Wednesday, February 28, 2007

One More Quilt for Shop Hop

Well, Shop Hop starts tomorrow and I got one more quilt finished just in time. I got the binding done just a few minutes ago. Once more, I used the Simply Squares pattern and some Moda charm packs. The charm packs were from the Spring Fling line and I used four of them. Each charm pack had 39 squares which meant that there were an extra four from each pack. I used these to put a four patch in the corners.

We do not have yardage from the line at the shop yet but I was able to find border and binding fabrics from other lines that look great on the quilt. This is another happy quilt.

I quilted it using yellow variegated thread and a panto called Starburst. It was a good selection for this cute quilt.

I will be taking it to Tiny Stitches this afternoon when I go in to help decorate ths shop for the hop. I also have to finish packaging the kits so they will be ready for all the hoppers starting tomorrow.

We expect to be very busy for the shop hop. It lasts for 4 days and has 13 shops on the list. Because of the distance between the shops, it certainly takes more than one day to visit all of them.

I quilted the shop hop quilt and will post a picture of it tonight or tomorrow - it is very beautiful.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Springtime on the Square

The raffle quilt was at our guild meeting today. It has it's own suitcase to travel in and it's own stand to hang from. It also has a name - Springtime on the Square. The center of the quilt is the gazabo at Marietta Square, which is the Downtown Square.

All the guild members got their raffle tickets today. If anyone is interested in purchasing a raffle ticket, let me know and I will be happy to get them to you. You can pay with paypal or send me a check.

The quilt top and backing are batiks. The applique is all needleturn and there are also 3D flowers on it. The top was pieced and appliqued by guild members and it is wonderfully done. I custom quilted it and even if I say so myself, it is wonderfully quilted.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

4th of July Quilt

I made this quilt several years ago but decided that I need to take pictures and document more of my older quilts. This was made in a bag lady class at Tiny Stitches. The way this class works is that you go on a Friday night starting at 6:30 and ending around 11:30. You purchase a kit to make a quilt - most of them are relatively simple quilts - or supply your own fabric and sew together with the group - having dinner, chocolate and soft drinks. I used to go to the monthly classes a lot and met many great people there. This is where I now work and teach.

This was a fun quilt and one of the first ones I quilted after getting my gammill. I have had it about 5 years but I don't remember exactly when I quilted it. I used red thread and the Stars and Loops panto by Linda Taylor.

It is a happy quilt!

I taught a jacket class this morning and then spent part of the afternoon quilting on a Thimbleberries quilt that has to be finished in time for the shop hop next week. It is a very large quilt but I will finish it up tomorrow.

I also worked for a while on a bright Simply Squares quilt from some more charm packs. I hope to finish this one also for the shop hop. I need to get borders for it so I can get it ready for quilting.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Garden Club by Country Threads

We are doing a block of the month at my Tuesday guild. We actually started last month but as usual, I am behind. This is block #2 which I finished today because I am responsible for leading the class tomorrow and had to have it finished! It is called Bird Housing.

The photo on the left is from the pattern and the one on the right is mine. As you can probably tell from my other projects, I am not a county color fan so I went with brighter colors, using batiks, hand-dyes and other bright fabrics.

This block of the month is from Country Threads and is called Garden Club. The book is out of print but most of the members were able to find it used or on eBay. I was lucky enough to find a folder in the sale bin at the quilt shop that had the pattern before there was a book. So I have 12 flyer type patterns that include a printed photograph of each block and the pattern for that month.

The quilt is designed as a combination pieced and appliqued quilt. I decided that I was going to do fusible applique with a buttonhole stitch. I am using various DMC machine embroidery threads (I have every color) that contrast with the actual fabrics. I think it is going to be beautiful and fun.

I am teaching two or three of the months so I guess I better get caught up and do #1 Summer Glory so I don't get too far behind.

We had a Quilt Show meeting today and the raffle quilt was there. It is really beautiful and I can appreciate it much more now that it has a sleeve and a stand to hang from. We are going to show it to the guild members on Friday and give out raffle tickets for them to sell. I hope we can make a lot of money on it.

It should be photographed in the next couple of days and I should get a copy of the full quilt and will post it as soon as I can. I think I will also take my camera on Friday in hopes of getting better pictures on my own.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Around the Block Quilt Finished

I finished the Around the Block quilt using the turquoise and brown fabrics. I really like how this quilt turned out. The colors are much more beautiful in person - the brown is so rich.

It will be displayed in the shop for the Greater Atlanta Shop Hop the beginning of March. We are all doing quilts using florals since the theme of the hop is Georgia in the Spring. I am glad to have mine done. Next on my list is to quilt the 2007 Thimbleberries quilt that Mary made. She needs it done for the shop hop also. It is a huge quilt. Will try to get it on the machine on Sunday morning. Tomorrow I will work in the shop and I am always too tired to actually quilt anything on work days.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Round Robin Quilts

I last posted about about my guild meeting where we showed off round robin quilts. Here are photos of my quilt that I took to the meeting.

