Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Farm Girl Vintage

Last year I took a BOM class at the Granary in Sunnyvale. We really worked on more than one block a month, making Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt. I finished up the quilt last December.


Quilted in an allover design on my DMS.

Last year was travel, this year, not so much

In 2016, I traveled through 12 states in my 2008 MDX. I don't drive much while at home, but on the road I put on over 20,000 miles, driving most of it myself. After Empty Spools, I traveled around the Bay Area doing the Shop Hop by the Bay, picking up Row by Row Experience Home Sweet Home packets (mostly kits, some patterns), then a bit of an extended local collection trip (or two). Then my husband and I traveled to Salt Lake City for the ABANA conference. While he was busy with that, I went on my own shop hop, and visited a friend up in Logan, Utah, collecting more rows as I went. Then in August, my sister and I traveled the western states, going through California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada, before returning home to California. I went to a John Flynn retreat while there.





We worked on three projects. I have finished one of them (the Arabic lattice in red and black).

I collected Home Sweet Home rows as we went, now have to finish some of them. I figure I will get several quilts from the 100 or so rows I collected. I collected themes, including one which will have one from each state I visited on my travels. More on those later.

Then in October/November I went to Houston Texas, driving all by myself. I visited friends along the way, and saw more of the western US, but I did not collect too many more rows. this was another loop,
to see different things coming and going.

This year I am trying to finish things, we will see how that goes. So far, I have finished five quilty things:

The Arabic Lattice (above)

Charlotte Angotti's Let me Surprise You class from 2010

a small wool pin holder from a Lumenaris kit

My Celtic Solstice inspired Autumnal Equinox

And my Candy Cauldron!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Candy Cauldron



I picked up this Pearl Pereira design (P3Designs) several years ago instead of her Halloween Baltimore pattern. This is pretty much the center of that pattern, only embroidered instead of appliqued. I started it and life happened and I put it down. I rediscovered it last November or December, got the embroidery done and then added borders at the end of March. Yesterday I got it marked for hand quilting, and today I got it basted. Now to find my small hoop and quilt it! I'd really like to get it done by Halloween, this year.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Farm Girl Vintage - April blocks



Got my Farm Girl Vintage blocks done for April, enjoying using the Lynette Anderson fabrics! I am not a fan of draw a line on the diagonal for corner HSTs, especially for some of these bits there is a lot of waste. I am putting all of my scraps into a tin and looking there for small things first. I actually got to use some for the centers bits of Apron Strings, top left block.

Friday, April 22, 2016

LUS assembly progress

A sneak peak of my progress so far with my Loyal Union Sampler assembly.



Assembling is slow going, especially when I can't find a block. Last night I had to take the ripper to some bordering, and now I can't find it! Column 6 is underway. Of course I didn't get enough white to do this layout, so now I am on the hunt to match the original fabric. Kona cotton should not be that hard to find, will bring a piece to the fabric store instead of guessing.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Shipshewana Amish Sampler quilt-along - DONE!

Back in 2013 I was invited to a quilt along making the Shoshewana Amish Sampler quilt (designed by Gay Bomers of Sentimental Stitches). I kept up with the blocks and got it into a top, but then it languished, as so many tops do. After getting my Bernina 830 earlier this year, I vowed to get some tops into quilts. This one is the first of the larger quilts, even though it is only 56" x 67", working up.




Hopefully you can see some of the quilting, this was definitely a learning experience quilt, tried out lots of new ideas.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I Want to Believe quilt along

Jennifer Ofenstein of Fandom in Stitches started a quilt along to celebrate the reprise of The X-files TV show. For some reason, it struck a chord and I wanted to make this quilt! The last block was posted a few weeks back, and I had Empty Spools to go to, but I finally got the top assembled yesterday!


I now have another quilt to quilt, so I better get quilting on the one currently being quilted! Half of the border left to go, and then binding.