Around the World Blog Hop

Have you heard about the fabulous “Around the World Blog Hop?”  Every Monday we are passing the blogging baton on to one of our favorite bloggers.  Last Monday, my stitching buddy Barb linked to me on her Just Sayin’ Sew blog.  Thanks Barb!  Here she is with one of her wonderful Inklingo blocks:Barb-with-another-Inklingo-

To participate in the Blog Hop, I first answer some questions and then link to the next blogger  – who will blog about the Around the World Blog Hop next Monday.

Question 1:  What am I working on?

Oh my, that is quite a question.  I keep most (not all) of my projects in these colorful plastic boxes from Costco stacked up in a cabinet in my quilt studio:

Quilt-projectsFrom the tippy top box (a 4 patch exchange with friends) to the very bottom box (quilt blocks for my JSS bee exchange) – there are plenty of projects to work on.  However I’m not going to show you the contents of each one of these boxes – just some highlights of very recent projects and one new one on the horizon.

This week I took a workshop through the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild on Miniature Baskets with Margie Payton. It was fun but very intense!  Here is my miniature basket quilt top:

Miniature-Basket-QuiltI put the quarter on the quilt so you can see just how tiny those little baskets are!

After that very small project, my Austen Family Album block of the week seemed enormous!

Little-and-BigLast month, my friends and I hit the Houston Quilt Festival.  After seeing all the beautiful red and white quilts, including this wonderful Just Takes 2 quilt, I have been once again inspired to take up my purple and white Just Takes 2 project.

Friends-at-the-quilt-showHere are blocks 55, 56 and 57.  Only 43 more to go!!!

Blocks-55,-56,-57One last show and tell!  I’ve decided to participate in Bonnie Hunters new Grand Illusion Mystery quilt, which begins on November 28.  I’ve got some gorgeous batiks for this new mystery quilt:

Fabrics Can’t wait for the first clue!  Check out her blog and join me if you can!

Question 2:  How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I don’t think my quilting differs that much from others. I like to try many different quilting techniques, from paper piecing to needle turned hand applique and everything in between. I do like to have several projects going on at the same time, so I never get bored!  If a project doesn’t appeal to me today, I’ll pick up something else.  I love to begin projects but really do try to finish them now and then too!

Question 3.  Why do I write/create what I do?

I love to quilt!  I love that I can be creative and don’t have to draw, paint or sing (I am really bad at all three).  I blog about my quilting because I’m an insufferable show off!  I love to share what I’ve been working on.  I love to share others work too – quilt shows, bee days, quilt shop hops, etc.  If I can pique your interest, make you smile or give you a tip you can use, then I feel good.

Question 4.  How does my writing/creating process work?

I take lots of pictures!  The pictures tell me what to write!  I edit the pictures in Adobe Photoshop Elements, cropping, enhancing, resizing and finally saving a version for the web.  As I go through these steps I’m actually composing  the story behind the photo.  Sometimes it is a long explanation and sometimes all the photo needs is a name.  When I write, I try to give you lots of links to other web sites, other artists, patterns, fabrics, books, tools, so on.  The internet is full of resources!  I like to share those if I can.

Passing the Baton

Next Monday, December 1 check out Postcards from Panama for the next Around the World Blog Hop posting.  Carol from Panama is another amazing Inklingo quilter!  And I just love her bright fabric choices!

This week in the US we are preparing lots of fabulous pies, turkeys and side dishes so we can celebrate with friends and family all that makes us thankful.  One thing I am thankful for is to have this opportunity to share with you!  Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

JSS Fall Retreat – Design Wall Transitions

Our wonderful JSS Bee retreat was this past week at Compass Centre in Mount Calm, Texas.  We had a blast!  Lots of great food, serious stitching and an enormous amount of laughter! Rather than fight the failing flaky internet with daily posts about the retreat I saved up all my pictures for one gigantic blog.  Here we go….

