After moving to the east side of Sparks (from west side of Reno) to a smaller but sunnier condo, I’ve finally unpacked most of my quilting supplies and fabrics. Set up a small part of the second bedroom with my table and an old bookcase in the closet to house fabric. On one wall I put up the design wall…thank goodness for 3M Adhesive strip hooks!
My small work space…that Princess Feather block was pieced by my GGGrandma in Nebraska.
One half of my fabric stash.
I left a big box of civil war reproduction fabrics in the box and tucked it in the back of my closet…another box is loaded with prints of various colors.
My $1 chair I bought over the weekend from a garage sale.
Now onto the Work-in-Progess quilts ~ (minus a quilt top I made with Kate Spain fabric that I forgot to pull out).
Left: Triangle rows out of Frolic. Need to add a few onto each row and make it longer. Right: English paper pieced Grandma’s Flower Garden out of batiks.
Cut Frolic triangles.
Hexie wall-hanging made with Lauren & Jessi Jung Flora charm pack.
Farmer’s Wife quilt blocks that I’m hand-piecing with Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley.
Farmer’s Wife ‘Cut Glass Dish’ block that I have with me now to stitch together at lunch.
I’ve been working on a few quilting projects off and on, two are hand-pieced quilts ~ Grandma’s Flower Garden and the Farmer’s Wife.
Thought I’d show the progression of the Grandma’s Flower Garden that I’m doing using the English Paper Piecing method…making 1″ hexagons.
When I first started ~
Back in November~
All the flowers I made when I was held hostage at a craft fair ~
From yesterday when I got home from work (I’ve added two more flowers since then) ~
I was PRAYING that we’d get more snow than the 5″ that dropped last night…as I wanted to start sewing on the Bricks and Sticks quilt! I have Kate Spain’s Terrain all cut out…but no, am here at work, enjoying watching the crazy drivers sliding all over the place.
In one of my my crafting groups our Craft Challenge for May/June was to make something with the quilt pattern Monastery Windows.
Originally it was a May Challenge and I was running out of time so I made up 8 of each block and tried my hand at making a pillow. I used two batiks (the pinks) that I got from a quilt show in Portola, CA (Cabin Fever Quilt Show) and a cream (with grey and blue) batik from Windy Moon Quilts here in Reno.
I thought the darker of the pinks would make a great piping around the pillow…only thing, I really hate making anything on the bias, so I cut the fabric for the piping as I would for regular binding thinking I’ll make the bugger curve no matter what!
After making the top part I quilted it; sewed on the piping to the front quilted piece; sewed the backing on and left 4″, turned inside out and stuffed it. I used polyester pillow stuffing as it dries faster after washing.
The pattern is great! I will definitely use it to make a lap quilt! Very pretty indeed.
Ok…here is my pillow (I put the pictures through photoshop’s artistic dry brush filter)!
Here’s a link to Sharon’s entry ~ she made an awesome Red/White/Blue quilt! Just LOVE that binding!
I know there are a few others that have an entry, but they haven’t posted anything online.
We have a new baby in my extended family…Evan Henry (my brother-in-law’s sister’s baby boy).
I finished the half square triangle quilt top…added two batik borders, one (the biggest) is a beauty…Paradise Barbados and the smaller one (also the binding) Tonga royal iron scrollwork. It’s backed by a pretty fuzzy flannel ~ Ice Garden by Maywood Studios.
It’s 44″x52″…so it’ll last him a very long time.
(changing photos! Mom came back with it all washed…outside shot much better)
I took a half day off work yesterday. Had to be home for a repairman to fix a cracked window, and after he left…I grabbed my quilt top and headed over to WINDY MOON to find some fabric for the borders. The ladies there are always willing to help find the perfect fabric.
Then they asked if I was going to have one of the longarm quilters there quilt it for me…told them I don’t have that type of money. BUT! I do have a Janome 1600P-DB that my inlaws gave me for Christmas that I have not used yet. So I will bring it in for Donna to go over with me the basics of FMQ.
They were getting busy in the shop, so I headed on home to my wee sewing space and started in on finishing my quilt. We moved to a smaller house/duplex in July, so I do not have a dedicated sewing room anymore. I have my sewing machine set up in the corner of our guest room; my fabric hutch is also in there; I put nails up on the closet to hook the design wall up; ironing board goes down and back up…but then I have to go down the hall, through the kitchen, down the stairs into the basement to my cutting table! Let me tell you…I get my excerise in when making a quilt. Up and Down, Up and Down…Up and half way Down, back Up (forgot the rotary!), back down.
My first quilt I ever made is on the bed…the last quilt I’m making on the wall.
Next ~ will have to figure out what I want to do for the backing. Just one fabric or mix of all? Not sure yet.