Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wednesday Wishes....

I wish the sun would come out...

I wish the pollen would disappear....

I wish the temperature was a teensy bit warmer...

I wish I was a size ten ...


But since I control none of that, (well maybe my weight just a bit!) I will keep in stitching!

Recent accomplishments includ the following:

Recently back from the long arm quilter is "Cinnamon Swirl". It is a Quilt in a Day pattern that uses 1.5 inch strips and is now waiting for its binding.

Getting ready to be sewn together is this top from MANY years ago.  It as supposed to have one more row and that row includes two appliquéd blocks.  We all know how I love Applique so it has been sitting and waiting. I think I am strong enough now to ignore those last two blocks, figure out something to go above or below the fence line and get this baby done!

I won't tell you how old, but the millennium had not yet arrived!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May I?...

May has arrived!

And with it, today, has come some warmer temperatures.

I am sitting on the deck as I write this, enjoying the warmth, in my short sleeves, checking out the view.

No leaves on the trees yet, but lots of buds.
The maples are just beginning to leaf out.
Today, if there is pollen about, is not a sneezing, itchy eye day for me. Hooray!

Now on to the quilts....

This binding must ge done by Saturday afternoon. It is almost complete - I will make it!

The second quilt for the UFO challenge is already completed.

"Cyclone" in thirties fabrics,

"Cyclone " in a red grunge, and Thimbleberries green and background. How's that for a combo?!

"Cyclone" is a free pattern from Quilt in a Day. I am using it as the sample in my new class for this month.  You will learn how to make flying geese the "Quilt in a Day" way as well as dabble in some partial piecing and assembly line sewing. Should be a fun time!

Resurrecting some oldies...
"One Block Says It All" is the book where this pattern came from. I don't have the book in front of me currently. It is buried in the deep stash somewhere. But the name of it stuck for some reason or other.
I am debating the border now.
Some of the Friday ladies suggest that I should just finish it as is. However I do have a number of half square triangle that were to be part of the border. Not enough to finish it, but enough to give me pause and originally push this in to the UFO pile. It needs to be completed!  We will see how it asks to be done.

Another not so oldie, yellow is the backing and I think I have the border set.  Just need to apply the border strips and get it to the quilter.

Some tops from April...

This still needs something else, probably a bit more purple on both sides.  The pattern calls for it to be like this, but it is not looking finished for my tastes.

The first "Diamond Tile" block, a block from Bonnie Hunter's Addicted to Scraps column in Quiltmaker Magazne.

An April 11 sunset

My flowers from April 25.

Time goes on so quickly.

It is now May 2018. 
May I....

Louise, on the island, catching up, and enjoying the first 80 degree day of 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

April Showers etc...

Well, I skipped over March somehow in the blogging world.
Much has happened so this might be a long post.

First of all we had THREE ginormous snowstorms in March and we LOST POWER each time! Some power loses were short ones but one was for four days or was it three? I only know that the fridge was trashed and I got NO SEWING DONE!!!

Lots of capitals indicate how frustrating that was!

I forgot to take the usual amounts of pictures during open sews and other classes. 
I did not get too many quilts finished.

But it is now April and time to turn over a new leaf!

Except the snow keeps coming!

But it was gone by late Monday afternoon.
Oh, well,...

Now on to the quilts...

Roxanne's newest completed top is a Missouri Star pattern which incorporates friendship stars as part of the border.. She used a line of fabric from Benartex which features dragonflies. 

Marilyn's top is made from a kit she bought from Keepsake Quilting.  "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" is slated for a friend's soon to arrive grandchild.

Candy's recently completed "Quick Trips" quilt is an Eleanor Burns, Quilt In A Day quilt that she made in my recently held series of classes for newer quilters.

Grazina's beautiful basket quilt is a kit and a block of the month class from Craftsy.  It was from a few years ago so it may no longer be available. The quilt combines piecing with Applique and features Ginny Beyer fabrics and techniques.

Joanne's lap sized "Quick Trips " quilt without the final border. She worked on it during our one day class, and the following day during open sew. I believe it is now completed with the final borders.

My lap sized "Quick Trips" quilt features a striped outer border and mitered corners.

Another fat quarter quilt made to add to my "Fun with Fat Quarters" series.  M'Liss Rae Hawley's book, Fat Quarter Quilts serves as the pattern inspiration for this quilt series I have been making over the years.

The last block for a king sized "Celtic Solstice" quilt which was a Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt from 2013-14, I believe.  This quilt is webbed and just needs to have the rows sewn together.

Linda's version of "Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt" a day long class I recently taught at Piecing with Poppers Quilting Center. The quilt uses one jelly roll to make this approximately 45" x 56" quilt of nine patches, flying geese, friendship stars, square in a square blocks surrounded by a piano keys border. 

Brenda's "Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt" from the same class Linda attended at Piecing with Poppers Quilting Center.

