Thursday, July 23, 2015

                                                                    Week 26
For this week's project, I did a class sample for tumbling blocks (the easy way). Normally with this block, you have to sew a y seam. Not an easy task. The way I taught this was so much easier than the old fashioned way. It does involve a little paper piecing, but who doesn't love paper piecing?
I'm going to put binding around the ends and call it a table runner. Want to learn how to do it? Just let me know and I'll have another class. It really is easy and fun.
                                                                       Week 25

Again, trying to catch up. For this week's project, I made a bunch of bags for a wedding party and embroidered their names on them. They turned out well, again, from the wide mouth bag pattern from This woman has some amazing patterns. Check it out.
 I especially like the sign in the background. It sure seems fitting for my studio. So until next time, keep on quilting.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

                                                                  Week 24
For this week's project, I did a trio of bags. A friend of mine bought the fabric in Hawaii and I finally got around to making the bags. They are the wide mouth bags from the pattern by  I usually only make the small one but this was an exception. I made all three sizes then used Kukui nuts from one of my trips to Kauaii. I liked them a lot. I actually have more fabric so you might see another set in the near future....

Friday, July 17, 2015

                                                                   Week 23
So for this week, I actually quilted someone else's quilt. Her name is Sue and she owns a quilting store in Temecula, CA. This turned out to be all custom work and it turned out pretty well. The quilt itself is a medallion quilt and I do believe most of the fabric is from the cotton and steel collection, but I could be mistaken.
I totally had fun doing this on my Statler. Although it was a bit of work, I enjoyed it a lot. I have since been to Missouri for a 4 day Statler conference and have learned more about the awesome Statler stitcher that I purchased last year at Houston. The only thing this amazing machine doesn't do is cook for me. (well that is about what it seems like). I am learning all kinds of things related to CAD and all the ins and outs. I am in the process of doing donation quilts so I can play daily on the machine. My local quilt guilds are doing pretty well with donation quilts for next month. I have 4 to bind at the present and will do so next weekend while I'm in Malibu. Until tomorrow, week 24, happy quilting to all of you.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

                                                                  Week 22

Okay, let's do this...For week 22, I made a bag, rather a pouch. I found this little treasure in Hawaii and thought, "that would be kinda cool if it was a little bigger to carry your phone and keys", I adapted the pattern and made it to fit my needs. I used mesh and fabric and added a ring to attach keys and you can also attach it to your belt loop so you don't have to carry it. I like it. I hope you do too.
Tomorrow, I will be up to week 23, still have 5 weeks to catch up but I have all the projects done (and then some) so I think I can do it. I have been ultra busy between sewing, working, quilting, travelling and teaching classes. I may not be a blogger but I intend to be dedicated to the cause. So, until tomorrow.....Keep on quilting.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

                                                                   Week 21
I'm desperately trying to catch up on my project of the week. I plan (we know how that works) to do a "week" everyday till I catch up. So here goes week 21.
For this week's project, I used a class sample and made it into a 12x12 quilt for a donation quilt to SAQA. I used my hand painted fabrics to make the appliqued flower and fused it onto an awesome commerical fabric with printed text on it. I then quilted it, did the binding and viola......A quilt. The class was also a success. We had lots of fun and I think everyone had a great time. I know I did.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

                                                                 WEEK 20
Okay, so I am way behind. It doesn't mean that I haven't been productive,it just means I have not spent  the time blogging about it. I have to apologize. The only way that I can show, teach, question, to keep up with the blogging. I honestly try to do better but I am a slider. For week 20, I did make a medium size messenger bag. The size turned out good, it was difficult because I used the same fabric for every piece. I liked the size and will add it to the list of bags that I will make again.

 My quilt "Grandmother's Beer Garden" got accepted into the exhibit "In the American Tradition". I am totally stoked about this. I worked very hard on this quilt and did a lot of bead work on it ("I am not a beader"). I had tons of friends collecting beer caps and this quilt traveled out of the country several times....Hard work does pay off. I am going to be shipping it off this week and once it actually shows for the first time, I will post pictures here on the blog. Plan to be amazed.....