Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Long overdue blog post, finished quilts and works in progress

Hi there.....

It's been awhile since I posted anything.  I'm still around, just doing a lot of sewing and didn't want to interrupt the flow of desire to create.  My sewing, or anything I try to do, has gotten slower these days.  I've taken a lot of breaks in between.  

I've been busy sewing a few projects that I didn't get to write the blog.  I have to confess that Instagram has become my new favorite toy.  If you follow my Instagram, you would have seen these quilts already.  It's easier to take pictures and post them on Instagram with short captions and be done.  I can get back to sewing right away with little interruption.

I'm going to get right into the things that I've been working on.  The first project is the challenge at the Valley MQG.  We had 'Black and White' challenge in February and this is my creation.  In February, I only showed the top and now I'm ready to quilt it.  I would like to try facing instead of binding for this one.  I will show you when it's done.

Then I made these baby quilts.

These baby quilts are a lot of fun to make.  All the HST blocks in the second quilt came from the first quilt.  I also made couple more baby quilts for gifts but I didn't have a chance to take their pictures.  With those quilts I used the Faux Rag technique which is perfect for winter time. 

I'm making a lot of progress on my son new quilt.  I got all 120 blocks and the top is done.  Here is the picture of his quilt top. 

I hope you can see it ok because my design wall is too small for this quilt.  Next would be preparing it for quilting and I'll post again when I'm done.  For this quilt, I have purchased a bamboo batting for it while I was at the Road to California Quilt show in January.  I'm anxious to use it and will report back.  

We have a new baby in the family.  My niece had a baby girl about two weeks ago and I'm making her this quilt.  Her color theme is blue and green, but I couldn't stop myself from sneaking in a few pink and orange.  :)

This is my first Clamshell quilt.  I should be done with it this week.  I'm doing it the Faux Rag way!  This is just to try out the new ruler that I got.  It's the Clammy ruler from Latifah Saffir Studio.  Our Valley MQG is offering a workshop with her at the end of the month which I'm very excited about.  I think there still are some spots available.  If you're here in Southern California, come check it out.

Have a great sewing day!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Happy Chinese New Year and WIP's

This year is the year of the Rooster. It is always fun to go to a Chinese restaurant and get to read the paper place setting that has zodiac sign descriptions on it while waiting for our food.  Here is the one for Roosters.

The Rooster
1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017......

Roosters tend to be straight-shooters who appreciate the same practicality in others. They're highly efficient in their work and trustworthy in their friendships. Roosters are classic self-starters who, unsurprisingly, also happen to be very punctual.

Here is another one I found online, but forgot to write where I found it, "Observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented"

Here's another one from Wikipedia, "The Roosters are said to possess endurance and application, with slow accumulation of energy, meticulous at planning but tending to hold fixed opinions. They also are said to be hard-working, modest, industrious, loyal, philosophical, patient, good-hearted and morally upright, but can also be self-righteous, egotistical, vain, judgmental, narrow-minded or petty."

These quotes are meant for entertainment only!!

We had our celebrations at my in-law's house.  There was so much good food and we had a great time seeing cousins and relatives that we don't get to see often.

I did some sewing last week and made some progress on my son's new quilt.  It needs 120 blocks and I'm half way there.  I put them on the design wall to play with.  Here is the layout that both he and I liked.

Continued to cut more squares and will work on it again tomorrow.  

I also played with Monochromatic design and curved piecing.  At the Valley MQG, we are working on a monochromatic theme Opportunity quilt and I would like to submit this block to be part of it.  Scott, the President, has a really cool design idea.  I'll show the picture of my block as it progresses.

The new challenge from Valley MQG for February is using black and white fabric to make something.  I've been making EPP hexagons for sometimes now.  Last week I used some of them for this wall hanging quilt.  I put batting and backing fabric on and used a walking foot to quilt as I sewed the stems and applique the hexagons on.  Next is quilting the background and binding.

It is good to be busy and I really enjoyed making all these projects.

Have a great day and sew on!

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Happy New Year

Allow Yourself
Catherine Pulsifer

Allow yourself to dream
And when you do dream big

Allow yourself to learn
And when you do learn all you can

Allow yourself to laugh
And when you do share your laughter

Allow yourself to set goals
And when you do reward yourself as you move forward

Allow yourself to be determined
And when you do you will find you will succeed

Allow yourself to believe in yourself
And when you do you will find self confidence

Allow yourself to lend a helping hand
And when you do a hand will help you

Allow yourself relaxation
And when you do you will find new ideas

Allow yourself love
And when you do you will find love in return

Allow yourself to be happy
And when you do you will influence others around you

Allow yourself to be positive
And when you do life will get easier

A few days ago, my yoga teacher read this poem to us while we were resting at the end of the class.  I liked it so much that I contacted Catherine Pulsifer and asked for her permission to share it with you.  Check out her site for more inspirational words.

Have a great day.