Monday, September 29, 2014

Cut To Pieces

I do love fall, the start of serious sewing season. I worked on two different quilts this weekend, my MQG/Michael Miller challenge and my Galloping thru the Meadow quilt. I'm not ready to show you my challenge quilt, it needs some serious changes made...time for the seam ripper! But my Meadow quilt, I'm quite pleased. I have all of the pieces cut and the flower centers pieced. Yippee, skippee!!!

The outer edge is navy, not black! Really hard to take great pictures with it still dark in the morning!

Only the first two blocks are pieced and with the curved pieces the rest will take some time. But so far, I am really pleased with how this quilt is turning out. Love the fabrics and the colors.

Today I'm linking up with Anything Goes Monday at Stitch by Stitch

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Galloping Through The Meadow

I'm pretty excited to be moving right along on my Meadow quilt. I haven't been this jazzed about a quilt in a long time. Just the first two blocks are actually sewn together, but just getting all of this cut is quite an accomplishment for me. I'm not a huge fan of cutting.

The background is actually navy, although it looks black in the picture.

The "eyeball" flower petals are in progress.
I think the Cotton and Steel "Mustang" fabric is starting to inspire some quilting ideas. I do love horses. I used to ride a long time ago.

Me on my horse Ielenza about 14 years ago.

Hmmm, makes me want to ride again. I guess I will have to settle for quilting some horse motifs.

Well anyway, here are my stats for my every growing WIP list:
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) 
Meadow Quilt

Finished (0)

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

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Lizzy House's Meadow Quilt

What fun, what fun! I got to take Lizzy House's Meadow Quilt class on Friday. If you don't know who Lizzy House is, she is a fabric designer, among many other talented artistic talents. She also designed a very cool quilt she calls the Meadow.

Isn't this a gorgeous quilt!!!!  I had to learn how to make this quilt and the Rochester MQG was sponsoring the class. Yippee, Skippee!!!

 Lizzy is a wonderful teacher. She kept the class on track and explained so many details.
 She gave us the templates for this quilt with the express understanding that we will not share the pattern in any way. This was just for our use. Since she is not going to sell this quilt pattern, the only way to make a Meadow quilt is to take her class. So if you get the chance, you really need to do it.
 She was even kind enough to pose for pictures.

I got two blocks done in class, but have been working on it this weekend. It's kind of addicting.

Once the rest of the navy fabric around the outside of this is on, it will be the size for a double bed. Don't you love the Cotton and Steel "Mustangs".  Hopefully it will be done the next time my friend Kate comes to visit, she's a horse person. I think she will love to sleep under it.

Any how, today I'm linking up with Anything Goes Monday at Stitch by StitchMarelize mentioned that she's in a bit of a funk lately, so be sure to stop by her blog and give her some cheer. :)

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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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