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4/11/2014

Self Portrait

Fun times creating this self portrait:



With a lot of help from Quilting Arts Magazine article "Creative Self-Portraits" by Yvonne Porcella - Summer 2005 AND encouragement from a good friend, Jenny Williams.





Picasso-ish., don't you think?

 It will be part of the Art Quilts Whimsy Exhibition at the Page Walker History Center in Cary, NC - April 23rd - June 22nd.   Opening Night - April 25th - 6pm - 8pm.

Spring was a long time coming this year.   Now all of a sudden, it's Summer!!! - 80's this weekend!  Last night, we cut the lawn for the first time this season.

Have a wonderfully warm weekend wherever you are! 



 





I may not do it every post but I tried to link to the following:

Anything goes Mondays @ http://marelize-ries.blogspot.co.uk/
Linky Tuesday at Free motion by the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
Fabric Tuesday @http://quiltstory.blogspot.co.uk/
Sew cute Tuesday @ http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/
Sew Many Ways @ http://www.sewmanyways.blogspot.com/
Show and tell Tuesday @ http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/
Show and tell Tuesday @ http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/
Let’s Bee Social @ http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.co.uk
WIP Wednesday at freshly pieced @ http://www.freshlypieced.com/
WOW = WIPs on Wednesdays @ http://www.estheraliu.blogspot.co.uk/
WIP Wednesday at TN + TN @ http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca
We did it Wednesday @ http://www.sewmuchado.com/
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Really Random Thursdays @ http://www.liveacolorfullife.net/
Needle and Thread Thursday @ http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.co.uk/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/
Fabric Frenzy Friday @ http://fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.co.uk
Friday linky party @ http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.co.uk/
Canoe Ridge Creations @ http://www.canoeridgecreations.com

4/03/2014

Thread Vessel

Last weekend when I started straightening up the sewing area, I came upon my save bags of thread scraps.  Forgot all about the cleaning up, and made 2 thread vessels instead!  I use water soluable bags I bought from a medical supply company.  I used 2 15" squares of plastic.  Laid my thread scaps with a few thin fabric scraps mixed in onto one piece of plastic.
 

Topped it with the other piece of plastic, pinned to keep it somewhat secure and with my free motion foot, sewed all around to secure everything into place.

 
Once all you feel there is enough sewing in place, run it under warm water to wash away the plastic.  Don't wash it all away, otherwise it won't stiffen up enough for you.  I draped it over a cup (actually 3 cups are stacked together to keep it from touching the plate.
This is a second piece I did, won't be quite as tall as the other one but lots of feathery threads sticking out which makes a nice finish when it dries.
Let them sit for 2 or more days until they are dry.  Take them off and set them right side up.





They really come out unique.  I'll need to take better pictures of the 2 of them next to each other.



 





I may not do it every post but I tried to link to the following:

Anything goes Mondays @ http://marelize-ries.blogspot.co.uk/
Linky Tuesday at Free motion by the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
Fabric Tuesday @http://quiltstory.blogspot.co.uk/
Sew cute Tuesday @ http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/
Sew Many Ways @ http://www.sewmanyways.blogspot.com/
Show and tell Tuesday @ http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/
Show and tell Tuesday @ http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/
Let’s Bee Social @ http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.co.uk
WIP Wednesday at freshly pieced @ http://www.freshlypieced.com/
WOW = WIPs on Wednesdays @ http://www.estheraliu.blogspot.co.uk/
WIP Wednesday at TN + TN @ http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca
We did it Wednesday @ http://www.sewmuchado.com/
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Really Random Thursdays @ http://www.liveacolorfullife.net/
Needle and Thread Thursday @ http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.co.uk/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/
Fabric Frenzy Friday @ http://fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.co.uk
Friday linky party @ http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.co.uk/
Canoe Ridge Creations @ http://www.canoeridgecreations.com

3/23/2014

Finished - finally!

It all started back in February when I bought a fat quarter sampler packet and began making this quilt inspired by this Cranberry Chutney Quilt by Madison Cottage Design.    I didn't think I need to buy the pattern and am happy how it has turned out.  Lot of fun adding those one inch strips into the block.  Each block measures 8" x 9.  I added a 3" black border with a red binding.


