Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Guild Swap

I am happy with it.  Just need to quilt and bind it now.  Onto the string star!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Guild Swap

Is Done!  I picked up the blocks on Friday and finished tonight.  Pictures tomorrow.   The blocks were done in batiks, 15" finished, and I used more 9 patches, sashing, triangles for a border, and a 6" navy batik border to complete the 93" square top.  The batiks in the blocks and triangles really glow with the navy sashing and border.  Now maybe I can get to that string lonestar....  

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Bonnie Hunter in Ann Arbor

Bonnie Hunter's lecture for the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild yesterday was a blast.  She has gorgeous quilts with thousands of pieces, lots of advice on how to store your scraps, and a very engaging speaking style that was wonderful to hear.  These are only 2 of the many, many quilts that she shared.  The first is string pieced and the other is a lovely hexie.  She said that the hexies were done in spare moments and took a couple years (more than 5000 hexies).  I really love this setting for the hexagon quilt.  Her advice for finishing the complex borders that she puts on her quilts was her best advice for me.  She cuts the border pieces with the center design and pieces them together as enders and leaders with the center design, so when you are done with the center, you have most of the border completed too.  That complex border, that would never have been done if I had started it after the center was done, is done too.  Take her classes, purchase her books, and hear her lecture if you get a chance.  Thanks Bonnie, for a lovely show.  My friend and I enjoyed it immensely.     

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Seasonal and Tropical

I saw this pattern and thought about my sister Chris.  Not that she collects snowmen, but the words are significant.  My mom's favorite singer while we were growing up was Andy Williams.  The Christmas season at our house was Andy on the stereo over and over and over again.  I have probably heard this song 1000 times, so in honor of mom and Andy, I made two little wallhangings.  They were both made of mom's old towels, gram's black buttons, and orange wool noses.  So Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

And I just finished this quilt top tonight.  These are P3Design's free appliqué patterns from last summer.  I loved appliquéing and embellishing them with embroidery.  I wasn't sure how I wanted to finish them into a quilt, but I decided on this rather formal setting with lots of bright batiks.  It is different from the pattern, but I really like it.  I will probably hand quilt this one, echoing the applique and maybe quilting the leaf design into the border.

The houses and words are coming along, but more houses and trees are needed for the neighborhood, so I'm back to collecting scraps...    

Sunday, November 4, 2012

House Swap

I have the houses from the Lib Quilter's swap and spent today trying to get them together.  I also made a bunch of little wonky stars this morning to add to the quilt top, several more houses and a pile of trees. I have to work tomorrow, but Tuesday is a vacation day so I should be able to get more done... and next Saturday is an all day sew retreat for guild.  Hopefully soon...with photos.

In the meantime, I've bound several little wall hangings for a friend and the mola that C brought from Panama.  I'm still embroidering on the tropical flowers and appliqueing on the CWBQ.  I also have woven and unwoven (several times now) a basket that I started at guild.  I guess I'm doing everything except blogging.