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.

Julie




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.

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I docent there every other Friday!