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5/24/2018

Random Thursday Moments

FedEx delivered the two 1/2 yard cuts of Northcott Fabric this morning. These are the colors I chose to use in the row I am designing for My Happy Place Row Along. Seams To Be Sew is hosting another row along in September. I am busy working on the pattern. I have tested it with fabric from my shelves, but NOW the Northcott fabrics will make the final row!
On my walk to the mailbox at the end of the driveway, I had to take a photo of these flowers growing in the gravel of the driveway! I guess the rain of the past week helped plants in the most peculiar of places! 
And outside the front door: 
Iris (that I brought from my mother's garden years ago) that are the tallest, largest, and brightest I have ever seen them!
Years ago my father-in-law planted pansies by our front door and I am sure this one must be popping up from those, because I haven't planted any pansies!

I am waiting for the furnace repairman to find out why the auto pilot on the furnace would not ignite the other day. With temps going into the 80s for the next 7 days, I am not too concerned, just want it fixed! 



5/21/2018

Community Quilt Project

In mid-April, a newsletter announcement from While She Naps told about a community quilt project happening through ace & jig. I emailed Ace & Jig to sign up to participate. Today a bundle of their custom fabric scraps arrived. These were really cool scraps, since they are used in clothing.



The goal for ace & jig is to create a jumbo quilt highlighting their amazing ace&jig community and their custom fabric scraps that come from the cutting room floor.

For every three completed quilt squares, they will donate one project night night bag! Project night night is a non-profit organization that gives out comforting night bags to children experiencing homelessness, which include a tote bag, a blanket, age-appropriate book, and stuffed animal.

The quilt blocks have to be 16" square, unfinished, a 1" seam allowance is figured in to the measurement. 

I got right to work so I could get it into the mail to meet the June 15 submission deadline. (One never knows how long the mail might take.) This past month or so I've had houses and buildings in the works, so why stop now? This is the block I created: 

This was a fun project to make. I hope ace & jig achieve their goal of donating 100 project night night bags. (The email they sent telling me the bundle was coming said there were over 380 quilters participating.) I will also mention that ace & jig were kind enough to send a pre-paid postage sticker for us to return the blocks!

Have a quilty day!


5/17/2018

Escher Inspires Quilt

Yay! 
My new pattern has been released by Cut Loose Press this weekend at Quilt Market. 
I can show you the entire project and write more about it. 

While exploring possible ideas for the Transformation/Change theme of The Endeavourers group in March and April, I thought of creating a tessellation with M.C. Escher's art in mind. Escher experimented with repeating patterns and geometric mathematical concepts, as well as optical illusions, metamorphosis, and impossible worlds.

I found an over-whelming amount of information on the internet about how to construct graphic art in Escher's style. I knew I was beginner and this would be sewn rather than drawn; so what to do? 

I read about reflection, translation, and rotation. This was pretty interesting, too. I remembered I had a Jinny Beyers book on Tessellations that I hadn't looked at in years! Tessellations create interlocking pieces that tile the same shape over the surface (in this case fabric). 

I worked on this little quilt - simple crane shapes. I decided I would design a pattern and submit it to Cut Loose Press. They accepted it. I worked on fixing and simplifying the directions to fit the 2-page format of Cut Loose Press Press. (Of course, that meant I had to sew up a different design for The Endeavourers Challenge.)

As other quilters have found, quilt ideas can come from so many places that it pays to keep our eyes and minds open. What sights have you turned into patterns?



5/15/2018

Projects This Week

Another busy, creative week has ended.
Monday was a sewing day at the home of my friend, Marilyn. Another sewing friend joined us in the afternoon. I took the Schoolhouse Friendship blocks to finish adding the last row and sashing. I am excited to send it off to the longarm quilter!

On Sunday, my husband and I delivered the t-shirt quilt to the young man graduating from high school this week. We can't attend his party, and we wanted him to have the quilt early. He was amazed and very happy to have it. I made the quilt from start to finish (quilting it on my friend's longarm). My husband was my rooting section and helped with placement of the blocks.  

And between Monday and Sunday, I sewed

          3 of 7 letters for a Row Along blog hop I am part of in September, 2018,

Approved the Cut Loose Press pattern "Cranes Wallhanging" after sewing up another example to make sure the directions were correct. The pattern will be released at Quilt Market in Portland this weekend. This is a teaser photo for now.

Began another quilted item and worked on the directions to submit to Cut Loose Press patterns,
AND. . .
I made my first YouTube video--a tip on how to steady a wobbly thread spool on the sewing machine peg. I definitely have a bit to learn, but one has to begin somewhere!

Thank you for visiting. Remember if you leave a comment, I always respond--but only if I have a way to contact you. 



5/11/2018

Where Flowers Bloom

Welcome 
to my day's post for the 
Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop

Carla from Creatin' n the Sticks is hosting this fun June hop to take us into SUMMER!

I wanted to combine some embroidery with some quilting.
We needed some placemats for the table. I have a coaster embroidery from Embroidery It that I wanted to make.  I made the 4 flower coasters with some summer stash fabrics.
I really like the embroideries from Embroidery It. They are easy enough to make. The stitching actually covers the trimmed edges. And the detail around the satin stitching gives them a wonderful finish.

For the placemats, I found some batiks that had similar colors in them to make them reversible. I watched a YouTube video that was very easy to follow. These placemats were made in 2 hours from start to finish! I couldn't be happier.



If I had more fabric from the coasters, I would have embroidered some of the flowers on the placemats with some appliqued vine stems.

Here are the other bloggers and their post dates for the blog hop. I hope you find a project you want to recreate!









(I used free watercolor daisy clip art from angiemakes and learned a bit more about my Photoshop Elements program when I composed the graphic above.)