Playing catch up.

School is in and I am playing catch up.  In several weeks  time, there is an annual

quilt show that I attend. Every year, it seems I am behind and have to race like mad to

complete a quilt to  hang in the show.  Only this year, I forgot to hand in my intent

form and so I have no quilt to hang in the show.

I do have a booth so I can hang it there.  It is nice to have a new quilt to show.

This is my new quilt-hot off the sewing machine.  If you look closely-it is not quilted!

This is my job this week-to completely finish and bind it.

A Bonnie Hunter quilt pattern.

A Bonnie Hunter quilt pattern.

This pattern came from Bonnie Hunter.  I think her website is called

Quiltville but I could be mistaken.  She allows people to use her patterns

to make a quilt but not to sell the pattern itself.  Pretty generous of her, if

you ask me.

I have been debating whether to custom quilt this one or just do an

all over design.  Due to the time restraints I have , I am leaning towards

a pantograph.  What do you think?

This cute quilt was made by my friend, Arlene.  She is a great piecer and I

love the colors in this quilt.

Arlene's snowman quilt

Arlene’s snowman quilt

Arlene wanted light stitching around the snowmen, in the panel

section.

Snowman panel section

Snowman panel section

I didn’t want to stitch any design in the piano key border so

I stitched around each individual key. I think it helps the border

to stand out even more.

Piano key border

Piano key border

I also decided to put a small snowflake in the four corners

of the inner blue border.  Can you see them?  A swirl was

added too, just for movement and due to its quickness.

In each pieced block, I was thinking about putting in a large

snowflake to fill the entire area  but later decided against it.  I think

the snowflakes would have been too big.  So, I SID around

the pieced blocks and stitched in a smaller snowflake.

Snowflakes in the pieced blocks.

Snowflakes in the pieced blocks.

I think that looks better.  What about you?

I couldn’t decide which color of thread to use in the pieced

blocks so Arlene chose a gold color-So Fine too.  I think that

it looks better than either the red or the green.

Fall is quickly approaching, so I thought I would show you a

wallhanging that I made about 10 years ago.  I bought it as

a kit from Country Concessions, in Cookstown.  Usually, I

don’t buy kits but the colors and fabric in this one drew me.

It is even hand quilted-did it before I had my longarm.

I still love this wallhanging.

My favorite fall wallhanging.

My favorite fall wallhanging.

All the blocks are blanketed stitched by hand. Yes, it took a long

time but I enjoyed doing it.

Close up of corn

Close up of corn

Even the turkey received a blanket stitch.

Turkey.

Turkey.

What is a fall wallhanging without a turkey?

Have a great week!

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