Thursday, May 14, 2015

INTERESTING TOUR AND BACK TO DJ

Saturday I went to a special event at Aurora Colony in Aurora, OR.  A friend of mine had bought a ticket for this event and then was unable to go, so she gave it to me.  It was a special day with Emma, who was a pioneer arriving in Oregon in 1853.  Jane Kirkpatrick, author of the Change and Cherish Historical Series about Emma was there for a book signing, tour of the colony and speech about her books.  Besides the Change and Cherish series, Jane has written numerous other historical novels and I have enjoyed reading some of them.  I plan to read all her books and do recommend them to you.  Here is her web site.

Emma Wagner Giesy House
 I also had some time to visit a few of the many antique shops in Aurora.

Quilt in antique shop
 The old Aurora Depot is now an antique shop.

Train Depot built in the 1800s

Another quilt in a different antique shop

 It was wonderful to spend time with one of my sons and my oldest GD on Mother's Day (and of course DH).  It was the first Mother's Day in several years that I have actually been with one of my sons.  He took us out to eat at the McMinneman Hotel in McMinnville, OR and we ate in the restaurant the roof of the hotel.  It was cloudy, but very pleasant.

View from the roof of the hotel.
I have finally gotten back to working on my DJ quilt!  As I was getting some blocks prepped, I noticed this super easy one and decided to make it right away.  I also came across the perfect fabric for it.  I have 7 other blocks prepped for hand appliqué.

D-6
I have a little over 30 blocks finished and 6 triangles pieced.

My garden is in and is happy after a couple rainy days!  Happy quilting and gardening! 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

WHAT HAVE I BEEN UP TO?

Sunday a friend at church gave out some poenies during our Sunday School class.  Look how they opened up!




A few years ago when we were in New Hampshire I purchased a charm pack of 8" pieces of fabric.  I decided to use those along with other fabrics to make a table cloth for our patio table.  I used 36 different 8" pieces of fabric, mostly in blues and browns, but I decided to throw in a few "western" pieces.



Also this piece with the Texas flag on it.  :-)  I thought it was an appropriate remembrance for 30 years lived in that state.  I quilted each square differently.  I don't think the quilting shows up very well, so I'll take a better picture of it on the table for my next post.


We are painting our fence.  The left side is how it looks now.  The right side is before painting.

 
Another view.  Not too much fun.  We have a long fence, but little by little it will get done.


Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 1, 2015

BINDING BLITZ AND CREATIVE GOODNESS LINKY PARTY

Today I will join the monthly Binding Blitz from JulieKQuilts.  This entry is just part of some of the binding I did during the month.  The table runner and 2 doll quilts will be listed in my Etsy shop.  I used a charm pack from Moda (Laura's London Lawns II) for the table runner and there was some pieces left, so I made 2 doll quilts as well.




I'm also linking up with Creative Goodness Linky Party where we can also share our projects with others.  Why not list something of yours on it also!



Perfect for spring and summer!

Monday, April 27, 2015

QUILT SHOW IN RICKREAL, OR

Thursday I attended the Mid Valley Quilt Guild (of Salem, OR) Quilt Show in Rickreal, OR with a friend/neighbor and we had a great time!  Here are some of the quilts - not a lot - but some that I really liked.

This first one was my favorite because it was so unique! You could look at it for a long time and discover different aspects to it.


Here's the label which explains the theme of the quilt.


There were embellishments, like Fiona's necklace with fancy attachments and her pince-nez glasses and with its retractable ribbon pinned to her dress (a narrow tape measure).  The black fabric at the bottom has phrases on it:  a time to laugh, a time to dance, etc.  Everything relates to time, including the pattern on her dress and the clock numbers on her face.


Such a fun quilt!

Below are just some of the fabulous quilts in the show.  They speak for themselves.





I want to make this one (Pineapple Nine Patch) and have bought the book that it's in.
Karen, does this look familiar?






This blue quilt was amazing and I think the technique was some kind of Japanese appliqué.





