Saturday, August 30, 2014

sideways houses

I have no idea why some of these pictures are sideways and I do not know how to turn them, so here they are.  This is the "neighborhood charm" quilt from Moda Bake Shop.  I used the Sweetwater Road 15 charm pack, also from Moda.  I could not resist going crazy with the detail quilting, that I did all freestyle, no marking, no planning, on my Nolting Longarm machine with Superior Threads.  I really love the little teardrop triler and the lemonade stand and the laundry on the line.  I had a great time thinking of all the fun stuff to put in my neighborhood.
I am going to put this one in our guild's quilt show.










Here's a nice sideways photo of a T shirt quilt for Trish:


a quickie quilting on a shop sample for Julie:

 and, this is the "Rock Candy" pattern by Jaybird quilts using their sidekick ruler, this was before borders.  I still need to quilt this one.  I am teaching this class at Julie's shop, Gathering Stitches, on September 12:
That's all for now in my quiltilicious world.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Snow Day Show and Tell.

It is snowing those enormous heavy big sticky snowflakes today.  Picture does not do it justice, it's actually quite pretty.  But the important thing here is that it is a SNOW DAY.  School has been cancelled.



 I really just want to snuggle under a quilt.  Alas, too much to do, so much to do, so little time.  SO let's just do some show and tell and get back to our busy day, shall we?

What has been on and off the Nolting machine recently.

First, Halloween Quilt by Jeannie.  I had a GREAT time on this quilt.  I love Halloween and I love working on Jeannie's quilt.  She let me do my thang all over it!

















Here is a New York Beauty, made by Pat, from our awesome Stashaholics group:





Here is another of Pat's paper-piecing beauties:



I thought the turquoise would be a great color to repeat in the thread


Anne made this for her bed in beautiful blues and purples.  A couple of the fabrics featured butterflies, so I stitched a few hundred more onto the quilt in a lovely lavender thread.


 This next one was a blast!  It's mine.  I made it  It is made from Moda charm pack and the pattern is Neighborhood Charm from the moda bake shop.  I loved stitching all of the whimsical designs on this.  Sorry for the sideways photos!!  All of the stitching on this was done freehand, no marking, no templates, just off the top of my head as I was playing.










Anne's beautiful rainbow batik quilt




This is a hexie baby quilt made by Julie for her granddaughter.  In progress now, it's on the frame, I am going to add a wavy motif between the "love bead" looking ovals:




I leave you with a funny from Pinterest:
I wish I know where this was taken!!  I would order the "brishket"

Wishing you your own personal SNOW DAY,
Kristin

Friday, September 20, 2013

Deep Thoughts, Quilt Shows, Upcoming Group Therapy aka Quilting Club at Gathering Stitches

FIRST, what's coming up at Gathering Stitches:  Starting in October, we are going to have "Stashaholics" group, the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6ish to 9ish and we are going to work on projects, get inspiration and all kinds of tips and tricks.  Go to the website or call Julie to sign up - there are a few spaces left!!  We are encouraging attendance by having you purchase a passport (stashport?) for $20, then if you attend at least 9 sessions in 12 months, you get a $20 gift certificate to spend in the store.  So, basically get your $ back for just coming to hang out and sew!!  We will have projects and organized scrap exchanges, but also you are welcome to bring whatever you want to work on during that time.  No machine? no problem.  We have those too.

Upcoming projects and tips include a snowman wall hanging, pinwheel pincushions, paper piecing, string quilts, monster mash, applique, crayon totes, art quilts, circle play, tee-pee play quilt . . . ooh you just better sign up.

What's on deck?  Well here is what my table looked like last week, fixin' to cut up some Potluck by my buddy Sandy's American Jane fabrics for this Bull's Eye quilt from the book, Triple Play Scrap Quilting by Nancy Allen:

It is now all cut out and ready to sew! baby sew! 

(I had the pleasure of meeting Nancy in Portland and she is super sweet! Her book has a great theme to it for those who love scrap quilting - each quilt is shown in 3 ways: planned, coordinated and make-do)

DID SOMEONE SAY, QUILT SHOW ROADTRIP?

Brian is deep in thought . . . probably thinking about all the awesome quilts we are about to see.  Our state capitol hosted a quilt show in the "Roundhouse" and a group of us went by train to check it out.  ("Roundhouse makes me think of this guy, and the line from Napoleon Dynamite - "You think anybody wants a roundhouse kick to the face while I'm wearing these bad boys? Forget about it."
Anyhoo, on with the quilts:
















 Stunning, inspiring.  AND so colorful.
Outside, we relaxed and I took some pictures of the pretty plants:





Back at the ranch, I got to quilt this cute little quilt for my pal Connie:

We had a Nolting machine to set up in Alamogordo and stopped at the ruins in Abo for a spectacular early morning walk:




And we hammed it up at the Pistachio Ranch
 where we saw all kinds of nuts:

I made a little 22" square shop sample from 2.5" candies in Moda's Vin du Jour fabric line
and the pattern in Moda's candy book, "Oh Sew Sweet"

Here is the quilting that I decided upon -- random swirly feathers, just completely winging it (so to speak)



A customer table runner, used Floriani metallic in the center for the flower designs:




I leave you with this text exchange I had with my older son.  I really love texting my kids.  They r so funny!