Sally-and-Barb-are-ExcitedWhen I was going through my pictures I noticed several projects that started as works in progress and were completed or nearly completed over the course of the retreat.  Call it Design Wall Transitions

Here is a little quilt that Lynda was working on for a neighbor.  The hand prints on the blocks are the neighbor’s child’s.  Very sweet.  Here is the WIP:

Lynda's-neighbor's-quiltAnd after much deliberation and advice, here is the completed quilt top:

Lynda's-neighbor's-quilt-coPatti has this wonderful hand applique made for her by Peggy for one of our bee brown bag challenges.  We auditioned several borders.

Patti's-(Peggy's)-applique-The completed quilt top looks fabulous!

Patti's-applique-completeOur dear Sally was working on a plaid quilt top made from charm squares.  After arranging and rearranging the blocks, this is a picture as she was putting them together:

Sally's-Plaid-WIP-1And, oh my, what a beautiful quilt this turned out to be!

Sally's-Plaid-CompleteHere is Karen’s cowboy quilt in it’s early stages:

Karen's-Cowboy-Quilt-WIPKaren’s cowboy quilt in later stages:

Karen's-Cowboy-Q-WIP-2I know there are more cowboy silhouette borders but never got a shot of those.

Suz spent about 99.9% of her retreat working on this beautiful A&M Blooming 9 Patch.  Here is the WIP…

Suz's-blooming-9-patch-wipAnd here is the almost completed top (I think there may be an A&M Maroon block destined for the very center):

Suz's-blooming-9-patchWow!

Sally’s Christmas quilt in the beginning:

Sally's-Christmas-WIPYes, those are Inklingo hand pieced stars (Barb is rubbing off on us!).

Sally's-Christmas-Close-upHere is a more complete version of the Christmas quilt:

Sally's-Christmas-WIP-2Sue’s Halloween quilt in the beginning:

Sue's-Halloween-WIPHow about a close-up of one of those cute blocks:

Sue's-Halloween-CloseupAnd Sue’s finished Halloween quilt top!  Way to go Sue!

Sue's-Halloween-CompleteBarb worked on her handkerchief quilt using Inklingo.  She timed herself hand piecing and machine piecing some of these seams.  Which was better, Barb?

Barb's-Hankie-Quilt-WIPHere is a close-up of one of these beautiful blocks:

Barb's-Hankie-Close-UpAnd, drum roll, please – the finished quilt top!

Barb's-Hankie-Quilt-CompletDavene was thoroughly enjoying making doll clothes for a granddaughter (although, I think secretly these may be for Davene’s dolls).  First there was one outfit:

Davene's-Dolls-1Then two, three and finally, four!

Davene's-Doll-ClothesThat will be one very well dressed doll!  Davene was using Daisy Kingdom Doll Panels found on Etsy. But don’t tell anyone!  You don’t want to get in a bidding war with Davene!

Peggy was working on a very wooly Noah’s Ark.  The pattern is not a Sue Spargo pattern but Peggy is applying lots of Sue Spargo techniques.

Peggy's-Wooly-Noah's-Ark-WIA few close-ups of the animals:

Peggy's-elephants Peggy's-LionsPeggy’s design wall also sported first one hand applique bird:

Peggy-Applique-1And then two more birds!

Peggy-Applique-3 Peggy-Applique-2Cindy (at least I’m 90% sure these are Cindy’s) had these wonderful blocks going:

Cindy's-BlocksMadelyn and Peggy have had something of a challenge to create these rather complicated blocks – it was nice to see them side by side.

Madelyn’s:

Madelyn's-BlocksPeggy’s:

Peggy's-BlocksI worked for a whole day on the border for my Carol Doak Scrap Scramble:

Carol-Doak-BorderAnd I put together this little lap quilt from charm packs (this is a disappearing 9 patch – super easy and quick).  I still have borders to add.

Disappearing-9-patchWe seemed to have something of a pillow case theme this retreat:

I created 4 of these Christmas pillow cases for grandkids:

Pillowcases---cookie Lynda made several for her grandkids (and maybe a grownup kid or two).Pillowcases---Lynda And Suz made one for herself!  Love the wild and crazy fabric!Pillowcase---Suz What am I missing?  It seems several projects hit the wall and were taken down super quick to make room for the next project!  I’m sorry if I missed yours!

