Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A bit of Spring

   
 After a long, gray winter, I have lately been in the mood for some spring color.  So, when I rediscovered this quilt top in my UFO closet, I knew it was just the ticket.  It feels good to have it done.  I'm ashamed to say, it has been waiting to be quilted since I made it back in January 2012!  

  

For the center, I decided to echo the floral theme of the fabric and I quilted an overall flower design.

In the small border, I wanted to capture the circular movement of the bicycle wheels so I did a swirly, little thing-a-ma-jiggy.

To challenge myself, I wanted to do something I had never tried before on the large border.  I found a continuous heart/flower design that seemed like it wouldn't be too hard yet still test my skills, so I decided to go for it.

It was time consuming in that I had to resize the original design, figure out the spacing needed between each block, trace the design enough times to fit around the quilt, and then pin each traced pattern on to the quilt.

Once that was done, I quilted over the tracing paper and then tore the paper off to reveal the design.

That part left quite a mess.


But I think it turned out great, so all the trouble was worth the effort.

You can see the quilting better from the back side.


Here is the rest of the back.

I thought this quilt had found it's owner, but after careful consideration I thought better of it.  So, this one goes back in the closet until I find just the right person for it.  Who knows, maybe I will sell it.  Does anyone out there want to buy a fun, spring quilt?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Follow, follow me



Unless you have been living in a cave for the last few months, you are probably already aware that in November Google Reader is going the way of the dodo.  Since I follow quite a few blogs, this news was quite traumatic for me.  I think I have actually gone through every stage of grief.

I am now in the acceptance phase and am ready to move forward.  I have started following all the blogs I love through Bloglovin and it is working quite well.

If you are looking for a new way to follow your beloved blogs give Bloglovin a try.  And, if you would like to keep following this little ol' blog of mine, and I sincerely hope you do, just click the link at the beginning of this post.

As for me, I have just finished another quilt and I can't wait to show it to you.  I hope to have the photos posted tomorrow so check back when you can.

See you then!

Friday, April 12, 2013

I guess you can't please everyone

   
The other night I was checking out Pinterest and came across one of my own quilts pinned to someone else's board.  I was feeling pretty good about this until I noticed the first comment.   Whhhaaaattt?!  In what universe are posts about my quilts and family exploits hateful?? The second comment made me feel a bit better, but I have to admit I'm sad that anyone thinks my blog is hateful.  
I just don't know 'bout some people and I guess I can't worry about a random woman who got offended by who knows what.  So without further ado and at the risk of further offending Ms. Weiler...

This is my latest finish.  Lately, I've been on a mission to get all my UFOs (unfinished objects) completed.  It really is silly of me to start new projects when I have several hanging in my sewing room waiting to be quilted.
I put these blocks together back in September but wasn't able to finish before the move. So, when I found them during the unpacking, I determined they would be one of the first things I worked on.

Since this is a quilt I am going to keep, I decided practice some free-motion techniques.

For the large border, I tried a new paisley quilting technique from Angela Walters Book. I had a few problems with it, but on the whole it doesn't look too bad.  I'm going to have to put in a few more hours of practice to get it to look as good as the example in the book.

I have quilter friends who don't care too much about the backs of their quilts.  They will back a quilt with whatever fabric they happen to have enough of, whether or not it ties in with the front.  To me, quilt backs are just as important as the front, so I usually piece my backs with left over fabrics from the front or at least a fabric that fits with the front.

This cute "School Days" fabric from American Jane fit very well with the Alphabet theme of the front. It's an older fabric I had hanging around in my stash so I'm not sure you can find it any more, but you might still be able to find it online.

And, I love the way the quilting stands out on it.

Conference last weekend was amazing.  There were too many fantastic talks to choose one as a favorite but here are some that really touched my heart:

Jeffrey R. Holland

Dallin H. Oaks

Christoffel Golden Jr.

Bruce D. Porter

The one that most impressed me is one I have embedded in the sidebar.  These are just a few of the many talks I will be studying for the next 6 months.  I love conference. I am blessed to hear from such wise and loving leaders.  I love this church and I love the gospel.
If that offends you Ms. Weiler, so be it.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Finished projects and Easter fun



It's finished.  I'm very happy with it.  

I found this skateboarder bumble bee print in my stash.  It makes a perfect border and turns the modern blocks into a fun toddler quilt.  The grey polka dot binding adds some whimsy as well.

I used a simple stipple for the quilting just to get back in the quilting groove after the long hiatus due to the move.  

I don't have anyone special in mind to receive this one so I'll just save it in the quilt closet for now.  

After I finished the quilt, I saw this little lovely on Pinterest.  The blog gives an easy to follow tutorial with a free printable, so I decided to try give it a try.  

Here's my version.  I got these measuring spoons from Anthropologie a couple of years ago, but have never had a proper way to display them until now.  

I think it looks great in my kitchen.  If you would like to make one for yourself, you can find the blog post HERE.


Easter at Damen's house was a total blast.  These are pictures of our version of bitter herbs (fresh rosemary with horseradish sauce) and passover wine (grape juice).  I thought the horseradish would make me gag, but I have to admit it wasn't all that bad.  

After dinner, it was time for the Easter egg hunt.  This is a family tradition on Christy's side and it is highly competitive.  Yeah, everyone is all lovely-dovely here, but then Damen called, "On your mark!"

 "Get set!"

 "Go!"


Score two for me!


Even Mom got in on the action.

Katherine had the big haul of the day. Forty-two eggs, including one left from last year that had dead maggots in it. Yuk!

We found two hundred and sixty-five eggs in all.  The problem was we hid two hundred and seventy-five of them.  Try though we might, we couldn't find them all.  I have a feeling we might find a few more maggot filled eggs next year.  


 
Mason had his own little area set aside for him to find eggs. 


 He even got to play with the new chicks Damen and Christy brought home the day before.  


Once the fun was over, he was ready for a little cuddle with Grandma.  That was one tired little cowboy.  
He was out for the night.



The only problem was, he fell asleep in his jeans and a wet diaper.  After serious consultation, we decided to try to make the change without moving/waking him.  But, could we do it???

Victory, yeah!
Happy Easter, everyone.