Representing the upper Northern half of my "America the Beautiful" quilt is the Ohio Star block.
Lots of green with some blue to represent lakes. You can also see a hint of the "Carolina's" Under the Ohio Star. The curve of the river on the left almost makes it look like I used a fish eye lens on my camera.
This is the first section I worked on for my guild quilt challenge, "America The Beautiful: Home Sweet Home". I had a good time collecting all the green scraps from my bins to make this section. They represent the Appalachian mountains that run up the east coast.
You can also see a hint of the sun rays and the start of my flying geese. It isn't quilted yet in this photo. I'll save those photos for the big reveal in June.
Every year my guild puts on a Quilt Challenge. The theme for this year's challenge is "America the Beautiful - Home Sweet Home". I have been spent most of my quilting time working on my interpretation of the theme. The Reveal isn't till June 6th, so until then I can only show bits and pieces.
Today I want to show off one of my favorite parts of the quilt. It is the storm at sea section (with a hint of sandy beaches on the left). I drew out the block on graph paper so I could work with a 6 block. Then I printed it out and used the templates for paper piecing.
There will be a total of 8 different quilt blocks in the quilt, along with some other techniques. I'll show a little every couple of days and then on June 6th, I'll post a photo of the whole thing along with the other quilts in the challenge.
I've been spending the week hand appliqueing down my Dresden plates. I have six more to go.
I am glad my kids still like to hang with me when I sew. I use to give them buttons to play with when they were little, Now they have upgraded to the pins. This is what my 16 year old did with my pincushion yesterday.
I showed my kids the first basket I made and they said they wanted some for their Easter baskets,
so I made three more.
I was picking out fabrics for the basket on the left when my oldest son came in the room to keep me company. He said he wanted to pick the fabrics for his basket so I let him. His is in the middle.
My youngest son, who is 9, wanted all solid fabric for his. I tried to convince him to use some patterned fabric for cuteness, but there was nothing I could have said or done that would have convince him to use anything other than solids.
I pulled out the colors he wanted and cut out the pattern. He kept assuring me it would look fantastic and he was right. It did turn out fantastic. He says the solid one is the best out of all four. :)
My middle son said he wanted one made in all browns. The darker the better. I am still trying to convince him to go for more Easter colors. We shall see what happens...
I saw this basket on the Sweetwater blog and loved it right away. When I saw they were offering kits in their Etsy shop I snatched one up so I could make one of my very own.
The pattern called for something called Soft and Stable which I hadn't heard of before. After a google search I found it is a foam type interfacing that makes bags stiff. I also realized I would have to order some through the internet since I don't have any local quilts shops nearby to purchase it from. I was really eager to make the basket though so instead of waiting for soft and stable I used fusible fleece instead. The basket still came out nice and stiff. I do eventually want to try the Soft and Stable just too see first hand what it is like. It will have to be some good stuff though to make me switch from fusible fleece, I love that stuff.
I plan to make another basket and already have more fusible fleece cut out, but on the next one I want to make a better knot at the top of the basket. This one didn't come out as pretty as I envisioned it. Perhaps I can fiddle around with it to make it more beautiful.
Every year my quilt guild attends the civil war re-enactment of the Skirmish at Gamble's Hotel. We have a little booth near the main house and show off some of the quilts we have made and offer little demonstrations on hand sewing and quilting. On the last day of the event we giveaway a quilt to one lucky winner The event was held over the weekend and I love seeing all the people dressed up in period costumes. This is on of my favorite photos from the event.
I have been asked to be in charge of making next year's opportunity quilt. It is a big task, but I am excited to do it and already have some ideas rolling around in my head.
My Christmas quilt has been on my design wall since December. It has gone from this....
...to this. Everyone denies knocking the board over. They are all blaming the cat.
With the help of my son we got it back to it's regular layout. That was about a month ago.
Yesterday I found the motivation I need to get this project rolling-
I need my design board to help design a new quilt.
Nothing like something new to help you move along with something old. :)
I have all the Half square triangle sewn in pairs, a couple full blocks sewn together, and one whole row done.
Not sure why I picked the third row to sew first, but you can see how much shrinkage there is from layout to finished row. The plan is to finish the top this afternoon. Hopefully I won't have too many distractions.
I finally got the binding on today! The quilt has been waiting for almost two months for binding. Once I got my sewing motivation back it was quick to finish up.
Not sure why my desire to create with fabric waned, but I can feel it creeping back up. I finished a couple more projects as well but pictures will have to wait till a certain package arrives next week.
This is my 1rst quilt finish for 2013.
And is the seventh and final shirt quilt for my husband's Aunt Darla.
Here are all seven quilts together.
Time to call Aunt Darla and set up a dinner date and deliver them all.
Dare to Dresden Hop is going on this week and today is my day to post.
It has been a weekend of dresdens for me as I prepared for the hop.
First, I had been itching to make a tiny dresden. This one measures 3 inches from point to point.
I turned it into a spiffy pin cushion. For my dresden template I took a small circle, folded in half over and over till I got eight wedges. Then I cut one of the wedges out as my template. Super easy and fast.
I also fiddled around with a 10 degree ruler and made a dresden with 36 plates.
The ruler I used orginally makes a 25 inch circle, but I cut my wedges from a 2.5 inch strip and got small flower petals so my circle measures 10.25 inches. I plan on turning this into a table topper. The wide center circle is the perfect spot to place a nice spring basket.
I also worked on adding some more wedges to my pastel Dresden Quilt project that I started in September.
I still need to find 8 more pastel fabrics I like to finish up the circle.
It has been fun playing around with dresden plates the past couple days. Make sure you check out all the other great posts going on today. You can see them all here:
My friend celebrated her birthday last week and I wanted to make her something special. We are both attending college classes together so I decided to make a cover for her notebook so she can jot down notes in style. He favorite things are tie dye, peace signs, and rainbows. So when I saw this fabric at the Hobby Lobby, I snatched it up and put it in my cart.
I didn't have a pattern, Instead I measured the notebook and cut the fabric to match with 1/4 inch seam allowance. Next time I will give myself a little more seam allowance. When I turned everything inside out I lost more than a 1/4 of an inch and the note book fits kinda of tight.
This is my first completed project for 2013. Last year I kept a running total of my finished quilts only. Perhaps this year I will make a running list of other projects as well.