Monday, June 26, 2017

Design Wall Monday–June 26, 2017

This is what I’ve been working on, a tutorial for a cell phone/table holder.  If you’d like to make one (and you know you do), I have the tutorial available here

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

Today was a wonderful day spent visiting 5 quilter’s homes and quilt rooms as part of the Orange Grove Quilt Guild’s fund raiser.  It certainly inspired me to come home and take a good look at my messy, disorganized quilt room.  I guess it’s time for another cleanup and reorganization.

After the tour we had a delightful lunch at one of the local golf courses.  One of the activities was a small quilt challenge.  We were given a fat quarter and instructions to make a small quilt, using the fabric and the theme Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer as the inspiration. 

I don’t usually participate but this time I decided to give it a go.  Plus, it would make a nice addition to my front door quilt collection.  So here it is, in all it’s glory.



Monday, June 12, 2017

Design Wall Monday–June 12, 2017

I seem to be busy but for whatever reason I haven’t been busy sewing.  That being said I’ve managed to do a few things.  Just a few minutes ago I saw a very simple pattern for making an eyeglass case.  I just switched back to contacts (from my regular glasses) so of course I had to buy a pair of cute, cheap sunglasses but they came without a case.  So this was perfect.


As long as I had the camera out I thought I’d share a few more Edyta Sitar 8 pointed stars.


The purple one was made by someone in one of my friendship groups.  She had some problems with the assembly but I took it apart and redid it.  It looks fine now.  The other two I made from some scraps that were laying around.  The pink/red one has a few issues.  It had been a while since I’d made one but by the time I made the blue one I was getting much better.  I think I have about 15 of them now but I’d like a bed size quilt so I’ll just keep making them as I come across two fabrics that work well together.  I think I need a few with a print instead of one of the solids. 

This week is our Orange Grove Quilt Guild meeting and Bonnie Hunter is the guest speaker.  I have a few quilts that I’ve made using her patterns so I have them out for Show and Tell.  I’ll post pictures before I put the quilts away again.



Friday, June 2, 2017

A New Design Wall

A while back, Marilyn and I attended a quilt room tour hosted by Flying Geese Quilt Guild.  As you can imagine it was wonderful to see where others create.  It was filled with lots of inspiration from some very talented quilters.  I can’t even begin to tell you how gorgeous all of the homes were. 

One of the things I saw was a design wall that I fell in love with.  It was a new idea to me.  I took some pictures and finally yesterday I created a close replica of the one I saw at Julie Greenspan’s home.


Can you tell it’s a design wall all rolled up?

Here it is down and doing it’s job.


I love how it turned out and it was really very simple. 



Monday, May 22, 2017

Design Wall Monday–May 22, 2017

This week I’m Big Bear Lake attending a retreat with friends.  Therefore my design wall is my workstation and a couch.  First up here’s a project in process.


Not much to see yet but I’m sure it will grow as the day goes on.  Next up, here’s our sewing area.  It’s tiny but it works for us. 


My other project I’m planning on completing is my Bonnie Hunter Texas Rose.  As you can see by the label, it was started a very long time ago.  I finished it last year at this same retreat but I struggled with how to bind it.  I’ve finally figured it out so over the next couple of days it will really, truly be finished and I’ll add a final note to the label. 







Hope you all have a fabulous week doing and working on something you love.



Monday, May 15, 2017

Design Wall Monday–May 15, 2017

Last Thursday I attended a workshop taught by Rami Kim.  If you ever get an opportunity, take it, she is a delight.  In the class we worked on making a purse.  The highlight of the project is making these little folded pieces out of fabric to add detail and decoration to the front and back of the purse.


Here are my pieces waiting to be completed.  Here’s a couple of close-ups of the folded accent pieces.



The folded hexagon is on the left and the folded square is on the right.  They are actually fairly easy to make and sooooooo much fun. 

There are four of us that are getting together tomorrow to finish up our bags.  We figure together we’ll have fun and enjoy the whole process.  I’ll post pictures once it’s competed.

See you soon!



Monday, May 8, 2017

Design Wall Monday–May 8, 2017

Does this work?

One of my friendship groups has an annual birthday block exchange.  There are 12 of us and during your birthday month you receive blocks made by others.  This month is my friend Marie’s birthday and she has selected a block call Lunch Box Social.  Not a difficult block but the problem is she wants it done in Civil War fabrics.  Thankfully a few months back someone brought a bunch of Civil War fabrics to a gathering and I was able to come home with a nice selection of fabrics to use.  Unfortunately I didn’t realize that I needed a blue for the center of the 9 patch.  That’s it just one little 1 1/2” square of Civil War blue.  I have searched my entire stash and this is the closest I can come.  What do you think?  Will it work?


IMG_3412If not I have to head to the fabric store and try to find something that will work. 

In the mean time, my birthday was in April.  I haven’t received all my blocks yet but here’s what I have so far.


My blocks are made using Edyta Sitar’s YouTube video.  You can view it here.  

To see what others are working on, head on over to Judy’s Patchwork Times blog.



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