Sunday, October 2, 2016

Is it a mirage?

 I spent Saturday with some awesome quilters who wanted to make Mirages, my newest addition to the Circle and Spin series. I had given them directions to precut squares, so they were ready to cut some curves and start sewing. As you can see, they got a lot finished!

Jane's use of batiks was gorgeous...she has the best collection of batiks around. Karen was using bright prints on a mottled blue background for a eye-catching look.
Karen H
 I didn't get pictures of Karen S or Amanda's blocks, as they had used fabrics similar to mine, and didn't put their blocks up on the wall. They thought they could tell what it would look like. They got a lot finished as well.
Elsie had some Laurel Burch fabrics in her stash and threw in some solids as well for a colorful look.
 Deb had 4 different fabrics on a green background, so we tried a pattern as we put the blocks up.
JoAnn just wants to make a wallhanging, so hers will finish quickly!
 Trudy had been saving black prints for a long time. As you can see a few had some colorful bits thrown in too.
Mirages as a backdrop to class.
 I think we banished some worries about sewing curves! I can't wait to see them finished!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Fredericksburg

 Last year I entered the Be Creative! Quilt Challenge sponsored by McCalls magazines. It was a fun challenge using Lotta Jansdotter fabrics. I placed in the top ten, so my quilt has been traveling wtih the Original Sewing and Quilt Expos this year. I got to see it when the show was in Des Moines in May.
 The show is in Fredericksburg, VA this weekend, so if you happen to go to this show, please take a picture of yourself with Shortcut and send it to ...I'd love to see it.
 The show will travel on to Schaumberg, IL in Oct. and Minneapolis, MN in Nov. Then Shortcut will come home.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Not a lot of sewing going on here lately

I have finished the painting on my garage and it looks so much better. It has left me with not much to show project wise, though. I have been slowly working on a scrappy mystery quilt (very slowly), but can't post that yet, so I haven't been posting much. I'm getting back in the swing now, hopefully!

I have two 24" metal quilt blocks. One I won in the Red and White Challenge on QuiltShopGal's blog (it's red!), and the other my friend, Pat, gave me. One will go on the peak on the front, which faces the front. The other will go on the side that faces the house. I put the one that Pat gave me on an existing nail on the side that faces the house  to see if I like it there. I can see this one when I'm in my sewing/TV/computer room, so I think I'd like the one from Pat here to remind me of her kindness. I think it is positioned pretty well between the windows, what do you think? Up? Down? Perfect? I will post pictures of the other one when I get it hung.

Some pictures from monthly classes. They are going well, and always lots of fun!

You might remember the start to Elsie's Log Cabin Star...she finshed it a few weeks ago and took it to the local shop for their show and tell. I can't wait to see it in person!

I'm trying to get caught up on sewing and other quilty stuff now, so I plan to get back to a better blogging routine! Thanks for sticking with me!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Log Cabin Star class

I started my fall classes yesterday at Cut Up and Quilt with the Log Cabin Star Tabletopper by Marci Baker and Sara Nephew.  I was excited to see the fabric choices each quilter had chosen and I wasn't disappointed. Elsie chose batiks in warm and cool colors for her star. We worked on getting all of the logs cut precisely and a diamond  and one of each of the two triangles pieced so that they could take it home and have models of what needs to be done to finish the quilt.   
Elsie's Log Cabin Star

Denise decided to strip piece hers once she got her fall themed pieces cut, so she had all of her diamonds to this stage. We laid out the dark that will be next to the diamonds once the triangles are completed to get an idea of how it will look. 
Denise's Log Cabin Star

 Stacy chose soft batiks for her version. Love them  She was almost finished with her 2nd triangle.
Stacy's Log Cabin Star

 Dianne chose fall themed fabrics too ( all from her stash!) and was well on her way to finishing the diamonds using strip piecing techniques. She also got one of her triangles put together and started the 2nd. She is going to use yellows in place of the 2 oranges on the mirror image triangle, so that should add a bit of interest.
Dianne's Log Cabin Star

 Christine used fabrics from her stash as well for this vintage look. We talked about the fact that once the diamonds and triangles were finished, they could be reversed for a different look. So we played with Christine's blocks to get the idea of how that could work.  I forgot to take a picture of that, however. But these pictures show the triangles in their placement in the quilt, and how they are sewn to the diamond in the placement she chose to begin with. .
Christine's Log Cabin Star

It was a great class and they worked really hard to get as much finished as they did. They promised to send pictures of their finished tops to me so I can enjoy them. It's always fun to see the finished projects. This pattern is available at Cut Up and Quilt.

I have thoughts spinning in my head for a new project I'm dying to start, as well as a mystery project I need to get back to, but I need to focus on painting today. I got a little painting done last night after class and am going to head out soon to paint some more. I have a new Sampler Club beginning Tuesday night making the Circle and Spin quilt plus a Sampler 23 Club tomorrow night. I don't have time to get in trouble this week!

My Log Cabin Star

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Skylines Cityscape panel hung

 It was hard to choose where to hang the Skylines Cityscape  panel. Even though the library is huge, there aren't many walls so there weren't a lot of places to hang it. I didn't want to hide it in a corner so this is where I put it. 

