Monday, July 26, 2010

Camp quilt.....check

I started this quilt in July of 2007. Yikes.  I finally found a direction for the backing purchased the batting and put it all together yesterday. I pieced the back, basted the layers, quilted it on the horizontal lines...



....sewed my table cloth to the back, removed the table cloth, squared evened things up, sewed the binding on....

and finished hand stitching the binding at 2 a.m. It is a sickness- I could not stop.

 
I could not love this quilt more. I used a kona cotton for the binding in avocado.

There is only one print in the whole quilt it is on the back and happens to be geese in bonnets. I know. Odd. Other then that the back is flannel and brushed cotton...so so soft.
 
A few facts::
This is the largest quilt I have quilted myself.
This is the first quilt I have ever made with a solid binding and all the same fabric.
The binding was inspired by this great quilt which also inspired this quilt.
I loved quilting this quilt.
Quilting with cats can be challenging.
Apparently a quilt layed out is done solely for the cat.
I purposely left the air a little cooler last night so I could justify sleeping under this quilt.
I slept like a baby.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

1970's Hex


Some fantastic prints from the 60's and 70's
Thought I would share one of my on going projects. It is my portable project and goes with me everywhere in a small baggie.  Some years ago my mother-in-law gave me these hexagons already cut.  She had cut them out years earlier with her mother-in-law. At the time I was not at all sure I wanted to do this.  However, I hung on to them and a few months ago I realized what a perfect project they would be.  I have done a lot of quilting but never by hand. I want to make one entire quilt by hand and this is it.

 
So these will become, one day, a quilt completely made by my hand. I have no illusions on how long this will take, yet the process is meditative. I love the tiny stitches I am able to achieve through the English paper piecing method- the method I choose for these because I feel it is the most secure. To the left of the above box is a baggie that has a needle, thread, card stock templates and hexes to be basted. It all fits neatly in my bag and I can pull it out anywhere. Sometimes I take the whole block with me and work on that. It helps to have that along because people will ask you what you are working on and then look at you like you are nuts, which I am- so fine!

Friday, July 16, 2010

"Oh, you want to give me your scraps?"



My sister made this fabulous quilt, of which I do not have a photo but will try to get one.
 I coveted that quilt like you would not believe.
It was comprised of the above fabrics and had circles.
 One fine day I was over at her house and she gave me the scraps from the quilt.
Good enough for me- the colors....

My scraps and I ventured into my sewing room to see what was there.
Plenty I think.
 A lot of it is Amy Butler's Midwest Modern.
Oh how I love the colors.
I sorted and ironed and separated them into three sizes.
I have plans for these babies and they are well underway.
My intention is to use each bit of this fabric and see what I can do.
Because I need to have 5 projects going at once.

 
My question is.... when is a scrap a scrap?
When does a scrap just need to be tossed and when should it be folded and put on the shelf?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

In the Garden


This year my flowers are putting on quite a showing of their
finest finery. So sassy in her silver pot.

 
I love the simplicity of these onion blooms, I wonder if they know how modern their lines are?
Yellow peppers just asking to be plucked.

And this is my squash- I love squash- I want an abundance of squash of various varieties- which I have. However everyyear they are under attack by the squash vine borer.
 A very destructive, unwanted and uninvited garden
pest. It kills my plants every year and I get maybe one or two zucchinis.
Naughty.


Not this year, last night I performed major surgery on my poor plants and
removed many of the ugly little worms. Hopefully with luck the plants will recover
and prosper. Fingers crossed.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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