Sunday, August 13, 2017

Shadows of Quilting

Since we've been living under a cover of smoke for the past 2+ weeks, I thought I'd post some black and white shots of quilting.  Enjoy the texture.

Hand quilted feathers

Hand quilted outlined applique and cross hatching

Freehand machine quilted in a 4" square

Rectangle is approx 2" x 4 "

Big stitch using Perl cotton

Piece is approx 20" x 20"

And in full color, because we can see the sun today!  The winds have picked up, the atmospheric pressure has changed and all the forest fire smoke has left the shore! 

Keep all those firefighters and forestry workers in your thoughts and prayers, they are doing the best job they can under horrible circumstances.

and as always, keep stitching,

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mail Call

I dislike getting the mail. My guy collects my mail for me. When I was a kid, I had a pen pal. I couldn't wait to get the mail. Now, it's just bills, or junk. Most bills come via email. Flyers, credit card solicitations, paper that hits the recycle bin as soon as you walk in the door. But not this mail. I got a package. I didn't order anything, and no one had emailed me about sending a quilt top. And this was in my pile of mail. Hmmmm, we are going to Hawaii in November, so I thought maybe my guy surprised me with something........
and then when I opened it up, I had a card in the package.  Not just any card, but a QUILTY card.  And then I figured out who surprised me with an amazing package. It was Liz from #instaquilt on Instagram
First up was a melted cake of Cadbury Caramels.  What is really crazy is that if there is a box of mixed chocolates, I go for the caramels first.  And this isn't just any Cadbury, it's AUSSIE Cadbury.
Notice the chunk missing, yup, I bit right into this.  Then I chilled it, chopped it into squares and tucked it into the fridge, and proceeded to eat about 1/2 of it tonight.

Next up, Smarties.  Again, Aussie Smarties.  I love Smarties and they are not available in the US, but I had them in Canada.  And no, M & M's are not a substitute.  Sorry.

Finally, I got to the magazine from Down Under.  This must have been a special edition as it has two magazines and two cd's in the package.  I can't wait to sit and enjoy everything in this publication.  You can find out who sent me this package by checking out her IG #instaquilt 

And to keep this post a bit about my quilting, I'm moving along with my Tumbling Stars.

It's all about the background now.  I stitch a few onto the stars, then prep a few more. This mixes it up a bit and keeps me from getting bored with things.  It's been a fabulous TV/car project. 

As for the Caramel bar, I have eaten about 1/2 of it already.  I'm doing Weight Watchers, but Thursday nights I weigh in at the meeting and then have a guilt free evening.  Yeah, that included this bar tonight.  The Smarties will be rationed out, starting next Thursday.  Right along with the Fantales Liz sent me in March when I quilted a top for her.  Yes, Liz, I'm still nursing that bag of goodness.  I hid it on myself and couldn't find it for over a month.  That helped ration it!

Thank you so much for the lovely surprise.  I shall enjoy every morsel and every page of the magazines.  This was such a delight!

Keep stitching,

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Spare Parts = An Amazing Quilt

This was a project I did a while back but never posted the photos. Nifty Quilts makes the best quilts and if you check out her site, she has the back story on this project. It's worth looking at. She takes inspiration from so many places, stirs it all together and comes up with the most delicious recipes for quilts. It's such a thrill to quilt one of her creations as she comes to the table with ideas and then is open to add or subtract to the equation.

This medallion quilt is large, very large. She combines machine applique with prints with pieced blocks with hand applique. Look at that vine, and those string leaves........what's not to love about this.

She bordered the appliqued section with a Kaffe stripe on one side, and a home dec print on the other side and then kept adding pieced blocks to create this fabulous look.  Again, look at the fabric in her vine. 

Baskets have been string pieced and liberated 1/2 square triangles and you get a WOW factor.

Dots, stripes, plaids, florals, yes, they are all in here.  Even some fan blocks add interest to the corners.  The final border round has been pieced using extra blocks from a Sujata Shah project, Organized Chaos.  another amazing pattern out in quilt land

This was a fun and vibrant quilt to quilt. The best part is Nifty won 2nd place with this in her guild show, Quilters Anonymous, in Monroe, WA this spring.

Keep stitching,