One last picture – this cute little critter (a giraffe, a llama, a donkey, a girlunky or a geranimal?) appeared on my sewing machine during the retreat.  Thank you to the geranimal fairy!

Girlunky

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case of the Secret Garden Complete!

The Case of the Secret Garden quilt top is done! This quilt was an Inklingo mystery quilt begun in February.  Thanks to Linda Franz for this awesome project!

COTSG-CompleteLots and lots of hand piecing.  Here is a closer look at the center of the quilt:

COTSG-CenterI added a thin border of the darker fabric and a wider border of the accent fabric:

COTSG-Corner-with-BorderNow I just need to decide how to quilt the project.  With all the hand piecing I’m tempted to hand quilt it but I’m a very slow hand quilter and it may be a year or more before I finish!  So it maybe be off to the long arm quilter…

This project has traveled with me to retreat at Mount Calm, vacation in the Grand Canyon, a visit to Las Vegas and a cruise through Caribbean.  It has been worked on while I watched many a baseball and football game, several movies and the entire first season of Homeland (thanks for the recommendation, Suz and Susan!).  My COTSG sewing bag was easy to grab when heading out the door for Bee day or a stitch day with friends.  I can honestly say I will miss it!

Maybe I should start another Inklingo project…  ah but which one???

Grandmother’s Choice Quilt Top

Today I finished the Grandmother’s Choice Quilt top! 🙂

This has been a great project and I want to thank Barbara Brackman for her Grandmother’s Choice blog.  Every Saturday morning for a year she gave us an awesome quilt block and some very interesting history on the women’s suffragette movement.  I will miss those Saturday morning posts!

Here is my Grandmother’s Choice Quilt:

Grandmother's-Choice-FinishI had planned on an inner border and outer border but I like it just as it is.  With all the bright fabrics it is pretty wild and crazy – containing them in one fabric seemed to settle the quilt down and make it more palatable (can a quilt be palatable?).  So I nixed the borders; I’ll use that fabric on the back.

I was very pleased with the way the center block became a focal point for the quilt.  It is the only block in which I used the purple dragon fly fabric as the background.

GMC-center

New quilt projects are looming on the horizon, but my next goal is to finish the Case of the Secret Garden Inkling Quilt. All the blocks have been stitched (by hand!) and I’m ready to start putting this puppy together!

Have a great week, y’all!

A Month of Grandmothers

With lots of travel and visiting family, I got way behind on the Grandmother’s Choice Block of the Week blocks.  But over the last few days I’ve snuck up to the sewing room for a bit of stitching.  Here is a month of Grandmother’s Choice blocks:

Week 45 – Aunt Mary’s Favorite. 

45-Aunt-Mary's-FavoriteAunt Mary’s Favorite is one of my favorites – a fun and easy block made more dynamic with cool chevrons.

Week 46 – Barrister’s Block

46-Barrister's-BlockI loved making the mirror image in this block with the same fabric in different colorways.

47 – Heroine’s Crown

47-Heroine's-CrownUgh!  My hand applique stinks on this one.  It may be a ‘do-over’.

48 – Fair Play

48-Fair-PlayI hand pieced the curves on this.  Reminds me of all the Inklingo stitching I still have to go on the Case of the Secret Garden quilt.  Inklingo would have made this a LOT easier!

I’ve also completed the Civil War Dixie Diaries block of the month for July.  Dixie Diary Month 7 – Living off Cornbread:

DD7---Living-Off-CornbreadSo now my BOW’s and BOM’s are all caught up.  What should I work on next?

  • Binding, sleeves and labels for quilt show quilts.
  • Case of the Secret Garden – only 15 more hand stitching block before I can put this puppy together.
  • Quilt the Kimono Quilt wall hanging.
  • Fabric basket – looks floppy, I might start over.
  • Exchange blocks for my bee – one done, seven to go – eeek!
  • Just Takes 2 – purple and white quilt.
  • Dr. Seuss quilt for Mikey – not even started, need to research pattern ideas.
  • And so on and so on and so on…..

Have a great week y’all!

 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...