Friday, April 23, 2010

A Table runner design

Here's another of my designs. This is made from one of Moda's Collections for a Cause. It is for my dining room table, but I took this picture outside. (obviously!)  The checkerboard border made it a little hard to handle on the next border even though my 'checkers' measure perfectly. Who knows why. I'm not a fabulous quilter just a prolific one!

Monday, April 19, 2010

A spring quilt picture....

Here is a pattern I designed from an antique quilt.  Those are my favorites. There seems to be such a charm to quilts that are made without a selection of patterns, fabrics, or internet inspiration. The quilts come from a place inside a person. I changed the method of piecing of this one. It combines piecing and applique and if you can tell by the picture, it is hand quilted to create the illusion of flowers where the circles are the flower centers. It is made from 40s prints which is probably authentic. Or maybe the 30s solids would have been more in keeping with the original, but I really like the prints. I made it small for the interest of time and money, but it would be darling on a twin bed in a cheerful girly room. I hope you enjoy this pic! 

Friday, April 16, 2010

Giveaway on this blog!

If any of you wear jewelry or still work and wear work clothes, check out this necklace! It helps orphans in Africa, and if you order they will pick out a free winner and refund their money! There is a great need in Africa, and if you go to the blog of the 21 year old American that lives there and has personally adopted over a dozen children, you will be amazed. That blog is mentioned on the Life at Home blog. Please check it out. And good luck on the free necklace!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

computer woes

I'm going to come back and post soon, but I have been having a lot of computer woes. Internet explorer doesn't work half of the time, things take forever to load, so much so that I just walk away! This is a brand new computer too! sigh.... but never fear! I'm coming back with quilt pics soon!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cheese House

I thought I'd show one of my designs. I wanted to use cheddar, so I did an off balance log cabin. It's named in honor of the Amish Cheese House near my hometown. Cheddar, log cabin, Cheese House.... get it??  :)    I used 3 yards of cheddar in this lap sized baby, so when and if I get around to making up the pattern, I'll suggest a little more. The blocks were made with fat quarters of Civil War prints which I really like, but somehow I never have exactly what I need so I have to keep purchasing more!  I bet some of you have that problem! I like how this came out, and it was easy to make and cut. This is one of those patterns where you really HAVE to cut all the pieces first so that you can have a selection in each block. I machine quilted this, and it is just about at the limit of what I can do on a machine.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Not done yet!

As I suspected and really did know, a month is not long enough to hand quilt my quilt! Even a twin size. In fact I don't know if two months will be enough! Maybe three months will do it! I have to confess I worked hard for a week or so, then I got sidetracked! I think I'll have to find a simpler project for April's club.  I still will work on my hand quilting though. It is soothing, but it's hard to watch a movie or anything and really pay attention to the size of the stitch and exactly where it is going! So, tv and movies are out. It's a quiet time activity I think. I've been sidetracked with getting a new wardrobe, and birthday presents, and company, and etc etc. Life basically. How do so many of you accomplish so much? I really want to know!  I did get a new camera, which I am not thrilled with, but I will post some more quilt pics soon. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

CGGQC March project

I guess if I'm on a roll, I might as well run with it! Sore fingers aside, I started hand quilting another quilt. This was all pinned and ready for machine quilting, but I know that I will never get around to that! I'm not very enthused about fighting all that fabric in my machine.  But it is a twin size so it shouldn't take that long - ha ha! At least not as long as a queen size! Hand quilting is all I can seem to manage, I haven't been in my sewing room in forever. Now, I really don't know if I can finish this in March, but I can try. My method is to do all the outline quilting and then go back when I figure out a design to use. This quilt has a lot of sashing also. It's my own design, a combo of piecing and applique. It's Moda Kashmir IV fabric. I had entertained thoughts of making my own patterns, a dream that may never be realized, but this was one of them. I called it Daisy Whirls. I think GD1's bedroom is the right color scheme for this quilt....:)