Thursday, June 27, 2013

Westside Modern Club

Had a great time with my friend Carol at the Westside Modern Club at The Pine Needle last night.  I was so surprised to run into Betsy who's quilt I just delivered the day before.  It was already bound and ready for show and tell!   Wonder woman!!

AnnMarie you'll be proud of me I'm participating in something!!  We had 4 patterns and 4 different fat quarter designs to pick from.  As I understand it someone will win all of the blocks.  I must admit to not paying close attention when they were explaining it (oh big surprise there to those who know me well, lol!!).

 The top fabric is the challenge fabric I selected. Notice the simple block pattern I chose, yes the simplest and therefore the fastest they had!  Actually I selected it to highlight the lovely circle in the print.  How completely and totally obvious and uncreative. Tee hee!

Last week I chickened out of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild (PMQG) container swap fearing I wouldn't be able to finish the project in time.  However I couldn't get the cute little fabric boxes out of my mind.  So I hope to be making one for myself  (how selfish, lol) as soon as my quilting schedule allows. Here's the sample they showed us.

Cuteness eh??
You can find the tutorial at the Pink Penguin 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Blast from the past

 Another blast from the past!  (I've been cleaning up a few files and finding a few old favorites)  One of Toni's shop samples.  I still love this quilt.  Oh and hey, Mirror Ball fabric is back!!  Lightly quilted with simple random concentric circles and quarter inching. (click photo's to enlarge)

My old filing system leaves much to be desired, so I do not have the names for the next 3 quilts.  They are all on the tip of my tongue and I remember quilting them like it was yesterday.  Unfortunately it would require going threw about 10, 000 photo's to match the names at this point.  If you recognize one please email me so I can give credit where credit is due =)

Random large sunflowers

 A little mix of everything

Wood grain

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Morgan's fabric is here!

I thought of my grand daughter Morgan the second I saw this line.  Menangerie by Robert Kaufman. I ordered it on Friday from Craftsy and it arrived Monday!  She's been learning her animals, aren't these colors fantastic!

Just in time for her second birthday in November  (Yes I need that much time, lol.  They don't call me the queen of procrastination for nothing)  I'm thinking there's enough to make one for my grandson Owen (due next month) for Christmas. 

Betsy's quilt is ready to go home

I decided to call it finished. 

Betsy wanted me to bring out the wonky stars,  adding a fill to the flowers would have balanced out the quilt making the stars blend in more.  

I'm liking wonky, I need a little wonky in my life =)

The back =)

Saturday, June 22, 2013


Just finished today is Betsy's big wonky posies and stars.  (Starflower by Angela Nash, Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe)

I may add a bit more fill work on the posies on Monday.  So I'll leave it on the machine for now and sleep on it.

Wonky quilting for a wonky quilt!  Love this quilt!!  I just may have to make one of these for a grand child =)
Same colors and all.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Ready for delivery

First up, Meg's stacked boxes (I believe that's the name)

Meg requested non custom on this one, so I did one of my favorite freehand edge to edges on it.

Overlapping posies.  I love the texture it adds to quilts.  

 I'm thinking it will be perfect on my grand daughter Rylie's quilt next month =)

Another for Meg, just in time for the Fourth!

Last up is Brenda's Lovely floral quilt.  
She requested a mix of posies and geometric line work.  

I used the posies on the first quilt in the borders. Her piecing is always spot on!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Shoulda woulda coulda

Don't you just hate it when you buy a small amount of fabric 
because you like it but don't know what you'll do with it?   

Why oh why didn't I get more???  I'm loving both of these.  Fun eh?

Friday, June 7, 2013

Pattern design

I have always had great respect for those that can follow a pattern.  My brain fights it all the way.  Not because the patterns are worded poorly, but because my attention span wont stay with it long enough to finish reading a simple direction. My mind instantly starts wondering on to the next project or how I would do it without a pattern.  So frustrating as there are so many patterns out there that I would love to quilt.  (yes, I only piece so I can quilt.  Come on I can't be the only quilter out there that thinks this way.....I hope, lol)

One of these days I need to give in and buy a pattern design program.  (The thought of reading the directions on how to use it are daunting for an attention challenged person such as myself, lol)  But for now I will keep using my graph paper making simple quilt patterns that I can sew FAST!

That said, I am still excited to start my paper pieced kit I bought about 10 years ago!!!   That's following a pattern....right? =)

Evolution of Broken

Yes those are diet Coke drips on the paper. Mmmmmm yum!

 As you can see, it turned out nothing like the drawings once I saw Shattered by Jacquie Gering.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Blast from the past

A little blast from the past while I try to get a bit of inspiration for a quilt =)
I'm sensing more circles in my near future. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


My first attempt at outdoor photography.   

The back.

 I've had "parts" of this quilt in my head for years.  I was inspired by my customer Lynn's quilts.  Here's one of the quilts that got me day dreaming. 

I pictured a B and W quilt with larger blocks in the center and smaller blocks in reverse randomly placed on the outer corners.

And then I saw Jacquie Gering's quilt Shattered and fell in love with it!  That led to finding her blog and then being lucky enough to hear her speak at The Portland Modern Quilt Guild.  I knew I had to finish this quilt!!

I loved her 2 sided border. 

I quickly moved all of the randomly placed corner blocks onto 2 of my borders and called it Broken.   Because next to Shattered mine looks a little broken =)  But I still love it.  Thanks for all the inspiration Jacquie and Lynn!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Why oh why?

Love the quilting, hate the batting!  Why is it I get impatient with my 
own quilts and make mistakes I would never make on a customers quilt??

I didn't want to wait and order the right batting when I realized I was out of my preferred batting for this type of quilting.  It's a rare day I don't have a customer quilt on my machine so I grabbed the chance to throw mine on.  My bad. 

Now I have floppy circles.  Lots and lots of floppy circles.

Oh well I still love it,  it will be very soft for cuddling up with my favorite guy.
I'll try to get some better pics outside tomorrow.

And up next to be quilted when I can squeeze it in, a fun quilt for my grandson.  
Amy said bold on black was totally fine for a newborn =)

Hmmmmmm what to quilt?  I'm thinking something fun and whimsical.

Yes those are skulls and cross bones on the red fabric, very appropriate coming from this Halloween loving granny.  

Thanks for finding it for me AnnMarie!

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