Friday, August 10, 2018

More Extreme Embroidery & Hexies

One of my "Extreme Embroidery" students just sent me pics of her finished projects. Thanks so much, Linda. I'm thrilled to see and share these finished works of art.
This is a picture of Linda's pin. It is an original design. I think it is BEAUTIFUL!
This is a framed piece titled "Autumn Pieces" and is a pattern by Aunt Susie's House. Linda used some variegated floss from Weeks Dye Works. It is done all in French knots using two strands of floss. She wrapped the needle only once with the thread. 
This is what I've been doing this week--working on my Kingfisher Quilt. I have added all the borders and now will be adding some hand appliquéd triangles in the 2nd border (the largest light border). I debated about even adding the triangles, because I liked how it looked without them. Before I made the final decision, though, I pinned the triangles on the quilt while it was on my design wall. I LOVED it with the triangles. They just add that little "spark" that makes the quilt a bit different from the "usual." I'll post a pic when that is finished. Who knows when that will be, though!

I DO have a retreat coming up, so stay tuned for some photos from that. Maybe I'll get some of the triangles appliquéd onto this quilt during that retreat.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Tip for Sewing 60-Degree Diamonds

While sewing the center section of my Kingfisher Stitch Along Quilt, I found out that sewing 60-degree diamonds together (and getting them to line up properly) is not the easiest thing to do. I mentioned, in my last post, about a little trick I used to line up my diamonds for piecing the center of the quilt--here it is. (If you'd like to refresh your memory of what my Kingfisher Quilt looks like to this point, click here.)

When sewing two 60-degree diamonds to each other, there needs to be a 1/4" overlap/extension on each end. I was trying to eyeball that quarter-inch overlap; that didn't work very well for me. I discovered that using a 1/4" tape of some kind helped me measure that 1/4" overlap/extension very quickly and accurately. (The silver tape I used was just some I had on hand. I think it was used to do something with slides--photos--back in the day. ANY 1/4" tape will work.) Let me show you what I mean.
As you can see in the picture above, the tips/points of the diamonds need to extend/overlap by 1/4". In the next pic, you will see a 1/4" silver tape attached to my cutting mat. I used that 1/4" tape to quickly measure an accurate 1/4" overlap/extension for those tips/points.
In the pic above, you can see the edge of one diamond lined up with the tape, and the tip/point of the other diamond extending over the width of that tape. The very, very end of the tip/point lines up with the top edge of the 1/4" tape. You will need to do this with both diamond points (as shown below).

If you follow these instructions, you will get perfectly aligned 60-degree diamonds.
Let me know if this works for you.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

I'm Busy. How About You?

I have had a busy week. My grandson's usual babysitter is ill, so my husband and I have had to step up. We are babysitting every day; and once he starts school on Thursday, we'll be picking him up each day from school. I am REALLY enjoying him, but it DOES put a damper on getting any "serious" art work done.
On Thursday, we took him to get a school haircut and out for his favorite--a root beer float.
I spoke to the Raintree Quilters Guild in Evansville, IN, this week too. Getting ready for the lecture and trunk show took an entire day. (I take A LOT of quilts with me, so organizing and packing those up takes a lot of time.) I also taught an "Extreme Embroidery" class for some of the guild members the next day, so I had prep for that to do too. The guild was very welcoming, and I had a lot of fun.

Luckily, I thought to take some pictures along the way. Here are some pictures from the class.
I made a couple of blocks for a Block of the Month program at my guild in Tennessee. All the blocks turned in will be put together into community service quilts.
I worked on machine appliquéing my hurricane quilt to the hand-dyed background fabric. (I finished that, so it is on to basting the quilt sandwich together.)
I ALWAYS have a hand project of some kind to work on. Since I just finished my "forever" hexie project, I hand basted some hexies for a new project I have drawn up.
I also worked on piecing the center of my Kingfisher Hexie quilt. I'm not finished yet but will post pictures when I am. Piecing 60-degree diamonds into diagonal rows isn't easy. I have found a way that makes it easier for me to line them up for sewing. I'll be sharing that in my next post. Stay tuned.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

This and That

I have a whole lot of miscellaneous stuff to share with you in this post--a little catching up, a little show and tell, and a personal pic or two.

