Thursday, March 29, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Here, to change the subject, are a few more quilty projects.
Here my friend Cindy shows her "big giant star", always a favorite fast gift quilt to make. You can make it even easier by using huge half square triangles. The second quilt is from a "Buggy Barn" pattern, Hearts and Stars.
Here is the same quilt pattern done in brighter colors and shared by our friend Kathy at the Jan meeting. You can guess which ones I like the best.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Here is Jerry's quilt, finished except for the binding, which is still in progress.
Here is my friend Pam T's basket quilt.
This is Pam B.'s lovely bright quilt, started in a Road to California workshop. (Sorry, I don't remember the instructor's name.) Lots of paper piecing. Naturally I love the bright colors. We talked quite a bit about some of the quilting possibilities for this one.
That's it for me today. I am home with the flu/cold thing I have been fighting so it's back to bed for me.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
These beautiful artworks are by Ramona Sakiestewa, done in wool. See more amazing work here. This artist also does beautiful works on paper, but I thought some of you, especially those who have fallen in love with wool, would be interested in these. After all, we're all about the fiber.
I feel like such a neglectful blogger, but things have just been crazy busy. I had good intentions to show a little piece on Quilt Studio, but didn't get it photographed in time. I also wanted to share a little about my quilt group gathering, but didn't get those photos together either. I DID manage to get together some photo CDs done as gifts for all my quilt group friends. I take pictures at every gathering, so I had something from every meeting over the past year. I used a mounted photo of each person as the cover for their CD case, and I put one at each place at the table. Kind of a party gift and place card in one. It took a lot of time, but it was worth it. Everyone loved their gift.
Quilt group was fun, and I was really happy with how the food turned out. I found gorgeous flowers, including tulips, at Costco, so that saved me a trip when I was running around getting ready. We had some very summer like weather last weekend, so eating on the deck in the shade was lovely and relaxing.
I'm mostly finished with binding my donation "kid's quilt". I bound by machine this time, attaching the binding to the back and folding it around to the front. I used a zig-zag stitch and rainbow thread on the top, and monopoly in the bobbin. I usually don't like machine bindings, but this one looks pretty good. The monopoly is light years better than the old nylon stuff, and it really doesn't show. I hate binding by hand (impatience talking), so I may try this again.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Things have been busy since I last checked in here at the blog, and since I don't have any new pictures to show you right now, here is our Christmas quilt presentation to our neice Janet (lower left, second one in). In our family, we do "group" projects to make quilts. We have a variety of skill levels, but a great deal of enthusiasm. I have learned to pick easy "forgiving" patterns, so the projects turn out well and we have a blast making them. My sister in law just sent me these pictures last week.
Since I last blogged, I have participated in a quilt "shop hop" as well as a group sewing day. (I will share after I can get some pictures made.) I finished piecing the "diver's" quilt front and back and am having it quilted in blue waves. The bright "kid's quilt" is also coming back to me this weekend and will receive its binding in time to make the deadline.
This weekend I am hostess for my small quilt group, so I will be busy on Saturday cleaning and decorating. I've alread found some great spring tablecloths at Linens and Things, and I plan to pick up some tulips at Trader Joe's. Lunch will be lettuce wraps and fruit skewers, maybe vegetable rice. Someone else is bringing dessert, but the rumor is that it will be chocolate cheesecake. No calories in that, right?
A very big thank you to Dee for her generosity is sending me the book "Fried Eggs With Chopsticks". It looks like a fun and relaxing read, upbeat and funny (kind of like Dee's blog sometimes :)