Sunday, January 24, 2016

moving...a struggle that continues....

I have not fallen off the edge of the earth. Just in Idaho. Lots of snow!  I have high altitude sickness and struggle to function. I did find and visit a quilt shop and a knit shop. I started and finished a hat this week. Have 3 more planned.  The sons last their hays. ..also husband. Young granddaughter hasn't received one yet. now I'm not bored while I try to get used to the altitude. Didn't bring my computer on this trip so I won't do many posts.

Friday, December 18, 2015

so busy..

Here is a collection of postcards that my parents have received;
I do not know why I did 2 m's, bad record keeping I guess. I love the B but it doesn't quite go with the others....Maybe I'll make another one. ..In the future. My life is just a bit chaotic right now. I need to say that the work of Kathleen Loomis inspired me to start these postcards, her and a whole bunch of narrow scraps of fabric. I'm not an artist but I enjoyed doing these letters..  Maybe the whole alphabet should be my next goal....

Christmas is almost here and I have managed to put up/out 8 Christmas quilts and a wreath on the front door. But that was removed since we had the door repainted....I did an extra lot of decorating last year so this year the nothing decorated balances out...Doesn't seem to bother anyone but me.

Monday, December 7, 2015

I'm still here

I have quit long arming until we are settled in our new place; probably 6 months. Maybe I'll get this blogging refigured out. Meanwhile I was able to get a photo and reduce it so I can put it here.
This was a fun, easy quilt my friend Lisa made. I quilted our favorite paisley design on it. It was beautiful. Lisa's quilts are always beautiful and well made. A winning combination.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Quilt I have quilted...

This is just a test to see if my resizing worked...Although it is true I quilted this quilt;

All crosshatching. Those squares? They are not quite square. A friend's grandmother pieced...some of the navy blocks, Lisa decided to finish the quilt and added the lighter blue blocks then re-sewed many of the navy ones. It turned out fabulous.  Now I wonder what a green and white quilt done the same way would look, or how about 2 shades of pink?

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Postcards for October

I've done 2 more October postcards;

Initially the postcard on the left was to be oriented the long way, so I put the blue sky as it is......but I decided that cat worked better vertical. I had to go dig through my collar and cuff scraps to get the pumpkin.
Life has been crazy busy but I may still have blogged if I could get an easy resizer tool for windows 10...I got a new computer and am learning how to use it. Everything seems to be different....maybe it's an improvement but it just seems wrong now.
Many things are happening in our life but that will be another blog post....

Saturday, September 19, 2015

postcards continued

Yes, I still send postcards, not everyday lately but several times a week. Summer was just so busy this year. This is the latest.
Will I ever run out of narrow little bits of shirt fabric? 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Julie's quilt

I really did stay busy this summer. Too busy sometimes. I was asked, very sweetly, to quilt a quilt for our only granddaughter. She had been given a vintage top, it only needed a simple panto....HA!
Unfortunately it was stained so they washed it before sending it to me. Oh dear, parts shrank way more than other parts, and no, I didn't take a before picture. I decided to take it apart and resew it. After it was apart I decided it would be easier to replace the fabric. Luckily for me I couldn't get 2 shades of turquoise so I got to eliminate the 4-patches in the corner stones and simplify the quilt.
 Here is my eq7 version of the original. The applique blocks are not very accurate, but they are tulips, there are 3 of them in each block, and they are bright colors.
This is the computer version of what I changed it to:
I think I improved it. Softened the colors somewhat and eliminated the 4-patch (I couldn't find 2 shades of turquoise.) Then I HAD to custom quilt it.
This still has the markings on it but I outlined the tulips then did a double square in the background and a simple meander.
 I used a large plate to trace a partial circle, then I used a cup and a can to trace different size circles in an arc in the border. I quilted an apple blossom in each small circle, the did a simple meander in the background. The bottom of the quilt got her name; Julie Grace.
My son designed the name on the computer in 5 inch high letters. I glued them to freezer paper and cut them out. After ironing them on the border I traced around each letter, then removed the freezer paper. Then I quilted around each letter twice, added some flowers and meandering and finished;

Here you can see the backing fabric and one of the 2 pillowcases I made her.
I LOVED the way it turned out!