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Friday, October 20, 2017

Another Post This Week!


My Painted Forest quilt is complete! I so enjoyed making this quilt and am so happy with my color choices. Most of the fabrics are Alison Glass, mixed lines. The designer of this pattern is Blue Nickels Studio. My only advice is to over size (about 1/2") the blocks so you can trim them down to the perfect size.


I have had this backing fabric in my stash forever and decide it was time to use it. The best part was there was no piecing!


I did very small not quite straight line quilting from edge to edge (horizontal) and love how it turned out. I will be honest I held my breath that it would not be wonky on the edges. I used invisible thread and my free motion foot. I really don't like the invisible thread  that much but I did not want the thread lines to take away from the colors. I love the sketchy binding and feel it adds to the quilt.





Fall colors are not quite here yet but I do love the sun shining through the leaves and the beautiful colors they do make. I feel like it is so fleeting so every day I have to go outside before they are gone. My camera does not capture it, go outside tomorrow and see for yourself!


Continuing with my leaf/fall theme..... Here is a maple leaf I painted the other night. I am so happy the way it turned out and it is giving me confidence to keep going. Even the ones that don't turn out are fun and exciting. Experimenting with colors is always fun. There is always a lesson to be learned. Maroon is probably one of my least favorite colors but I never could have painted this without moving towards that color. I also just read that the older we get the more we dislike orange....I wonder why?


So I have this book called Everyday Watercolors by Jenna Rainey and I am doing all the lessons. They are quick and don't take long, anywhere from 15 minutes to and hour. It's addictive!


So far it is fun but I do have to work at it. I think I will keep going but for right now it is back to the sewing room!
Can you believe it? Two posts in one week!

Kelly

Monday, October 16, 2017

Autumn is Finally Here!


I love fall and it goes by way too fast. I was talking with someone the other day and we were both saying that Autumn is the busiest time of the year. Maybe because it is so nice out and you know you the days are numbered until the cold is here. This little arrangement is behind my kitchen faucet.


I used to go all out for Halloween but now only put out a few things. It makes me focus on the few things I have and is a snap to clean up! This is on the counter and every few days I change out the leaves. They are about due.


 The other thing I am doing is painting! I am in love with watercolors and am exploring many You tube videos and books at the library It is something I know nothing about but am having fun. This was my second try which is much better than the first.



Don't worry I am not giving up quilting, never! My stash won't allow it......


These trees were made in a class with Cindy from our Calico Cutters Quilt guild. I have been undecided about how to quilt it and just jumped in and am doing matchstick quilting with INVISIBLE thread. I have never used it. The jury is still out but I did not want to see lines on my dark or light fabrics I am so afraid it will be distorted, but too late now!


For inquiring minds.....the Downingtown Library is holding a fun raiser in the spring. They are looking to show that quilts are not only for beds but can be art too. This one is a little out there but I do like it! It is called Polygons by Jennifer Sampou. It is fun and quick and I love straight line quilting especially on small things (see above (-:). They will be putting the quilts up between now and April, so stop by to see them!


I totally forgot I had this "checkout card" fabric and ended up using it for my sleeve. I might just have to make another....


One of our guild members is moving away next month. Jean had a sale of all the things she cannot take with her. This is all but done so I am going to finish it for a another quilt raffle coming up in the spring.


This is why I haven't blogged in such a long time. I could not figure out how to find my pictures! Oh my gosh I feel like it was so easy before, why couldn't they leave it alone? Today I spent 3 hours going through this book to try and figure it out. I could barely do it......it feels so clumsy. I think I have it but now to edit them......Hopefully I will be back soon and in a more regular schedule!

Thank you to everyone who emailed to wonder if I was OK! It's nice to know I was missed.

Kelly

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Dot's Quilt


Dot who is a member of my Calico Cutter Quilt Guild, is an expert applique artist.


She has a quilt that she is not going to finish for various reasons.


She has asked myself and 3 other members if we would finish it and donate it to the guild as a raffle quilt in the future.


This is a daunting task as Dot's applique (and embroidery) is amazing to say the least.


