Monday, May 15, 2017

Elephant Abstractions

I Just started another quilt. Elephant Abstractions by Violet Craft is a pattern that has always intrigued me, I picked it up at Road To California in January. This is paper pieced and not too large. (54" x 60") 
There are 98 separate paper pieced units in the quilt.

 I chose this green leaf batik fabric for the background and backing.

I decided to piece all the parts before starting to construct the quilt. It has been going fairly quick. I joined a Tuesday night quilting class at Rancho Santiago College and that alone has been keeping me motivated to sew more often.

Here are the 98 units all sewn and trimmed.
Starting on the trunk. I am "sew" glad I made up all the units.

Dressing Downton at the Muzeo closed Mothers Day. I am already missing the fun times I spent as a Docent for the exhibit. The exhibit is now traveling to Memphis. 
I guess that means more time to sew. 
Thanks for stopping in. 
Enjoy your day.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Completed Ties and Tails - Meeting the famous at the Muzeo

Excited to show a completed quilt! My Ties and Tails is now complete and I quilted on my domestic machine. Long story I was going to quilt it at my friend Ann's on her longarm but after getting it loaded found out she had gotten the needle shaft caught on a charity quilt that our guild philanthropy didn't provide enough backing - which pulled the needle over, yanking on the shaft, bending it. Needless to say- I quilted this on my domestic. Actually it gave me a lot of confidence that I know now am able to quilt on my machine even if the quilt is big.

Docent News!

This is Evie Ashworth a textile designer at Robert Hoffman she came to visit the Muzeo today and I had an opportunity to talk with her about one of my favorite subjects --- FABRIC!
What a pleasure!
Here are some links to a couple of her interviews on the internet:

I was excited to meet Leslie Nicol at the Muzeo a couple of weeks ago....

Oh Mrs. Patmore

-  "Mrs. Patmore" at the Muzeo - Dressing Downton Gala. Here is a photo of us both. How do you like my costume, I know it is more Victorian than Edwardian but I think it works for the job I do there.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Blocks Are Done

9 Blocks with 9 Lives

This has been such an ongoing quilt project. I recently joined the Modern Quilt Guild of Orange County and last month we were given a challenge to finish a UFO, I chose this one. I have been diligently working on it. Amazingly I think I will be successful with the challenge that ends this Thursday. I actually have the quilt sashed, I have the backing almost ready. Today I am going to run by "The Batty Lady" and pick upside batting and Ann my good friend, said I could use her longarm tomorrow.
This quilt I have torn up so many times (3 to be exact) - If only I would read the instructions, maybe I could save myself some time. Well it is almost there. 
One of the reasons I have been so bad about blogging is that in September as I dropped my husband off at the airport for his much deserved WWII tour of Europe - my house was flooded out by a broken sink line in the upper master bedroom. The process has just been very "draining" - if you get the pun. Six room of my home were destroyed and rebuilding them has been a handful. Still ongoing believe it or not but I am back in the sewing room several times a week now. 

I saw this on Etsy when I was looking into a blog post about pattern design
 plagiarism. Apparently a quilt shop posted a free pattern on their website. One of their employees designed this cute little bird - the quilt shop asked permission of the employee and posted it. Several  people started using the pattern for commercial use without giving the pattern maker acknowledgment.
I thought this was so cute I wanted to give it a try myself.  I found the pattern and I am going to put one together. More on that later.

Thank you for stopping by.
Come visit me at the Muzeo of Anaheim.
Dressing Downton
I docent there every other Friday!

Monday, October 10, 2016


Working on "Ties and Tails"

I don't quite remember when I started this quilt, it was a long time ago. I love the pattern... I love cats and this 3D pattern is so cute.
The cats all have ties and the collars are 3D.
Note that many of the ties are made with cat print fabric. These block still need embroidery of mouths, birds legs and eyes - a work in process.

Sitting Cat with Bird #2
Sitting Cat with Bird
17.5" x 17.5"
Tall Cat
13" x 25"

Fat Cat
13" x 23"

 I also made this small wall hanging of boats and a lighthouse. While cleaning out the sewing room, I found this paper piecing kit and just had to make it up. I was so easy and fast. I like the way it went together.

9" x 22"

4" X 4"
4" X 4"

 Feeling the Season

These little pumpkin blocks were made up to enter into a block exchange contest at my guild Tuesday. You can enter up to 5 times and if they pick your ticket, you win them all. 

Wish me luck!


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Two Finishes So Far This Week

I'm back! 

Its been a while, I have been sewing but not really quilting. This week I will complete three quilts tho. They only needed binding. Sometimes that is not an easy thing if you have to go shopping to match colors. I did catch the July sale at M&L's and picked up a few much needed fabrics to complete WIP's.

Finished! A Red White and Blue
93"x 70"
This red while and blue quilt was a garage sale find for $3.00. All the fabric was cut - 2 blocks were finished. The finished blocks led me on the trail as to what to do with the pieces. Along the way it was discovered that 4 pieces of the white print background were missing. I could not believe I found a very very close match - the back of one of the pieces in a charm pack (5" square) and I bet you could not pick it out of the quilt unless I showed it to you. OH the luck of the Irish!
You can see a post from December 2013 about this quilt that is when I started on it.

The following is a quilt top that was given to me by my friend in Washington - Lori. Her neighbor gave it to her and she passed it on. It is now backed, quilted and bound. I will be giving it to Philanthropy Quilts at our guild. It was a joy to quilt it on my quilty friend Ann's long arm. Next time I will not do micro quilting, it took a long time and when you are borrowing a long arm... that is just a lot to ask.
The Salmon Quilt
36" x 36"

The back of the Salmon Quilt showing the quilting.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

I am sew lucky!

I can not believe it I am a winner!
Lori Kennedy of The Inbox Jaunt  had a contest. Lori is a fabulous free motion quilter. She offers tutorials all the time and she has a wonderful blog - she shares so much.
Andover Fabrics gave five bolts of the Downton Abbey Fabrics and she decided to share - to three of her followers - 1 yard of each of the five bolts. I was one of the three winners and she will be sending me five different yards of her Downton Abbey Fabric.

I am sew lucky!

Thank you sew much Lori!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Feather Block

Just finished another block for my "In The Garden" quilt.

This one is another free design from Shape-Moth. I think I am crazy for attempting another one of her designs as I almost went bonkers on her Eurasian Jay, but I am having problems finding blocks that I like to complete this quilt. Joanna makes gorgeous complicated patterns - she lives in Germany at this time. I follow her blog and you can also find her selling on Crafsy.

After all the effort I am disappointed as the block said 12" - and it is 12" not 12" finished! It will be 11.5" finished....bummer! AND I do not have even a speck of background fabric left over to add to the sides... double bummer. I will have to frame the block somehow.

Large Scappy Blue Bowl

After the bowl I made in Catherine Redfords class, I wanted to make something larger. My  blue scraps were still overflowing so late night wrapping of clothe line, ended me up with a whole spool, I think 2 clothe lines so 200 feet. Wrapping takes the most time - sewing is a breeze.

My Little Collection

 Thread Painting

Here is some of the progress on my thread painting. Still in the hoop with the washable stabilizer. You draw on the stabilizer and you fill in from there. First the trunk, then the rest of the tree. I used variegated thread.