Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Quilt Challenge Day 8

 This quilt is the result of needing to use up scraps, in this case neutrals. To give it some contrast, I toss in lots of browns and just a few grays. I present to you, "Muddy Waters." It kept reminding me of the bayous and ponds in our area. Places where we went crawfishing, back when we were young. These days, we buy a sack of crawfish to boil or go to a restaurant where other people do all the heavy lifting and the cleanup. "Muddy Waters" is all improv--my favorite way to piece a quilt. It's fun, stress-free, and I get to make things up as I go along. When I'm finished with an improv top, I always quilt it using improv--whatever comes to mind is what I quilt, and I make it up as I go. I love making a "mistake" that turns into another motif!

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Quilt Challenge Day 7

This happy cross quilt is one that I pieced on a trip to the Great Lakes. I always take a couple of easy kits that are cut and ready for sewing. When we return home they are quilted (or put into a basket where they may wait a bit too long.) I sold this one at a guild show a few years ago. It became a gift to a priest who was leaving one parish and going to another. Don't you think happy is a good description for this one?

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Quilt Challenge Day 6

 And so it continues. Halfway through the challenge, I'm sharing this quilt that sold at a quilt show back when the museum was the sponsor. I don't know that this picture does it justice, but I barely managed to get this one. The technique, called "repeating Dresden plate" is one that I teach. It such fun to watch the plates create their designs as you put them together. Like magic!

A modern Dresden Plate quilt.  I don't remember the name, and it sold at its first show, where apparently it also won a ribbon.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Quilt Challenge Day 5

 I haven't forgotten about this challenge. Let me explain the whole "Mary" story. A real-life friend, who is also a Facebook friend, challenged me to show 10 quilts, probably in 10 days. I posted four days of quilts....four quilts. No one person liked, commented or otherwise acknowledged even one of my posts. Now it makes sense but at the time I thought I was just, well I'm not sure what I thought, but it was a little unsettling. No one? Not one like? Not a "uhmph"? So I quit posting. 

One of my three entries for QuiltCon.

At Monday's guild meeting, someone mentioned that it might be a good idea. Nope, I interrupted. I posted pictures of my quilts. No one even bothered. At that point, several people started talking at the same time. "Well, I guess we aren't friends." "We are friends and you didn't post anything to me." "Maybe they aren't shareable." And so on. Hmm, I wondered. I got out my phone and sure enough, I solved the mystery. 

You know, I forgot that my posts are set to send to Richard only. It's just so I don't send out really ridiculous or obnoxious posts. A safety button, if you will. Safety buttons, however safe they are, won't allow you to pull the trigger. So while I did post my pictures, I also didn't pull the trigger. I suppose you could say I pointed the gun but didn't shoot. Well, shoot! (I don't like the analogy but I do use the expletive.)

One of my three entries for QuiltCon.

So there. The quilt challenge mystery. Solved. In the meantime, I've been waiting for Facebook to catch up to the blog. Now my social media outlets are on the same challenge day. Five. It is day five, right? 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Pin It Weekly #327

Hello! Happy Weekly! Actually, I'm not so sure it's a happy weekly. Pinterest and I have been fighting. For some odd reason it won't always load. I'm thinking I've almost reached my limit of pins. Is that even a thing? Oh horrors, I hope not!

So I haven't been pinning much lately. Also, I've begun a new project. I'll tell you about it when I have something to tell. That may take a few more days. In the meantime, I thought I'd dig deep into my "heart, quilts" board and find some old favorites to share.

Even with thousands of pins at my fingertips, it's not such a difficult idea. Many are sorted into categories; the rest are in the main board. Those defy my reasoning. Which board? Which board? Okay, just put it on the main board, right? Just agree with me. I
t's what I do anyway.

If you've gotten this far, I'll remind you that these are not my quilts. I didn't make them--that's on my trunk show board--and I don't have patterns for them. I simply found them on Pinterest. If you want to find the maker, do a reverse search: copy the pin and paste it into Pinterest or Google and search for the image. In Pinterest, appears below the pin under the title, "more like this."

Barbara Brackman's MATERIAL CULTURE, Kindred Quilts, Tabitha, made with Metropolitan Fair fabric by Barbara Brackman

Monday, August 3, 2020

Quilt Challenge Day 4

I made this king size, gray and yellow quilt using a pattern from an old quilt top my grandmother hand-stitched. We discovered the top in mom and dad's house. The quilt was juried into QuiltCon, the national Modern Quilt Guild's annual show.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Sunday Quilt Inspiration:

 What a beautiful Sunday we're having. Sunny and hot, the ground is drying after two days of stormy rain. My succulents are growing. The flowers are blooming. There's chocolate in the house!


Chocolate dipped cupcakes


My chocolate is nothing fancy like these, but it's chocolate. While I am discerning and prefer really smooth milk chocolate, I'll eat any that happens to be around. Chocolate quilts? Well, sort of...

