Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Another Challenge

I must like challenge, because I signed myself up for another one. Yesterday I received my QuiltCon Michael Miller Challenge fabric. Ugh, pastels! Wasn't the last one pastels too???!!!  Not my thing, but I guess that's what makes it a challenge.

The Rules!
  • *UPDATED* Only Cotton Couture fabrics are permitted. (The back and binding may include Michael Miller prints.)
  • You don't have to get the free fabric to be involved - all you have to do is use the Michael Miller Spring Cotton Couture line in your quilt!  Below are the colors of the fabrics that will be sent.
    • OPAL
    • BREEZE
    • SPA
    • SPRING
  • Quilts must be entered here to be considered for the challenge at QuiltCon.
  • Quilts will need to follow the general rules of the QuiltCon Quilt Show found here.
Since I don't know of a local quilt shop that sells Michael Miller Cotton Couture, I ordered some additional colors from Hawthorne Threads (well at least they're in Albany, NY).

I picked out Lime
Michael Miller House Designer - Cotton Couture - Cotton Couture in Lime

and Marine
Michael Miller House Designer - Cotton Couture - Cotton Couture in Marine

You know, the usual suspects! ;)  I needed some contrast!

I have a design in mind, but not sure how I'm going to actually piece it. 

Anyhow, I'm linking up with Free Motion by the River for Linky Tuesday and A Quilt Story for Fabric Tuesday.

Fresh Poppy Design

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Friday, September 12, 2014

And Now For Something Completely Different

I should have posted this yesterday for really random Thursday, but this is the first chance I've had to breathe.  I'm at an assessment conference at Drexel University in Philadelphia (for work). Philly is such a cool city to visit. The reception, on Wednesday was at Dinosaur Hall. Pretty cool place.

City Hall is pretty impressive too.

Today is my last day here, back home and a chance to get quilting again. It was a great conference, I'll be back next year.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Sketchy Doodle Potholder

Last week I made a set of potholders, which has inspired me to make a few up for Christmas presents. Oh yeah, it's that time of year again. I talked to my stepdaughter and asked if she wanted to team up. She's a fabulous  baker. I thought that a set of potholders and a loaf of applesauce cake or zucchini bread would make a lovely gift. She can make the sweet treats and I can make the potholders.

I love to doodle, always have, what a perfect way to inspire some new potholders. For the set this week, I thought I would use some of my hand dyed fabric and do a Zentangled inspired FMQ. Are people that do Zentangles all children of the 60's? Sure feels that way to me ;)

 This weeks potholders were stitched with Aurifil 50wt thread. I used a layer of Insul-Bright and Warm & Natural batting.

I'm linking up with TGIFF, Link-A-Finish Friday, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop, Finish It Up Friday and FMQ Mavericks

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Friday, August 29, 2014

FMQ Potholder Set Completed


I like to practice free-motion quilting, so I decided to have a little fun and create a set of  potholders. I might as well make something useful while practicing. I used two layers of batting, the bottom layer of Insul-Bright and a top layer of Warm & Natural. The thread was a variegated King-Tut, Aurifil 50wt bobbin and Aurifil Invisible thread for the binding.

The quilted designs were just free-form feathers with a lot of echos. Then I just trimmed each one to 9"x 9". Lucky for me, I had just enough leftover binding from another project to go around each one.
I didn't have enough binding to make traditional potholder loops, so I just stitched on a bit of gold ribbon. I think it works.
I think I might have to make up several sets for Christmas presents.

For today though, I'm linking up with TGIFF, Link-A-Finish Friday, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop and Finish It Up Friday

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Little of This, A Little of That...WIP Wednesday

August is sometimes a hard month for me to focus on my quilting. Summer is so short here. But, I did accomplish a few things this week.

I was recently talking to a cousin about making potholders to practice free motion quilting. I realized that I hadn't made any in quite a while and I would love something to play with a little FMQ. Here's one I whipped up last night. I even found some left over binding to use.  I used Insul-Bright and Warm & Natural batting. I trimmed it to 9" x 9".


This is similar to some I made a few years back (click here).

I also started and finished a new purse for myself. I designed it around some cool buttons I got from Joyful Adornments. Click here to see my post on this purse.

I still have a list a mile long, but fall is coming! 

I'm linking up with  Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!

Here are this week's stats:
In-process: (6)
Express Your Love
Humphrey's New Bed
Mod Ovals Quilt
Pantone Quilt 2014
IMQG Block Swap
VFW Scrap Fabric Quilt
New projects: (1) 
FMQ Potholders

Finished (1)
Quilty Purse

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

All Buttoned and Zipped Up!

My old purse is looking a little shabby. Not surprising really, I made it a year and a half ago. So I decided it was time to make a new one. I have a pattern by Lazy Girl Designs called the City Bag. I have made it a few time (here, here and here), I really like this pattern.

One of the best parts of this bag are the buttons and zipper pull, aren't they WONDERFUL! They are handmade out of glass. My friend Bonnie Scott of Joyful Adornments makes them. You really should check out her website, she has so much more than just buttons.

A Spool Pull, how great is that!

 The inside of the bag has lots of pockets and there is a covered base (a piece of balsa wood cut to size) and sewn in to the bottom.

I chose this bag because it is quite large, perfect to take to a conference I have coming up in September.

I'm linking up with TGIFF, Link-A-Finish Friday, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop and Finish It Up Friday

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hand Block Printed Fabric From India....Hand Delivered!

I happen to have the most amazing family and I even mean my extended family - you know cousins and such. My cousin Cera, recently returned from India, where she had been teaching for the past three years.  Look what she brought back for me! Hand printed fabric!

The fabric is quite thin (it's hot in India). The colors are wonderful. I think I will need to pair it will some voile or lawn fabric. Maybe use some silk batting, I will need something very light and soft.

I will need to take some time to ponder what I will make, but what fun that will be. Thanks Cera, you are pretty wonderful to remember me.

I'm linking up today with A Quilt Story for Fabric Tuesday and Free Motion by the River for Linky Tuesday.

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