Monday, March 28, 2016

Allietare and Snapshot Quilts are DONE!

I finally finished the Bonnie Hunter 2015 mystery quilt Allietare this weekend.  I actually finished the quilting of this about a week ago, but  I didn't get the binding done until 3/27/16.

I really love the way this turned out.  When she threw in the color gray with the gold and red I wasn't sure it was going to work, but it really does.

And here is my Fat Quarter Shop Snapshot quilt finished this weekend too.  (3/26/16)

I spent way too much time quilting the Allietare that when it came to this one, I was determined not to do too much.  However the fill I chose was pretty time consuming.  But I still like it....and it's done.  There are a few of these blocks that would make adorable little mini quilts for friends.  

I brought these to work today to take pictures but it was so windy.  So the mystery quilt was taken on our conference room table and the Snapshot quilt was hung on my cubicle divider.  I really need to find a good place to take pictures of my quilts. 

I also machine quilted two charity quilts for out guild.  That took me all day yesterday.  

I hope you all had a blessed Easter.  I spent the day quietly.  Started it at church and then came home and sewed.  And cleaned a bit too.  

Thank you for looking.  

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Loose Threads Art Quilt Groups Stuff Challenge

In December the Art Quilt Group I belong to, Loose Threads, decided to do a 'stuff' challenge.  We were all asked to bring the following:

1 fat quarter of quilting cotton fabric
1 piece of any other type of fabric
something metal

(I can't find the email with the original list so I'm hoping I have that right.  Got a new laptop 2 weeks ago so I lost all my emails.)

We put all the like items in a bigger bag and then we took turns drawing one item from each bag.  We then were challenged to make a quilt using the items we drew.  Below is a picture of the items each of us drew with their finished quilt next to it.

And here is mine.  I can't comment on what everyone was thinking when they created their quilt - we discussed it when we met, but I don't want my words to skew their thoughts.  But I'll let you know what I was thinking.  (But be warned - I'm not a deep thinker.)

I got lucky.  Almost everything I got had a color theme which I liked.  I added some of my own beads, fabric and shells.  The background fabric was fabric I dyed years ago at a Road 2 California class.  I was stumped what to do and tried to weave the cotton fabric but hated  what I did so cut it off (bottom left corner).  Got on Pinterest and was looking at mixed media art and got inspired by how they use different items on a piece.  I like to have a theme so pulled out my shells since the colors were beach-y.  The gold paper leaves I tried to rub on metallic paints as I did the pink earring in the very center. I like it and it may find a place to hang at our house in Cambria.

And since I like my little girl dog's mohawk, here's her full body 'do'.  

My next post should show two finished full sized quilts.  Working on the bindings as we speak.  

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Mermaid Tails (and a table runner)

My red-headed granddaughter's favorite Disney Princess is Ariel from Little Mermaid.  Her third birthday theme this year was mermaid, so Oma decided to make her a few mermaid tails for her birthday gifts.
One to play dress up with.
And one to snuggle in.

She's a big girl now with a shiny new backpack.
Just for fun I gave my little dog a Mohawk.  One day I'll do it with mousse so it will stay.
Last November I took a class through my guild by Claudia Dallas Gomez and in the class I made two blocks.  Today I took a quilt as you go class by Pat Robertson.  Last night I was looking for something to use for today's class and saw those 2 blocks on my design wall and decided to make a 3rd one and then use those for a quilt as you go runner.
Colors are much prettier (beachy colors) in real life.  I think I need a new camera.  Or just use my cell phone from now on.

I also finished a small quilt from the guilds block of the month blocks I won last month but forgot to take a picture and already donated it to our guild for their charity group.

I also finished a small quilt for the local quilt shows challenge which was 'water'.  Can't show it until after the show in April.

I have two large quilts that are pinned and ready to quilt --but I have my art quilt challenge quilt to complete first.  It's a bag of stuff challenge - kind of.

Thanks for looking.