Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Houston- Clear for Take Off!

As part of the education team for Quilt Festival Houston I am prepping already!

First up, choosing a pattern and fabric for a garment. Always difficult for me, since I'm not a garment maker. Using quilters cotton is another factor that doesn't help me make pattern decisions easily. But that part is done.
I'm making a dress this year! It'll probably end up being more like a tunic on me.

Including the eagles, for sure. You'll have to wait and see about the rest.
 This is called Road Trip by Andover.

And we had swatches for the second choice, metropolis by Moda.  
That was actually really nice to see the actual fabric. 

Did you know you could be prepping too? They have the class schedule online right now for planning purposes. The class book is huge and takes many nights to get a good look at all the classes and lectures.

You can see it HERE.

Even though I'll be working, we can take up to 1 1/2 days of classes. I'm considering a half day class with Maria Shell. If you've taken a class or lecture with her can you give me your opinion?

I'm going out on a limb here and saying that I like to learn new things and what she does isn't what I do, but what I don't like is when modern quilters think what they are doing is so much better than "traditional" quilters. I don't want to take a class from a teacher with a huge ego.

I'm also considering a bus tour to Texas Quilt Museum in LaGrange or Galveston.


TEXAS QUILT MUSEUM, SIGHTSEEING, & QUILT SHOPS TOUR  


 HISTORIC GALVESTON & QUILT SHOPS TOUR  
I did finally get to see some of Texas when I went to Victoria via Austin, but that is the only time I've been outside of downtown Houston. I'd love your thoughts.

Have a wonderful day!



Monday, June 18, 2018

Small Post

A small quilt and a small post!

I've stated to hand quilt this over the weekend. Hopefully send off later this week.

If you missed the hoopla about me summiting Mt St Helens (Not sure how you could have missed it, I was making enough racket! LOL) you can read about it on my other blog HERE. 
I'm still in recovery mode. 
Both the kids came home Sunday to spend time with their dad. I wasn't going to spend it in my sewing room. I don't get to see them often enough. 

So, not much to share today. 
Take care!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sunshine on a Wednesday!

After the video from last week several people asked me about this little quilt. I started it in an applique class with Gwen Marston. She showed us how to make our own pattern to make our quilt unique. It was supposed to be a 4 block quilt, but I opted to stop at one. Wish I would have continued!

 A comment was made on Monday about small half square triangles getting pulled into the throat plate. Above is a standard throat plate. I have the wide one on because I've been doing machine applique.
Here's one that only has the small hole instead of the more open horizontal opening. This is super helpful to have on when using small pieces, actually just piecing in general.  I hope that helps!

Have a fantastic Wednesday!


Monday, June 11, 2018

Mahvelous Monday!

 I'm using a few half square triangles for my little swap quilt I'm making.
 I have two containers (from lettuce- the best of recycling!)
That I dump, pick what I need, then trim to size. It is super convenient! Do you have hst's waiting to be used in your projects?
 Here's my little project. It isn't quite as dark as the photo shows, but I still kind of wish I used a bolder print.
Spent some time working on these crazy star blocks designed by Cheri. I make the arrows so I keep plenty of fabric to the outside  so it is easier to trim to size. It seems to work good for me.

I hope you got a bit of sewing done this weekend. Make it a great week!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Fun on A Friday!

I've got a few ideas and projects rolling around my head.

 I started digging around in my French General fabric and found this little center already pieced. May as well go with it!
 Here's my little tub of FG bits and pieces.
 I got these on the remnant section at Fabric Depot and think I'll put them somewhere else where I will remember to use them.
 Betty Lou and her friend Cynthia have been making dresses for Haiti and was so thoughtful to send me a few for my next mission trip! Thank you both from the bottom of my heart! The sun was glaring through this photo, but I wanted you to see the cute trim and pockets.
 And here is a better one that you can see the sweet fabric!
Here's my Instagram from this past week. 

And if you aren't on my Facebook group I made this video yesterday. I think you can see it HERE.

Or maybe click the above.

Take care and have a wonderful weekend!



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