Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pin It Weekly #172

Now's the time to visit the Bloggers' Quilt Festival if you haven't done so already! Goodness, the quilts are fabulous. It's an honor just being able to put a couple of my quilts in the festival. Of course, it's open to all bloggers, so there's that, but really to know that some of my "quilt heroes" also have quilts in the show is pretty awesome. 

Chair...different textures & patterns.: Okay so enough gushing, already. There's some news on the quilting front: Amanda Jean Nyberg, who we all know and love as one of the authors of Sunday Morning Quilts, has a new book coming out in February. It's titled No Scrap Left Behind, which is a play on the No Child Left Behind legislation, so it's pretty funny for those of us who are teachers.  Anyway, I just thought I'd share the exciting news. You should visit Amanda Jean's blog, Crazy Mom Quilts, and see for yourself what it's all about. 

Raising Chickens 101 – For Beginners ! Chickens - Homesteading - Livestock - The Homestead Survival - Hens - Rooster - Chicken Coop - Farm:

And now on to Pin It Weekly: I've been too busy with school (I think I say that every week...) but I did manage to get a little pinning in over the weekend. For one, I put a few more of my quilts up on my "TRUNK, SHOW" board. It occurred to me somehow that I hadn't added any of the more recent quilts. 

country living:
That done, I pinned all manner of random stuff: from upholstery, to chickens, to baby lambs--aren't they just too cute?

BOO Halloween Wreath Fall wreath Deco Mesh by SparkleWithStyle by kristie:
Refresh containers with cool fall weather plants like mums, flowering cabbage and ornamental grasses. Pick up more fall gardening tips at The Home Depot's Garden Club.

For a tabletop focal point, nothing draws attention like our arrangement of faux dahlias, complete with a glass vase filled with pinecones. From top to bottom, it tells a story of color, texture and style. Handcrafted exclusively for Pier 1—and you.:

fall gourd pumpkin candle wedding centerpieces

fall colors...                                                                                                                                                      More

Fall/Winter Flower Arrangement - Fruit has become very popular to place inside of flower arrangements, so the apples allow for a modern take to a holiday arrangement.:

HJackman_Week 43 - Theme: "Brown" Autumns Bounty by sumoetx, via Flickr:

✞Ecclesiastes 3:1-22-For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven✞Fall is definitely here and it's beginning to show in the leaves, the pumpkins, the Halloween decor....they are all out in full force. 

Look at this little gray darling playing in the fall leaves. Our son rescued two kittens a few months ago and brought them to our house, "so all the grands can enjoy them." They are thriving and growing, and Richard and I have become attached. One looks very much like the kitten in this picture. 

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The other is yellowish with odd coloring on her ears, feet and tail. The poor thing was so ugly when we first got her that I named her Gizmo (from the Gremlins movie), but worm meds, food, and love made all the difference. Now that she's grown into her ears, she's just the cutest of kittens.  

Autumn Splendor Photograph by Don Schwartz - Autumn Splendor Fine Art Prints and Posters for Sale: También me han dado calabazas... Y lo he superado. No es tan difícil. Cuando alguien te ignora, el 'truqui' es ignorarle/lo. Ahí sí que tendríamos un "ojo por ojo" algo más equilibrado...:

Everyone here in Louisiana is hoping, praying, for cooler weather. Here's hoping that your weather is cooling off or warming up, depending on what you need. And I suppose, that could mean some of you are seeing the beginning of  spring or are experiencing perfect weather! 

Don't forget to visit Amy's Creative Side and vote for your favorite quilts in several categories!

Monday, September 26, 2016

"Modern Crosses" Revisited

Over the summer Richard and I visited the Great Lakes region, traveling in our camper from one state or national park to the next. We planned to be gone three or four weeks, and I knew that would be much too long to go without sewing. 

So I decided to put together some quilt kits to sew when I'd have a bit of down time. We do have to rest, after all. One of the kits that I enjoyed was this modern bright cross quilt. 

By the time we returned home, the top was completed. That meant loading the quilt on the long-arm and having fun as soon as we returned. 

I quilted the negative space in lines, some echoing the shapes between the crosses, others just straight or diagonal. The crosses, though, got a special treatment: I quilted each color with a different motif. Pink has shells, green has pebbles, orange in scrolls, yellow in tiles, and so on. To keep track I had to write the motifs and colors down, but that was an easy fix. 

This one is perhaps one of my favorite quilts. I love the bright colors, the fun design and the quilting. Just for added interest, I extended the quilting colors on some of the crosses. The back is also very pretty since the thread colors create a muted design. 

Because I love this one so much, I decided to put it in the Bloggers Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side. You should run over to see the many (really very many) beautiful quilts and vote for your favorites. 
Happy Quilting!

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: D E N I M

Okay, okay, I know it's Monday. I spent too much time in the studio yesterday to get everything done. The good news--aside from being in the studio for quite some time--is that I got lots of papers graded, including the last of the essays! 

