Friday, October 24, 2014

Another pattern

Back in July my pattern Grecian Stars was in The Quilt Pattern Magazine.  In November I can sell the pattern on my own.  What I sent into TQPM was in a different format than I use for my patterns, so I needed to get it ready for me to print.DSC00988

When I originally did the pattern, the fabric dictated what went where and how much of it.  I used leftovers.  10 different fabrics.  It was a scrappy quilt, but a planned scrappy.  If there wasn’t enough of one fabric, then I went to Plan B.  And C.  And D.  I don’t remember how many changes I had to make to fit the fabric.

This one was sewed by Julie Thelen (a very talented young designer):DSC00987  Isn’t it amazing the difference fabric choices make!  The light fabric really makes those sections pop.

Now I decided to write it using four fabrics, with another one to four optional fabrics, giving the quilter the choice to make it scrappy, or not. The fabrics are much nicer than what shows.  We have some red batiks that aren’t moving very fast, so I chose one of those along with greens to make a Christmas quilt.DSC01530   I had intended to use the darkest green for the border and binding, but up on the design wall, it demanded the red.












It is a beautiful fall day—almost 20° above normal.  Tomorrow will be back to more fall-like temps, so I will enjoy this while it’s here!

Another bag

A couple weeks ago I made a bag sample for the Creamery, Wrapsody by StudioKat Designs.  I made one for myself too.  I have pictures of that one but not the first one.  Front view:    DSC01503

Top:  DSC01504 I didn’t put a zipper in the outside back pocket.  I like to be able to shove things into that outer pocket.

I used a velcro-type fastener instead of the invisible sew-in magnets.  DSC01505 I’m glad I did, I don’t like the position of it.  I’m going to move it closer to the edge.  The edge curls up, it shows a little on the second picture. 

This is the inside: DSC01511  See those two little yellow dots at the top of the picture? DSC01511 Those are pins, something else I’m going to fix.  Someday.  I didn’t like how that section opened up, what I have in there kept falling out. I put in pins to see if it would work.  I can still put things (in this case appointment calendar and checkbook), without it falling back.

There is a zippered pocket with a credit card holder sewed on.  I love having those little pockets, I use them for more than credit cards.  They’re a good place to put notes to myself.DSC01507 

I also attached it so that it is a pocket behind it.DSC01508 

This is the credit card holder on the middle pocket.  I made it a little wider and have the cards going in on short edge instead of the long edge.DSC01509  It also is attached to make a pocket. behind it.DSC01510 I didn’t put a zipper in this pocket either.  Zippers in the front and back pocket are enough for me.  I left out the credit card holder on the back pocket. 

There is still room for my purse insert DSC01510

I miss having a cellphone pocket and keys pocket.  I can stick them in the outer pocket, but I don’t feel that they are very secure, it’s easy for them to fall out.

So far I’m enjoying this purse, it’s smaller than some that I’ve had—I did have to clean it out, and leave out some ‘gotta have’ things, which I very seldom used anyway.

I used stash fabrics, they’re all batiks.  I picked out fabrics I thought were enough, and if the fabric piece was large enough for the pattern piece, I used it. Other than the front and flap, those I pieced on purpose.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fall has arrived.

Sunday was a beautiful day, with the windows open. At one point I heard what sounded like rain. I looked out and instead of rain falling it was a blizzard of pine needles and maple leaves.


Not many leaves left on this tree after Sunday.

But lots of pinecones to come down yet.


I had dug out everything from the small flower bed out front.  Some things I moved back to the mound, some I moved around, and the rest went to the compost pile.  After the ‘needle fall’ on Sunday, there was some mulch already in the bed.  I took the rake and moved all the needles from the cement into the flower bed, I think that’s all I will need in there.

I dug the potatoes yesterday, another pitiful crop, maybe a total of a 5-gallon pailful. The onions I did last week.  They weren’t very big, but at least I ended up with more than I planted.  We finished off the years’ beet crop for supper last night. 

That horrible four letter word –snow—is in the forecast for tonight into tomorrow.  As long as it’s going to snow I hope it gets down into the 20’s and freezes the cannas, glads, dahlias and calla lilies so that I can get them dug and cleaned up.

Back in August I made a wallhanging for a customer at the Creamery.  She found a pattern that she liked, but didn’t want it as big.  DSC01438

The pattern had wider borders.

I sewed a quilt top for another customer with a new line of fabric. DSC01436

I think the fabric is Through the Winter Woods. 

I’ve developed two new patterns for tablerunners.  The first is Swirling Pinwheels.  This one is with 2” finished patches. DSC01416DSC01425

I stitched-in-the-ditch around the pinwheels and meandered in the red.  It ended up smaller than I wanted. 

