Archive for June, 2009

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Tina’s Quilt

June 30, 2009

Tina has been making slow but steady progress on her quilt. It is interesting that some days she just doesn’t have the patience to sit and work on it. Other days she works and works on it and doesn’t want to stop.

That’s pretty normal, huh?

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At this point all of the strips are sewn together and I am cutting them into lengths to use as blocks.

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WOW! It is starting to look like a quilt!

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Tina’s Quilt

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Life List

June 27, 2009

I haven’t done one of these games in a while so here goes… the things I have done are in bold type.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii   *I even lived in Hawaii!!* 
5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo- I’ve played one on the piano, does that count?
11. Bungee jumped-
No way!
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch 
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty 

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18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb 
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language 
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied 
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain 
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check/cheque
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
…duh!
73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle,
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88.Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person

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96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
……………………………………
That was fun! Here are the rules for you to play, too:
Copy and paste the above list.
Bold the things you’ve done in your edit box.

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Quilt Inspiration: Pattern on Pattern

June 25, 2009

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I designed this quilt top some time ago in Electric Quilt. I used ideas from  Ruth B. McDowell’s book Pattern on Pattern to create the design. In the book, Ms McDowell suggests laying a pattern in different sizes on top of each other to create sub-patterns.

I like the repetition of shapes.It looks almost as though the shapes are echoes of each other or maybe like they are ripples on a pond. I also like how the border contains the whole thing. 

If I were ever to actually make this into a quilt I would probably quilt it with a simple curvy panto.

So many ideas, so little time.

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Quilt for a General

June 16, 2009

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This quilt was pieced by Quiltnbee .  She did a lovely job with it. I especially like the fabrics she chose. The background fabric for the stars and the alternating fabrics in the 25 patch blocks are all black on white prints. That gives a continuity to the quilt but still allows for a variation that gives the quilt a touch of “sparkle”.

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I also love how she pieced the back. I imagine the squares are left from the piecing of the 25 patch blocks. One of the squares has the name of the piecer and the quilter on it. I like the back almost as much as the front.

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Good job, Quiltnbee! This will make a lovely quilt for one of the generals in our army.

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Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day; June

June 15, 2009

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Blooms are not abundant here in my San Antonio garden this June day. According to the local newspaper, the past 21 months have been the driest in recorded history. The use of sprinklers and irrigation systems are to be curtailed to Stage 2 restrictions today.  IMG_4409

What that means basically, is that each household can irrigate one day per week between the hours of 3 am and 8 am and between the hours of 8 pm and 10 pm. With daytime temperatures in the high 90’s that is just not enough for all but the toughest of plants.IMG_4413

I am able to supplement with a hand held hose or buckets of water which I do regularly for my vegetable garden. But since I am basically a lazy gardener, the rest of the garden is having to tough it out and blooms are small, few and far between.

To see more of today’s blooms from around the world check out May Dreams Gardens.

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Debra’s Design Store

June 8, 2009

Do you need some embroidery to add to a project you are working on? Debra has just the thing in her Etsy shop, Debra’s Design Store. And if she doesn’t have it she’ll make it just for you. Just send her an email.

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I’ve seen a lot of her embroideries come through my studio in the forms of labels and quilt blocks. They have all been professionally done and are lovely. I highly recommend Debra’s shop. I hope you will stop by and take a look!

Debra’s Design Store.

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Dressed for Dinner: Progress

June 7, 2009

I’m almost done with the last appliqué block on my Dressed for Dinner quilt. It is the most detailed of all the blocks. It is currently about half done. This photo shows all of the pieces in place but some still need to be stitched down.

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Meanwhile with the top half of the quilt hanging on the design wall I’ve been thinking of quilting ideas. Here are a few of the thoughts that I have sketched out.

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For the corn block I am thinking of stitching corn plants surrounding the appliquéd plant. Corn is a very social plant and one plant does not do well by itself so I may fill the block with quilted plants to keep it company. I’ve also sketched simple stitch-in-the-ditch and X’s in the blocks and half square triangles.

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Wavy lines represent steam in the pie block. And the wavy lines turned horizontal represent the wood grain of a table.

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An occasional leaf swirling down, overlapping different blocks, as leaves tend to do.

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And finally, some kind of heart meander around the heart block.

I have been thinking about which batting to use also. I am leaning toward using wool. Kay used Quilter’s Dream Wool on her Peppermint Stars quilt and it was absolutely luxurious. The finished quilt was so soft and puffy. 

So I have a little less than 6 months until my deadline for this quilt, Thanksgiving. I may make it…

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Tina’s Quilt

June 5, 2009

Tina picked out some fabrics to make a quilt. She has made “mug rugs” before, but this will be her first quilt.

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So last night we sat down with Electric Quilt and designed these blocks and layouts.

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Tina decided that she liked the last one best because it looks like stairs. Later this morning I’m going to start cutting strips (I’m not sure Tina is ready to be using a rotary cutter… Or maybe Mom’s not ready for Tina to be using a rotary cutter). And then Tina can start sewing the strips together.

How fun to be working with my daughter on a quilt!!  

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Quilt Inspiration; A Soldier’s Quilt

June 3, 2009

I was just playing around with Electric Quilt this morning and came up with this design. I think that it would make a nice quilt for a soldier.

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Barbara Brackman calls the block design California in her Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. It was first published in a syndicated mail-order column called Nancy Page, which appeared in many periodicals in the late 1920’s to the 1940’s.

I think that it would be nice quilted with Jodi Beamish’s panto Stars and Loops.

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Too bad making a real quilt isn’t as quick and easy as designing in EQ!!

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Fusible Web

June 1, 2009

During the month of June, Quilt Studio is calling for posts on fusible web. I hope some of you out there have a lot to contribute on this subject. Fusible web is a neat product that can really open up design possibilities. But I’ve not explored the product enough to really know how to use it well. I will share what I have done with it though.

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This journal quilt came from a series I worked on in 2006 as a result of a challenge at Quilt Studio. It was called the Journal Quilt Challenge and the parameters were to do one piece per month at a size of 8 1/2” x 11” all with a common theme. The theme I chose was images of houses in the Historic district in my hometown in Indiana.

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At that time I preferred piecing to appliqué so the foundation of this green and yellow design is pieced. I found that some of the pieces were so small though I could not piece them. The shutters on the house were particularly troublesome.  Traditional appliqué didn’t work because turning under the edges was was so difficult and left the small pieces with a big bulge. Fusible web was the perfect solution to the problem. I ironed the web to the fabric, cut out the shaped I needed and fused them in place on the foundation.

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After I fused the pieces down I then quilted over the whole thing. I did not specifically try to quilt over the fused edges of the fabric but mostly just meandered over the pieces.

This journal quilt hangs on the wall in my studio so it doesn’t get any handling; it has never been washed. All of the edges of the fused pieces are still fused in place and it looks as good as it did the day I made it.

As you can see, my experience with fusible web is very limited. I am looking forward to reading about others’ experiences with fusible web. I have a lot to learn about it!

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