Monday, June 29, 2015

NEW WORK

My guild is having it's quilt show soon and I decided to do a new project for it. It is a pattern by Terri Stegmiller  called Growin Flowers that I have had for years. She gives you 4 versions to choose from. The background is pieced and the buds are hand appliqued. FMQ in process. You can find the pattern and her wonderful work...here.




Monday, June 1, 2015

BIG SUN SPOTS

This is my first day of a one month "no quilting for clients" vacation. I had wanted to do a bigger version of SUN SPOTS and I was very surprised to see it did not please me in it's original form. I made some changes in the design and I am very happy as you will see with the multitude of pictures
I especially love the skinny fused black lines. A little labor intensive, but worth it.











I can't wait to see what I will decide to finish, start, dream up tomorrow! What plans do you have for the summer?

Friday, April 10, 2015

SUN SPOTS

What started out as an example of when it was necessary to mark a pattern for FMQ....

If you want a round sun........as in this very old applique pattern.....


Became a morning of what if ????


FMQ with a little laundry marker here and there.

Monday, April 6, 2015

A LITTLE HAPPINESS

I have always been interested in fabric collage. This heart reminds me of the Victorian era.....old lace and sepia tones. The base fabric is lightweight canvas distressed with coffee, stamped, pen drawings, text applied with TAP (Transfer artist Paper by Lesley Riley) then machine quilted. The lace was cut away to reveal layers and the heart was hand appliqued. French knots give a little texture. I am reasonably happy with the results. Just doing this little project was very enjoyable as it is the little things that make us happy.













Thursday, April 2, 2015

A THING OF BEAUTY

I have looked at this set for years as it lived in the everyday dishes cabinet....admired but unused. Such beauty should be seen. So this morning after owning this lovely Steubenville set for at least 25 years, I made it into a useable pincushion. It will be my admired and used  sewing companion. Do you own something special ? Consider repurposing.......It's a good thing.



Sunday, March 23, 2014

BIG PROBLEM

So I agreed to quilt a top for an organization to auction and raise money. At my first glance, it was beautiful and appeared very flat. It is still beautiful, but once I put it on the machine, I started to worry it wasn't exactly flat. Very quickly I learned the borders were nowhere near flat. Too late to remove from the machine and no real time to redo the borders anyway, I had to come up with another plan. So what I decided to do was gather the excess and create a false seam by hand applique......8 times. Not easy to do standing up at an odd angle, but faster than removing stitches and the border.Below are the pictures of the progression. I think it is OK. I do hope it does well at the auction.