I bought the fat quarter sampler from Connecting Threads.  Some time ago I bought a cotton thread set from them.   The thread colors matched the fabrics perfectly.  I went with a straight line quilting, varying the distance between the lines in no particular order.  Just kept at it until it looked like there was enough coverage over the whole quilt.


Yesterday, I finished quilting the border, added the binding and spent most of last evening, hand sewing the binding on the back.  Love how it turned out.


I think this will be one that keeps me warm in the evening..  We still have some cool nights ahead of us here in North Carolina.  Typically this time of year, we can get out and start planting flowers but a possible ice/snow system is brewing and could make for an interesting day on Tuesday.  

Stay warm - happy sewing!




 





I may not do it every post but I tried to link to the following:

Anything goes Mondays @ http://marelize-ries.blogspot.co.uk/
Linky Tuesday at Free motion by the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
Fabric Tuesday @http://quiltstory.blogspot.co.uk/
Sew cute Tuesday @ http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/
Sew Many Ways @ http://www.sewmanyways.blogspot.com/
Show and tell Tuesday @ http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/
Let’s Bee Social @ http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.co.uk
WIP Wednesday at freshly pieced @ http://www.freshlypieced.com/
WOW = WIPs on Wednesdays @ http://www.estheraliu.blogspot.co.uk/
WIP Wednesday at TN + TN @ http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca
We did it Wednesday @ http://www.sewmuchado.com/
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Really Random Thursdays @ http://www.liveacolorfullife.net/
Needle and Thread Thursday @ http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.co.uk/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/
Fabric Frenzy Friday @ http://fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.co.uk
Friday linky party @ http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.co.uk/
Canoe Ridge Creations @ http://www.canoeridgecreations.com

3/21/2014

Whimsy Piece

I have been dealing with so much lately that I haven't had a chance to sew let alone blog about  anything.  I have just returned from a 5 day trip to New Jersey where we held an estate sale at my mother-in-law's house - a very successful estate sale!  Happy to say it's our last trip to NJ for quite a while!

I've got one quick thing to share with you.  One of my pieces was juried into PAQA-South's ArtQuilts Whimsy show in Cary, North Carolina.  If you are in the area, please stop by, it's sure to be a great exhibition!

April 23 – June 22, 2014
Artist Reception: April 25, 2014, 6 to 8pm
Page-Walker Arts and History Center
119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC 27513

Funny how what you least expect to get chosen, actually does.  I worked for so long on another piece and I figured since I was paying the entry fee, I ought to have 3 pieces to enter.  I pulled this quilt top off my cast off pile and thought - what the heck, I'll quilt it and see what happens.  It's the only one of my entries that was juried in.  I guess you just never know!



Is it whimsical?  I don't think so either but it was chosen.  I am still working on my "Little Bit of Chutney Quilt"  I'm hoping to finish up the quilting this weekend.  Looking forward to getting back into a regular sewing routine.

Happy Sewing!



I may not do it every post but I tried to link to the following:

Anything goes Mondays @ http://marelize-ries.blogspot.co.uk/
Linky Tuesday at Free motion by the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
Fabric Tuesday @http://quiltstory.blogspot.co.uk/
Sew cute Tuesday @ http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/
Sew Many Ways @ http://www.sewmanyways.blogspot.com/
Show and tell Tuesday @ http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/



2/28/2014

A little bit chutney?

I've been admiring this quilt "Cranberry Chutney" for quite some time.  I may have first seen it on Pinterest. I Google searched it, looked at all the images of Chutney quilts, counted fabrics, sketched the layout onto graph paper.  According to my calculations, I needed 19 fabrics, I purchase a fat quarter sampler set from Connecting Threads which had 18 fabrics and I added one from my stash.  This is my first time purchasing a fat quarter sampler.  I was surprised that not all the fabrics were 18" x 22".  After washing, some were only about 17" x 20". Maybe next time I'll purchase a fat quarter sampler from another vendor and see if I get a set that are all the same size!   I started by cutting the fat quarter in fourths.  Three would be used for the block base and the remaining quarter would be cut into 1 inch strips to be used for the horizontal and vertical lines.

