Archive for June, 2010

Still finding things after 3 months of unpacking!

Friday, June 25th, 2010

I have been looking all over for this quilt – I use it as a sample in my machine applique class – Its a Zebra Pattern by Debra Gabel and her technique is a bit different than the standard machine applique process.  Any way, I finally found it! It was lurking between some folded quilts – being so small and only one layer, it kept getting passed by. I am very happy to have found it. I was afraid I had given it away as a gift  and couldn’t remember the actual event  – Needless to say, I am grateful that I’m not that generous.

There’s a quilt in here someplace…

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Let it Snow???

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Just finished this Snowman – a trapunto sample – a few days ago. The pattern was enlarged from my smaller “Stuffed Snowmen” and I will be using it to teach a trapunto class this fall. He is completed quilted on my home machine, didn’t even near the long-arm – no wait, I might have spread the fabric out on top of another quilt on the long-arm, so he did get near the machine.  The blue snowman has beady little eyes, literally, a ribbon scarf and big turquoise buttons from the beach. You can see him close up and personal in my gallery. The white and purple one has not been bound yet but check out the buttons on his belly. They are from the Art Pantheon in Harve De Grace that I told you about earlier. He is still waiting for his scarf too because I am waiting on my brain to decide what color – red or purple and green… Its a little odd thinking about snow in the middle of June.

Look what Kim has done!!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Kim has taken several classes with me and is truly a talent to behold. She has done some wonderful Thread Play ala Libby Lehman on the Tessellating Trees Table Topper. Click on the picture to get a closer look. You will definitely be impressed!

And her colors on the Diamond Star are beautiful! The border is not on the quilt yet but I’ve seen it and can guarantee it’ll be a beauty when its finished. Thank you, Kim, for sharing your work with us!

Freezer Paper Piecing Technique!

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

This class was held at Seminole Sampler this past Saturday – 7 hardworking students who caught on pretty quickly to the technique of using freezer paper as your foundation. It makes it a whole lot easier in the end when you don’t have to rip out all that paper.

Buttons upon Buttons

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Just spent the day with a good friend antiquing in Havre de Grace, Maryland – Lunch at a waterfront restaurant and slow strolls through emporium after emporium filled with gee-gaws, trash and and treasure. The last shop we browsed was a fascinating little art gallery filled with antique buttons – perhaps 10s of thousands of them, all for sale, any where from $1 to $250 a button.

Now the proprietor also had a bit of button “art”, let the beholder be the judge of the quality, but if you take into account how many buttons were on her artwork too, we are probably talking about 100s of thousands of buttons!  Needless to say, the variety and rarity of the buttons were outstanding, grapes and sea shells, flora and fauna, covered, brass and other shiney metals, glass and wood and bakalite (I don’t know if that’s correct but I am referring to the first plastics from the turn of the 20th century), and so on. From the teeny-tiny to too large to be functional, her collection was outstanding – and all FOR SALE. She has a website Art Pantheon which doesn’t do the store justice.

Any way, I was salivating in the store thinking of all the ways I could embellish this and enhance that. The amount of buttons were a bit overwhelming but I did manage to settle on a few glass ones – some for the snowman I’ve been working on lately and some, just because. If you are ever in the area, and enjoy an eclectic collection of buttons, this is the place for you! But bring cash or check, she does not take credit. That little policy probably saved me a boat load of money since I could buy up to what I had in my wallet!

Final Block of the Month – the Ohio Star

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

I debated on what was the right way to piece this star. I am not crazy about templates nor do I want to sew a lot of bias edges. The block in the blue quilt was done with a quick-piecing technique using rectangles and squares but precision was crucial making it harder rather than easier. So I have decided to settle on paper-piecing.  Print out all the paper-piecing patterns and transfer them to your foundation of choice, be it paper or fabric. If you are not familiar with paper-piecing, there are some tutorials on but I have to say, none were as informative as I would have liked. If you go there, just search for “foundation paper piecing” and see what comes up. Some of it is scrapbooking stuff but you may enjoy that too. There is also a nice written description of the process at Quilter’s you may want to check out.  I hope that helps.

Starr BOM Ohio Star

starry bom ohio paper-piecing 21 inch Patterns should measure 4-1/2″ square including seam allowances.

starry bom ohio paper-piecing 6 inch Patterns should measure 2-1/2″ square including seam allowances.

ps. The 21 inch block really is 12 inches – just checking to see if you are paying attention!

Impressive Show in Chantilly

Monday, June 7th, 2010

The QU Quilt show, put on entirely by volunteers, was really quite impressive. Lots and lots of quilts and quite a few vendors too. There were even demos of new products and techniques every hour as well as door prizes for those viewing the show. There were several great classrooms with interesting classes offered.  Well worth the trip – if you’ve never been, it would be worth a day trip next year.

Bus trip to Quilt Show!

Friday, June 4th, 2010

I’m off to the Quilter’s Unlimted Show in Chantilly, Virginia this weekend. I have never been but have heard good things about it. So I’m catching a bus with the Ladybug Quilter’s Guild bright and early tomorrow morning and trekking on down. The plan is to not take much money and leave the credit at home – hope I am successful in coming home with lots of good inspiration and not so many  goodies!

Been verry verry busy ’round here.

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

My husband installed a really cool track light above my long-arm last week!

I love the way it swirls across the ceiling.  As winter nears and the light from the picture window is not so good, he promises to install another one on the side of the room.

Meanwhile, I’ve finished another Diamond Star – note how it is casually displayed across the long-arm for this photo opportunity –  and since my handy-dandy hubby has also replaced a faulty switch on my long-arm, I think I’ll spend the day quilting. However, not on the Diamond Star but on another How-Many-Ways-Can-a-Goose-Fly? quilt that has been hanging around for quite a while.

Gotta vacuum up all the dog  hair first. It also swirls around but not as nicely as the track lighting!