Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday finish -- Kristin's quilt

My niece graduated from high school a year ago and I finally finished her quilt. She loves blue and puple. Is this blue and purple enough?

Yes, this is yet another quilt made from my pre-cut 5-inch squares.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I've been blogged!

This winter I designed a wholecloth quilt using the Handi Quilter Pro-Stitcher. Now Erica from Erica's Craft and Sewing Center made one, too! The photo of her quilt is about half-way down the page.

Here's my quilt:

I used Fairy Frost fabric. It looks fabulous in person but it sure is tough to photograph!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Design Wall Monday

My design wall remains the same, so I'm once again substituting photos of what is on my longarms.

This is a for a friend:

This is for a friend, too:

Let's play "Date that fabric" with the bottom photo. Any guesses? How about "Name that fabric line"?

Head on over to Judy's blog to see what everyone else is doing.

I've been blogged!

I had a great surprise earlier this week when I learned that I had won a give-away from Cupcakes and Daisies!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday finish -- Jason's quilt

My oldest nephew graduated from high school this year. For long-time readers, I'm certain this quilt looks familiar. I made four in the same pattern and colors last year:

The backing was also donated by my dear quilty friend:

If you look closely at the binding, it is machine sewn. I'm getting better at that with each quilt!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Design Wall Monday

My design wall looks the same as last week, so I decided to show you photos of what is on my longarms. (Yes, I have two. Well, three actually.)

This Fig Tree quilt is a gift for a relative. I'm having so much fun quilting it. It's going to be hard to give this one away!

This wedding quilt is a sample for the designer. I ADORE THIS QUILT!!!

Get the pattern or the kit.

Head on over to Judy's blog to see what everyone else is doing.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Friday finish -- a pair of aprons

I'm in love..... with an apron pattern. I think I'm about to wear out my Lilly pattern!

Look! See!

Here are two more:

One was for a dear friend who spends plenty of time in her kitchen: she is the mother of eight children. The other is for a bride-to-be. She begged me to make her one for her wedding shower. Happy to oblige!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Back Porch Tuesday?

I strongly dislike summer. My central air conditioning hasn't worked in the 9 summers we've owned this house, and it's not even close to the top of our house To-Do list. I bought a window unit for my office/studio and camp out in there during the worst parts of summer. The past ten days have been awful. I don't think we've been below 90-degrees, and we had a run of four or five days between 97- and 102-degrees. It was, in a word, yukky.

I tend to wake with the sun and sometimes that means I have several loads of laundry hanging on the line by 6am. Yesterday morning was one of those days. As I was hanging clothes, I noticed a nocturnal companion:

My shoe is in the bottom of the photo for scale. I adore luna moths, and this was close enough to make my day!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Design Wall Monday

My daughter-in-love has been bitten by the quilting bug ever since her first sewing adventure. We're now making quilted handbags from the cover of Quilts and More, Spring 2010.

We raided my black and white 5-inch squares and picked contrasting fabric from my stash (mine = pea green polka dot, Gretchen's = turquoise). We layered the pieces and quilted them on regular sewing machines. My daughter-in-love QUILTED HER OWN PIECE!

She keeps her pieces with her, but mine are on my design wall:

When we get more sewing time, I'll post photos of both finished handbags.

Head on over to Judy's blog to see what everyone else is doing.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Friday Finish -- Bill's quilt

When I said that I had cut thousands of 5-inch squares from my scraps, you may have been tempted to think I was exaggerating. I promise you that I was not.

Here is more proof:

The quilt is 66x66 inches square. The front was made from scrap 5-inch squares. The backing was donated by a friend. The kind of friend who says, "Please take this awful fabric out of my sewing room so I don't ever have to think about it again." In case you think that the fabric doesn't match the front of the quilt, let me asssure you that it matches the recipient perfectly. He's a relative who had some extensive surgery earlier this week. I hope this brightens his day just a little.

May you have a speedy recovery, Bill!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Friday finish -- fun with scraps

This quilt is in need of a home:

I made it out of my overflowing 1-1/2 inch strip bucket. It's 60x72-inches.
I'm certain the right person will come along and claim this quilt.