After the quilt show we visited the Ladies of Liberty Quilt Shop in Independence, OR which specializes in civil war reproduction fabrics.  The selection was limited, but I did find some fabric that I liked.  I also bought some fabric at the quilt show from SilverQuilts which was quite reasonably priced.

All in all, it was a lovely day!



Friday, April 24, 2015

TABLE RUNNER AND DOLL QUILTS

This post will link with QuiltShopGal's Creative Goodness Linky Party.  If you have any new projects, you can link them there as well.

I have had the Moda Laura's London Lawns II charm pack for several years and "finally" decided to do something with it.  I made HSTs with the charm pack fabrics and two different white on white fabrics.  This will make a great spring or summer table runner.



I quilted it with white thread on the white portion and a variegated blue, pink and green on the colored portions.


There were some 5" squares left over, so I cut them into 2 1/2" squares and made a couple simple doll quilts out of them using the backing fabric for the alternating yellow squares.


I dug around in my stash to find a backing for the doll quilts and came up with this Timeless Treasures doll fabric by Bonnie Benn Stratton.  It is to cute and I had been saving it for something - but didn't know what.


I still need to sew on the binding, but will get that done this weekend.  Thanks for visiting!  What have you been working on?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

POUCHES AND A BUTTERFLY

I made a few things for my sister's birthday and thought I would share them.  I made her a couple pouches to use as a cosmetic case or whatever.  I like using hexies to embellish them.  These are nice to have as coin purses or credit card holders too.  It's easy to adjust the size for any use.  I used the tutorial from Simple Simon and Company, changing the size to what I wanted and quilting it the way I wanted.


Make them any size for different uses, like a coupon holder, sewing supplies, etc.


I love the blue flowers on white fabric used for the top section and lining.



A month ago or so I received an origami butterfly from a quilter and posted about it here.  Since then, Chantal has posted a tutorial for the butterflies, so I made this one for my sis.  Here is the link to her tutorial in case you want to make some.


Batiks make beautiful butterflies!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

DESIGN WALL SHIFTING

I decided it was time to start putting my log cabin blocks together.  Each block measure 5 1/4" (unfinished) and I will be putting them together into a queen size quilt.  My design wall is filled with these and there are still more to add.  I started to sew the blocks together and once all these are together I can probably fit more on the wall.

I took this picture before starting to sew them together and after I had looked at the arrangement many times.  As I started to sew them together, I noticed that something wasn't right, so I had to re-arrange the blocks.  Notice on the top row, the light colored diamond shaped sections should actually be dark ones.


Here's a close up of some of the blocks.  I love the way the dark and light diamond shapes work together.


I took this picture after fixing the top row of blocks as well as some of the side columns.  This is a lot harder than it looks!  I can put up some blocks, but then have to back off and look at it from a distance to make sure the design is correct.  Even then it is hard to see incorrectly turned blocks.  I sure don't want to have to take it apart if I sew them together incorrectly!


The trees are beautiful here in Oregon now.  This is a tree in my neighborhood - an ornamental cherry tree.


This dogwood tree belongs to my next door neighbor and is right next to our driveway.




Other current projects are this table topper (like one I made for our table) which will be donated to a silent auction raising money for the youth group at church so teenagers can attend a special conference.


Another scrappy star table runner top.


I hope you have a happy and quilty weekend!  

Friday, April 3, 2015

A NEW BIRD HOUSE AND OTHER STUFF

Yesterday I happened to go past a community sale and I saw this cute teapot bird house for $3!   Here it is hanging in the tree right outside our bedroom window.  I can see it from the sewing studio window also!  


I hope someone likes it.


Darlene at Quilt Shop Gal has a Creative Goodness Linky Party every Friday and since today is Friday I will link this post to it to show what I have been working on.   I recently won this book in a drawing because I had linked something to her linky party in the past.


These are a couple patterns in the book that I really like.



This is a donation quilt that is ready to go except for hand sewing the binding to the back.  It may have to wait as my Doctor said I should give the hand a rest for a while.


Two more small quilts, doll quilt and scrappy table topper that need the binding sewn to the back.



 I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter!