Sunday, February 7, 2016

Thread and snow days

So, it's February (my birthday month, so let the celebration begin!) and we started out the month here in Reedsburg, Wisconsin with not one, but two snow days.  I got a lot of quilting done, plus some other things that needed doing.  I joined a Facebook group called Drop and Give Me 20, which is dedicated to quilting at least 20 minutes everyday in February.  So far, so good!

Anyway, on to the Project Quilting challenge for this week, All About That Thread.  I had an idea almost immediately.  I visualized a gray moon on a beige background with big-stitch quilting.  I thought about a gauze overlay (tea-dyed cheesecloth), so I gathered all the materials.  I found I had some Osnaberg (sp?) fabric in my stash and that made the perfect background.  I pulled some hand-dyes, cut some pieces and layed them on the background.  Viola!  Winterscape was born.
Are the long pieces trees or buildings?  I'll let you decide.

I ditched the gauze idea.  It looked neat in photos, but not so much in real life.  The moon and the trees/buildings are appliquilted down with a 20 weight thread.  The qduilting is done with perle cotton and big stitches.  It has a modern, yet primative feel.  Maybe I invented a new "genre" of quilting.  :)
I was going to bind it with a separate binding from the Osnaberg, but since I had the Osnaberg on the back, I decided to save myself some time by just folding the back to the front.  I stitched it down with big stitches.  It is 18" square.  This is my first attempt at big stitching and I really like it.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Seasons Challenge

This week's challenge is Seasons.  I already had an idea for another challenge, Rainy Days, so I thought I would combine them.  I had a design consultant on this project--my 17-year-old son.  My design is based on the season of spring.  I call it Drat!
Poor Charlie Brown.  The tree ate his kite, again, and it's raining.  The umbrella is made from the challenge fabric for the Rainy Days challenge  The sky fabric is one of my hand-dyes.

This quilt is 20 x 22.  I got it done with just a little more than 12 hours to spare.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Project Quilting Season 7 Challenge 1--Confetti

It's January, and that means that Project Quilting is up and running.  This cool challenge is the brainchild of my friend, Kim Lapacek.  She posts a theme on her blog on Sunday at noon and quilters have until the following Sunday at noon to finish it.  Size doesn't matter.  :)

So, I had this great idea.  It came to me shortly after the challenge theme, Confetti, was posted.  Unfortunately, life got in the way.  We remodeled our bathroom and I had to spend some time getting all the junk out of the bathroom and in general clearing things out for the remodelers.  I tried starting the project this morning, but I knew I wouldn't get it done.  I got 12 blocks sewed and I will finish it for another challenge.

This is what I finally did.  I started at about 4:30 and finished it about 6:30.  Not my best work, but done is better than perfect.
I call it Let's Party.  It's 12" x 13".  I made a sandwich of the blue background fabric, then I cut a bunch of little pieces and laid them on the top of the sandwich.  I loaded some varigated thread in my machine and meander over the top, making sure I caught the little bits of confetti.  It was kind of a pain because I had to slow down and lift up my pressure foot to make sure I caught those little buggers.  Once I meandered over the whole top and caught all the confetti, I meandered over it again to make sure everything stayed in place. 

It's done and posted, so.....LET'S PARTY!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Atomic Snowball

I've been waiting for the right challenge to incorporate Kim Lapacek's Dresden Neighborhood.  Since this is the last month of the Focus Through the Prism challenge, I figured I'd better use it.  The challenge block was the snowball.  The center of my Dresden Plate is a snowball block.  The white is a bunch of bits of fabric glued to a base, then sewn down.  I added a few red snippets to make it look good.  The center and the outside are quilted with a red iridescent thread.  The blades on the Dresden are quilted with a white iridescent thread.  I call it Atomic Snowball because I see the center is exploding in space.

I have to thank Kim for her Dresden Neighborhood pattern.  Without that inspiration, I would have never made the blades of my Dresden different lengths.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Purple Rain

Here it is.  The second to last entry in the Focus Through the Prism Challenge.  The inspiration block was 9 Patch.  I call this Purple Rain.
I did some curved piecing and string piecing to make each of the nine patches.  Some of the strips have small bits pieced in them.  I quilted straight lines, from top to bottom, and varied the distance between the quilting lines.  Hubby helped me decide what thread to use for quilting.  The top half of each quilted line is done with a purple variegated cotton and a polyester iridescent threaded together through the needle.  The bottom half of the lines are done in a solid purple cotton.  The final touch was hot-fix crystals.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Flying Geese Challenge

Circling the Sun.  Again, I wait until the last minute.  I like how Kaffe Fassett, Cherrywood, and my hand-dyed fabrics all play together on my piece.  The geese are paper pieced, using Judy Niemeyer papers.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Orange Slices

Made it with hours to spare!  This wasn't even cut out yesterday.  :)  I'm calling it Orange Slices because it reminds me of the orange slice candies my husband likes to eat.  Not much else to say about it because I have to go to bed--the first day of school is tomorrow.