Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I've also been working on another Scrap Therapy quilt - I have 1/2 the blocks done. I don't like to show pictures until the quilts are finished.
This week I have been very thankful for a very boring life. The people I work with have had a lot of drama in their life - drama I wouldn't wish upon anyone. Two of them are dealing with abuse - one friend very seriously injured. It's a sad situation. I wish I had a magic wand to help but all I can do is pray for them. What happened not only affects them directly but the whole family. Due to their privacy I won't say more.
But to end my post on a higher note, here's a picture of my sweet little puppy girl Duchess in a basket in my sewing room.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tonight I finished a purse for myself for the 4th of July holiday. This pin tuck purse is so easy to make and I love the look. I think I might need to get the bigger size as this one is pretty full.
We had our Loose Threads meeting last night at my house. We all did Assignment #1 from the Fearless Design for Every Quilter book written by Lorraine Torrence and Jean B. Mills. I think this book is going to make me really stretch my artistic skills. I didn't take pictures of my samples but here are a few pictures of what the other ladies did. The assignment was to show examples of symmetrical balance and asymmetrical balance. Then we showed our examples to the group and we all critiqued per the lesson plan.
Monday, June 15, 2009
And then on Saturday I had to clean house because my in-laws came for dinner - it was my father-in-law's 79th birthday.
Sunday had my husband and I shopping at Lowes for tile. The back of my wood stove (converted to gas) fell down and cracked so I have to remake it. I wanted to get some design to look kind of like a quilt block since this is in my studio, but the stuff I really wanted would have cost me over $100 for just the tile for a 12 square foot area. I would rather spend that kind of money on fabric, so this is what I got. I still have to paint the wood frame which won't be able to get done until next weekend. This full time job really cuts into my craft time.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
For the last 7 months our group met once a month and each of us had to take a turn teaching a new technique. With the new technique, we had to make a small quilt. I chose to do a journal with my quilts with "Things I Love". This month was a bleaching technique and obviously I love flowers. The back of each quilt has a scrapbook type page printed on fabric explaining why I love what the front shows. This one says I love flowers but only in quilts because I absolutely can't grow them.
Monday, June 8, 2009
I've entered quilts in the local quilt show but I've never entered a quilt in a local fair--but because of pressure from a guild member, I will be entering the above quilt in the Kings County Fair. This is another Scrap Therapy quilt--one of my favorites so far. I love the bright colors and even though I used over 1,000 2 inch square in the border alone, I still have boxes of scraps. How can that be?
Here's a close up of the quilting. I custom quilted it as well on my home machine.
Got the okay from my mother-in-law for a retreat at the beach house in July. Always a good time.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
The Common Threads Quilt Guild that I belong to had their big reveal night - we reveal our mystery quilts, the challenge and whatever else that needs to be revealed for the year. This year our challege was a yo yo challenge. You had to have at least one yo yo on your quilt. The talent in this guild is absolutely amazing. Here are a couple pictures of our guild's challenge quilts. I'm not sure who all the quilts belong to because I was on the stage when we were all holding them and I couldn't see everyones.
Mine is the all green one. I should count how many yo yo's I made. This is from one piece of fabric that I bought at our guild's white elephant sale last December.
My friend Deolinda won Viewers Choice with the body quilt. The funny part of her quilt was when she was holding it up - it looked like her head at the top of the quilt.
My friend Anna Koelewyn also won something with her oriental florals. It was beautiful and her quilting was spectacular.
Sara Kelly won a prize for her hummingbird quilt--I think for best use of color.
This is just a sampling of the local talent.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
I did finish the Scrap Therapy (http://www.scrap-therapy.com/index.html) quilt top yesterday though, so at least that's off my list. I plan on doing a simple swirly all over pattern for that so once it's pinned it should be done quickly.