Tuesday, October 18, 2016

QAL Update

While I was down in Albuquerque last week, I wasn't slacking...

Nope, before I left, I spend 2 days preparing the little
half square triangles.
That was a huge help in assembling all these bear paws.

I shared this trial block before...
Since it went together correctly with these triangle paper templates, which you can find 
I was ready to cut into my fabrics.

I stitched and I stitched...
even without bobbin sometimes...
Thats a big faux pas... that blasted faux stitching!

I kept all my parts and pieces close at hand, along with the finished blocks for inspiration...

Next up was the bear.
I took a break from piecing all those paws.
Oh, how I love the way it's turning out.

You know I had to shoot for the biggest quilt in the pattern.
That's a "LOT" of half square triangles and many many blocks,
but I'm happy to say, that yesterday I finished up piecing
the last of them. On to putting it all together and starting on the
paw border! 

I must say, I'm "sew" glad I found these Northcott fabrics.
They really are stunning. I got a little nervous while piecing all this,
 as the fabric is last years collection, and finding it was difficult.
I was short about 1/8 yard from the pattern requirements.
I did a little happy dance, when I had 1/2 yard leftover, 
and a plan in my head, to make this full size quilt fit my king size bed.
I'm pretty sure I have enough background fabric to do it!

Thanks Lorna for a fabulous pattern and a great QAL!

You can find more on it right 

Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, October 17, 2016

Pumpkin Fest with Island Batik

It's that time of year where the colors change, and we all start
thinking about fall.
Island Batik did too, and has released fabulous
new fabrics.

Makes your heart go pitty pat, doesn't it?

The pattern I chose is the perfect way to show them off.

I love these wonky pumpkins.

And that fun border is a great scrap buster.
I never throw a scrap of these batiks away.

Here's the book that I found it in.
I do believe it's new.

A coffin quilt and a black cat quilt...
I'm definitely going to be making the rest of these cuties.

A big thanks to Island Batik...
you really know, just how to spice up my fall!

Keep on Stitchin'

Saturday, October 15, 2016

I'm baaaack....

Warning...photo heavy! ;-)

Bet you'll never guess where I was!

It was "International Balloon Fiesta" time in Albuquerque NM

There is just something about seeing the skies light up with all these
wonderful "special shape" balloons.

I just can't get enough of the special shapes.
The balloon with the birds above, was actually 3 sided.

The weather was perfect the day we went.
I'm not that lucky every year.

I even played around with what I call my "Balloon Eclipse" photos.

Oh, I could go on and on...
but as hubs says, they all look just like the photos you took last year!

When I left, the landscapers had started on my yard...

Finishing up what we started last year.

Adding tires around my drive.

It's kinda crazy, but it works with the car pond.
And those tires light up at night.

Here's what it looked like when I got home.

Brand new lawn and topsoil, so we don't fight it another 35 years!

New picnic area with room for a fire pit...
the one that no one assembled while I was gone!

And my partially finished "outhouse".
Not a real one...
This used to be the kids playhouse when they were little.
Now it's just a place to store 
my patio furniture in the winter, and provide us 
 with a good laugh all summer long!

Lots of little things to do yet...
But it's starting to look up around here.

I just love this time of the year.

Now, I'm off to finish up my Island Batik Pumpkin Fest project.
Oh, I never leave home without my sewing machine.
I just need to get it quilted now!
Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Folk Art Quilted Traditions Blog Hop

When Suzy Webster asked if I would be interested in helping her 
kick off her new book...
Well, lets just say my heart skipped a beat!

Suzy has taken her love of Hungarian Embroidery and turn these 
gorgeous designs into fusible appliques.
She has combined the process of creating these blocks, 
with the speed of fusible applique.
What's not to love!
Additionally she offers great tips, including fabric selection, 
fusible types, thread and stitches.
It's a great reference book for everyone,
 from the newest of beginners to the most advanced. 

For this block, there was little planning on my part.
I turned to my Island Batik scrap bag.
Those fabulous fabrics did all the work.
Oh how we all love those "Bonus" blocks from scraps, am I right?

With my background so busy, I choose to stay with black thread
to stitch down my applique.

Finishing it off with a Churn Dash was the perfect way to 
make shine.

 The 22 1/2" square size works well as a small
wall hanging or a table topper.
(I like to attach a hanging sleeve to all my projects
for that very reason)

"Sew" don't be shy, give it a try...
You can purchase this book at
at Amazon
at Barnes and Noble
at American Quilter's Society

Suzy's got a fabulous give away.
I had trouble with the Rafflecopter code
So visit her and sign up to win!

I do hope you have enjoyed seeing all the fabulous 
projects my fellow blogger have done.
Here's the schedule, just in case you missed any of them.

Monday, October 10
Connie Kresin Campbell - http://www.conniekresin.com/

Tuesday, October 11
Adele Mogavero - http://adelemogavero.com/

Wednesday, October 12

Thursday, October 13
Maryellen McAuliffe - http://teachpany.blogspot.com/

Friday October 14

A big thanks to Suzy and AQS.

Keep on Stitchin'

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wedding Memories

It's been  over 5 years in the making...
but we've finally managed to get this wedding memory quilt done.

My gift to the couple was to make them a memory quilt.
We had to wait for photos to come back.
Then for the selection of photos to use.
Fast forward 3 1/2 years and I got the ones she wanted to use.
Then it sits in my sewing room, buried under other projects for almost 2 years. Shame on me.....

I double batted the photos.
Nothing is more stressful than trimming the excess batting.
Even with the duckbill scissors, I sweated cutting thru the front every second. Thankfully there were no accidents!

But I do love the added dimension it give a project.
Those photos just pop off the top.

 It's just as fun looking at the back.
I used what I call "organic" quilting.
Simple and not to detract from the focus of the quilt.

The quilt label is a scan of the program for the ceremony.
It has the date and the names off all the bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents and grandparents.
Everything you need to remember the day.

It's now finished and delivered.
I was not going to come down for one more balloon fiesta
without that quilt in hand!

An added bonus, was that I had just enough fabric and left over,
to make a little wall hanging for her mom.
A mini replica so to speak.

5+ years and 2 kids later, and you guys have your wedding quilt.
As for me...
I'm walking the walk of shame.

Congrats on your beautiful family.
You two, really know how to do it right!

I've done plenty of photo transfers on fabric.
This was the first time I've used the Softscrap 
Inkjet Printable fabric. I don't like a lot of negativity on my blog,
but I must say, I was NOT impressed with this product.
Here's why

Here are the photos after printing.
They look great.

Here is what happened when I rinsed it, 
after waiting 30 minutes for the ink to dry.
The directions say to wait for 15 minutes.

It also says that in some humid environments
 it's best to wait 4-5 hours.
I live in a very dry climate. 
We had 0% humidity the day I did these.

It did a terrible job of holding the ink.
Sorry Softscrap, but I followed your instructions carefully, with and without the fabric softener method you suggested
and the results were very poor at best.
Enough said.

The bride photo (second from the top) was printed on June Taylor
inkjet fabric. I wish I had done all the photos on this fabric.
Live and learn.

Keep on Stitchin'