Thursday, January 29, 2015

Word for 2015

I thought long and hard for my word for 2015.  There are so many good ones; create, learn, grow, love, live, lift etc.  I finally settled on improve.  I felt it encompassed all the others.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Word Challenge for 2015

I was worried that I may not make the January 31st date
for our Word Challenge, but I have!


Wabi-sabi meaning - Imperfect, Impermanent and Incomplete

Imperfect? - yes, a tiny bit of fabric not completely stitched down ….

Impermanent? - I guess so, somewhere down the years ….

Incomplete? - yes, my intention was to have outline quilting around the letters,
but I haven't done the quilting ….

so a very basic work but I have enjoyed working on this little piece.

Completely unrelated to the above, I received my copy of 


STUNNING!!!!

Guess what I've being doing over the past two days - reading, drinking cups of tea and
ordering a DWR Accuquilt die!! Happy Days.


Maureen

Friday, January 23, 2015

Another Plan B Quilt

Awhile back my orphan bin was overflowing.  I started pulling bright happy blocks and throwing them up on the design wall.  Arranging them to fit and filling in the wholes with scraps this is the result.
I know that Victoria calls her quilts like this everything but the kitchen sink but I like to call my Plan B.  Each block was intended for another purpose that just didn't work out.  The label on my original Plan B quilt read.  "Made from blocks intended for other quilts.  Test blocks because sometimes it's a good idea to make sure everything fits before you commit.  Orphan blocks, because some blocks are so fun you get carried away.  Mistakes, not failures, but lessons learned.  Healing blocks made by friends.  And scraps because when life falls to pieces remember there is always plan B.  And life is all about how you handle plan B."  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Word Challenge: Savor

Hello, all!
My word for this year:


Because I often feel I'm quilting on a deadline--related to either when a project needs to be done, or when I have to stop sewing to make dinner, entertain kids, go to bed... It's too easy to sew rushed and focus only on the end result, rather than enjoying the process as I go. 

So for 2015, I will savor my time quilting. I will stop and smell the roses, to use a tired cliche, and pay attention to what I'm working on rather than just how close I am to finishing. 

A little bit about the techniques I used here. I pulled out a bunch of orange scraps to create some monochromatic made fabric. I did applique last year, so I wanted to try a new and different technique for the letters this year, and freehand stitched cursive seemed like a good idea. I wrote the word on the orange fabric with a washable fabric marker, pinned the fabric to batting, and started stitching with my free motion foot. I used four or five different blues, ranging from sky blue to navy, and traced the word multiple times with each color. I wouldn't say I'm in love with the final result, but I'm glad I tried a new technique!

Ellie Q

Monday, January 12, 2015

Kim's WORD


my friend Kim showed me her word..........

She said:

My word for 2015 is a throwback to 80's/90's urban slang....WORD!  I love the many meanings, especially the word of truth. Word? Word!

I mixed embroidery - some chain stitch, backstitch, stem stitch and running stitches with some simple hand appliqué on an old piece of linen.  And pulled some binding scraps to finish it off!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

2015 Word

Well, I thought it was not going to happen this year. 
But finally I've come up with a meaningful word for me for 2015.
A neighbor of mine put out a popular monthly in the recycle bin
and I picked it up and read a feature article.
Initially it was the graphics that caught my eye 
but then there was content in the piece
that resonated with me.
I knew immediately that this was my word!


Yesterday I was so excited and involved making my quilt, 
that until I read Nathalie's statement on her word before posting this, 
I hadn't realized that I, too, forgot about using made fabric!
So, I'm being bold and posting anyhow.

As soon as I finish sewing the facing it will go on the table
where I grab my keys as I head out each day.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Fun quilt!


Nerida W. from AU made this fun quilt with her scraps...  Love that fun pattern!
Hoping to meet her when I go back to AU in April 2016 for the Australian Quilt Convention!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015 Word for the Year

My word for the year quilt is finished and ready to hang.  There is no made fabric on the front - but I did piece a few pieces to create the back - no picture of that, sorry.  

Sunday, December 28, 2014

NEW CHALLENGE!



I'm off to London for the week! And I had to have a new h and quilting project! So here it is! ;-)
Woof!

I'd like to CHALLENGE/FUNDRAISER  my 15 MINUTES OF PLAY PLAYERS
to make a quilt 15 Minutes Style for the Quilt Alliance this year!
theme:
ANIMALS WE LOVE!



What will you make?

Info and rules here:
http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/projects/galleries/Animals%20We%20Love/guidelines/



Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas Crosses

I didn't want to work on a current project so I started playing and over the course of a couple evenings, I came up with this.


I call it Christmas Crosses even though it doesn't have any Christmas fabric and I didn't make it for Christmas.  I only call it that because of the red and green and the alliteration.  LOL  The background of the blocks and the cornerstones in the sashing are all made fabric. 


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Jean's Star & Geese quilt

Jean took my class in Minnesota, and I was fawning over all her great african themed fabrics... She whipped this quilt together quickly for her daughter! Isn't it so fun? I love the monkey's faces peeking out in the star!

Monday, December 8, 2014

ready for 2015?


Wow, what a busy few weeks it's been!!

I was in Seattle, California, and then Florida! These few pics are from the Orlando Florida classes, and boy did we have fun!

And amazing weather, no doubt!



But now I am home... the tree is up, and I'm gearing up for first a trip to London just after xmas, then Wisconsin for a Two Day Double Wedding Ring Class ( come learn my tricks!!) 
then Baltimore, then TOKYO, then QuiltBeach, in Florida!


Two more fun things happen in January....
One.
My new Book will arrive for shipping!! (preorder only website)  I rcvd my advance copy today!!!!! YAY!!!!
I am so pleased with this book, I hope you will be too.

and TWO:
It's time for a new challenge!!!

It's the NEW YEAR!!!!
Time to make your NEW Yearly WORD!

What will it be this year?

Last year my word was SHARE...

This year...
it's 

If everything I do comes from a place of JOY, then I will feel joy everywhere...
I realized making this DWR series that each quilt is made with pure JOY. 

All happy memories included in the quilts, 
and they all make me smile, and bring me JOY.

and
Every quilt I share/give/donate... gives Joy to the recipient.
Is there anything better?


Will you play along?

Comment below now into January, on your new year word.

Then show me your quilts with your word incorporated!