Sunday, May 24, 2015

Long time....new project!

Thank God the school year is almost over...I can't wait!  Only 8 more school days left and them I'm free for the summer.  I thought I'd show you the quilt I'm making for my bedroom--it is sort of "medium volume"....but low for me.  ;-)  It is grays, beiges and tans, and the new seafoam/aqua color that I used to accent my bathroom.

I'm doing the granny square block because it's easy and a no-brainer....perfect for summer!



I've cut most all of the 2.5" square for the blocks and am awaiting the arrival of the background fabric...Kona Shadow--one of the new Kona colors.  We auditioned several other background colors but ultimately decided on Shadow--I hope I like it!!  We need to make 121 of these blocks, plus sash them...if we each do two per day we could have the blocks done by the end of June!!

Our other project has been the backyard.  I'll show you a before pic (we bought a repo'd house) and the after one....we put in all of the landscaping after ripping out all of the prior stuff.  Most recently we put in the flower garden.  That was last month's project....

 Before....
  


After....we are still finishing up with something around the garden...remember, this is Las Vegas and we have to be very careful about what we plant or it will roast during the summer....


The rest of the yard has gotten grass, plants, photinia, lantana and TLC over the last few years...



We've also been working on the front, but I'll save that for another post...

Anyhow, now that summer is coming, I'll get back to blogging--it anyone is still out there!!

Happy quilting!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Winner!

I used the Random Number Generator to get winner for the zippered bags....

The winner is Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting!!

Cheryl, I'll send you an e-mail to get your address...Thanks for the comments!!

ps...I did get on a two week jury trial so life is sort of busy now ;-)

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Zipper bags and sewing machine mat...

I absolutely fell in love with this new Riley Blake hexagon fabric.  It is bright, and fun, and perfectly includes by love of EPP...way to go Riley Blake!  This week I managed to fit in some sewing and I made TWO zippered project bags--one for me and one for one of you!!  It's a giveaway...yeah!


They each measure about 12" x 12".  There is clear vinyl on the front and you can see the hexagon print on the inside.  I think it will be perfect for my EPP supplies--extra needles, paper pieces, scissors, etc.  The only difference between the two is the color of the zipper--one is lime and the other orange.  Leave a comment telling me which one you'd prefer and I'll draw a name on Wednesday, March 19th at 6pm (Las Vegas time).  I haven't been blogging much so there might only be a handful of readers/comment--you have a great chance of winning!!  LOL...


While I was at it, I made a sewing machine mat from the same fabric--I used this tutorial that I found on Pinterest from Katie's Quilting Corner.  The idea of using pre-quilted fabric was awesome, but nooooo, I had to quilt my own.  ;-)  I think I'll hit Jo-Ann today to see what they have just in case I need to make a gift for someone.  Now I have somewhere to put all my little stuff that litters my sewing table (too messy to show for the photo).

Today I am cleaning the house and doing some school work.  I have to appear for jury selection for a two week jury trial tomorrow so I need to get my "ducks in a row" at work and at home in case I'm selected.

Happy Quilting to you all...and it is 80 degrees these days in Las Vegas!  Spring!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Quilt--Baby Size

I've been working on a new pattern, Shoop Shoop, since Christmas.  I used the new Riley Blake Raspberry Parlour fabric line for the first versions...a lap size (not shown) and a baby size.  Because I was scheduled for jury duty today at noon, I had the morning to myself so I quilted up the baby one...here are some pics...



And an up-close one of the blocks and panto...Rosebush.  I love how it turned out....


I'm assembling the second practice top and maybe have plans for a third, out of Bonnie and Camille's Daysail.  Maybe....depends on how number two turns out!!

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The benefits of EPP....

When I first started English Paper Piecing, I was all about making the sub-units--piles and piles of stars.  I loved that part, as well and the cutting and basting--all of it was relaxing...

But then I had to assemble it all together.  When doing my last (first) full EPP quilt, I fretted about how to maneuver the quilt while putting all the sub-units together....how do I do it?  Work from the center out?  Work in rows?  Divide it into quarters and do one at a time then put it all together?  What to do...all the tutorials were on how to get the little pieces together, not how take care of the whole top....

So I just started in one corner and worked it in rows.  And I found that I loved sitting under the quilt, with the dog, night after night...watching in come together.  So pieceful/peaceful....

This is my latest Kaffe stars EPP project.  I'm more than halfway through the final assembly and I took this pic tonight while I was watching some Grey's Anatomy...how beautiful is this?  Not the quilt, though I am quite fond of it, but watching a rainbow of river fabric keep me warm?  It is awesome, and not scary at all.  The quilt weighs more as time goes on, but it is comforting to know I'm making progress and I'm very excited by every new star I add to it.  ;-)


I have a four day weekend coming and I can't wait!  Lots and lots of sewing and dog walking and cooking my future....Happy Quilting to all of you!

ps.  It has been in the upper 70's all week here in Las Vegas...Spring has sprung!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Valentine Quilt Tutorial--sort of....




I get inquiries about a pattern for this Valentine quilt I made a few years ago...I had a ton of random Valentine prints and I figured that a Valentine quilt would be wonderful for my classroom.  It's finished size is about 48" x 48".


The design in EQ....



I've never made a pattern, but it was quite simple, though, just log cabin blocks.  Some (8) were all light colored, some (14) were all dark, and some (14) were half/half.  This was the design in EQ....On the half and half blocks, I used a medium pink center.  Maybe this will help if you'd like to make one yourself.  I used 1.5" strips so they finished at 1" wide logs....


I did three rounds around the center...so 12 logs in each block.  I cut the center squares at 2.5" each (finished 2")....

Maybe this will help you out....Good luck!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Finished EPP top...and in-progress one!

So I finally finished piecing the rainbow stars and text print quilt top.  Actually, it was done at Christmas but I didn't have a chance to photo it....it measures 48" x 54".  It will be a wall hanging in my classroom as soon as I quilt it...


And an up-close shot...The text prints were purchased mostly from my LQS Quiltique and some from online shops--Etsy, most likely.  The diamonds and hexagons are all 2"--purchased from PaperPieces.com


And the next one, an in-progress quilt top...all 2" diamonds and Kaffe fabrics....


I really need to figure out a good way to take pics in the backyard.  Or maybe I need to go to the park down the street??  The reality of this shoot was a clothesline strung between a ladder and a palm tree.  LOL....I've never even seen a live clothesline before!!  It sags....??  Darn it, still working on the photography....



Happy Quilting!