Saturday, December 17, 2016

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Butterick 6020 Blouse

This is the last of my summer sewing backlog. The Butterick pattern is from 1999 when they celebrated 50 years in fashion. It is the circa 1949 version.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

NewBee - November - Gee's Bend

Mada's block is inspired by Gee's Bend quilts. It is 24 x 24 inches. We were given a starting block and a bag of scraps. The strip could be 1 - 3 inches wide, alternating dark and light. Every other stripe need a piecing. We need to use each fabric at least once.

This is my version for my Cascade quilt.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Jeans Prototype

This first pair of Jeans is interesting. It is McCalls 5142. There are a many alteration points and the instructions refer you to the designer's book on alternation. I found this some what difficult to follow.

Despite my basting an trying before I sewed the waist band is 3 inches too large. I think I might have sewed it on upside down. Also, I stopped and started these so many times my notes are messy. So I made more notes.

Safety pins on both sides and your shirt over the waistband they are wearable for Saturday chores.

There is more fabric for round 2.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Watercolor Flowers Blouse

I am working through my list of unfinished projects. This bright watercolor flower blouse is McCalls 6750.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

NewBee - October - her Own Design

Catherine designed her own block. It is 9.5 x 72 inches.

I made a smaller version for my Cascade quilt.

Here are the 2 blocks side by side.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Crayon Quilt Challenge


  • Draw 3 crayons blindly from the bag. Use on the three color of the crayons chosen in your quilt. you may add a neutral (white, tan, grey or black) is desired.

My chosen colors are asparagus, turquoise blue, razzle dazzle rose.

  • Completed quilt can be any size as long as the shortest side is 12 inches or more. This will allow for a table runner or mini at the small end of the size spectrum.

My quilt is a wall hanging measuring 16 inches x 16 inches.

  • A modern aesthetic is to be reflected in the design of the quilt.

My pattern is from Cloud9 Fabrics Cirrus Solids BOM November 2014.

  • The actual crayons must be attached to the front of quilt. (ie. baggie pinned to front of quilt).

  • Completed quilts are due at the September meeting. Prize will be raffled to participants.

I am so happy with these colors. It said 'Quilt me with beads'. Probably an overreaction to my not so happy colors from the last solids color challenge.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

NewBee: September - Labyrinth

I was the Bee Queen for July and will post those blocks later.

Michelle is bee Queen for September. Her block is Labyrinth. It is much simpler to put together than it looks.

My copy for my defunct Project48 quilt:

Saturday, September 10, 2016

100 Houses Quilted and a Cul-de-Sac

My CJMQG 2015 bee Quilt is finished. All 100:

Here is a sample:

Amy's block came late due to her move. I made small cul-de-sac wall hanging. :)

Friday, August 5, 2016

Anniversary Slider Card

Here is a slider card. It has been a long time since I made one of these.

And video, but I don't know if it is going to work:

This is so much fun.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

NewBee - May

I joined the NewBee at CJMQG. We are 7 quilters making large blocks that are simpler, that is no paper piecing.

Juanda asked for a Missouri Star Quilt block. This block is a ginormous (her words) 23.5 inch block. She was very organized and sent detailed instructions and video tutorial link.

Since I lost interest in the Project48 quilts, (although I may make this week's block.) I made one for that quilt.

I am the June bee. My block is the Double Z.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Patchwork City: Set 1

This year CJMQG is has chosen Elizabeth Hartman's book Patchwork City for this years Quilt-A-Long. The book contains 75 blocks. Members can design their own quilt. I am going to do a scrap quilt. Each of my "block" is a randomly selected 5x14, 8x8 and 5x8. I have an array of fabrics which I will swap in and out. Every set will have have the floral cat print, light blue denim and white.

Set 1:

5x14: Zoo Train
5x8 Fortune Cookie
8x8: Intercom

I am planning to base my layout on "Downtown".

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Summer Bag

I am working through my list of projects to complete. I made my toile summer bag.

I used Butterick B4148 with a modification for my handles which are wider than the pattern.

A cute zipper pull.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Project 48 Quilt: Block 7 & 8

Block 7: I did not like the square. I choose a modern wonky chevron.

Block 8: I did not read the directions and cut and sewed the half square triangles incorrectly. Since I don't know if I will have enough fabric to redo the block. I followed advice I learned at the last Quilt Alliance - cut up the block and make something new.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Project 48 Quilt: Block 4

Block 4 is an hourglass variation. Maybe the color contrast is too pale?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Alabama Chanin Test

This is my Alabama Chanin prototype. I used double knit jersey and quilting thread. It is periwinkle. I used color on color applique. The motifs were from the reverse side of the fabric so the reflect light with a slightly different color.

I used a lettuce edge finish instead of raw edges.

I like this snail stitch, but sometimes it untwisted.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

Project 48 Quilt: Block 1

I have joined the Project 48 Quilt-a-long. Project 48 is designed to be an epic year long quilt sampler, with four 9” blocks delivered each month in 2016. Read more about it at the website.

The fabric line I have chosen to use is Cascade by Jessica Levitt. Here is block 1: the Churn Dash Block.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Hand blown Ornaments

I took a class to learn how to hand blow ornaments, where a blow torch was used to heat the glass. This was much more difficult then I expected. Glass is finicky. My first ornament broke because it suffered shock from too much thermal change. The amount size and amount of fritz, the shattered glass bit added for color, changes the amount of breath you need get it to expand. You need to blow correctly, in small puffs.

Here are the results. The broken was my first attempt. I saved it because I love the color. The two that a ball shaped had the fine powdered fritz. Using the heavier fritz, I ended up with large Christmas light bulbs.

I have some ideas on how to improve my technique. I might try this class again next year.