Monday, June 14, 2010

Siggie Blocks

These are my first ever signature blocks.  There are 173.  I made 174, but one went MIA and is no where to be found, so I am sending in 173.  They are for the Scrappy Siggie Block swap hosted by the Quilting Board.  The pattern we had to use is the tutorial from the P.S i quilt blog.

Just playing around with layout ideas.

Can't wait to get signatures from all over the US and turn them all into a scrappy quilt!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Iris Folded Fabric Postcard

Last month my friend sent me this special card card for my Birthday.  She made it herself using a technique called Iris Folding.   Since I had never heard of that particular technique before, I decided to Google it and find out all I could.  It is done using small folded strips of paper and placing them around a specific pattern shape.  

Since all the designs I found were small enough to fit on my 4 x 6 fabric postcards, I kept wondering if I could make one out of fabric instead of paper.  So I pulled out my left over fabric scraps and gave it a try.  This whale is my first attempt.  It really was quite fun to make it, and I printed out some other free patterns from the Circle of Crafters website to try later on.  

Thursday, June 10, 2010

More Mosaic Color Play

These are the three latest blocks I have made for the IFQ Mosaic Color Play block swap.  The first two have already been mailed, the brown and gold one will go out in today's mail.  I just have to swap three more times and I will have enough to make a nice sized quilt.

Friday, June 4, 2010

"Remember When" Guild Challenge

Each year the quilt guild I am in challenges us to create a quilt with a specific theme.  Each June the quilts are revealed and displayed in the Hartsville Museum for the duration of the summer.  The theme for 2010 was "Remember When" and all the quilts were unveiled yesterday.

This was my first year participating in the challenge and the theme was really hard for me.  I had a difficult time trying to incorporate "Remember When" into a quilt.  I even had a whole year to think about the idea and still I couldn't think of anything.  I really did want to participate though, so I came up with: "Remember when I had all those one inch half square triangles?  Well I finally turned them into another quilt."  Lame I know, but at least it gave me the opportunity to put something in the show.  Since the scraps were old,  I figured that helped fit into the theme as well.

At the museum yesterday, the guild members all voted on different categories for winners, Best Machine Work, Best Handwork, Best Wall Hanging, Best Appliqué, Best Large Quilt, Best Art Quilt, and Best Use of Theme.  My little quilt didn't win any but I didn't expect it too.  There are so many very talented women in the guild it is hard to compete against them.  The show was wonderful to attend. I loved seeing everyones work and interpretation of the theme. And it sure is nice to have a piece hanging in the museum.  :)

This last photo is my quilt in the museum.  The quilt measures approx. 28 x 32 inches.  I am very excited to have it there for thousands of people to see. (Last summer over 4000 people went through the Hartsville Museum while the quilts were on display.)

To see all the other quilts in the show, you can click here.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pink Bowl

When I made the previous two clothesline bowls, my son thought they were the neatest thing and he wanted me to make one for his school teacher.  Since I know his teacher loves pink, we decided to make her an all pink bowl.

I wanted to decorate this one up a bit so I took the last bit of the clothesline and swirled it around a few times just for looks. Then I added some very small yo yo's for a more dramatic effect.  I love it!!  I loved it so much I wanted to keep it for myself.  But then again, those are the best items to give away.  If it is good enough to keep it is definitely the kind of workmanship you want to give away.   :)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Clothesline Bowls

I took my first ever sewing class on Monday and it was a class to make these bowls.  I don't normally take any type of classes but I couldn't resist these bowls.  The past two times I was at my quilt guild meeting, ladies kept showing off bowls they made during a class at Beth's shop.  Beth is the quilt shop owner in our guild. So I emailed her in April and asked when the next bowl class would be. She informed me it wouldn't be till May.   As soon as she sent out the new class schedule I had her put my name on the list for this class.  It was a 4 hour class and the time flew by.  It really didn't feel like I was in that room for four hours.  I only made one bowl during class time, the brighter one, but I had enough close-line leftover to make a second one, which I finished this morning.  I love these bowls.  I want to make more and more and more....

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Crazy Flowers

This is my newest fabric postcard. The theme was crazy flowers, so I used the crazy quilt technique for my background then added the yo yo flowers. I made a total of five, three for a swap, one my sister-in-law, and one for myself.  Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of all 5 of them before I put them in the mail.  So I only have a photo of the one I kept.

