Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pinwheels and Posies

This cute store is located in Dickinson, Texas which is between Houston and Galveston of I-45. The service there is outstanding and they have a great selection of fabrics. I stopped there with some friends and we all found things we "needed."  For me, it was the orange and green batiks for the pumpkin shown on my previous post.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Quilt UFO's weekend.

This past weekend was used to finish some UFO's. I have started my version of Orca Bay when Bonnie Hunter did this as a mystery quilt (2011). 
I don't cut my fabric in strips to store it; and soon realized that it was more work than fun for me. So I stopped making the quilt, collected the clues; and put it all away with the fabrics I had selected. 
It turns out, I really liked the quilt. So, I cut the fabrics into triangles, and squares, did not do any more string piecing and put the top together for a twin size quilt. The red triangles and light blue squares are not string pieced  like the original clues.
This quilt is smaller then Bonnie's. I adjusted the border to this new size and now I plan to quilt it on my Bernina. I will give it as a gift to a family member.
"Orca Bay"

Orca Bay on my design wall

I also finished up this pumpkin quilt. 
The original design from Quilt Matters is called "Cheeky Pumpkin." It was offered as a free pattern on her blog quiltmatters.blogspot.com on October 21 2012. The original is the size of a sheet of paper 8.5" X 11" (A9 paper size for the ones overseas.) 
To make mine bigger, I did enlarge the pattern 200%. My quilt measures 21.5" by 18.5" which is 54.5 cm by 47 cm.
It is made of batiks and the pieces were fused using "Heat and Bond Lite." I did a small zigzag stitch (1 X 1) on my machine to applique this wall hanging. I also did machine quilting. The quilted leaf is an original. I also put a small leaf on the lower left using the purple thread, so it stays in the background.
Great Pumpkin

It was a fun weekend for sure!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Coolest office at Rice Univ.

 This is a very creative family. I went to visit DH in his new office at Rice University and have some coffee. We also decorated it a little bit. We found this "human alphabet" on the internet and I think it is really fun. His pictures for the walls are still on a box somewhere; but it is starting to look really nice.

Wool BOM- Moon Garden

Lisa Bongean is starting a new BOM called Moon Garden. It will be 12 baskets. Block size about 16" -17" light wool on dark cotton ...