Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Gifts, People, and Raffle Quilt WON, and going to new owner!

I've been VERY busy with quilting, quilt show, making things, enjoying cool weather, etc.

First, Pokey of, (California) and I have been dropping blog comments back and forth, and one day she found out I lived in her family home town!
So, I heard a rumor that she was visiting my town, and we had a lovely visit.  Quilters always have something to talk about!  Pokey on left, me on right.

Next is the sweet little scissors holder, to keep the point from poking someone, made by my dear friend Jody - Jody is a gal who can do anything!.  Thank you Jody. 8-))

Next, and the BIG THING .... MY NAME WAS PULLED FOR THIS GORGEOUS GUILD RAFFLE QUILT, 2014!  This stunner was made by members of the guild, and quilted by our own, national award winner and professional long arm quilter, award winner, Judy Woodworth. It is an amazing quilt, with crystals accentuating areas, flames, rays, in addition all the lovely hand work. Judy's quilting is astonishingly beautiful.

However, there is one  ... change in the "normal" procedure, that I get the quilt.  Last Christmas, I took my 10 raffle tickets that members receive as part of our annual dues, I put my name on them, turned them back in to the appropriate chairperson, and then sent the stubs to a friend in Illinois, as part of her Christmas present.  If my name was drawn, then SHE was the winner - and, it came TRUE!!!  My friend Fern, who visited us recently, gets the quilt!!!!  Who wudda guessed????  I am so happy I KNOW the new owner! She had a note on her calendar for the drawing date and since no one had called her, figured "oh well, didn't win anything."  So I called later when I got home and gave her the news.  What fun!

I took it home briefly, so I could take photos and today am boxing it up to mail, hopefully in the next day or two.  This is a queen size 84 x 106 - very large -- too large to get it up on the fence for photos, but you can see the beauty of the appliques and motifs.  The candle is a favorite with crystals looking like flames.

BIG congratulations Fern!!!  

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Pineapple Plans, and Handsome Log Cabin process

Log Cabin progress; nicely sandwiched outside in the garage, on a beautiful June day.  I jokingly called is my "Handsome Log Cabin" and that name  stuck!  8-))  I'm eager to start machine quilting - not sure what to do yet.

Oh great ... too short.  When I laid the BACK on the table, I turned it 90 degrees incorrectly.  Oh well, it's mostly all pinned and sandwiched - I'll fix it by adding the 6 inches I had just cut off the side, to the bottom.  8-((  

New project -- below is the plan.  I pulled up Quilt Pro, many years old, and stretched the paper pieced Pineapple blocks to about 5.5 x 7.25, so ... it's a rectangle, not a square -- my first challenge, not realized until the middle of the night!  On the right is my prototype.  At this point I also hadn't realized I not only needed two blocks, but I needed differently colored blocks.   Obviously, a person cannot turn rectangles the way one turns square blocks!   The prototype took me 2.5 hrs, between resewing wrong values, and then realizing the complexity of what I had planned (brain is Senior Citizen -- great excuse for mis-planning!)

After more careful thinking, I was able to re-plan the process and came up with this:

This is the correct layout (above), but remembering what goes where, and having to think ... backwards due to Paper piecing technique, I've gotten only 10 blocks made.  Each one takes just 1 hour now.   I could feature the dark areas or the pinks, or the lights -- all would be OK.  I hope to make the quilt 6 x 8, .. 48 blocks.  The centers of the dark brown have 2 different colors, making an hourglass center - another small complication that doesn't even show!  

Below is what I finally had to do to remember what goes where - so glad for markers -- this tip reduced my continued color confusion.  It was very confusing trying to figure the color placement from the front!  (These block backs are not in any particular layout.)

Quilt Show next weekend.  This time the space is Air Conditioned!   I am eager to see how our hand made ribbons show up on the winning quilts. I am also eager to see who wins the Serendipity (raffle) Quilt.  

Now, back to my Pineapple blocks!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Making Ribbons, and a Handsome Log Cabin

Our Quilt Show is approaching in July, and this year a friend (Sharon) and I decided to fussy up the standard ribbons.  We made 22 in all, 11 First, and 11 Second.  We didn't have instructions, and just flew by the seat of our pants.    Between paper piecing the little Pineapple Blocks, making different sized yo-yos, learning benefits or difficulties of including posterboard in the yo-yos, sewing and unsewing, demolishing the "standard" ribbons, adding more to it, knowing where to sew and where to glue, we are pretty near finished!  Oh yes, a hammer was heavily used somewhere along the way!  After two 4-hour meetings, most of them were nearly done.  Here's one, still without it's hanging cord.  We decided we wanted to show it to Guild members at the last meeting, Saturday, so everyone can see them.   I stopped at JoAnns and bought a glue gun - never had one before, but it was definitely useful for this project.  