I have been working on my Kingfisher hexagon quilt. I have all the hexagon flowers hand appliquéd to the diamonds and all the setting triangles cut. I'm hoping to get this center section sewn together in the next couple of days. After that, two borders will be added--one of those having some appliquéd triangles added as embellishment.
Here are some "progress" pics. The first one is an example of "fussy cutting." I took the second picture of some hexies with my day lilies. The third is a pic of what it looked like when I was working on most of the appliqué--on the road. Thanks for driving Nate!


I have also been working on my "forever" hexagon project. I finished hand appliquéing the entire quilt to the ombre background just last night.
Libby makes it a challenge to work on it some days. There isn't room for her AND the quilt in my lap.
I had a chance to visit the Form Not Function exhibit at the Carnegie in New Albany, IN, before it closed. This is always a fantastic show--one I don't miss if I can help it. I didn't have anything ready to even TRY to get in this year, but one of my friends got in. I want to share her pic with you. This is my friend, Vickie Wheatley, with her piece called Anxieties #1: Imperfections. Congrats Vickie!
Stitch & Bitch was at my house this week. Three of the members are participating in a UFO Challenge. Each month they draw to determine which of their pieces has to be finished by the next meeting. One of the members from the UFO group was unable to attend, so I don't have a pic of her piece, but Jane and Mary Lou showed theirs.

I have visited my sister in Memphis and my son's family in Arkansas since my last post. My granddaughter turned five, so (of course) we had to be there for her birthday. She posed here with her new bicycle.
Here she is with her new unicorn backpack, lunchbox, and pencil pouch. She'll be going to kindergarten and MUST have the most fashionable accessories for those that have just turned five. LOL!





Tuesday, July 10, 2018

TWO RETREATS AND A VISIT

I haven't posted for a bit, but I have a REALLY GOOD excuse. I just got back from my second retreat this month, and I have pictures. The first retreat was held at the Gasthof in Montgomery, IN, by the Patoka Valley Quilt Guild (my local guild). Often, I get SO involved in what I’m doing that I forget to take pictures. That is what happened at this retreat. I wish I’d gotten more pics, but these are what I got.

I worked on the binding on my grandson’s quilt, and I finished my June Curtis Boehringer snowman wall hanging. You can see them here. I also finished a few of my hexie flowers for the Kingfisher Stitch-Along.
We had a great space in which to sew.
Here are the other pics I took at that retreat. 
Doesn’t the quilt on the top look like it actually ripples/waves. I think it is called Rolling Waves. The quilt on the bottom is huge and made of Civil War fabrics.

I even had a whole table to myself. (And I know you all will be shocked that I took over the unused table closest to me. LOL!)
My second retreat was with friends in Tennessee. This is the first time I’ve been to this retreat. As you can see in this next picture, the retreat is held at a nice wooded location. We ate our meals out on this porch (after moving the quilts, of course.)

I worked on my butterfly migration art quilt and
some more hexie flowers.
Here are some of the things everyone else got done at this retreat.


We even celebrated a special birthday while we were there.
I always enjoy going to a retreat. I LOVE the time I get to spend with friends, and I LOVE the uninterrupted time to work.

I also LOVE to visit family. I got the chance to attend my grandson's (Asa's) first birthday party in Arkansas. That boy LOVED his cake!
I also got to spend some time with the girls of the family. Here they are celebrating the 4th of July.
June Beth and I had a bit of fun with this selfie.
I guess you can see that she is quite a character!

Soooooo, that is what I've been up to. How about you?


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Love Quilts

Making a quilt is a labor of love. With every stitch of this quilt, I thought about how blessed I am to have this child in my life. I am SO thankful for him. I have spent the last week quilting this quilt for my grandson (Asa Gene) who turns one on July 2. (Gene was my Dad’s middle name—the name he went by. My son, Ryan, named his son after my Dad.) I think this is a great quilt for a little boy. I’m hoping he will love it.


I also finished my June Curtis Boehringer snowman wall hanging.
I have finished all of them, now, except for July, August, and September. I have NO time to work on them in the near future, so I guess I’ll have to find something else to hang in their designated space on my wall. Maybe I’ll get them done for next year…and maybe not! LOL!