The next one I made 3” finished patches.  Even though I measured the finished size on the kitchen table before I started, it ended up larger than I wanted.DSC01471DSC01464 - CopyDSC01467 - CopyDSC01468 - Copy










For this one I stitched-in-the-ditch around the pinwheels and free motion echoed in the background.

So did the pattern as 2.5” finished patches.  That will be the size I was looking for.



This is a tablerunner I made from cut offs of another quilt.


I decided to do it as another pattern, Woven Ribbons.  Once again I wasn’t satisfied with the size, so I make it smaller.  I tried to put in the little dark pieces like in the center blocks above, but in the smaller size it just wasn’t coming out evenly.  I ripped those out and continued on without them.

DSC01454This one is in colors of Cari’s new house.  Two of the fabrics are too close in color and kind of moosh together. I simply stitched-in-the-ditch on this one.

This one I made with more fall like fabrics.  The outer Friendship Star blocks get lost because of fabric choices also.  This I free motion echo quilted also.


I sewed together another set of embroidered blocks.  There were a total of 19 blocks.  Hmm, how to I set those??  AND, 6 were one design and the other 13 a different design.  I called the lady to see how she wanted me to do it.  She suggested 3 across the top of the quilt, which would be on the pillows.  EQ to the rescue again. I spaced those three out with a couple of plain white blocks.  The six different blocks I put in the center.  It turned out quite well.  When I brought it back to the Creamery for quilting I suggested using a variegated thread and a swirly design in the two white spacer blocks.  The rest of the quilt the customer wants quilting following the quilting lines on the blocks.




















Yesterday I started a purse for a sample.  It’s called Wrapsody from Studiokat Designs. 

And now I better get back to that!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Seeing clearly once more

After the first cataract surgery I could still use my glasses, but after the second, those glasses were much too strong.  I could legally drive with the vision I had, but things just weren’t clear.  I was seeing without glasses about what I was seeing before with my glasses.  3 weeks after the second surgery I had the exam to get a new prescription.  Lucky me, the lenses I was to have were backordered.  Instead of a week to a week and a half, it was 2 weeks.  It was a miserable 4 and a half weeks of not being able to see clearly.  I bought reading glasses, and that helped for close up—somewhat—but it was a constant putting on/taking off.  I began to wonder if I’d ever be able to see again. 

What a blessing good vision is!  I’m truly amazed at what I can now see (I can’t wait for church on Sunday to see if I can see faces across the church.  That was where I first noticed I was having vision problems).  Monday night I couldn’t stop looking out the window to see what I could see.  I could see individual needles on the pine tree in front of the house.  Looking out past that I could see the spruce in front of the wellhouse, the pine to the left, the trees behind those.  Layers of trees, not just a blob of green.  Amazing!

I finished the 3 Hawaiian quilts.  They were 44” x 52”, all the same fabric, but the six fabrics in the squares was arranged differently on each.001 James Young- girl

002 James Young- girl
















003 James Young- boy

This was the sashing fabric:

DSC01385  I was at a total loss of what to do to use it for sashing.  Just cutting it across the width would have made it a mess, nothing the same.  After some studying, I decided to cut it vertically.  That gave me three distinct looks for the sashing, one with a very flowery sashing, one with some flowers in the sashing, and one with no flowers in the sashing.  The cornerstones I tried to make different than the sashing.

What was left in between the sashing cuts was just what I needed for the inner border.  The outer border is all the same, but I tried to vary it as much as I could.  Each quilt was different than the other two.

Last week I sewed a sample for the Creamery. DSC01407

There were a total of 100 cut off triangle pairs.  I used them as leaders/enders.  As I sewed I was thinking of what to do with them, they were 4.5” squares, placed on the corners, sewed diagonally, then trimmed—way too big to just throw away.  When I finished the quilt, I played around in EQ and came up with this:DSC01411 

The only fabric needed was for the backing, everything else was from the original quilt yardage—a FREE quilt!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Finishes and starts

I finished the t-shirt quilt and the embroidered blocks quilts and both have been picked up by their owners.

This is the t-shirt quilt.  There were 63 t-shirts, and I was able to et them all in.  It’s so much easier when the shirts can all be cut a uniform size.  It’s definitely a different look when it’s done like a jigsaw puzzle.  This is about a queen size quilt.


Their were 6 embroidered blocks, but the customer only wanted 5 in the quilt.

DSC01380The blocks are about 16” finished, making the quilt about 58”x58”.

I made a throw pillow cover with the remaining block.  I stitched in the ditch around the block, the flange is about an inch.


It’s a dreary day today.  It rained overnight, looks like about 3” in the rain gauge

I’m starting on a quilt, actually 3.  It’s very simple.  6” finished blocks with 2” finished sashing and cornerstones,  1” and 3.5” borders.  Only there is nothing marked as 1” border, but lots of extra sashing fabric.  Just waiting for a callback to clarify before I start cutting.

