Friday, May 22, 2020
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
I made two more dogs today. I really like making them and have a plan to make 5 plus some footprints, which are on the pattern as well. It will be smaller than the original pattern. The designer has a pattern for cats too...they are really cute too and I'm tempted to get it as well.
Saturday, May 16, 2020
I started working on some dogs from the pattern Dog Gone Cute by Sew Fresh Quilts the other day. They are fun to make, plus lots of different versions. These are the first two I've sewn, but I have 3 more cut out and ready to go.
I made one of her other patterns last winter...Giraffes in a Row. I had so much fun making them too.
The patterns are for pieced animals and she has a pattern for just about every animal.
We had a Zoom bridal shower today for my nephew's fiance.They live in Wisc. but the Iowa shower was today. It was interesting and unusual go to a shower this way, but it was fun and I'm glad that we got to have it. The wedding is May 30. They are still getting married on that date, but only 10 people can be in attendance. They are having a reception in July. Hopefully we can be with them to celebrate then.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
I recently made the Rolling Hills quilt by Miss Winnie Designs. I loved the ease of putting it together piece by piece. I loved that it used a jelly roll and a background. So simple. I recently had it quilted by my friend, Michael. He is a master at machine quilting and chose this gorgeous design for the empty places on the quilt.
I need to get some better pix of the whole quilt now that it's quilted. It was too windy when I finished it and keep forgetting to take it outside when it's not windy or rainy.
My friend Conrad was also very helpful in finishing this quilt.
He likes the binding as well as the quilt.
You can see the quilting better on some of these pictures. All done! I was supposed to teach a class on making this quilt, but due to social distancing, I'm not sure when I will be teaching classes again. I will be ready when I do!
Saturday, May 9, 2020
I'm not sure what I've been doing the past few weeks. Seems like I stay busy, but my house isn't spotless and my sewing isn't all caught up. Do you feel like that too? I think I get more done when I have a schedule of classes to teach and some 'at home time'. I have been working on my Etsy Shop, however. I've been trying to get it up and running since Craftsy closed. It would seem like it wouldn't take that long to list patterns, but finding multiple pictures, making sure the pattern is updated and in the right format...it all takes time. I don't have all my designs there yet, but a good portion of the newer ones are there now, including the Circle and Spin series quilts.
I have been doing some gardening. Have some tomato plants getting used to being outside. They are ready to plant, but we have had a few cool nights with frost warnings (can you believe that?) so I have only planted the Early Girl so far. I don't do any canning anymore, but like to have them to eat and share.
I bound an oldy but goody yesterday. Garden Window Sampler #3 is one of the first quilts I designed after I started teaching classes and I've taught it many times. It introduced the 3D sashing that students learned to make as well as an easy paper-pieced birdhouse. I used to hang quilts on the walls of the classroom when I taught at Hancock Fabrics, so it was better if they weren't quilted. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.) My friend Cindy quilted it recently so it was almost to the finish line.
I love the springiness of this quilt and it was fun taking it outside for pix on the grass.
Monday, April 13, 2020
I made a few more orange stash blocks the other day. After playing around with a couple of different settings, I can see that I need to make more red and more purple for sure. Funny I don't have as many different squares cut of those colors as I must not use them as much. These were cut several years ago, so I might have to look through more current stash and cut a few more, even though the purpose was to use up the ones I had already cut.
Not sure how I will set them yet, but after making these 2, I have 24.
I also made a few more masks for my family this weekend too.
Friday, April 10, 2020
|Neon and Neutral|
The idea of using a varying amount of grays- black fabrics intrigued me. I made half square triangles in lighter/darker combos. Some of the medium tones were used as both a light and a dark. It's all about the contrast. I wanted to frame them in bright colors, hence the name. I was excited about the patterns that could be made using them that would still show up even though they had been framed.
|Neon and Neutral jk|
I made this version first and liked it but made the 2nd one with more pop colors. This shows another design that can be made. The Neon and Neutral pattern is now available as a digital download in my Etsy store. This one still hasn't been quilted...shhhh don't tell anyone.