Monday, September 30, 2013

Reveals today

Today is reveal day at Art Quilts Around the World--check out the pieces there!  The theme was The Road Less Traveled, this is my piece:
And the PAQA-South show opened Friday in Cary, NC.  The theme was "Freeze Frame" and our quilts were supposed to be based on a photograph.   Here is the picture I used, taken in May or June in my garden.

From that picture came these two quilts: 
 Detail shot:
Combination quilting and rug hooking:

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fractured quilt link-up

I got a few more blocks done on my Fractured Quilt this week, and am linking up to the Fractured QuiltAlong. 

Here it is taped up on my front door, as it was too tall to fit on my design wall.
This is a column of "A" and "B" blocks down the middle, with some "C" blocks on the sides. 

I still need to sew some "D" blocks together, they're all ready and waiting for me to get home from work this evening.

Here is the start of this quilt from last weekend.  Not too much progress, but I'm doing a little every night.

Monday, September 23, 2013

A second post in September

I've been a lazy blogger lately, posting only about once a month.  I'm not sure if I really like blogging all that much, but it's more of an on-line diary for my own use so I think I'll continue with it.  My life is so boring that there's not much worth noting most of the time, however, I like to be able to look back and see how long it's been since I've either started something that it STILL a UFO, or how long a completed quilt top has been done and waiting to be quilted!

My granddaughter Madelyn turned two at the beginning of September, and I got to spend a long weekend with her and her wonderful parents in Monroe, New York.  Isn't she a cutie?
On to quilty things--my latest project is called "Fractured" and there is a quilt-along going on that I just haven't gotten it together enough to post pictures on yet.  Vicki Welsh is hosting it, and there are a few brave souls participating.  This is the start of the quilt, lots and lots of took me a quite a few evenings to get these cut, a mindless chore good to do after a long day at work.
I've finally sewed some of the pieces together, and am ironing them, then sewing into blocks.  What a mess--my ironing board is actually under there somewhere.
This is the very first row, too tall to put on my design wall so I had to tape it to my front door.  The quilt in the book is king size, I think I'm going to modify it so it's only queen size.
Trying desperately to use up fabric in my stash--this is putting a minor dent in it!  The book is Making Quilts by Kathy Doughty and there are some other quilts I may make after this in the continuing (never-ending?) attempt to de-stash.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Time flies!

My two entries for the upcoming PAQA-South member show were accepted, more information about the show is here.  I was going to post pictures of my entries but no longer have them since my computer at work got a virus and EVERYTHING is currently gone that was on it (and that's where my pictures were).

So, only a few little pictures today, after not posting for a MONTH.  

A couple of baby quilts, for my niece Taylor's new baby, Emma.  Emma was born about a month early, back in August, so these aren't too late, she just arrived too early. 
 Simple straight lines, and simple diagonal line quilting.
And this one I just fused flowers on a blue background, then quilted flower and leaf shapes all around.  I seem to be getting lazier as I get older...

I've been working on some other projects, but forget to take pictures.  My goal is to try to clean up and use most of my commercial fabric stash by the end of the year.  Not realistic, but gonna try!!

Oh, and some hooking practice with some wool that I dyed last month, just trying to get a feel of how the strips look when hooked.