Sunday, December 14, 2014

Monday Morning Design Wall 12/15/2014 Ultimate Stencil FUN!!

Good Morning!  I have had the best week, spending two days up in Paradise, California at the Morning Star Quilts with my favorite teacher, Cindy Needham!  I had purchased her Ultimate Stencil back in September but had not had the courage to even open up the envelope.  So I brought up a quilt that I wanted to design a quilting pattern for some large empty squares and just DID IT.   There is a very nice handbook that comes with the stencils so it is almost foolproof!

 I came up with a nice pattern and even decided on how to accent the blocks.  I left in the registration marks that I used to draw the blocks.     I am now trying to figure out how to quilt my borders, using both the stencils, see below.  I think I like the look of the square pattern and will do something with straight lines.

I love the arrow look of the corner and will look into that shape!   Remember to check out the rest of the design walls on Judy's blog.    Last, Happy 20th Birthday to my wonderful son Nicolas, who I was lucky enough to spend two evenings with while enjoying quilting during the day!  Win, Win.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday Morning Design Wall 11/24/2014

Good Morning, my design wall is a bit of a mess as I have two applique projects at the moment.  Almost done with both projects and looking forward to spending some quality time sewing this Thanksgiving weekend.  

On top is Sycamore Hill BOM, which I shrank by 50% and am doing two of each block.  Looking forward to working on my setting solutions for Sycamore Hill as soon as I finish the last few blocks. 

The bottom is P3Designs BOM, while beautiful, seems to take forever for each block!  I have every block done but #8.   Remember to check out the other design walls on Judy's blog!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday Morning Design Wall 10/6/2014

 Good Morning!  I had an incredible weekend finally putting together P3 Designs BOM Forever Blooming Block 4 which contains close to 300 was a full weekend of putting pieces together and gluing them down!  Turned out very well and I live the colors! 

I spent last weekend at Cindy Needham's Design Workshop in Sacramento and worked on my quilting design on the Grape Escape quilt.  The feather circles the entire quilt in a dark purple and just makes the colors pop!  So much fun.   Remember to check out Judy's wall and see the rest of the beautiful design walls!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Design Wall Monday 9/15/2014

 Good Morning!  I finally updated my design wall and have put up my current projects!!    I am working on the Sycamore Hills Block of the Month (in 50% size) and doing two of each because I am insane!   This BOM is a lot of fun, pretty simple and and looks just fantastic with my batiks!

I have also started P3 Designs BOM and have the first three done,currently working on #4, which might take a while as there are over 250 pieces!!!

Remember to check out Judy's blog and see the other design walls from around the world,

Monday, August 25, 2014

Design Wall Monday 8/25/2014

 Good Morning, my design wall is filling with another project so I thought I would post today!  I had a great weekend and was able to spend a day with my favorite machine quilting teacher, Cindy Needham, marking my Grape and Leaves quilt.  It is marked in white and has a lot of feathers!!  I worked on my applique blocks for the rest of the weekend and also spent some time with my Hexi Quilt, as it is almost sewn together.   So many projects, so little time!!

The applique blocks are from Sycamore Hill BOM but the BOM is 14.5 blocks and I shrunk them by 50%, so they will finish at 7 inches.  Therefore I am making two of each.   I am making them scrappy, using a selection of colors from my stash.  Remember to look at all the other blogs on Judy's wall to see the exciting projects from around the globe. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday Morning Design Wall 7/7/2014

 Good Morning All!  Enjoyed a wonderful long weekend and a great 4th of July.  I was able to begin quilting my latest quilt.  I made this top years ago but almost completely quilted now!  I love finishing up projects and getting them done!!

I also completed the latest block for Sycamore Hill Quilt's BOM.  I love the look of the little pieces.  I have so many summer plans, so many projects to start/finish that I am hoping for the best, which would be 50% of what I hope to accomplish!    Here is my list:

1: Finish up Hexi quilt (sew together the long rows)
2: Start P3Design's 2014 BOM
3: Start Esther Aliu's 1790 Marriage Coverlet
4: Finish up Alex Anderson's Grape Escape, sew down/pin and quilt.
5: Quilt Celtic Solstice (pinned and ready to quilt).

Wish me luck, I am giving myself until the end of September to get all this done!!  Remember to check out the other design walls at Judy's blog

Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Morning Design Wall 6/23/2014

Good Morning!  I finally finished my Batik Baltimore Album in time to enter it in the Winter's Outdoor Quilt show and won Viewer's Choice.  I had a blast and also entered my Flower Garden Quilt and my Double Wedding Ring.  I am so looking forward to working on other projects and starting new applique quilts!  Remember to look at Judy's blog for the rest of the design walls.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday Morning Design Wall 6/9/2014

 Good Morning!!  Last week, while surfing the net in a few minutes of free time, I found the cutest applique pattern.   This is called Sycamore Rose and is a wonderful BOM.  All the past patterns are there and it is a 14 inch finished block.  I thought that was a bit big and shrunk my down by 50% to finish at 7 inches.  I love the size and since they are so cute and small, will be making two of each block in a different color.  one duplicate is already done!

I was also able to remove the old faucets from the bathroom sink and replace them in only 4 hours of hard work and two trips to the hardware store!!   Yippee a successful weekend.  Remember to check out Judy's blog and see all the other design walls.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday Morning Design Wall 5/5/2014

 Good Morning!  I had a very productive weekend, as I am frantically getting ready for a a machine quilting class with Cindy Needham later this month.  I need to have many, many quilts ready to go, pinned and hopefully ESS'ed (Every Stinking Seam) sewn so I can just sew for the entire like a maniac.  I also want to make use of all her wonderful quilting templates to mark as many quilt tops as possible.  If you are interested in machine quilting, I highly recommend Cindy's Craftsy Class or better yet, take her class in person!!

 I finally put the borders on the Erin Russek BOM I did quite a while ago and it has turned out quite nicely.  I also spend the entire weekend working on my Baltimore Album, I am so close to finishing the background quilting on the body of the quilt that I can almost feel being done!!  Excitement!!

Remember to check out Judy's blog to see the rest of the wonderful design walls.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Morning Design Wall 4/14/2014

Good Morning, it has been quite a while since I posted because I have been working on my Hexagon project.  I am almost done, just having the finish the bottom portion.  I have also stepped up the quilting on my Baltimore Album quilt, finishing up the border design and the echo quilting of the border design this weekend.  Think I am going to enter this one in PIQF.....if I get it done in time!

 Below are some of the goodies I picked up this past week as I participated in Quilt Rush in Northern California.  I had a blast visiting shops and my husband and I spent a wonderful afternoon in Grass Valley once I finished up at that shop. 

 Remember to check out Judy's blog and see all of the wonderful design walls!!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Monday Morning Design Wall 1/27/2014

Good Morning, I finished my Celtic Solstice, Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt from November through December 2013 last weekend but never had a chance to post a picture until today.  I think it turned out rather well.  I changed up the colors from what Bonnie did but I love the purple and pinks.  I purchased the backing fabric and will be pinning it by the end of the week, I hope!!   I also made great progress on my Diamond Hexi Quilt below, finishing all the color blocks and I am starting on the border! I am outlining the entire thing with one line of black to highlight the shape and so far, so good!  I have been neglecting my hand quilting these last few months but I will get back to it soon!  Remember to check out Judy's blog for all the other design walls.