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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Red Jane update

While preparing for the museum exhibit this past week, I realized that it's been quite a while since I've updated the progress on my "Lady in Red" Jane.
Above are the last 6 blocks that I've made.

Soon I will begin sashing and quilting the blocks individually. (Quilt as you Go)
It will make the final assembly process much quicker once all the blocks are completed. Here is my progress on this quilt so far:

I've got 50 more blocks cut and packaged, but it will be Fall before I am able to work on this project in earnest again.
Do YOU have a long term project in the wings?

every quilt tells a story.....

Monday, April 13, 2015

Small blocks, bits & pieces

It's been a while since I've posted any progress on my Dutch Treat blocks.
March & April have been very busy months. With 6 family birthdays, classes, workshops, lectures and the upcoming museum exhibit I've been up to my eyelashes in activities.

Dutch Treat is a long term project I want to make progress on this year.
(2 little blocks a month in 2015) I completed The top 2 blocks in the picture above for March and the bottom 2 for April. Blue bells was my first block of the quilt that required a bit of simple embroidery. It was an enjoyable block to stitch.

Below are the 30 blocks I've made since the start of this project
As you can see I only have 106 blocks left to finish!

This Month my students and I are also working on the grape clusters in the outside borders of Noah & Matilda. I'm using assorted purple fabrics.
You can see the strips with small freezer paper circles ironed onto them.

I'm cutting the fabric circles out just slightly beyond the freezer paper's edge.

After baste gathering them to create the look of slightly puffed grapes, I'm sewing these 5/8" finished circles into clusters.

My goal this month is to complete 180 of these grapes for the border.
Sewing them all down will take a while longer.

Every quilt tells a story.....

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

3 Dutch Treat blocks for February

One of my My New Year's resolutions was to complete 2 of these Dutch Treat applique' blocks each month of 2015.
Here are the 3 that I've completed for February:

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

More fun with Noah & Matilda

Last Wednesday was our 2nd monthly meeting of the Noah & Matilda Quilt Study.
The classroom was packed with anticipation as quilters awaited their next block assignments and to see & hear more about the quilt and the Boyce family.

Above are the next 4 blocks that I completed to share in class.
The block below is the one I finished up last night.

And here are the blocks I've completed so far:
(5) blocks in January and (4) blocks in February.
Although this is technically a 12 month BOM program, I'd like to complete the blocks in 6 or 7 months.

every quilt tells a story...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

More fun with Jane...

On Saturday I drove to central VA for a "jane club" meeting with special friends.

It's been over a year since I've seen Judy and her stunning batik & black quilt top.
It was wonderful to see her again and a special treat that she brought her quilt with her - all finished and looking gorgeous!

Our group had a successful planning meeting, and equally important - we all had a wonderful time together!

every quilt tells a story...

Friday, January 23, 2015

Collecting fabrics for a lovely Spring Palette

Whew... after 6 months of dreaming and planning I've finally gathered enough fabrics for one (possibly 2) quilts that I plan on making this year. I rarely use solid fabrics in my quilts these days. This year I will try to use them a bit more.

My inspiration all started with some paint chips and these 3 fabrics - Coral, buttercream and Sage:

I sprinkled in some citrus batiks:

Then I mixed in a collection of Coral and Aquamarine batiks called Hawaii by Timeless Treasures:

And a few more solids to round off the Palette:

Missing from the photo are my gray solid and batik fabrics.
I'll save those for a future Share.

The first project I have in mind for these is a beautiful Applique quilt.
Once I saw the design - I knew these fabrics were perfect for the project.
That journey will begin for me in February.

What's on YOUR Agenda for Spring Quilting?????