Thursday, December 16, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Made this little cozy for my dear friend's Friday night coffee. We've been meeting at a local Starbucks every week for the past five years while our kids attend youth group and found it to be a wonderfully therapeutic way to end a busy week. Now our oldest daughters are coming with us and, in spite of sitting on the other side of the room, are continuing the tradition of making time for lifelong friends.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
|Perfect size for mega biscuits!|
|Bird's eye view|
Have an idea of who in my family would appreciate this cute little basket, but since they are regular readers of my blog, I don't want to spoil the surprise. Excited to finish a project in a day, especially with the multitude of interruptions in my day--doctors' appointments, dishes, laundry, meals, etc.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Some might wonder why I don't post more finished projects, so thought I might take you on a journey through the process of hosting a swap. The swaps you'll see here are from the BlockBuddy Yahoo group.
First step is to select a swap. We have several running at the same time. The most popular right now are the Chicklets, an invention of my imagination. Chicklets are 4 1/2 inch four patches using white on white and a flavored gum color. The flavor of the month was grape.
|Lots and lots of grape chicklets!!|
|Just love all the colors!|
|Classic blue and white--can't wait to start assembling the top!|
A quick and easy block is the Double Four Patch. If you'd like to try this versatile block, directions are located here: http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltblocklotto/ss/january07_lotto.htm . Saw one in a recent quilt show--just love the classic blue and white set in a visually pleasing way.
|Dozens and dozens of half-square triangles! Oh, the possibilities!|
And, we swap 2 1/2 inch strips called "Zippy Strips."
|Waiting for the mail carrier to whisk away the squishies to their new home!|
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
If you're ever in the mood for a Block of the Month, would like to invite you to my website, www.EwesQuilting.com ! This BOM is the third I've run for BlockBuddies, but the first I've offered on my website. The blocks from January to October are up now and November is ready and waiting for next month.
Appreciate your feedback!
Monday, October 11, 2010
As you can see, my theme is Christmas. Used a Nancy Halversen design for the Nativity and the Karen Kay Buckley method of machine applique. The background fabric at the top has Psalms scrolling across, filling the sky like I imagine the angels did when proclaiming His birth all those years ago. (Luke 2:13-14)
Am hoping for lots of angels, sheep (am very fond of the black ones) and a star. Am fortunate the group I'm in is filled with incredibly talented ladies who will do an exceptional job. Will be sure to post when it's finished!
If this kind of activity appeals to you, please feel free to check out Block Buddies for yourself! Here's a link http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BlockBuddySwaps/ .We have loads of activities and one is sure to appeal to you!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Please go visit and sign my guestbook! Would love to hear your feedback!
Friday, August 13, 2010
First, felt I needed to become familiar with how to use the machine with paper before I could start working with fabric. Then, after six months of practicing (and a smidgen of procrastination) the perfect project came along--a notebook quilt challenge with Love Apples Quilters. Seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally try fabric with the Cricut.
There really isn't much written about how to use fabric in a Cricut machine on the internet. What little I did read suggested ironing on fusible adhesive and using the paper as a stabilizer, putting it on the sticky mat, placing it into the machine and cutting away. Well, it doesn't really work that way. Found that sewable fusible peels away too easily from the backing, although did work on simple shapes. Peeling off the backing and then placing the fabric directly onto the sticky board didn't work because the sewable fusible doesn't provide enough stability. So, in a final attempt, I used heavy duty fusible on the fabric and placed it directly onto the mat and had success! (Took me five attempts to get the word "Summer" to cut correctly due to it's curlicue style. It felt really good to conquer that hurdle!!)
In addition to using heavy duty fusible, it was necessary to slow the cutting down to a minimum, increase the pressure and blade length (used it set on 4).
After learning a few of the secrets of using fabric on the Cricut, thought it would be a great project to test out using textile glitter to add a little sparkle in the lightening bugs' tales and on the flag of the sandcastle.
Here's how it turned out:
The little guy in the lower left corner is a cricket in his grasshopper pajamas--our girls are very concerned that crickets are black and grasshoppers are green, but a black cricket wouldn't have shown up on such a dark background. You have to love their desire for accuracy!
This little project, learning curve included, took me about a day to complete. Would love to make one for every season and am working on some more layouts.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Over the years, the whiteness has been toned down by the millions of things now living in the space. Here is a photo looking into my 12 foot by 10 foot room from the girls' play/tv/computer area.
You can sort of see my design wall on the left side of the picture. My ironing board is set up underneath it so I have to get up and down frequently to keep myself moving, lest I solidify in one position. The cabinets hold mostly kits, assorted UFO's and other crafting supplies.
This picture is taken from the other side, showing my Horn sewing table and Brother Quilt Club machine. Love the large space behind my machine!
