Monday, October 20, 2014

Martha Made Me Do It!


Let me start by saying that my friend Martha is one of the nicest people I know. She will spend hours helping me find just the right fabric for one hard to match quilt. She will gladly eat barbeque for lunch every time I get a craving. She will meet me at Barnes and Noble to drink Starbucks and read all the quilt magazines. (You know you do it too!) And she has had this pattern for making these folded pot holders for a while now. She brings it out occasionally to remind me that we are going to make these. So when I was at the quilt show on Friday, one of the vendors had the pattern and the interfacing templates...so I bought them of course! You can get some too over at Cottontail Quilts.
So now Martha and I have no more excuses...we MUST make these now. If you have any experience or tips to share, we would both greatly appreciate it!

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Another Quilt Show!

 Oh My Gosh! (pieced and hand quilted by Rita Jensen)

Yesterday my bee group drove over to Cartersville to see the Etowah Valley Quilt Guild's Show. It was a beautiful day (yes, the sun was even shining!) and the company was wonderful of course, but the quilts were pretty awesome as well!

 Homes by Larry, Darryl and Darryl (pieced and quilted by Shelby Morris)

Not only were the quilts beautiful but the entire show was decorated with vintage sewing items and adorable quilty stuff. It was so fun to admire the decorations as well as the entry quilts.


Basket Quartet pieced by Agnes Albritton
and quilted by Michelle Wyman

This quilt was one of my favorites and the machine quilting on it was so special!

pieced and quilted by Rita Jensen

3 versionsof the same quilt from a Bonnie Hunter workshop.
How different and wonderful the fabric and setting choices make each one!

And these two quilts were made from the same pattern but the fabric and color choices made them so unique. I love the borders on the left and I love the soft feeling of the one on the right. Both are stunning!

(pieced and quilted by Shelby Morris)

The simplicity of this quilt-as-you-go style string quilt was wonderful. The black check in each block and the solid black sashing made the colorful strings look so rich and bright. This was so simple and so sweet, I really wanted to bring this one home with me. I will just add it to the list of quilts to make 'oneday'. 

I hope you enjoyed this little peek at the amazing show and if you are in the area, you should definitely drive over there...it's very worth the time and effort!

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Nine Patch Swap


I recently participated in a nine patch block exchange with Barb. Her blog is so cool and she really is fun (just like the title of the blog states!) So when she showed a fun tutorial on nine patches and asked if anyone wanted to exchange blocks...well, you know I couldn't pass that up!

She hosted two groups, one modern and one repro...obviously I chose the second group. We were to make 50 pairs of block to swap. The tutorial shows how to make them in pairs and they are stacked on top of each other in the photo.

Note: The photo is lousy because it's been raining here forever and it may never be sunny again. Actually, the sun usually comes out again in mid-April which is why I absolutely HATE the fall/winter in this area. The fall usually isn't so bad, but it reminds me that winter is coming and that IS VERY BAD around here if you are a sun lover like me. So while the rest of you are counting down the days to Christmas, I'm counting down the days until sunshine again. At least I have quilting to get me through the months of drippy darkness. Now, I just sound like I'm whining so let's get back on topic...

I was absolutely thrilled when my package of nine patches arrived! It was so fun to look at each and every one and admire the fabrics. I tried to pick favorites but that was futile...I love them ALL. I have no idea what I'm going to do with them yet and that's okay. I piled them neatly in a cute little basket and they are sitting on my cutting table. One day I will see a quilt or get a flash of inspiration and I will know exactly what to do with them. No rush, just going to enjoy for a while until I'm certain what they want to be.

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Quilt Show and Tell


A couple of weekends ago, I was at the Chattahoochee Evening Stars quilt show (I may have mentioned it a few hundred times!) And while all of the quilts were impressive, a few of them really caught my eye. The one above was made for one of the guild's president's upon leaving office. It was fun to read all the signatures and well wishes inked in the block backgrounds.

 This dresden plate was interesting because it was so dark and rich in color and most of the time that pattern is done in pastels or florals. I love seeing 'new to me' combinations.


This was a vintage quilt that just called my name! I love the combination of fabrics and the contrast between the lights and the darks. It's the perfect scrap quilt in my opinion!


And this sweet vintage quilt was another favorite of mine. The fabrics were truly whatever was on hand and yet they look so beautiful together.I really like the pink boxes that surround most of the yellow centers. It adds a fun little accent.


Oh my checkerboard heart! I do love this quilt. Not only is it a scrap quilt, but the blocks on the left were just cut off in the middle. Either the quilter ran out of fabrics or decided the quilt was big enough at that point. No need to finish the row! I LOVE it!


And you just might recognize this pattern. How cool is it in wild bright scraps on black? I couldn't love this more...its wonderful!


This was my little contribution to the show. I entered my block of the month that I led my guild in a few years ago. That is NOT a ribbon hanging on it, just a pair of white gloves for the workers. LOL

And this little beauty came home with me. It was a vintage utilitarian quilt that had combed cotton batting (a bit lumpy in places...aren't we all?) and the soft patina of old shirts and aprons all sewn together. I am in love with it and it looks very happy hanging from my upstairs railing.

