Tuesday, June 30, 2015

This Challenge WAS Mania!!


There was not enough coffee in the world for this challenge.
 It started with one inch half square triangles....which finished to half inch squares!!
Which made nine shoo fly blocks.
 Added some homemade piping and a loop.
 And chartreuse perle cotton.  Mania I tell you....mania!
I'm not getting sucked in again....no more one inch stuff for me!;)
I'm worried about the next challenge!
Keeping me smiling is Hermione the Chicken. Gotta love her...
...and these lovely eggs!  
Heheheh....no...did not get these from Hermione.  If I had I'd be rich!:)

~d
ps...thanks for all the wonderful comments on my Medley of Jen quilt!:)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Medley of Jen (Kingwell)...the quilt!

It started with Green Tea and Sweet Beans.  
No, not the foods....the quilt pattern.
Then I saw the quilt in person at the 2014 Fat Quarter Retreat in London while at a class with said enabler.  I learned some good tricks.  Enough that I felt comfortable giving it a try.
But then I saw Bring Me FlowersThe Circle Game Gardenvale Stars AND Jen's newest book Quilt Lovely (almost wrote loverly!)  I was torn.  There was no way I could (or would) ever do all those quilts. While pondering with itchy fingers something magical came to the shop!
 Gardenvale the fabric line arrived and I was a goner!
 Beginning of May the first stitches were sewn and teases were shown with the above peeks.
It was very easy combining Gardenvale with loads of other fabrics for that scrappy look.
Thought I was done then Quilt Lovely came to our shop. 
 GlitterMrs. Bannister's Stars, She Loves You, Home Run and Flea Market Dash called to me.
Make me....make me....make me...make me....make me too!

So I did.  Over half of all the blocks in this quilt were done using 
English paper piecing and applique. 

Next brilliant idea was to hand quilt it all.  Not one of my best since it's been averaging over 90 degrees (32.2C for you peeps across the pond) most days and we don't have our window air conditioners in yet!
Quilting it in sections using size 12  Perle cotton kept the quilt sandwiches smaller. This way I didn't have so much draped across my lap.
(Doe and Succulent on the back)
Before sewing on the bottom section I accidentally trimmed off the piece that was supposed to be turned under and blind stitched hence that loooooong skinny strip of yellow!  If anyone asks I'll say I meant to do that.  You'll keep my secret right?:)

Introducing...
 Medley of Jen!
 Had the MOST fun stitching and appliqueing.
 Putting the puzzle together in a pleasing way.
 Hand quilting, hand quilting, hand quilting and then of course a nice wash and dry up!
Crinkly goodness at it's very best!
Now she hangs in the shop and will be at Hershey end of July AND Houston end of October at the Webfabric.net booth.  
If you are there go say hi!!:)

~d

PS.....I'll be at Houston too!!!:)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Sixth Finish and progress

Yippie...several weeks before the end of the 2nd quarter Finish Along 2015 and I am DONE...for the moment!
 Here is the 6th finish...the lovely Modern Buzzsaw from Amy Smart's book 
Fabulously Fast Quilts.  I really like this quilt for so many reasons mostly the fabrics. It's like a snuggle from my carpenter hubby....not that I can't have the real thing all the time!
This was machine quilted with straight lines an inch or so from the seams and I tied the center of each square with some navy perle cotton.
 The back is a Kaffe that I have been hording until I could figure out what to do with it.
This is my new favorite way to finish the binding.  Sew it on the back then bring it to the front and use perle cotton to stitch it down.  Still hand stitching but takes a third of the time and adds a little extra detail.  Fun and Fabulously Fast!:)
 Kohlrabi is happening in the garden. That thing is five inches wide and ready to eat!
Amazing things also grow in our dirt/junk/rock pile.  Wineberries should be ready for July 4th celebrating.  This is just one of several patches in the yard!
There's the astronaut that joined the dinosaur league.
 Medley of Jen is growing too.  I have three large sections hand quilted...one more to go before joining them all together for the big reveal!
All the blocks came from Jen Kingwell's patterns and book.  Very fun!