Have some blocks that would look good done like this

love brown, red and cream together--- verry pretty!

Pink nine-patches alternated with appliqued hearts... What if only half the hearts were there?

needle turn applique

Make Mine Mocha

And some chocolate fabric for lagniappe
Bridgeport "Browns" Fat Quarter Bundle - 9 fabrics

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Pin It Weekly #326

Welcome back to PIW!  My Pinterest has over 10,000 followers! How did that happen? Let's say hi to a couple, okay? Starting with

How to Make a Gradient Circle Flower Quilt – On Williams Street

William Morris in Quilting: Quilt Convention excitement - Part One  Australia

Okay, I admit it: I've already snagged a few of Phyllis' pins. Then I discovered that 

Quilt Challenge Day 3

A small modern quilt that I finally finished. (The tops are beginning to pile up somehow.) Quilting proved that straight lines are much too boring for me. Lots of fabrics, no repetitions.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Quilt Challenge Day 2

I made this quilt when my mom was fighting cancer and Alzheimer's. Life felt deeply depressing, so I designed it to give us both a little cheer. (I really need to take a better picture though.)

Monday, July 27, 2020

Quilt Challenge Day 1

I'm a scroller. You know how people post food and silly pictures and challenges and every little detail of their lives on social media? Well, this is my form of social media. The (I don't know, maybe 7?) people who come by.... you're my social media. I mean I have Pinterest and Instagram and, of course, Facebook. But Instagram is for when I'm stuck waiting and there are no old magazines from three years ago. Facebook is my grape vine, but I read with dubious interest. Pinterest, well, that's my game. However, I can play only so much, you know?

So, the reason for this post. A quilt friend did this ten day challenge of posting one or two quilt pictures every day. Just for fun, I suppose. A sort of online quilt show, if you will. Anyway, she actually named me as the next challenger. Now, how do you go about ignoring something like that? She named me! Okay, okay. I'm in. Here's what I posted. 

And there we are, the beginning of something I may not be completely committed to. 

Quilt Challenge Day 1
Thank you, Mary Coco.
I'll start with a quilt in progress. These are the first six rows of the Bernina Sugaridoo quilt along. Over 6,000 people from around the world are participating, so it's in pretty good company. I'm using indigos I've collected for a while, off whites and a touch of mustard. (Yes, momma, mustard.)
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Friday, July 24, 2020

A new bad finish

A few days ago I mentioned that I'd started a new quilt top. Frustrated with one thing, I decided to try working on something new. It doesn't work that way apparently. At least not for me. If I could have the time back that I've spent anguishing over these two quilts, I'd be able to make one king. Ah well, c'est la vie.

At this point I have abandoned the front of the quilt. I don't like it. I've tried several things. I don't like any of them and am moving on. I did realize (before sewing!) that I needed to be careful how I orient the pieces.  

I've took some of the elements that I tried on the front and am tossing them on the back. Namely this lowest one in the picture above. Two reasons for putting them on the back: firstly, I've wasted time and fabric unless I do something with it; secondly, I need a little more fabric for the back. There. Good enough. 

I ripped the stitches out and played with the idea of putting all of the strips together. Placed on the last piece of dark green, it looks pretty good. So there we are. A back that I may like more than the front.

If all goes well tomorrow I will have a back and a front and I'll have loaded everything onto the longarm. I'm still a little tired from my week of CoVid19, so I expect that's about as far as I get. 

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Pin It Weekly #325

Check out this girl's Flickr page.... so much beautiful sewing!!
Have I told you that I'm really bad at math? Here's one example of many, embarrassing many: I always check to see what number the next PIW is before actually typing in the number. Sometimes I double check. About six weeks ago I did that. Well, I did something.
Design Trend: Neutral Walls with Pops of Bold Color - Modern Parents Messy Kids
I thought it was check the number and add one. Then I proceeded to number the next PIW by skipping a slew of numbers. I went from the end of the 310s to the 330s. How does something like that happen? I assume it the same way I can slam my arm on a door knob that I just opened. I can't explain it and I've quit fighting it. Other people math for me and I have bruises I can't explain. 
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Any way, possibly I've corrected the numbers. On my own, so if you see #325 (it's plausible that I tossed it in there somewhere) just know that my life is an interesting series of corrections and explanations. 

This valentines decoration of paper hearts, beads and buttons is cute for any size house or budget! Also includes more ideas for valentines day decorations to liven up your home decor!
Now that I've entertained you, please enjoy the pins I have been pinning recently. 

The Thinking Tree, Ancient Olive Tree, Puglia, Italy - Imgur

Red Teacup | I forgot to upload this one with the rest of th… | Flickr

Fleur De Lis Corner | ... Embroidery Designs at Embroidery Library! - Baroque Fleur de Lis Spray

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