Liberty made this with an image of her face and it brought a tear to my eye - it was the message I needed to hear the very moment I needed to hear (be) it. She made one for me with my image.
Made my me - quilted by Jenny and on it's way back for binding! I LOVE this quilt! But I am not keeping it. It's a 50th birthday present for my cousin. I have never made the same quilt twice but this one has me considering it.
Yes, I am still sitting here in the jury assembly room and day dreaming. So as I mentioned in my earlier post, I am hosting the Tumbler Party. During the first round, each party participant sent me 12 fat quarters (yellow, aqua & gray) and I used my Accuquilt Studio cutter to cut the FQ's into tumbler blocks and then put them into a great big pile and sorted them like a deck of cards. The cutting is easy, it was the sorting I found to be time consuming and also relaxing. I have to say I did have fun seeing all the different prints and am tickled with the little scraps of fabric that I ended up with (I'll be cutting what I can into 2.5" sqaures so standby to see what's next). A few of the members sent extras for me to keep too - that was unnecessary but totally cool. I am beginning to see the quilt tops put together and the different layouts and seeing that and the joy everyone else is experiencing in this fun swap makes it worth repeating! I will be asking for RSVP's for the next round later this month. Please join the Flickr group if your interested in attending the party this next round. The colors will be gray, red and brown! Until then check out some of the quilt tops being put together:Nicole, Melissa, Nikki
Why, yes it is! While sitting in the jury assembly room, it occured to me that it has almost been a year since that this 'lil blog has been updated. What quilty things have I been doing? I will have to post more pictures when I am back home but for now will ask you to check out the pictures and links below.
Both were quilted by Jenny.
I've been humbly serving as the Orange County Modern Quilt Guild President and also enjoying my LAMQG membership and Bee Happy friends.
I will be back soon to update my 2011 completed quilts, work in progress and other fun endeavors and projects but I must run for now as jurors are being called into courtrooms.
February was my turn in the Bee Happy Bee and I decided on these blocks:
I am so pleased with how they are coming along. The pattern is Allison's Designs Crimsom Rambler but I reversed the print/solid arrangement. I do love this pattern it's quite simple yet yields stunning results (ppssst... no paper piecing). I used Kona Pepper and a variety of my favorite blues & greens from a Poseidon fat quarter pack. And I had a few yards of Valori Wells Olive Rose print in the same colors which I added in for the center squares just for kicks!
Stay tuned for more solid quilt works in progress :) I did mention I was on a solids kick didn't I?
I am not talking about bliss from Anna, Lead Commander in "V". Of course I am speaking of Moda Bliss! Isn't it just lovely? I used my Bliss charm pack and Kona White and made disappearing 9 patch blocks. Then I squared them up "wonky" on my Accuquilt Studio cutter using a 12.5 inch square die.
This quilt is a gift for my sweet Aunt Georgette, matriarch of my family. The colors and patterns of the prints remind me of growing up in her beautiful 1940's home.
Quilting done by Ruth Stonsifer . Don't you just love the circles!
I am not a fan of handstitching binding and I think the fake piping flange adds a touch of "wow" to the finished product. I send my large quilts to a fablous long arm quilter who uses a similar 'fake piping' method to machine stitch the binding - I love her results but have not been able to duplicate them too well (ok and I was a bit of a lazy binder). An online friend gave me the strip measurements she was taught and I tried it and found my binding method of choice. I will not likely hand stitch binding again!
I promised this tutorial some time ago yet computer issues and other priorities prevented me from posting. I am demonstrating this technique at the April OCMQG meeting so if any of you make and sew your binding from these directions will you please leave me some feedback? Thanks!
These directions assume you already know how to do binding and if you do not Jaybird Quilts has a great tutorial.
Ok, so I *just* popped on over to Jaybird Quilts to make sure I had the link correct for her binding instructions and found another tutorial for what she calls Binding Flange. I noticed her technique is different but the result is just as lovely!
Here is how I make the binding:
Happy Sunday! I am way behind on posting here and have a lot of explaining to do :-) ... but until then I wanted to show you that my latest quilt is back from the quilters. Hope you like it! I do. It's already being used as my bed quilt. I used Denise Schmidt's Hope Valley line with Kona solids inbetween. I will be back this week with a follow up on the Fandango Lone Star, a stash report mostly discussing my renewed passion for solids and a tutorial on machine pieced binding!
A quick update before I leave for work ..
I just received my order of AMH's Innocent Crush and I must say until it arrived I did not get what all the fuss was about - don't get me wrong I really do love AMH's lines - all of them - but never did I expect Innocent Crush to steal my heart and become a not so innocent obsession! I already ordered more and have well.. hmm.. 3 quilts picked out to make with this line, some pajama's, pillow cases, pillows, hexies and oh yes, I will die cut some and share with friends.. look back for more on this crush topic and in the meanwhile check out this Curlicue Crush!
I am leaving for vacation next week and taking my Fandango jelly roll and little sewing machine with me.... 9 days in Hawaii and I will have everything I need to get Fandango Lone Star finished. Stay tuned for pictures and updates :)
Round 3 of the Hexie Swap is wrapping up this week. Round 4 sign ups open!
Have an awesome Wednesday and I will be back over the weekend.
I typed an entire history and top making process earlier but lost my internet connection and was not able to save my work ..uughh.. teach me to save drafts eh? ;-) Here is the short version...
Got some vintage blocks from a lady who got them from a Menninite auction in Kentucky .. decided to honor the block maker by finishing what she was not able to. I sashed them with Kona Sand to match the feedsack neutrual fabric the maker used... I sewed the blocks on to strips as one would if sewing a log cabin block. I found this to help even out the edges of the block. I am sure there is a "correct" way to do this however I found this method to work just fine.
I host a hexie swap on Flickr and we are about ready to start the 2nd round. The idea is people mail 6" squares to me, I cut them with my Accuquilt Studio Die which cuts a 5 5/8"W x 4 7/8"H (14 cm x 12 cm), sides 2 13/16" (7 cm) hexagon shape and mail them back. I am new to swap hosting and the first one was so fun I am excited to do another. Please visit http://www.flickr.com/groups/hexieswap/ for details and to sign up if you are interested! :-)
Monaluna Circa 50 Woodland Chain Strawberry (Organic)
Riley Blake Cheery Circles Red
Rosmarie Lavin Spa Floral Outline Turquoise
Patty Young Blossoms Red
Felicity Miller Gypsy Round Flowers Pink
Monaluna Circa 50 Woodland Friends (Organic)
Monaluna Circa 50 Tree Stripes (Organic)
Robert Kaufman Pure Organic Solid Aqua
Summertime Simple & Fresh
This quilt was so easy to make! I had intended on quilting it myself by following the zig zag pattern which would have been nice. But then I scheduled shoulder surgery and just couldn't wait to use this quilt and it called for a cherry quilt pattern (don't you think?) ... .it's a present to me!