Monday, July 29, 2013

Carol's Believe Quilt

This is Carol's Believe Quilt, and I totally enjoyed working on this.  I used different designs in each long stripe which created lots of texture, while trying to keep the quilting open and "light", as Carol requested.

The quilting shows up so well on the back of this one, I love it.

Thanks for joining me, I appreciate it.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dog days of summer

I spent some time with friends and our dogs at Gold Beach, OR.  It was wonderfully cool and relaxing, and a nice time catching up with friends.  The dogs and I spent many hours walking on the beach.  
We walked in the fog, in the sunshine, morning and evening, and throughly enjoyed all of it.

We went to our favorite dog shoppe, and took our annual photo

And, we found a new fabric shop with the best ribbon selection ever.

I bought several so I can make some dresses with my Whimsey book.  It was such fun.

Then I drove eight hours home, and made it in time for the Farmers' Market.

Ethan just loves flowers, and picked out a special "botay"  

It was a great time with friends, but it is always so nice to come home.

Thanks for joining me on my adventures near and far, I appreciate your company.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Susie's Whack a Roo Quilt

Here is Susie's quilt, called Whack a Roo.  

I wanted to emphasis the off set blocks, and not take away from the center squares.



Excuse the blurry shot, but you can see how I used the design in the fabric for the quilting.  I like this technique because the quilting does not interfere with the print of the fabric.

This quilt was pieced so well.  Good piecing expands the possibilities for quilting choices, especially when doing ruler work.  Straight lines on crocked piecing is not a good combination.  So, thank you Susie.

Another heat wave headed our way this weekend, I am headed to the Oregon Coast.  Happy Face!

Thanks for joining me on my quilting journeys, I appreciate it.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Grandmother's Flower Pots

This top has been in the works for a couple years now.  It has been my take along project, and once all the hexies were made, and applique finished it was time to piece it all together.  With some sewing time over the Fourth of July weekend, I almost have the top completed.  All that is left is a scrappy border.

I love the reproduction fabrics, and I am really looking forward to quilting this one.  It has been hanging in my quilting room, making me happy that the piecing was almost completed when I finally noticed.


Thanks for visiting, and I hope you day is bummer free.


Monday, July 1, 2013

Loving that Laminate

I have wanted to make something out of laminated fabrics for quite a while, so I got busy and made a bunch of aprons for all my little cooks.

These aprons are quite basic, I just enlarged a bib pattern.  Instead of ties, there is velcro on the neck closing because I thought that would be easier to fasten.  A simple ruffle on the girls aprons and ta-da, an apron.

I also used this tutorial and made some trash bags for the car.

If you have thought about laminate fabric and are hesitant to use it, I say with enthusiasm to try it out.  I found it quite easy to work with, and it is so darn cute.

You may (or maybe not) be wondering why my little cooks didn't model their new aprons, and that is because they all had the good sense to get out of the heat and head for the coast.  We are no strangers to heat this time of year, but it just wouldn't be summer if we didn't comment on it.

Seriously, 7:05 in the evening and it's 108*

Here's wishing you weather you enjoy.