Monday, April 13, 2015

Design Wall Monday and Quiltmaker

My design wall hasn't changed one bit.  It's been a crazy April so far with spring break and my daughter and two grandkids here for over a week.  I definitely couldn't sew when I had those two adorable kids here.  Nicole is 11 months and Jared is 3 1/2.  My other daughter and husband were here for a few days also, and add in a family burial and dinner and Easter...  Yes, busy!

However I did machine quilt a large quilt, starting in March and finishing this past weekend.  I have shown it on my blog before but now it's to the binding stage!  I have pre-entered it in the Palouse Patchers quilt show in Moscow this coming weekend so it needs to be finished!
Finger Lakes Log Cabin from a pattern by Judy Martin
The big news is my two blog posts for Quiltmaker Scrap Squad.  I can now show them and the quilts I made!  The first I call Gemstones and go to the post to see the original pattern I was asked to do on Quiltmaker Quilt Pleasures blog.

The next quilt I have now named Charming Chopsticks based on comments I received on this blog post!  Check out the link to Quiltmaker Quilt Pleasures blog!
I have my third assignment and I'm looking forward to getting started on the next quilt.  I have yet to make a dent in my scraps as a member of the Scrap Squad!

Linking to Patchwork Times.  Check it out for other Design Wall Mondays!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Design Wall Monday

Time has flown by.  I haven't posted design wall Monday for a bit as I really can't show some of my projects!  I have two small charity quilts on my design wall.  My first blog post for Quiltmaker goes live Friday and I also have my second quilt going live on April 3rd.  Be sure to follow Quiltmaker's Quilty Pleasures Blog!  You will get to see two quilts I have been working on this year.  Here is a hint on the second one, part of the border and backing!
scrunched up backing, border and binding for Scrap Squad quilt #2
Design Wall - Leftover scraps from Scrap Squad quilt #1.  This will be a charity quilt when it's assembled.

Design Wall - This has been on the design wall for weeks.  I keep compacting the pieces.

 I made these two child quilts for Quilts for Kids.  I requested two quilt kits, the only thing I had to provide was assembly, quilting, and batting.  Even the backing is included in the kit.  I happened to have the same gray Moda Marble the kit included that I was able to use for
binding on one quilt and I had enough backing left on the first quilt to use it as binding.  Below is a quilt top I made from a Connecting Threads kit and I will get it quilted for a graduation gift for a girl that was a member of my 4-H group for years.

quilt for Lindsay - worked on at a retreat and didn't have a chance to really lay it out so I just sewed rows and then tried to arrange them.  I don't recommend that!

I gifted this queen size quilt to my late son's former roommates Cole, and Danielle.  
Check out other Design Walls at Patchwork Times.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Design Wall Monday

I haven't gotten to do much quilting lately but have dreams of new projects and I'm working on my first quilt for the Quiltmaker Scrap Squad.  Sorry can't share pictures of that one!  I have sewn a few rows on the scrappy 2" squares quilt.  Its fun and bright.  The Itty Bitty blocks are still on the wall.  I'm linking up with Patchwork Times.

Here is a new project I want to start at a retreat in early March.  I fell in love with the Fire Island Hosta pattern and struggled with fabrics.  This isn't the final selection, but I'm loving the blue and green.  The colors aren't showing true on this one.  The light fabric is a Fairy Frost pale aqua.

I have been working on cleaning our rental house instead of quilting.  Bleh!  We purchased the property in 2010.  Doug's grandparents had owned the property and sold it in the 30's after putting up a windmill and building a grainery.  All these years later we were able to acquire it.  The house is different, but still an old farmhouse.  We had been renting it to Doug's brother for four years and after their dad passed away New Year's Eve BIL moved back to the family home as he is inheriting it.  We hired a few things done but I'm sort of a fanatical cleaner.  We have had some interest in renting without advertising so I hope those pan out.
side view, we had the windows put in instead of screen for circuit break safety

We also had a new front porch built.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Design Wall Monday

A couple weeks ago I posted a picture of some of my 2" squares sewn together into strips.  I put up some purple with the pieces and although it's strong and some of the color washes out I am going to go with it.  This is a charity quilt and the darker colors won't show dirt as easily.  We don't know how the quilts will be taken care of when they are gifted and somebody will love the bright colors with purple.

I made a few more Quiltmaker Itty Bitty Blocks and the new block for February was posted last week.  I need to get going on some baskets, this month's free pattern.

I am working on binding this queen size quilt for my late son's roommates.  They are a great couple with two young kids.

I'm linking up with Patchwork Times.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

More Favorite Color wallhangings

leftover strips from log cabin.  quilted throw size 
I found the strip quilt made from leftovers of the log cabin quilt (I cut and cut and cut for that one).  I thought I donated it, but there it was in my linen closet with the other 200 and some quilts (mostly wallhangings).  I also found a LOT of other projects in similar colors.  Yes, definitely my favorites!  I know there are more hanging around if I look.  The guest bed quilt is a blue and purple and green bear paw quilt.  It's fun to look at some of my projects from over the years.  I was in a LOT of Round Robins between 2000 and 2007.  Back in those days it wasn't as expensive to mail a box of fabric!
wallhanging made about 10 years ago

Round Robin, I made the center and quilted it.  20" square

Round robin.  I made the center and quilted it.

Butterflies from a kit.  Pieced and quilted in 2014.

Mariner's compass class many years ago.  

Quilt Guild challenge quilt.  We were given the multi colored background piece 1997.

Flora and Fauna class with Terri Kralick June 2008.

Round Robin.  I applied the center flower and butterflies and quilted it.

I quilted this but the top was a gift from my friend Valerie in of course my favorite colors!

Mystery quilt from an online group.

Puzzle Star. This was made many years ago!

Round Robin, I made the center Carpenter's Wheel block and quilted it.  

Mystery quilt with Clearwater Quilters Guild 1997.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Favorite Colors

Apparently I have some favorite colors as I have several quilt tops using these colors!  These are my go to colors!  I looked at a collection of fabrics I have sitting there to make "Fire Island Hostas" and yes, they are pretty much the same colors!  I have one quilt that isn't shown.  I quilted it and donated it last year without taking a picture!  It was leftover strips from the Log Cabin pictured below.

Crown of Thorns - top pieced in Sept. 2014 at a retreat sponsored by Quilt Taffy.  Pattern by Judy Niemeyer.

Stars and Scraps.  Pieced in 2013 and 2014.  Currently almost finished quilting and it will be a gift.

wallhanging with scaled down blocks 4" for 4 1/2" tall rows

Log Cabin - pattern by Judy Martin  pieced in Nov. and Dec. 2013

trees - some of the blocks were made by friends with fabrics I provided

Round Robin turned into a shower curtain

Canyon Dance - finished quilt is on my bed
leftovers - will add border, quilt and donate

Friday, February 06, 2015

I am on the new Quiltmaker Scrap Squad!

I am so excited to be selected for the 2015 Quiltmaker Scrap Squad.  Here is the blog posting announcing the new team.
I will say having my picture taken was difficult, and we took a lot of shots!

I have my first assignment and I'm excited about it.  My first thought in any quilt is always batiks.  They are my favorite fabrics as I love the colors and designs of batiks.  I dumped out my bin of batiks and soon discarded them and I'm going a different direction.  You will find that out eventually!
mountain of batik scraps

scraps contained back in their bin

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