Monday, May 31, 2010

Design Wall Monday – May 31

Another Monday has come around and I finally have something to show for design wall Monday.  I finished sewing all the blocks together for my Nine Patch Surprise.  It is too large for the actual design wall, so my design holder husband is holding it.

I have decided  not to add a border to it so I hope to get it quilted soon.  I think I will get a yard of each of the four accent colors and make a giant four patch for the back.

Check out Judy’s blog for more design walls this Memorial Day Monday.


Sunday, May 30, 2010

Second Customer Quilt – For a Little Girl

This one is a eye spy quilt for a 14th month old girl.  It is full of cute “girl” things.  Love the four different color borders.

The last photo is of the back.  It says Little Lady over and over again.  Perfect for this quilt.  I quilted it with light pink thread and did a echoed flower overall on it.


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Customer Quilt – Gift for a Teenager

I delivered a couple of quilts today.  This first one is for a teenager.


This was a Saturday Sampler from a couple of years ago – a bright cheerful quilt.

Here is the back.


I quilted it with lime green thread in both the needle and bobbin and think it turned out great.


Friday, May 28, 2010

Sieglinde Schoen Smith and Her “Mother Earth and Her Children” Quilt

Today at the ECQG meeting, we had the pleasure of meeting Sieglinde Schoen Smith and her quilts.  She won best of show at Houston in 2006 with her “Mother Earth and Her Children” Quilt.  It is amazing.

The second photo above is of the back of the quilt.  I can’t say enough about this quilt.  It is simply amazing!  The appliqué and embroidery are the best I have ever seen.

She also brought her Christmas Quilt.

She also brought her four seasons quilts that are based on the Mother Earth quilt.  She actually has patterns available for these.

She does absolutely everything by hand and doesn’t use a sewing machine at all.  She said that she has won three top of the line machines but doesn’t use them.

Here are a couple more quilts she brought along.

She was an extremely interesting speaker and we all had tears in our eyes with her history and the story of her quilts.  She is unassuming and delightful.  If you ever get a chance to see her and her quilts, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity, you won’t be disappointed.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

New Basket

Some of my quilting friends found a great little shop here in Marietta that sells really nice market baskets.  They all bought different baskets and kept talking about them.  They got the large market basket which is about the same size as the ones you use at the super market.  I went to see what the girls were talking about yesterday and found something even cuter.

This little market basket is only 13x8x7.  It also has a drawstring cover for it.  I think it will be great for taking my lunch to work and guild.  It is really cute.

Of course, I also bought a big one.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Beginning Machine Piecing Class Starts Again

We started another series of Beginning Machine Piecing classes today.  I had two students in the morning and another two in the evening.

We worked on 1/4” seams, pressing and cutting.  They started making rail fence blocks and are all doing a great job.  Here are the wonderful fabric selections they will be working with over the next six weeks.

It will be fun to see how their blocks turn out.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Civil War Quilt

We are starting a BOM at Tiny Stitches this weekend and I am trying to talk myself out of signing up.  I don’t even like Civil War reproduction fabric but I am so tempted by this quilt.

This is just a small portion of the center of the quilt.  It has a million half square triangles in it – many of them are very small also.  I really would like to make it out of different fabrics but the patterns are only available as part of the BOM.  It is a very large quilt also and was beautifully made by Terry for the shop. 

In spite of myself, I love it!


Monday, May 24, 2010

Beyond Beginners – Curved Piecing

Tonight was the last night of my Beyond Beginners classes for this series.  The focus of this class was curved piecing.  As usual, they did a great job.


By they time we finished, they were comfortable doing curved piecing.  There are a lot more blocks to be done for each of them but I am looking forward to seeing the finished quilts.

Speaking of finished quilts, Carolyn brought in her finished top from the paper piecing class.  Here it is.

My sample is only a table runner but I like this one.  Here is the table runner for comparison.


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