Posts Tagged ‘Machine quilting’

New work

Friday, January 20th, 2017

In spite of good intentions, there continues to be too much time between postings.¬† That’s not to say things don’t happen, but perhaps not so much happens that you would be interested in!

Like, do you care that I finally got the sales tax filed?¬† I didn’t think so, but still, it took a lot of time to get the info together and sent.

I completed two small pieces, one a 12 x 12″ bird challenge piece for my local art group that I won’t reveal until after our next meeting on Thursday, and a 6 x 8″ for the auction at the SAQA Convention in the spring.

 

These little pieces will be matted so the edges are only zigzagged.

I started a new fire piece since I needed a new landscape and all of these fabrics were still out on the cutting table from the last ones.

This is after the first working day and so far, I’m liking it.¬† I intend to post progress shots as I go, we’ll see how that goes!

Focus Friday

Friday, August 19th, 2016

School started this week, so today’s choice for Focus Friday is “Little Old One Room Schoolhouse”.¬† I actually attended a one room schoolhouse one year and this always brings back memories – mostly good!

The traditional maple leaf block has been good to me! It’s a favorite, and I have included it in several of my patterns. This little pieced wall hanging, approximately 23 x 27″, is so quick and easy to do, even for a beginner – makes a great gift!

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“Little Old One Room Schoolhouse” Innovations #00322 $8.00
Click on PATTERNS in the side bar to order.

The 23 x 27″ machine pieced and machine quilted pattern sample quilt is also for sale, only $200.00, email if interested.

I have been so bad this summer, at posting to this blog, including Focus Fridays. Those of you who are on FaceBook have probably seen postings already for “Coneflowers”,

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“Dragonfly Dream”,

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“Frog Frolics”,

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“Udderly Preposterous”,

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“Peace”,

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and “Tall Sunflowers”

 

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I’ll try to do better at keeping up!

I’m Back!

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

It’s been too long since I have posted here!¬† I’ve worked through¬† – or accepted that my computer is different now.¬† It seems to be doing most of what I need for it to do.

Also my camera issues.¬† I really don’t understand cameras so I paid for an hour of one on one instruction to help me to get the sharp photo that I needed for an upcoming book.¬† It did not help. After struggling with f-stops and other buttons and dials, my contact person at the book told me to use the focus ring and that certainly helped.¬† Why did my paid instructor not tell me that??? Maybe it is just so basic everyone else already knows?¬† Anyway the resulting pictures were not perfect but so much better, they were acceptable. I am thinking that when Fall Semester starts up, I may take a basic photography class. It can’t hurt!

I have finished the machine quilting on the Kansas Flint Hills landscape and I am quite pleased with how it came out.  I have had it on the design wall for a few days now,  and I have decided that I will finish it with a faced edge, because I want to emphasize the vast openess of the scene and not have it confined by a binding.

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I have received word that “After The Storm” has been accepted to IQF in Houston this fall, so¬† that is exciting!!

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Computer Problems

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

I have been without access to the internet (except for my iPhone) for a week. Yesterday a technician came out and got it fixed for me, so now I will try to get used to my newly upgraded system and get caught up on a week’s worth of work! Some of my old programs no longer work with the upgrade so I have to find solutions.

Progress has been made on the quilting of the Flint Hills piece, it is well over half finished now and looking good!

Chicago is old news now but I will go ahead and show just a few more photos. The skyline from Lake Michigan at the start of the Architectural River Cruise, it was chilly, an overcast day, but luckily no rain.

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The skyscrapers,Trump is everywhere!

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the tallest building, Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) 103 stories, (we went to the top. Cars below looked like Matchbox toys and the people like ants. I did not step out onto the glass platform – looking out the windows was bad enough!

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And the Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park near the art museum. By the end of the week the skies had cleared and the weather was perfect!

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Busy Week

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

It’s been a busy week. Classes finished except for one last critique session next Tuesday.¬† I hope I continue to paint and do my Yoga through the summer.

I found a little time to machine quilt on the Kansas landscape and it it coming along nicely. The bird feeders are just outside the studio window by my sewing machine, so I have been enjoying the many different birds that come. A couple of very special ones this week was a Rose Breasted Grosbeak and an Orchard Oriole.

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He has been here before. He stops in for a break on his way to wherever his nesting ground must be.  I wish he would stay here with us, he is gorgeous!

