Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Results of January, 2017 challenge

Judy picked #3...my Deep in the Heart of Texas UFO....done

I also wanted to quilt a leather piece.....done....I quilted several...

Carnival Bloom


Wild West

Crazy quilt squares of leather and brown selvage blocks

I also wanted to finish #5 quilt top for the O Canada donation quilts....done... 6 tops were finished and sent to Canada.  they were well received.

I also did some embroidery in January...

My stained glass window...with the embroidery machine

And...hand embroidered...and appliqued...january's block of Buttermilk Basin's BOM

Also, I started a few new things in January....that are currently UFOs...haha

Pink selvage tumblers

Time for music...paper pieced

2 more blocks made for Scrappy Mosaics

2 more rooms fused for the dollhouse quilt

the attic

and a bathroom

Not a bad month. waiting for tomorrow to see what the next UFO # is from Judy.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Stained Glass Window....machine embroidery

I started this on January 2...this year. haha    it has been quite a deal. Although there are only 9 blocks, each took over 2 hours....one of them 3 hours. and that is just the stitching. imagine the thread changes....usually over 15...and changing bobbins....3 or 4 per block....and troubleshooting when things get crazy. i could only do one a day.

In case you are interested in these things...and i am....it took over 21 hours and 40 minutes to embroider these blocks.....and 730,714 stitches.   My machine gives me those figures, so don't think i was counting stitches. haha


It is 20" square...well, except for the arched top


It was very hard to piece them together and get them to match up...some places don't exactly. but after unsewing 2 or 3 times, i just gave up




Do you see the snail?


I just love the turtle


Don't know what i will do with this. it was a design i had bought years ago and forgot about it in my embroidery computer. i am trying to use all the designs that i have bought over the years....and not used. sigh!!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Carnival Bloom

This was just for fun. I was cleaning out years of old patterns, pictures, and things to do 'one day'...when I came across this picture...and it said...make me...i said ok...that was the end of cleaning for that day. i started pulling fabrics and leathers. Here is the picture.


It is 51x57"...all applique flowers and leaves are leather. The middle piece was hand dyed by Vicki Welsh several years ago. The borders are not something that I would have normally used, but the picture was wild and funky so i just went for it. All that craziness was in my stash. haha


Cutting out leather flower pieces took several hours.

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The flying geese was an attempt to try Jamie Wallen's masterpiece. unfortunately, i fell a bit short. figured out i need a much larger area for turning....will do better with that next time.

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Back was a piece of navy fabric bought from someone online who was cleaning out their stuff. it is a heavier type of cotton. it gave me a few thread tension issues.

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I used lots of threads. It is pretty wild and in your face bright. reminds me of Mardi Gras. i will hang it in my studio.  


Next up i have another leather experiment...dinosaurs this time.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Buttermilk Basin

Do you need another new project?   i do....hahahahahahaaha

If you go to ButtermilkBasin.com    ....on the 2nd Friday of each month, there is a free pattern of their current BOM.  they are doing their's in wool....mine is fabric.

This is for January

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Come on...join me...you know you want to. hahahaha

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Results of an iced in day

When you can't get to the studio because of all the ice on the hilly driveway, and you only go outside to throw more wood in the stove, then it's a day to catch up on some UFOs. 

This little beauty is paper pieced. it only had 4 more blocks to piece. i started it in Sept 2016 and finally got it to flimsy state. 


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Oops, i see a spot that is red that should be black. darn

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This tumbler top still needs borders...i'll do that today. I still had to do about half of the selvage tumblers, but they go pretty quickly. the pink, white and black stripe is something that has been in the stash for a long time....i cut as many tumblers as i could with the AccuQuilt machine. Then made a bunch of tumblers with pink selvages. I put them together willy-nilly. the amount wasn't right for a distinct pattern. 


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Today I managed to get to the studio. i have a quilt with some leather loaded on the machine and hope to get some of that finished today. 

We lost electricity last night, so hope that doesn't happen again tonight. Reading Harry Potter by flashlight is quite the experience. haha    And the fir trees down my driveway are all leaning rather crazily. 

Did you get an icy snow day? what did you do?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Deep in the Heart of Texas

This poor quilt was 5 years in the making....and most of that time was sitting around in a box. haha  This was a Judy Laquidara pattern...I believe she did a quilt along at that time. I bought the fabrics in March of 2012. I didn't even start piecing it until November, 2014. It has been a UFO all this time. But I am participating in Judy's UFO challenge again this year...and she picked #3 for January....and this was the quilt. There were only 3 more blocks to piece...put them together....and Viola!


The borders were cut in one piece from the fabric. I had over 10 yards of it. 


Judy's corners were a pieced block but i cheated and used the red Texas fabric.


All the small blocks came from a panel. I still have some of the pictures left over


I am giving it to my daughter in law for her birthday next month. She is a Texas girl, so she is going to love it....especially since she is now in Illinois.  It is 64x76...the perfect size for her to snuggle on the couch with her puppies.


Panto is called Heart Strings



This is the main fabric. i still have quite a bit of this left, too. 


Threads were Glide, Bark, for the top and So FIne medium brown for the bobbin.


I have enough fabrics left to make another smaller quilt...someday. You want a bunch of Texas fabrics....just let me know and I'll be happy to send the leftovers to you. I'll even send you the pattern.  haha

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