Sunday, July 24, 2016

Convergence wall hanging - nine!

I can't even remember when I completed this Convergence quilt top, but it was probably around 2003/2004. I've got two completed Convergence wall-hangings that I alternate hanging in my sewing room and while I still like them, I'm ready for something else on my walls... now to figure out what that is! :)

Anyway, in my quest to complete more UFOs/WIPs, I "dug" this out of my pile and decided it was the next project I wanted to complete. Easy, actually, since it was already a top. I tried and tried to think of ways to work with it... de-construct it? embellish it? cut it apart and make it a part of something else? Well, I could not settle on any idea that clicked for me, so the next best thing was just to finish it. And, I did that last Tuesday (7/19/16)!!

I decided to try a different way of quilting it and I am loving the way it looks. It works well for a wall-hanging as it makes the quilt somewhat "rigid" and it was easy/fun to do and quick too!. I'm finding myself attracted to the more "modern" styles of quilting these days. Isn't it great that quilting never gets boring since there are always new ideas and new techniques coming along that keep it fun and interesting!!

This is my ninth finish for 2016 and I'm posting it out of order, since it's the first one I've been able to get photographed. I've been surprised at how much motivation keeping a list and crossing off finished projects has given me. Now I have to decide what to do next.

I'm probably going to put this into my etsy shop, but until I get it there, you are welcome to email me if you think you might be interested in it.

Take care,

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tuesdays... with a view!

It's Tuesday and that means quilting at Jane's house. She has re-done her backyard since the last time I posted photos of it, and it's quite stunning and very different than it was. If you're curious to see the difference, check it out here.

She and her husband spent hours and hours pulling out all the trees and grass and then Jane spent additional time planning the new layout of her garden and getting it all planted. It's been done for a little less than a year and has already grown quite a bit. It's now a drought-tolerant and gorgeous space!

We don't sew out in this part of the yard, but we're sitting in the shade of the garage right in front of it and we can see the gorgeous Crape Myrtle tree through the window. Lucky us!!

Take care,

Friday, June 24, 2016

Which Witch's Boot embroidery done!

I've finished this Which Witch's Boot embroidery (pattern by Crabapple Hill) and I'm extremely happy with it. I was taking a big chance on the white embroidery showing up enough on the black background, but it worked out really well, I think. I was also afraid that the black fabric might run (since I forgot to wash it first) in the soaking, but the perle cotton stayed nice and white. Yippee!

I've also got all of my orange peel blocks (I'm not following the pattern in this regard) done for the border, so it's just a matter now of assembling the whole thing and getting it quilted. And... it will be done waaaaaaay before Halloween. That's the best part! :)

My inspiration came from a finished panel I saw when I was visiting In Between Stitches in Livermore year before last. They had done the crayon-colored version on a white/light background, and I loved it the moment I saw it even though I knew I wanted it on a dark background.

Take care,

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Stocking the shop...

I've been stocking my etsy shop a bit recently. I've added some additional fabrics and today I added this lovely wool scarf. I haven't been able to list very many of these scarves because as soon as I get them made, they sell.

They make lovely gifts. I have several that I've made for myself and they are very comfortable and warm scarves. If you are interested, this one can be found here.

Take care,

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Just a little something...

... so you'll know I'm still here. :)

I've finished two quilts and am just waiting for the perfect weather in which to get good photos of them so I can post them here for you to see. Two quilts!!! Yippee!!

In the meantime, I saw Jane working on this little wall hanging yesterday while I was at her house for quilting group. It's a gift for her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend as they are moving into their first apartment. It's so cute! She plans on getting it matted/framed, but I love it this way too!! She's in the process now of adding some beading and then I think she'll call it done.

Take care,

Saturday, May 07, 2016

I love color palettes...

It's been such a long time since I created a color palette that I almost forgot how to do it! I was looking through old photos and came across this shot of some coral at the Long Beach Aquarium, located near the convention center in Long Beach. I took this shot - I don't know how many years ago - when attending the now-defunct Long Beach Quilt Show. I miss that show!

Love this color combination! :)

Take care,

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Time gets away from us, doesn't it?

I've been so involved in other aspects of my life that I haven't been posting nearly as often as I used to. I'm sure those of you who have been reading my blog for years have noticed. I still love my blog, but find it a bit more difficult to think of interesting things to write about. I've also fallen off the photography bandwagon for awhile. I haven't used my good camera in many months and that is something I want to rectify... I miss it!

I have managed to finish another UFO (well, technically I still have one side of the binding to sew down by hand, but I'm counting it as finished since that will happen today). I'm still somewhat surprised at myself for sticking with my goal of working on as many of my UFOs as I can. I seem to have developed a very short attention span over the years. I thought for sure that I would want to start something new by now, but it hasn't happened. This is my 4th finish for the year.

I started this Scrappy Trips Around the World in 2014 - only 2 years ago!!. :) And, I used random fabrics - meaning I just grabbed them out of a basket and sewed them together. I did make sure that I used the darkest fabric for the middle row so the design would work out, but other than that there are some really ugly fabrics in this quilt.  Turns out that I love it!!! I'm going to keep this one (unless someone offers me some good $$ and begs with me to part with it) because it's so cheerful and happy. It's fairly large too.

I quilted it horizontally using wavy lines, which left it soft and cuddly. I seem to gravitate towards the simple quilting styles these days.

It rained Friday and yesterday and it was forecast for today, but so far the clouds have just blown over. Isn't that wonderful? I mean about us getting rain. The landscape is green and lovely right now and the roses are prolific! I don't know if I'm just appreciating them more because of our drought situation or they really are more spectacular than usual, but they are gorgeous!!

Ok... off topic but, I'm wondering why this bill was defeated last week?

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend... I am!!

Take care,

Monday, March 07, 2016

I took the long way home!

I had to make a quick trip over to the post office this afternoon, and on the way back I decided to take the long way home.

The air is so clean and beautiful after our two recent rain storms and everything is so green. It used to be this green almost every spring, but now this is rare and it's a treasure. A bit more rain has been predicted for the end of the week, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we actually get it.

These photos were taken on the road leading to the Sycamore Canyon trail head, which is only about a mile from my house as the crow flies. I know I'm blessed to live near such beauty and I try very hard not to take it for granted.

After I got back, I made Lemon Curd and a Texas Sheet Cake. I'm planning on sharing this with my Tuesday quilting group tomorrow.

Take care,

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Here's a sneak peek... sort of!

Here's a very, very obscure peek at what I'm presently working on. It's one of my UFOs and I've completed all the blocks for this quilt, and am in the process of sewing them together in anticipation of quilting the top/batting/backing together. I seem to be having a little difficulty trying to decide on a quilting design at this point.

I want to do something more modern than might be expected for a quilt such as this and I keep thinking that any day now an idea is just going to pop into my head. So far, it hasn't but who knows what tomorrow may bring?

Can you guess which quilt pattern it is?

Take care,