Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Eve Quilting

Happy New Year's Eve!
2014 was a great year, full of fun times with friends and family.  My favorite quilt that I finished in 2014 was "Memories of Surfside Beach." I appliquéd the dolphins while on the beach with my family.  I used a pattern from Pacific Rim Quilt Company.


In 2014, I also added two new additions to my sewing loft.  The first was my APQS George, who I love!!!  The second addition was a new table for my sewing area.  A local business was closing, and selling their office furniture, and I purchased the desk as a huge discount on the last day of their closing sale.  Here is my new sewing corner:
I am hoping to participate in a New Years Eve Virtual Quilter's Luau with Pat Sloan.  I will be quilting Merry Merry Snowman tonight.

I am almost finished basting it, and will soon be ready to quilt.  I am hoping that it will be the first project I finish in 2015!  I hope everyone has a great New Year's Eve!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What's George Doing Now?

I quilt using an APQS George.  Since I have a pile of quilt tops waiting to be quilted, I thought I would share with you my latest free motion quilting project.  This summer, I took a class to make a Houndstooth Quilt.
It was a fun project to piece using one of the new Creative Grids rulers.  I finally finished the quilt top, and decided to quilt it using an allover hooks and swirls design.  Here is my work in progress:

Now I just need to bind the quilt and send it off to its new home.  

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fall Projects

November is here, and we gained an hour of sleep by turning our clocks back.  Unfortunately, no one told my dog, Rosie!  Since we are awake an hour earlier today, I thought I would share my latest fall project.

Fons and Porter's Easy Quilts, Fall 2011 issue is filled with wonderful projects that are perfect for fall.  I am working on "Dive Into Fall," a small wallhanging.

Here is my version:


I may replace the shoes with a brighter color, so that they stand out against the off-white background. Then, I need to quilt it, and hang it in my sewing room.  

I love making small projects because I can make them using my scraps, I can finish them before I lose interest in the project, and the finished project does not take up much room. 
Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Finally a Finish!

It has been a very busy summer for me.  I finally made time for some quilting.  Quilter's World Magazine's Winter 2013 issue featured a wonderful elephant quilt that I just had to make.  Here is my finished quilt:






 The elephant templates are still available on their website here.  


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Table Topper Summer Class

My second summer class was the Roulette table topper by Lehmann Quilting.


It was a great class at Quilt Beginnings with a wonderful small group of ladies.

The instructor's sample used Halloween fabrics.  This pattern makes a great seasonal project.  I wanted a table topper for the 4th of July.  Here is my finished top:
Now I just need to quilt it.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Classes - Folded Star Hot Pad

Summer is the perfect time to take classes from my local quilt shop.  Quilt Beginnings offers a summer class pass for unlimited summer classes.  My wonderful husband purchased the class pass for me as a birthday present.  Because I work full-time, I limited my classes to those offered in the evening or on the weekend.

My first class was Folded Star Hot Pad by Plum Easy Patterns.

Quilt Beginnings has huge classrooms, and wonderful instructors.



My amazing daughter helped me choose summer fabrics for my hot pad.  The hot pads are very easy to make.

Since I am a Buckeye, I wanted to share an Ohio State hot pad that was made in class:

The hot pads make perfect gifts, and are perfect for using my stash.  I will definitely be making more.

Design Wall Monday

I can't believe June is almost over!  Today is Monday, and it's time to plan my week.  On my design wall, I have two small table mats.  I had purchased a kit to make Lady Bug, from the Heart & Home Co:
I found that the kit had extra fabric, so I made two matching table mats.  The kit even included little buttons to embellish them.  

Now I have to finish quilting them.  Hope everyone has a great week!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Design Wall Monday

This week, I am working on a quick table mat from Patrick Lose. Butterfly Centerpiece is a pattern from Fons and Porter March/April 2014.

I love the projects from Patrick Lose.  They are fun and easy and perfect for using up my stash!  There is even a free video in which Patrick shares how to make this project!

Here is my project:
Now I just need to finish it.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Happy Memorial Day!

Today is a perfect day for parades, picnics and quilting!  This morning, I started working on blocks for "Read with Me" by Melissa Corry from Moda Bakeshop.  I purchased the Noteworthy jelly roll, but any fabric would work for this fun quilt.
Here is block A:
The quilt is for my amazing daughter who is majoring in Education (High School English).  She is going to pick the titles which will be quilted into each of the books.  This quilt should be a quick project.  If you like this quilt, be sure to check out Melissa's blog to see her amazing quilting. 

