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Sunday, February 7, 2016

June's Baby Quilt

My sweet friend Faye just had her 3rd grandchild. After raising two boys and having two grandsons, she finally had a girl. 
We picked a pattern from Kim Brackett's book Scrap Basket Surprises.  She used mostly a jelly roll of Sunkissed by Sweetwater.
I quilted an overall swirl flower, perfect for a little girl. 
She picked this fun backing and finished with a red gingham binding.  It's so much fun sharing with my love of quilting with my friends.
Happy stitching, 
Karen 



Saturday, January 2, 2016

Trying Something New

Our Guild had a Mug Rug Challenge a few weeks ago.  I wanted to try some thread drawing which I have never done before.  I had seen a tutorial somewhere and remembered that I liked the look.
I used a tone on tone fabric in a pale mauve and had some Aurifil thread that was a perfect match.  I drew the basic outline and then filled in.  A vintage piece of calico for the binding finished it perfectly. 
It's a good thing I'm not a perfectionist, but I was really pleased with the finish.  And these are my first pebbles!!  They don't look too bad from across the street, he,he.  
Happy stitching today,
Karen


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Red Bird and Berries

I have busy with many things, some of which were gifts so I haven't been able to share a lot.  We visited my parents in High Point, NC last weekend and I gave them their gift.
I saw this quilt on Pinterest several years ago and immediately was smitten.  Sometime after that I started following Karen Miller on IG.  She lives on Keuka Lake which caught my attention as I'm from Rochester, NY and had a good friend that had a cottage on Keuka Lake and used to go there in High School.  Anyway, it turn out she created this pattern for Moda Bake shop.  So here it is.  
I used McTavishing for the background and hand appliquéd the bird, stems and berries.  Such a fun project.  There's also a second project in the works, I'll share soon.
Here's the second one, love the gray stems!  
Hope everyone is trying to enjoy these last few days before Christmas morning.
Karen 


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Fifth Step is Done

I have been working on my Midnight at the Oasis quilt in between other projects.  All of can say about this quilt is that it is wild and wonderful.  Maybe that's the way things are in Australia and Jen Kingwell has done a great job of portraying that feeling. 
I have finished all 44 blocks in the outside border.   Yay!!  There was a little trick to making these blocks that I didn't discover until about three quarters of the way thru.  But I'm not going back to fix them.  I figure no one may notice except me.
And I have started work on the 9 patch border. Jen does not do anything fast, so her method is to individually cut 276 bright 11/2" squares  and 276 gray squares - and that's exactly what I've done.

When these are done all that will be left is the appliqué border and then putting it together.  I'm not making any deadlines for myself, but I can feel the end is in sight (sort of).  I still am not wild about the stripe border but to date I can't find anything else.  I am still looking though.

Hope you've found some stitching time today,
Karen 


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pink and Brown Update

I just realized I never posted the final results of my Tumbler leader/ender project.  It ended up being the main thing and not a L/E project - he,he.
It almost completely fills my design wall and I love it.  AND, I didn't buy a single piece of fabric to make this.  It's all stash, that feels so good.  I also have backing and binding already, so this hopefully will be 100% free!!
After I finished that, I quilted something that has been a flimsy for about 5 years.  So sad.  It's a Christmas quilt that my sister put together. It's done in the "One of a Kind" technique. 

It's done now and has the binding on.  When she finishes that I'll get it back for a complete picture. This feels so good and it's only October!!
We've had the remnants of Patrica so it's been raining here for three days.  Hope you're warm and dry where ever you are.
Happy stitching. 
Karen



Thursday, October 15, 2015

Pink and Brown - Still Growing

I know this is a L/E project which means you're supposed to work on this in between another project. But sometimes things just take over.  I think this is a quilt that's been waiting a long time to be born and now is the time.
I moved the pieces to the design wall when it became evident this project was moving full speed ahead. 
And I found some more "perfect " fabrics and how fun is it when they are dated??  I know the RP from Moda is also from the late 90's.  I also like what's happening with the green in with the pink and brown.
This is going to be one of those comfort quilts.  You know, the one where you snuggle down in a chair with a good book.  I know there are lots of quilts out there that are happy and loud, but I think there will always be a place for these calm and beautiful quilts too.  At least there will be in my house.��
Happy stitching today,
Karen 




Friday, October 9, 2015

Pink and Brown is Like Potato Chips

You might wonder how these two are similar, well you can't stop at one - especially if pink and brown are one of your all-time favorite combinations.  I have started cutting tumblers for Bonnie Hunter's Leader Ender project for this year.  
I found a jelly roll that I bought at one of our quilt shows probably almost 10 years ago.  I figured I'd be safe to start cutting it up LOL!!  So while there was green, brown and neutral strips, I have decided to add pink and brownish reds.
I've been raiding my Civil War stash and can I just say these fabrics make me happy.
I'm not sure what it will end up looking like or how big it will be.  For now, I will just have fun sewing a dark to a light and building a stack of little tumblers.
It's been a while since I've done a L/E project. After the angst of my art quilt and my modern quilt, this feels like home.
Happy stitching.
Karen