Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cut It Up

Several days ago I was working
on a block for a Quilts of Valor block drive.
It needed to be 10.5" and mine was too small.
So I thought I could increase the size 
by adding in a cross.
(top block)
That was not working to my satisfaction either.
Instead of tinkering with it further, I chopped it all up to make 
15 minutes made-fabric.
Voila!  A whole new block
which I happen to think is more dynamic!
(bottom block)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pillow Fun

I started playing in my strip tub one day and began pulling out the black and white strips and sewing them together.  Then I decided it needed some color and I added in a little bit from the other strips in the tub.  Once I was done playing with it I put it on the wall and walked away for a few days.  However, it kept calling me back and it needed to be a pillow.  That meant adding a little bit more to make it square, quilting it, putting a back on it and putting in a pillow form.  This was a lot of fun of just playing with strips and then of playing with the quilting.  
The quilting is free motion large flowers in two different thread colors all over the top and then the space is filled in with lime green vines and leaves.  Lots of fun playing in the studio!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

it has been a while.........

I have been working very hard at finishing as many quilts as possible for our LQG show in May and finally finished binding this beauty! 

 It is a collaborative quilt made from hoses from a wonky house swap on flikr and a Tinners group swap at my LQG!

There are 21 houses, 32 tree blocks,
10 siggy blocks and 4 twelve inch blocks made by another   group I belong to on flikr! 

      It was a blast!

  The back was inspired by the kitchen sink quilts  by Victoria!!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Another Plan B Quilt

Sick last week.  Hubby gone this week and last.  On the mend now, but need a little play.  So I pulled out my orphan blocks and started another Plan B quilt.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Linda's new quilt!

Linda sent em an email show ing her fun star quilt! 
I love seeing how you all are adapting and building your own unique quilts using Made fabric!

I hope to see some of you at QuiltCon!

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 


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


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!