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Enjoy your stay under the variable skies of Eastern Washington and watch the seasons change, from planting to harvest here on the farm...be sure to wrap up in a quilt during the winter, it's cold!!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Lovely Year of Finishes - October Goal

This is a challenge quilt!  Last year at the quilting retreat for my guild (read about retreat here) we played a strip game - we didn't strip, we rolled dice to exchange strips with the ladies at our table!  One of the quilters had a great idea to challenge us to create a completed quilt using only the strips we won in the game by retreat this year...which starts on November 1!!  I was lucky that I had been collecting all the white strips during the game (thank you, table mates!) so creating a quilt with only the strips collected during the game was not too difficult.  Now to quilt it with some really cool modern quilting in the negative space!!!  No pattern, just winged it!!
I am linking up Sew BitterSweet Designs again this month!  If you are like me and have a hard time getting projects finished or you need a little extra incentive to get going/finishing a project and would like to have the opportunity to win some prizes, join up with us!  No one nags you, just a lovely carrot of getting projects done AND the possibility of winning a prize...and maybe a little extra blog traffic!!!  A win all the way around!!!  So come and join us in the fun!!!!!

Friday, September 25, 2015

September Finish for A Lovely Year of Finishes

Doing the happy dance here...I met my goal for September!!  This is a "Treasure" quilt challenge for my longarm guild - Inland Northwest Machine Quilters.  We paid $50 to be in this challenge and two ladies went to garage sales, estate sales, and thrift shops to find quilt tops.  All the tops were put in paper bags and numbered...then the fun began!  They pulled names out of a basket and we got to come up and take an envelope that contained the number of the bag containing our "treasure".  Some were in better shape then others and no two were alike!  Mine is a single Irish chain probably hand pieced back in the 60s.  So many of the seams were coming apart that I ended up taking the whole quilt apart and putting it back together.  I did change the layout of the colors a little, just because I wanted to.  I quilted in using traditional patterns that the quilter who started it might have used. 

Original quilt
I really didn't like the random placement of the lavenders.

This is an example of the holes and the 1/16th to 1/8th inch seam allowance
I knew that no matter how much hand sewing I did to repair the holes, the quilt just would not have stood up to being washed and being such a light colored quilt it needs to be able to be washed frequently!!

Now I have a quilt that I really like!!
With feathers in the border and a heart wreath in the centers of the "white" areas, along with some continuous curves in the colored squares, it has great texture and I'm loving it!  I chose the hearts to represent the piece of our heart that quilters put into every quilt they make.

I am linking up with the finish party at Sew BitterSweet Designs.

Friday, September 11, 2015

A Break from Quilting

I won this totally cool wood burning tool set from Cindy at DIY Beautify and it came with this beautiful cutting board!  So I just had to try it out!!!  My step-son is getting married in October and there just happens to be a wedding shower for the beautiful bride tomorrow...so I had to try out the wood burning on the cutting board as a gift for them.  She just happens to love to cook and bake, so giving her gifts is easy.
The wood burning set came with the alphabet so the letters weren't too hard - just hard to figure out how hot the tip was and how long I needed to leave it on the board.  I am definitely better at quilting then wood burning, but this isn't too awful for a first try.  I hope they will use it often during their long and happy marriage!

Thank you so much, Cindy - I love the wood burning set!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Lovely Year of Finishes - September 2015 Goal

I am joining with Sew BitterSweet Designs again this month and declaring my goal of getting this lovely Irish chain quilted and bound!!
So, do I quilt it with white thread or be bold and use pink thread in the white areas???

Monday, August 31, 2015

A Lovely Year of Finishes - August 2015

Whew, I made it!  I am linking up with Sew BitterSweet Designs declaring my finish for August.  I really didn't realize how many little pieces were in this quilt until I took it apart and put it back together!!  The small squares started out at 2", but after I sewed them into 4Ps, it was obvious that I was going to have to trim them - so much fraying had eaten away at the edges that there was no way that I could sew them together and have them be any uniform size, so there were all trimmed down to 3 1/4"...and that meant that all the larger squares had to come down in size as well.  It took me about 6 hours to just trim all the blocks!  But I finished getting it all put back together and now have a quilt that measures 60" square.  It used to be 69" square...amazing what having a 1/4 seam allowance and some trimming down will do for a quilt!
It will make a lovely baby quilt...but one that has to be used a bit more gently since the fabrics are quite thin and may not withstand weekly washings!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tease for Kevin

I am quilting a quilt for Kevin, who blogs at http://kevinthequilter.blogspot.com/.  The quilt will eventually be donated to QoV, but first Kevin is going to be hauling it around with him when he gives talks and presentations to guilds about QoV.  Since he calls somewhere in the mid-west home (when he's not doing the job that supports his quilting habit) and I am in the Pacific Northwest, he has had no input as to the quilting on this quilt.  Actually, he was nice enough to tell me to just have fun and so I am!!  I am trying all sorts of quilting patterns I have never tried before - gotta love doodling on paper first!!  So here are a few more pictures of what I have been working on since my last post:

There are three sections of the quilt made up of lots of scraps.  The top section is red, center is creams and the bottom is blue, but there are no discernible blocks, so my usual method of custom quilting the blocks just doesn't apply - most of the time I am going just for textures...LOTS. OF. TEXTURE.  Because the cream part shows the quilting more, it is getting a bit of special attention.  Lots of chalk markings and water-soluble blue pens have been used on this baby so Kevin will need to wash it before giving it away!!  I have been trying to make sure that all the markings are invisible as I finish each section, but I like my quilts to be totally clean when I give them to their recipient...I just spray with water and use a white towel if I need to do any rubbing.

If you have never seen what longarm quilters do to your quilt, you would be shocked!!  We don't hurt your quilt, but we are not always as gentle as you might wish!!  That's why I totally took apart my challenge quilt and I'm re-sewing it - it was partially hand quilted with 1/16"-1/8" seams, many of which were already coming apart from fraying.  If I were to put any tension on that top on my longarm, it would have just shredded.  That is why we all want the seams that end on the borders to be backspaced to lock them together - otherwise they pull apart and we have to carefully lock them down while they are on the frame.

**I keep track of the hours I put into quilting quilts - 23 on this quilt so far!

I am linking up with Freemotion by the River just because I'm having so much fun with this quilt!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Some Close-Up Pictures of Quilting

I finally found the pictures of my daughter's wedding autograph quilt!  So excited, since the actual quilt is in Hawaii (yeah, she has tough duty for the Army over there for the next three years!).
The whole quilt...no pattern, just mom winging it!

Had fun doing "ghost" quilting of the black block into the solid black.
The white is where the autographs are from all of her wedding guests...invisible at a distance!
Close up of the "ghost" quilting.
Fun with feathers!!
The back of the pink block...can you see the pink thread?
Love the texture of the back of this quilt!!!  What do you think?

Now for a sneak peek of what is on my frame right now...
Does this look familiar to anyone?

I am linking up with Freemotion by the River.