Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Summary

An on-line friend and I had an email discussion about borders of quilt tops - especially borders that are wavy and ripple and really don't fit properly on the quilt and cause untold angst when trying to longarm quilt that top!

I pulled out a v-e-r-y old quilt top that I had made and laid aside for many years.  And lo and behold, there was an improperly applied border.  I must have learned a lot since the 1990s - lol.  But did I unstitch the border and apply it correctly?  No, I did not.  I receive quite a few quilt tops to quilt for donations to various groups and I decided to practice on my very own *mistake* in case I encounter another in the near future.

So, this is a part of the rippled border - see that waviness?

I just decided to quilt the entire top with a denser pattern than I usually use and expected that to flatten down the border.  This is the result - it worked pretty well:

I think the feathers (Feather Elegance by Christy Dillon) look pretty good on this relatively plain quilt:

Lyn Durbin's YouTube video was the first one I had ever seen where it showed how to quilt and work in excessive fullness and waviness of borders - this is almost magic!  Link:

So, this Bars and Strips quilt is on the pile that need bindings (only two left now!).  It will go in the box to Wrap-a-Smile.

And I finished quilting a little Duckie panel, but I didn't get a full photo of it yet.  It will have to wait for its binding until the other box goes out the door - this one is destined for Quilts Beyond Borders.  Here's a sneak preview:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

It’s pretty late and “today” is almost “tomorrow”, but I got busy quilting – you all know how that goes!

So, What’s Up with Today in History?

Today in 1903 was the first day that people saw the “Teddy” bear” that store owner Morris Michtom devised.  Michtom had received permission from President Theodore Roosevelt to use his nickname for the new toy.  Although the stories differ, it is often told as being based on a compassionate act of Teddy Roosevelt to save an adult black bear.  When political cartoonists later portrayed the bear as a cub, they were intending to show a sensitive side to the macho, he-man image of Roosevelt.  No matter how it began, the Teddy bear is now beloved by children and adults alike. 
This cute teddy is Brogan - Available at

Since I love Teddy bears, this is the backing fabric that I have selected for a panel that was sent to me to quilt up for Quilts Beyond Borders; it will be next on the quilting frame: 

And, here is a pattern that I bought at a quilt show when I saw and fell in love with the sample:
One day, I will make this quilt!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Summary

I just took another quilt destined for Wrap-a-Smile off of the quilting frame.  Last summer, we had a Challenge in my quilter's group to make a quilt using the colors of the Olympic Rings.  So I used all of the colors, but made squares instead (no copyright issues here!).  We had all kinds of cute quilt designs result from the Challenge, but I am happy with my simple version.

Then I found the cutest backing fabric at Connecting Threads on sale.

Now I don't know what to name my quilt.  I was calling it Stepping Up to the Olympics, but now I am considering calling it Out of This World Athletes just for fun.

I really like the quilting I selected, too.  I have worked up this pattern before - it's called Square Dance by Anne Bright - and it always turns out nicely.

So let's hope this one doesn't languish in the to-be-bound basket too long ...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Specialty Rulers

Do you have a lot of specialty rulers/templates that you don’t use much?  I am unable to resist the sales pitches and cute patterns/classes available for these types of rulers.  I store mine in protective plastic page sheets in a three-ring binder (unless they are extra big or extra long) and have often used them just the once to make “that certain” quilt and never used them again.

Well, they came in handy the other day when I wanted to add something extra to a Jelly Roll Race quilt.  This technique makes a very quick quilt top - Wee Folk Art has a good tutorial.  My colorful top looked ok, but was a bit boring and I thought it needed a punch of fun to be a good children’s donation quilt.

I saw a cute Hipster Cat pattern on Shwin and Shwin’s site that I used for inspiration.  Since I didn’t want mine as large as theirs, I made my own pattern and I dragged out these specialty rulers:

I forgot to take a photo of the circle template/ruler that I used for his head, but you can see that I used all of those triangle rulers - lol.  My cat still needs eyes and a nose and to be stitched down, but I think he’s turning out to be pretty cute.  I’ll post his photo again when I get him finished.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Quilt Show Part 3

These will be the last photos from the Quilter's Crossing of Palm Harbor's Quilt Show (FL) since I took so many pictures.  These went into my category called "AMAZING!".  Some I thought were fabulous due to the attention to detail, some because of the colors and workmanship and some due to the quilting or thread painting that was fabulous.

I don't have much progress to report on my own work right now, so I thought I'd just put some more inspiration out there for you all.  Be sure to read the description cards and credits to the quilters:

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017

Since I've joined the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017, I've had fun making my preferred block in various scraps.  And today I've made progress on the February color of Sea Green/Aqua/Turquoise/etc. 

Three more elephants have been added to the elephant parade.  January's color was Purple so they are on the bottom.  If you'll notice, one of the January elephants has gone to the dogs and one of the February elephants ate a dinosaur (maybe he wasn't an elephant - maybe he was a Wooly Mammoth?).  I'm really liking these ... they are going to make great children's donation quilts!

Thanks to Miri at Milk and Honey quilts for the free elephant block pattern:

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Groundhog Day

It's official.
You-know-who has forecast 6 more weeks of winter. 

It's been cold off and on down here in West Central Florida, but that only serves to give us a few days to wear those clothes with the layered look that we like.  Today it is forecast to be sunny and back up to 76 degrees.  Not bad!

But last weekend was still cold and I kept inside to finish this quilt top from long ago.

It had been buried in the to-be-quilted basket for way too long.  One of my Sunshine On-line Quilt Guild members put it together at their Lake Tahoe retreat that I couldn't attend.  My contribution was quilting some of the 100+ tops that they made.  This is the last one to be finished.  It has such cute prints - they were looking at me while I quilted!

Today I'm working on a cat applique to add to a jelly roll top that I thought needed a little something to perk it up.  This is what I have so far:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Quilt Show - Part 2

Today I continue with some of my favorites and what particularly struck me at the Quilter's Crossing of Palm Harbor (FL) quilt show this past weekend.  Quite a few of the exhibited quilts had interesting embellishments.  Some were elegant and some were whimsical.  All were very artistic.

I'll start with two that cracked me up.  Quilters seem to have a great sense of humor.  This was my little froggie friend with lovely eyelashes:

And this was the dolly being repaired - be sure to read the quilter's note about the little lady's repairs:

And these were the other quilts with embellishments that caught my attention:

And last - you know it's going to be a great quilt show when even the Lady's Room has a "quilty" tile floor - ha, ha!