Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016

Happy last day of 2016. Wishing we all a happier year in 2017! May all your dreams come true. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

After several days with the flu, I did spend the afternoon sewing in my studio.  Just before, it was time to clean up and prepare dinner, I took this untouched photos. En Provence, parts 3-5; and more parallelograms prepared for the Lucy Library quilt for the evening sewing.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Pastel Flowers

Quilt size: 47 1/2" by 59"

This quilt is also made with fabrics donated to the Cotton Picking Bee by Susanne P.
The fabric was pre-cut into 12 1/4" squares. I cut some of the squares into small units to create the nine patch block that looks like a window. I will describe what I did below.

Quilt by Quilt Your Own in Stafford, Texas
9 patch variation block. Finished size 11 3/4"
This block is made with 9- 2 1/2" squares of a chosen color
strips of white fabric cut at 1 1/2" for the square sashing.
and finally, the block is bordered by a 2 1/2" border.

It is a simple construction. I actually made into strips and sub cut them.
Sew as the picture above, 3 2 1/2" color squares with the white sashing. It will finish 2 1/2" by 8 1/4". Make 2 more like this first one.
Add the two 1 1/2" by 8 1/4" sashing to the unit made above.
Finally add the borders to the block, which should be 2 cut  at 2 1/2" by 8 1/4"; and 2 cut at 2 1/2" by 12 1/4".
THESE  MEASUREMENTS are for this odd size block; but it can be made using the your own measurements to finish at any size. A few extra 1/4 inches here and there will make this block a 12 inches finished.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Blues and Reds Scrap Quilt

Great quilt; ugly picture. 
I am so tired of trying to take a good picture of quilts. I don't have the space. It is so bad; that I decided to keep it "as is." Not even cropping it. ⬇⬇
But anyway, this is a donation quilt made by many hands. The Cotton Piking Bee provided the fabrics. Susanne P cut all the triangles with her Accuquilt Go. I did the sewing of the top. Chris, from Quilt Your Own in Stafford, Texas did the quilt, and I completed the binding.
Quilt size: 61 inches by 46 inches

Detail showing the long-arm quilting.

The blocks are half square triangles put together to look like a Flying Geese. The finished size of the square  in this quilt is 3 3/4 inches. There are 12 squares across and 16 squares down.
You can cut any size triangles and use any combination you want.  It is a controlled scrap quilt. I only used blues and reds/pinks with a light background.
To make your own half square triangle, start with a square that is 7/8" bigger than your desired finished square and cut once in the diagonal. For example, if you want a 4 inch finished half square triangle, cut your initial square at 4 7/8" and cut it once on the diagonal, yielding 2 triangles.
Do the same with your background fabric. Using one of each, put right sides together, and sew on the diagonal seam, with  a 1/4" seam allowance.

Monday, December 5, 2016

En Provence, or is it?

So, I have started the mystery quilt ;"En Provence "so generously shared by Bonnie Hunter. But someone did not read the directions.  Oops.
Below is the link to Bonnie's blog. Cheers.
What you should not do with clue number 2.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Reverse Applique class with Deidra McElroy

These are the sample for Deidra McElroy class that I took at Houston Festival. Deidra is a great teacher. The technique is reverse applique.  I have not been a fan of reversed applique; but this class did change my mind about the technique. I am looking forward to making my own line design soon.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Half Squares Triangles Beauty

what to do with all those half square triangles? This is a free pattern from cloth works.

Free pattern!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Batik Challenge quilted

My wonderful friend Linda Beiswanger quilted this top that I made for a donation. It is so lovely done.

This is courtesy of "Quilt Your Own." Thank you Linda and Chris Ginkens. There is a link below.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

MFA Houston

I am really happy that I live so close to one of  the most wonderful museums. This is the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. What is not to love.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Wool Heart Sampler block

My quilt guild: The Quilt Guild of the Greater Houston  ( 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

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

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.

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 ...