I think I’ll try that call again…

Thursday, July 3, 2014

What a week!

Monday I finished the t-shirt quilt, piecing anyway.  Of course, I forgot to take a picture until I had it all folded up and in the bag to take it in for quilting.  After that I started on the next embroidered blocks quilt.

Tuesday I went in to the shop and did some of my Thursday ladies, because yesterday I had cataract surgery on my right eye.  My vision has been getting steadily worse the last few years, and glasses just didn’t help any more.  Amazing how things have changed in the last 30 years.  When my dad had cataract surgery he was in the hospital for several days.  I remember going to visit him and we had to stand at the foot of the because he couldn’t move his head.  Yesterday we were home within four hours, and that included almost an hour and a half travel time.

This morning I rode in to work with Mike and Cari picked me up there.  She had Elizabeth and Anna along  We dropped them off at day care. Then we went for the final walk through on their new house.  I had only seen pictures and driven by.  It’s a great house.  After closing, back to the house.  Dave started taping, then Cari started painting, and I started cleaning.  Almost six hours and I cleaned the small bathroom, and part of the master bath.  It had been awhile since they had a good cleaning.

After work, Mike picked me up and I went for a checkup on my eye.  Everything looks good.  Only bad news -- she told me to stay out of the garden until next week.  The weeds are laughing at me.

AND this week my quilt pattern Grecian Stars is in the July issue of The Quilt Pattern Magazine!!  If you’re not familiar with it, you can find it here

I had made this last year to match the bedspread I made.  I made it using the Lazy Angle Ruler.DSC00988

Now it’s time for the next round of eye drops.  And bed!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A pattern remodel

Last summer I did a pattern for the Creamery with a line of wildlife fabric.  It was specifically written for THAT fabric.  They now want to use the pattern for different fabric.  I sewed the sample for it.  I was confused.  I decided to rewrite it so it’s easy to use ANY fabric.

Sunday in church the man in charge of our summer festival asked for items for the raffle, tickets to be printed soon.  I decided to make this pattern, but on a smaller scale, for a wallhanging, to donate for the raffle, or maybe the silent auction.. 

Mercy sakes!  I do have a problem when substituting fabric!  But I think I have it headed in the right direction now.  I hope to finish it today, and will post a picture of the completed quilt.

I have blocks trimmed ready to go into a t-shirt quilt. There are 63 blocks I have to figure out how to put together.

But now it’s time to get to work again.

Applique quilt


This is a quilt I’m working on for a customer.  She (her daughter-in-law??) bought a quilt book for a wildlife quilt.  The daughter-in-law had enlarged the bears and trees.  Rather than make all the blocks at the size in the book, she only wanted one large block in the center of the quilt. 

I put EQ7 to work and came up with a design the customer liked.  She is a quilter herself, but wants nothing to do with applique, so asked me to do part of the quilt.  Above is what I’ve done so far.  The cabin is fused and appliqued, the bears and trees are just pinned on, and will be rearranged.  There will be snow on the trees and roof also. 

Next will come a brown border, the same as in the HSTs, then Log Cabin blocks.  The Bear’s Paw blocks will be the cornerstones in the Log Cabin border.  I haven’t cut the brown border yet, I will do that once I get the Log Cabin blocks together, to make sure it’s the correct size.

But I have another iron in the fire to finish before I get back to this, hopefully tomorrow.

Embroidered blocks quilt

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Several months ago a lady came in to the Creamery.  She wanted to know if we knew of anyone who could sew together blocks she had embroidered.  I said that I’ve done that.  She hadn’t brought them along, but would come back some time soon. 

I thought she looked familiar.  In taking down her name and phone number, I did recognize the name, so asked if she had gone to same school I had.  Yes.  Then we talked about our parents, and both recognized those names.  She remembered being here with her parents, so we may have played together a hundred years ago.  I didn’t remember her, but her younger sister. 

We had such a nice visit!  She did bring in the blocks and I put them together into the quilt above.  When she came to pick up that one, she brought another set of blocks to be made into another quilt.

I also put together a set of blocks for another customer, but I don’t have a picture of that.  It was 30 blocks, so about a queen size quilt.

Birds and flowers

The snow is gone, the daffodils are blooming, DSC01330hummingbirds and orioles have been visiting the feeders.DSC01324DSC01327

There was some thunder, lightning and rain last night, heavy fog this morning.  It’s supposed to be near or into the 70s today.  I hope so, I’d like to get some garden planted.  With the rain we had yesterday and last night, it may be too wet.,

Last week I dug the carrots I had left in last fall.  The garden has been tilled, twice, but I’ll probably have to till again before I put anything in.  I have a load of clothes to go out on the line, when the fog lifts.

Since I last posted I have done quite a bit of sewing, I’ll make separate posts for each.