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Friday, July 27, 2012

So excited - Grandbaby #2

This is a picture that Jeff and I got via text yesterday.

Brother due to arrive around March 1st.  I put my order in for a girl this time.  I will love whatever it is though.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Two for Charity


Finished these two for our guild's charity committee.  The first one was made with blocks from February's Block of the Month that I won.  The second one was a kit with a finished top that just needed quilting and binding.
That's all.  Now I get to play with something I put together at the last retreat and finished 'cutting' at Party Party Party last Friday.  Just needs pinning and quilting.  

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Shades of Gray - The Quilt (Not the book)

Another finish.  The top was completed at the retreat in Cambria a few weeks ago.  I pinned it last weekend at my folks and spent the rest of the week quilting an all over feather design all around the quilt.
The pattern and fabric that I bought at Road 2 California in January (yes I added to the kit)
to this!!!!
checked binding
The kit came with these cotton sateens and some velvets.  Lots of texture.
Two more pinned quilts to work on this week.
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Free Motion Quilting Challenge and More Cuteness




First business.  I finally took some time to work on the July Free Motion Quilting Challenge.   This month's challenge was taught by Angela Walters.  She showed us another way to break up spaces.  I decided to keep my insides all the same 


I need to remember that circles are time consuming but I love the look.  


And as promised on the last post, here's a picture of me and Jack.  My mom, my niece Claire and I went to visit Kelly and Jack (Chad was working).  We also wanted to see her chickens, her garden and her chicken coop.  All so wonderful but the best part was seeing how much Jack is growing. He's talking a lot - I don't always know what he's saying, he is a giggler which I love.  No sound is sweeter than a child's laugh.  Anyway, we got one good picture of us.  He's a wiggler and wants to RUN!  And be chased.  And did I say he likes to laugh?  Check out the video I posted on the post before of him making animal noises.

Thanks for looking.  I have another quilt finished except the binding  - hope to get that done and posted tomorrow.  

Jack makes animal noises.MOV



My niece took this video of Jack last weekend when she, my mom and I went north to visit Kelly and Jack.  Claire took some really cute videos.

Monday, July 16, 2012

American Quilter's Society Blog of the Week

Can't believe it!  I was chosen as AQS's blog of the week.  What an honor.  Wish I had another finished quilt to post.  I have 3 pinned and ready to quilt - maybe by the end of the week.  Thank's AQS.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Blizzard in Blue or Finally the Blue and White Quilt is DONE

A few years ago I decided I needed a blue and white Christmas quilt for my guest bedroom which is painted, blue and white.  Go figure, right?  So at Road 2 California a few years ago and ever since then, I have been collecting blue and white fabrics with silver metallics on it.
 This is the final quilt that I made with all those fabrics.  It's a pattern I found in Quilters World December 2008 and was designed by Karla Schulz.  Her quilt had grey where I had some of the light blue and gray in the sashing. I had to use the valued fabrics where I could because I only had so much of each color.  I have absolutely no medium/light blue's left and I had to squeeze in some dark blue that has no metallic silver in it.  (Gasp!)  But I bet you wouldn't find it.  I used some silver metallic thread in some of the areas.
A silver snowflake in each big white square.
A simple straight line snowflake with white thread in the small corners.
Silver flurries in the sashing.
And silver flurries in the border.
Whew!  It took over 3 hours to machine quilt each block and there are 9 blocks.  The piecing is pretty good except in the square in the square blocks in the sashing.  I don't know what happened - but since I had no more medium blues to use I had to make those work.  The pattern name is Blizzard in Blue but I want to name it something like Glisten since I used a lot of metallic fabrics and threads.

Thanks for looking.  Pictures of my grandson coming soon since I get to see him this weekend.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Whisper Challenge Quilts (photo heavy post)

If you like art quilts, you'll like this post.

After 14 months, the Loose Threads art group had our Whisper Challenge reveal.  We invited friends and guild members to see what we've been working on.  There are 7 of us--Anna Koelewyn, Grace Hoya, Sara Kelly, Karen Taber, Janice Minyard, Barbara Sawyer and myself.  We each started with a photo that we picked and made a quilt using that photo as inspiration.  We then passed on to the next person pass on their  quilt to the next person on the list. That person was to use that quilt as inspiration and then give the quilt back to the maker and the quilt they made to the next person on the list.  They had to use that quilt for inspiration, and so on.  So we had no idea what came before the quilt that we received.  It's interesting to see how the quilts morphed.  So below I'll show the inspiration picture and then the whole thread of quilts from that picture in a row and then each quilt separately.

Anna's Thread
Inspiration Picture

Anna's Thread
Anna Koelewyn

Barbara Sawyer
Janice Minyard
Grace Hoya

Sara Kelly


Barbara Sindlinger (Me)

Karen Taber

 My Thread
My inspiration picture - I found on Pinterest


My Thread


My Quilt
Janice Minyard
Sara Kelly
Barbara Sawyer
Anna Koelewyn
Karen Taber

Grace Hoya

 Barbara Sawyers Thread


Inspiration Photo

Barbara Sawyers Thread

Barbara Sawyer
Me
Karen Taber
Anna Koelewyn
Grace Hoya
Janice Minyard

Sara Kelly
 Grace Hoya's Thread
Grace's Inspiration picture

Graces Thread
Grace Hoya
Anna Koelewyn
Me
Sara Kelly
Karen Taber


Barbara Sawyer

  
Janice Minyard

Janice Minyard's Thread


Janice's inspiration picture and drawing

Janice's thread

Janice Minyard

Karen Taber

Grace Hoya
Me
Barbara Sawyer
Sara Kelly

Anna Koelewyn
Karen Taber's Thread


Karen's picture
Karen Taber's Thread

Karen Taber
Sara Kelly
Anna Koelewyn
Janice Minyard
Me
Grace Hoya

Barbara Sawyer
 Sara Kelly's Thread
Sara's Inspiration photo
Sara's Thread


Sara Kelly
Grace Hoya
Barbara Sawyer


Karen Taber
Janice Minyard

Anna Koelewyn
Me
Here are our behinds!  A friend was laughing because we were all taking pictures in front of the quilts and thought it would be cute to take a picture of all of us.  So here we are in front of our own quilts.  (Thanks Linda Matthews for this photo.)



 If you have any questions, please comment.  I am pretty good about responding to comments.

Thanks for looking!