Wednesday, June 22, 2016

100 day project

I am doing a 100 day project.  I have seen different people doing them(some are painting, journaling, writing...each day) on IG and I decided it would be a fun exercise to sew the same block everyday, so I am making Elizabeth Hartman's cat blocks.

cat blocks


I decided to use my black and white stash, and I am having fun doing a little bit of fussy cutting as I go.  Today is day seven, so once again I will be playing in my black and white scraps tonight!

piece, 
elizabeth

Monday, February 22, 2016

mini quilts on canvas

I have been working on a variety of projects lately.  One project has been fun and a little different for me.  I have been trying to figure out a way to frame a mini quilt, and I started playing with the idea of mounting them on canvas.  It is kind of quirky, but I kind of like it too!



wool heart and french knots

hexagon mini quilt on canvas

doily mini quilt on canvas

I painted the heart mini canvas before I mounted it, and I like the darker canvas with the wool heart, but the unpainted canvases makes the mini quilts pop, and I like that too...decisions, decisions : )




Who knows if I will continue this, but it has been fun, and I think I will leave these mini quilts this way and either hang them on the wall or lean them on a shelf.



piece,
elizabeth

Saturday, January 23, 2016

peace~~~bias tape mini quilt

I joined the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club this year.  Once a month there is a new challenge, a different skill or technique to try, and the instructor for the month will send a PDF with the instructions for the challenge they are teaching.  This month the challenge was Shapes and Curves Using Bias Tape by Krista Fleckenstein of Spotted Stones blog.

I have made bias tape before and used it a few times for basket handles in quilt blocks, but it was definitely a fun challenge that I needed to give a try again. 


Here is the design that I chose for my bias tape mini quilt: 


peace sign

It was a fun little project, and I do like the peace sign!  I used a variegated thread to sew the bias tape down and it blended well with the bias tape.


I also used a variegated perle cotton thread for the big stitch quilting.  It looks great with the flax essex linen fabric and compliments the OOP Kaffe Fassett Spools in Amber fabric.



I used a very thin binding, like I often do on my mini quilts.

Kaffe Fassett spools in Amber

This was a fun project, and I am looking forward to a new challenge each month from the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club : )

piece,
elizabeth








Saturday, January 16, 2016

indigo dye

We have had some beautiful days for January in Oklahoma, and one of the members of my small group(we met at the OKCMQG) invited us over to indigo dye at her home!  I was first introduced to indigo dyeing at The Makerie Sewing Retreat with Kaari Meng from French General that I blogged about here.   I have always planned to do it again, and thanks to my friend, Agnes, I got the chance : )


She bravely let us leave the vat in her kitchen sink!  We had so much fun making designs with rubber bands, popsicle sticks, pipes, and clamps.




I brought vintage lace and linen to dye, but my friends let me have a bit of their cotton fabric to play with too.

These are my indigo treasures!








I already have plans to do this again in the spring...I think my daughter and daughter-in-law would enjoy this...I know I will : )

The indigo dye that we used is in the picture below...I have ordered a catalog from Dharma Trading. 


I am now dreaming of dying with walnuts and avocado seeds...it is fun to dream!

piece,
elizabeth


Thursday, January 14, 2016

friendship beads quilt

The OKCMQG displays quilts every year at the OKC Winter Quilt Show and we also have a booth to answer questions about Modern quilting.  I made a quilt with the quick curve ruler that I call "Friendship Beads."


I quilted in my go-to straight-line machine quilting and I used variegated thread to give interest and texture to the quilt.  The quilt didn't show up well on the black background of the curtains, but one of my friends said that it drew you in to see it closer and then the quilting could be appreciated : )  Aren't friends wonderful! 


quick curve ruler




I used an OOP Kaffe Fassett fabric, Organic stripe in green, that I had been saving for a special quilt. I luv how it looks on the back with the quilting.

quilt



I will be taking this quilt to the lake to hang on the master bedroom wall along with my Barn Quilt
...it is so cheerful and bright!

piece,
elizabeth




Wednesday, October 28, 2015

little lap quilt--blogger's quilt festival entry

I received a special request this week from my daughter for a lap quilt.  She is a physical therapist for children at a rehabilitation hospital.  At the end of her workday, she sits at her desk to fill out the daily paperwork and her office is cold.  Like most quilters, I have a pile of quilt tops waiting in line to be finished, so I looked through the pile and I found a small one that would be perfect for her office lap quilt.

This is also my entry in the small quilt category in the Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2015.  Be sure and go here for lots of  beautiful quilts and inspiration.



This small top has been waiting quite a while to be finished...here is the original post that I wrote about making this quilt top from leftover strips of Botany by Moda and Kona white.

I machine quilted in straight lines and then added some of my favorite big stitches. 






After adding the binding, I decided it was too plain, and I added more big stitches : )



This lap quilt measures 30"X40".  
It has been washed and is now waiting to be gifted to my daughter... it'll be like I am giving her a big ole hug every time she uses it!  That must be why I quilt... I am a hugger : )



It is always so satisfying to finish a quilt.

piece,
elizabeth







Sunday, October 4, 2015

slow stitching

I have been away from my blog for a while...been busy, all good...but now that things are getting back to normal, I hope to get back to my blog.  I thought I'd begin with a relaxing project that is making me happy.  Why? Because I have had these vintage blocks for years and haven't known what to do with them.  Well, I decided to do some needle-turn appliqué and these vintage blocks make the perfect background!

I don't know about you, but I like to have some sort of "slow stitching" project handy.  This one is going to be fun.

I decided to cut out petals, and when I layed them out, it seemed that five were just enough.





My next step was basting the petals a little more than 1/4 inch away from the edge.



Now it was time for some slow stitching...in this case, needle-turn appliqué.


I plan to make a at least a dozen blocks, so my hope is that "practice makes perfect", and I will get more comfortable with my appliqué stitch as I go along : )

Here are two finished Petal blocks:



And of course, I had my helper at my side to occasionally play with the thread!


piece,
elizabeth