Linking up with Judy over at Patchworktimes for Design Wall Monday.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Design Wall Monday

I am having so much fun practicing my quilting, but I have fallen behind on my piecing!  Today, I am working on swap blocks for an internet group swap.  We are swapping six-inch blocks from Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler by Jennifer Chiaverini.  I picked the Weathervane pattern for my blocks. I made six blocks, and I have 12 more to go! I better get busy. 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Modern Applique Workbook

I found the following definition for a modern quilter online:  Modern quilters embrace functionality, simplicity and minimalism, and use asymmetric designs in their approach.   I have admired modern quilts because the wide open spaces allow for amazing quilting!  These quilts are far from “simplicity, minimalism or functional.”  While the piecing or applique may be “simple,” many modern quilts are heavily quilted with complex designs, and ruler work.  I picked up “The Modern Applique Workbook” by Jenifer Dick for the amazing quilting featured on the quilts.


Since I am practicing my free motion quilting on George, and I love hand applique, I decided to start with Birds.

I dug into my stash, watched Leah Day’s video for her landscape quilting design, and went to work on my little table mat. Here is the result:

 

It’s not perfect, but I like it.  Thanks to Sharon at Vrooman's Quilts for hosting the Let's Book it and linky party.  You can find the other participants here

Monday, April 28, 2014

Catching Up on Monday

I had the opportunity to spend time with George tonight to catch up on some quilting. Last month, I joined a group of quilters for the annual quilting day of the James Stitching Sisters.  They make quilts for the Ohio State James Cancer Hospital.   Quilters bring their sewing machines and piece together pre-cut kits. It's a great day of fun, food and door prizes!

I finished one of my cancer hospital quilt tops with a simple meander.  This is the largest quilt that I have quilted on George.  Quilting with George is much easier than quilting with my sewing machine.  
If I could only remember where I put that binding fabric!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Keeping Busy

Life never seems to slow down.  This week, I had little time for quilting, but it was still a great week.    My amazing son had a big announcement.


Just like Westley in The Princess Bride, he has found true love, and he proposed to his girlfriend.  He  is getting married!!!!  Woohoo!

While it is impossible to top his engagement, my week ended with a 3-day mystery quilt retreat at Quilt Beginnings. The Dublin store has expanded and the new classroom space is huge with walls of windows.

I picked blue batiks for my mystery quilt, and here is the result:

It's a queen size quilt for my bedroom.  Now I just have to figure out how to quilt it.  I also picked up some fabric to make practice samples for George.  I have to schedule some time with him soon!

Hope you have a great week.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday: Time to refocus and recommit

Don't you love Monday!  It's a perfect day to review goals, plan the week, and refocus on what is important. I plan to practice my free motion quilting each day, finish a few projects, and make some swap blocks this week.

Today, I finished a cat quilt from MH Designs for my daughter (the totally awesome one).  I should mention that I have another incredible daughter, and an amazing son, but I will share more about them at another time.   I purchased the kit at my guild's garage sale.  I hope she likes it.


 I also finished quilting my Christmas quilt with a little help from Rosie.  Now I just need to bind it.




Finally, I pulled out this quilt that I started quilting more than a year ago.  It's the New Year's Quilt from Jennifer Chiaverini.


I quilted most of the blocks using a feathered wreath stencil.  Now I have to figure out how to finish it!  It's going to be a busy week.



Sunday, April 20, 2014

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog!  My totally awesome daughter designed it for me!


The loft above our family room is my sewing room.  If you drive past our house early in the morning, you'll see the lights on in the loft, as I quilt before I go to work.  I can't wait to share my quilting adventures with you!

First, I'd like to introduce you to my quilting partners. Here's George!

I had been talking about purchasing a new machine for some time, and I had tried out different models at quilt shows and local quilt shops.  My amazingly supportive husband surprised me by calling the local APQS rep to order George!  George arrived in early April, and we are still getting to know each other.  Beth Schillig is the local APQS rep, and an amazing quilter.

Here's Rosie, my 10 year old lab.  Rosie is my faithful companion, and is always near when I am quilting.


Here is my latest project:  Noel, by Material Girl Designs.The designer, Teri Tope, is a wonderful artist and teacher, and I had the opportunity to take her class at a local quilt shop.  Noel has reverse appliqué, two layers of batting (one wool and one cotton/poly), and I am quilting it with bubbles using Superior Rainbows thread.  I quilted a few snowflakes into the background, but they are hard to see.  It's not perfect, but that's okay.  I'm going to make it again in red and white.


Well that's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by.