Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lots of Different Quilting Projects

Time has flown by since I've posted. So a hodgepodge of activities have been swirling around, and I'm going to share some of them with you.

I began hand quilting this quite a while ago. It's a king size quilt, and the projects I need to get finished by the end of this year keep growing.

I love to have one quilt or something to work on by hand. I decided that because I haven't gotten that far, I'm going rip out what I've done and have it quilted by a longarmer. (It's not that much). In it's place, I want to learn some embroider techniques. I bought a small started kit from Penguin & Fish.  Photos to come.

I am especially behind in taking photos of my all quilts in progress, and am going to catch up on that for my next post.

Below is photo of a new quilt I am working on for my cousin Hannah. I am at the cutting stage right now.

This pattern came from The Fat Quarter Shop. I am however, changing it up
with a special boarder and binding.

More about this and all these projects to come. So stay tuned.

Also in issue 12 of Make Modern e-zine I worte an article agout Cheryl Brickey, Including her life, quilting designs, blog and more!! Cheryl also shares a wonderful pattern in the e-zine.

Happy Quilting!! Stay tuned, because there is lots more to share on my to do and WIP list.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

WIP and Letting Your Fabric Choices Steep - Like a Good Tea.

I've received e-mails about these questions from some quilters. I have paraphrased the questions here for simplicity sake, and because they basically fell into three categories.

1. "How do I know when I've made the right fabric choices for a quilt project?" 

2. "How many fabric auditions do you generally do before you are satisfied?"

3. "How long does it take you, (generally), to pick your fabrics for a quilt project?"

For me, I do as many auditions as it takes until I like what I see. I will start with pulling some fabrics from my stash. And I like to have at least a week before I know I'm going to commit to the fabric and start cutting. This way I can look at the fabrics under different lights, my perspective changes as I look at them the next day, and so forth. 

It's a bit like steeping tea to me. I have to test it out at different stages to see how strong or weak I like that kind of tea. And then I adjust.

Such is the case with fabric choices for a quilt. I change my mind often during that week or so before I begin the quilt. 

On another note, the back of Maggie Jane's baby quilt is almost done.

There is a bottom 1/3 that I am working on that will go to the left of the strips. That will be the biggest piece of fabric that will make up the back.

The quilt will finish at approximately 45" x 56". 

Have a great week, and Happy Quilting!!

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

I Received This Lovely E-Mail, And I Want To Help More

Yesterday I received something in my e-mail that I never expected. I was so moved and touched.

Thank you to The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild. If there's anything more I can do, please don't hesitate to ask.

Our hearts and prayers will always be with you.
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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Cheryl Brickey, Make Modern Article and Stunning Pattern New Pattern She Designed

Many of you know Cheryl Brickey @MeadowMist Designs. For those of you who don't, she is an "engineer by day, quilter by night." A very talented quilter and pattern designer, I must add.

I met Cheryl when we both participated in the 2014 New Quilters Blog Hop. I absolutely marveled at her designs. They resonated with me personally, because they appeal to my aesthetic design.

Last summer I reluctantly decided to join her Midnight Mystery Monthly Quilt QAL. You are probably asking yourself "why?" I tend to use a lot of directional fabrics, and especially text fabrics, and with a mystery quilt you never know how those fabrics will look when the quilt is finished. 

Fortunately, Cheryl gave an option to participants who wanted to peek at the final quilt before the QAL began. An absolute promise is made from those who receive it, of not posting their progress or information, until Cheryl gives the "okay" each month, on a specific day, for all to share their progress. 

I love the outcome and the quilt I finished.

Now that you have a sense of the background story, let me get to the star of this post, Cheryl Brickey. I was fortunate enough to interview her for Issue 12 of Make Modern e-zine.

Cheryl also designed a gorgeous quilt that is featured in this issue.  Cheryl's latest design is called, Half Circle Mirror. And all the directions are in the magazine to make this quilt. This is a fabulous e-zine and I enjoy every issue. I think you will too. (I am not influenced by the magazine to say this). Just writing the truth about what I think.

I am linking up with Beth@cookingupquilts Main Crush Monday.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Pre-Mystery Final Fabric Choices for The Midnight Mystery Quilt

I made my final decision, as I was changing my fabric selections around, after I posted an hour or so ago. So here you go....

Can't wait for the next set of directions from Cheryl@MeadowMistDesigns, and looking for to the Midnight Mystery QAL, 2016. 

Happy Quilting!!
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Pre-Mystery of The Midnight Mystery Quilt 2016

Now I'm stumped. I thought I had my five fabrics picked out for the Midnight Mystery Quilt sponsored by Cheryl

The more I looked at my choice for Fabric D, which was a lavender with a simple, pink flower print, the it didn't fit with the four other fabrics. That's why I tend to pick the fabrics for a quilt and let them sit for a few days. I come back in my quilting room and look at them on the table or ironing board with a different view or perspective. Sometimes I change my mind, and sometimes I don't.

So I would love to hear comments. There are three choice below. Each has a different fabric D. Let me know which one you like best and why. I really appreciate your thoughts.

Choice 1

Choice 2

Choice 3

Have a great weekend.

And Happy Quilting!!


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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Midnight Mystery Quilt and Sunday Stash

There are so many great QAL's this summer. I really planned on participating in three of them, but I will only be able to participate in Cheryl Brickey's Midnight Mystery QAL @MeadowMist. Fortunately, it spans over several months which is good for my schedule. I have a lot of articles, blog posts and I am working on another children's non-fiction book, through the end of the year. My calendar is very full. I am happy about that to be honest. The down side is that I can't do as much sewing and quilting as I would like.

However, if you are looking for two other QAL's that I would have loved to participate in, see; Yvonne's Snowflake Shimmer QAL @quiltingjetgirl, and
Jess's Star Bright Star Dark QAL @quiltyhabit. Both quilter's are gifted instructors and the quilts are so beautiful. But I will be following their facebook progress and watch all the quilts evolve.

So today I am featuring my fabrics for the Midnight Mystery Quilt @meadowmistdesigns.

Today, I am linking up with Sunday Stash @mollisparkles.

Have a great week, and Happy Quilting!!
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