Friday, October 20, 2017

The Brown Bag Challenge

My miniature quilt group decided to do a Brown Bag Challenge for Christmas this year. Each of us was given a brown paper bag - lunch bag size - and we were to put some fabric, embellishments, and/or any other sewing supplies that we wanted to in the bag.  The bags were anonymously exchanged and now we are supposed to make something out of the stuff in someone else's bag and at our Christmas luncheon we will each receive something made from the stuff we put in our bags.  Does that makes sense?
Well, here is a picture of what was in the bag that I received and am supposed to make something out of! I think I have an inkling of whose bag this might be and she has quite the sense of humor!  She did not make this easy on me :). Everything I put in my bag is all matchy matchy.  I don't know if that will make it easier or harder on the person who got my bag though, because we all have such different styles.  Anyway, I have an idea of what to make with this!  Stayed tuned! Oh, and the good news is, I don't have to use everything in the bag, I must use something from the bag and I can add to it from my own stash. Phew!!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Chipmunk Block is Finished!


I finished another Woodland Whimsy block - the Chipmunk.  Once again, it was SO fun to work on.  It just kind of comes to life as you stitch it - not just the animal, but the flowers and the bugs and everything.  I am particularly proud of my bee this time :). You can probably see it best in the last picture on this post.
I have completed six of the ten blocks so far - I can hardly wait to see what comes next!



Have a great day - I hope you get to sew!



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

It's Fall Y'all!



I thought I would share some Fall photos I took while biking on the river trail yesterday with my husband.  It's such a beautiful time of year!!







There is a blue heron perched on the tree limb out in the water - you can see it better in the pictures below.



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

New Books


I recently picked up a couple of new quilting books that I thought I would share.  This one is by Angela Walters, whose quilting truly inspires me.  She has several great books, including the two Shape by Shape books, which are my favorites. Plus she has a lot of free demo videos on YouTube and a couple of Craftsy classes.  She is the star of the Midnight Quilt Show (free - online), which is about a 20 minute show every couple of weeks.  She is a great teacher and I feel like my quilting has improved by learning from her books and videos.

Check out her website!

http://www.quiltingismytherapy.com/




Bethanne Nemesh was recently on The Quilt Show and I was so inspired by her beaded cording technique (I'm not sure that's what she calls it :) that I ordered her book "The Devil is in the Details - The Art of Fine Finishing Touches). I am excited to learn more about this technique and try it on a future quilt!  There are other edge finishing techniques in the book as well.  I don't know about you, but usually by the time I get to the edge of the quilt I'm ready to just sew a plain old binding on and call it good.  This will be a nice challenge for me. Find out more about Bethanne at: http://www.whitearborquilting.com/store/index.html



I also ordered some Christmas fabric and an ornament pattern from Lynette Anderson:

 http://www.lynetteandersondesigns.com.au

I need to make a few handmade ornaments for some ornament exchanges I'm involved in this year and these looked fun and cute to me!


What have you been working on lately?  Are you thinking Christmas yet?

Have a great day :)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Woodland Whimsy

