Monday, July 30, 2012

Power outages are good for...

cleaning out your sewing room from corner to corner.  We  had no power today for two hours so I gave my sewing room a good cleaning and sorting through.  It always feels good to do that.  Here is where I sew


Not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but better than my last sewing area in our unfinished basement of our last home.  Dad has offered to make me a sewing table, but in his time...maybe this coming winter.  Christa, this next photo is for you.

My stash!!!

In my not too far away past, I had prided myself on planning and restraint.  I seem to have lost all control.  I did an inventory count during clean-up and I have fabric now for thirteen quilts, three sets of pillowcases, an apron and my New York Beauty that is already in progress.  I seem to have a stack of blue...I don't even really like blue!  I'd better get busy. 

We have lived in our new house for a year and a half and I put the first picture up on our walls today.  Did you see it in my first picture?




Tangled Threads is all bound, quilted and buttoned-up!  I struggled with getting the five buttons sorta straight.  It was harder than it looked.

Finally, I laid out my next project.  It is Bubble Gum Stars from Cotton and Chocolate in Thousand Oaks, CA.  This was the quilt featured on the cover of Quilt Sampler Spring/Summer 2012.


I'm excited to get back to what I do best...strip piecing and I'm glad to finally be making a quilt for my Grandma.  Did you see the Raggedy Anne on the floor in my first photo?  Grandma made that and five others (fully dressed) for me and my sister quite a few years ago.

I'll see you girls at our meeting on Thursday and I'll bring my camera for show and tell.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Tangled Threads is done!

I can honestly say that I don't feel complete without sewing...it's a part of me now like farming is to my husband.  Looking back at who I was when I was seventeen or so and hadn't yet sewn a stitch, I never, ever would have guessed that sewing would be this much a part of my life.  I'm so thankful that I found sewing.
Enough sap and onto better things...

I finished up the applique on my Tangled Threads (designed by Terry Degenkolb) wall hanging last night.  I was curious to when I last did applique so I dug out my quilting scrapbook.  It was back in February 2003.  I really would rather piece.  But Tangled turned out great and maybe the gap between me and applique has gotten a little less with my new machine.  You can visit Terry's site here.


Here is Ella

and this is how the book describes her:  "Meet Ella, a mischievous little sprite who sneaks into my sewing room while I'm not looking, leaving quite the mess...really."  I know that everytime I spend a little time cleaning my sewing area, it seems that I turn around and its a mess again.  And we all would rather sew than clean, right??  Thanks to Colleen for the ivory crochet on Ella's dress.  I still need to add her eyes to finish her and she will be hanging onto a thread that connects to the spool of thread above her.


The flowers are not original to the pattern.  The pattern called for appliqued fabric buttons made with two layers of fabric.  I didn't love it, so I swapped the buttons out for the flowers and like the finished product a lot.  Once the quilting is done, I have real buttons that will go in the center of each flower.  Thanks, Colleen, for the buttons, too.

My next project will be my Cotton Candy Stars quilt as featured on the cover of the last Quilt Sampler.  New York Beauty will have to wait just a little bit longer.



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Lately...

I have been able to spend a bit of time with my beloved new machine in the past week or so...sometimes I wish it was winter all year long just so I could sew more!  Did I really type that?  First things first...Emma's quilt has been quilted and bound for a while now...sorry, Terry for not showcasing your work earlier.  This is my Double Hour Glass quilt inspired by a Schnibbles pattern by Carrie Nelson.
Yes, this is the pose Emma wanted for the blog...
Sorry again, Terry, but I can't get your quilting to show up in a photo.  Terry chose a large flower design for this quilt.  It is a great design that will be with Emma for many years.  Thanks, Terry for a job well done.

A few of our guild members were able to take in the Crescent Park Quilt Festival this past weekend in Moose Jaw.  The weather was just about perfect...the breeze helped to keep us comfortable.  Here is a little taste of what we saw.

A very beautiful place to have a quilt show.

Ever since seeing the Infinite Variety Red and White Quilt Exhibit that was held in New York, NY, I have wanted to sew a red and white Pickle Dish quilt.  I found fourteen perfect red fat quarters and a great tone on  tone white at the Quilt Patch.  I'm not sure what amount of red yardage that I will need, but this is a good start.

And finally, here is a sneak peak at my Tangled  Threads wall hanging.  I have the top put together and I have been working on the applique.  My new machine is a whole lot easier to applique on with the fabric pivot option on it.
Do you see how the darkness of the fabric lightens after it is appliqued?  Strange, heh?  I should be able to get this wall hanging done in the next few days or so.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

June 22 is a long time ago!!!

I had great intentions of sewing each and every day throughout the summer until I have to climb back onto the combine.  Trees are mostly to blame, but we took our first family vacation in two and a half years.  We headed straight south to this

The Needles
and this

Pactola Lake

and this

More Needles
and finally this

Mount Rushmore

The Black Hills are so beautiful.  Being half Norwegian and half American, I think it's the perfect spot for me!  We met up with my brother, his wife and their kids and spent six days touring the Hills, caves, the lakes, the ATV trails, the train, the towns and of course a few quilt shops.  My pictures of the shops were on my phone and have somehow disappeared...I think my four-year old Iphone addict may have had something to do with them disappearing.
The Hill City shop closed its doors on June 12, 2012, and I heard that store was great.  I got to two Rapid City stores...Thimble Cottage and Quilt Connection, Etc. and The Bakery in Belle Fourche.  I came home with this from the Bakery


and this from Thimble Cottage

Like I need any more Kansas Troubles fat quarters!
 And finally this from Quilt Connection, Etc.

Sapphire 835 
A new machine at a great price.  I've only sewed with it for one day, but I love the new features this machine has to offer.  My favorite is how the presser foot raises up slightly so that you can slip your fabric under to the needle.  I had to continually manually raise my presser foot on my old machine and second in line for a favorite thing is the needle down feature.  Simple, I know, but very impressive for me!
I was able to finish my hand embroidery on our vacation...one good thing about a 14 hour drive with four kids...and I pieced the inner part of the wall hanging today.



Now all that I have left are the borders.  Should be done by Christmas!