Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Almost A Boxy Bag

 I saw this bag on a Youtube video Brumpton) and I fell in love with it.  I went to her website and could not find the pattern.  Well, I found it but couldn't find where to either download it or buy it.  You can watch the video here.  If you find a way to get the pattern, I would like to know.

 I kind of made it up as I went along.  Its not always easy to understand, at least not for me.  I need to make it again now that I learned a few things.  She does a very excellent job with her bag.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Snowman Door Hanger

I worked on these diligently before Christmas and just had to stuff them and sew them up.  Didn't happen in time for Christmas

But snowmen are winter things.  Right?

These were so much fun to work on.  I found the pattern out of an issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  It is by Kim Diehl.

You can do the pattern to and it can be found at Allpeoplequilt .

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Log Cabin

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for. ”

- Georgia O'Keeffe

Friday, January 15, 2016

Craftsy Block of The Month 2016

I really wanted to do the Block of The Month offered by Craftsy last year.  I wasn't totally jazzed about all the baskets but Jinny Beyer was teaching it and I knew I would learn a lot by doing the quilt.  My heart just wasn't in it so I never ended up doing the quilt.  I had bought fabric for it but also used some from my stash.  Here it sits.  Every time I look at it, I sigh.

Along comes 2016 Block of the Month with Lynette Jensen from Thimbleberries.  She has wrote so many books.  Books I have read and learned from.  Here she is teaching a free class on Craftsy. Yippee!

Bonus, I can use all those fabrics I bought from last year.  It will work very well with the 2016 quilt.  Yeah!

If you don't know about Craftsy yet, it is an online learning center.   The site has TONS of amazing classes.  Quite a few of them are free.  I have bought many classes through them and have not been sorry about my purchase.  I have learned quite a bit. I am not saying all of this because Craftsy is paying me to. I just am saying it because it is a great resource.

Below is a picture of the finished quilt from Craftsy.

2016 Block of the Month: Garden Charm Quilt Kit - White
Source: Craftsy

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Finish A Long - First Quarter

I recently have had quite a few finishes.  But I have so many more on the waiting list to be finished.  I cant help but start a new project sometimes, though.  Like, just recently, this runner for my China cabinet.  I have been wanting to put something there for quite sometime.  Nothing I have in the way of covers really fits the space.  Since I quilt, I can custom make my runner.  Right? That is what I finally did. Even though it is a recent start to finish fast- project.  It has been lingering in my mind for quite some time.

Here are my ones to get done for this quarter.  Hopefully, I am writing and linking everything I need to to be a part of the "Finish- A-Long" at Quilters Table, et al.  Some mighty nice prizes you could win as some extra incentive. Check it out.  There is more than one host but here is a link to  A Quilter's Table.

Hurry up and join if you are interested- it closes in a couple days.

My couple projects that are my goal for this quarter are:

Finish this purse:

Finish the top of Bonnie's Mystery Quilt from last year:

Finish the top of this quilt:

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Eight Is Great

A 2015 Finish, in November.  I am finally getting around to posting it.
When my oldest daughter was 8, I made a quilt for her using her art work. I was early on in my quilting and it is nice but boy was out of whack when I went to quilt it.  But she loves it just the same. She loves it from afar you see.  Stashed in a bench tucked away from her teen friends.  Eh, its the age, I totally get it.
My other daughter who just turned 10 had to have one of her very own, made from her drawings as well.  Of course.  Its all about fairness after all. I am totally happy to make it for her.  It felt like a right of passage.  Being in third grade and being 8 is a pretty big year.  It is the age of reason, when you realize there is a world out there other than your own.

My youngest daughter did have the opportunity to get her artwork on fabric done by a company in order to raise some money at her school.  Each year I buy it.  I thought this project was a perfect opportunity to use it.  I have used it in the photo below and then another one in the owl photo above.
She had did one of those paper cutouts,  It was a square piece of paper that she fashioned into the cut out below.  I took the cutout and made it into fabric.   I did some reverse applique where the opening in the paper would be.  I thought it kind of looks Hawaiian.  I also thought it kind of looks like a face.

I added some colorful pieces, accents, sashing and voila!  The quilt was finished.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Late Autumn Through The Eye Of My Camera

"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace, as I have seen in one autumnal face."               John Donne

“A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.”
e. e. cummings

The earth’s blossom spell is all finished
Beauteous Beaver Lake scenes seems vanished.
Confused petals, disorderly oak leaves
Heavily brushing over the house eaves.
The hiking of Double Ninth Day’s ebbing
Mountain climbers dispersed and departed
Morn till night the biting north wind buzzing
Front and back doors remain doubly locked.
In an eye twinkle autumn to nougat comes.
With the drizzle two missed cats return home.

“Autumn is a fleeting season, melancholy by nature. Its ghostly beauty cultivates a fertile atmosphere for memories that wrote their history on a tablet of fallen leaves - I recall them with the greatest clarity... Whatever else autumn may be, it is the prophet of winter. Winter lasts forever.”
― Brian P. Easton, Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter

"Once, when the Zen master Tokusan was still a student, he visited his teacher, Ryutan, just before sundown. They sat on the floor of Ryutan's hut, casually drinking tea and discussing Zen until deep into the night. At last, Ryutan said, 'Maybe it's about time you went home.' Tokusan bowed to his teacher and walked to the door. 'It's completely dark outside,' he said. Ryutan lit the lantern and said, 'Why not take this?' Just as Tokusan was about to take the lamp from his teacher's hands, Ryutan blew out the flame. Tokusan suddenly knew everything there was to know."