They are not all exactly alike, but they are all mostly similar, the flowers are different colors and some of the big flowers were actual flower shaped yo-yos, and on two of the cards the cluster of small flowers on the left had sequence and bead centers instead of buttons.  Also the crazy quilt themed backgrounds were slighty varied, same fabrics, but different placement.

 I love how the greens pop in my photos right after a rain.  Over cast days are great for taking photos!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Litha Park Quilt Progress

I have all the fabric cut out for the top, 5 blocks ready to hand appliqué, 4 more flowers ready to add to new blocks, 7 more flowers to sew together, and 8 more sets of leaves to paper piece.  This is the only project on my sewing table at the moment, which is an odd thing for me, but I find that I like that.  Keeps the desk clean and I don't slice through fabric I don't mean to, which I have only done once in my life and it was earlier this week!  :)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

English Paper Peicing

On March 6th and 7th, my quilt guild was in charge of a booth at the Civil War Re-enactment of the Skirmish at Gamble's hotel in Florence, SC.  Guild members were asked to help man the booth and to bring some hand work to do while we were there.  So I decided it was time for me to start the Christmas present I was given, a quilt kit titled Litha Park from Connecting Threads.  Most of the design of the quilt is done using the English paper piecing method.  I had never tried that before, but as long as it came with directions, I was sure I could tackle it.  The night before the event I cut out all my diamond shapes from the fabric.  That way I could be all ready to sew.  The re-enactment was a lot of fun and I did get a few diamonds prepped, but not as many as I wanted.  I spent most my time chatting and helping some of the kids make fabric yo-yo's, which was also fun.  As of now though, I have all my diamonds prepped and ready to sew into flowers.  I will need a total of 16 flowers, made from 6 diamonds each.

This is what I have as of today.

I did most of them in the car when I traveled places, and a couple more when I watched a few new shows late at night.   (That is probably why my cross stitched cat whiskers got delayed in the previous post. I skipped right over the evening craft project, and went right into the late night crafting project)  :)

I want to have this quilt done by the May quilt guild meeting since that month's program will be all about English paper piecing.  It would make a great item for show and tell that month.  I hope I haven't taken on something too ambitious with such a short deadline.  We shall see....

Saturday, March 27, 2010

My Cross-Stitched Cat

It is finally finished. It had been almost finished for weeks. All I had left to stitch was the whiskers. I kept saying to myself, "That will only take a few minutes, I can do that later tonight...." Well later tonight never came, so I made myself sit down this morning and put on the whiskers.

As I was putting on these whiskers this morning, I realized most of my unfinished projects are classified as almost finished.  So if I sit down and take a couple hours on each one, then I will have lots of finishes this year.  Sounds like a good plan, we shall see if I can put it in action.  :)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Basket full of Flowers

My friends birthday is today and I wanted to send her a special postcard to celebrate and I thought what could be better than a basket of flowers that is always in bloom.  I used my newest toys, two small yo yo makers, to make the flowers for this postcard.  My daughter even came over to help make the tiny ones.  They are fun and easy to make with the yo yo makers and I sewed them up while I waited for my turn at Scrabble on facebook.  :)  Then I added tiny buttons, poked some green leaves around the flowers, hand stitched the basket down, did some free motion quilting on the background and put a traditional quilt binding for the edging.  I love it.  It is one of my favorite cards.

I love collecting craft tools just as much as fabric and even though I haven't been collecting as much fabric lately, I still have been collecting tools.  These yo yo makers are my newest collection item.  I bought two larger circle yo yo makers last summer, and this past Christmas I received a flower and a heart yo yo maker - thanks Mom!  In January I bought the two smallest circle yo yo makers when they were half off at Hancock Fabrics.  Clover, the company who makes these tools, still has more for me to collect though:  the butterfly, the shamrock, the very largest circle (the Jumbo circle), and their newest design, the Oval.  You can see them all here.   If you are interested, Lazy Girl Designs has a wonderful pictorial tutorial on how to use these yo yo makers.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Side Tracked

