Thursday, March 26, 2015

1718 Coverlet Continued...


(This is the large block found in the top two corners of the quilt.)

I may be slightly obsessed. I have been making some of the patchwork blocks now and prepping more applique blocks to put in my little travel case. I finished the block above tonight as well.

( I made all six of the these that are found throughout the quilt.)

These were fun to make and easy, I love easy! I don't mind the hard blocks, but having a simple one is kind of a relief sometimes. Know what I mean?

(I made four of these.)

These blocks were not hard, but I am seriously in need of practicing my inside points on the applique. This fabric frays a LOT and I am sure my stitches are too big, but I want that sucker to stay in place. My quilts travel with me for trunk shows and they get folded and unfolded often. They work hard and I don't want them to fall apart!

( I made two of these.)

Again, I enjoyed the quick and easy block above. The instructions were different than any I had used before, so I just made two flying geese and sewed them together. Worked like a charm!

( I made two of these.)

 Again, please don't judge my applique. I do try my best, but I am no perfectionist (obviously.) I want to improve my applique skills because while they are fairly good in my opinion, there is definitely room for progess.

(And two of these.)

I think using fabrics that are a bit different for me, and that I happen to adore, is making this project even more fun. I am combining colors and patterns that I have previously never worked with. So it is a little scary but a lot of excitment. I never really know how a block is going to look and I love surprises! 
(The top three rows without the large corner blocks.)

I have sewn these rows together and have more blocks made. I think the blocks themselves are fun but they are better together. When this quilt is done, it's going to be SO different than any other project I've ever made. It reminds me a bit of my Dear Jane experience, only with a lot fewer bad words.

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Book Review


It's no secret I'm a HUGE Jen Kingwell fan. I almost hyperventilated when I met her at spring market. Seriously, I was in awe. And wouldn't you know it? She is as kind and lovely in person as her quilts are gorgeous! Her daughter was absolutely adorable as well. So it will come as no surprise that I had her book pre-ordered the moment it was listed on Amazon. I broke out into a cold sweat when I got the notice that it had been shipped...what if it was lost in the mail? what if it was delivered to the wrong house? what if I wasn't home when it arrived? I was THAT excited about it.

I wasn't disappointed. The quilts are beyond gorgeous, and the pillow patterns are so tempting! I have read the book word for word, down to every last detail she gives about supplies and techniques. Sure the photos are real eye candy for any quilter, but the information is abundant! 

On a scale of 1 to 5 I would have to give this book a 7 1/2 .  I can do that because it's my blog and my scale. LOL

Please click on the link below and order this book RIGHT NOW, you will thank me, I promise. 
You're welcome,
Diane






*link is affiliate, thank you so much!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Keeping it real...


Sometimes my work table looks like a mess.


Sometimes my shelves are dusty and the piles seem to grow.


Sometimes my thread basket is hanging off the shelf because I keep digging through it.


Sometimes I have to set up and extra table just to collect the overflow.


Sometimes my sewing table is so cluttered my machine is almost buried.
But Boomer never seems to mind. 
It doesn't bother me either...too much.
Once it starts to bother me, I'll clean it up, until then...
I'll just keep quilting.

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane


Monday, March 23, 2015

1718 to go...

(Block 31)

The 1718 Coverlet Sew Along certainly was well timed for my life. It turns out that these little blocks travel well. I sew the patchwork blocks when I am home, but the applique blocks can be prepped and packed up in a neat little box.


I put 5 or 6 block backgrounds with their applique pieces in the box, needles, threads, thimbles, pins, tweezers, marking pencil, scissors, and a seam ripper.


Because the freezer paper is already cut out and adhered to the fabric, all I have to do is trim away all but the seam allowance, pin them in place, and stitch. This is perfect for waiting for appointments, sitting at sporting events, and waiting in carpool pickup. A few stitches here and there add up quickly!

I should have more to share soon!
Diane

Friday, March 20, 2015

Why I belong to a Bee group

(Pasty with her fabric stash)


What is a Bee Group?

Bee groups can vary, but they are basically a small group of quilters that get together on a regular basis to stitch and visit. Some groups work on charity quilts, some work on their own ufo's, some make blocks for special causes, and some do any combination of these things. 

(Patsy said she bought this house because the railing was perfect for hanging quilts...
good move Patsy!)

Why is my Bee Group special?

I suppose every quilter thinks her Bee group is special, but mine is made up of six very talented and generous women. We each have our own style of quilting, and we each prefer different methods and techniques.  We range in age from 40ish to 80ish. We work on charity projects occasionally. We work on group projects occasionally. We always bring our own projects to stitch on and talk about. We love to get advice on fabric choices and construction methods. We share ideas and patterns and information. We all love fabric, chatting, eating and laughing!

(This is Rusty, he let's Patsy live in his house.)

What do we do?

We meet once a month, rotating to a different member's home each time. We start at 10am with coffee and stitching. We stitch and visit until lunch time and then the hostess serves lunch. Sometimes we celebrate a birthday, or an event. Afterwards, we usually poke around the hostess's quilt room and 'ooh and ah' over her stash. We also enjoy looking at the quilts on display in her home (or thimble collection, or photos of grandkids...you know, important stuff!)

(Yes, those are buttons sewn all around the border.)

Also...

We share upcoming events and plan special trips to local quilt shows or speakers. We make road trips to quilt shops once or twice a year. We've even been known to take overnight trips to very important quilting events and fabric stores. 

(More of Patsy's stash.)


But most importantly...

We support one another. We truly, deeply, care about each other's well being (their whole life, not just their fabric stash!) We send cards, we call each other, we give little gifts. We lift each other up, we celebrate life's wonderful moments, and we hug each other through the tough times. We have welcomed grandbabies, celebrated weddings, and shared safari adventures. We've waited through surgeries, and we've attended funerals. We've said goodbye to friends moving overseas and cross country. We've had joints replaced, lumps removed and broken bones. But we are women who quilt and care about one another. We can do anything we set our minds to...and we have chosen each other!

I am so very blessed to be surrounded by strong, beautiful women with crazy amounts of talent. And that's why I belong to a bee group. 

(And the desserts are always amazing!) 


Enjoy every stitch,
Diane

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Another Quilt Show!

(I voted for this quilt as my favorite, the quilting was just as amazing as the piecing!)

This color combination was really special in person.


Two weekends ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the Cotton Patch Quilt Show in Watkinsville Ga. I love that show. They only have it every other year, but the location is great, the quilts are amazing and the vendors are always tempting!

The borders on this one are awesome!


Not exactly sure why, but I loved this one!


I asked my friend Martha to ride along with me and we had fun. We even stopped at a quilt shop on the way home! There is no limit to the amount of fabric fun a person can have in one day!

I'm a fan of log cabins in all their forms.

That sashing, Oh my!

And these blocks with this border just made me happy!


This one was amazing!

And I could have looked at this one all day!


And this one is perfect in every way!

This quilt show is a little more than an hour's drive from my house, but worth it don't you think? I love how inspired I feel after I visit a show, and it just leaves me itching to stitch! 

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Get the free pattern here.

I'm not Irish, but I am more than happy to celebrate any occasion. I made this block for a post on Craftsy. You can get the pattern and free tutorial by clicking on the link. I hope your day is filled with lots of luck!

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane
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