I’m back!

My family and I went on a much needed vacation.  It’s been 4 years since we

last went on one.  It is amazing how much you think you don’t need a vacation,

then when you are away, you realize how much you did need it.

I am back and off to the races!

Holly began quilting last year and, to guesstimate, she has made 5 quilts

thus far.  Not bad for a beginner.  She has help from Carol  and together

they make quite a team.

On Monday, Holly called and dropped off some quilts.  She needed 2 by

Friday.

This one is for someone special who loves John Deere tractors.  It is quite cute.

I think that he will love this quilt.

Holly's John Deere quilt.

Holly’s John Deere quilt.

We decided that it needed a circular design, so we went with

“Flirtatous.”  Lots of swirls and circles to give the quilt top movement.

Close of up of Flirtatous panto.

Close of up of Flirtatous panto.

Even the back of the quilt has John Deere all over it.

BAck of the quilt.

BAck of the quilt.

This second quilt was made by Carol and given to Holly.

What a gift!

Buzz saw quilt.

Buzz saw quilt.

We decided to go with another circular design, to add movement to

the quilt pattern.  This time, we chose “Quirky.”  It is one of my favorite

pantos, from Willow Leaf Studio. I think it looks great!

Close up of Quirky panto.

Close up of Quirky panto.

Tomorrow, I am working on 2 pillow shams.  Hoping to have all 3 done and

out the door by Friday.

I am hoping to continue with the fabric painting and am looking forward to

Mickey Lawler being on The Quilt Show, this week.  She paints alot of fabric

and I am hoping  to learn  lots from her.

Until next time,

Happy Quilting.

Ruth

A Jeep cover?

HavIt has been quite the interesting week.  One of the Pastors, at my  Church, has an older

Jeep and he couldn’t find a back cover for it.  So, he asked me to make one for him.

Crazy me, said “yes, I would love too.”  Ugh!!!  What is  wrong with me?  Ever since then,

approximately 3-4 months, I have been dreading creating this Jeep cover.  This week,

I took the bull by the horns and made the cover.  We decided to make it out of

trampoline material,  the black stuff that you jump on.  And to make it even more

interesting, I had to make it double thickness.  That stuff is so stiff and scratchy too!

After 7-8 hours, it was completed!!  Yeah!  I hope I never see the thing again.

I am sad to say that I forgot to take a picture of it to show you all.  My word of advice

to anyone out there, skip the Jeep cover-ha!!

This week also saw me complete a special quilt for a friend who is having her 2nd child.

She wanted  a wallhanging that resembled a picture that she had.

Noah's Ark picture.

Noah’s Ark picture.

So, she went to Staples and had it blown up.

Blown up picture.

Blown up picture.

Then, all I had to do was trace, cut and paste.  It all sounds so simple, doesn’t it?

I tried to match the colors in the photo with fabric I had; I also used Steam A Seam.

There were   a few bumps  along the  way (ie. glue stuck to the bottom of my iron)

but all went ok though.

Finished quilt.

Finished quilt.

I think it turned out ok.  She liked it so that is all that matters.

What do you think?

Then, there was a cute baby quilt that I also managed to complete.  Fabricland was

carrying them , the price was right, and I liked it.  So, I bought it and even managed

to get it quilted.

Cute baby quilt.

Cute baby quilt.

Here is a close up of the quilt too.

My favorite part of the quilt.

My favorite part of the quilt.

I also managed to paint some more fabric as well. I really liked the process

this time and the fabric turned out ok as well.

Fabric painting.

Fabric painting.

Blues were the color that I used this time.  I am really surprised by

how much fabric  1 teaspoon of paint can actually paint or cover.

Then, I tried yellows and oranges.  Peobeo Setacolor paints were the

paints that I used this time.

Orange fabric painting.

Orange fabric painting.

What do you think?

Linda also managed to complete her first fusible applique project.

Wallhanging

Wallhanging

She had alot of problems getting the logo enlarged.  I think that she

did an amazing job!!

What do you think?

Have a great week!

Ruth

 

4 Pictures, 1 Word

Hello there,

Summer has really taken a bite into being creative.  Nevertheless, I am managing to play a game called 4 pictures, 1 word.  I love it!!

I think that I am on #384.  Pretty sad, I know.  Now, I have  a challenge for you.  What do these 4  pictures have in common?

Picture #1

Picture #1

Picture #2

Picture #2

Picture #3

Picture #3

Picture #4

Picture #4

Just to help you out a little, here is a hint.

The hint

The hint

Okay, I will tell you the answer.

Fabric painting. I know,that is 2 words. And the  ironing board helped

with pressing the fabric after it was painted.  The heat sets the colors.

I did manage to begin the lessons and the book by Cindy Walter.

Mind you , it was kind of boring but I did learn how fabric  paint behaves when applied onto wet and dry fabric

or whether using thick or thin paint.

But I did perserve and am hoping to try some different techniques soon.

I also managed to buy a new ironing board, the one above.  Isn’t it crazy how

different things we buy (ie. ironing board) can make us so excited?

What is something different that you have purchased that makes you happy?

And I did manage to quilt the Chevron baby quilt too.

Chevron baby quilt

Chevron baby quilt

Here is a close up of the stitching.

Stitching close up

Stitching close up

White thread was used and I did 2 parallel lines in the blue section.  In the white areas,

I did a vertical squiggle-technical term, I know.  I thought that it turned out ok.

Hopefully, the new mom will like it as well.

Until next time,

Happy quilting.

Ruth

It’s hot!

I am not sure about you but it is hot here.  It makes for lots of swimming in the pool but not much sewing or quilting.

Oh well, I will try to endure as best as I can.

I did manage to get a top put together for some friends who just had a baby boy.

I thought that I would try out a new pattern, one that I have never made before.

Chevron was the one chosen because I thought it would be a quick and easy

pattern to under take at this time of the year. And I was not disappointed.

I used 5″ squares that I had bought online at Connecting Threads.  I had 42

squares so it worked out well. And I had it cut and sewn together in a matter

of a couple of hours. Quick indeed. To be quite honest though, I don’t like the

layout that I chose.  IF I had to do it again, I would put all the dark squares

together and all the light together, instead of spreading them all over the top.

My baby Chevron quilt.

My baby Chevron quilt.

What do you think?

All that is left to do, is the quilting.  I will have to make time this week for that.  And the binding needs to be

done as well but I don’t mind that at all.

Then there are the blocks that I showed you last week.

Paper  pieced star blocks

Paper pieced star blocks

The other 36 are now being blocked and I am hoping to have that top all together by the end of the week.

I love it when projects that have been hanging around for a while get finished.  That means I can start

something new-yeah!!

I am also hoping to get some fabric painting in this week. This is the book I will be using.

Fabric painting ideas and inspiration.

Fabric painting ideas and inspiration.

I want to try my hand at that and see what happens.  I will take lots of

photos to show you what happened.  Even the mistakes and ugly ones

will be shown.  Eeek!! I hope I do an okay job, now I really have to try

my best and pay attention to what I am doing. Until next week,

stay cool and happy quilting.

Ruth