December 15, 2014
The Portland Modern Quilt Guild officers created a medallion that members could create each month of 2014. Thank you, to each of them because it turned out fabulous! At our Christmas party, 19 nearly finished quilts hung in the room. Mine was finished last night and measures 60″ square. I have to say that the first month, when mine hung along with the rest of the participants’ centers, I thought it was very washed out and wimpy. It sure makes me smile now!
I did straight line quilting, but three lines then a space, repeat…..
Here, still with the binding not hand stitched, I held it in the wind with Mt. Hood in the background.
Yes, Marcus Mariota may have won the Heisman, but we held the winning ticket to the wee little, but utterly cute, troll hiking buddy at the PortlandHikers.org Christmas party. Swag accompanied us to our favorite snow destination on the flanks of Mt. Hood. We were on the trail by 11pm with headlamps and arrived after midnight ~~ just in time for the moon rise. Between perfect weather and a partial moon, the skies aligned for night photography.
I hauled a two-foot blue tree and battery lights, but it didn’t give Kevin the lighting he expected.
December 12, 2014
Due to the wind storm yesterday, my entire car pool cancelled. 40 minutes before the meeting, my son agreed to drive me and we got there in 45 minutes. In November, if we were interested in participating in the gift exchange, we packed a ziplock bag with fabric and ideas of things we’d like. The bags were distributed on our way out the door.
Kathryn pulled my bag and, using inspiration from a photo of our tent in front of Mt. Hood, she made this lovely mini quilt.
Here we both are with her gift to me.
Kathryn put a very cute button on the back.
I pulled Kimberly’s bag and made her a mug rug, pot holder and purse.
This shows the back of all three items. I used “Quilt Talk” for the paper pieced letter “K”.
There were several gals selling items and I scored five yards of fabric (low volume and a great one for Valentine projects) from Rachel.
December 11, 2014
At Quiltcon 2013, my sister suggested that I make a QR code quilt, but I wasn’t interested. Walking through a park in Austin, we saw a billboard with this QR code linking to the Statesman about bats and I decided that if we returned to Austin in 2015, I’d make the quilt. Michael Miller’s challenge fabric sealed the deal. Scanning this quilt will link you to the Statesman page.
My quilt measures 69″ square and I just received notice that it is not one of the quilts chosen to be in Quiltcon in Austin in February. Drats! The panel of judges had to choose from over 1,350 quilts.
The challenge was to use primarily Michael Miller’s spring solid collection. We could add a Michael Miller print to the back and binding if we wanted.
The back of the quilt says, “SCAN ME”.
This is the sign we saw in Austin.
December 8, 2014
I’ve returned from my family’s St. Nicholas Day gathering. My dad loved the barn quilt duplicate. Here he and my brother hold it next to their work building that has two barn quilts.
I managed to bind almost half of this on the plane which was a huge lesson in space management. It measures 62″ x 82″ and I wrote about it in this post. My oldest brother ended up winning it in the gift exchange.
Each morning, I got out for a run. This is the home where I was raised.
My dad is the best breakfast maker, but here he is making an apple pie here.
Lucky me! I came home with a lovely pack of fabric from my youngest sister, Frances. Some of it is from Tula Pink’s newest line!
and fabric from another sister to make a bed runner for my niece.
December 4, 2014
My dad has two barn quilts on his work building in Pennsylvania. I made him a duplicate of the left one. On the back, I used my mom’s tee shirts that I cut up after she passed away. The quilt measures 62″ x 62″ and is quilted with straight lines. Tomorrow night it will be in his living room.
I wipped up three new purses for my sister, sister-in-law and me. The end two use a combination of winning fabrics. The dark grey is from Studio E and I won it at the Oregon State Fair and the brights on the same purses was from an Andover win.
Combining the fabric I won from Andover (Thomas Knauer’s line, Thesaurus) and a pattern from John Q. Adams’ book, “Beyond Neutral“, I have a gift for our family exchange on Saturday, St. Nicholas Day. The plan is to bind it on the plane to DC tomorrow.
November 29, 2014
Yesterday, I entered the 21st century with a smart phone. Our monthly bill only goes up $5 and if Andrew can get his hands on a phone (shhh… Santa has this handled), the bill stays the same and he’ll be able to check stuff on his commute via light rail into college daily.
I still have about 30 hours to finish the quilt, get the photo and submit the entry to Quiltcon. Late last evening, I finished the background and am nearing the end of the wine colored parts this morning.
November 27, 2014
Barring any challenges, I should have this finished, photographed and submitted by Sunday’s deadline.
… and I made my first ever pecan pie.
November 22, 2014
Parts of it are just not looking so good. So, I’m redoing them. The Quiltcon deadline is November 30th.
November 20, 2014
The 2014 Mystery Quilt from Joyce’s class for Westside Quilters Guild finishes at 62″ square.
close up of quilting…
Up next is a duplicate of one of my dad’s barn quilts.
The back uses tee shirts that I cut up right after my mom died. These were the ones she wore all the time.
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.
… and last week I got a cute chair for $3 at a yardsale. It may be going to a friend’s home.