Saturday, July 26, 2014

A bittersweet farewell to my "Perfect Little Trailer"


It is with mixed emotions that I say farewell to one of my most favorite things I've ever owned.  I have always called this little Casita, my "Perfect Little Trailer" and it truly lived up to that name.  You know how it is when you want something so badly and you wait, and save, and research and all that smart buyer stuff, and you finally get what you really wanted, and it is just as good or sometimes even better than you hoped?  Well that is what this little trailer was to me.  It was for me, perfect.  So why the goodbye now?  Simply, I no longer am using it.  I used to be very active in dog agility, traveling and competing most weekends a year, and this little trailer was my home away from home.  Now, I no longer compete in agility, no longer travel on the weekends, and my little trailer deserved a new home.  So, it is my sincere wish that the new owners will be just as happy with it as I was.

Esther

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Andrea's Starburst

First off, my apologizes to Andrea who has a much better name for this quilt, I saw the label and everything, but am drawing a total blank right now.  I always give a "nick name" of sorts to the quilts I am working on, and I named this one Andrea's Giant Starburst.


Isn't this beautiful?  I love the bright colors, and dramatic design.  Now get this, Andrea is a relatively new quilter.  She designs her own works, her points are perfect, her vertical and horizontal lines are spot on, in a few words, her work is amazing.


These yellow star points were gigantic.  


I used the divide and design method for these large points.





And to top it all off, Andrea made me a loaf of bread!  It was wonderful, yummy, and I loved it.  Thank you so much Andrea.
Not the best photo, but the bread was delicious!!

Again, I thank you all for sticking with me and my lousy blogging.  Summer has been good. 

Esther

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Kelsey's Tee Shirt Quilt

This is a different twist on a tee shirt quilt.  I did most of the assembly and stitching of the entire quilt as well at the quilting on the longarm.  I will do my best to explain.  And I apologize in advance that I have very few photos.  Not sure what happened, because I know I took more, I know I saw that I took more, and yet they are not to be found.  Oh well, back to the quilt.

 

Here it is in all its sideways splendor.  Couldn't fix that either.  But, what I want to show you, and I hope you can see is that the gold background is all one piece of fabric.
I cut the logos out of the shirts, and put a narrow border of fabric around each.  Then I spread the gold fabric out and arranged the shirt blocks over the surface.  I marked corners for each and made note of which block went where.  Then I loaded the gold fabric on the longarm and started construction.  I stitched each block onto the backing, SID around the border of the blocks, and then used  ribbon to cover the raw edge.  I used a squiggly line to stitch the ribbon down.


The school mascot is the Railroaders, so a train theme was totally "on board"  haha.  A large quilt was requested, but that left a lot of empty space that I filled in with rail road track.  This too I did on the longarm.  I had the path marked, and lay narrow ribbon down for the outer rails, stitched that down, and then came back and stitched the ties between the rails down,   It was fun and relatively easy to use the longarm for the construction process.


I must say though that the part I enjoyed the most was the filler background.  Oh the joy of crossing lines.  It was so freeing, fun and I love the way it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your company.

Esther

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Micah's Stars

Hello, hello, hello.  I finally finished another Star quilt, making stars from a Jelly Roll.  These stars are fun to make, and this quilt fit into my resolutions this year.  I used fabric that I already had, woo hoo, and made a quilt for my grand daughter Micah.  Even the back was fabric that I had on hand.  

Having made this quilt before, I knew I wanted to quilt it completely differently, and I did.  I also used ideas and techniques that I learned at my classes at HMQS.  


Here is the finished quilt. and now for lots of photos,


The borders, love this technique, and I was influenced by Linda at thequiltedpineapple.  For the piano keys, one thing I do that may be helpful is I do my backtracking on the straight lines.  In other words, I use my straight edge ruler, stitch a line into the arc, and the I restitch over that line to the outer edge, travel through the edge of the quilt to my next straight line.  I like this method, and find it faster for me rather than having to travel stitch over the design of other quilting.  That's just my way.


I always love the before shots.


Each star was quilted the same way, but the negative space between the stars were all similar, but varied.


Seeing the yellow head pin reminds me that I haven't yet quilted this area.  



 This shot shows the entire square created by the quilting.  I made the large squares appear to go under the sashing.