I laid out the 56 pieces first and one by one, I began to slash and add one inch strips.


So here I go - I've got 25 blocks done, 31 to go.  My blocks  are 8" x 9".  My best guess is that the original quilt has blocks 8 1/2" by 8 1/2" .  Mine won't be exactly the same as the original - but that's okay because it's my version, it's just a little bit chutney.


I love the way it looks!  Happy to have had 4 1/2 days off in a row due to some unusual snow fall in North Carolina!  Hope you're warm wherever you are!

Update:  I've made a few more this past week - slowly but surely getting it done!



Happy Sewing!


2/21/2014

Feeling Whimsical?


PAQA-South (Professional Art Quilters Association) has a call for entry for their next show:  AQ Whimsy.  

Whimsy:  Playful humor, fanciful ideas or adornments, light and carefree notions, quaint or comical qualities; whimsy captures a thoughtful and creative smile, and shares it with the world.  We invite you to share your interpretation of whimsy in quiltart form.
March 1, 2014:  Entry Deadline.

Possibly not the most whimsical quilts,  I'll leave that up to the judges.  Here are my entries:
My Orange World
Break of Dawn

This is My World, Come Fly With Me

I bet you are more whimsical than I...take a moment and read through the prospectus and consider entering one - three of your pieces!  Good luck!

Happy Sewing!

2/17/2014

Wonky Nine Patch

The things I have found since cleaning out my old sewing room!  Over the last few weeks, I've been moving my sewing room from an upstairs bedroom down to our finished basement.  I can across a pile of wonky nine patch blocks that I may have put together at least 5 years ago.  I actually had to find a tutorial to remind myself how to make a few more to have enough for a quilt top.   Thanks Elizabeth!  


I added this nice white on off white material -
used it both for the blocks on the front, the back and the binding.
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Once the top is put together, I can spend days contemplating the big question...how should I quilt it?  Does that happen to you too?  I went with straight line quilting.  At the onset, I wasn't truly sure if I would happy with my decision but as it turns out, I'm feeling pretty good about it.



I used a polyester blue/purple thread for quilting.  The finished quilt measures  37" x 51"  Perfect size for a lap or crib quilt.  I'm putting it in my etsy shop.

Happy Sewing!

2/13/2014

New Design Wall

Once again, I must credit Mari from The Quilting Edge for her tutorial on making a design wall.  I purchase these insulation panels for about $8 at Home Depot.


Purchased this black batting from  Connecting Threads for about $15.

Wrapping the foam pieces in black batting, secured with duct tape.

There are 6 panels in the package - approximately 14" x 48" x 3/4".  Each panel is affixed to the wall with 3M Command strips.

So far so good, I'll let you know if I go down one morning and they have all fallen off the wall!

See The Quilting Edge tutorial here for creating a design wall.  Thanks Mari!

2/09/2014

Rainbow quilt - finished!

It seems like just yesterday but it was a while ago (November 2013!) when I asked for some suggestions for finishing this piece.  These squares were part of my morning therapy and here: post I asked for some suggestions - to add or not add a border.  I thank you for your input.  I went without a border and did a binding pieced together from fabrics I used in these scrap blocks.
I began my circle quilting off centered with a free motion foot. Once the circle was about 4 inches in diameter, I switched to a walking foot and continued until it was all filled up.
I added this pretty Alexander Henry fabric for the back.
This piece measures 34" x 44" - a prefect lap quilt or something to warm up that little bundle of joy.  If you are interested in purchasing, I've just added it to my etsy shop.  Hop on over!
Off to finish another piece I started years ago!

Happy Sewing!

1/26/2014

Moving to the basement

After my daughter was married in 2010, her old bedroom became my new sewing room.  

I am now in the process of moving down to our finished basement.

 Lots of great light coming in those windows.  I may need to put something on them soon as it will get quite warm come summertime!


Making some progress.  Moving fabric down this weekend.  Nice to go through everything and reorganize it.  Finding fabric I had forgotten all about!  Hope to find something to spark a new idea!

In the meantime, here are two of my latest upholstery bags:  





I don't know about where you live, but here in North Carolina it's mighty cold!  Sending you warm wishes...Happy Sewing!

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