Wednesday, April 30, 2008

SBS B-5 Grandmother's Flower Garden

This week I managed to finish the BOW from Sylvia's bridal Sampler and get a picture taken before time ran out! This is number six, slowly creeping up.
Now that this BOW is done I can get back to my Shoo-Fly UFO. I've got the right machine in the cabinet at least. That will be tomorrow's task.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Last weekend we went to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Contrary to many people's opinion, they do other plays than just Shakespeare. We saw five plays in three days, "A Midsummer's Night Dream" and "Coriolanus" by Shakespeare, "The Clay Cart" (a classic Indian play), "Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter" (a very contemporary play) and "Fences" by August Wilson set in the late 1950's and early 1960's. All very well done, but my favorite was "Fences", with "Coriolanus" a close second. Both plays were very intense, made you think.
Right before we left I worked on a couple more blocks for Sylvia's Bridal Sampler, Follow the Leader and Mosaic. Tonight I made Birds in the Air. The last one is a photo of my first block, Aunt Sukey's Choice.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Quilt Progress

The good news is I finished the Yellow Brick Road quilt made with the Paris Cats fabric. I also made a baby size to use up the leftovers and practice quilting with the Bernina Stitch Regulator (BSR). I am getting better.

This is the large one. I still had leftover fabric so I used it for the baby Lone Star sample I was making to show my small quilt group (Space Blanketeers). That was a fun session. I have seen one finished top so far

I am working on quilting the Shoo-Fly quilt. Now that I have an idea of what I want to quilt, it should go quicker.

Then recently I got caught up in Moda Prairie Paisley madness, courtesy of the Patchwork Party 2008 shops. I fell in love with blocks and fabric and decided to make the 12 blocks and design my own layout, which is modified from the version put out by Stitchin' Heaven. I added another block from a different shop, Quilt Something, and changed the Ohio Stars to LeMoyne Stars. My LQS got the entire line of fabric and I went a little crazy, I got enough fabric for at least two quilts. I hope this is a fairly quick quilt to put together, then it will be sent to a Long arm quilter to finish. So far I have begun the four extra blocks. I plan on using Marti Michell's templates, and don't have them yet, for the 12 blocks, so will work on my center blocks until then. The center is a Feathered Star, also made using MM's templates. This will be my first Feathered Star, and I hope to make many more.

On top of that I have begun doing the BOW from Sylvia's Bridal Sampler. I saw the original SBS at the Voices in Cloth quilt show last weekend and couldn't resist any longer. I had the patterns drafted into EQ6, and the fabric (Dorothea's collection from Red Rooster) from a while back, waiting for the right time. This seems like the right time. So far two blocks are done, Aunt Sukey's Choice and Cut Glass Dish.