Wednesday, December 13, 2017

What I'm Working On

I confess -- I'm not really working on this one, but I wanted Jo to see what one of her patterns looks like in all scraps. This is the Modern Day Patriot quilt from Jo and Kelli's book Country Girl Modern. I knew as soon as I saw it that I would make it scrappy.

 This one will be going to my brother Jimmy as a Quilt of Valor just as soon as I have one finished for his son-in-law. Brother Jim served 26 years in the Navy, enlisting at age 17. (He had to have our parents permission!). He retired then worked for the Department of Defense until he was 65.  Our family moved a lot when we were kids, with my brothers and sisters sometimes attending a different school every year.  I was the youngest and we moved a lot but stayed in the same school district so I had a much different experience than my siblings. I thought scrappy was appropriate as Jimmy has had soooo many different homes over the years. 

He graciously allowed his daughter to marry an Air Force man, thus the need for another quilt.  :)  Here's a close-up of the scrappy goodness. 

I can't wait to share this one with my brother!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday Finish

I'm so happy to be able to share a finish with you this Friday! I've had the quilt top made for a while and finished the quilting right before my knee replacement surgery. One day last week, I got brave and went upstairs to apply the binding. Going up was great, coming down was more challenging.  :)

My husband Mike has a friend that has been there for him for years, always helping out with any project -- including making new doors for our kitchen cabinets and a custom cutting table for me that holds bolts of fabric and is the perfect size!

I knew that he needed a grand gesture as a thank you, and this quilt is it! I can't wait to see his face when it gets delivered.


This is Sue Garman's Washington Medallion quilt pattern. I joined a Block of the Month years ago from Stitchin' Heaven quilt shop and worked on this blue and brown beauty for years. 



Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Finish

I was reading my old "Just Choose Three" posts and realized there are some quilts mentioned there that I never shared. Let me present Bending the Rules!

This quilt was a lot of fun to make and was inspired by the Denyse Schmidt solid fabrics shown here. I'd had the quilt designed for years but could never get happy with colors to use. As soon as I saw those fabrics at a Portland Modern Quilt Guild meeting, I knew I had my solution! 

I used the Aztec Wave pantograph designed by Patricia E. Ritter and Marybeth O'Halloran for the quilting. I love the movement it adds to the quilt. (No, I don't receive royalties from Urban Elementz... I just love their pantos!).



Friday, September 8, 2017

Another Mystery Finish

For several years now, I've been designing a mystery quilt as a fundraiser for the Westside Quilters Guild in Hillsboro, Oregon. Our 7th Annual Mystery Workshop will be held on October 28th. I finished up quilting one of the quilts this week, but since I can't share the quilt I thought I'd share my fabric choices. I've been working toward my designs being very friendly for charity, throw, or twin-size quilts. This one finishes at 64'' x 81''.

Here are my choices for quilt #1. Focal = red; yellow= pop; blue = frame; cream = background.

This is for quilt #2. Background = grey; pop = green; focal = fishing print; frame = black.

Version #3 will have a background that shines with solid or tone-on-tone playmates. This is going to be one fun class! I can't wait to see what everyone makes. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Oops Quilt

Have you ever made a quilt that defied you all the way? This is mine. Every year, I design a new quilt and teach a mystery workshop to the Westside Quilters Guild. I've also designed two "clue of the month" type quilts that we made on our Sewing Saturdays. I designed this Be Mine quilt, got all the instructions written, and started cutting. (Yes, I write the instructions first and test the pattern as I go for accuracy.)

I got all my cutting finished and realized I had too much fabric left over. Double-checked  the number of strips -- no, that wasn't it. Then it dawned on me... this quilt was designed using 2-1/2'' strips and I cut everything at 2''!!  So my class version of the quilt was a mini version. Ugh. It's a little embarrassing when the designer can't even cut her own fabric.


The second oops was my binding. It turned out wider than usual and my seam allowance was narrower. At this point, I just wanted it finished so I finished hand sewing the binding last night. While I love this quilt, it may need to find a new home. :)

P.S.: This year's mystery design has been much easier and I'm even including some new construction methods in the pattern. Looking forward to class on October 28!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday Finish

Woo hoo! Another Friday finish to share. I've got about four quilts that need binding so the finishes may come a little quicker than usual.


This was originally designed as a mystery quilt, but after making two of them I decided my friends at Westside Quilters Guild would not be very happy with me. Bonus for me, matches the couch beautifully!



Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday's Design Wall

This week I'm hoping to finish an updated version of an old quilt pattern. I'm teaching this class in October at Ocean Waves Quilt Camp and decided it would be fun to make a more masculine version in a twin size -- 60'' x 84''. It's a great size for charity quilts as well.


When I was cutting out this quilt, I made the borders and binding immediately to keep them safe from accidental cutting.... and was feeling pretty smug. Now, though, because of a tiny design change I really want to change my binding to the brown color. 


Two problems -- 1) all of this fabric came from my stash and I don't have the same brown and 2) I don't want to waste a perfectly good binding that matches the border. We'll have to see what happens after it's quilted. Sometimes my design sense overcomes my good sense.  :)  Yes, I've already auditioned some browns.  

P.S.: That darling doll is one of the Binding Babies by Doohikey Designs I bought while in Texas visiting my brother. She's sitting on the second spool post of my machine.