Today we learned that she was taught by Jane Townswick and had quilts in 3 of her books!


It's going to be a beautiful quilt when it's complete.



Look at those reverse applique wings, so perfect!


I am up first and this will be my contribution, the Poppies block.


Lucky for me a good part of the prep work is done so I can get to sewing right away.
Dot I promise to do my best!

As a side note....to make blogging even harder I got a new computer and now I can't find my pictures every time I download them on Windows 10 any tips?????

Kelly

Friday, August 25, 2017

Itsy Bitsy Blocks






I am working on a new very long term project. You make a block a day for 365 days. Easy you say?

  Not when most of the blocks are 3" inches big!


It is majorly testing my skills, which is a good thing.


I am on my way out the door to work the sale. I will post more on this project later. Oh, those little purple squares are 1/2" !!!!!

Kelly

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse Day!


So it is about 2:24 pm here and it is strange looking outside. We are to be 70-80% at 2:45. While everyone keeps playing the song clip "total eclipse of the sun" I prefer Pinkfloyd's "and when the band you're in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon". It is quite the day!
I don't have any glasses so I can't look up, though the temptation is real......



My swap quilt is complete! I absolutely love it! I am so happy to have taken those blocks and turned them into something, rather than let them languish on my table.


The reds are all different which I think makes it so much more interesting than if they were all the same.


I used the bow tie blocks and the nine patches along the edges without thought as to where I placed them.


The crazy colors all go together and I love the wave quilting.



I love the texture. I am a person who likes lots of quilting in her quilts! 


How cute is this fabric? I have wrapping paper that is this exact pattern. I follower contacted me and said it is in a fabric store where she lives (Washington state) and said how about I buy some for you?


Not only did she buy me the fabric, she gave it to me and sent it as pretty as a present. Thank you Jonna and I will be sure to pay it forward.
Quilters are the nicest people.
Got to go, it's almost here!

Kelly

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lazy Summer Days End


Finally I have something to show after many months of no sewing. I love these trees and can't wait to finish it into a quilt. Most of the fabrics are Alison Glass but a few  are not. Many thanks to Cindy Z for figuring out this poorly written pattern that was in a magazine.......I imagine the pattern made by the maker is much clearer.


I am almost finished with the binding on my swap blocks quilt. Jamie long arm quilted it for me and she did a great job. I will show it when the binding is complete.


Leslie alerted me to the fact that The Quilt Block has the gorgeous Grunge prints with dots! There are many more colors if you are interested. Of course they look so much better in real life......if you need some call them at 610-363-0404 they will be happy to mail them to you!


I have been on a reading binge this summer. I read this incredible book many, many years ago when it first came out. I am re-reading it (I can't remember a thing!) so I can....


read the 2 sequels! I love finding a book with sequels that are already published!


This is our book club pick for next month. Has anyone read it?

Kelly

Friday, July 28, 2017

End of July Projects




Sorry for the crummy pictures, it's a very gloomy day here today with a storm approaching.
I finally finished my granddaughter Brynn's quilt. I am so happy with the way it turned out and think she will have fun looking at the the fussy cut centers as she gets older.




These are some of my favorite blocks. I stitched in the ditch, which (lots of rhyming words there!)is not one of my favorite ways to quilt but I think it is appropriate.


 I even made a label! I am not very good about labels (-: I did the in the corner method and liked it very much and will do it again.


I also dug our some swap blocks that needed my attention.


These red with solids (broken dishes?)were from a swap last fall I did with Barb. The bowties and 4 patches were from a previous swap with Barb and some from a guild swap. The blocks are 4 1/2".


I did not have enough of the red blocks but plenty of the 4 patches and bowties. They went around the edges twice (border). I used EVERY SINGLE block! Yay for an almost finished UFO. This will be a nice lap size quilt for the winter.


No thought was given to placement, I only changed groups of like colors or same blocks that were next to each other.
I feel like I got my sewing mojo back. This quilt was practically already made, I just had to make a plan for it. So get out your UFOs and lay them out on your design wall, you never know what you have hiding in our closet!

Kelly