another member will take it and quilt it,
then another will bind it
(great group effort)
and then it will go on to someone in need of Comfort!

The first weekend of January I was off to a retreat!
Packed lots of projects!!

First project was from a stack of fat quarters in my stash
"Little Lifesavers" by Michael Miller
and thats as far as it got…
I forgot the sashing fabric!! Oops!

Next up Block 8 of my "Snapshots" quilt
(a BOM from the Fat Quarter Shop)

and block 9!

Four Hedgehogs for my
"Fancy Forrest" quilt

Once home the hexie bug bit me and the result
was this way too cute needlebook
inside view…
yes the little Bunny is appliqués on!!

and the back!

 Block 6 of "Ladies of the Sea"

SO nothing big is finished…
but lots of projects brought up to the next step!

Hope your 2017 is happy and healthy
and full of Quilty Finishes!!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Fall into Christmas with family and quilts

This fall started out with the Silver City Quilt guild
hosting Christine from Calico Cottage of Seekonk Ma.
It was a fabulous lecture on her journey from an online business 
into a brick and mortar shop and she brought everyone a present!!
A pincushion kit!

Mine is already made and donated to the SCQG
boutique table for our Sept 2017 show!

Then October brought another trip to Texas to
care for my daughter who had hip surgery
(she did very well!)
Poor kid was trapped in a passive exercise machine 
for 6 hours a day for a week!

Of  course we had to dress her dog Stella
up for Halloween!
The outfit lasted two hours!!

Knowing there would be some down time while in Texas, 
I had a sewing machine shipped to there ….
and brought two quilts (all cut and ready to sew!)
with me - as they needed to be done for Christmas!
And both quilt tops actually got done in the
two weeks I spent in Texas!!
Now there is a sewing machine down there for future visits!!
Great to set up the iPad and watch The Quilt Show while sewing!

We even had a chance to quickly stop in and visit
The Alamo!

While in Texas I was also able to complete the first block
of the Portage Lake quilt
by Minick and Simpson

and block 5 for my Ladies of the Sea Quilt!
The block "The Mayflower" is not actually part of the
Ladies of the Sea pattern
but since I'm from Massachusetts it will be my center block!

Definite problem here…
Quilting ADHD for sure!!
seven projects in progress!
Plus on the other side of the room are 6 quilts
stacked and ready for quilting!!
My 2017 resolution is to finish projects and 
NOT start any more!!

oops spoke too soon…
a Halloween Baltimore style quilt has been started 
with quilty friends Joan and Diana -

This is a fusible appliqué quilt - which is out of the box me -
so used to needle turn appliqué!

My son in Florida is loving his job as
airport manager in Tavares
there is a special airplane quilt in the works for him!!
Since the fabric is bought, and the design has been formulated
it's technically not a "new" project!
Is it??

In December BFF Joan took me for a ride up to 
to see the fabulous American Appliqué quilts!

This was my favorite

 It was in beautiful condition and
the hand quilting was phenomenal

 That brings us to Christmas preparations,
and cookie time!

The house is decorated and ready for
the kids to be home to celebrate!

 Wishing everyone a 
Merry Christmas
Happy Healthy New Year!

Monday, September 26, 2016

designing the quilt design!

Spending time enjoying the process of designing the quilt design.
That has always been a struggle for me …

Last spring I took an inspirational class at MQX
"Divide and Design" from Lisa Calle.
It opened my eyes to a new way of planning the quilting designs!

Take a picture of your quilt or block,
blow it up (at least 8 x 10)
using tracing paper start your designing!

Finding this method along with her dividing instructions so helpful!

If you get a chance to take a class from Lisa I highly recommend it!
Can't see her in person? 
Try taking her online class at iquilt 

After several attempts ….
the final design is getting closer!

How do you design your quilting designs?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Blog Sabbatical and Quilting!

A blog sabbatical … yes that's what happened here!
Four months of NO blogging … feeling a bit guilty!

After the kitchen redo and my daughters graduation
and trip to see my son things just came to a grinding stall!

It seems easier quicker to post in Facebook
but I actually missed blogging … so I'm back!

My guild - Silver City Quilt Guild gave out a crayon challenge
for our 2017 show …
my colors were a blue, red, orange
we have to use two of the colors and Gray
and may add in black and white

Orange is defiantly "out of the box" for me!
which made me want to use it all the more!

After scouring all my books and patterns and not able to find
something that motivated me … the sketching started ...
then out came my old EQ5 
to create my challenge piece!

Here is the index card with my challenge colors
and the beginnings of the paper piecing part of the block

The quilt consists of these two blocks

here you can see my original sketch,
the EQ5 print out of the design
and the blocks all made and ready to be sewn together.

The finished top...
just waiting now for quilting inspiration to hit!

 once it came together the name hit me like a ton of bricks
"Finding the Light thru Dementia"
It's dedicated to my mom - who is struggling with memory loss
some moments her thoughts are crystal clear like the blue skies,
other times they are muddled and grey.
but I'm always looking for that light thru it all where
she's the women I remember.

This summer was spent caring for my mom and quilting donation quilt tops.
Managed to get three tops done for the SCQG comfort quilts,
here are two of them - forgot to take a picture of the third one!

I also made a quilt and sent it down to Orlando Florida
for the victims of the Pulse night club shooting,
that was just such a tragedy - felt I needed to do something.

My work on the "Ladies of the Sea"quilt continues.
The original pattern by Sue Garmen calls for 16 beautiful boats,
mine will be scaled down to 9 boats plus the elaborate boarders
to accommodate the wall it will hang on!
The center block will be from a different pattern
"Massachusetts" by American Album Blocks…
I just could not leave out the Mayflower!

She's coming along nicely!

"Funky Garden on Red"
came home from her trip to the
sporting her third place ribbon!

and in August I was thrilled to receive
and Honorable Mention Ribbon for
"Winter Days in Shades of Taupe"
at the Mancuso World Quilt Show in NH!!

and since she is a ribbon winner she will be traveling
as part of a special exhibit in the next few Mancuso shows!!
Holy Cow!!
So if your in Palm Springs, Santa Clara or Orlando
check out the Mancuso Quilt shows and stop by
and say hi to "Winter Days"!!

All in all it was a busy Quilty Sabbatical!!