Saturday, February 16, 2008

I made these cute little lunch bags for my kids for Valentines Day. The pattern is on They are about a two hour project, I guess. It is a really easy pattern. I added some batting so it was just a tad more difficult to sew.
I finished the coffee quilt!!! I designed and made this quilt top, but it didn't turn out quite the way I envisioned. So I wasn't planning on finishing it. The fabrics are all the colors of coffee, and a few fabrics have coffee cups or coffee beans. But my husband took a liking to it and asked for it. He wanted it poofy though like a comforter. So I got the fabric together to piece the back. Wouldn't you know! I didn't have enough of one kind for the back. Well, ideas progressed and I decided to make the quilt reversible. So, I pieced the back too. But now it is all together, tied not quilted to maintain poofiness. Hubby loves it.

I am taking Flower Power at Quilt University. I thought I would share my projects so far. We are learning about stabilizers, color gradations, upside down applique, and that is only up to lesson 3! So here is the first project, a free hand collage from a photo.

My little piece is smaller than a piece of paper. It certainly is not a masterpiece, but it was fun to do. I did enjoy using all the thread to make the flower details. Now that I've had a few days to look at it, the top most petal is really not right. But if you didn't see the original drawing you wouldn't know.

We had to pick another photo to use as our big project. I found this beautiful flower in a green house, but I don't know what it is called. Then we had to trace it, and mark the color changes. That is a lot harder than it looks. I am reworking the tracing after manipulating the photo in photo shop. I can use the digital colors in polarization to make the color breaks clearer.

I am unhappy here with the leaves, but you can only do so much with a box of crayons. These are the fabrics I have chosen for my project. The background is really more purple than it shows here.The next step is to trace the drawing onto stabilizer and start appliqueing it. I'll keep you posted on my progress.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

I got to go quilting yesterday from 10-4. I was quilting while all the other crafters were scrap booking. I worked on the coffee quilt and a 30's flower appliqué and squares. I just have the binding left to do on the coffee quilt. We decided to get together again in March. Today, another friend said she would like to get together and craft. She beads the most beautiful earrings with porcupine quills. So I quilt now on Tuesday mornings with my friend Ruth at her house, and there is a meeting of quilty things every other Tuesday night at my landlord's house. I would love to do some more organized quilting. I end up on the computer at home instead of quilting!

I am also taking Flower Power on Quilt University. I had picked one flower to make a quilt of but then I changed my mind. Now I will be using this photowith a few changes. I will add another flower and clean up the background. I don't know what kind of flower this is, but it was sure beautiful. I went to a green house and took photos of lots of flowers just for fun.

My mom's great grandma was making quilts in about 1890. My mom is lucky enough to have one of them. It is a feathered star pattern I have never seen before in red and blue on a background of white. The little triangles are only as big as my thumb. Some of the fabric is faded but over all the quilt is in great shape. It does have carded cotton as a batting, but there are no seeds in it.My mom just got back from vacation with a most fabulous discovery. She went to visit a cousin and an aunt she hadn't seen in 40 years. There on the aunt's table was this quilt.
My mom about fell over because this quilt is made from the same fabric that is in her quilt! Upon further discussion it was discovered that this quilt was also made by my mom's great grandma. My mom's grandma and this lady's grandma were sisters. They each received a quilt from their mother. The little triangles in this quilt are also thumb size, and the quilting is exactly the same, little interlocking circles. This quilt is also in great shape, it was found in the back of a linen closet after my mom's aunt's mother passed away.
What a great quilty story!