Ripping Out Seams Builds Character? Right?

November 22, 2014

Parts of it are just not looking so good. So, I’m redoing them. The Quiltcon deadline is November 30th.

Quiltcon Frogging

Mystery Quilt Revealed

November 20, 2014

The 2014 Mystery Quilt from Joyce’s class for Westside Quilters Guild finishes at 62″ square.

Challange front

the back…

Challange back

close up of quilting…

Challange closeup

challange close upUp next is a duplicate of one of my dad’s barn quilts.

Barn Quilt frontThe back uses tee shirts that I cut up right after my mom died.  These were the ones she wore all the time.

Barn Quilt back

Piecing with Two Sewing Machines

November 15, 2014

I’m working on the Quiltcon Challenge quilt using two sewing machines.  One is set with the wine color thread and the other with a light thread.  Michael Miller Fabrics supplied a nice spring collection for a starter back in September.  Photos of the finished quilts are due the end of this month.

Quiltcon MM Challenge… and last week I got a cute chair for $3 at a yardsale.  It may be going to a friend’s home.

chair for 3 dollars

chair logo

Fall Leaf Quilt and USMC Birthday

November 10, 2014

My sister-in-law, Vicki, loves the fall.  Using what I had here (She sent some a while back) and adding only a background, here is the quilt she received over the weekend.  It measures 60″ x 60″.  The pattern is Chai Tea from this book.  I quilted it with a pantograph called Frolicking Ferns.

Vicki lives near Yosemite and never has even a few leaves in her yard, so this quilt had to soak up all the “fallness” it could in my yard.

Vicki Fall Quilt

Vicki Fall Quilt leaves

Vicki Fall Quilt back

Happy Birthday to the USMC today!  We are especially proud of our son, Charles, and his seven years of service with the USMC.


Charles bd

Sand at Boy Scout Ridge and Mystery Quilting

November 10, 2014

Seven weeks after Kevin’s knee issue, we headed out on a backpack.  (note:  This week, he had an MRI on the knee and was told he has several tears (MCL, ACL) and a hairline fracture.  He gets a brace, but no surgery yet.)

Boy Scout Ridge was our destination ~~ again.  This time, we knew the wind was going to pick up, but didni’t count on the sand coming through our tent screen and hitting us in the face or the accumulated sand dropping on our faces when we moved in our sleeping bags.  Regardless, last night was beautiful and we were on the trail, with headlamps, by 5:15 this morning.

DSC03058-Boy Scout Ridge Moon light on Mt Hood

I was amazed at how huge the Big Dipper was in this photo.

DSC02988-Big Dipper

This is some of the sand this morning in our tent.

DSC03081-Sand in tent

I’m down to quilting the background on the mystery quilt.

2014 Mystery

Building a Back

November 7, 2014

Today, I am working on building a back for the top I made in Joyce’s Westside Quilter’s Mystery Class.

Building a Back

My Bernina was just serviced and the tech said it’s good for another 40 years!

Bernina is back

Dia de los Muertos (Happy Birthday) Quilt

November 2, 2014

Anyone who knows me knows that my daughter’s birthday is today, Day of the Dead.  Over the years, she has received many things with “Dia de los Muertos” fabric and beads.  This year is no different.  I used Sam Hunter’s new book to create the wording and a switch in dimentions on Waffletime for the center to create this 30″ x 40″ quilted piece.

Birthday quilt

After a day of pampering by her husband (hair cut & color, facial, massage, mani, pedi, new dress & shoes and make-up @ Macy’s), several family members and friends met for dinner on the waterfront.

Sarah and Michael

Sarah Birthday dessert

Sarah Michael Selfie

All morning, I sewed at PMQG’s sew day at Fabric Depot.

PMQG Sew Day Nov 1

PDX Carpet Quilt at PDX

October 28, 2014

Last month, our PMQG president traveled and facebooked about the PDX carpet’s popularity.  Immediately, I got to work creating a quilt.  It’s not a copyright infringement since I inadvertently added an extra blue square.  At the last meeting, I gave Mary Anne one (binding not complete) and the other I finished for a photo session at midnight when I retrieved my daughter from the airport.  Both measure 43″ x 46″ and are quilted with straight lines.

PDX Quilt w sign

PDX Quilt back

PDX Quilt by feet

PDX Quilt with me

Here is a link to the history of the PDX carpet.

Houndstooth or Bat Quilt Finished

October 26, 2014

My daughter spotted this quilt and asked me to make it for her sister-in-law’s birthday.  She and her husband chose the fabric and I got to work.  It finishes at 65″ x 86″ and is quilted with a bat pantograph.  Melissa is a big Batman fan.

Melissa Bat

Melissa Bat back

I machine bound the binding and this is something I haven’t done in many years.  It turned out ok, but I sure like the look of hand stitching better.

Melissa Bat close

Lots of Quilting Going On …

October 23, 2014

Quilting on the bat (houndstooth) quilt…

Bats being quilted

… and assembling the 2014 Mystery Quilt taught by Joyce.  Joyce is a talented designer who has provided a Mystery Quilt for five years in our guild.  She just authored a book, “Then and Now Quilts

Mystery 2014 in progress


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