Sunday, February 22, 2009

Turtles Wallhanging-Top Done

I like it! I am going to use nylon thread to attache the turtles to the background blocks, and the shells to the turtles. I don't know if I am going to use a zig-zag or a straight stitch, but I want to make sure they are attached.

This was much more fun than I thought it would be. It took a while, but I am glad I did it.


Turtles Wallhanging

I found this pattern last summer when I went to the Sister's qult show, but of course I can't just do what is suggested. I decided to change it a bit. Here is what I have decided to do. I found another turtle drawing online and adjusted it to fit my needs. I think I'm going to like it.

I'm using a fusing method from Terry Grant's blog that I found a while ago. I bought the Liquifuse at that time, and happened to have a Teflon sheet from a friend who was getting rid of stuff--so I went ahead. I think I put a bit too much on the turtles, though. When I fused the shells to one of the turtles it came through the fabric. I'm going to live with it though--I'll have to see if it really bothers me after I get the backing together. If it does, I'll have to change the turtle.


Monday, February 16, 2009

Oriental Tiles Quilting

I am being a good quilter and finishing up before I begin another top. well, I am working on quilting a top, but I don't know if I am going to be able to hold out until the quilting is done. This is the oriental tiles top I finished probably almost 2 years ago now--it is a wedding gift for my niece and I think she has been married about 5 years now! I bought the fabric in Paradise California when I was there 3 years ago (I think). It was a kit. I had to supply the color for the diamonds in the middle of each block, and the black--as well as the backing. I am just stippling in the colored parts of each block. I had a heck of a time trying to figure out what I wanted to quilt. I decided to stipple the border and that looked OK, then, since I am using a variegated purple I'm not quilting in the black areas.

I would have had more done, but I had to drive to pick up my husband. He was on a ski trip in Leadville, and more than half of the group got sick with gastroenteritis (stomach flu) and 4 ended up in the hospital because of dehydration. Of course, he was one of them--so I spent about 5 hours going there and coming back--that's why I'm not done. (At least that's my excuse for the day.) Really I don't feel like I do a very good job quilting, so I try to avoid it.

Does anyone have a Bernina? If you do, do you use the #57 foot (the 1/4" foot with the guide)? I was looking at it, but I'm not sure it is worth $45. I'd appreciate it if you do use it if you'd let me know.



Saturday, February 14, 2009

Quilt for an Hour--DONE!

The top is done and I like it. I'm thinking of who it might go to--I'm not sure yet. I like the way it turned out, and now I'm thinking of what I might do next.


Friday, February 13, 2009

Quilt for an Hour-Summer 2008

Here are the blocks put together. I still have to put the first border around, but I'm taking a bit of a break and thought I'd post the progress I've made so far. I like it. I didn't mention it in the last post, but this was a pattern from Judy Laquidara last summer. She has quilt alongs and all sorts of fun stuff--and I may actually finish this one before the end of the weekend.


Quilt for an Hour

I last worked on this in October. I was going to start another project, and decided instead I would finish this one--at least the top. I was going to have the peach squares be the focus, but I realized I cut the sashing strips such that I have to do it this way. I think I'll like this just at well once it's done.

I'll post more pictures as I progress today. I have today off; a 4-day weekend for the residential students and, surprise, we don't have a teacher workday!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Pillowcase Tote

I was killing some time today, and ended up browsing through the ARC. If you don't have one in your area, it's a used item shop. I found some pillowcases, and remembered I was supposed to make my SIL some bags for shopping--a long time ago. I found some that were heavy enough and I liked, so I bought 7--does this count as fabric I added to my stash??

When I got home, I googled and found this tutorial. It was fun and easy to follow and I ended up with a bag.

One down, 6 to go. They will be very sturdy, too, because they are made with two thicknesses of the pillowcase. The handles match because you use part of the case for the handles--what could be better?! And because there was a bit of scalloped edging on the top of the case, there is some here for extra decoration.
Here is another one I just finished--what fun!

Thank you Regina


Solar Flare Done

Here is the top, finished. There is one block that is set wrong, but I'm going to live with it. I think I like this one, but I'm going to let it settle for a while to see what I think in a week or so. I don't know if it needs a border--what do you think? Maybe one of the dark colors? Hmmm, I'm going to have to cogitate a while on that.

Meanwhile, I am going to sandwich and start quilting the Greek Keys quilt I put away last week to start this one.


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tansition Flares

Here is the layout so far on the design wall. I think it is interesting. I will have to figure out how I am going to quilt it. When I look at it in the picture, it is much different than in person. I think I might like to do this one again, but with yellows and blues, or something like that--I'll have to see!


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Solar Flare 4-Patches

Here are the light and dark 4-patches. I am working on the 16-patches that will be the transition blocks between the light and the dark (where the white spaces are). I decided to keep track of how long this will take--so far it's been about 12 hours.

I don't know how much I'll like it, but it is kind of fun to do. It's a bit of a mystery--even though I know what it is supposed to look like.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Amish Solar Flare

Here is my next quilt. I bought the pattern two years ago at a quilt show. I have had the solids for years, since before we moved to Colorado, so for at least 17 years. When we lived in California, I drove about 20 miles to work one way. There was a fabric shop in El Monte called $2 Fabrics, and I would stop there occasionally. At the time I was going to make many Amish type quilts, so bought lots of solids. I had the book "An Amish Adventure", and wanted to make all of the quilts. I made 3 or 4, but never all of them. At any rate, I have lots of solids, and since I am sewing from my stash, decided to try this pattern in solids.

Here are the darks, I haven't started on the lights yet, but I think I will like this--I'll have to see. I don't much like quilting, so the greek keys has been pushed aside for the moment.



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