Monday, September 1, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

My MCM Bee friend Linda tagged me in the Around the World Blog Hop.  Welcome to those of you here for the first time as well as frequent visitors ;-)  Linda and I live in the same state but have yet to meet.  We plan on doing that in Austin next February at QuiltCon!

This quilting community has introduced me to so many wonderful friends - some I've even been fortunate to meet in real life.  Blogging provides that initial means of getting to know one another, and this blog hop is a great way of introducing bloggers you may not be familiar with.

So here are some questions asked to facilitate the process:

WIPs on the design wall
What are you working on?

There is always more than one project going on at a time in my sewing room.  My spiderweb bee blocks are taking up one whole design wall and I'm making this quilt a priority even though it is for me to keep.

extremely old WIP on second design wall
Usually if the quilt is for me it gets put on the back burner like this Cowboy/Cowgirl quilt that I started three years ago at retreat.   I put the blocks up on my second design wall in the hope of motivating me to finish.

M-5 Mother's Point
A new(isn) project is a Dear Jane quilt in all Kaffe Fassett fabrics similar to this beauty.  It has been on my list for a very long time and I have stopped and started working on it more than once.  During conversations with friends I find I am not alone when it comes to big projects such as this.

M-12 Hopscotch
For that reason, my sister Michelle, good friend Cindy and I are starting what we call Choose Your Own Blockalong.  While I am making blocks for a Dear Jane quilt, Michelle and Cindy have decided to sew blocks from Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.   In the spirit of accountability, on Mondays (starting today) we are each posting (at least) two blocks from our respective projects.  Feel free to play along if you need some motivation for an ongoing quilt project - it doesn't have to be either of these.  It's fun sewing with friends and seeing weekly progress.

How does my work differ from others?

I don't know…does it?!  Like most everyone, I make what I like.  My tastes have changed over the years, and my skills have improved which translates into evolution of quilts made.  There are times when I would like to ask for all my earlier quilts back from their recipients so I can redo them ;-)  I learn something from each quilt made.  Surely, I'm not alone in this.

Why do I create what I do?

Home…. quilt for a special family
For family:  Most of my quilts are gifted to family and friends. You can read more about the Home quilt for my son and DIL here.

Baby quilt for charity
Charity:  There was a time when I made mini quilts for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, but they are no longer active.  The latest charity quilt I made was just finished this weekend and will go to our local Beta Center.

Sewing Circle DWR
Guild challenges:  Our OrlandoMQG encouraged participation in the Double Wedding Ring challenge.  Normally I would not contemplate such a quilt, but I did participate by making a small DWR.  I'm excited to say this Sewing Circle was invited to join Victoria's DWR Traveling Exhibit with the Original Sewing & Quilting Expo.

Peace, Love and Happiness - 50th birthday
Milestones:  I wanted to write a pattern for my peace quilt as a turning 50 goal and photograph the quilt at the top of our favorite hike on my 50th birthday.

Have a Heart celebrating 30 year anniversary
This quilt was made for my husband to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and was inspired by a Pandora jewelry ad.

Liberated just for me
Just because:  Isn't this a good enough reason?!  It should be, but I don't use it enough.

Hope you enjoyed this stop on the blog tour.  I am tagging three awesome bloggers for next week so be sure you visit them.

Michele of Nostalgic Cafe is my guild buddy, QuiltCon roomie and fellow founding OrlandoMQG officer.  If you are not a regular reader of her blog, you don't know what you're missing!

Jessica of  A Little Gray made the quilt I received in my very first Flickr swap.  I was happy to meet her recently in Nashville during Sew Down.

I have followed Nina Lise of Mrs. Moen ever since I  read her Blogger's Quilt Festival entry in 2009 shortly after I started my blog.  Nine Lise is an incredible artist, and her words on that particular day especially drew me in.   As she lives in Norway, I don't know that I will get the opportunity to meet her in person.  I will settle for her lovely inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Finish: Baby Quilt

Yay, my Michael Miller fabric challenge quilt is done!

just a little more hand stitching to do
 I started working on this quilt in June at Jacquie Gering's log cabin class.  I needed a project for that workshop and an idea for my MM challenge and a baby quilt for our guild charity drive, so there you go!  Three for one!

with Jacquie and Debbe
I neglected to post about the workshop held at a LQS over the summer.  I didn't even have to travel to Austin (or Chicago or Kansas City) to see Jacquie!  It was wonderful seeing her again and spending some quality time together after class.

auditioning background fabric
The above six blocks were pieced in class and Jacquie and LQS owner Mel helped me choose this lovely shot cotton.  I would not have thought to go with this color and love the way it looks with the MM prints and other shot cottons from my stash!