I promised I would share what information I have on the Woodland Whimsy quilt I am making.  I first saw this quilt on The Quilt Show, when Amy McClellan was a guest on the show sometime last February or March I think.  I fell in love with the quilt.  During the show she said she owned a quilt shop - American Quilting - so I looked it up and discovered that it is in Orem, Utah, not far from where some of my kids live.  I called them the next day and apparently I was one of many calls that day from people who had seen The Quilt Show with Amy and were interested in the quilt.  So they started an online block of the month group last April, which I signed up for right away! I've heard that Amy has since sold the quilt store, but still has her pattern design company.  I don't know if she has another Woodland Whimsy block of the month in the works, or if she is selling the patterns or what.  A friend of mine searched for Woodland Whimsy online and was able to find the patterns from another quilt store.  With the block of the month, you receive a kit that comes with the pattern, all of the fabric and wool, plus the beads and the thread - it's a pretty awesome kit, each month.  Plus you have access to online classes that teach you how to assemble the blocks and free online stitch tutorials to help you learn the stitches.
Here is the link to the American Quilting store - which should be able to answer questions about Woodland Whimsy: http://www.american-quilting.com/blog/
And here is a link to Amy McClellan's website "Under the Garden Moon": http://www.underthegardenmoon.com/store/
Her contact information is on her website.  Good luck!  I am sure having a LOT of fun creating these blocks!
Funny story - I ordered the Quilting is My Therapy shirt from Angela Walter's - that is the name of her store and her website etc.  I happen to think quilting is very good therapy!  It calms me when I'm stressed and makes me happy.  "Any day quilting is a good day!"  The other day I wore this shirt to the grocery store and as I went in the store, a man was coming out, and he said, "My wife would agree with that!"  At first I had no idea what he was talking about!  Then I remembered my shirt :)
Happy Quilting!!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Birthday Girl!!

Look who turned two this week!  This picture was taken the day before her birthday and she was so excited, she was wearing her party hat from last year!  She is such a cutie, and a bundle of joy and fun - that is for sure :)
This year her Mom planned a puppy party for her since Doggie is her most favorite stuffed animal and he goes everywhere with her.  My daughter Michelle made the "dog house" for the Photo Booth below and she and Megan made all kinds of props. It was super fun, and a great party! (Great job Megan!!) In the photo below, Doggie is sitting just to her right, wearing a blue t-shirt.

I'm back in Grand Junction now, trying to catch up on work and other stuff, and missing the daily Grandma interactions!  I plan to get up to my sewing room this week though, so that will be fun.  Tomorrow I am going to share some information about the Woodland Whimsy blocks at Linda's request.  I don't know how to get hold of her by email, so hopefully she will check in and get the information.  Have a great Saturday!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Chipmunk Progress

I've made a little progress on my Chipmunk block!  I have to say these layered leaves were rather hard to do.  I had to appliqué the top layer (cotton) onto the bottom layer (wool), then appliqué it into the block with the fly stitch as the veins - leaving the rest of it loose.  I like the way they look!  Appliquéing the cotton onto the wool was kind of hard though because the pieces were fairly small.


I also did a little quilt store retail therapy today at one of my favorite quilt stores - My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe in Midway, Utah.  They have Sue Spargo threads galore and fun Riley Blake fabric - just to name what I purchased :)

Hope you have a great day!!



The acorns and berries were fun to do!!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Quilts Made Awhile Ago

I slept under these two quilts at my daughter's house this week.  I made this first one 10 years ago for her high school graduation.  The reason it is called The Puzzle Quilt is because there are twelve block patterns, each made twice with different fabric layouts so they look totally different!  The "puzzle" is trying to figure out which two blocks are made from the same pattern! I remember she wanted yellow and blue, but no floral prints. Looking at it now, ten years later, I'm pretty pleased with my fabric choices, layout, sashing and even the quilting!

I think I'm hardest on myself (most critical) during the process of making a quilt and right after (because I still know where all the mistakes are), but ten years later I can say, "Not bad!"
The quilt pictured at the bottom was made by Megan 11 or 12 years ago.  I love, love, love her fabric choices too (no floral prints!  I wonder if she likes floral prints now?). I think this was a mystery quilt at Quilter's Corner and this one was quilted by Laurie Gerse. We should've put a label on it!  I need to get more consistent about labeling quilts!


Now, see if you can find the matching pairs of block patterns :) Pretty tricky, huh?



Saturday, October 7, 2017

Kudos to the Men who Quilt!

