Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The First Cut is Done

If you have read my previous post you already know that I am joining Michelle Foster at Quilting Gallery in her Aim for Accuracy Quilt-A-Long

I am so excited about doing this project. I made the first cuts of my background fabric and can't wait for the next step. I am using this project to get me out of a quilting funk. I have spent so little time quilting lately that I was beginning to think I should stop calling myself a quilter. But no more! I have taken rotary cutter in hand and whacked a beloved piece of paisley that I stole from my good friend Anna. I didn't really steal it, but I did beg incessantly until she coughed it up. Thanks Anna!

Now for the next step.. Come on Michelle! Did I happen to mention that I am impatient as well as covetous?



Wednesday, June 12, 2013

What is black and white and red all over?

I am getting ready to take part in my first ever Internet "Quilt-A-Long" it is being hosted by a really great quilter, named Michelle Foster. You can get the details at her quilt blog page. http://quiltinggallery.com/learning-center/aiming-for-accuracy-quilt-along/

She will be giving us tips and cutting instructions and lessons for

each part of the quilt along.

Hundreds of quilters from all over the world are joining in.

I have picked out my fabrics and will be getting my first instructions on June 20th. I am going to try to keep up with the cutting and sewing and to blog about the experience and my progress. Here are my fabrics, tell me what you think.




Friday, May 24, 2013

Enough Already!

It has been a few weeks since my last post, but I wanted to share a finish. They have been few and far between lately.

I had high hopes when I took this wonky block class from a wonderful teacher, Jean Brenner.


Needless to say, I earned a lot about color and organizing for chain piecing complicated blocks, but the most significant thing that I learned was that I do not like wonky piecing. I have always prided myself for the relaxed quilting style that I have. One of my favorite phrases is "Quilting is so forgiving"' and it is. But I realized while trying to put these blocks together that I like the math and seams that intersect. I like the precision of traditional piecing and there was not much of that going on in this quilt. It took me a really long time to get it done. But it is finally finished.

I have named it "Enough Already!" As I have had enough wonky piecing to last me a lifetime. I love the colors and the way it turned out, but not enough to repeat the experience. Well on to the next quilt.



Wednesday, May 8, 2013

It's A Long Way to Missouri!

We had a wonderful vacation. We went to Bates City, MO (near Kansas City), to visit with my oldest son and 6 of our grandchildren.

We took them to the zoo one afternoon and it was a glorious sunny day.They recently bought a new house out in the country. They have 5 acres with a pond, a barn, a chicken coop and lots of room for all the kids to run.



On the way to Missouri we made a stop at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY and once again I was awestruck at the quilts that hang there. They don't allow you to take photos of the quilts inside, but it was well worth the stop and makes me reflect on this hobby of mine that some have turned into an art form. I feel inadequate, but not discouraged.

One of the quilts that hangs there is The Conway Album quilt, by Erma Gail Hatcher. In have been in awe of this quilt for so long. Seeing it up close and in person was one of the thrills of our trip.

I may never rise to this level in my quilting skills, but I strive to do better with each new project. I have a couple of finishes and some WIPs (Works in Progress) to show you next time.

Happy Quilting!