"In My Room" backing fabric
The remaining blocks were pieced and the quilt top assembled at my Gruber's retreat.  My DIL inadvertently chose the backing fabric while in Montana when she noticed this Jenean Morrison print.  I originally bought the fabric intending to make something for Kasi until I noticed it would be perfect for this baby quilt.

spiral quilting with my walking foot
With my walking foot, I quilted organic spirals starting in the center and working my out.  I say organic because of the laid-back-not-really-marking-or-measuring method I tend to's very forgiving ;-))  I used the center of the flower petal to start the first circle and then used the edge of the walking foot as my guide from there. 

my favorite thread is Aurifil!
Aurifil #2315 in 50wt is the thread I used which to me is a perfect color for this baby quilt.  I love the way it blends into the background of the yellow shot cotton and then shows up nicely against the bluish gray and salmon colored shot cottons.

ignore the Clover clips on the binding
Of course we finally got much needed rain at the time I chose to do a photo shoot.  I settled for using my great-great grandmother's baby rocking chair near a window for photographing purposes.

binding with shot cottons
I chose that same bluish gray (need to find out the official name of this shot cotton) for the binding.

42" square
There's still some hand stitching that needs to be done to finish up the binding and then it's off to be washed and delivered to our guild's charity coordinator.

Quilt stats:  MM baby quilt, 42" square to be donated to Beta Center, pieced and quilted by me, blocks and layout based on Jacquie Gering log cabin workshop, fabric donated to MQG by Michael Miller plus Kaffe Fassett shot cottons for the top, In Your Room by Jenean Morrison for backing, Aurifil #2315 50/wt thread, spiral quilting done with a walking foot.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.  
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the long weekend!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Really Random Thursday: In Seattle

When I was in Washington last week visiting my grandson, we stayed in Seattle and pretended to be tourists, which technically I am.

view from the ferry
First I had to arrange the Leo swap from his other grandmother.  Then....

text between grandmothers!
from Bainbridge Island
We rode the ferry....

only in Seattle!
 stayed at a hotel.....

it's the little things ;-)
where we pushed some buttons....

since we didn't bring our own pet they gave us a fish...temporarily
and took care of our own fish....

had to buy a cheap-o stroller because parents forgot to pack one
We went to the zoo....

pink flamingos
where we spent most of the time with flamingos...

it was rather hot this day
and brought one home with us....

the pretend one 
We took the Monorail to the Children's Museum...

Flamingo came with us
where Leo was super excited to play with other kids...

I'll take it
and I got a discounted ticket....

We ate sugared almonds....

hmmm....maybe too much sugar in those almonds
before heading back to the hotel to Leo's favorite activity....

Leo kept pointing to my phone requesting "Ally"  "Eric"
and FaceTiming with Ally (and Eric and the parents)....

Undercover Quilts
We even randomly found a quilt shop....

cute shop...not great cell phone pictures was random and not planned...

Leo and I met the owner Linda and made a couple of purchases

and visited the downtown library (no pictures of that field trip).
I got my exercise
After saying goodbye to Leo, I consoled myself with a trip to the Chihuly Exhibit.

No words!!!!
Those pictures deserve a post all in itself.....
Linking up with Live a Colorful Life.
Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WiP Wednesday 8/27/14

Progress is being made on my spider web blocks.  I was out of town all last week, but did manage to squeeze in some sewing time before I left.

filler blocks
 These are what I call the filler blocks that will alternate between the bee blocks.

leftover trianges
 I love the triangles that are created when trimming the blocks.

quilt basted
My Michael Miller quilt top is basted.

"In My Room" backing fabric from Jeneane Morrison
I also pieced the back as I didn't purchase as much of the backing fabric as I thought, adding the same shot cotton background fabric to the Jeneane Morrison fabric.

OrlandoMQG Sew Day is Saturday so more spider web blocks should be finished by next week's check in.

Linking up with Freshly Pieced.  Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Finish: Geeky iPad cover

In a few weeks I am participating in my first Maker Faire.  My friend Kathryn asked me to join her and two others to form Geeky Chic which will have a booth at the Maker Faire Orlando.

geeky fabric for sure
After a recent Geeky Chic meeting, I was inspired to purchase this geeky themed fabric at my LQS to make an iPad cover.  I followed Amber's tutorial which I have used before.

iPad with keyboard cover
The case is quilted and also lined with a sandwich of batting which makes it really soft and padded.  I like that the size allows for the iPad with keyboard cover.  Velcro secures the flap when not in use.

velcro closure
I believe the outside fabric is a Riley Blake and the flap is Zen Chic.  I am posting this while out of town and don't have my selvages handy for reference so not absolutely positive.

We will not be selling any items at the Maker Faire, but rather demonstrating various techniques.  If you are local, I urge you to check us out at the Orlando Science Center on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14; if you're not, check to see what Maker Faires are in your area.

Linking up with other Friday finishers at Crazy Mom Quilts.
Thanks for stopping by,