Tuesday, July 24, 2012

What's on the Frame, and More Granny Blocks ~

 Free form daisies are quite forgiving!
Good morning, Hope you are having a good day. Me? I'm sewing on the quilt frame this week. 

These are the "S"curls on the border
This is Nancy's Batik quilt, love the colors here! I'm doing a few things that I've never done before on this one. 

The backing is a very light batik, see the flower appearing on the roll?

First, this is a quilt that has a much lighter backing than the front, man, I get a bit nervous with all these stitches standing out!  

this is a big cornerstone flower on the 10 inch border

Second, I've not really done a quilt that I put an overall flower design on. 

 This free form, "flowing" flower is one that was shown to us at a quilt demonstration, and I've used it here and there on other quilt pieces. This time, I'm making it the overall design. 

I've drawn pages and pages, and now I'm jumping in!  

the center of the flower is all I'm marking

Also, I am drawing on the quilt with this Fixion pen. I am not in the habit of marking for the quilt lines, but this will help with the scattering of blooms across the center of the quilt top, I think... it's taking time, but it is fun.

Oh, yeah, this is my first quilt to load onto the frame with the zipper leaders!

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More "Grannies" to share. Larry votes for a quilt (not table runners or a small lap quilt), and that means I need to make about 6 more. Good thing I can ~

These are some of the fabrics used. The striped pieces added interesting designs in the small cut blocks.

Oh, these two purple houses finish the quilt along with Terry and friends. Now to get those put together!


"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful." Hebrews 10:23

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Improvements Take Time ~

My favorite Great Granny Square so far, aren't those scallops cute around the center?

I started this project this morning: I knew zippered headers would improve my ability to put a quilt on the quilt frame. 

They are a bit pricey for me, but Larry's folk's are in the upholstery business,  and bless them, they sent me the needed zippers! I have a large quilt that I need to get done for a client, and the new header would help, if I could just figure out how...don't you love the sweet people that share on the internet? 

 ~This is actually the second time to put this backing on the frame, human error of course~ 
I visited Sunrise Quilt Studio, and The Quilt Rambler...and read and reread...I am so slow sometimes...but, finally...7:30 P.M...

 I have a quilt on the frame-With Zippers! Yippee! So-don't look too close, you might see a mistake or 2... or 3, lol

This will be the next quilt, I'm looking forward to it! 

The only break today was lunch with Lydia and Jeff, we fixed roasted vegetables. Yum!


 Oh, I also made a Granny square during a break from figuring out the "zipper" project. Funny how we take a break from sewing by sewing, huh? I'll close with pictures of the rest of the g.squares. 

I was going to make a few table runners from these, but they looked pretty neat laying out on the bed this morning...thinking on it ~

"O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation." 
Psalm 95:1

Thursday, July 12, 2012

July is The Best!

 Hi there! I have a few finishes and some starts, 

 thought I'd like to share them.

Shabby Chic is done, and I'm so happy with the results ~
 sewing the binding, see my full cup of chia tea?

the tea is about gone, and I've cut the binding- that's the scrap in the side chair ~

It's finished, and so is the tea... here's the label ~

  Jeff's posing with the finish, before the wash~


 ~ quilted love, a heart, their last name, and pretty loops ~

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Beth's birthday came, and we delivered last year's twister "Cherries" table runner. I made this last year, and it took me for-e-v-e-r to quilt it. . . I K.N.O.W., what a friend I am! 
But she loved it, and laughed when I showed her the one I started for her for next yearlol!
 ~A thank you goes to my friend Gail of The Cozy Quilter
(see my post here)

 Beth also had me quilt her newest grandson's quilt, she had it pinned, and waiting for me. I brought it back to her to bind ~

~  for Colin ~

 On the 4th of July, we were together with Beth and Jerry and I played with her  red, white and blue fabrics and made some crazy patch blocks into a table runner for her entryway. She immediately put it on the table and added a sweet blue teapot, and a red, white and pink one, sorry, I forgot to get a picture of it on the table...her runner is pieced but not quilted yet.

Here are my squares... yep, not finished...

I and 2000 others have been stung by a bee. Well, not really, but Lori Holt of A Bee in my Bonnet started a Granny Squares Quilt Along, and I did, yes I DID jump in...tell me if you did too. Here are my first three squares, and another is laying by the table for tomorrow. (Because, I'm typing tonight  :-} lol  )

 Now, lest you think I'm being lazy, we've also been swimming, sewing swimsuits (well, Beth has, mine's only cut out), going away overnight weekly this summer, cooking, teaching a bit of quilty things, went to a free concert under the stars for a group called California Guitar Triorefinishing a few pieces of furniture, you know, stuff like that. I love July!

I'll leave you with a video, if I can.
"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10