Sunday, May 29, 2016

Stormy Saturday Sewing

Yesterday was a windy, stormy day and it was perfect weather to stay inside and sew!  Unfortunately, before I could start on anything, I needed clean!  My sewing room was a mess!  I tidied for a while and the room is functional again.  I could probably clean and organize for a full day to get it where it needs to be, but I wanted to create!!

The first thing I worked on was re-grouping on an old, old, old project.  It's Goodnight Irene.  This has been a leader ender project for me since the beginning of time.  Well, Ok, February 2014.  I've been making the 4 patches for much longer than that, but in 2014, I started turning them into this pattern.  The end is in sight!  The number of completed blocks is growing and the number of blank 'X' blocks is dwindling.  I prepped a bunch of this to be handy as leader enders and freshened up my supply of 2" squares (they get stale, you know!).

Next up was to make another zippy earbud case to gift to a co-worker.  She did a random act of kindness for me and I have been wanting to surprise her with this as a small thank you.

After that, I pulled out the Strawberries that I started at the Lutherdale Gala weekend.  The blocks were all complete, but the sashing and borders weren't yet cut.  So cut them I did! And sash them!  By the time I got to the longer pieces, the natural light was fading and I didn't feel up to cutting and measuring them.  One thing I would like to do for my sewing room is improve the lighting-- especially at my cutting table.  

The last thing for me was to start another 'Little Lady'.  Doesn't this navy make the most adorable dress!!??!!

All in all, this was a very fun day!  Oh-- and I got my toes done, too.  They match my strawberry quilt!!

I need more stormy Saturdays!! 

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Lutherdale Gala Quilt 2016

I swear that every year that passes moves faster than the year before! It does not seem like very long ago and I was attending my first Lutherdale Gala Luncheon, but it has been an entire year!  This event is to thank the people that make and donate quilts to the August auction fundraiser. Like last year, I spoke to the group of approximately 150 people and explained this year's block.  Then they send the blocks to the camp and a few of us get together and assemble them.  

Janet selected the pattern this year and it is Bonnie Hunter's "Spoolin' Around". We pre-cut the fabrics for each person and had them kitted up. The center went together very quickly, but the borders were tedious!  The math didn't always work out, but we were able to 'make it work!'.

In addition to the 'Gala Quilt', we worked on 2 other quilts: "Prairie Petals" and "Strawberry Fields".  I found the strawberry pattern in McCall's Quilting magazine and thought it would be fun to work on as a group (and it was!!).  I like it so much, I might make another one! This one still needs to be sashed, but it was quick and fun and a great use for pinks from my stash!

Lutherdale Gala Luncheon

Gala Quilt assembly weekend
(l to r, Me, Janet, Heather, Janine, Jim)


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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Tiny House

Last week, I had the immense pleasure of participating in the Tiny Homes workshop by Laura Wasilowski and then listening to her speak at Mad City Quilt Guild's evening meeting.  Let's talk about the talk first--- I was dying of laughter!!! I don't think I've ever been to a quilt talk that was this funny!! We laughed. We cried. We sang!!  If you ever get a chance to see Laura-- DO IT!   =)

Here are some photos of her work that she brought to share.  There was a slideshow that accompanied her talk that was full of her mini-quilts.  They were so much fun and rich with detail:

Laura and her wares

The hand dyed fabrics were incredibly vibrant! 
(this photo doesn't do them justice)
These pretties came home with me!
This is my project!  It needs the embroidery to make it sing. =)

I was loving the improvisational, no-rules style of the workshop. It was rather freeing to play with fabric in this way.  I wish we could have had multiple days to explore all of the techniques she presented, because the time went way too quickly.


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