There were loads more quilts, but these were the ones that I was drawn to. Hope you enjoyed the quick peek at the show!

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Book Review



I bought this book a few weeks ago from amazon. If you click on the photo above it will bring you to the listing. It is just another one of the historical state books that attempts to catalog and record quilts from private collections that may have historical significance. I really enjoy seeing the old quilts and reading about the people who made them.


I'm always amazed at the skill and quality of work given the probable conditions in which they were sewn. Most of these were hand pieced from whatever was available at the time...by candlelight...without rotary cutters...or strip piecing...or other conveniences that we depend on.


I especially like the quilts that were made to "make do" with whatever could be found. I adore that the plaid in this border does not line up. This quilter used every bit of what she had probably left over from making shirts or dresses.


And these two quilters obviously would have been so fun to talk to! I can just imagine the talking and the stitching going on simultaniously. You know they worried about their kids and complained about their husbands and swapped recipes and gossip. I love how cute they are and wondering what their voices sounded like.


How cool is this triangle setting. Was the quilter just tired of squares? Or did it mean something else altogether? No matter why she chose this pattern, the result is gorgeous!


And how about a few hexies? Not the slightest bit intimidated now *cough, cough* but it is gorgeous to admire isn't it?

I purchased this book used, and with shipping it was less than $6. Money well spent for so much inspiration and the stories and anecdotes included. I would highly recommend any of these states books that I have so far. I am sure there are more in my future, it's just a matter of finding them at the right price! The only thing that I love better than a good quilt book is a good deal on a good quilt book! LOL

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane

Monday, October 13, 2014

One Hexie of a Weekend!






I spent Saturday with a local guild teaching them all I know about hexies and turning them into cute pincushions (the hexies not the students!) This is such a fun group of folks and I thoroughly enjoyed my day with them. They stitched and chatted and laughed and stitched some more. Pretty much the ideal way to spend a Saturday.



This was also the last weekend of the local fair. The kids enjoyed the entire day at the fair on Sunday. Rain showers in the morning meant there were fewer folks than normal so lines for the rides were not so long. That made the kids happy! Seeing how much fun they had made me happy.


While glancing at my calendar last night, I noticed that a BIG deadline I thought was on Nov. 25 is actually on Oct. 25. So I might be slightlyfreakingout and just trying to k e e p b r e a t h i n g ! I did do some stitching yesterday while watching some very sad football games. Oh my.

I have so much blogging to catch up on...I have a new book to review and share, I have some stitching projects that I just need to photograph if the sun will ever come out...I have some yummy recipes to share...So check back soon, I just might get my act together and blog about it!

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane

Saturday, October 11, 2014

October Mini of the Month


For October I decided to make a mini variation of my Plaid Paws pattern. I am on a bit of a table runner kick at the moment. Having never made a table runner until a few weeks ago, I didn't realize how quick, fun and satisfying they are to make. They are finished while you are still excited about starting them, how cool is that? LOL


I seriously considered using these fabrics first. I love the black and cream combination, but decided the brown would feel more autumn-like. Maybe I'll use these fabrics next month. Hmmm....

Anyway, if you want to make this little table runner, here are the directions:

Three Little Bear Paws

Finished Size: 15.5" x 34.5"
Block Size: 7"

Materials needed:
half yard brown print fabric
fat quarter cream print fabric
half yard brown plaid fabric
half yard backing fabric
half yard scrap of batting

Cutting instructions:

From the light cream background fabric cut 12- 1.5" x 3.5" rectangles, cut 12- 1.5" squares and also cut 48- 1.5" squares for the half square triangles. Cut 2- 1" x 29.5" strips and cut 2- 1" x 10.5" strips for the inner borders.

From the brown plaid fabric cut one 10.5" square and cross cut it from corner to corner on both diagonals. Cut two 5.5" squares and cut them once on the diagonal from corner to corner.
Cut enough binding strips on the bias to make 3 yards of binding.

From the brown print fabric cut 2- 2.5" x 30" border strips and cut 2- 2.5" x 15.5" border strips. Cut 12- 2.5" squares for the blocks, cut 4 1.5" squares for the block centers, and cut 48- 1.5" squares for the half square triangles. 

Sewing instructions for each block:

Make 48 half square triangles by sewing on the diagonal from corner to corner each pair of cream and brown squares. Trim the excess and press toward the brown. Sew the half square triangles into pairs being careful to make 12 of them face one direction and 12 face the other according to the photo at the top. 

Sew these units to the 2.5" brown squares and the remaining units to the background squares. Sew these together to create the "paws". Sew the paws to the background strips and sew the blocks together.

Assembly instructions:

Lay out the blocks and setting triangles according to the photo at the top. Sew them together. Then sew the inner borders to the top. Sew the outer borders to the sides, then to the ends, trim if necessary.

Layer with batting and backing and quilt as desired. I quilted in the ditch by machine. Bind and enjoy!

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane

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