I had a different print hanging here, and took it down. It will have to find a new home, maybe on the opposite wall where the tree is. It's not big enough for the space so I am going to look for a few other things to go with it so I can hang it there. 

Space to the left of bookcase and tree. would work for the other pic, just too big a space for one picture.
 Here's the post from when I hung the tree on the wall.

 This is my desk at school...yea, I have the best room in the building! The only way to get behind it is to walk around it, past those green chairs and right past the print.
 I had to hang it a bit higher than I would've liked as my light switches are there, but I think it works. I can always change it if I decide it doesn't!
Have a busy weekend planned...lots of painting left to do. I want to get the the second coat of primer on the west and north sides this weekend. If I have time I will start the east side. I've done nothing to it yet and am worried it won't get finished this fall. I'm also going to visit my parents tomorrow and see what they've been up to. Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Not a quilting project...but fun!

When I went to a quilt show in June, I saw a beautiful panel depicting a digital city skyline. I don't usually use panels, but I had to have this one. The booth selling it had used it in a wallhanging, but I decided that I wanted to mount it on a canvas. The panel is width of fabric and about 28" wide, so I couldn't find a premade canvas that it would fit. Luckily I knew that they had the individual stretcher bars available at Hobby Lobby to make your own as I've done this before.

 So I got two 26" and two 40" bars. They have a sort of tongue and groove assembly, so are easy to put together with a staple gun and a bit of glue. As I assembled it, I brushed some wood glue on the wood that slips inside of the groove. I think the staples would probably hold it ok, but just wanted that extra security.

Stapled and ready to mount the canvas!

I bought some white duck cloth at a local shop and the next step was pressing both it and the fabric panel so that they were wrinkle free. 
I then carefully measured the canvas so that I had enough to roll over the edge of the stretcher bars and fold under to staple. No raw edges, please!

When you are making your own canvas, you have to start in the middle of a side and secure with a few staples. You then have to go to the opposite side, pulling to stretch slightly and secure with a few staples. Now you can work your way towards the corners on each side, making sure it's straight and slightly stretched. ( This is my way, it could differ from the way a painter preps and stretches the canvas.) I stop about 6" from the corner and do the same thing on the other two sides.

To fit the corners, I pull the corner in, fold over and staple. Then fold the edges of the corners in, sort of like wrapping a gift box.

All ready to go.

I had to square up the panel too as they are never really straight, so it wasn't 28" anymore. I had to add a strip of fabric on each side of the panel so it would fit properly. I knew I would have to do this as the next bar width was 24" and I thought that would be too narrow. So I went with the 26" and planned on adding fabric. I cut two 4" strips and folded them in half lengthwise so that I would have the folded edge to staple down. No ragged edges. I didn't need to add fabric to the top and bottom as the width of fabric was long enough to wrap around and fold under.
I attached it the same way that I attached the canvas.
All finished and ready to hang. I want to hang it at school, but I haven't decided for sure where I will put it. I've tried it out in several spaces, but not decision yet. I will take a picture of it once it's hanging.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Is there life beyond quilting?

 I have been working around the yard, cleaning the house and painting the garage the past few days, so haven't done as much sewing/quilting. You might remember that on my Online Buddies retreat many of them made Circle and Spin quilts. Heather got her baby version finished and sent me a pic. She quilted it on her home machine, which she is really good at. I love her color choices. She used the smaller block from Circle and Spin to the Moon as she wanted the look of the Circle and Spin but in a smaller size. Beautiful! 
I did get the labels made and sewed on to the Off the Beaten Path baby quilt and Mirages. I made the baby quilt for my sis and her husband to give as a gift. I gave her some examples of what I could put on the label and this is what she chose. How do you make your labels? I use the June Taylor Colorfast Sew in Fabric Sheets. They are easy to use and my computer prints way better than I do. You can also had pictures or clip art to them. 

I needed to take some pictures of the Swag Bag to advertise the class, so I took it outside for a photo shoot. Love the outdoor pictures. Which pic should I use?

 My zinnias are blooming like crazy right now. Evidently they like heat! It's a larger bag and easy to make. I can't wait to finish the other one I have started for a class working model.
I went on a fun road trip to Mo. Star Quilts on Saturday with friends. We wandered in and out of the many shops there and enjoyed lot of eye candy and inspiration. I spent a lot of time in the Batik store and came out with a nice plump bag full of new batiks. It was a great day for it and we had a lot of fun.

 I started scraping and painting the garage the other day. I started with the doors because it looks the worst (hit by a hail storm awhile back) and faces the street. I finished scraping and painting the first coat of primer yesterday. It took over a can of primer, so the wood is really soaking it up. I'm worked a little on the south side yesterday too, and am going back to finish it today. It didn't need as much scraping as the other sides, not sure why unless it's because it's right across the alley from a house that shades most of it. For whatever reason, I'm happy about it. I like to scrape awhile, then paint awhile so I don't get too discouraged about the scraping. I like the painting part.