Think about this.....

...the only thing scarier then reaching out to the unknown is settling for that with which we are comfortable.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New York Beauty

Funnily enough the Craftsy class I'm currently taking with Peggy Martin includes a block she calls "New York Beauty". Like all the classes I take, I do a test block to see how well we get along. This particular block was the very reason I wanted to take the class because I like the sharp points and the overall visual appeal.

There are many possibilities with the block and I feel like what I did with what I had in my stash turned out pretty well. I really enjoyed making this and not because it turned out pretty well (I still have some boo-boo's in it) but because Peggy finally showed me how to overcome the dreaded "piecing curves" phobia I've struggled with since beginning my quilt making craft.

New York Beauty Block
I've always wanted to make a double wedding ring quilt but neglected to do so because of the intricacies of piecing convex and concave curves together. Mystery solved today! Another quilting milestone overtaken. Whoot whoot! If Andrew and Laura didn't have their very busy kitties they would probably receive one for their wedding next March. Hmmmm??????

Monday, May 21, 2012

Papa

So this is what I'm talking about when I say a portrait quilt.

This is the pic I used to duplicate for Jim for this upcoming Father's Day.


This is what the quilt looked like completed. Pretty cool huh?
Papa


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Where'd who go?

Not that anybody missed me here...'cause I think officially, nobody really reads my blog, but I can't believe it's been over a week since my last post. I truly hope this isn't a trend and it's more like a quick hiccup.

I believe my graduating senior has occupied most of my time and will continue to do so for the next month. Afterwards, things should settle back down again.

Quilting-wise, I have actually been piddling with a few little things. I've been working on one block or so a day with a class I'm taking with Peggy Martin at Craftsy. It's a different kind of paper piecing method that I am really enjoying. I'm on block number four of about 12 that are included in the class. I love how well the points on these seemingly intricate blocks come together so easily.

Mom finally made it back over to do a final layout of a 10 1/2" block string quilt that was hanging around downstairs for the last six months. I want to get this together this upcoming week.

I've also been playing with my portrait quilt I made in Aniko Feher's class. I think, maybe, possibly, it'll be completed by this weekend. I was able to get it onto the background fabric and yesterday completed all the zig-zag stitching around each of those little pieces; it took a very long while to complete. Ahh...the life of a quilter.

While catching up with Jim last night from his weekly run, and while relaxing for the evening, I finally grabbed my "P" size crochet hook and started my first rag rug (I hope to be making these for Christmas presents). I discovered that it's harder crocheting fabric then it is yard. There is no give in the material like there is in yarn so I think I need to work a little more loosely with my stitches, otherwise, I feel like I'm fighting for every stitch I take.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

??????

Jim's face is pretty much finished up until I can get to the store to purchase a very fine needle for my machine so that he can be zig-zag stitched between each piece. That will take some time!

Meanwhile, the June Sunbonnet is in progress. She's now on her third day and I don't see an end in sight today. This particular one is extremely intricate with different corner pieces, borders, etc. Four days for Sunbonnet is just too long!

Mother's Day is coming up and I'll be giving mom her Ragg quilt and pillow. Hope she enjoys them!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Classes are Awesome!

I have met many a person along my life's path who thought they had all the knowledge they absolutely needed to know to complete their life's journey. Isn't that sad? While I am closing in on my 18th full year of building quilts, I still have a long way to go in honing my craft.

Knowledge is power and without it we have a tendency to do things our way...or just no way at all. The "our way" may be right...or it may be totally incorrect creating a longer or worse way of doing things.

Here's my example: The past two days have been spent with an instructor on how to do portrait quilts; something I've wanted to venture into for quite some time now. There were about 12 or so of us in the class and we were all very new to this technique. As Aniko explained each step, each student complied readily to do what she needed to do to keep progressing in a forward motion, except one.

Day two found the "sideways", or noncomplying student behind. And as additional steps were introduced, the student became even further behind. Aniko had to finally step in to take control of things because the student wasn't actually there as a student, she was there to work her way and no other. She wasn't listening and instead becoming frustrated and only completing what she was comfortable with. She wouldn't ask questions so she continued in this matter until Aniko finally recognized what was going on.

While we all have our way of doing things (methodically, or whatever), when taking a class or learning a new technique, listening is key. Step outside of your box, listen to the instructions, ask LOTS of questions and learn something new. Without this flexibility it is you that I hear mumble under your breath at meetings and exhibitions, "I could never do something like that," which to me is the hardest of all to hear.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Completing odds and ends

It's been a week since I've updated. Probably because nobody really cares (at this point) so I was having a bit of a pity party. But then I thought about it and found that I don't care that nobody cares. I care and that's all that matters to me. I love working on my quilts and expressing myself in writing at the same time so why not continue what it is I enjoy?

While it would be excellent to have others actually care, I guess it's asking too much?!?

Anyway, here is our May Sunbonnet Sue flying around with her May pole.

Here too is what I did accomplish last week. In addition to my mom's quilt and pillow, I made one for the sunporch (quilt) and two pillows to go with it. They turned out really cute. I hope to make more of these in the future.

Since last week, I have been analyzing what projects I have going at the moment and am finding myself in a lot of different things. I need to finish some of these up and move along. So, that's what I'm doing. I cleaned a little bit yesterday and today. I am trying to get a handle on the strings I've accumulated of late by setting those into string blocks, and organizing my priorities and projects.

I have guild tonight and then a class tomorrow and Thursday, so I'll be busy learning yet another technique with which to share the love of fabric through quilts.

Meanwhile, and to wrap things up, I received another Quiltmaker Block for Volume 6. The technique used was a turn-edged applique and I must admit, I'm not too all about that. Remember, I can't post my pic here because the book is a secret until its release next spring, but trust me when I say it isn't one of my better pieces produced.