Monday, June 29, 2015

bee blocks....

I always love seeing what my bee buddies come up with for their monthly blocks. This is the block I made for Bettepat in May......
And this block is all done for Stephanie, to be delivered at our guild meeting next week....
Stephanie provided the background fabric, the door fabric and the pattern and instructed us to "paint our house" however we pleased. I had fun picking out fabrics, especially for the window! I fussy cut and auditioned three or four different windows before I decided I liked the festive bunting fabric the best....

Now that it's finished, it kind of looks like a sleepy eye to me! I can't wait to see all of the other houses she receives next week.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

adventures on the road

When I chose the word Imagine as my word of the year, I never Imagined that I would be traveling all over the United States for months at a time! After spending several cold months in Cleveland with my daughter Ally this past winter, the logical choice for summer living would be hot hot hot Phoenix, right? About a month ago, I headed to Phoenix to see my awesome dad through cancer surgery and to help Mom with driving, cooking, doctor visits etc. Dad is doing well (here we are last Sunday at his church) but could use continued prayers as he strengthens his body and prepares for radiation therapy.
Of course, once we had Dad home and comfy, I insisted that Mom join me in the sewing room!
We make a good team! Mom pieced & I ironed, until the pattern got a little tricky. Then she turned the machine over to me....
although I'm not exactly sure why. She taught me everything I know about sewing after all!

Oh, you want to know what we made? We found a cute bag pattern in Quilt Now magazine & altered it to suit our needs.

Isn't it adorable? The perfect size to hold a present Mom had bought for Ally. It was a fun make.... always fun to sew with Mom!

Now, I'm back in Texas & ready to organize my projects and get back to work.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Pillow scrap swap

The McKinney Modern Quilt Guild recently completed a Pillow Scrap Swap. Here's how it worked:

We each brought a gallon zip lock bag filled with some of our favorite scraps. At the May guild meeting, we swapped the bags around and each of us went home with someone else's scraps. Then, we had a month to make a 16 inch pillow cover for our partner, returning it to her at the June meeting.   We were also challenged to do something "modern".

When I saw the beautiful scraps in Catherine's bag, they spoke to me! I snatched it right up. Here is the pillow cover I made for her.....

I had a little of my usual fun on the back, adding some binding & ricrac to the open edge....
 I'll confess that I almost plopped this pillow on my own couch and forgot all about Catherine! But I was a good girl and passed it along to her. It helped that I knew Catherine had snatched up my scraps as well (we sure do have similar taste in fabric!) and I couldn't wait to see what she had made for me! Here it is.....

Isn't it wonderful??? I love the improve style she used. Thank you Catherine! What a treasure!

Friday, June 5, 2015

goodbye sweet friend

Yesterday our Crafty Tuesday group suffered a huge loss. Our dear friend Raquel, who has been a Crafty Tuesday girl nearly from the beginning almost three years ago, passed away following surgery to repair a broken leg. I was devastated when I learned this.

Raquel lived her life with passion and purpose. Whatever she did, whether it was quilting, scrapbooking, weight loss, Zumba or Roller Derby, she did it with her whole heart and all of her energy. She loved her husband and her children deeply. And her friends. We will miss her terribly.

A couple of years ago, Raquel brought me back a bundle of fat quarters from her native Hawaii. I used the beautiful Hawaiian prints to make a postcard quilt which hangs in my studio. From now on I will think fondly of my friend whenever I see it.

Hug your friends and tell them that you love them. I will miss you Raquel. You were a blessing to me.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

on the road again

About a week ago I headed off to Phoenix to spend some time with Mom and Dad. Dad had some surgery this past week and I am happy to be here to help them out (He's home and healing). Luckily I have my Hexagon project to keep me busy! I finished up hexies 18, 19 and 20 early in the week....
And I am beginning to join some into rows....
Such a wonderful portable project. What do you work on when you're traveling?

Monday, May 18, 2015

bluebonnet hugs 2

Remember when Ally fell in love with the quilt I made for my sister? She asked me to make her one of her own. And, well, how could I say no? Here it is! Bluebonnet Hugs 2....
 See how happy she is?
 And, of course a repeat performance of her silly antics when I asked to see the back....
 This one is backed in grunge, a little different from my sisters.....
 Enjoy it sweet girl!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

playing with quilt as you go.... updated

About a week ago, Svetlana of Sotak Handmade posted this tutorial about the quilt as you go technique. I had seen this done before but hadn't really done it myself. I filed it away in my mental to-do list for another time. Then, today, Debbie at A Quilter's Table posted this about her experience with Svetlana's technique. Well I happened to have some free time today and these 2 posts were just the nudge I needed to try something new!

After some scrap digging and improv piecing, here is the square of quilt-as-you-go fabric I ended up with:

I used a couple of orphan blocks I had in my stash along with some strip piecing left over from my Bluebonnets quilt, along with some other pieces out of my scrap bin. I really like the way it turned out! And, following Svetlana and Debbie's leads, I decided to make a pouch out of it. I chose to make myself a Lola Pouch, slightly varying the measurements so I could get the most out of my panel.

I've made bunches of these pouches before, but never one for me!

Now, what should I put inside?

I was not happy with the way my binding went onto this pouch. I used a leftover piece of binding from another project and it was not cut on the bias. While that works well for many projects, I have had much better luck with bias binding on the Lola Pouch. So.... this morning I took the binding off of my pouch and replaced it with a striped bias binding. I almost didn't do it, because the pouch is just for me, blah blah blah. But I'm so happy I did! It lays so much nicer now!

Have a happy day!