Saturday, March 23, 2019

VERY DELINQUENT!

Yes, I have very delinquent concerning posting lately.   I have been reading some of my favorite blogs, but not wanting to spend oodles of time with it as I have been trying to get things done in the quilting room.

For one thing, I am getting ready for the first craft show of the year at the Yamhill County Heritage Museum.  The museum is only a couple miles from my home and it is a wonderful place for many fun events.  Click on the link and then click on Farm Fest & Plowing Competition.  Last year was the first time I had been to that event and it was amazing!  It was rainy, windy and cold.  I didn't think there would be many people there.  I was very wrong!  People came to see the plowing competition and there were horses and mules everywhere.  So much fun and so interesting!  I didn't get to see everything because I had to "man" the booth, but managed to get outside a few times.  You can see my post from last year here.

Here are a couple things I've made for the sale.

Kitchen towel with bunnies

Lap quilt



Last month DH and I met my BIL/SIL in Ocean Side, WA for a barbershop singing concert which we enjoyed immensely.  There was a quilt shop in the town and I got this "printed interfacing" kit to make this flag.  I saw the flag hanging in the quilt shop and was intrigued.  The owner said you just sew along the lines to make the stripes.


I didn't realize what she meant until I got home and looked at the instructions.




You sew the interfacing onto the fabric in strips and then have to turn it like a tube and then you can iron the stripes onto the white fabric.  It wasn't very easy to turn the long tubes of fabric and interfacing because the interfacing tears very easily, but I got it done.  There is one more printed interfacing so I can make another flag.


I'm quilting it now.  I also basted a couple other things, so now I have 4 more things to quilt when I'm finished with the flag.

Spring has arrived and the weather has turned very nice.  Trees and flowers are starting to bloom - well, the daffodils have been blooming for a few weeks already.

Happy Spring!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

BIRD QUILT DELIVERED

The State Bird/Flower quilt is finished!  Including a label!!  So, yesterday I delivered it to my friend.  She told me that she had embroidered the blocks around 2000 and that someone had been going to make them into a quilt, but it didn't happen.


Here are some close up views of the border and more blocks.  I quilted everything the free motion way, quilting hooked feathers in the borders and in some of the blocks.


The easiest way to quilt the blocks was to stitch around the bird and flowers and then stippling in the white spaces.





For the pelican, I made waves lines because they are a water bird and sometimes I quilted feathers or circles or echoing.  I wanted to be sure everything was sewn down well because the batting was polyester.


Here she is with her quilt.  She was very happy to have it finished.  She is pretty much home bound now, so she hasn't been to church for quite a while.  I met her in my Sunday school class a few years ago.  


One more project accomplished.  I didn't work on any strip quilting this month, so I couldn't link with Humble quilts, but I will do some in March.

Monday, February 18, 2019

BIRD QUILT GETTING QUILTED AND NEW WINDOW TREATMENT!

I posted about the bird quilt here and I've been working on it quite a bit.  I just finished quilting all 50 blocks.  First I stitched along the ditch of all the sashings to stabilize it.  The friend I'm doing this for provided me with polyester batting.  Below are 3 of the blocks showing how I quilted them.  I stitched around the birds and flowers and filled in the rest in a variety of ways.





My original plan was to quilt cross hatching in each block, but then I figured that it would be very difficult to turn the quilt in order to change direction.  It works great on a smaller project, but with a large bed quilt, I didn't think I could do it.  My plan is to to quilt feathers in the setting triangles.  I started that this morning and it's going pretty well - and quite fast!

Last week I finally finished the window treatment for my sewing room - a yo yo valance!  I didn't want a full curtain because it might block out some of the sunlight that the north window provides.


My other project was to straighten my fabric closet, which I did, but still have lots of smaller pieces to sort through.   That is an ongoing problem!!  Can anyone relate to that?

Friday, February 8, 2019

WILLAMETTE VALLEY QUILT FESTIVAL, ALBANY, OREGON

Last week I went to Albany (about 40-50 miles south) Oregon to this quilt show.  It is the 2nd annual show that they have put on and it was very impressive!

Here are the best pictures that I took of the quilts that I liked the most.  I won't say much as there are quite a few of them.  Enjoy!









 


The next one received a blue ribbon and was made by Lynette Horn, a friend from my quilt guild.

This was my favorite quilt!




It was a wonderful show with lots of great vendors as well!  