"Alliatare" was finished this month. It was the 2016-17 Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt and is now waiting in the to be quilted que.

One more example of a "Quick Trips" quilt that was made as a class sample.

"30's Cyclone" is a free pattern from Quilt In A Day.  This will be an all day class coming in May. 

A collage of quilty projects that I worked on during a quilting retreat I attended in the beginning of March.

The sun has just come out after a rainy day. Maybe the spring flowers will get a chance to shine now!

Until next time...

Louise, on the island, looking for signs of spring ...


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

January Recap

January 2018 has been busy with THREE Quilter's Retreats. Lots of friends, projects and good times.

A snowstorm or two...

The super red blood blue moon (although the picture above is not of that event)

And again lots of quilts!

On to February!

Louise, on the island, catching up!

February is Half Gone!

I just saw a quote that Angie, who is Gnome Angel, wrote on her Instagram page,

"Today I will be as useless as the "g" in lasagna"

Love it! 

Describes me perfectly, to a "t", on some days, just not today!

A busy one is planned...

Polish food making in the morning, 

Open Sew in the afternoon,

And NBQA meeting tonight!

Busy, busy!

Some recent finishes by others ( most everything of mine is in the block piecing stage)

Linda's "That-a-Way", a Cozy Quilts Designs pattern

Roxanne designed this top which uses some Thomas Kinkaid fabrics offset by blocks with inspirational, bible quotes.

The fabrics I am using for a "Labyrinth Walk" quilt in blues

A student's t-shirt quilt for her son in the design stage

Kate's "Pineapple Blossom" quilt for her sister (sorry about the lower right corner - the camera shifted in the case)

Peggy's "Garlic Knots" quilt top getting ready to be shown soon in a quilt show in Melbourne, Florida and locally at the NBQA show in April 2018.

One half of a "Quick Trips" quilt, (a Quilt in a Day pattern) that I am making for a class demo

The "Quick Trips" quilt being used as the class sample. Fabrics are from the "Summer Breeze V" collection from Moda that is now available in the shop, Piecing with Poppers Quilting Center.

Well, time has flown and I need to be leaving for the first assignment of the day.
Unfortunately, I am already late!

Hopefully this won't be a "g in lasagna" day!

On the island watching (or more accurately, ignoring) the clock!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year All!

It is another cold one today.

14 degrees at 3:15 pm on a sunny January 1st, 2018.
Could be worse since yesterday the high was about 11 degrees!

But when it is cold outside, we stay inside and quilt!

The first binding applied in 2018.

Bright and lime green to lift the mood.

The first binding completed in 2018 will be....

"Weed Whacker", a Bonnie Hunter free pattern that I began at a retreat that I think took place in 2010 or 2011. This was one of my beginning scrappy Bonnie Hunter quilts. Full sized picture to follow soon.

This is the latest one being worked on...

"On Ringo Lake" the 2017 Quiltville Mystery Quilt. Lots of pieces in this one so it is going to be the January retreat leader/ender project this year. I hope to complete it by the end of the month. Crossing my fingers on that!

Strips for a lap sized "Quock Trip Quilt" using the Eleanor Burns pattern. I need to update my samples for this quilt.

Another binding ready to go.

Pieces for a second "Cyclone Quilt" have been cut and pieced. Another Quilt in a Day pattern that can be found on their website under the free pattern tab.

Pieces for a "Jumping Jacks" quilt by Missouri Star Quilt Company..

"Best 20" from 2017. Yeah I know, a bit much, but it was really hard to just come up with just Nine!

Dottie's paper pieced Unicorn pillow,

Another Missouri Star pattern top completed. Loved the scrappy outer border!

Roxanne's panel quilt with a piano keys border.

Tricia's quilt top used a Villa Rosa pattern called "Busy Bee" as inspiration. She added the sashing and cornerstones as well as a pieced outer border to make this beauty!

A "Disappearing Nine Patch" by one of the students. I apologize but I cannot remember who made this one. If it is yours, please let me know.

A work in progress from yours truly. These blocks are at least about ten years old at this point and I still don't know what setting to do with them.  They are now back in the "to do someday" pile.

Placemat made for Thanksgiving. The original plan was to make one for each of the dinner guests. I only finished one!  I probably should continue making one each month so I am ready for Thanksgiving 2018.

Two tops completed at a November retreat. Neither are quilted yet although both are small enough that I could do them myself.

That seems to about it for projects that I took pictures of in the last two months of 2017.
Progress was made on many UFO's this past year but the UFO stash has really not been decreased at all. I continue to start new projects when I get excited about a new technique, book or pattern. Sometimes a line of fabric just inspires me to create.
Thanks to the Snoopy crowd for this lovely photo. 

Hello 2018!  

I hope you are a good one!

Louise, on the island, watching the sun set on the first day of 2018.