Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday design table

Finally got a quilt top off my HQ16 and the binding is on, whew! 
So now here is a question for you fellow quilters..
Do you wash your quilts before you give them away OR consider them finished?
Here are photos of the lap quilt from today, but I am one of those quilters that does not feel the quilt is finished until it is washed so presently this quilt has made it's way to the washer and is in the dryer.
Will post new photo tomorrow (unless rain interfere) to show you the difference I think washing makes to a newly sewn quilt. :-) Until then Enjoy and Happy Halloween.

Love how the binding fabric turned out

Have you ever regretted thinking "that's so cute, think I'll make one?

Ok so I admit it's been a long time since I've bought a pattern to quilt, must have had a weak moment of judgement while visiting City Quilter in NY City recently and saw one of their samples on the wall and thought to myself that's so cute I should make one. lol 
Hmmmmm fast forward to now while I am asking myself where was my mind? 
Oh well it is cute and only 15 more letters to fuse before I start the long process of zigzagging around the shapes, etc. etc. Yes it will be one of those been there done that quilts just like when I did the postage stamp style quilt. :-)
Here's some process photos.

First pick your fabrics add some type of fusing material, cut out the shapes

Only 15 more letters! I figure a couple a day...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

So how many of you?

Wondering how many other quilters make try out drawings before deciding how to quilt your pieces?
I've found printing off photos of quilt tops handy when unsure exactly how I want to quilt a piece.First print off photo of quilt top then cover the photo with clear acetate or similar clear plastic and use washable markers to practice your quilt lime possibilities.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

On my design board today

Today is a busy day for me.....lunch date with some of my Quakertown area quilter buddies, then off to NJ tonight for the monthly meeting of CentralJersey MQG = Modern quilt guild = fun yet late evening since it is a drive for two of my friends and I, YET so worth it. If you live anywhere near Pennington NJ come join us and check out the fun we have. A great guild to join.
So this is one item on my design board today sadly deciding to fill my design walls with present and old unfinished work seems to have me a little disoriented or sometimes unfocused on the one/plural that has a deadline looming so might have to rethink my plan of attack on old projects.

This is an oldie I discovered that I am going to use as an test run for what they are calling matchstick quilting. I will explain the term as I have perceived the explanation to be? Hoping it makes sense and that I also understand it correctly since I am posting about it :-) lol So matchstick quilting is when the lines of quilting is about a matchstick's width apart, so very dense straight line quilting.
So I am off to enjoy my day and still hoping for some productivity. wish me luck.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

It's been brought to my attention...A question was asked: What happened to my posting?

So someone mentioned to me it was a shame I had not posted recently.
I wish you KNEW how many times I've written my post in my mind or thoughts photos and all :-)
Yet for some reason, I cannot understand? Hmmm they just have not connected with my blog wifi wise. I am betting that someday soon there will be a way to telepathically send our blog our posts by just wishing or letting it read our minds.
Well until that time I am guessing I need to get busy and TRY very hard to resurface my old successful blogging practices or habits.
I will try to get back into my habit of posting or sharing my creative activities.
So here are just a few items on my design board presently.
Trying to complete some old old Un-finished-projects that were just rediscovered.
Hoping to clean out the stack of incomplete projects so I can focus on new ideas.
The crayon blocks I won during one of my VA quilt retreats, in FACT it was the year I retired for good from teaching school (art) so seemed appropriate that I won. 
It will become my retirement quilt 2009. About time it got sewn together.

This was a charity quit I quilted and bound for my Modern Quilt Guild.

This is a project that took way toooooooo long to complete.
This is my husbands office wall and desk furniture which I ended helping him paint with Annie Sloan paint

This was an old round robin piece that began in think around 2006. It was completed till the first brown border and I decided that I might as well finish it as a medallion quilt to either give away to a relative or a charity. The top is now #3 in my pile to be quilted on my HQ16.

So I KNOW I have not been taking the time to post, 
YET trust me, I will always find time to create! 
Creating brings sunshine into my life! So...Until next time...