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Monday, February 28, 2011

Design Wall Monday - Cottage Quilt

This sweet little quilt has storybook cottage scenes, I am using small florals in green, lavendar, yellow and pink. This project will be sold at my Quilt Guilds Festival in September. 54" sq can be wall hanging, table cloth or lap quilt.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Folk Art applique table square

This is another project for my Guild's Holiday Festival. The table square has a machine appliqued center bordered with a cute Folk Art print and plaid. The applique is from Simple Comforts by Kim Diehl. I was experimenting with variegated thread that I like to use for free motion quilting, I don't like it so much on this applique. The items I am making to sell at the Festival are going together pretty fast as I am not agonizing over every decision! Also I used Steam a Seam for the fusible applique, the layered flower in center is very stiff that is why I will add a hanging sleeve so it can be a wall hanging. The size is 54" sq.

Watermelon Baskets table square

The Watermelon Baskets table square is for my Guild's Holiday Festival. This one represents Summer, I am working on a Fourth of July table runner and a Christmas patriotic table square, I will post them soon. Friday and Saturday I will be sewing at a workshop where our Guild members are all working on items for the Festival.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Borders added to quilt for auction

Today I added the borders on the quilt for auction fundraiser for Stitching Memories Quilt Guild. Tomorrow I will layer and pin for free motion quilting with my Bernina 430. Our guild Holiday Festival is in Sept. We will have an auction for quilts ( 14 so far ), a silent auction and lots of items "Homemade With Love". That is the theme for the Festival and the name of the cookbook we have made and will be for sale at a Tasting Luncheon the day of the festival.

Thanksgiving table runner

This table runner for Thanksgiving is for the silent auction for my quilt guild. The pattern is Talkin Turkey by LydiaJo ? sorry cant remember the name. The pattern is for placemats but I decided to make the runner, it is about 48" long.

Monday, February 14, 2011

2nd PhD done - Handbag

I have finished another PhD for the Myra's blog challenge. I stitched down all the flowers and leaves and added an iron accent amythest cross and used a pretty pin on the closure, I will add a magnetic closure under the pin. This handbag is for a silent auction for my quilt guild's Festival in Sept.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

New project Lizzie Mae's Medallion

Today I started the applique for Lizzie Mae's Medallion, all adhered and ready to machine applique. It has been over a week since I did any sewing, my youngest daughter was home for a visit and the whole family had a wonderful week! All went home this weekend, so I started a new quilt today, Lizzie Mae's Medallion. I decided to do the applique by machine. I have been collecting the fabrics for several months, my plan is to make it by the pattern ( I have never made a quilt by a pattern before) but will add my own touches to personalize the design with additional pieced borders. Since I usually draw my design layouts and work out the kinks as I go along, I hope this will go quickly. Wish me luck!
Happy Quilting,

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Bohemian Romance finished

Yesterday I finished Bohemian Romance, free motion quilting using lots of feather stitching in border and some blocks. This blended quilt is based on Spendid Blended Olio from Marsha McCloskey's book Blended Traditions II. The overall large print dark color fabrics create a pretty blended effect. I used a floral flannel in shades of green for the backing. I have not washed it yet ( I love the puckered effect from that first washing) because the water line to washer is frozen. I will post again after washing.
This is my first finish for the PhD Challenge for Myra's blog.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Progress on PhD's

 I have added mitered inner borders and pieced outside borders on the batik quilt I started in November, before all the tshirt quilts for Christmas. This quilt will be auctioned as a fundraiser for our local quilt guild.
This quilt is also for the auction - last weekend at a retreat I added the two extra rows and alternating blocks in the corners. A narrow black inner border will accent a 5" wide border of the tan paisley used in the alternating blocks.
Both of these quilts are included in Myra's Phd challenge. I have one quilt to post at "Done", the Bohemian blended quilt has a lovely green floral flannel on the back. I'll post a pic tomorrow when the light is better.
Happy Winter quilting!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cold winter fix for drafty windows

 Covered the small window with fake fur, really uptown window coverings! Opposite windows on North have 2 layers Warm and Natural and one  quilt top.

Well all you quilters out there is the brutal winter weather will love this pic! My quilting workroom is upstairs  garage apartment 3 rooms with lots of windows, wonderful in the spring and fall, but this weather has forced me to find a solution to the wind chill factor. I have hung layers of warm and natural batting over the windows, still get enough light. It has helped a lot, the triple bay area is covered with batting that I pieced together so it looks like a hodgepodge but what ever works!!!
Even wearing my cotton quilting gloves to stay warm.
I am machine quilting the Bohemian blended quilt with a flannel backing so that is helping to keep me warm too. Taking a break to make beef stew for dinner and a dessert with sugar free ingredients. Then back upstairs to sew.
By the way I didnt add that I have to go outside to the garage to sew upstairs. That metal lock on the door sure is cold!!!
Happy Quilting and stay warm