Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
It's not my best made quilt, but it will always be one of my favorites as it's so much fun to look at. It's 81 X 94"
Monday, April 27, 2009
A-2 Starlight was paper pieced and has 21 pieces. I'm not happy with it and may redo it at some point. It is a bear..no matter what method you use.
A-13 One Two Buckle My Shoe wasn't hard..just tedious with 40 pieces. I paper pieced it as well.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
1) finishing the 16 remaining blocks for the center of my Dear Jane quilt
Instead my mind is wandering and I'm drooling over the possibilities of what I can do with these two fabrics:
I spotted this fabric last weekend at JoAnn's in Joplin. It reminded me in many ways of the border fabric I used for my One Block Wonder quilt, Imperial Gardens. I thought it was another great candidate for Stack and Whack..traditional or OBW style. They only had 4 yards last Friday. So I took Tom back with me on Sunday and he agreed it had definite possibilities so we special ordered a bolt of it..which is only 8 yards at JoAnn's. We drove over today to pick it up.
I was inspired to make this quilt after seeing another quilt made with Drunkard's Path blocks and Oriental fabric. I was scared to death of curved piecing, yet curious enough that I wanted to challenge myself. I was also wanting to stretch my fabric selections beyond my traditional scrappy choices. So everything about this quilt was new and different for me. I liked how it turned out, but then I was unsure how to quilt it and so it got folded and put on a shelf for nearly 4 years.
But then I joined the Finish Challenge.............
I decided that the blocks and fabrics were so busy that all of the fancy quilting I'd previously played with in my mind would just be lost. So I went with an overall looping stipple and I'm happy with the texture it gives it. I think I'll be even happier when it comes out of the washer and dryer (it's being washed as I write).
I've called this quilt "Sukiyaki" since I started it. But yesterday I realized I couldn't resist tweaking the name to play on the fact they are Drunkard's Path blocks. So it is now "Sukiyaki and Plum Wine".
This beautiful example of Geta's shadow trapunto work is 10" square. And makes my feeble attempt look pretty pathetic.
Wish you could see it in person...it's wonderful. Thank you, Geta!!!!!
The mail also brought a couple more siggies this week.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Our guest this month was Connie Sue Haidel of Apple Blossom Quilts . I first became aware of Connie about 3 years ago or thereabouts when a group of quilters on an online forum decided to each make her quilt "Buttoms & Blooms" which she was offering as a free BOM through her newsletter.
I added lots of my 3-D butterflies that have become my signature on the silk flower and tulle wallhangings I've made so many of. I also used some ruching here and there. And it was my first attempt at my version of McTavishing.
I was falling in love with applique at the time and Connie's patterns are wonderful. It took me a couple of years to convince myself to try her backbasting method of placement and now I'm a definite convert! I used overlays for placement when I made this quilt and realize now that using backbasting would have been so much more accurate and easy. If you haven't tried it..go to her website and click on "tips". She has so generously shared a wonderful picture tutorial on that technique as well as several other tips.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday was the Town and Country Quilt Guild's biennial show in Joplin, MO. As usual there were so many really fabulous quilts. Jane Anderson of Oklahoma took home Best of Show and her work is always just breathtaking. There is really no way to get pictures that adequately show her level of expertise. All of her quilts are completely hand made, from piecing to quilting. Her hand stipple is something to behold. I've seen her quilt "You Name It" in several shows over the last couple of years and I never get tired of studying it and marveling that any quilter can achieve such perfection.
So grab your beverage of choice and enjoy a small sampling of quilts from the show.
When you are done with that, if you haven't taken the time to view some of the entries in
Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival (previous post or link in sidebar) make sure you do so this week.
Friday, April 17, 2009
It's hard to pick my favorite quilt to date but I've decided to show my Diamond Ring. It is a variation of the Double Wedding Ring. In 2006 a group of us that participated in the forum at Blockcentral.com decided to each make this pattern. I hand pieced mine in 17 weeks.
I presented the quilt to my husband on our 20th wedding anniversary. I also told him if he ever decides to divorce me, I get the quilt!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
And I had to share a couple of pics from Easter. Our little church was full to overflowing..what a joy! We normally only have about 100 people on any given Sunday and feel really good if we have a dozen kids for children's sharing. This Sunday we had approximately 175 people and look at this bunch of kids.......40 of them!!
And especially for Chris at A Day In the Life of a Deputy's Wife. Here are some of the rohlicky I baked for our dinner following church. I like mine to rise into each other so they have soft sides. The traditional way (according to my mother) is to make them into crescents with sides that don't touch. My family likes them this way.