Our favorite lace up pieces by

adidas Originals Gazelle Gum-Sole Indoor Sneaker - Urban OutfittersCOMPOSITE TOP - Steven Alan:

DAY OFF | TheyAllHateUs:

DIY FURNITURE RENOVATION WITH JEANS. Don't like the pockets so much, but I like the worn denim with the traditional form.Who wants to bring back jean skirts as much as we do?! We are loving this throwback and want this style to be back in our lives ASAP!

vintage <a href="/levisbrand/" title="Levi’s®">@Levi’s®</a>  soon to be RE/DONE . .

Denim Hooded Long Sleeve Loose Coat BLUE: Jackets & Coats | ZAFUL:

Click to zoomBlue jeans repurposed as a tote bag.                                                                                                                                                     More

Quilts in denim . . . 

Denim Triangle Quilt | Modern Handcraft                                                                                                                                                     More

Brick Wall quilt, made with old blue jeans and flannel plaids.  Good college quilt.  Save jeans from high school.:

Another faux cathedral windows quilt, denim circles with batik inside - lovely!:

I was cutting out all the seams on the leftover jeans... Circleville Show Crafts by fluffetta, via Flickr:

denim quilt. Cause heaven knows we have enough denim to make 10 of these...:

Love the colors!                                                       …:

Memory quilt from jeans & shirts:

Diana Jackson’s Gee’s bend-inspired Red Square. 2014 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, photo by Reanna Rosemarie Alder:

Use the boys' old jeans, shirts, and pjs to make a weathered quilt like this.:

Denim Blue Jean Quilt Log Cabin Stars great idea for my dads jeans since he passed away:

Sunday, September 25, 2016

"That Big Chevron" and Bloggers' Quilt Festival

Early this month I finished the king size quilt that I had started for our youngest son and his wife. You can read about it here and here. They recently bought a house and, because they have the space, they replaced their bedroom suite. That meant the queen quilt that I gave them right after their wedding is not big enough.

Enter the biggest quilt I've made to date. I had just designed a new pattern which can be used to create a chevron design. Happily it's in vogue now and the kids must like it since they often wear clothing with a chevron pattern. I took my cues from that and pictures the couple sent of the colors they wanted to have in their bedroom. (Pictures of the paint chips are in the collage above.)

Rory sent pictures of the quilt after they had washed it. Thank goodness I recommended that they toss in some Color Catcher sheets. He told me later that they worked really well and apparently there was lots of bleeding from the burnt plum color.

It turns out that the original wall paint--a neutral light khaki--is perfect for the colors in the quilt, and they've decided not to repaint, at least for a while. 

I had promised myself that I would include one quilt in the Bloggers Quilt Festival this year. I almost missed it, but when I read about it on a couple of blogs last night, I decided that it's really time to keep some of my promises to myself. 

Since this is my absolutely largest quilt ever, it deserves a little recognition. There ya go! Problem solved, promises kept, person relieved. 

Soon I'll start the quilt I will make for the oldest son and his sweet wife. I've been delaying that in the hopes that some inspiration will strike and I'll be off and done in no time at all. It's another king, so expectations may be rather high.

Go by the Bloggers' Quilt Festival to see some amazing quilts. You can also vote for your favorite in each category. Have fun!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sew Preeti Fabrics and Questions

A few days ago I was reading Preeti's blog (which I love) and discovered that I'd won a pretty fat quarter bundle. 

Okay, so you can't see the print but trust me, I won. On Monday the box arrived! Oh my! These are pretty and modern and luscious! I was working pretty long hours so I didn't have time to take pictures or play. 

I did, though, set the fabrics on the kitchen counters so that I could pet them anytime I walked by.

Today I managed a few minutes to find some coordinating fabrics. I really love the lime and the blue. The gray stripe is the shade, but I'm not sure about the stripe. 

I took a photo in grayscale to help me see the value ranges. I'm pretty satisfied, but I may add another dark fabric depending on whether I will use the gray stripe. I'll let it simmer in my brain a while before deciding.

In the meantime, I've put the Quilty 365 top on the long-arm and started quilting it. After about 30 minutes, I am still undecided about the thread. I could really use some help with this one.

The problem is that the background blocks are so many different colors. No one thread will blend with them all. I started with a deep granite and love it. Except (There's always a negative, isn't there?) every single mistake shows up. The thread is dark on the light fabrics and very light on the darker fabrics. 

I really like the idea of quilting in the circles, occasionally throwing in a different quilting motif that is still circular. I just don't know what to do with the depth of the thread, especially since I tend to have lots of bobbles and jerks. 

 What do you think? Would you stick with this thread or try a lighter one? I won't change threads as many times as I would need to, so my decision is 1.) continue with this thread, 2.) rip it out and start over, or 3.) baste it on the long-arm and hand quilt it (using a sashiko-like stitch).  

What are your thoughts? Be honest, this is a safe place. And before I close, another huge thank you to Preeti for the fat quarters.
Happy quilting everyone!