Saturday, August 11, 2018

Quilting is finished

Finally, thirty-plus hours of quilting is finished. My house is not big enough to get a full-view photo, so here are bits and pieces. As easily seen, it needs to be squared up and trimmed, and the binding put on. Also, it is still wrinkled from being wrapped around the back roller for so long. However, I feel 10lbs lighter!

Also, I'm putting all my quilts (that I have photos for) in the Gallery, link on the right, EXCEPT those that are for sale. This will take a few weeks. It's interesting to see the progression.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Three left...

Three leaves left, that is, on the king-size. It seems like a couple hours or less but I'm so tired these days and have other things on the go. 

Wanting a change of pace that is simple, I'm making "Pathfinder" - a pattern by Sarah Ruiz only in blue floral prints, lights and darks. It is turning out nicely. More pictures next time. I need a nap. 😊

Also am putting 'everything' not sold or given away on a gallery page. Link is on the right. It will take awhile - 22 so far but I've made more than 200.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Quilting - the end is in sight!

I've been working on this king-size so long that I cannot say whether I like it or not. However, as the end is in sight, it is turning out better than I expected. Here is the large leaf on the left side. It was NOT flat and yet the quilting made it lay down and be flat. Truly, quilting makes the quilt.

I've done more than half the sand. It has the watery edge, then some grasses, then in the foreground some shells. For some reason, this part needed more quilting to get it to lay flat, but it is behaving nicely. 

I'm no expert and this one proved it, but it is nearly finished. The foliage at the bottom remains, and it will be fun. Then the binding, all 400 inches (about) of it.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Rejoicing because our God answers prayer

Many quilters and others prayed concerning those fires in Colorado and particularly in regard to the home of Ricky Tims because he is such a well-known person in the quilting world. 

I prayed (and likely others did too) that God would do whatever most glorified Him. He did and surprised us all. 

Ricky told his supporters to spread the news so I am using the two pictures on his Facebook page that made me weep. The first is "Before" with his house in the lower center. The next is "After" and as you can see, the whole area was incinerated — except Ricky's house!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Fires in Colorado

I've not met Ricky Tims but have used his ideas and am a member of "The Quilt Show" that is usually taped in La Veta Colorado. Most know about the fires that have swept through that part of the world. Sadly, Ricky's home is in the path of that fire. It is likely burned. If anyone wants the latest news, this link will take you to his blog.  His partner has taken computers, quilts, and their dogs to safety. 

This is my "rhapsody" quilt inspired by Ricky's instructions.

Another well-known quilter's home could also be in danger. Judith Baker Montano lives in La Veta. Her sister lives in my city and I know her fairly well, enough to feel emotions of this family.

Fire is one of the most devastating tragedies. Others have lost homes - because a man (already in police custody) decided to light this one.

I know this blog is about quilting, but these quilters are part of our world and our love of making quilts.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Decision Made & Slow Progress

The last comment reinforced my holes. Just line them up using a half-size block to finish the ends. Here is part of it on my 4 x 8 design wall. The rest is laid out on the craft table and only some of the half-blocks are done. They are 6 x 6 because the larger blocks are actually 6 x 10, not 5 x 10 so the setting will be uneven... which makes it more interesting anyway.

This is what Scott's king-size looks like now. I have to finish quilting the sand, all the foliage on either side of the sand and water, and this stretch of foliage along the bottom. I'm working one hour a day, which is about all I can handle. My meds and heart condition makes naps a must and there is eating and so on... Sigh.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Need a recipe for Chili Pot

Oh don't you love it when the doing goes beyond planning and then turn around and bites you? I've made a bunch of these blocks (randomly placed) 

and then decided I like them better in the next layout (also randomly placed).

The problem is I'd like to fill those 2 inch holes with something dark, but have no idea how to sew it together without a whole mess of partial seams. If I started out with making a pattern with wide and narrow rows, it would have worked, but that would remove the ability to do much rearranging.

Sigh. Does anyone have a recipe to make this change? Or maybe the first design looks better anyway? All comments and opinions appreciated.