Friday, June 29, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
I think I like the little one better.
Little is cute.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I took it to quilt guild for Show and Tell, I dragged it to work to share with a few co-workers. I held it up last night at mini-group and they of all those I've shown it to enjoyed seeing it the most. (click to enlarge)
"Oh you finished!"
"It's stunning, I *love* it!"
"I LOVE that *green*. It just makes it. Well so does the *orange*... and so does the *red*."
Maybe it's because these ladies know and love me the best. Others said things like,
"Did you *cut* all those squares??" ~ Yes.
"What a lot of *work*. ~ Honestly, do people say that to other great artists?
"How long did it take you??" ~ Well if you have to ask that, you don't understand.
Love me, love my quilt. :D
Monday, June 11, 2007
I was clearing out this weekend and decided I'm willing to part with these vintage blocks. There are 44 hand-pieced six inch blocks in fabrics from the 1920's and 30's. Each one is a little different and includes a variety of plaids, stripes and calicos. It has alot of charm... but it's a little too Maverick for me. :D I bought them at an Estate sale a few years ago.
e-bay if you're interested in adopting them.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
It felt like this incarnation of the group called for a new name. Lynn and I were in the front room talking about possibilities: Bag Ladies was taken and sounded negative. Hens and Chicks was too 'cutsy', Pointless Sisters? Nah... then during a pause in our brain storming we heard Evette in the family room telling a story to Judy, in that moment she said, "It was soooo good!" Lynn and I *lit* up. That's IT! Sew Good!
A few weeks later Su hosted the first Sew day under our new name. The new roster has eight, six said they would be there, three of us showed. :D It never matters how many come... it's always delightful to slip out of the every-day to-do's and get together with GF's for sewing, talk, food and laughter. There was a lot of each.
This is Lynn's current project, she's creating 1930's Butterflies as her contribution to the 'sew a row' project from her guild. I'm sorry I didn't get a picture of Lynn!
Su was sorting her scrap bin in preparation for cutting into light and dark squares and strips for use later. Her scrap bin was more like a *hamper*. She kept grumbling about the tediousness of the task, but it was great to see her scrap stash and watch the progress she made.
She sorted and cut *all* day!
And there's Cuevo, down in the right hand corner, probably disgruntled that his nap pad was no longer on the floor. :D
Finally I bit the bullet.
I decided rather than cut off all the diagonal ends in order to create my columns, I would sew the end to the beginning and make straight cuts across the column. That saved me an amazing amount of time and effort.
I cut the borders from the cheddar. I was laying in bed one night after working on it, calculating the totals: Eighteen yards of continuous Strippy colum and *thirty-six* yards of cheddar border.
Then it was just a matter of putting the pedal to the metal. I'd used Adela - my ftwt for all the piece work, but she was sounding tired. So I got out my mid-sized machine which was just back from a tune-up.
Friday, June 01, 2007
This was the scene at my house a week ago. I just love the homey look of freshly washed quilts on the line. I made this quilt years ago from a ragged top I found in a collectible shop. I loved the colors and prints. The fabrics range from the 1920's to the 1960's.
Then I made 3" ninepatches out of the nicer prints and set them into a Double Nine Patch layout.
Here's a close-up of some of the prints. The one above has little clown heads in the top block. The top block in the lower picture has cat footprints. Too cute! Click to enlarge.
And a hand printed label that reads:
This quilt was made from fabrics that were recycle from a scrap quilt that was found in a collectibles store. The fabrics range in date from 1920 to 1960. Only the muslin, border fabric and backing are new. It is quilted in the Bishops fan pattern. Machine pieced by Leslie Roberts and hand quilted by Lil Barton, both of Santa Rosa, California. Begun April 1990, completed November 1992.