Today was my first attempt using a fusible batting. I fused my version of Ann Champion's award winning rolling snowball block featured in the July/August 2009 edition of Quiltmaker Magazine. Although Ann used 56 11" finished blocks, I reduced my templates and used 64 9" finished blocks. I also used thirties reproduction fabrics like Ann did in her quilt, I'm going to hand quilt this one it make take forever.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Merry Christmas quilters, readers, and hockey fans. Hope everyone is having a great holiday. We had very special visitors from Nevada. Clint Malarchuk and his family had dinner at our house. How is this possible???? It's easy when he marries into the family! Clint is pictured with his wife Joanie ( our niece ) and daughter Dallyn. Come back soon! Clint's OFFICIAL website can be found here http://www.malarchuk.com/. Follow him on twitter at http://twitter.com/cmalarchuk because his exciting new book Fluery will be coming out soon.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The applique class I took with Cheri Meineke-Johnson (pictured above right) was my absolute favorite at the quilt show in Houston. If you ever have a chance to take a class with her it is well worth it. I knew absolutely nothing about applique and I thought I would never ever even want to try. Cheri's class was so much fun that as soon as I got home I adapted my Autumn Jewel tea china pattern into templates, got out my freezer paper, ironed and starched and before long I was doing a decent applique with a #10 straw needle. Who knew it would be such fun. I tried using the YLI silk thread that Cheri recommended but I couldn't get the hang of it. So far cotton thread is working just fine. When I get better at it, I'll try the silk thread again. Check out my progress and I'll keep you posted.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
After much inner debate I finally decided to bite the bullet and attempt to machine quilt on my beloved Janome Heart Sewing Machine. After using a walking foot to do the "plowing" or rows on my altered Dunkard Path blocks with a John Deere theme; I dropped the feed dogs and took off with the free motion. It truly does get easier after a little practice. I was able to keep my stitches pretty much the same length by using my turtle govenor and going slower than usual. No expensive stitch regulator for me! I will try this again.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
What fun KK and I had in Houston last Saturday night at the Gala on the Green partying with our friends Deidre, Leonie, Julie and Helen from Australia. Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi. Deidre and Leonie of Tasmania or Tassie as they call it are The Quiltedcrowgirls their store can be viewed at http://www.thequiltedcrow.com.au/
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Four years ago when our son Christopher died suddenly at age 20 I could hardly bare it. Unable to deal with his loss I gave most of his belongings to charity. My bff KK intercepted some of his clothing and gave them back to me earlier this year. I am calling his memorial quilt Flying Gosh. The heaven headed flying geese blocks were made with his t shirts and shorts. This quilt was made possible by a wise friend that stored Chris's clothes for three years. Thanks KK.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Judge it for yourselves, comments welcome, however be nice... it's been a long day.
Yes, my pretty block with curves came in last at the Medina County Quilt Show. This was a money prize and I was sure I was going to win after seeing that none of the competition had even attempted curves. The judges remarks state that my block has poor stitching, poor tension, poor thread color choice, poor seam allowance, poor handling of bulk, poor junctions, poor points, poor curves, poor grain and use of fabric... in addition the judge claims that my work has major errors and is distorted. When I picked up the block this afternoon I asked if the Medina County Fair used a certified quilt judge. "Of course not" said the smug lady from the Medina County Quilt Guild "that would cost too much".
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Daughter & grand daughter visited with us LaborDay weekend. What fun! We attended the Tarpley Texas Volunteer Fire Dept. Labor Day Parade. My favorite was the truck complete with it's own sheet metal rain cloud, drum simulating thunder and splattering us with water guns. We Hill Country Texans have been desperate for rain for two years now. We even got some rain after that rain dance.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Our church St Stanislaus in Bandera and its mission St Victors in Lakehills, Texas both have prayer blanket ministries. The blankets are mostly small, usually less than a fabric length squared. They are prayerfully made, blessed, then distributed my ministers of the sick and bereavement. They come with a little booklet that says, "You are covered with prayer" on the front, and sometimes a hand beaded rosary if the person is Catholic made by "His Holy Face Chaplet Makers" also from St. Stans. It took me two weeks but I made 24 blankets with a portion of my stash. I like to put crosses on mine, but everyone makes them different. I Still have some organization to do in my beloved sewing room but now..... I think I have some room for some new fat quarters.