Monday, June 25, 2018

Design Wall Monday

Annie and I are off to teach an umbrella workshop today, so this post will be short and sweet.

In an attempt to get caught up on work, I've been dong a little sewing on a lot of different projects. While doing that, I use the leader/ender method a lot and love that I can actually be working on two projects at the same time.  

Here's the latest leader/ender blocks that I'm making and so far, I like what I'm seeing. 

I like the big blocks here and the boldness of them. I'm using all the same background, but each print is different. I'm not sure yet if I'll make more blocks or it I'll add sashing. I have the three blocks on the bottom to finish before I have to make that decision.

Of course, this will be a Quilts of Valor, so I'll have to play with sizes to determine what will work and look the best. 

What are you working on today?

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

A Test and Finish

On Friday, I posted some pictures from a couple of rug classes that I recently taught and included pictures of the "rope" coiled up on the table. To see the other pictures click HERE 

I love how it looks! Besides looking really cool, I think there is a psychological benefit to coiling it this way. If you've made one of these rugs, you know that the process of making the rope is a long and tedious one. I think that seeing the progression and getting a general idea of how the rug will look (in reverse) keeps the maker motivated. 

Yvonne, who blogs over at Quilting Jetgirl commented on my last post that it would be fun to go back and compare the coil to the finished rug. I think she's right so I decided that I needed to make another rug and take pictures along the way. Okay, I admit that I used her comment as an excuse to make another rug; but I really did want to make the comparison. 

So, purely for the research aspect of rug making and to respond to Yvonne's comment, I made a new rug yesterday. 😉

I started with a Moda Jelly Roll - Collection for a Cause - Sunshine by Howard Marcus. I've had this roll for quite some time, having purchased it for another project. When I started working on that project, I decided that this was not the best fabric for the quilt so it got set aside. Gee, I'm using stash so that's another good excuse reason for me to make this rug.

I rearranged the strips a bit, kind of taking a guess on how I wanted them to appear in the rug. I try not to fret too much at this stage of the game, but sometimes that's a challenge. I knew that I wanted the dark on the outside of the rug and a couple of colorful rings throughout. I also did not want the lightest fabrics right in the middle so the rug, so I opted to put the grey fabrics there. I also chose to put a floral print in the center, instead of one that reads solid.

Once I made my decision, I started with the dark fabrics and made my rope. As I was sewing, I coiled the rope and this is what it looked like when I was done. I liked this!

Remember when I said I wanted the dark fabrics on the outside? You actually sew those fabrics first, so they ended up in the middle of the picture above. Plus, unlike the rug where you see about .75" of each fabric, you only get a very small piece of it at this stage. I'm ok with that and still love the look.

Of course, now I want to make a circular rug! Ohhhhh, will it ever end?  😂 

Here's the completed rug. (Getting good pictures of these rugs are such a challenge for me. Sorry!)

I got the rings of color I wanted, but I'm not totally thrilled with the big grey area in the center. I'm sure it will grow on my though. 

Thanks for the comment Yvonne, and the excuse to make another rug.

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Quick Catch Up

As usual, I've been quite busy here and blog posts have fallen by the wayside. I've got a few minutes and decided to post a few pictures of recent projects and classes, just so you don't think that I've forgotten about all of you or being lazy. :-)

Here's a T-Shirt quilt that I recently made. I was given a variety of size shirts and needed to play a little with the layout. I'm glad I chose the shadow effect. The recipient liked the quilt, which is always a plus.

This is my version of Poinsettia Millefiori which is a free download by Michael Miller Fabrics. The original quilt is by Marinda Stewart and measures approx. 44" x 59." 

The fascinating thing about these One Block Wonder/Stack and Whack type quilts is that no two look the same. This was fun to make and the quilt is at Chestnut Ridge Sewing in Millersburg, OH. There is a class scheduled for this in July, and I'm looking forward to that. I think there are a few open spots, if you are interested. :-) 

I've recently taught a couple of rug classes and while I am really not great at remembering to take pictures during class, here are a few I was able to get.

I love the greys and blacks of this rug!

This blue rug is made with twenty strips and is from a single fabric - ombre confetti metallic. This exact fabric and a variety of the color colorways is available at Chestnut Ridge Sewing

I love the placemat size rugs and this is looking awesome!

