Friday, March 30, 2018

Works in progress and Lincoln's quilt

Phew, where has the time gone!!  I can't believe I haven't posted any progress for almost a month.  This is going to be a long post, let's get to it.

At our Valley MQG, we have a new challenge in honor of Quilt Con last month.  Our challenge is to take a 12 inch Sawtooth Star and make it modern. Use the components of a Traditional Sawtooth Star to make a modern version. We can change them around, change the color formation or delete parts altogether.

This is the traditional Sawtooth Star block

This is my spin on the traditional Sawtooth Star.


By itself, the block doesn't look like anything much.  But when I put a few of them together, they turned out really nice.


I like it so much that I want to make it into a whole quilt!!  My husband gave it a name 'Time to Sew' because of the hour glass and thread spool images there.  The free pattern and instructions will come in the near future.

There is still one more thing that we're doing at the Valley MQG, it's a Round Robin.  This is my center block for this challenge.




It took me awhile to come up with this block and I really like it.  I can't wait to see the final piece.  This will be the only image you'll see until the Round Robin is done 6 months from now.

Another project that I was working on was a quilt for Lincoln, the newest addition to the family.  The colors of choice are navy blue and gray, I pulled some fabric out as you might have seen in the last post.




This was on design wall.

This is what I finished with.  I couldn't leave the blocks as they were, I had to give them a Faux Rag Quilting touch on both the front and the back of the quilt.   :-)

The dimension of this quilt is 48 x 56"


Another piece of good news before I go, in April, I'll be teaching at one of our local quilt shops called Quilty Pleasures in Simi Valley, Ca.  I'll be teaching projects from my book 'Soft & Cozy Keepsakes - Faux Rag Quilting'I took a break after my surgery two years ago.  I'm very happy to be back teaching again.    Can't wait!!





See you next time
Go do something fun!!!!


Friday, March 2, 2018

Back to the US time zone: more fabric and WIP

I'm back from my trip to Thailand.  What a fantastic trip I had!!  I met up with some old friends and we had lots of laughs and fun going places together.  What is amazing is that our old math professor came along on some of the trips with us.  She's 78 years old and still strong and she's really funny.  We went on a 3-hour hike which you can read about it here, and she kept up with us all the way.  Can you believe she and some of my friends have already planned a trip for my next year's visit?  As much fun as it was, I had to come home and get back to work.

I have a few more pieces of fabric to add to the stash.  I showed you some of the new additions here, and since then, I added a few more.  I was in the mood for green and I just loved these pieces.


When I was at QuiltCon 2018 on Saturday, I found this fabric in a half yard bundle and thought they go well with the ones I got above.  So they had to come home with me.  :-)
 

At the same fabric store in Bangkok, I also found some grey fabric that I wanted to include into my grey stash too.  Aren't they lovely?


There is a new baby in the family.  My sister-in-law has a new grandson and she said the colors are navy blue and grey.  I pulled out my blue and grey flannel for a new Faux Rag baby quilt.  Let's see what will happen with these......





Get sewing and have some fun!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

River boat rides

I found some pictures of our river boat ride along the Chao Phraya river.  This river goes right through Bangkok.  In the old day and somewhat now, it's the main route for transporting goods from northern and north-eastern parts of the country down to the central part.  I still remember the image of timber logs being shipped by floating in the river to my father's mill to be transformed into planks and boards for building material.  I don't think they do that any more but I found this article about Timber rafting in the Wikipedia which is fascinating to me. 

Wat Arun or The Temple of Dawn

That day was a little hazy but Wat Arun is especially beautiful.  No wonder it's one of the most visited places in Bangkok.   

In the evening we went to have dinner with my brother and his family at the place called Asiatique.





The food was spicy but delicious!  That's all folks!!