Sunday, July 31, 2011
What a wonderful week I had. We had 10 attendees but only 8 sewers, but when we thought a bit more about it, 2 of us spent more time sandwiching quilts to be quilted then actually sewing- but it was a chore that needed done and we did it! Oh, why only 8? You ask. Well, Bea comes with her sister, Mary, and she is a fabulous person. She trims and sorts and designs. We'd be lost without Bea! and the other... Jade- a wonderful 20 yr old who loves her G-ma to pieces and she came along for the ride :-) . We had Donna, our youngest sewer who at one point I said she looked liked a California Surfer Girl! She's a gem and I love her, but don't tell her I said that! We had Phyllis who sits quietly (sometimes!) and assembles the most beautiful creations. Her work is astounding, now if we can only convince her of that. Oh, and Mary (Bea's sister), what a source of information. She seems to have one of those minds that can recall where she found what at a moments call, and what lovely quilts she produces -another of our Gems! Paula, Jade's Granny - she has appropriately replaced the Energizer Bunny - she just goes and goes. She sat down at her Juki and started quilting and just kept going and going and going and going (you get the picture!) Tracy, Another prolific quilter who doesnt know her own worth! all I can say about her quilt tops is WOW! Tracy just seems to have that natural ability to know how to put things together. And we have Cathy...... Not only a very dear friend but our main organizer. She's the glue that keeps us together. Without her encouragement I don't know how'd we manage to do what we do - she's amazing. And we had the pleasure of Mickie stopping by for a visit. I've had the pleasure of quilting many of Mickie's quilt tops and her work is amazing. It was great to finally meet her in person. She is warm and upbeat - what joy!
Yes, I will be posting pictures in future posts, but I wanted to introduce you to the lovely ladies first as they are the Thread that Binds!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
This is sort of scrappy…It’s made from smaller pieces, no yardage required
As I have made (and use) one of the bottle cap rings, I thought why not a wrist cushion??? I have a nice little wrist cushion that someone made me and I really like the size and all, but the pins go right through it. So, when I emptied the mayo jar, I kept the cap and here it is!
Oh, you can’t see the cap, well it’s here!
I added a bit of lace and rick rack around the edge to dress it up some. And used a scrap of fabric to make the wrist band which is, of course, elastic covered with a tube of fabric.
And when I’m not using it on my wrist, it sits nicely on a little jar and can be used next to the machine!
Until next time……
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Quilt books... Quilt Magazines.... Quilt software.....Do you have them? Some of them? Do you really use them? What entices you to buy them? Me.... well let's start with magazines. At one time I had literally hundreds and have no idea how many subscriptions. Then one day it dawned on me, they were all pretty much the same. All pretty much the same basic patterns. Well, at least that's how I saw them. And then I asked myself “how many quilts have I made from these magazines?” My answer to me??? “a total of one”. And that was because it was applique and I'm terrible at drawing. I have since discovered that the internet has free coloring pages that would work well in applique (but that's another story). So, I went through all those magazines and kept maybe 20 that I felt I would refer back to for ideas or inspiration. The rest I gave to a friend who's daughter was wanting to learn to quilt. Do I ever buy magazines now? Yes, on occasion when I see something that jumps out at me, but no more subscriptions.
Books... What enticed me to buy one? Usually the cover picture. I did get caught up in the Dear Jane fever a few years ago. Bought the book with CD (I knew I wouldn't make those 4” blocks) and will I ever complete the quilt ? Umm no I won't. I have made a few blocks in a 6” size and will maybe, someday make some more. I recently bought the Farmer's Wife book with CD that I've seen all over blogland. Will I made that quilt? It's too early to tell but I do like the simplicity of the blocks and I've enjoyed reading the Farmers wives letters. I do have a couple of other books that I tend to pull out more than others. “Lazy and Lovin' it” I have used that book more than any other in my library and yes, I do have the ruler to go with it. “Twist n Turn” another book that I use often. I love that setting when I want something a little different, especially on children's quilts. But I have to say here, I have many, many more books that if I took to the second hand book store, I would never miss. May be time for me to review my library and clean it up a bit.