Friday, February 1, 2019

2nd FINISH FOR 2019!

I finished this lap size donation quilt a few days ago, so I thought I would show you.  I cut the 2 1/2" squares years ago and had some of them sewn into 4 patches.  Then, I finally got them out and put this together randomly.  I love scrappy quilts.


I quilted it with swirly circles and for the border I used the braided wheat design by Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt.  It took me a while around the border to get it pretty good.


This last picture shows the border up close in a better section of it.  I won't show you the first section and I probably should have practiced it more before I started quilting it on the quilt.  


I also used a blanket stitch to stitch down the binding.  A friend at my quilt guild does that and I thought it looked pretty good.  With this blue/white design, you can barely see the blanket stitching any way.  Actually, I don't mind sewing the binding down by hand - it's more relaxing.  But, the main thing is that it is DONE!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

BASTING!

While shopping at Joann's with my quilting buddy, I saw a bolt of batting.  It was marked down to $91.99 from $229.99.  I also had a 20% off coupon on anything on sale except clearance items.  When checking to see if it would apply to the bolt - 20 yards and 90" wide - I was told that it did.  So my friend and I decided we would split it.  The per yard price turned out to be $3.68!!    What a deal!


I just finished this quilt top, so it is one of the quilts that I need to quilt.  It was kind of windy when I took the pictures!  This quilt, American Crossroads, was in the Quilt Sampler magazine from fall/winter, 2005.  I started it in 2013.  It's about time I get it finished.




I put some tables together in my sewing room and laid out the quilt top so I could cut the batting.



So far I have basted 3 quilts and still need to finish the backing for American Crossroads.  The one in the picture below is made from scrap 2 1/2" squares that I cut quite a few years ago and will be a donation quilt.


Another one that I basted is the state bird quilt that I'm putting together for a friend.  You can see the backing fabric on the right.


I am hoping to get going on the quilting ASAP!

This is great quilting weather!  So keep stay inside, quilt and keep warm!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

STRINGS AND A FINISH

I am participating in Lori's Stringalong (see humblequilts.blogspot.com).  I have been making string blocks for a while, so I had a stack almost ready to make into a quilt.  I did make quite a few this month to have enough to finish the string quilt top though.

Here are some patriotic string blocks that I will use on a round robin for my quilt guild.  These are 
5 1/2" unfinished blocks.


I have made several string quilts over the years to donate and this top is now finished and ready for quilting.  Once it is quilted (by me) I will donate it as well.




Here is it all put together.


This is another quilt top that I will be donating to Quilts for Cops.  Please check out this link and consider making a top for them - or a whole quilt.  You can also donate money so they can buy batting and backings for quilt tops that are made for them.  It is definitely a worthy cause.


I also finished (except for label, which is waiting on the ironing board) my Jungle quilted wall hanging (that my sister gave me for Christmas).  It will fit perfectly on my quilt rack near the front door.


Thanks for visiting!  I hope you have a nice weekend.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

JUNGLE WALL HANGING

I finished quilting this jungle wall hanging today, but it's still not finished.  I need to bind it and will get to that later.  I wanted to share something that I think is really exciting.


I joined the American Quilter Society a couple years ago and have been receiving their magazine 6 times per year (I think).  It is a great magazine and one of my favorite parts is Lori Kennedy's "My Line" article.  If you haven't seen her quilting designs, you need to check out her blog here.


Her article in the January 2019 issue caught my attention because it was a fish design.  I've used some of her designs before (I don't remember if I had told you all about who invented them or not).  It is amazing to me how easy they are to follow.  She shows what to do for each step.


I decided to quilt the fish around the border.  You can't see them very well because of the colored strips, but I took some close up pictures.  They aren't perfect, but I like them a lot.  These first 2 pictures show how I quilted the panel.  I quilted around the animals and along lines of other things, like the leaves and anything that I could follow lines on.  I didn't quilt on everything - that would have taken forever!


Maybe you can see where I quilted along the outside of the elephant and more on his ear.  Also the sea weed above and below his trunk.


 Here's a close up of a fish in the top corner of the border.


Another close-up.


The view from the back.


I hope if you are doing your own quilting, that this might give you some ideas and that you will check out Lori's blog.  

I still haven't made my goal list, but I'm thinking about it.  Maybe this week I will take a few minutes to write down a list of my UFOs.  Thanks for visiting!