For the smaller squares I made the squares float on the sashing.  I like the effect these two have with each other.
And the cute chicken backing, because Micah does love chickens, and this fabric was just too cute.
I learned much making this quilt, I did more marking than I usually do, but having a design continue under the sashing was trickier than I thought sometimes.  It is good to have this one finished, and I mean finished,  Notice that the binding is on and stitched.  

Thanks for your patience with my post delays, I have every intention of blogging better, and I do appreciate your support and company.

Esther


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Nancy's Fairy Quilt

This Fairy Quilt was so fun to work on.  Nancy started working on it with her niece, who during the process became ill and passed away.  Nancy finished it, and will be taking it to her niece's memorial service.  This was also Nancy's first time doing applique, and she definitely mastered it.

A shot of the whole quilt

 Border treatment.  I did minimal stitching in the printed Fairy border.  The fairies were too pretty to do much stitching over.




For the blocks, I kept the quilting fairly simple there too.  The piecing and colors made their own statement.

 The large center applique looked amazing with McTavish quilting. 


And a shot of the finished quilt.

I enjoyed working on this quilt because the fabrics were so unique, and the piecing was great.  I was honored to play a part in this special quilt.  Thank you Nancy.

Thanks to all of you for joining me, I appreciate your company.

Esther

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

HMQS Recap

I'm home, and filled with all things quilty.  It was a great trip, and all in all everything went quite smoothly.  Did I take photos to share, no, who had time for photos?  Not me.  I had really good intentions when I arrived at the SLC airport, but then the shuttle came, and the whirlwind of classes, new friends, quilts, and vendors happened, and I don't  any photos to share. 

Overall I learned something from every class and every instructor.  Some more than others, but that is to be expected with any series of classes. What I found the most consistent among all the teachers, was the complete inconsistency from one to another.  One urges you to SID all seams, while another says she never has and never will.  One will tell you to mark all lines and motifs, and another will steer you in any direction that reduces any type of marking.  So, what I took away from all that is to do what works for you.  I am a 
staunch SID kind of quilter, and maybe I will try marking a bit more.  I learned more about my own style by trying to learn someone else's.  I am not a stencil person, though I can appreciate the opportunities they can give you.  I tend to like rules and order to my quilting, but I was totally impressed watching Sue Patton quilt one handed while drinking coffee with the other hand, and non stop talking between sips.  She is awesome, and she told us to say that. 

I have a quilt on the rails right now, and I am trying some new ideas influenced by my class with Judi Madsen on secondary designs,  I am also really making an effort to plan my quilting path ahead of time to be more efficient and have less traveling, backtracking and starts and stops.  So far I am doing better, and starting to see ahead of myself to better plan where to go next.  This has always been a struggle of mine, and any improvement is welcome.

So, to recap the entire trip, it was great.  If you ever get a chance to go to a show, take classes and get away, I highly encourage you to do so.  Being around so many like minded people who "get" your hobby, passion, obsession, or whatever you call it is refreshing and encouraging.  There is always something to learn, and ways to improve, new things to try, and most of all new friends to meet.

Thanks for all your encouragement in my journey, I appreciate it.

Esther

Saturday, May 3, 2014

HMQS in Salt Lake City

Oh my gosh, I am getting so excited.  I am going to HMQS this week in Salt Lake City!  I am almost beyond excited.  I am taking classes from, Pam Clarke, Judi Madsen, Sue Patten, Renae Haddadin, Gina Parris- Perkes, DeLoya Jones, and Linda V. Taylor.  Wow, even now I am excited.  I am so looking forward to meeting all these quilters, learning from them, being submerged in a quilting environment, and honestly, I am looking forward to getting away.  

I love my life, my family, and all that goes with it, but we have had some ups and some devastating downs lately, and this trip is coming at just the right time for me.

Tonight I was able to finalize my shuttle reservations from the airport to the hotel and back, so I am feeling confident and ready to travel.  I am not planning on renting a car.  I can walk to and from the hotel to the show and back, but securing the shuttle from the airport and back was something I wanted to feel confident about before leaving home.  Now I am ready, and will be leaving Wednesday.  I am so excited.

Sharing your good news with friends makes it even better, thanks for sharing with me,

Esther