April 29, 2011

Corvette Quilt- At the Finish Line!

I started this quilt in October. I found the Corvette panel at a quilt show once upon a time (that means long ago)--- and the backing fabric on eBay just recently.

It's been a fun quilt!

It was a bit difficult to decide on a quilting motif as it's more of masculine looking quilt, so "feathers" were out, unless it was for female Corvette owner! I finally decided on some racy looking swirls and flame points.

April 26, 2011

Finishing Up Some Projects

I'm finishing up some projects this week, like the last few Crazy Quilt blocks.
Block # 19
Block #20

This is how they all look on the design wall with some pretty green batiks I found for the inner sashing and the borders. I plan to take the blocks to our upcoming quilt retreat and get it finished. This has been a really-fun machine embroidery project! I've already started downloading some of the series 3 crazy quilt blocks for another wallhanging.

The Art Nouveau wallhanging is off the frame now.
And finished---

This is a picture of the Corvette quilt as it looked on the frame yesterday---I finished it late this afternoon. I'll post pictures after I get the binding on. It was a challenge to find a quilting design that was not feathery to stitch around the Corvette and up and around the log cabin blocks. I finally decided something "fast and racy" looking! Swirls with some pointy flames!
More later----(click on pic. to enlarge)

April 23, 2011

Vintage Easter Greetings

Nostalgic Easter Greetings from my vintage post card collection. Have a happy and blessed Easter Sunday.

Postmarked 1910

Happy Easter everyone!

April 10, 2011

Scattered & Sidetracked

I feel so scattered lately. I have too many projects going on, and more running around in my head. Usually first thing when I get up in the morning I head to the sewing room determined to get some sewing done. Nothing like sewing in your comfy jammies either! While one machine is doing embroidery, I can usually squeeze in piecing a few quilt blocks on my other sewing machine. It really depends on the stitch count of the embroidery design. I like when the screen on the machine says 10-12 mins. for a color number six or whatever. I can usually get two blocks on the blue and red quilt done in that time.

I'm trying to get at least one crazy quilt block embroidered in the mornings, but if Sassy shows up---that's all over. She wants to go outside, then it's breakfast and play time! ---so off we go. Lights out in the sewing room until late afternoon usually.

Three more embroidery blocks to do, and then I can start planning a border. I would really like to find a batik that has a border effect woven into the fabric. My friend Jane found this border type fabric at Sew-Batik. Something like this is what I have in mind. Maybe I can find a similar border print locally. Our local quilt shops have a lot of beautiful batiks. Oh, joy---an excuse to go fabric shopping!

On the way down the hall to the sewing room I go through the living room. Sidetracked to the long arm. I'm working on this wall hanging I pieced several years ago and this was my "Quilt Whispered" project when I took Carla Barrett's online class at MQ Resources a few years ago. I'm finally getting around to finishing it using Carla's drawing suggestions. It was a fun class, and I learned a lot about drawing designs onto a picture of a quilt top using a wacom tablet. This is what Carla suggested:

This is what I have completed so far.

Thank you Carla! I could have never come up with some of these quilting designs on my own. I'm looking forward to finally getting this finished. A little here, a little there. Scattered and sidetracked---

Opps--I almost forgot to post a recent photo of Miss. Sassy!

April 06, 2011

Quilt Blocks and Sassy

Crazy quilt block #13
Crazy quilt block #14
Sassy treking the wall ledge
It's a big world out here!
Her favorite napping spot under the desk.
That's my doggie. One of her favorite toys---a strip of fabric! :o)