The pineapple blocks are paper pieced and quilted, with a back as well, and finish at 2.5 inches. There are 2 yo-yos in different sizes, behind the little pineapple quiltlets.  On the back is a white label, for names, etc.  

Is this not a lovely collection ?  The large ribbon was purchased, but we took it apart as well.  

Other than making ribbons, I made this scrappy log cabin (below), and put the blocks on vertical - wow - I LOVE how this vertical setting!!!  Here it is without the border.

(Below)  I added that dark border, because I had used the fabric in the side setting triangles, and LOVE how it make this standard looking quilt into one handsome quilt.  The red on the outside is a dimensional flange, and I will bind it in the same blue - I have enough.  

Right now it is about 52" x 62".  Again, always scraps!  

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Lotsa Busy----

We are finished with deck paint repairs.  Looks good for now.  Nothing fancy, just clean and stairs replaced, broken boards replaced. a lot  of primer and paint,  siding repaired after hail damage, and, and, and ...

A friend and I are working on ribbons for the Quilt Show in July.  Can's show them yet.

We attended another cowboy western wedding reception, waaaay out in the country, and had a wonderful time, hob-knobbing with the cowboys and rodeo folks.

We lived through the hail storm and have cleaned up the damage and debris. 

I'm working on a Log Cabin (no photo yet).  Currently, it's on my "design floor".

I was invited to lunch and a tour of a famous (this area) old, amazing Abbott home, built in 1923-4 by the "richest man in Nebraska."  Wow - it was built when things were made very well, and meant to last forever!  Had a wonderful day with friend Janet and her family and friends.

Today, Father's Day, I wore my Dad's old denim hat in his honor, and managed some hand sewing, while sitting out on the deck, enjoying this fine day.

I have a busy week ahead - another day making ribbons, a fabric exchange except she says I am not to bring anything to exchange.  Instead I am RECEIVING fabric to take home!  Then Saturday, is our last meeting for the year at Quilt Guild, with last preps. for our Quilt Show in July.  Life is good.  

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Hmmmm, interesting sky yesterday afternoon, looking north east.
 More interesting sky ... wonder what it means?  I knew it wasn't good ...

TERRIBLE storm, with TERRIBLE hail.  So loud I had to get to the basement, where luckily I found a window that needed closing, FAST!!  

Hostas (left below), done for.  Poppies, done for.  Trees (not pictured) many of them are shredded, especially on the north side.  Today, late afternoon, there is STILL a pile of hail on the north side.  

We are lucky NOT to be farmers - I am sure there was awful damage.  No tornadoes, fortunately, that we know of.  

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Stars DONE, and Hugs and Kisses DONE

This one is DONE - here's the back, shown previously.  We are having the deck painted, again, so I am also showing slow painting progress for my own use.  The quilt design is originally from and Bonnie Hunter calls it Maverick Stars.  I've made MANY of her designs - thank you Bonnie!
Swirls go fast and are not difficult for quilting on a DSM.  I sew/quilt on a Janome MC 6500.  LOVE that machine!
 I DO enjoy seeing my finished quilts on the deck rail.  8-)))  Pretty against the deck primer.
Below is Hugs and Kisses, a Linus quilt - so easy!!!  The design would also be perfectly wonderful in blues and purples, or greens and blues or very scrappy.  I was not sure how to handle the giganto  rick-rack.  I sewed the rick-rack down the center.  I tried NOT to sew down the points but leaving them loose, seemed kinda sloppy - couldn't have it both ways so they are sewed down.  Each border corner miraculously "turned" perfectly!  

I had a LOT of this backing for Hugs and Kisses, so I made a pillowcase to be included.  Dig that YELLOW!  --no more pink.  Those are silly "cat" cartoons on the back.

Overall quilting was big and similar to "dwirling" - this went fast.  The finished quilt is about 51" x 51".  The quilting thread is a variegated light pastel, that I've used for MANY quilts when there are a lot of colors.

Every unit is made the same - similar to snowballs.  This would also be a an excellent totally scrappy quilt if arranged differently and the blocks can be any size.  It's simply squares and quick corners.  I saved the cutoff corners for .. for ... uhhh... something.  8-))