Monday, November 24, 2014

My first Birdseye block

This will be a short post, but I was super excited to share my first Birdseye block.

and my second block
Its hard to pick borders and accent fabrics before you have any of the blocks made.  Its happened more than once to me that a fabric doesn't do what I wanted it to do or give the look that I'm wanting.  I'm on the fence over the green star accent fabric that surrounds each and every star block.  All 25 of them.  Although I love the fabric, I'm not sure that this is the look that I was going for.  I'm committed now.  My second accent fabric is a dark burgundy.  I'm hoping that it will take my quilt in the direction I'm wanting.

Question of the day:  What are your top five personal values?  I think mine would be faith, integrity, a giving spirit, a desire for a job well done and honesty (Colleen might say a little too much honesty at times!! ;-))  Maybe I have rose colored glasses on??  Have a great week.

Friday, November 21, 2014

A good guild day!

I can say that we have the best bunch of girls in our guild and we all got a lot done yesterday.  Here are some photos of the girls hard at work.  For some reason, I love the working pictures.
THIS is Terry's Delectable Mountains, not the quilt from my last post of her Misty Pines quilt.  Sorry about that, Terry.  Terry took a picture of a quilt and is making her own version of it in her own method she used in a previous quilt.

Theresa's Rapid Fire Hunter's Star
Charlene working on her hand pieced hexagon quilt
Colleen quilting her Tumbler quilt

Chris basting a church charity quilt
Jane quilting one of her Mom's scrap quilts
I missed taking pictures of Christa and myself.  Christa was working on a gorgeous Horizon cathedral windows quilt and I was able to finish another nine blocks on my On a Jelly Roll quilt.  I could have  had fifteen blocks done if I didn't have to use my seam ripper on a third of my work.  Jeepers.  I have fifteen blocks finished out of my 48 that the quilt needs.  I am excited to lay the blocks out and see what it looks like so far.  Maybe next time.

Question of the Day:  What do you have that you cannot live without?  For me, this one is easy.  Faith.  Then maybe Kansas Troubles fabric or my Husqvarna sewing machine!!  Happy sewing.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Birdseye progress

I really would LOVE to go inside Carrie Nelson's  head when she is brain storming for her patterns.  They are simply incredible and she also seems to have an endless supply of imagination.    Here are my 122 nine patches needed for my Birdseye.  This is 8 inches tall worth of nine patches
The fabric is Ladies Album by Barbara Brackman and it is one of my all time favorite lines.
Piecing my nine patches
Pairing up nine patches with co-ordinating star fabric
Birdseye is made with two different blocks, a double nine patch and star blocks made with more nine patches.  I have started on my star blocks, but I haven't fully assembled one yet.  Maybe today.

Question of the day:  What small act of kindness were you once shown that you will never forget?  I'll have to say that the first thought that comes to my mind is going to Colleen's house day after day after day after year for my lunch break at work.  I don't work full time, but about two months a year, and for four years now, Colleen's door has been open.  Thanks so much!  It's not so much the getting out of the post office that I love, but the company there!!

Guild tomorrow!!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Happenings lately

Other than a whole lot of this
I've also done a bit of piecing on my second Sweet Scandinavian and finished it up.
I know that I've said this before, but I LOVE these quilts.  Mom doesn't know that they are coming her way, soooooooo!?!?!?

Our guild had a morning meeting at Vernelle's house.  The Houston girls showed us their purchases and Terry had these beauties to show us
Terry's Colt Quilt

Delectable Mountains

Green Fairy Quilt

We all gasped at Terry's Green Fairy quilt because her quilting was incredible!    Unfortunately, my pictures didn't turn out very well.  Fantastic job, Terry!

After making seven quilts for other people, I'm back to Birdseye.  Its a quilt for our living room.
There's a reason why Carrie's quilts are so beautiful.  Its because she takes her fabric and cuts and then she cuts it again to make the most color variations as she can.  In the above pattern, she also has several background fabrics as well as at least four red accent fabrics.  I went with one red and one background.  I'm still making the nine patches and they are so nice.  It makes a world of difference when you work with fabrics that you love.

Question of the day:  Where would you most like to go and why?  Easy.  MAUI.  Why?  Because it's heaven.  Tahiti, Bali, Bar Harbour, Yosemite, New Orleans, Jackson Hole, Victoria, Norway, Switzerland, Germany and Italy are all a close second!  Ha Ha!!

Guild meets on Thursday, November 20.  See you there.