Sunday, August 31, 2014
We are enjoying a fun weekend with family in town! We had one more party at our house for the newlyweds. I had to share a picture of the beautiful center pieces. I love the way they turned out and no I didn't arrange them, a florist did. I wish I could do so well! They really smell good too!
The Italian Cream Sodas were a huge hit. They are SO tasty! We have been drinking them all day today too.... Yum....
My soda mixers dressed the part! My son took his job very seriously and, I am told, tied his bow tie on the first try :)
Saturday, August 30, 2014
And here are the Tula Pink blocks for the month of August. These really are fun to make. Picking out the fabric is the hardest part of making them - for me! Good practice though :)
Now I am all caught up and ready for September's minis, modern quilt blocks and the TQS block. Who knows, maybe I will find some time to work on my Postage Stamp quilt or some other UFO as well!
Friday, August 29, 2014
My Rowenta iron has sprung a leak or something. Ricky Tims once said he uses a dry iron and a squirt bottle because his iron is always "incontinent". Well, mine is definitely having problems. I do like using steam because I get things pressed really flat that way - but this spitting and leaking all over is getting rather annoying - not to mention the water is hot! Ah well, I will figure it out later :) Have a nice weekend!!
Thursday, August 28, 2014
I have never tried machine embroidery. I'm impressed with all that Pam does with her machine. It has always looked very complicated to me! I guess it's just like anything else - practice makes perfect :)
I've been working on my Tula Pink Modern quilt blocks which I will share in the next couple of days. I've been trying to be extra careful with pressing - doing a little bit of finger pressing first, so as not to distort the seams. I think it's helping! I know, it only took me 20 years to learn that....
I am still struggling a bit with picking colors for these blocks. I like the fabrics I pick out, until I get them cut and sewn into the block - then sometimes - not so much. I did throw one away this time and started over. I will share them mañana :)
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I finished up my monthly minis for September just in time to give them to my daughters this weekend. They are all hand appliquéd, which seriously is easier for me to do than machine appliqué. I guess I'm weird. I enjoy it too though and that makes a big difference.
Now that I have a daughter-in-law I will have to think of some wall hangings to make for her. They will have to be different though because I don't want to do these for a third time - it's time to move on to something else :)
These wall hangings look very fall-like. We better get out and enjoy the rest of our summer - fall will be here before we know it!
Monday, August 25, 2014
She brought many, many antique quilts to show and talk about. I took pictures of several but was having a hard time getting great pictures from where I was standing. Finally I started talking pictures as they lay on the tables before the "holders" picked them up to show.
She tried to show different quilts of the same style together, such as these two hexagon quilts. Most of the quilts she showed were made in the 1800's.
These two quilts are also the same block pattern, just put together differently and using different fabrics makes them look totally different!
She said this isn't a "Lone Star" because it's not "alone".
Some of the colors in the Lone Star below match too closely and therefore and fade into the background.
Grandmother's Flower Garden made in the early 1900's and set with the diamond shaped hexagon blocks in between. The quilt below has a similar look with hexagons in a diamond shape.
This quilt and the one below are also made using the same block pattern but put together differently. I really love the browns and blue colors in the quilt below. It was one of my favorites.
A blue and white quilt made with the uneven nine-patch block, and the quilt below is the uneven nine-patch block set on point. The one below was probably my favorite of all the ones shown - that's why there are two pictures of it :)
And I hope 100 years from now, someone is showing my quilts at a quilt meeting and lecturing about how I made them with just a rotary cutter and sewing machine - without all of the new fancy equipment that they will have in 2114 :) Label your quilts! You will want credit for your work!
Sunday, August 24, 2014
As with any gathering of quilters, there was a show and tell at the CQC meeting yesterday. Here are a few quilts that were shown.
This is a beautiful Baltimore Album style quilt.
The woman who showed this one said that she started out making the hexagons, in the center, in a class and couldn't bring herself to make anymore. She found some orphan blocks in her stash in the same 30's style prints and made this really cute table topper.
A beautiful wool quilt, all hand made.
This cute crazy cat quilt is a lot of fun!
Since the program was on antique quilts, this woman brought a couple to share.
A nice strippy quilt with some machine embroidery.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
CWQG is in the process of making one to debut at the local quilt show next Spring. As members we all get 20 tickets to sell. I usually buy them and put several of my family and
The quilt above is being raffled by the S&B Quilters from Hotchkiss, CO and the one to the right is the raffle quilt for CQC - the state guild - this year. I have a "chance" to win both of these :)
This raffle quilt belongs to the Glenwood Springs guild. It's called Amish with a Twist!
Friday, August 22, 2014
I have been working on the TQS blocks of the month (half-size) and what a challenge these have been for July and August!
This one is the Union Square (I still need to appliqué the letter "u" on the right side.) This block finishes at three inches. I was pretty hesitant to even tackle it and tried to find another quilt block that starts with the letter "u", but I could only find "Umbrella Sue" and that doesn't really fit with this quilt. So I decided to paper piece it and it worked! Those half-square triangle blocks are 1/2 inch!
I paper pieced the Windmill block too, and it wasn't nearly as complicated as the Union Square block. The only thing I did wrong though, was that I forgot to reverse the pattern when I made the freezer paper foundations, so my windmill is blowing counter clockwise. I decided I could live with that and did not make these blocks over.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Everyone has been so kind though, and helpful and overall it was a great experience and I am sure we will enjoy this room and it will have been worth all the effort. There is still no furniture in the room. I may have to post a couple more pictures when we get the cushions and some furnishings :)
In the meantime, I need to work on some projects! I just about have the monthly minis finished for my daughters. I'm just trying to get caught up on some things. Maybe I should make a list of all of the UFOs I have and prioritize them....