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.