This on is my Kimono Lady Quilt. I started with the center two ladies. I adapted them from a pattern for a tote bag. The last border is truly wonderful. The bamboo is all hand appliqued on the sides, then cherry blossoms along the top and bottom borders, complete with 3D blossoms. She also drew a beautiful woman at the center of the top border.

This one is not quilted. In fact, I had completely forgotten about it and only vaguely remember doing it - it was several years ago. I am not much of a fall colors person and this is actually a nice quilt. I will get a back organized for it soon and put it in the stack to be quilted.

This wonderful quilt is from a row robin that I was in. I started with the BOO row on the top and the rest of the group did great things with it. The second row is hand appliqued trick or treaters, followed by ghosts, witches and gravestones. Next is the word Halloween in wonderful fabrics followed by another row of ghosts and friends. The next row is witches and then pumpkins with black cats. Lastly there is a row of candy corn.

I love this quilt.

This is the last quilt I showed. I started with a redwork center, which is shown below.

I fell in love with the design - A cat, shopping for fabric, at the sewing machine, quilting and of course, on the computer.

This was another fun round robin, with borders that were added by each person and enhanced the quilt. I almost took the last border off because I didn't feet that it really fit but decided to leave it on. I still don't think it really fits, but the quilt is done and that is that.

I finished the turquoise and brown quilt this morning and quilted it this afternoon. I will get the binding sewn on by machine in the morning and hopefully sew the binding by hand tomorrow night so I can take it to the quilt shop.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

String Block Swap and Guild Meeting

I swapped out the string blocks for our January Swap. There were 11 swappers, each making 6 blocks. Also, 5 of them made a red, white and blue block for a QOV quilt. All the blocks look great and will be on their way to their new owners tomorrow.

We had our monthly guild meeting today. The topic was Round Robin Quilts. I took 4 of mine and several other showed their quilts. I will try to take a photo of the ones I shared tomorrow when there is better light.

Our guild meeting is so much fun. We have show and tell which is always interesting and at our monthly business meeting, we have a potluck lunch. I saw Bobby Flay make Chocolate Banana Pudding on the food network last week and so decided to make my version of it. Everyone that tried it seemed to enjoy it.

We actually meet every week but the other weeks are more like sew-ins. We are doing a block of the month, a roosting round robin and dedicate one full day a quarter to community service. Our next community service project is making cool-ties for the troops in Iraq.

Monday, February 12, 2007

More Purses from Class

Here is a purse made from bright fabrics. It is lined with lime green!

This one is a tote bag. She used a mola on the front of it and hand quilted both the front and back.

Here is a batik bag that really turned out great.

I have been teaching bags for quite a while at Tiny Stitches - usually concentrating on one pattern for all of the students. I have started something new called Choose Your Own Bag. Each student can pick a pattern and I will help them make the bag they choose. I limit the number of students to 5 and I have time to help each of them.

This has worked out well so I also teach a Choose Your Own Jacket class. Same concept, only jackets.

On Wednesday I am teaching pajama pants - that will be a fun class. For some reason I seem to get elected to teach the non-quilt classes. During this quarter I am teaching the pajama pants, jackets, purses, postcards and one quilt - the Wacky Devine Nine.

I have pieced most of the turquoise and brown quilt and should be able to finish the top tomorrow or Wednesday. It is turning out great!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Finished Purses

I am having trouble getting some photos from my phone to my computer. Sometimes technology gets the best of me. Two of my students came in to the shop today and finished up their purses that they couldn't finish last Wednesday night. This is the New York purse. She only had a small amount of the New York fabric so we fussy cut it so the best parts show on the front of the purse. See the Statue of Liberty at the top of the purse?

This was a City Bag by Lazy Girl. It is a large bag, not quite a tote but would work well for a smaller laptop or files. The fabric she chose is really beautiful and she is giving it to her daughter for Valentines day. The first photo is of the front of the bag with a pocket.

This is the back of the bag. It has a single pocket all the way across the back.

Both bags have zippers in them and students are always afraid of trying to put in a zipper. Both of these purse patterns have very easy ways of doing the zipper and they went in without any drama.

Hopefully I will be able to get the photos of the other three purses transferred soon so I can show them all off.

I was so excited about the new fabric/quilt that I got it all cut out last night and strip-pieced the major pieces this morning. I got some of the sub-cuts done and have a few more still to cut. I am ready to start piecing the top together. I also found a great polkadot fabric for backing and have it ready when I get the top pieced.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Starting a New Quilt

I love starting new projects! I am trying to get many of my UFO's finished but still have to have some new projects. My goal for the year is to finish more quilts than I have started. So far, so good.

The Atlanta area quilt shops are having a shop hop the first week in March. Each of us that work at Tiny Stitches are making at least one quilt for the shop hop. I got my fabric picked out today for my quilt. Since the theme of the hop is Springtime in Georgia, we are all making quilts using floral fabrics. Here are the ones I am going to use.

