Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Last Friday I taught another Cathedral Window class. This time around there were 3 students: Cindy, Ann, and Linda. They did a wonderful job with their class projects. We worked on making a pillow top and a pincushion.
The first photo is Cindy who just started quilting about 2 months ago. She said that she's been sewing all her life starting with making Barbie doll clothes, and her first quilt was a king sized quilt. Awesome! The second photo is Ann who is a seasoned quilter. I love the colors in the Layer Cake collection that she used.
This is Linda; she the last one to pack up for the day but did got her pillow top done. Both Linda and Cindy used soft pastel colors Layer Cake. Their projects turned out very pretty.
On a sad note....
Last week, my BIL, hubby's brother, was hospitalized because he's been really sick. After many tests all week, it is determined that his illness is terminal. Everyone is devasted! Please said a prayer for us as my family heading down this difficult time. Thank you.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I got the blocks done over the weekend and have done putting the top together a couple of days ago (.. will get a pic of the top soon). Next up, quilting....
Thursday, October 8, 2009
The pattern, Merry-Go-Round, came from McCall's Quilting magazine. It called for two Jelly Rolls to make a good-sized lap quilt or is it a twin-sized?... anyway, I used only one jelly roll.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Goodness! Has it been several weeks since my last post?!! This time of the year is always a busy time for me. The kiddos are back-to-school and have settled in with their newly routines. My Buddy is a senior and Sweetie Pie is in 6th grade this year. That means I will have two graduates in 9 months. I know the time will pass by soon enough.... so I am preparing myself mentally for it now. It seemed just yesterday that they were just starting Kindergarten....*sigh*
Anyway, not a whole lot of sewing being done here as my part-time job at a retail store is picking up. I'm putting in LOTS more hours there and expected that it probably will be that way until after the Holidays.
Over the summer, I signed up with the Doll Quilt Swap 7 swap. The mailing deadline was on Tuesday. Look what came in my mailbox earlier in the week....
... the back and goodies...
Here it is all done... "Tweet Tweet" is it's name.
It is on it's way to ???????? I will reveal who's my secret partner is once the quilt arrive at its destination.
Here is the back side. I used a the leftover zig zag blocks.
I also included a Cathedral Window pincushion and some FQs of my favorite fabrics at the moment.
I hope my partner will like what I've sent her.
It's a slow progress, but I've been working on my Aunt Millie's Garden blocks. I started the 3rd block, then found the fabrics for the 4th block when I was at the quilt shop one day. Of course, I had to start on that block. :) A peek...
Then, whenever I have a few moments, I sat down at my machine and just sewed 1-1/2" strips (mindless sewing) of Kaffe Fassett fabrics together to create this strata. Stay tuned to see what it will become....
Lastly, a cute pic of my baby girl.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
The colors are washed out in the photo. In person, the colors are more vibrant. One thing that I like to change is the background fabric in that swirl in the top left corner. I was concerned that it might be too dark when I was sewing the top together.... I was right..... picture shows all.... that swirl practically jumps out at you. Although, it doesn't show as much in person as in the photo.
Oh well, not much I can do with it now. The top is done! ... was dropped off yesterday at the shop for the quilting. I should be getting it back sometimes next week to put the binding on.
Overall, this quilt was a challenge but doable if you have a few quilts under your belt. It involves lots of foundation piecing, curve piecing, and my least favorite part... partial seams piecing. Don't get me wrong.... I love the partial seams technique when it's done in small sizes like a quilt block. However, putting the whole quilt top together using the partial seams technique was definitely a challenge for me. But I persevered... and happy that I did because the result is a great looking quilt. :o)
Sunday, August 2, 2009
So off I went searching on the net for some inspirations, came across this zig zag tutorial, thought it's perfect, purchased some fabrics, and made this in a few hours.
What do you think? I didn't measured it, but I think it's about 12" x 15".
The tutorial is from AmandaJean at Crazy Mom Quilts. I think it's simply genius! don't you think so too? A zig zag quilt WITHOUT sewing any triangles. It's strip pieced and cut into squares. It's all in the layout of the blocks that formed the zigzag.
Of course, I have to make a doll-sized quilt, so I started out with smaller width of strips... 1-1/2". I see future quilts with this pattern but big, sleep under, wrap around, cozy kinda quilts. :0)
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Kathi, your comment came in as a "no-reply", so I couldn't answer your question concerning the dollhouse quilt. Please email me at quiltingdoxies(at)gmail(dot)com or change your setting to reply. Thanks for your visit... I love getting new & returning visitors to my blog. :o)
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I have been telling myself to NOT sign up for any swap 'cause of to many committments lately; HOWEVER..... in a moment of weakness.... yes, I joined the Doll Quilt Swap for my second time. ;-)
Shhhhh.... this is a secret swap.... partner is to be kept a secret. I have received info on my secret partner. Heehee... let the "stalking" begins!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The first thing is a messenger bag for Sweetie Pie's teacher. It was completed the night before the last day of school, June 12th. Gosh, it seems like it was so long ago.
Quilts No. 1 and No. 3 were completed right before we left for vacation. I will count these two as June finishes for the One Project a Month Challenge (OPMC).
Strip Twist went home with my nephew, Justin.
And Summer Breeze 2 went home with my older sister. Here it is on her couch. I didn't get a chance to get a photo of her and the quilt. :(
That concluded all the finished projects to date!
Monday, July 20, 2009
So I was cutting up some Kaffe Fasset fabrics (luv luv luv these) into charm packs and had to ask for the scraps. These ------------------->
are about 1" strips. What do I want them for?
Well, I blogged about how much I like to make string quilts in this post. These Kaffe Fasset strings will eventually become a string quilt too. But first, I need to get those other string tops quilted.
Hidden Stars was loaded onto Dolly and quilted with simple arcs from corner to corner. My quilting skill is rather limited, so these arcs were quite difficult to quilt evenly. I had thought of taking the stitches out and re-doing it, but then again ... what the heck!... this quilt was made with throwaways (dryer sheets for foundations and little bits of scraps that most people would throw away), and it would ended up on the couch as a snuggle quilt for us. Besides, it would make a great documentation of my quilting journey, right? :)
The quilting will remain as it is!
<------------out of these Batiks.
I worked on it before vacation, has picked it back up since I've been back, and now it is keeping me occupied.
Pictures will come once I put the blocks together.
When I went back to work at the shop on Friday, Pagen needed another sample done. Since all the fabrics were selected and cut, this was quickly sewn up. The quilt top was done in a few hours yesterday. It was a nice little break from the other more challenging sample. :>
I am not quilting this top; therefore, I am counting this sample as a finished project! for the One Project a Month Challenge.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
After stopping in at Eugene, OR, we continued to head north toward Washington State and stopped in for the night with my brother and SIL, Susan, who live in Vancouver, WA. They prepared a big and delicious dinner for us. Yummy!
I love camping and being outdoor! There were so much to do..
It's nice to take a mid-afternoon nap in a hammock....
...or just chill in a hammock or two...
or a nice stroll around the campground.....
...or a bike ride if walking is not your thing....
then how about a game of horseshoe after dinner or before dinner or anytime you please....
... a game of catch and retrieve the stick...... or just get your feet wet...or just hang out by the edge of the river...or keep watch on the younger ones....... what ever you do during the day....
... the best part was by night fall, the kiddos were fast asleep.... lol