This week I went to Thimbles and Threads - a quilt store in Utah that I quite like. A couple of interesting things happened: First, when I walked in I was greeted by a male employee.  Since the number of female quilters is greater than the number of male quilters, we do not see a lot of males who work at quilt shops, but kudos to male quilters!  I believe it's a wonderful hobby and talent for anyone to pursue!  Then, while there, another man came into the store and the man working said, "You're back!"  The customer (who was at least in his 70's if not older) said, "Yes!  I made one and now everyone wants one!"  He had pattern in hand and his wife was helping him pick out fabric.  He looked pretty happy!  Because after all - doesn't quilting make us happy :). Pursuing any talent you enjoy creates happiness and well being.

During a trip to the zoo today I spotted this cool elephant sculpture with some nice Zentangle type designs on it.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

My New Favorite Hair Stylist


I am making a bit of progress on my millefiori quilt.  You can see the blue/green block coming together here.  I've now finished that second round and am working on round three!


Cute sign hanging in the entry of my daughter Michelle's home!

And here is my new favorite hair stylist :)



Hope you're having a great day!!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Best of Friends



Today when I was helping my granddaughter get ready for bed she said, "We're like the best of friends."  TOTALLY made my whole day :)

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Chipmunk Block



Look what came in the mail last week! Block number six in Woodland Whimsy is the Chipmunk!  I've already started it - trying to keep up on them.
I spent the day with my granddaughter today - she's delightful!  Someday I will teach her how to sew :)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Distracted


I have been a terrible blogger lately! I have been doing a lot, but not a lot of quilting!  I do have a couple of things I have been able to work on that I will share soon.
For now I will share this photo that was in an email sent to me by The Quilter's Lodge in Draper, Utah.  Having just spent a few days cleaning out my sewing room recently, I could definitely relate!

I was able to assist a fellow quilter in deciding on and drafting borders for her Circle of Friends quilt.  I'm excited to see the finished result!

I hope you are getting in some quilting time and enjoying the beautiful Fall weather :)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Sometimes We Change Our Minds

Have you ever got something all put together and it just didn't look right?  And you knew it would bug you if you didn't rip it out and fix it?  I have done that several times.  Most of the time it is worth the seam ripping to get it right.
Luckily with this Millefiori quilt I'm working on, I can pretty much see how it's going to look before I do any sewing.  Since these are all hand sewn, it would be even harder to make myself rip out seams (although I have ripped out a few)!
You can see in these two photos that after laying out the blocks, I just couldn't make myself like that very center piece.  Since the fabric is just glue basted on the paper pieces at this point, it was easy to pop it off and glue on something different. I'm now happy with the way it turned out :)
Hope you have a great day!!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Oh Christmas Tree Challenge Quilts

The Challenge quilts were revealed at the guild meeting this month.  The challenge this year was "Oh Christmas Tree".  Everyone got a fat quarter of either yellow or red fabric to be used in the quilt top and there had to be a Christmas tree on the quilt.  Following are photos of the wonderful creations made by members of the guild!  I hope to remember who made what, but if I forgot, please forgive me.  I need to post them soon after I take them so I remember :)

This one was made by Eddy.  Apparently this is what happens to your Christmas tree if you leave it up until September!


This one was made by Janet.  I think Eddy and Janet both received yellow fabric in their Challenge packets.



I'm blanking on the two quilts above but I know this one was made by Judy and she won one of the prizes.


This one was made by Phyllis!


I believe Brenda made this one - she was in charge of the Challenge this year.


Marsha made this one - and won a prize!


Kathy made this one - this is one of the ones I voted for because of all the detail miniature work on those little Christmas ornaments!!



Gini made this one!



Jerri made this - and won a prize!  All handwork/redwork - so pretty!


Detail of those MINI ornaments!  They weren't more than two inches - so cute.


It was a fun challenge!  I didn't get my act together in time to participate this year, but there's always next year.  I will be excited to see what the new challenge will be. In the meantime I have a challenge I'm working on - the International Miniature Quilt Exchange through TQS.  I've drawn out a design - yes I am that far!  Now I need to get busy constructing!