Received a lot of lovely birthday wishes this year....this one is my favorite.


It is sooooo me!:)

~d




Friday, May 29, 2015

Mini Mania Challenge....yep...I challenge ye!:)

Went outside to plant the Hellebore, Russian sage and ginger plants my in-laws dug up for me from their yard.  That's all I did because I was being devoured by the gnats! Bug spray was NOT helping!
I did get a few photos before fleeing the outdoors.
 This is Dinosaurland.  Everytime we find a lost toy in the yard we put it here.   I added an astronaut this afternoon!
 Something else was in the garden...this little mini I made after being challenged!  
My buddy Jo and her pals have been honing their sewing skills and have asked us all to join them! The new flickr group is called Mini Mania Challenge or MMC and I just realized that means 2100 in Roman Numerals OR what we are in now...the 21st Century! How cool is that?:)
Ok...I digress....back to the challenge.
Tiny pieces, colors, patterns...that's what it's about.  What can you do with a set criteria?  
Every 1st of the month is a new challenge with photos posted the last day of the month. 
In the new flickr group we can post sneak peeks and easily ask for help without having to send out several emails!:) They have been challenging each other since February with me just joining in this month.   Visit the flickr group to see what the others did with May's challenge and the past months.
(My new favorite way to finish the binding....bring to the front and use perle cotton!)
 You all are invited to join us.  What's great about this group is you can play or not play.  You can make a mini you LOVE and keep it! No swapping, no mailing, no stalking a partner to hopefully make something they would like...do your best work only to be sad because you have to send it off!  Skill building and Brain building to boot!:)  Right now it's an invite only so if you are interested just let me know and I'll send you a flickr invite. You then will be able to post photos and chat but you don't have to join to be challenged. Anyone can follow the new instructions on the 1st of each month!:)
The minis make great presents too....my mom loves hers!:)
Come on and play!  You won't believe how tiny the pieces are for the next challenge!:)
Speaking of tiny...the boy gave me some pixie lilies for my birthday...I hope the deer don't find them!
(Pin cushion, coaster, needle and scissor cases from my buddy Sandie!:)
Still hand stitching!

~d

Monday, May 25, 2015

Still here....still sewing

The weather has been flip flopping hot, cold, now hot again.  The garden is loving the heat...not me!
Here is a fifth finish lounging among all the greens.
 The inspiration came from a house hubby did a little work on last year.
I think the house itself would make a great quilt!
Now I need to give the runner to them!
So many little seedlings coming up...that's a tiny dogwood among the lamb's ear and periwinkle!

We have done some traveling too....
 View from our 12th floor window....any guesses?:)
Atlanta, Georgia!!  That's Centennial Olympic Park built for the 1996 Olympics.
We were there for sis-in-law's Investiture into the AIA College of Fellows.
The most touching thing in the park is the Quilt of Remembrance which has a mosaic of stones from around the world to honor the 111 people injured in the explosion.
 Google Quilt of Remembrance Centennial Park and look at all the images.
So many ideas!
Still working on my Medley of Jen Kingwell!
I goofed on all ten of the lower blocks by putting a light where a dark was supposed to go.
Fabric pens to the rescue! Can you tell which ones were colored in?
Those log cabin blocks are three inches!! 

~d



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Bring it On!

Bring on the Purples!


 Bring on the Whites!


Bring on the Pinks!

And the multi-colored delights!!:)
 An early Mother's Day gift from my boy and his girl! Love it!
 The veggie garden is growing...
...as is fuel for the fire pit.  
Yes, it needs some trimming.
But right now we have been challenged...by my pal Jo in England!
She said pick a pink, a green and a yellow....toss in a background color.
Half square triangles they will become...

 But which....
 ....layout....
...will be The One?
Ha! None of the above...I'm still playing!
 Also playing with applique the...
Ten blocks are done with another ten cut out awaiting needle and thread. 
Swore I wasn't going to start a new project(s)!!
Oh well!!
~d