I fell in love with these fabrics and colors. The floral will be the main fabric and border, the brown is the background and the turquoise is the inner border and accent fabric. The stripe will be the binding - I really like the look of striped binding and really like it when it is printed such that I can use straight binding and it looks like bias.

I took the picture a few minutes ago and plan on cutting the quilt out tonight. I am going to use a pattern called "Around the Block" by Robin Gallagher of Two Wacky Women. (Robin is my sister and has very nice patterns) The Wacky Devine Nine is also one of her patterns.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Simply Squares

This is a quilt I made for Tiny Stitches. I just finished up the binding a few minutes ago. It uses 4 charm packs from Marti Michell's new fabric line called Ramblin' Rose. Then just a small inner border and a 5 inch outer border. Very quick and easy quilt.

The pattern I used is called Simply Squares. You sew the charms together in a straight set and then two cuts are made, sewing the pieces back together and resulting in a quilt set on point.

I quilted the quilt with a panto called Rosie and used cotton thread in a wonderful color called Latte. It was wonderful to do a quick quilting project after having the raffle quilt on my machine for such a long time - about five weeks.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

East Cobb Quilt Guild Raffle Quilt

I have been quilting my guild's raffle quilt for over a month now. I am flattered to be asked to quilt it but it has been a much bigger job than I had thought. I looked at the quilt and estimated that it would take me about 2 weeks to do it. Instead it has taken between 5-6 weeks. Of course, this is not an 8 hour day but I found that I could only work on it a couple of hours and then had to rest. I would work on it 2-3 times a day, most days.

This is one of the most beautiful quilts I have ever seen. It is about 89 x 106. It is made completely from batiks and the center applique is an adaption of the Gazebo which is in the Marietta Square, which is in downtown Marietta, the city that most of East Cobb part of. We live in Cobb County, Georgia - on the East side obviously.

This was a real challenge to quilt. I met with the raffle quilt committee and we jointly decided on a plan for quilting. I worked with the plan for the most part and only did a few things differently.

This photo is of the center of the quilt. I stitched in the ditch of all the trees and the gazebo itself. I then added clouds in the sky and outlined all the bricks. My favorite thing in the quilt is the pathway that I quilted like cobblestones.
Surrounding the center are four beautiful floral bouquets. I stitched around each element of the applique and added some dimension to the the large flowers. After the binding is done, there will be some dimensional flowers added.

Here is a close-up of the border. I thought it looked like tile/cobblestones and did a freehand flower in each of them.

The guild is going to have this quilt professionally photographed and I will post another photo when I get it.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

More Wacky Devine Nine

One of the projects many people worked on during retreat was the Wacky Devine Nine that we started during sew-in on Tuesday. Here are pictures of 3 more finished tops that just need borders. This is another bright cheerful quilt.

This one started with 12 FQ instead of 9 and made therefore made 12 blocks instead of 9. The colors are still well distributed throughout the top.

This last one is full of soft colors.

We had a busy day at the quilt shop today with our Super Bowl sale. Lots and lots of quilters finding bargins. After the sale, I was given some of the children's type of fabrics to take to the guild to use for our charity projects. The fabric will be put to very good use making quilts to donate to various organizations we try to help. The trunk of my little car is full of bolts!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Quilt Retreat

Well, the weather was bad but we made it to the retreat anyway. We had freezing rain and a little ice and the schools were closed but it cleared up by mid-morning so we started about 11am which was only a couple of hours late. People came in between 11am and about 2pm depending on where they live and how bad the roads were near them.

Here are the tables all set for our first meal. The theme of the retreat was Quilters Tea Party so each person had a fabric coaster, teacup and fabric napkin at their place. I also got new tablecloths for the tables so the meal area looked very nice.

I found fun foam cowboy hats around Halloween at the dollar store so picked up one for everyone - after all, what is a tea party without hats. Each quilter was asked to bring embellishments - although they didn't know what they were embellishing. Everyone wore their hats to dinner Thursday night and we had a hat fashion show with some prizes for the most creative. My hat is shown above.

Next we had goodie bags for everyone. Mine is pictued under my hat. They were embroidered with "Friends don't let friends quilt alone". They had appliqued quilters with yarn hair on the front. Since we have one male quilter, Dave's bag had quilter men on it.

This picture was the featured project for the retreat. About 1/2 of the people made a version of this quilt and the others worked on their own projects. I decided to make a new quilt for my bed so I did work on this project, along with my friend Mary.

Since it was a fat quarter quilt, Mary and I bought 1/2 yards and split them. The queen-size called for 6 different colors, 5 shades of each color. We couldn't decide on 6 colors so ended up with 8 colors, 5 shades of each.

The quilt with the white background is Mary's

This one is my quilt - I had black background. This is the center of the quilts, we are going to add borders. The first one will be of the background and then a couple of borders using strips of the various fabrics from the quilt. I think the first will be the lighter colors, then the darker and then a final border of the background.

I like both of the quilts but I really love mine the best.

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