Thursday, October 16, 2014

Retreat Reflection

I went to retreat this past weekend.  I love retreat.  I love hanging out with the girls, being silly, having my meals made for me, people cleaning up my messy dishes, eating their good food, making projects, seeing other peoples projects, getting inspiration and ideas.  Its a blast!

My leaves are coming along.  Not sure what I am going to do with them all.  I love the words.  It will be a whimsical type quilt.
 This was on my drive home.  There a few more that I need to get pics of.
 A beautiful sunset Saturday evening.
 You can sit and watch the sunset on rockers, looking out over the lake!
These are the favors that were made by a wonderful woman in our group; cucumber melon soap, almond lotion bar, lavender bath salts and a bag of "spa" tea.
I had to try my friends jelly.  I had it on a sun dried tomato bagel.  I did not expect it to taste so good.  Nor did I expect to be able to spread cream cheese with a stirrer.
 Aren't these mason jars cute!
What is fall without mums.  It looks like fireworks.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves are falling. Outside and in my sewing room.  I love these leaves.  I am note sure what I will do with them all.  I have considered something similar to the ones below but I am not sure yet.  I will keep you posted.

These leaves are pretty easy to make.  Each square in the 9 patches is 3 inches.  For the stems I start with a 3.5 square and slice it diagonally.  Then for the HST's (half square triangles, I sew two 3.5's together, back ground and leaf color- sewn diagonally on either side of a center seam.  Cut and square up to 3 inches. The stem size is 1 3/4 by 4.5 inches.

TA wall hanging.

 Fluttering Leaves Large Friday Free Quilt Patterns   Fluttering Leaves Lap Quilt PatternFrom McCalls- Fluttering Leaves by Bonnie Spencer.

And from Sentimental Quilter-

Crumb Piecing and Improv Piecing

I won these yummie fat quarters at the Bonnie Hunter class day!  Lucky me!  Color me happy.  Phillip Jacobs, Kaffe Fasset- beautiful vibrant colors!

After taking the class I have been doing a lot of crumb piecing.  Having so much fun with it.  I need to take some pics and show you all.

The following was an improv piece that I did.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Who met Bonnie Hunter?

Me- thats who. I took a class, Crumb Piecing, from her in Tonawanda with my friend Jan.  Had a blast.  Very much enjoyed the class and enjoyed Bonnie's style and personality.
 These pics are all of Bonnie's work. Her quilts, her blocks.

This quilt above is my friend Jan's.  Its called Lantana, after the flower.  It was Jan's choice of colors for Easy Street.  Beautiful, right?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Tilted Log Cabin

I took a class a couple years ago and made this wall hanging.  Then I promptly finished it, rolled it up and stuffed it somewhere.  I did not know where it was for quite some time.  I recently found it and am thinking about putting it in my Etsy shop-  Piper's Moon

My goal for the month of September is to get my stuff pictured and posted to the shop.

I like roosters but my house does not lend itself to roosters. The name of the wall hanging is "Le Coq Torsadee"  Which in my best estimation means, "the cock dance" in French.

If you speak French let me know if that is correct or totally off...

Monday, September 1, 2014

Ocean Waves Part II

Here is my mini design wall with my first block of Ocean Waves.  I am totally happy with it.  All fears were put to rest.  At one point I was very nervous about my color choices.  It was like the painters regret I have had on so many occasions.  You paint, the room is empty, and you think OMG! What have I done?  But then all the furniture gets moved back in accents get put out, paintings and wall art get hung and you say to yourself, it worked, it really worked. I guess its all about the interplay of the colors.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Fabric, New Design

I was working on NY Beauty.  I finished the complete circle and then I was distracted. 

If my friend was here she would yell, "Squirrel".  Like in the movie "Up"- the dog is walking along minding his own business and all of a sudden he would see a squirrel and it would completely distract him.  This has become the joke at retreat.  Because so many of us are attracted to shiny things.  We all say we have ADD because fabric or new patterns can be so dang distracting to us.

Back to my story, some time ago my friend and I were at a local quilting store and found some yummy fabric on sale.  We decided to get it- we both loved it.  We bought three different ones.  We agreed on the way home that we would find a pattern, didnt have to be the same, and make something with those fabrics. 

I have been looking and looking for a pattern and alas I found it.  Nothing ground breaking mind you.  A simple, tried and true pattern.  One that has been on my hit list since I started quilting. 

I realized though that I needed some variety.  (Any excuse, dont yah know.) So I headed back to that same store because they were having a  sale and bought about six half yards and 2 full yards of fabric to go along with what I had.

You might have thought I was crazy.  And I really thought I was going crazy because they don't seem to match.  Matter of fact when I pulled the samples of what I had out of my pocket I made sure no one saw because they might think I was crazy for my color combination.  And yes, I was a bit skeptical myself... Well, very skeptical.

I cut in... Yikes, what was I thinking...

Stay tuned.