Sunday, January 14, 2018

Project Quilting Season 9, Challenge #1

Hello again and Happy 2018! Kim Lapacek's brilliant and fun Project Quilting Season 9 is underway with the first challenge being "Hometown Proud". My current hometown is Hot Springs, SD with a population of about 4000. As the name suggests, there are several mineral springs in the area that feed the Fall River running through town. At this time of year, you can see the steam rising from the river and it does not freeze. One of the biggest attractions is Evan's Plunge, which is said to be the oldest tourist spot in the Black Hills, with a water temperature of 87 degrees.

Another of Hot Spring's claim to fame is the Mammoth Site. In 1974 during the excavation for a housing development, a sinkhole was discovered with the remains of Columbian and wooly mammoths. The site was preserved and is now the world's largest Columbian mammoth exhibit. To date, 61 mammoths have been discovered along with numerous other animals and plants. On a side note, Dr. Larry Agenbroad, who was named as principal investigator of the site in 1974, was a colleague of my father in law at Chadron State College in northern Nebraska. 

Wanting to keep things simple for this challenge, I chose a silhouette of a wooly mammoth and thread sketched it onto a single piece of fabric. The blue represents the local high school colors and the Nebraska Cornhusker binding is for my birth state. GBR!! The piece measures 13 x 9.5 inches. 

To see the other entries, go to the Project Quilting page on Kim's blog and scroll to the bottom. So much talent and creativity in one spot. I'm not sure when voting opens, but you can always check back there and cast votes for your favorites. 

Thanks for making it to the end. Many words for a small quilt!
Until next time, happy quilting!


Friday, March 10, 2017

Project Quilting Season 8, Challenge 5

The theme for this challenge is "Well Dressed Man". After 4 or 5 starts, this is where I landed. My guy accessorizes with guitars! (He has quite a collection.) Of course his assistant was right in there. I ran out of time to add in the details I wanted, but all in all, I'm pleased with how it turned out.

This is the photo I worked from:

The voting is open here until Friday night for your 8 favorites.

In working on the Block of the Month Blazing Star quilt from Craftsy, it appears that there are errors in some templates. Since it's a free pattern, there is not much support for corrections, so I drafted my own fix.

This is from the instructions. See the 90 degree angle at the fat part of the kite shape where it meets the square?

Clearly not 90 degrees.

 My draft with the additional tall side triangle. I think it will work! 

I really do think this is a beautiful quilt and the instructor does a super job on the video. Hopefully this is the only error.

Happy weekend!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Catching Up

Project Quilting Challenge #2: Carolina Lily

Challenge #3: Texture

Challenge #4: The Brighter the better (my personal favorite)
Miss Helen Bright Eyes.

My inspiration:

A different perspective of the quilting:

I've had a couple of requests for information on the process, so that's in the works, even though I'm a novice.
Looking back at the Project quilts, I'm wondering if orange is my new blue.
And a Bear Paw wall hanging.

I also have a Craftsy Block of the Month quilt in progress, but only two blocks are finished. I ordered the kit and am very pleased with the quality of the fabric.

I never post photos of us, but here we are with our favorite kid. Kudos to daughter Amber ( the kid's mom) for the photo shoot she talked us into at Thanksgiving. I don't know how she managed this shot, because the little dude wasn't in favor of this exercise.

Thanks for making it to the end!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Project Quilting Season 8

Happy New Year! Project Quilting Season 8 was launched January 1 with the challenge theme "8 is Great".  Here's my interpretation. 

I've been fairly obsessed with foundation paper piecing lately, so I drafted some simple blocks with 8 points or pieces. The exception is the star which I wonky pieced. The dots and funky shape are just for fun! This piece measures 20 x 17 inches. I got some good free motion quilting practice in, too. All the entries can be found at Persimon Dreams. I'm also supposed to add that I'm in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

I've only had a couple of other finishes since May. This is a quilt I made for our grandson. All the blocks are paper pieced and took me forever! But, anything for the little man.

Pattern credits: Whims and Fancies, Schenley P, Bubble Stitch, Forest Quilting and ProtoQuilt. The link to the rabbit pattern is no longer active.

This quilt was made for my niece Shelly's wedding. I found the tutorial at Tamarack Shack and used some of the Kaffe Fassett fabrics I'd been hoarding.

This block on the back of the quilt was made by my mom (my niece's grandmother). In the center of the flower I appliqued a circle from dad's overalls. Shelly and her grandma were pretty close, so I was happy to add that little extra hug.

I have one more project in the works and here's a little peak of that one. Be careful, Helen! Don't hurt yourself playing with that fly. #lazycat

Here's hoping for a year of health, happiness and maybe some more frequent blogging! 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Hands 2 Help

Here's my offering for the Hands2Help quilt drive sponsored by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Sarah always goes above and beyond to make this a fantastic project. I found this adorable and free (yay!) pattern at Craftsy by Katie at Swim, Bike, Quilt.  It was easy and fast which is a good thing since the deadline was looming and I had forgotten all about it. Menopause brain...that's my story. 

And the back...

I was able to pull everything from my stash, including a little Marcia Derse and Lotta Jannsdotter.

This quilt is going to the Happy Chemo project spearheaded by Emily at Em's Scrapbag.

I haven't checked out the rest of the quilts yet, but I have no doubt they're fabulous as always! See them here.

Here he is again... my favorite little man sporting what his mother calls an autohawk. The quilt in the background was my dad's baby quilt. Pretty sweet:)

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Project Quilting Challenge 5, Through the Eyes of a Child

The inspiration for this week's challenge is children's art.  I wasn't able to find any artwork from my daughters' days in school and this little man isn't quite ready for a paintbrush. (But, he has the hat!)

I can't stand it!

I could have borrowed an image from elsewhere, but that didn't seem quite right. So, I thought about my own experience with art 50 odd years ago and could only come up with one memory...the bean rooster.  You know the one. 

Something like image credit available.

Someone's dad (quite possibly my own) cut out plywood rooster shapes and we were put to the task of embellishing them with a variety of beans. My 10 year old self hated every single minute of it. 

Anyway, this is my little quilty rendition of the bean rooster. It's raw edge applique adhered with MistyFuse and stitched with monofiliment thread. Totally more fun than the original!  

12 x 11 inches on funky IKEA fabric!

Go to Persimon Dreams to see all the creative entries and to vote. (For me, if you want...wink, wink!) I'm also linking up to Whoop Whoop Fridays at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She. Thanks to both for supplying the link-up!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Let's Go!

Project Runway Challenge #4 - "I Need a Vacation!" Due to procrastination issues, I needed a quick little project for this challenge.

"Let's Go!" luggage tag measures 14 x 9 inches. I even found a real buckle to add without taking apart anything we use. No danger of accidentally descending trousers. Here's the link for this challenge. There are always really fantastic entries!

I did a little grandson sewing.

The boots tutorial is here and the hat tutorial is here. Pretty easy and so cute! The quilt they're sitting on is also for him and needs to be finished. I have a quilting plan in mind so no more excuses!

We spent last weekend in Colorado visiting our daughter and son-in-law. She and I fired up the old Kenmore to do a little pillow sewing for her couch. Fun! 

I'm linking up to Whoop Whoop Fridays at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She.