I didn’t know what I was seeing with the Orchard Oriole. I knew it was an oriole because it was on the Hummingbird feeder and was marked like an Oriole, but it was smaller and very dark. Black and a deep, almost black russet.¬† I friend identified it for me and I looked it up in the bird books. I was afraid, like the Grosbeak, that it was just passing through, but the next day it was still here and I also saw the female, a pretty green bird, so, fingers crossed, I hope they will stay and nest here!

The Seasonal Palette exhibit with my December Dawn

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is showing now in Taiwan and Betty Busby posted this photo that she took of it.

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It’s fun to see how they have displayed it. Starting on the left with the wintertime quilts you progress through the seasons. Mine is way over on the far left. The exhibit has one more showing here in the states then December Dawn will go on to it’s new home!

Focus Friday – Traditional Tricks

Friday, April 8th, 2016

You CAN teach an old block new tricks! For today’s Focus Friday selection, I am showing you Traditional Tricks, which is a bed quilt, approximately 84 x 105″. It features original blocks and is made up of mostly squares, half square triangle units, nine patches and log cabin blocks – what could be easier? I wondered what would happen if I gave that space usually taken by sashing strips and placed them as accent strips instead, and the accent they provide is just perfect! for someone who wants a bed quilt that goes beyond traditional!

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Traditional Tricks – INNOVATIONS # 02231 $9.00
Click on PATTERNS in the side bar to order.

The machine pieced & machine quilted sample quilt is for sale, $2000.00, email for details.

Focus Friday – “Think Pink”

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Every day as I drive in to my classes, I am treated to so many beautiful spring flowers and blooming trees, so many shades of pink!

For today’s Focus Friday I am showing “Think Pink” which incorporates many many shades of pink. This little 32 x 40″ wallhanging (great size for a baby quilt!) – could just as well be made up of any color that you like, to use up a lot of scraps. When I designed this original block, I was actually thinking of Breast Cancer Awareness pink.

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INNOVATIONS #06949 “Think Pink” 32 x 40″ $9.00

The original pattern sample quilt, machine pieced and machine quilted, is for sale, $450.00

Spring Burning

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

Another thing about spring — here in Kansas at least, it is the season for burning the pastures and the prairie. The burns are planned and carefully scheduled and are necessary for managing healthy grasslands. They are also a thing of beauty, especially at night, and there is a lot of art inspired by them. I have made 5 or 6 wallhangings on the subject and they have all sold, even the last one intended for my own wall! Better get busy and make another, or maybe try my hand at a watercolor version.

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Focus Friday – Wrented

Friday, March 11th, 2016

This week spring has sprung – the trees are blooming and some are even leafing out. There are daffodils everywhere and it is beautiful! There is much activity at the bird feeders and nests are being built. Spring inspires everyone to get busy.

Wrenovations complete, the Wren family has moved in and set up housekeeping! So I thought an appropriate choice for today’s focus would be “Wrented”. If you’ve ever wondered about the process of picture piecing, I’ve produced a few little wall hanging patterns to show you how fun and easy it actually is. “Wrented” is 24 x 24″, the design is charted with colors and numerical order of piecing listed, for easy straight seam sewing. Fat quarters work well for the background and birdhouse, the rest can probably be found in your scraps or stash!

INNOVATiONS #10856- “Wrented” – 24 x 24″ $9.00
Click on PATTERNS in the side bar to order.

The pattern sample quilted wall hanging is for sale, $300.00 Machine pieced and machine quilted. Email if interested.

Focus Friday

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Focus Friday on a Saturday this week, because, well, I forgot! I’m going to go for color this week with “Endless Possibilities”. The block is simple, only four seams! But the possibilities are endless!!

This pattern includes instructions and fabric requirements for a lap quilt, a wall hanging, place mats and a table runner. The photo shows the 60 x 63″ lap quilt illustrating the possibilities of a multitude of scraps, or possibly you would rather do planned design, with only a few coordinated fabrics. It’s all in the pattern. Possibly you will work small, possibly you will work large, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination!

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“Endless Possibilities” – many possible sizes – $9.00
Click on patterns in the side bar to order.

The sample quilt is for sale, machine pieced and machine quilted, for $1250.00. Email for details. The wall hanging sample is also for sale, approx 49 x 37″, it can be seen on my website, listed above. You will be surprised at how different it looks!!