This past Saturday I went to the Hobby Lobby.  It is one of my favorite stores and I can browse there for hours on end. But the main reason for my trip this time was so my daughter could get some more beads for her jewelry making hobby.   I hadn't planned on buying anything for myself and I almost made it out of the store empty handed, but that quickly changed when I got to the fabric section.  Now, I didn't get any fabric, and I wasn't even tempted, except for that pink paisley which I just patted and walked away from. Instead, I found something I felt I couldn't live without when I went to the discounted notions wall.  Hanging near the bottom I found a cross stitch kit on sale.  Why it was in the fabric section instead of the cross stitch section I don't know and normally I am not tempted with a cross stitch kit, but this one had pretty beads in it and it was a picture of a quilted cat named Scarlett done by Jim Shore.  It was discounted from $15 to $5.  So I snatched it and her friend Petunia up and headed to the cash register.  I halted progress on the three current projects I am working on and have only been cross stitching for the past couple days.  I am so excited to finish this cat that I do believe it will be one of my few projects that gets started and finished without me doing any other projects in between.  Now if I could just do that with all my projects and not get side tracked with new ones, I might not have so many UFO's.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

More Mosaic Color Play

These are the three latest blocks I made for the IFQ mosaic color play swap.  For this swap, my partners sent me the center square and I added my fabrics to it in order to create the mosaic block.

The top two blocks were sent to Australia and the bottom went to GA.   As soon as the rose garden block gets received, I will be able to sign up again.  I have a goal to make and receive 12 blocks total so I can make a quilt for myself.  So far I have participated in 6 swaps, so I am  halfway there.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

New Rag Quilt

I finished up another Rag Quilt this week.  For this quilt I wanted to use a new layout.  Something different from the previous rag quilts I made.   So I got out my graph paper and drew up a design that looked good to me.  Then I got busy cutting and sewing.  I love the way it turned out and will definitely use this pattern again.

I didn't realize this photo was blurry until I had shipped off the quilt, but it is still clear enough to see the pattern on the back.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Playing with Yarn

Over the Holidays, I did a little traveling. Since I couldn't pack up my sewing machine and fabric stash, I decided to bring a small bag of yarn and some knitting needles and a crochet hook.
The first thing I made were these flower hot pads.  They were super quick to make in the car and I ended up giving them all away before I made it back home.  I made a total of 4, but only managed to get a snap shot of 3.  I have to say, I really love the internet and all the quilt blogs I read every morning.  If it wasn't for them I never would have found this pattern.  I started out by clicking on Mary's blog, which is in my blog roll on the right. In one of her posts she had a link to Gari's Blog, which I clicked on and started browsing.

As I scrolled down that page I saw a picture of some items Gari won in a give away and one of those items was a crocheted hot pad.  I immediately fell in love with the design and was even ready to dish out money for the pattern.  Her blog said she got the items from Terri at Purple and Paisley, but there wasn't a link.  So I copied and pasted "Terri at Purple and Paisley" in my Google browser and sure enough Terri's Blog popped up at the top of the list.  I browsed her blog, which is wonderful and full of exciting photos, and after reading many of her older posts,  I finally found the the post where she had made the hot pads, and I must say the photos of her hot pads are most delicious.  But there was no pattern name or link, so I decided to email her, and she most graciously sent me the link to the pattern. The best part is that the pattern is a free pattern on the net.  You can get to it here.

After I made those, I decided I needed to use up the rest of my cotton yarn.  I had already made 4 dishcloths for a friend for Christmas, three knitted ones from a pattern book I own and one crocheted one from this Basket Weave pattern I found on the net.  These four put me in the mood to finish up using some of the cotton yarn I had in one of my bins.  I recalled making a round dishcloth years ago and wanted to make another one, so I googled round knitted dishcloth patterns hoping to find the same pattern I used years ago.

I didn't find the exact pattern I was I was looking for, but I did find lots of new ones.  I even found a basket weave pattern for knitting that I couldn't pass up. I started with that one first and came up with this dishcloth.  After I finished that one, I worked on the round ones.

The pattern I decided on for the round ones was the Crazy Daisy. I love this pattern and I love making round dishcloths.  I have one more already started on my needles, I will have to finish that one later though, since I have some quilty projects that have deadlines coming up soon than need attention first.