Sunday, October 23, 2016

A new Challenge from VMQG

I took some time off, away from the computer.  It wasn't planned or anything but I felt that I needed a break to quiet my mind a little.  Sometimes I want to do so many things and I get overwhelmed.  I tend to want to walk faster than I can run.  Does it even make any sense?  I guess what I want to say is I have little patience.  I still have to take it easy and not do too much; doctor's order.  And that's driving me crazy.  There are so many things to do and many places to go.  So a little time off is good.

Last month our Valley MQG announced a challenge - 'Face your fear'.  I've been putting it off, but I have to face it, you know what I mean?  I looked inward and admitted that creepy things, like lizards and sn_kes, give me chill more than anything.  I don't even want to talk about them, but I had to start thinking about them which I hate to do.  I started by drawing some pictures on my note book.

I liked the one on the right and decided that I would do improv piecing.  I had made some improv background blocks a few months ago so now I just have to make my friend(?), right?  That was the plan.....  Here is what I came up with.

Does it look like it had been run over by a car?  My DH suggested that I add tire marks on the quilt.  Ha ha..funny!  I've not decided on the quilting design I'll do for this piece.  Will show it to you when I'm done.  Maybe I'll do a wall hanging piece, but it won't be hanging around here.  I know a few people who're crazy about creeping creatures.  Can't understand how and why....

I also got a few blocks done for the Covered in Love project.  Being a part of this project, even in a small way, makes me feel really good.

I'm not much of a list person but I found myself making one last week.  I was able to check couple more things off today and it gave me such a thrill.  There are still more things on the list, but I'm checking them off one by one.  I'm taking a 'Quilting with Walking Foot' class by Jacquie Gering next month.  I've been a fan of her work for some time now.  Got a few things to get ready before the class and I can't wait.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A new block for Covered in Love Project

When I was in the hospital for 30 days in January-February, I was a recipient of kindness from many people around me.  Friends and strangers offered help and support.  The nurses both in ICU and Recovery area were exceptional.  The physical therapists worked really hard to get me up on my feet again.  My hat is off to all of them.  Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.

I love the idea of paying it forward.  When I found that Kat @ Kat & Cat Quilts has a project called Covered in Love, I immediately wanted to participate.   She's a RN at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas, where she sees a lot of people nearing the end of their lives.  For various reasons, some patients don't make it to the hospice.   They spend their last days in the hospital.  That's when she gives them, or their family, a quilt from Covered in Love project.  You will find more info about her project through the links above.
Each month, she'll have a block design and color theme.  You then make a block, or as many as you like, and send it to her.  You can also send her quilt tops or finished quilts.  For the August block, she wanted a 'Disappearing nine patch'.  Can you believe this was my first disappearing nine patch?  I've always been curious about this block design and now I had a reason to make them.  Thanks Kat!!  I had a lot of fun, can't wait to make more.

I'm also working on a 2017 Michael Miller challenge.  Love, love the fabric.  Don't have good pictures to show at this time, but will soon.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Then and Now Linky Party

Leanne from Devoted Quilter is having a 'Then and Now' Linky Party till the end of the month.   It's for us to look at our works from the past to present. You can link to this Linky party at the end of this post.

In 2008, I made a quilt for my son when he left for college.  I had made quilts before that but had never done machine quilting.   He loves music so I picked fabrics with musical motifs and used the "Yellow Brick Road" pattern. I used free motion quilting, featuring guitars and musical notes. He was pleased with the results. He graduated with a Classical Guitar degree and Business Econ degree. Now the quilt goes everywhere he goes.

Detailed free motion quilting

I had a lot of fun quilting this quilt.  I also made a pillow case for him but couldn't find the picture of it.  My son said the pillow case fell apart from laundering after all these years.   I guess I'll have to make another one.  Or may be it's time for a new quilt. :)

Two years later, I picked "Pinto Box" as the pattern for my daughter when she left home for college.  She loves all colors and not wanting her dorm room to be boring, I used a variety of colors.  I used variegated thread to quilt fireworks and shooting star designs.  She and I both loved it.  There was no marking on this quilt.  I randomly quilted fireworks, big and small, all over the quilt with a walking foot.  I also made a matching pillow case too.

Detailed quilting design

That's was 6 years ago since I quilted a traditional quilt.  In between those years, I worked with different techniques and worked mostly with flannels, you can read about it here.

Now in 2016, I made this for my friend's baby.  I used a walking foot to quilt straight lines to echo the shape of the negative space.  I also pieced the back of the quilt too.  I love the way the quilt turned out both front and back.

I always enjoy making crafts, but I fell in love with making quilts.  I've come a long way from my first machine quilting in 2008 and I don't see the ending in sight.  I love this new quilting community that I found, and enjoy sharing with people who have the same interests.  Blogging opens so many doors and offers many chances to learn new things and to do many things that I would never dream of.  What's Next?  I don't know, but I can say that I'm excited to learn to take better photos for my blog.

Have a great day!!

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