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!