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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Tangerine and Marmalade

Hi there.. been feeling under the weather around here.. both hubby and myself have been down with a bad cold/flu bug. Not one to stop sewing, I have been working on the "Summer Nine-Patch Project" found on Karen Snyder's blog. I came late to the party but have now caught up. One nine-patch block a day for the summer! how fun and easy is that. I have picked orange and white for my colors. So far I've managed to use fabrics from my stash but I may have to venture out and buy a few more..I'm making them 61/2 inches and I think that this will be such a fun quilt. There are really no rules and it's not to late to start..check it out!!

Since tomorrow is Father's Day, I'm remembering my Dad...such a great guy and I miss him every day. Happy Father's Day Dad. I love you!!
I hope you  have a great weekend and find time to do what you love!!
Stitch away :)  K

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Next Project

I started cutting the fabrics for this fast and easy quilt Friday night and finished piecing it last night. It went together really fast. A friend found the pattern on a blog and made the quilt and I liked it so much that I made one too. It is a good design for many styles of fabrics. I'm thinking about using the left over Kaffe Fasset for the next one. I rarely make the same quilt more than once but this was fun and quick and would make a great gift, I even know how I will quilt it!!  I did add side and corner triangles instead of trimming the points to square it up, but either way it is a very sweet design. Crazy Mom Quilts guest blogger for  Check it out!!
Now, I need to finish machine quilting grandsons' quilt. As long as I have my sewing space cleared and ready for quilting, I may be working on a few unquilted pieces, I need to finish my nieces graduation quilt ( from last year ) she has been very patient. I need to stay focused because I am so easily distracted these days and want to make every thing that catches my attention. But I also have many projects that have all the materials collected and need to be started and those that are half or even almost finshed. Anyone else out there the same?? There is comfort in numbers I think!! I will be posting as I finish.
Have a good day.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Hi all.
 In April three quilting friends/ co-workers and myself attended a yearly quilt retreat in Chelan, Wa. This was year three for us and it is always such a welcomed getaway, not to mention beautiful landscape and fun classes. Each year Rosie from Woven Threads Quilt Shop invites a designer to create a project for the group and teach methods specific to the project. It is always fun and until this year I have not completed the project started during the retreat. The first year I attended Verna Mosquera taught Strawberry Baskets. I have just a small portion of the last applique' border to complete and then it will be ready to quilt. The project last year is still in progress but I'm determined to get it done before next years retreat.

 I just finished the final pieced border to this years quilt by Cyndi Walker. Her pattern combined pieced  and applique blocks. She shared her invisible machine applique method with us and even though I had attempted this before I decided to give it another try. I love hand applique but I have so many projects that I want to do that I decided to improve my  invisible machine applique skills. I know that to increase my abilities I must do it!! So I have two projects that I chose to "practice" this method. I must say that I'm improving and I'm quilte satisfied with the results. My only complaint is that the prep work is very time intensive. I'm pleased with the final look. I still enjoy hand applique very much, but its good to have options, right?
So here is a picture of the finished quilt called "Posey Patch" . I used mostly Mill House Inn and Aster Manor from Moda.
Now I need to think about how I will quilt it. I will add it to the list of "needs to be quilted". I confess that I procrastinate this part because it is not my favorite thing to do and I'm still working on mastering it.

Guess I better get on to the next project.  Have a great day! K