Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving & Baltimore Bunnies #5!

Well, another block has been completed. I am now onto the next #6. Slowly but surely I am working my way through this project and really enjoying it.

Block #5

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Baltimore Bunnies Block #3

My Bunnies block #3 has finally been completed! This one has been the most work of them all so far. I enjoyed making it, but I am happy to have it all stitched. I will be skipping ahead to Block #7 next.

Baltimore Bunnies Block #3

Thursday, July 26, 2007

California Midstate Fair 2007 Quilt Challenge

I had a nice day at the fair yesterday. I entered the quilt challenge for the first time this year and had lots of fun working on my quilt. I had no idea what to expect and I was thrilled to see I won a ribbon for "Best Use of Challenge Fabric". I also received a 1st award. All the other quilts were wonderful too. Everyone did something so very unique. The challenge fabric is the black and pink dot print and the theme was "Country Days Rock'n Nights". My quilt is entirely pieced. I went a bit crazy with embellishing with novelty buttons, but it seems to have worked out.

My 2007 California Midstate Fair Challenge Quilt.

Theme - "Country Days Rock'n Nights"

Thursday, June 21, 2007

2nd Annual Templeton Outdoor Quilt Show

I had a fun time this past weekend at the Templeton Outdoor Quilt show. Hundreds of quilts from all over the state and country were on display from the roofs, balconies, fences and porches of historic Templeton Main Street. I live locally so after learning about the show at a local shop recently I decided to submit a few quilts into the show. This was the first time I have ever entered any of my work anywhere for display. It was quite exciting. Below are some photos from the show. Here is the link to the Templeton quilt show website if you want to read more about it.

My quilt is the brown one just to the right of the lady in the center of the photo.

Close-up view. I made this quilt as mystery project with a Kansas Troubles Quilters yahoo group during one of our online camps.

This quilt I made during a local quilt shop event. It is a pattern called "Tile Tango" by Atkinson Designs.

Also on display was this cat wallhanging pattern I designed myself. I named the pattern "Sitting Pretty Kitty" because it was inspired by my cats who love to sit and stare at me when I am quilting.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Baltimore Bunnies Block #4

Here is my block #4 all finished! This has been my favorite one to do so far. I never knew how to do a stem stitch until tackling the embroidery on this block. Well, actually, I am not sure I know how to do one still but it looks OK to me and I am happy with that. Next, it's backwards to block #3.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Baltimore Bunnies Block #2

I am moving right along at snails pace! Here is a photo of my B. Bunnies block #2. I really enjoyed this block. For my next block I will be skipping ahead to block #4. I am worried about lining up all those leaves in block #3 so I think I am going to have to teach myself another technique for those using starch and glue baste before tackling that block. I also started a yahoo group for those working specifically on this quilt. Everyone is posting photos of their progress and sharing tips and ideas. It really helps to keep me motivated and on track and I love to see all the photos of the blocks with different fabrics. Here is the link... .

I have completely neglected my Feathered Stars project as I try to keep up with these bunnies but I hope to prep those last 2 applique blocks so I can work them too this month. Once those are done things should be much faster as the rest of the quilt is pieced and I am much quicker at piecing.

Here is a photo of my Baltimore Bunnies Block #2...

Monday, April 2, 2007

Baltimore Bunnies Block #1

I've finally finished my Baltimore Bunnies Block #1. There were a lot of leaves on this block. 52 to be exact. It took me awhile to get through them all but it was good practice. I am having a problem with the freezer paper peeling off the top of my pieces before I am finished appliqueing them on. I am not sure what is causing that to happen. I fell behind on my Feathered Stars this month as all my attention was on this Baltimore Bunnies BOM. Block #2 of the Baltimore Bunnies looks like it will go much faster than #1 so I will start on that and then turn my attention back to my Feathered Stars project. Here is a picture of my completed Baltimore Bunnies block #1.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Feathered Star Progress

I finally have the second row completed on my feathered stars quilt. All went well except I had to switch machines when piecing the blocks in this row and I discovered that there must be a variation in the 1/4" seam allowance between my Brother ULT and Janome 9000. The row 2 blocks were slightly larger than row 1's and getting those points just right when sewing row 2 to row 1 and matching all the seams was a bit of a pain. It took a bit of manipulation but I am not going to worry about it too much. It is probably good advice not to switch machines in the middle of a project unless absolutely necessary. Here is a photo of how my Feathered Stars Top is coming along...

Speaking of machines, today I woke up to an email in my inbox announcing a great deal on a Brother 2340CV cover stitch serger. Since my current serger (also a Brother) did not have a cover stitch, and I often wished it did, I could not resist. I can't wait until it gets here. I have recently started making clothing and this machine will provide a more professional looking finish on the things I make. It also seems nice to have two separate machines. I will be able to jump from the serger to the cover stitch machine without having to convert the machines set-up like I hear you have to do for the all-in-one machines. Now, I just need to find a place in my already crowded sewing room to put it.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Progress Update

Well, I am stitching steadily along on my February applique assignments. You can see in my photo that my Feathered Stars center block is beginning to take shape and I have just begun the Baltimore Bunnies Block #1 by stitching the bias strip heart on. I used 30wt sulky cotton thread on the heart because I did not know any better. Fortunately, I did not get too far before the ladies in the group straightened me out. It does not seem obvious (to me anyway). I have since purchased some 50wt Mettler silk finish thread in all the colors I'll need for this Bunnies Project. I should be in good shape from this point forward. You can also catch a glimpse of one one my Dear Jane quilts in progress (yes, I said one of them). I have three going at once. Can you see my problem? This one is the product of my brilliant idea to make the quilt entirely of embroidered blocks...but that is a whole other story I can get into later.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Baltimore Bunnies

This year I signed up for my very first BOM (Block of the Month). I choose "Baltimore Bunnies" by Bunny Hill Designs. The first block arrived just the other day! I chose this particular BOM for two reasons. One, because I absolutely fell in love with it at first sight and second, because I knew if I subscribed to a BOM I would really be determined and work hard to learn applique. Here is a photo. As you can see I have already begun preparing my pieces. My applique goals for this month are to complete this BOM Block #1 and the Second Row of the "Feathered Stars" top.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

2007 Projects

This year I am working on my very first hand applique project. A pattern called "Feathered Stars" by Kim Diehl. I am doing this project with a group online. The technique I am using is needleturn applique with freezer paper pressed to the top of the fabric pieces.

Here is the book that contains the pattern. I had mine spiral bound at Staples for $3.21. It lays open nice and flat now. I can trace the templates onto my freezer paper without the book constantly trying to pop closed on me.

For Janurary our group assignment was to complete the the top row of the quilt. Here's mine!

Here is a a close-up of one of my applique blocks.