Underneath the cutting table is more storage of batting, ribbons, quilt tops and scrapbooking supplies. Don't know what I would do without my Container Store storage units! Besides, this offers a wonderful place to hide when everyone is looking for me!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Rather than bring bodily harm to the nicest mail carrier we've ever had, the decision was made to replace the entire set-up. When the new mailbox came home, it gave me an idea--have seen painted flowers, light houses and John Deere tractors, but never a quilt block. Having the nicest and most long-suffering husband in the world, asked if it would be okay for me to decorate it. Thankfully (and predictably), he agreed.
Gathered my supplies--an EQ print out of a variable star block, some paint pens, chalk and a ruler. Colored the back of the print out with chalk and then traced it onto the mailbox.
The image was a bit fuzzy, but still usable. Settled down for a relaxing coloring session.
Here are the first two colors finished....
and here is the block all done! (Before the purple was dry, it was very pink, hence the smudge in the square.) Then I got to work on the other side. When both sides had their respective blocks, sprayed it with a satin sealant.
Here is our new mailbox out on the curb, waiting the hundreds of swaps to arrive. Thinking the mail carrier won't have the heart to deliver bills to such quilty mailbox.
Friday, June 25, 2010
While at the quilt show, found a booth carrying patterns by a company called, "P. S. Gone Quilting." Very cute patterns were available--could have bought one of each, but ended up purchasing one for making lined drawstring bags from a single fat quarter, another for a red and white scrap quilt and a third for a collapsible bottle holder using tiny embroidery hoops.
Thought the drawstring bags would be a great item for Love Apple Quilters' 2011 Quilt Show boutique, so stole some time away from the usual schedule and tried it out.
What fun! The bag went together in less than an hour and provided all kinds of opportunities for embellishments! Added some beads to the coordinating ribbon ties, just to add a little bit of sparkle.
Did give the ice cream cones as a gift bag to a young sewer for her birthday and it was well received. Hope everyone who comes to the quilt show is equally pleased!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
The next project was a prize for a contest I had with BlockBuddies, my on-line yahoo group. We were starting a new swap and she picked the winning name.
It's a chocolate covered strawberry pin cushion. Just for fun, put some stuffing in a dish to look like whipped cream--the perfect fat-free dessert!! The winner seemed to appreciate my humble offerings and put it to good use.
Now, off to finish a UFO!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Mercifully, not only were the store hours extended, but they added a day. This additional day allowed me to work within my family's schedule. Hopped at six stores the first day, three stores the next and two on the third. My DH was able to come with me for the last day and we spent a lovely afternoon at the beach, walking the boardwalk.
After much deliberating, decided we liked the quilt offered at Calico and Cotton in Ocean City. Here's the finishing kit and pattern, Delectable Mountains:Now I'm itching to make this quilt so I can quilt it on my new frame!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
The easiest part of the process was bringing home the machine in the back of our minivan--it only weighs 65 pounds. While waiting for the table to arrive, the pink sarcophagus lived in the dining room.
Almost two weeks later, the table arrived Thursday, April 8! The UPS lady not only had a few choice words for me, but also had an asthma attack when she got all 255 pounds of table onto the front porch. Paul, being the best husband in the world, got right to work putting it together. Since there was no way for us to lift the boxes and put them into the house, he brought it in, piece by piece.
The front porch Thursday night
Once the first five of fifteen steps were competed (three hours later), my table really started to take shape! Amazing how much room a 12 foot table really needs! Have seven months to figure out where the Christmas tree is going to go, since it traditionally goes in that corner.
By Saturday morning, we freed the machine from its box and put it on the table--just perfect! Using the enclosed DVD, was able to load the quilt and start practicing. Am amazed at how simple it is to use--feel like I can get started on a quilt right away! Thankfully, I have at least twelve tops to quilt, so practice isn't going to be a problem.
This little gizmo is the bobbin winder--it was the only component I was able to pick up myself, weighing in at around ten pounds.
Am very excited to have this great new toy, err, I mean tool, to finish my quilts. Most of all, am thankful for a darling husband who encourages me (sparing no expense) in all that I do.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
The girls did all the pressing and sewing--thought we'd save using a rotary cutter for another lesson. Am so very proud of their efforts and how naturally talented they are! Hope they continue to enjoy sewing!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The design is bits and pieces from various sources--the friendship hearts were from a magazine and the machine appliqued love apples were from EQ6. Was glad to find a pomegranate quilting pattern that fit perfectly in the spaces without any adjustments!
Although I didn't win the popular vote, did receive an award of my own. A lady I respect as a person and one of the most talented quilters I know, told me she voted for my quilt. Am still basking in the glow of that remark!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Having worked part way through the learning curve, am now ready to try fabric--there are a few quilt blocks I'm eager to try.