Friday, April 20, 2018

Beaded Curtain

I'm thrilled with how my Beaded Curtain quilt turned out. Thank you Elaine for the name idea. I love the bright strips against the earthy brown.
 Thankful for my friend Lori's suggestion to quilt it with beads. To connect them I added a swish to give them a yin and yang feel.
This picture makes me think of walking through a beaded curtain into a free spirited world.
                                     
This quilt will go to a free spirit. I recently found out that the lady, over the farmer's market, where I sell my soap, is battling cancer. 
She is such a kind, generous, helpful lady.  I hope it will cheer her and bring courage for the battle.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

California Workshop

Monday morning I flew out to the Long Beach area for a trunk show and workshop.
 I had the most wonderful time with these talented quilters.
 Can I just say I think quilters are some of the most amazing people. 
 So generous and friendly.
 Didn't they do a wonderful job on their Dahlia blocks?
 I would love to meet your quilt group. 
Contact me if you are interested.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Moving It Forward

 This week when I basted quilts with friends. One of the quilts I basted was my wedge quilt. My friend Lori asked me how I was going to quilt it. I told here I was not sure. Suzy told her the names I was toying with; Beads, Lava Lamps, or Beaded Curtain. She thought that if I decided to call it Beaded Curtain it would be fun to quilt strings of beads down it. Well that sealed it for me. Since figuring out how to quilt something is not my strong point. So armed with an idea, I named my quilt, Beaded Curtain. Then went on a hunt for various sized circles to use as templates for my beads.
I guess I could have used my compass. But where's the fun in that? Odd objects are so much more interesting. So I traced them with a chalk pencil on the quilt and began quilting my bead chains. 
Now it's your turn to show off your progress. Link up and let us see what your moving forward.


Friday, April 13, 2018

Love Laura

The inspiration for this quilt came from a newspaper clipping my friend, Nora found in her mother in law's sewing box. I used Sherri and Chelsi's fabric line, Front Porch for Moda.
Photo courtesy of Easy Quilts
It looked similar to these. Nora made me a copy and asked if I could reproduce it for her.
The block in the clipping looked like it had partial and inset seams. I played with different ways to arrange the pieces so this was not the case. I use found that I could use simple strip piecing to make units in the larger block and then arrange those units into the block shown in the clipping.  You can find these easy instructions in the newest issue of easy quilts. 


Thank you Nora for sharing this with me and allowing me to figure it out. I love how the quilt turned out. Can't wait to see yours.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Moving It Forward

I didn't get a lot of sewing done last week. I spent most of my week enjoying family down south. I'll share more of that later. Prior to our big adventure I finished sewing up these leftovers from my Portals quilt. This quilt features Janet Clair's Ahoy Me Hearties. I thought I had more blocks that I did. I was hoping to make at least a 60" x 70" quilt. 
 Because it will be a man quilt I knew it had to be long enough so I rearranged the blocks to make it 70" long.
 Next I pulled some scraps from my bins to make  the missing two blocks. Cut some strips to add to the width. I think with these adjustments I'll have a nice sized man quilt.
Now on to the fun. My sister and her four children, my sister in law and her four children and me and my daughter all headed down to my parents last week. We had tons of fun climbing red rock. 
 We did our first slot canyon. And played in grandma and grandpa's pool. The weather was perfect and we had tons of fun.
Hope everyone had a fun week. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been moving forward. Link up and share.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Moving it Forward

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend. The weather her was lovely and I enjoyed a full weekend. First I made the bright happy little blocks. I'm planning on using them as a sashing and border for a quilt I have planned. 
Next hubby and I worked in the yard. I brought in these sprigs from our apricot tree. Now we have popcorn popping inside too.
 My daughter and I enjoyed attending the Saturday afternoon session of LDS General Conference. Followed by pizza with the rest of the family at the Pie.
Sunday my sister, Becky and her family along with our niece, Kate came for dinner and a Easter egg hunt.
 Now it's your turn. Link up and share. Can't wait to see what you've been up to.

Friday, March 30, 2018

My First Mystery Quilt

I had fun in Bonnie's mystery class. It was my first time doing a mystery quilt. I don't know if I will do one again. This one appealed to me because it was just scraps and a background. I know that my scraps play nice together so I wasn't to afraid that I wouldn't like the quilt.
 Oh, and I do like this quilt. All those bright scraps and light green background say spring to me.

Hopefully the warm weather we've been enjoying the last couple of days will continue. That the snow we had earlier in the week is gone until next winter.