Thursday, April 16, 2015

and the Winner is..............

Yes, tax day was give away day.  It's that time of year when those less organized, or those who just plain drag their feet  (me) are under the crunch.  Yes, I was standing in line at the USPS to get my IRS envelop date stamped on the 15th. 

OK onto the fun stuff.  Random Number Generator picked #9 so the lucky winner is Mayleen from Q is for Quilt  Pop over there and see her latest finish, it's spectacular and is on my bucket list! Congratulations Mayleen, please email me your snail mail and I shall get your gift off to you next week.

There has been very little "me" stitching going on.  These stars have been hidden away in a tin for some time, and I finally pulled them out and did a little hand stitching.  I've prepped a lot of these and have no idea what they will become.  I might never know.  :-)


Not only have I been seeing stars, I feel like I've been going in circles due to this move.  With my customer quilts having priority over my own pieces, I like to always have a hand stitching project that is a take along.  Many circles have been prepped over the past few weeks, but very few have been stitched down.  Maybe today a few will make it to the top that they belong to.


Even though we have an amazing location at my guys new place, honestly, we've been too busy to even cross the street, but I'm sure next week will include a few walks out onto the tide flats.  I can see the kitchen counters and the spare bed only has 5 boxes on it now.  I couldn't see it yesterday morning. 

I hope you have some time to stitch this week!

Sharon

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Not Enough Hours.........

I'm sure so many of you feel the same way.  We (I) have been moving my guy from 3000+ sq Ft to 1200 sq ft.  Oh yes, a lot of purging and donating has been going on around here.  The best thing was the Senior Center in town has an annual rummage sale and they took donations the week we moved.  I'm on first name basis with the ladies there now; I would pull up and they would say, "what do you have this time?".

Movers came Friday and today I could see his kitchen counter.  No boxes left to unpack in the kitchen and no empty cupboards either.  I can't say that about the spare room, but the closets are being renovated with shelving in 2 weeks.   However, today I did sneak in 30 minutes at my studio, so now the star count is 9.


These little devils are 4" finished.  Yikes!  I don't think I'll be doing round 3 of Kim Diehl's What Not's. 

Here is the new view from my guys new place.  It's a ground floor condo and he is going to love it here.  It's perfect for him.  Its funny how important the tide chart has become to me!  We love to fly kites, he can anchor his HobieCat in the bay right in front of his place, and it's a one mile walk along Birch Bay to a wonderful latte.


I can't wait to get back into my studio, I have a quilt on the machine right now that is 1/3 done, and a few ideas running through my mind now that I've had a bit of a break from things. 

Spring is here, the lilacs are just ready to burst out with their amazing fragrance, the tulips are just finishing up in my garden and the rhododendrons are starting to show their colors.  I love the smell in the air first thing in the morning, a fresh start to each day! 

Life is good!
Sharon

Monday, April 6, 2015

Celebrate with a Giveaway


Thanks for all the kind words, it has been so exciting for me.  To celebrate, I thought I'd do a giveaway so someone else can make this fabulous piece. 


I will include a copy of the magazine and 9 - 1/4 yard cuts of blacks with geometric prints.  You just need to add your whites and brights! 



Shipping in the US only, (sorry) and I have to have a way to contact you, so if you are a no reply blogger, please include an email address.  Just follow along my blog or my Instagram Grassrootsquilting  I've been posting photos there on a few projects I'm working on, along with a few cat photos. :-). Drawing will close at April 15th at midnight Pacific Time.


Good luck!
Sharon

Monday, March 30, 2015

Pinch Me, I'm Published!!

I've been working on a few secret sewing projects and I can finally reveal the first one.  I've been busting at the seams to talk about this and I can finally share it with you.  OK  on with my news.
American Patchwork and Quilting has picked up my first magazine submission! 

“Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”
 
My first publication and I'm SO excited.  This might sound like an Oscar speech, but thanks have to be given out first and foremost to Carol, the owner of my LQS, Fabric Etc.  This has happened because of her.  She encouraged me to submit this piece and with her nudging, I did and here it is.  Second thanks have to go to my guy TL.  Without his support and love, I doubt this would have happened. I'm so blessed to have so many fabulous, amazing, supportive and loving people in my life.  I truly am blessed. 

So go check out the magazine, the cover looks like this.  It should be in your mailbox very soon, if not already.  It will be on the newsstands April 7th.

“Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”
 
I know I've been quiet lately, and for those who know me in person know this is out of character. I've just flat out been busy.  My longarm customer list has grown and the repeat business has been so amazing, so THANK YOU for that.
Then stay tuned for a fun give away.

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Little more Gwen

Day 2 with Gwen was her Small Studies.  Here are a few of her samples.  They are simply amazing, and although they are in her book, it is go great to see them again in person. 


Of course you can click on the photos to get a better look.  Most of these pieces are about 10" x 12" by my guesstimation.  Is that even a word?  Well, it works for me.  Love the triangles, bottom right piece in picture below.


There was a few members from the Vancouver, BC MQG who came for the three days and a few made the trek up from the Seattle area on day one. It's so great to get into a workshop with people that work in ways that I don't. I did not partake in much of the "small" part of this workshop, but many of the students carried on to Monday, which was an open sew day with Gwen. Most continued their small studies and I really saw some amazing work.  Here is one student with Gwen and her work in the background.  Loved the 2 color piece.  Those who worked on their small studies for 2 days really had amazing work on the second day.  I think that is the value in having a workshop that lasts more than one day.

My 'small' studies ended up in my liberated log cabins.  Those little squares are 1/4" finished.  Fun, but fiddly for me.

More work from the other students, simply FABULOUS. 


Love the two pieces on the right. 



The soft colors in this piece were really special.  I could see this piece being blown up into something 60 x 60.  Who knows, maybe Krista will make a series of these small studies.


Here is Krista with her new book.  What a lot of work it was to put this together.  She told us a bit of her journey to publication and it's not for the faint of heart.  Oh, and by the way, Krista won 1st place in her category at QuiltCon.  Click on the link to see her piece, Blackbird Fly.   Congratulations go out to her.  She's having a great year so far!


As for me, I got energized and have moved a lot closer to finished on a piece I started in Gwen's workshop in 2011.  I'm still working away on a few other things, and have a big announcement on Monday morning. 

Have a great weekend, and I hope you get some stitching time!
Sharon

Monday, March 16, 2015

Peek at Customer Quilts

I've been busy with taking 3 days with Gwen, pure bliss for me!  But in the meantime, I've got a few quilts finished and shipped back to their rightful owners for binding and labels.

I could quilt feathers all day long......


Love all the fabrics in this piece, this quilter has an amazing sense of color and value.  Fabulous quilts to work on from MH.


This was a kit from days gone by, and has been finished by a friend of the appliquer.  She is going to be very excited to see this finished and on her bed.



Keeping it simple on the borders, piano key stitch lines, allows the sashing and appliqued blocks to be the star of the show.


She wanted the applique outlined and a little stitching on the leaves and the lighter pink petals.  Feathers in the border are going in all directions so no matter which way the quilt goes on the bed, it will all be ok.  Quilt is square.



I thought I'd end this post with a photo of great seams in a quilt back. As a longarm quilter, I see all kinds of backs. I hope that you make your seams at least 1/2" and press them open. This distributes the seam allowance and keeps you from having a ridge on the back of your quilt. A little Best Press goes a long ways on a back seam. My PSA for today!

 
 
Hope you got to stitch a little over the weekend!  Check back for some exciting news next week.
 
Sharon
 


Friday, March 13, 2015

Day One - Strings - Gwen Marston

Lucky me, and 19 other quilter's who spent a day with Gwen Marston last weekend. Liberated Strings, bringing the past into the present with fabulous samples to study and emulate.

Her work is so recognizable. I love the red, such a great contrast for her string blocks.

 
 
A great use of the lighter backgrounds, everything from cream to grey to tan.


I couldn't get this next one to turn, but it still looks fantastic.  I love the shirtings, and the varying amount of strings inset into each block.  A subtle Americana piece (to me).


As usual, Gwen has super samples to hang in the front of the class.  I have her String book and love the antique quilts that she profiles.  A great way to get the creative juices flowing.

Samples of student work, none of it is mine.  I have no idea why I don't have any photos, but I will show them at a later date. Think cheddar and contrasting CW prints.


I loved the background used on the sample below left. 


At first I thought this was mine, but quickly realized I didn't make nearly this many blocks.


Day 2 & 3 to follow......

Note to Gwen - Thanks for taking a few hours to talk with me Sat evening, you have no idea what that meant to me.  Thanks you from the bottom of my heart.

Hope you have found time to stitch this week!
Sharon