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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Owls in the dining room


I will be sharing a few of my summer projects over the next few days.  The owl placemats were one of them.  I attended a quilt show in Pine, Arizona with my sister.  One of the booths had this delightful owl tablerunner on display.  I bought the pattern - "Hoot, Hoot, Hooray!" by Trouble & Boo Designs.  I actually enlarger the pattern for the placemats so my new Fiestaware dishes would fit perfectly.  The fabrics are from my stash.

I machine appliqued the wings, beak, and eyes with monofilament thread.  Batting is a fusible fleece.  I'm very pleased with these little guys.  They are a perfect fit with my brightly colored leather dining room chairs and Danish Modern table.  Later I will do a post of table top with Fiestaware. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

My Quilt is Up on the Website!!!!!!!!!

My quilt is one of the featured quilts for today.  Here is the link to the page.

Since the quilt is now official, I will continue my "Sew Along".  See previous post for cutting instructions.

 
 


Here are the squares and rectangles ready to sew.  I used Superior Thread's Masterpiece thread for both bobbin thread and top thread.  I use Schmitz needles.




My Janome 15000 is shown here.  It did a wonderful job stitching the blocks.  So easy to set up the machine using the built in patchwork setting.

 
Blocks are finished and now it's time to sew rows and assemble the quilt top.
 
Tomorrow I will share the quilting techniques recommended by QuiltMaker.

QuiltMaker's Back to School Quilting Party - Getting Ready to Sew



Imagine my delight when a box arrived from QuiltMaker with these beautiful Robert Kaufman fabrics.  I just love the bright colors.  Now the process begins.

The quilt is made from 2 1/2" strips.  I decided to use my GO to cut the strips.  With the GO,  I know that each strip will be the perfect width.
 
Once the fabric strips were cut, it was time to cut each strip into the correct number of smaller sections.
 
 
Now the fun began.  It was extremely helpful to have QuiltMaker staff include a color copy of the quilt design.  They also labeled each fabric. 
 
Check back later for more info.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Quiltmaker Magazine's Back to School Party Team Member


I was selected to participate in QuiltMaker's Back to School Party.  It was quite an honor to be selected as one of 8 quilters to make a quilt following the pattern provided.  They provided all the fabric, backing, and batting.  We made the quilt, returned it to the magazine, and they are featuring our quilts this week.  Click here for day one's quilts.


This is my sample quilt that I made prior to receiving Quiltmaker's fabric.  You may recognize the fabric as the same fabric I used on the tote in my previous post.  I thought I needed to make sure I understood the pattern before I cut the fabric provided.  I had just the right amount of this fabric to complete the quilt.  I didn't completely follow the quilting suggestions on this quilt but I love it.



I'm told my quilt will be featured tomorrow.  Check back tomorrow to see my post on making the Back to School Quilt.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tote-ally Tote-able Tote




This was my project last weekend.  It is Anita Goodesign's "Tote-ally Tote-able" Tote.  I just love the way this project turned out.  Don't you love those leather handles with the leather flowers and buttons.  I purchased the handles at the Arizona Quilt Guild Show in March.  I knew I'd find a place to use them and they were perfect for this project.

 
Here is a close up of the fabrics and the embroidery design on each block.  The entire tote is made in the hoop of the embroidery machine.  The fabric is from Granny's Attic.  I purchased it when Karen had her shop in Campbellsville, Kentucky but now she has an online shop.  The ribbon was also purchased from Granny's.  The instructions don't call for a lining in the tote but I wanted a lining and pockets.  So I designed and constructed a lining with pockets.  Now it's perfect.  Now I working on an embroidered pillow top in bright colors.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Baby Quilt




I recently completed this quilt.  The inspiration was the fabric below.

 
I decided to use some orange fabric my sister had given me for the quilt background.  I used my Go to cut tumbler shaped pieces.  I then added the frog.  It is an embroidery design from Anita Goodesigns. 
 
 
Next I cut out green plants following the design on the fabric.  I used green dot ribbon for the stems. 
 
 I added the name with my Janome 15000 embroidery machine.  Last I added the border and black rick rack.  I'm pleased with the results.  It is bright and colorful for baby Zain.
 
 
 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Late Swap Photos

I'm more than a little late posting my card and tag for last month's swap on A Swap for All Seasons.  The theme was masculine card and black destash items.  I'm not participating in this month's swap because we were out of town during sign ups the first of the month.  Maybe next month.

 
Western themed tag

Black destash.

There is a link the this wonderful swap at the top of my blog.  Linda does an excellent job with her swaps.