Okay, so Quilt Software.....I have EQ5 (nope never upgraded) and I do use it. Do I use it to it's full ability? No. And that's my own fault. I simply have never taken the time to learn it to it's full potential but it's on my “have to do” list.
So with all this said, I now have a few questions. Where do you find your inspiration? Do you prefer to make a quilt from a pattern? Or do you prefer to create your own pattern? And.....Quilting TV whether on PBS or the internet shows, do you watch them? Are they an inspiration if you do? I do subscribe to QNNTV and I will probably continue to do so. I love the variety there and have learned a lot.
So what was this post all about? Curiosity more than anything. When I started quilting around 2001, I bought the magazines, the books, surfed the internet, read forums, etc.... I learned a lot. I tried different techniques that accomplish the same goal and came up with what worked best for me. I love to read the blogs and see what others are working on. They give me more inspiration than some of the books I see. I enjoy coming up with my own ideas for patterns. They may not be original, per se, because let's be honest here, most quilts are made up of squares, half square triangles, quarter square triangles, strips, etc... so it's the combination of those different shapes that make a pattern come together.
Okay, I've rambled on enough..... I'll leave you with my 'latest' EQ design that I still need to work on......
I layered some embroidery from the EQ library just to give me an idea of what it would look like. I only have 12 of the quilt blocks that will be used, so will have more embroidered blocks than pieced blocks. I’d like to set them on point, but will have to tweek the measurements some…….
Monday, July 11, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Our monsoon rains have finally started here in SE Arizona and we so need them! Once we get our rains, the desert greens up so pretty. This is one of my favorite times to get out and ride my ATV but because of the cataract surgery, I'm sort of 'grounded' until the end of Aug..... ah such is life!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
OH, sorry, got lost somewhere along the way (it does happen sometimes :-) ) So, yes I'm working on things red, white and blue this weekend as well. Have made up some sets of blocks for Sew Fest, managed to assemble a row quilt, and in general have been using up some red, white and blue scraps that I'm, quite frankly, tired of looking at! This next week I really, really have to get my stack of Patriotic quilts quilted before Sew Fest. Some are lap size and will probably take longer to get on the frame than to actually quilt.
As for 4th of July celebration plans...... Yesterday our ATV riding buddies came in the morning and we did breakfast outside ( everything taste better cooked outside!) Yesterday was some record high heat here in SE AZ, and because of my cataract surgery - we're not riding. Today we'll have an early dinner at friend's - BBQ ribs, but I'll take chicken as I don't 'do' BBQ (I know... how unAmerican of me!) Then tomorrow, we'll go to my son and family's for another cook out (son cooks a delicious steak!) and then fireworks. And would you believe this all came together just yesterday :-) I love impromtu!
Wishing everyone a wonderful 4th of July weekend - whatever country you live in!
Saturday, July 2, 2011
after trimming became this:
And when all the elements are added becomes this:
So this is truly scrappy but what happens if it’s ‘controlled’ scrappy?
I had these trimming left over from a project and really not enough to do anything with but let’s try another New York Beauty:
These New York Beauties are small – see the ruler to the left? 4½” !
So which do you like better? I think I like the totally scrappy better. One thing about making these so small? I think it’s time to get the 1/8” seam down. the 1/4” really is too large for these small of pieces. The curved seams I will trim!
So another sort of scrappy project this week came from making these:
The red & white is cut from strip sets and when I got to the end of as many as I could cut, I still had about 4” or so left on the strip set. So I cut them into strips to make a 4 patch square and those went into these:
This square measures 6 1/4” so I will add strips to frame this out and make it a 10” (finished) block.
Hope you all have a Happy Scrappy Saturday!