Wednesday, August 24, 2016

It's That Time Again!

I love my job, but...





Best wishes to students and teachers beginning the new year.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Working in Secret

It seems everything I'm working on right now is to be a gift, so I don't have pictures to show! I've got three tops almost completed, but with school starting soon, I'm not sure how soon I can get them quilted. Where did the summer go?


Monday, July 25, 2016

String Crossroads Instructions

For those who were interested, here are the instructions of making the String Crossroads quilt that I designed.







The instructions are not an exhaustive pattern; they are more about the numbers and sizes of blocks needed for the quilt.

There is also a link to the instructions in the right-hand sidebar of the main blog page.

Thanks for your interest. If you make this, I'd love to see your version.

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 71 at The Quilting Room with Mel and Jo's Country Junction UFO Challenge.



 The Quilting Room with Mel

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Jekyll and Hyde

This quilt can't decide who it is--calm, sedate Dr. Jekyll (churn dash blocks) or wild, crazy Mr. Hyde (string blocks). 


Jekyll and Hyde 64" x 86"



Jekyll and Hyde (detail)





Jekyll and Hyde (detail)




Jekyll and Hyde (pieced backing)


 


Quilting it was also a Jekyll and Hyde experience--smooth, problem-free quilting, until I would run into a fabric that shredded my thread! As befits the name, I'm of two minds about it--I can't decide if I like it or not!

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 70 at The Quilting Room with Mel and Jo's Country Junction UFO Challenge.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

China Blue

Another D9P for donation made with mystery charm packs from Missouri Star Quilt Company. 

Fabric Line: China Blue by Kanvas

64" x 75"





Detail of front




Pieced Back

Quick, easy, and pretty!


I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 69 at The Quilting Room with Mel and Jo's Country Junction UFO Challenge .



Sunday, July 10, 2016

Zesty Donation Quilt

In an effort to stretch my color and fabric print boundaries, I ordered a couple of mystery charm packs from MO Star Quilt Company. I figured it was the luck of the draw--they would either be colors I loved or colors that I probably should use more often.


Here is what I received:

The solid yellow and background are from my stash.

The name of the line is Zest. To make best use of the prints in the charm pack, I decided on a D9P, so I wouldn't have to cut the charms.

Here is the result:

64" x 75"


(detail)





Purplish-grey binding matches a color in the print




Only one extra block this time--I'm improving! It went on the back.


Not my favorite colors or prints, but it should make someone happy! I'll have to try this again--stretching is good for me.

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 68 at The Quilting Room with Mel and Jo's Country Junction UFO Challenge .






Monday, July 4, 2016

Thrifty Purchase

The quilt I am working on right now is a gift, so I can't show pictures of it.


Last week, I made a thrifty purchase from Marshall Dry Goods Wholesale. I receive ads from them, but usually the amounts are too much for me. This time, however, the offering was a tone-on-tone flat-fold bundle.


Each is different in pattern and/or tone.











The bundle has fifteen different tone-on-tone fabrics--six yards each. These will be handy because so many quilts I make use this type of fabric. It would also make great backing.


In the end, even with shipping, I paid only $2.02 per yard. Thrifty indeed! If you should decide to order from the wholesale side of Marshall's,  I can recommend Sharon Thomas (Clicking on her name will take you to her email address.) as a sales rep. She was so very helpful to me. Marshall's, of course, also has a retail side--the quality and pricing is wonderful--give them a try--retail or wholesale. (This isn't a paid endorsement--I just love their goods.)


I hope to make some beautiful things with this fabric.

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 67 at The Quilting Room with Mel.