Saturday, April 30, 2016

Wool Heart Sampler block


My quilt guild: The Quilt Guild of the Greater Houston  ( www.qgghouston.org)has a biennial show and there is always an auction to benefit the guild. 
My Woolie Bee, is making a sampler quilt with 6.5" blocks. It is all wool, of course. 
The background is the same; but the heart center is where you can do anything as long as it has a heart.
 This is my block. It is one to rest the eyes; not to call attention to itself.
 It is embroidered with the Palestrina stitch around the hearts, cross stitch in the center of the small heart and beads on the large heart.
I know this talented group will make an amazing quilt.

The next show is on May 5-6, 2017.
It is called "Joy of Quilts."





Thursday, April 28, 2016

Basket weave in batik

Just finished this quilt top to a 71" X 90" to donate to a local shelter. It started as a Bee challenge and with the request for quilts by this entity; it grew to the required size. 
Basket weave block  is: 8.5" X 10.5"

A little close up

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Spring before the floods

My walking trail before the floods. Now it is all brown.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Quilt/Patchwork and yarn store in Valladolid Spain

This charming store called Mi Marinita, is near the Cathedral in Valladolid in Spain.
I had a great time talking with the owner who is really nice.
It is really worth checking it out. I bought some nice Tilda fabrics that are not so easy to find in the US.
Here is the information:
c/Nunes de Arce, 14
47002, Valladolid, Spain
Ph: 983 082 085
email: hola@mimarinita.com




Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy leap day 2016

I am out of my studio for now. Everything packed away for repairs.
But there is always hope that it will be completed soon. Meanwhile, hand work it is.


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Birthday block 2016

I am participating once again on my Bee's "birthday block" activity. We each make blocks for each other of our own choice; and on the month of our birthday, we get the blocks that we requested. 
EQ7 Block designed by me
I have requested the "Swoon" block.
I am also learning how to use my EQ7 program; and decided to draft the block at 12 inches size using the program. It was a lot of fun to dust some brain cells. I am so glad I did it.
EQ7 prints templates and rotary cutting directions; and that is what I gave my friends. 
I learned that I should have added more directions than that. It seems that the block has been very challenging to make.
I do hope I still have friends in the end. But I can't wait for July when I get my blocks.
Flying geese unit unfinished size is 3.5" X 2"
Pentagon unit is 3.5" X  3.5"

Corner unit: unfinished 3.5" X 3.5" square
2" X 5"  large rectangle; and  3.5" X  2" small rectangle 
Almost there...

trimming for perfect sizing

65 pieces later.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Progress in February

These are 2 projects to share. 
The colorful quilt will be donated to my guild - The Guilt Guild of Greater Houston.
 It started with donated 2 inches strips by my friend Diane H. I made 4 X 4 blocks with the addition of more fabrics from my Bee and the subgroup Bowl Weevils.
Each block is 6 inches square and I have 6 by 8 rows with a total of 48 blocks. The quilt measures 36 inches by 48 inches.
It was quilted on a Bernina 780 using a stencils as a guild. I did not mark the top; but kept referring to the stencil as a (much needed) guide.
4 X 4 quilt

This block is my block to the RSC 16 quilt along by: http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/p/rsc16-sampler.html
I am not going to make the column quilt. I will only make 1 block a month on the color she suggests. I just want a very small wall hanging. Please refer to her blog for the directions to make this star and to see what this is all about.
February colors are brown with pink. Better get busy on that.