Monday, July 31, 2006

Show and Tell

These are the blocks I made in Sharon Schamber's class, "New York Rising Sun." We used her "Piec-li-que" technique, which she also refers to as paperless paper piecing. It involves templates, starch and Elmer's Glue!

I love techniques that capture my imagination. I would love to do a rainbow version of this block, with a white background and each sun a different primary color. I have always been attracted to varigated quilts. In a book, I saw an attic windows pattern that used color gradients in the different blocks. It was just stunning! The best gradients I have seen are hand-dyes, but dyeing my own fabric doesn't appeal to me. So far, my frugal nature has kept those out of my stash and in the "someday" category.

Back to Sharon's class. I got to see her Best of Show quilt up close. Amazing! It was encouraging for me as a beginning longarmer to see that she used some basic quilting shapes to produce such spectacular results. She used pebbles in alot of areas and outlined her applique shapes. Oh, and then there were feathers. I am a bit intimidated by feathers. I bought some stencils to start practicing!

Friday, July 28, 2006

Mystery Revealed

This is Lyn Mann's mystery quilt from Quilt Camp in the Pines 2006. The class voted to name it "Twisted Violets." Lyn used purple in her sample and so did alot of the students! There are actually only 2 blocks in the whole quilt. I added two borders, and came home from camp with a FINISHED OBJECT. B. commented that I probably violated a whole bunch of quilty rules by doing that! I replied that it just moved into the Longarm UFO pile...

Saturday, July 15, 2006

My Summer Vacation

I am leaving the heat of Phoenix tomorrow for the cool Pines of Flagstaff and Quilt Camp! The picture shows John Flynn's Storm at Sea, which is my Saturday class. I am also taking longarm quilting and paper piecing classes and a mystery quilt! I picked traditional blues for my Storm at Sea quilt.

There won't be any new posts until after I get back on the 24th, and then I am sure I will have plenty to share with you! Of course, I have stuff to show off now, but no time to run the phone line down the hall to the computer with the photo sharing software. So, just be patient and there will be lots of knitting and quilting photos in about 10 days. BTW...I am working on the leg of Sock #2, so I might have my first pair done by August, woo-hoo!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Microsoft Quilt Designs

This is the fern leaf I am currently putting in sashing pieces of my latest strip quilt. It's going much better on the longarm than with the mouse!! Although I wish I had used a different color thread, and I wish I had done a different design in the center squares. It looked ok on paper, but now the central design is too similar in scale to the fern leaf. Oh well, live and learn. Add to this the pressure that this is a sample for a class on Saturday...yikes!

When I get to the end, I will take a picture of the major disaster from yesterday...I basted the top too far away from the top leader, so when I got to the bottom, I ran out of backing! (I said a few bad words.) My brilliant fix was to baste as far as possible, unzip the top leader, un-pin everything else, and sew an additional strip to the back. That's where the sleve will go...yeah, yeah, that's the ticket!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Working on a holiday

These are the freehand designs I used in the border of my latest longarm project. It's a sample for the store featuring a center panel with large-print Amy Butler fabric. It was so much fun to work on! I outlined the leaves and flowers in the center, then in the border I used the blue wiggles and green leaves.

I don't have a real photo of the quilt because we reconfigured the computers as we cleaned out the house and worked on the nursery. The digital camera software is on my laptop, which has been moved to my craft room. Unfortunately, there is no internet access now! So, I am using B.'s computer to get on the internet, and playing with the Paint program in Windows. Actually, this could be a good's hard to get a nice picture of quilting to show up!

Happy Independence Day to all!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Silly Survey

I tagged myself with this meme from Red Shoe Ramblings: (I think the one-word answers are a rule. It's harder than it looks!)

1. Yourself: emerging
2. Your partner: asleep
3. Your hair: red
4. Your Mother: cheerful
5. Your Father: golfer
6. Your Favorite Item: books
7. Your dream last night: meetings
8. Your Favorite Drink: margarita
9. Your Dream Home: comfortable
10. The Room You Are In: loft
11. Your pleasure: reading
12. Your fear: spiders
13. Where you Want to be in Ten Years? teaching
14. Who you hung out with last night: Kesslers
15. What You're Not: sophisticated
16. Your Best Friends: understanding
17. One of Your Wish List Items: photo printer
18. Your Gender: woman
19. The Last Thing You Did: read blogs
20. What You Are Wearing: housedress
21. Your favorite weather: rain
22. Your Favorite Book? No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
23. Last thing you ate? cheesecake
24. Your Life: full
25. Your mood: satisfied
26. The last person you talked to on the phone: Julie
27. Who are you thinking about right now? DebR