Tuesday, May 11, 2010
My Mother began teaching me at the age of 9 years old, how to sew and she purchased me my first Singer sewing machine (which I still own). All it did was straight stitch and zig-zag, but boy did it help me turn out of lot of my clothing. In High School, I made pretty much all of my own clothes.
As part of my learning to make those first garments, I ripped out a lot of seams that Mother did not think was good enough...especially seams where I was trying to match up plaids! It didn't matter if the plaids were off a 1/16", if they didn't match up...out came the seam.
But all of those hours of agonizing over doing it the right way, carried over into my piecing of quilts and to this day all of my seams line up perfectly and my seams lay flat. It may take me a little more time to turn out of quilt top, but my Mother will be proud!
After the class in July, I might be convinced to share some of my techniques with others. Stay tuned.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
I had seen this quilted at Quilter's Station in Leavenworth, KS in either January or February, 2009 and absolutely feel in love with it. You would purchase a block from each of twelve quilt shops from across the United States and then choose the finishing kit from the shop that you wanted to complete your quilt. The center of this quilt is what caught my eye and I just had to have it. It is again, out of the norm of my taste in quilting fabric, but this one had to be added to my stash.
Well, after purchasing the first block and finding out that the blocks where made from templates....not my favorite...and I was soon wishing I hadn't started this project. But I continued and had the 12 blocks quickly put together and then the quilt was put away as I had other quilts I had to get done for one thing or another.
April 30, 2010, I attended a quilt retreat and took the Patchwork Party quilt with me to start putting together. Yep, I spent the entire quilt retreat piecing. Got it all done except the last floral border which I got sewn on first thing this morning. It is beautiful, but I am really worried that my oldest granddaughter will be here in a few weeks for a visit from South Dakota and decide it has to be hers. Cassi is very partial to pinks and browns! Well, Nana will just have to wait and see.
But needless to say, I am very, very happy to have this quilt pieced. I think I will be taking it back to Quilter's Quarters to have them quilt it. I do want to have it custom quilted in order not to destroy the beautiful center.
Happy Mother's Day to All!!!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The quilt show committee has been working hard for months on the show behind the scene activities, such as securing vendors for the show, securing sponsors, working with the many wonderful volunteers, getting the Opportunity Quilts made and getting all of the wonderful miniature quilts that will be donated to support a local charity through a silent auction.
We are also excited to have a lot of new vendors participating in our show this year including, but not limited to, Ann Hazelwood, nationally known quilt appraiser; Linda Everhart, internationally known quilter; The Wooden Spool Quilt Shop (Excelsior Springs) and Pigs In A Blanket Quilt Shop (Weston). The local Bernina dealer will also have a booth at the show!
As we get closer to the show, I will try and update you with additional details.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
The quilt shop that initiated the challenge sent us a pattern to make the blocks for six consecutive months and the only rule was we had to use the background and floral print in each block. They also would send us various other fabrics each month with the block pattern and it was us to us whether we chose to use them or use other prints. Over the six months, I had used what I was sent, but then by the time I received the sixth block...the fabric choices didn't look good together. So, back to the drawing board and I ended up remaking three of the blocks trying to give some color consistency.
The rest of the challenge was to complete the quilt with our own design, get it quilted, bound, labeled and it must be at the quilt shop in Minnesota by May 1st.
I am so happy to have this project behind me and can tell you I won't do this again when I have so many other commitments hanging over me.
Once again, I requested a local quilter by the name of Angela Walters to do the quilting. I must admit that I was blown away when I saw the quilt as she made each block stand out on its own. Angela, thank you for helping me complete this special project.
I will post one final picture of one of the blocks so you can see the quilting up close.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
I had been asked by an online group that I belong to...to make a special quilt label for a dear friend that has been very ill. With this request, I had to learn to incorporate lettering into a design, but it took some time to figure out how to add multiple lines of text. Well, now I am a pro! (NOT!)
The embroidery projects didn't stop there. I also used the lettering techinques to create hand towels for my daughter and daughter-in-law with the initial of their last names. That accomplished, I then wanted to add a little extra to a miniature that I have made for our local quilt guilds 2010 Quilt Show this next September. The miniature was one of Lynette Jensen's designs, a Tisket A Tasket, from one of her pint-sized quilt books. But the little baskets looked a little plain and I thought some embroidery work added to them might help to increase the bidding price for our silent auction. So, off to embroidery websites to find the perfect flower design for the tiny baskets. Once again, I chose a Lynette Jensen design. Not wanting to fill every basket, I had to decide which baskets to fill and it made the most sense to place the design in the two center baskets.
Next weekend, I will be teaching a class at one of our local quilt shops, The Wooden Spool, and won't have time to spend in my sewing room. But the best part of my weekend will be getting to spend time with my Aunt Margaret and my cousin Cherry. More about that to come.