Purple Reign Assembly Line

With only one worker, the assembly line for the quilt “Purple Reign” started last night. Only 48 of these 6 inch blocks to make. Ugh. At least it’s a start!

For when you need a break from quilting

The woodworker turned me on to a great website that has nothing to do what-so-ever with quilting, but you really need to go see it.  If you can’t bare to look at something that’s non quilt related, imagine yourself quilting in these cabins in any season… the peace, quiet and beauty all around you.

Pour yourself a drink (your choice), and get lost in http://freecabinporn.com .

41 pages of cabins! No, there’s no nudity!  Check it out!

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Have you registered to win a ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR GIFT CERTIFICATE yet? 

If not, head over to http://CelebrateHandQuilting.blogspot.com and look around at all the great hand quilting, then sign up to enter the contest!  Contest ends July 3rd at midnight, lucky winner will be picked July 4th, and there will be celebrations and fireworks all around the United States!   LOL 

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Success: Applique and Design Wall Beginning

In May our quilt guild sponsored a workshop by  Karen Kay Buckley, and this is the wall hanging that she designed and we worked on while learning her applique techniques.  I finished the applique this afternoon, but am taking it to another level and incorporating it into a larger wall quilt.  I prefer muted tones, and purple is no one of the colors I usually include in my work.  that has now changed, and I have to say, I am delighted to be able to put more color in this quilt than I normally would have.  I love it!  when it is finished, it will have even MORE purple. (And no, should you be wondering, I will NOT join the Red Hat Ladies group and wear a red hat with a purple dress – or anything else, thank you very much.)  Anyway, this portion of my quilt is finished, and I will work on the next part of the quilt tomorrow evening and see how it goes.  Stay tuned!Purple Reign

For the past several years, I have puttered away at the blocks for a Stickle quilt.  I have decided that I am not going to make a replica of the original, but do my own thing with the blocks I have made thus far.  It goes along with my disdain  for “CARBON COPY QUILTS.”  I detest getting catalogs from companies that try and sell quilt kits with the pattern that goes with them… you know the kind.  They have enough of the exact same fabrics as used in the sample quilt photo, and you buy the kit so you can have a duplicate of their quilt. 

Why do they bother me so much?

I know that many people see quilts they like and want to have their own “just like that one.”  I believe that if you are taking your time and money to make a quilt, it should reflect YOUR own talents and artistic design.  If you look back at quilting throughout history, you will see numerous designs made popular, but each quilter puts his or her own “spin” on the design.  Should you wish to see examples of what I am referring to, you might want to follow Willy Wonky’s blog at http://WillyWonkyQuilts.blogspot.com . Take a look at his collection of New York Beauty quilts, and see how many variations you see.  That’s what I mean.

So, today I started to create a quilt using the blocks I have completed thus far.  Here’s Part 1:


Once this was completed, I played with part 2 on my BRAND NEW DESIGN WALL.  Here’s what I have so far, and I think I like it and will start putting it together this week, working on an off between this quilt and the Purple Reign quilt above.  This take-off on the Stickle quilt will be called “Dear Samantha Jane,” and is intended to go one day  to my darling granddaughter, Samantha Jane Mosey.  And, I might add, Miss Sammy Jane stole the show in her dance recital last night in Clarkston, Michigan.  If I can get my hands on a photo of her in her ballerina splendor, I will post it immediately. DesignWall1

You can follow the progress on the Dear Samantha Jane quilt by clicking on the button on the right-hand side of this blog, which will take you to all postings that include this quilt.

Home-Stretch Applique!

I wasn’t sure what fabric I wanted to use on the vase, but then I spotted this metallic gold at the bottom of my scrap basket and then I knew. It spoke to me, and I’m happy with it.

Tomorrow I will begin preparing the circles that go on the large flowers. The close-up shot here may give you a better look at the gold fabric.

Inching along in applique

Can you spot what I added last night? Did some prep work, then stitched while I watched TV. It’s now more than half way completed (the applique, that is!).

When this little quilt is finished, I’ll be assembling my quilt “Square Like Stickle”.  
The blocks are finished, but it needs sashing with little bitty 9 patch cornerstones.

Monday applique update

I had time for a little sewing tonight and did a stem and some leaves. I like how this is turning out! The Woodworker said this is “Caron colors,” as usual. I like a muted pallet, and he said he could spot a quilt a mile away by the colors I use. Do you generally stick to the same colors?

I’m going to Houston!

I'm going to Houston's International Quilt Festival in November!

Well, not me, personally… my Decision Portrait is going as part of an exhibit of forty Decision Portraits by artist Susan Lenz  headed to Quilt, Inc.'s big INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL in Houston, Texas this coming November! 

Susan's Decision Portraits have been curated into an exhibition headed to Quilt's Inc.'s gigantic INTERNATIONAL QUILT SHOW this coming November 1 – 4. From Susan's blog at http://artbysusanlenz.blogspot.com/2012/06/week-since-my-last-post-decision.html  “This is a really, really big deal. Last year's show shattered former attendance records with 60,680 in attendance for the four day event. The show is the world's largest annual quilt show and sale. I am SO HONORED to have my work going to this venue and for the support Quilt's, Inc. has given to me. 
So if you are at IQF in Houston in early November, stop by and say Hi.  I won't be able to say hello back, but know that I will be thinking of you!

Picture courtesy Susan Lenz