Monday, June 23, 2014

What's on Your Design Wall?

Here are a few of my unfinished projects that I have ear marked for finishing soon.  So far I'm not doing so bad.  I've finished the machine applique on the flamingo's and the ladies.  Hand applique is almost finished on the frogs.  I'm about to finish the machine applique on the three Halloween quilts today.

I will then be moving onto a few borders for everything but the ladies.  They are ready for squaring up and sandwiching.  Let's see how long this takes me.

You may recognize a few of these mini quilts.  They are duplicates of mini's I designed for swaps in the last two years.  I like to try to make myself a copy.  I guess it's hard to give away without keeping something.  Do you all have that problem.  I just have that problem with the mini's.  I just have to have my own copy.

Let's talk about naming quilts for a minute.  Words are the hardest part for me.  I almost always have trouble naming my quilts.  The frogs, flamigos and the witch have names but the other three don't.  If anyone has any great ideas for the three just leave a message and who knows maybe I'll choose your naming, or maybe it will help me to think up a name.  I could use any help you can give.

I will be linking to Design Wall 6/23/2014 @  Patchwork times.

Nameless quilts are a bore!!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Finished Quilts!!!!!!!

This quilt is called, "Birds on a Wire".  It is a duplicate of a quilt I did a year ago for a swap.  I actually made them at the same time, but under a time crunch I never finished mine.  Now here it is.  Hurrah!!!!    One more bit the dust!!!  It's finished, it's finished, it's finished.  That's my happy dance.  Actually I made a major error that I have to fix.  I attached the quilt sleeve to the bottom of the quilt and not the top.  I guess that upside down bird confused me.  LOL  

Here is a close up of the birds.  This is the last time I used raw edge and I will probably never do it again.  Sorry ladies, I can't stand raw edge!!!!  It's just as easy to do it with turning it under and machine applique on top.  I'll be showing you some of my other small quilts where I've done them that way pretty soon I hope.  I'm working on finishing them now.   
Now here is the quilt I did for the swap last year.  Mine is a bit bigger by choice. 
Another finish for me is a Block of the Month I started in the early 90's.  The pattern was furnished by the local quilt shop for a month.  After a month this was a minimum cost.  I can't remember the name of the quilt.  It is hand appliqued and machine quilted.  
Finishing is key!!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Visiting Colorado

 I have not been posting lately.  Everything is fine for those of you that were kind enough to send me messages asking after me.  I'm still having trouble with allergy's but am trying to keep busy.  The real reason you haven't heard from me is that I'm working on older quilt projects and I'm making progress but not finishing anything yet.

In the middle of all this I spent last weekend flying to my DSD's for a mini family reunion.  We were meeting a granddaughter/niece that we had never met.  So we spent the weekend teaching her how to sew.  What better way to get to know someone then to sew with them.

As a surprise to my DSD, I made her a quilt of her dog and his favorite toy.  He's so cute dragging along that 6' blue snake that I couldn't resist creating a quilt in his honor.  So here it is, "Charlie and His Snake, Blue.   Below is the small quilt in it's new home in DSD's entryway.
Here is a picture of Charlie with his blanky and his snake,  two of his most favorite things.  
 We also went through DSD's colletion of her quilts and some of mine.  Here is a clown I made for her oldest son as a baby.  Back then I stole pictures from coloring books.  I think that's where I took this cute clown.  I had fun making this I remember.

 Here is another small quilt I made for DSD's oldest daughter.  DSD wanted me to make the quilt feminine but also showing a girl in sports.  She never played baseball but she did play rugby.  She was just a baby when this was made so we didn't know what she would play.

I've also been trying to get my quilt records up to date by photographing all my quilts that haven't been photographed or at least not in digital.  I've created a file on my computer with pictures and history for each and every quilt.  Once I have it current it will be easy to keep it current.

I've also been trying to write my history.  I was explaining to my Landlady how I used to lecture and all the stories I told about my quilts, quilted clothing and cloth dolls in my journey's.  She said, "I hope you have it all written down so it's not lost."  That started me thinking that she is right, so I've split my time between writing my history, finishing unfinished projects and documenting all my quilts.  Pretty boring to write here about but I'll try to do better.  The part I'm behind on is good pictures of my clothing.  I can't wear it and photograph it at the same time.  Some of it doesn't fit anymore either.  I'll have to get someone that can model or take photo's.

Keeping up the history can be fun!!!
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