Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Putting Some Sparkle In the Stars

I've been working on my Stars in Your Eyes quilt/wall hanging. I have it all basted and have begun quilting it. Since some of the fabric I used had some metallic gold in the fabric, I thought I would continue that theme and quilt it with metallic thread.





I'm really enjoying this project and given that this is just a small wall hanging I may just be able to finish it quickly.

Today I'll link up with Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday

Color Me Quilty!

Pat

An update on how Simon, my new pup, is doing. He is a smart little guy. Here he is practicing stay.




Such a good boy!
 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Stars In Your Eyes

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of horses. I still love horses. So when my quilt guild had a "blox made modern" challenge" I thought I would incorporate some of that lovely Cotton and Steele Mustang fabric. This is for every little girl who has "Stars in Your Eyes" every time they see horses.

The challenge was to take a traditional block and make it modern. So I took an Ohio Star block and made it modern.

It is modern because:
     1. Scale: this block is 24"x 45"
     2. Wonky/Improv: the center is not square, the star points don't match
     3. Lots of negative space with solid fabric
    
I plan to back it and quilt it, leaving it this size for a nice wall hanging.

Today I'll link up with Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday

Color Me Quilty!

Pat

Monday, June 15, 2015

Welcoming Simon into the Family

It has been wayyyyyyy too long since I posted something here, but losing my dear corgi buddy Humphrey was very difficult. Both my vet and best friend said don't wait to get a new pup, start looking right away, but know exactly what you want. I said I wanted a slightly older (not a puppy) corgi, different coloring than Humphrey, maybe a tri-color, maybe a show dog that didn't make it in the ring. Guess what? The universe provided in spades! Meet Simon Kenton., aka (just plain) Simon. Registered name Edenfaire Treat or Treat (he was born on Halloween 2013). He was supposed to be a show dog, but for some reason, he didn't quite make it. Yay for me! Simon has already stolen my heart.



Simon is a handsome boy and very, very sweet. He has lots to learn about being a family pet, but he's smart and is figuring it out as we go. Yesterday Simon and I were finally able to spend some quality time in my sewing room. Yippee, Skippee! My husband likes to name the dogs, so click here to learn more about the origin of Simon Kenton

I walked he little legs to stumps, he was then content to sleep while I quilted.

 I like this off-center flower combined with straight lines.


 This was also a fun block to quilt. I love the organic quality of the quilting in little colored squares

 Stippling can also work well when filling in an area.


I was able to quilt several blocks on my quilt-as-you-go project. I love how they turned out. Even though this is Monday and not Friday, feel free to post pictures of your quilting project on my Facebook page (click here).

I plan to be back much more frequently, of course that does depend on Simon cooperating.

Color Me Quilty!

Pat



Friday, May 15, 2015

Sad News

Sorry I have been away so long, I have lost my beloved pup Humphrey Bogart. He was older and there was nothing anyone could have done. He is now in heaven chasing bunnies, chipmunks and squirrels. My mom and dad will have to watch over him now. Goodbye sweet prince, I will love you forever!





Friday, April 24, 2015

Free Motion Friday - Double

So sorry I missed last Friday's block post, I bit of technical trouble. I wasn't feeling well and I just couldn't get my machine to cooperate. Sometimes it's best just to walk away and try again another day. When I came back to it, it was working smoothly. Can sewing machines feel our energy?

Sew today I will post two blocks to get you going. Please link up if you want to show off some of your work. I know I would love to see your FMQ.

My first block is very organic and whimsical. I started with the center, stitching two curved lines from end to end and echoing each of them. Then I filled in between the two lines with Leah Day's Spiral Matrix (click here for her video). I think Spiral Matrix is one of my favorite designs. It really doesn't have to be perfect to look great. Personally, I like when it's not perfect, proves I'm not a computer guided robot. Continuing on, within the orange block I just stitched straight lined back and forth. I think the straight lines give your eyes a place to rest and lets the cool Spiral Matrix pop. Around the outside, I just stitched wavy lines that randomly intersect. This is a great example that if your fabric is printed/busy, it doesn't really matter what you quilt because your can't hardly see it.
 I really love how you can see the stitching on the back. Fleece is so much fun to quilt.

This is the next block I decided to quilt. Remember, this project is about trying out some new fillers and putting them together to see how they look. Have fun with this.
Again, I started with stitching some random wiggly lines and echoed them. I filled them in with Pointy Paisley (another Leah Day filler). On the outside of this shape, my lines are now at a 45 degree angle. On the printed boarder, I just did back and forth lines. On the outer most stripe, I stitched a foundation line of back and forth triangles, I didn't mark them. I finished it off with straight back and forth lines to fill in the top half of the triangles.



Let your imaginations run wild, just stitch something. The take away from this week is: If it isn't working, you're tired or don't feel well, walk away and come back another day. Enjoy your quilting.

Color Me Quilty!

Pat

Rules: Share your FMQ, be nice to one another.








Friday, April 10, 2015

Free Motion Friday Quilt-a-Long

It time to show you the second quilted block and have you link up and show what you were able to accomplish  this week. Remember, you can follow my blocks or create your own.



 I wanted to mix it up, so I just did some wiggly lines and filled it in with some paisley, click here to see Leah Day's video on how to do paisley.



Don't  worry about perfection, it will be lovely no matter what. In the border of the block I did various sized circles and on the other stripes just followed the wiggles. The most important  thing is to have fun.
Here is my quilt. 

This is the block from last week.

You can link up here. RULES: Go visit the link ups, play nice, leave kind comments, show your Free motion quilting. If you don't have a blog to link up, feel free to post a picture of you quilting on Color Me Quilty's Facebook page.







Color Me Quilty!

Pat

Monday, April 6, 2015

Carefully Lined and Zipped!

My lovely and talented stepdaughter likes to knit and felt, but when it comes to sewing, not so much. She knit and felted two bags recently and asked if I would line them and add a zipper to one of them. Yikes, I'm not a huge fan of this type of sewing, especially zippers, but this stepdaughter keeps me stocked in homemade canned stock. How in the world could I say no?  So I said sure!

We dug through my stash and found some fabric (what a surprise) that was fun and went with the bags. There was an open sew at my local quilt shop (Quilters Corner) and I thought that this was the perfect project to do - nothing like having a little moral support!

The first bag just needed a lining - I even lined the top flap.


And of course added interior pockets.

The second bag was a little harder. I added a two-way purse zipper and a lining.
 Again, lots of interior pockets.

I was able to give them to her yesterday for Easter. I think this must have been a record turn-around time, she only gave them to me last weekend or so.

Well, I'm off to work. I have to pay for this hobby some how!

Color Me Quilty!

Pat