Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bright Cat Quilt Top Pieced

I finished piecing the top for the Bright Cat quilt I am making Loni tonight.  I hope to get a better picture soon.

Loni's Bright Cat Quilt.  Pattern: "Twigs" by Me and My Sister Designs

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Loving My On Line Quilting Class

I really am enjoying my online quilting class with Jenny Doan.

She gives some great time saving tips in her classes. I love this tip.

You should also check out the daily deals on Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Binding Odd Angles

I found this video from Marci Baker of Alicia's Attic on binding odd angles extremely helpful while working on Kathy's table runner.

Makes My Eyes Dizzy Project

Two years ago I started out to make this quilt for Loni.  The problem was I just did not like some of the fabrics, so I kept putting that particular project box back on the shelf.

The other night I realized that this quilt was the only project I had that was ready to piece, so I decided to just to go for it.  I took out the fabrics I hated, cut a few more of the ones I liked okay, and set about laying out the blocks.  

When I started this project, Loni told me she liked bright juvenile fabrics, and Loni loves her cat, so I ordered two jelly rolls that Laurie showed me on line that were bright and had cats, and then added some other fabrics that coordinated to use as the honey bun part of the pattern.

Lord have mercy this quilt is bright!  My camera's auto focus went crazy when I tried to take a picture of it on the design board.  

Loni's Bright Quilt.  Pattern: "Twigs" by Me and My Sister Designs

I have found and equally bright and colorful backing fabric with cats.  She will probably have to wear sunglasses to use this quilt and still end up with a migraine, but it does meet her criteria of bright, juvenile fabrics. 

Purse from Laura

My friend Laura made me a purse using one of the patterns from my book 5-10-15 + Fat Quarters.

I love it!

Bags in Blue Pattern - Just not Blue!

Quilted Gifts

Two special friends had birthdays in the last two months. I made them both coaster sets.  I only remembered to take pictures of one of the sets.

Coasters for Marie

What Have I Been Doing in 2011? Besides Recovering from Shoulder Surgery

 Even through recovery I managed to do a few quilting projects.  The quilting is difficult, it is hard for me to manage the thicknesses through Big B, but piecing is easy.  I have a lot of trouble cutting because I just do not have the strength to hold the ruler down, even with my Gypsy Grip.  I hope that by September I will be able to start quilting all the tops I am creating now.

Table Runner I made for Kathy's Birthday- Pattern: Magic Table Runner from "Clever Quarters" by Susan Teegarden Dissmore

Close up of Magic Table Runner
Small Table Runner from batik charm pack Jill gave me.  Pattern: Modern Table Runner (a birthday gift from Laura) A quilt  as you go pattern from G. E. Designs.

Back of Modern Charm Runner (Backing fabric was a Christmas gift from Laurie)
Storm at Sea Quilt that I made for my porch swing from a Benartex Kit of triple-dyed Bali Batiks, a laser pre-cut kit.
Back of Storm at Sea Quilt
Storm at Sea Quilt on the Porch Swing
Poppies Quilt by Clothworks featuring fabrics from the Poppies Collection by Pamela Mostek.  I cut all the pieces to this quilt months ago, so it was easy for me to work on with a stiff shoulder.
"Enchanted Earth" Quilt Featuring "Earth Angels" Fabric Collection by Debbie Mumm, a South Seas Imports Kit
Close up of "Enchanted Earth"

So Far Behind

This poor blog is way out of date.  I am going to try to catch it up a little and then put it back in the regular schedule for blogging.

There was not a lot of quilting going on this past spring since I had shoulder surgery, but the piecing is starting to pick up a little, I was able to start hand quilting again last night, and I have high hopes I will be machine quilting again by September. 

Even though I haven't been able to quilt as much lately, it is never far from my mind.  Hence, this little snippet from my surgery day, March 14, 2011:

From: Loni's Blog with comments from me in Italics.
1:10pm - The anesthesiologist came in to do his pre-op questions, shoot her up with happy juice, and the nerve block shot in her neck (I was out of the area for that part). Shortly, thereafter, the happy juice kicked in and Mama's mind was struggling to stay connected I think; as she alternately dozed off a bit and had interesting commentary about how the pattern in the ceiling tile would make a nice quilt square; Very stark pattern with vibrant colors would be a great pattern. to not buy her any ugly towels that were apparently a hideous combination of red and blue;No they were beige with blue and red squares very ugly and cheap looking,  that the picture was so pretty (which turned out to be one in her mind because all we had was beige hospital curtains); just swirling pretty colors, and a neat orange substance (also in her mind) that was like blown glass, but flexible like plastic and very interesting.. i wonder vaguely if she will recall any of this? That was the best of all very artsy fartsy orange bubblish substance that could be molded.  

Surgical Prep Cubicle Ceiling Tile - Would make Nice Stark Quilt Pattern