I've changed the way the "ropes" are coiled a bit because I've found it so much easier with which to work. Of course another big plus is the fact that we get a glimpse of what the rug will look like when it's complete. (It's actually in reverse, but it still gives you a good idea.)

Even though the picture is blurry, I love these browns together and think the rug will be striking!

Isn't this just plain wonderful?

This is so colorful and fun and can't wait to see it as a rug!

This is so soft looking and it's just beautiful!

I'm loving these fabrics!

This is going to be striking!

As you can see from the pictures, I've been busy and that makes me happy!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Design Wall Monday

If you read my last post, you know that my house has been filled with even more laughter and happiness than usual because my six sisters were here. Even though the majority went home yesterday, Pat and Annie are still here because Pat's flight doesn't leave until this afternoon and Annie is taking her to the airport. 

Lots of fun projects were worked on and many were completed over the past five days, but this quilt remains on my design wall.

Dream Big panel, Hoffman Fabrics, Design Wall Monday

Isn't this beautiful? The center is the Dream Big panel by Hoffman Fabrics and this picture does not do it justice. It is striking, as are all the colorways available.

I have to be honest. This is on my design wall, but it's not my quilt. It's Pat's and we are trying to decide how to quilt this. A Google search produced a bunch of amazing options, so now we are more unsure than ever. It doesn't matter though; I'm ok with having this on the wall and looking at it over and over and over...

Paula worked with the same panel and planned her borders to go in reverse order of the colors in the flower. This picture was taken in haste as she was packing up to go home. I don't know why she was not receptive to the idea of leaving the quilt with me. :-)

Dream Big panel, Hoffman Fabrics, Design Wall Monday

Terri bought the grey panel, but kept that tucked away to be worked on at home. It is beautiful too and I can't wait to see what she does with it. 

Dream Big panel, Hoffman Fabrics, Design Wall Monday

This afternoon, I plan to spend some time cleaning and reorganizing the sewing room. I've had some discussions with a couple of the sisters about making some layout changes and look forward to trying them. I'm excited about the possibilities and hope that this also helps me purge a few things that have been gathering dust for quite some time. Maybe I'll host a giveaway or two.

What's on your design wall today?

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Sewing/Sister Time

I've been away from the blog and most of my electronic devices for a few days now, as I am enjoying our annual "Sister Time." I do want to drop in and post a couple of pictures of what's happening.

There's a lot of laughing, sewing, eating, and reminiscing going on and it's been wonderful. Lots of projects are being completed, many of which were UFOs and that is pretty darn awesome. There's also a lot of learning and practicing of new techniques, which means there is also a lot of collaboration and opinion-giving taking place. It's fun to watch and be a part of that.  

 Paula is learning to do the actual quilting! 

arrow quilt, machine quilting, sewing with friends and family

Pat has been very busy, as usual.

bag projects, homemade bags, clutch purse, pouches

Terri has already made a big bag and is now working on making bowl cozies. 

bowl cozies

Barb made a bunch of cozies and a dress for one of her granddaughters. At least one more dress will be made, as well as a couple of other projects. Barb and Terri are deep in conversation about some fabric choices. 

bowl cozies

Kathie finished up a quilt top that she started last year, but I did not get a picture of that. Oops! She is now working on her first rug. Isn't this going to be fun?

Jelly Roll Rug

I've finished a quilt top and a wall hanging, but have not taken a picture yet. I did make one oval rug and am working on a rectangular one now. Don't you love this teal confetti ombre fabric? I used yardage instead of a variety of fabrics. 

Jelly Roll Rug, confetti ombre

Annie has been busy making carrot table runners that are so darn cute (again, no picture yet), as well as helping Paula with her projects. Her machine has been busy, but took a well-deserved break last night.  She's got things organized and ready to start working again whenever she decides to sit and sew. She's always so organized and I admire that! I really need to learn from her. :-)

sewing machine

I love how the back room looks at night when our machines are all set up and ready for us to work.

bonfire time, sewing room

The sewing room, kitchen, and one bathroom is always illuminated.

sewing room, bonfire time

We took advantage of the beautiful night Thursday and had a bonfire.


I love our time together!