Friday, October 24, 2014

Bloggers' Quilt Festival

It's time once again to head over to Amy's Creative Side for the virtual quilt festival. If you follow the link and scroll down the page, there are links to all the separate category pages and information on how to vote for your favorites. 

Here is my entry -- it's from a pattern called "Quodlibet" (which can be defined as "a whimsical combination of familiar melodies") that I happened upon the last time I was visiting my in-laws in Madison, WI.

I'm really not sure what category to put this in -- so I think I'll just go with"small quilts" -- it measures about 45" square and the top is all batiks.

 Here's a detail of the straight-line quilting on the back:

and a bonus shot of the sunset a couple nights ago -- damn that telephone line!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall Festival Giveaway

Another edit -- we have a winner, and it's Lisa Marie.  (I've sent an email...)

Edited to add another reminder: if you are a "no-reply" blogger, please be sure to give me your email address in your comment, or you can't win! (Dianne, this means you...)

Vicki is having a week-long giveaway on her site (but don't go there, because I want to win!) so I thought I'd join in...

Today's prize is this Amazing Radiance quilt pattern:
I bought this on a trip to Seattle a couple of years back; it's paper-pieced, and includes all the papers, untouched.

To be entered for the drawing on October 22, just leave me a comment, and make sure I have a way to contact you.

Friday, August 22, 2014

starts and finishes

These days, I pretty much consider something "finished" when I get the top done... quilting it is a bonus!  So I'm please to report a bonus this week:

This is "Canyon Dance" from a pattern by Tracy Trevethan.  It's Starr hand-dyes and a couple of African prints, all purchased at PIQF a couple of years ago. It's quilted with a spiral that expands gradually from the circular motif in the middle.

And I have a finished top to report -- this one was started up in the mountains a couple of months ago, and I finally got the borders sewn on.  It will probably reside in the flimsy closet until I figure out who gets it...

And finally, a new project that's  actually further along than this, now -- and you can see that I'm all over the map as far as color palettes go in this post!

This one already has a name -- A Squeeze of Lime -- and the blocks have now been sewn into columns.  I've been looking through books that have been on my shelf for a while, and picking out things to try with color combinations I haven't used before, or whatever else strikes my fancy on that particular day.  I have a ton of fabric on the shelves, and it's weighing on my brain -- so I expect there will be a few donation quilts in my near future, just to have fun and clear some physical and mental space...

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Blocks and Tops

It's been a while...

Hubby Al did the sailboat race to Hawaii again -- 3rd time, and he came in 2nd this time! -- and we spent a very "chill" week on Kauai. We played miniature golf at a course that is also a botanical garden, swam a bit, read a LOT, and of course I had to visit my two favorite fabric shops...

While he was gone I actually did very little sewing,  but I did finish up another scrap top:

This is from "Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework", and it's one of Cynthia's Scrap-a-Palooza patterns -- although I changed the setting around a bit.

I also made some progress on my Tula Pink blocks -- more of these coming soon!

I've been absent from the Block Lotto for a couple of months, but I like the August choice a lot and decided to raid my little box of 5" squares and jump in:

Finally, I saw a little quilt that Kate made recently and found the book she used, online, for about $1.50 so had to have it!   This is a different quilt from the same book -- it's Wonky One-block Quilts by Marlous Carter -- using some random brights from the stash.

Next up: crazy hearts, a binding project, and maybe quilting up a few of the smaller tops that are cluttering up my closet...

Monday, July 07, 2014

the robin is revealed!

Be sure to check out THE BIG REVEAL on the Cotton Robin blog here!

Here was the little block I started with:

and the super-cute quilt that came home to me!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Progress report

I've managed to finish up a couple of flimsies recently, although it's taken more than a week to drag the camera out for photos of them...

This is from a pattern called "Quodlibet:" that I found at a shop in Madison WI last fall. All the other versions I've seen have darks where mine has lights, and vice versa -- I just had to be different.

And this is the Crayon Box top I made from a Bonnie Hunter pattern while on retreat in the mountains last month; I think it came together pretty well!

Last but not least, an actual finished object. This was the Planet Patchwork Christmas
Mystery from last year (not much of a mystery, in my opinion) that was quilted most beautifully by Alethea Ballard.  If you look at the black triangles and the border, you'll see the yellow chrysanthemums she scattered everywhere. 

  I have another quilt that Alethea did that's just waiting for binding and then I'll show it off...

Saturday, June 14, 2014

2 graduates, 2 quilts

In keeping with my tradition that all my real and imaginary nieces and nephews get a quilt when they finish high-school -- I have two finishes to report.

First is for a "real" nephew -- this quilt has been mostly done for quite a while, but the binding just got added last month and the label went on yesterday.  It was made with him in mind, since for a while he was thinking about the air force (he already has his pilot's license).  I named it "Wild Blue Yonder" and it was quilted by Margaret Gunn.

For the second graduate, I was planning to give the wonky trees quilt that I've shown before, but after having it quilted I decided it was a little too whimsical for this young man... so I pulled out a sampler top made from Friday Block Party blocks and did a quick, minimalist spiral quilting job on it. Bound, washed & labeled, and will be gifted this evening!

One more finish, for me -- another pair of socks, made from Miss Babs in her "Perfectly Wreckless" colorway. I tried the "fish lips kiss" heel for the first time; I'm not sure if I like it yet, because it's been way too hot for wool socks here lately.