Showing posts from August, 2013

Kite Flying

Though I wanted to play with the kite mug mat idea for my friend Toni's daughter Rachel since last weekend, I didn't get back to it until this morning. During the week I did some studying up on technique since paper-piecing is not my strong suit--you have to think upside-down and backward and sew from the blind side. Yikes!  Since Rachel picked the fabric for her sorority colors of yellow and black, I didn't want to take the chance of ruining what she sent, so I made a sample with scraps. As the pattern instructions I'm using from the Uncommon Threads Guild  website detailed, I first drew a 6" square and then added the lines for the kite sections.  The first stitching line was a bit nerve wracking!  However, it went just fine so I proceeded on. Doesn't look like much yet!  Although I did manage to sew on piece 4 before piece 3, it didn't matter since they were exactly the same and I'd cut identical background strips to cover the sections. 


Yep, got the vowels covered!

Weekend Bits and Bobs

It is hard to believe it is the middle of August.  Particularly since every morning for weeks has looked like this: Nothing but a wall of white fog everywhere you look.  Some days it doesn't lift 'til the afternoon even inland where we live, and at the coast can linger all day long.  Boring and cold! This is the view across the fields and hills in the late afternoon.  Maybe someday I'll see them in the morning again--in September! A few months ago I gave a visiting old friend one of my heart mug mats--along with a couple of others to give to her mom and aunt.  Well, my friend's daughter Rachel loved it and so I was asked if I might be willing to make one specially for her.  Of course I would!  They provided the fabric--but there was a twist with the package I received. Rachel is in a sorority at TCU and their colors are yellow-gold and black.  She also wanted the heart changed to a kite, as it is one of the sorority's emblems.  I searched and se

International Quilt Festival 2013-- Finale

And now for some of my absolute favorites from the show.  All photos taken at the International Quilt Festival 2013 in Long Beach.  This very large quilt was hard to get a good photo of, and I can see that it is a little blurry, darnit!  But it was totally unique and wonderful. The quilt artist did a great job of getting the hands right--good perspective and accurate anatomy.  There was a lot going on in the quilt and I could have gazed at it for a good half hour.  But there were other quilts to see!  Artist credit. Another of my favorites.  The colorway was so pleasing and the gradations of color sooo good.  Loved it!  Closeup to show those pretty prints.  Artist credit.    This quilt was unlike any other I saw in the show.  Such a cute doggie and terrifically done.  There are a lot of pieces to his sweet face. Artist credit. My favorite pictorial quilt.  I could just feel that wind rising as the storm clouds rolled in.   This was

Design Wall Monday--Aug 12, 2013

On my design floor today are the sewalong blocks from Aunt Reen's Place that I stalled out on last month.  That happened because I started thinking too much. The above (blurry!) shot is how I imagined the quilt was going to look, before Aunt Reen showed the layout she had designed, wherein she mixed all the blocks rather than lining them up in rows.  I clung to this single-weave idea, however, though it was obvious from the start that the number of blocks I made were not going to work in this alternate scheme, since I used a jelly roll and I didn't have any extra fabric for additional blocks.  Still, I laid out quite a number before abandoning the idea--though I do think it would work for a smaller version that was pre-planned in size! Does this happen to you?  You start moving furniture and cleaning up to make a layout spot and then get distracted by something you see on the floor.  In my case this morning, I spotted some bugs on the floor by my pantry as I was swe

International Quilt Festival 2013--continued

I have some more gorgeous works of quilters to share.  Hope you won't mind indulging me!  All photos were taken at the International Quilt Festival Long Beach 2013.   Incredible large hand appliqued and quilted quilt that must have taken hundreds of hours, if not thousands!  Amazing and incredible detail everywhere.   The artists' comments are so fascinating at times!  What a way to start a challenge.  Yet another large hand quilted and appliqued quilt with exquisite workmanship, along with some machine piecing.   Aren't the colors fun?   It wasn't until I got very close up that I realized the background fabric is a multicolored dot print.  Love it. Artist credit.   This darling quilt was of a quilt show surrounding a quilt shop.  All the miniature quilts were amazing.  Those Sunbonnet Sues were no more than a couple of inches tall.  The clothesline pole was about 1/4" wide and look at the tiny birdhouse on the top!  Astou