Friday, April 28, 2017

Woven Star block, Pieced 'Coins' Back, Angela Walters New Tutorial

Windy evening in Rancho Palos Verdes.

My version of 'Coins', approx. 20" x 16".

'Woven Star' block in 'Rest and Refreshing' designed by Piecing the Past Quilts .

Piecing 'saw teeth" liberated style, I use a 2 1/2" sq. base.

This is the back of my 'coins' small quilt.

Happy Friday from windy Rancho Palos Verdes!

Angela Walters has a new tutorial on YouTube, Scrambled Plus Sign Quilt
She's fun and her machine quilting ideas are great, easy to understand.

I've had time this week to finish the first block in Piecing the Past Quilts' b.o.w. quilt 'Rest and Refreshing.' It's a beautiful design. Sign up if you want a bit of a traditional challenge, the link is above.

The backing to my 'coins' small quilt, 20' x 16', is done today. I made up more 'saw teeth' for it and check out that butterfly in the purple strip on the left, 'Mariposa Meadow' fabric, by Elizabeth Isles. Lovely.

I'm also linking up with JulieLou and Linda at Sew Stitch Snap Share. Hop on over to see great projects and progress and join in!

Have a relaxing weekend. Share a smile!
I'll be by to visit.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Improv Quilt Designs, my 'Coins' for AHIQ with Orange Triangles!

Wasabi #1, 19" x 16", my design, is all finished, just sayin'.

My version 'coins', I've added 'liberated'  borders all around.
We took a road trip to Irvine, CA , view of Saddleback Mountain.

Hello, from windy Rancho Palos Verdes.

Busy week for me, a road trip to Irvine, CA. It's a very beautiful city, not compacted at all, in some areas you can see the land start to stretch out into open spaces. A nice change from LA.

I had some time for sewing and planning. My Wasabi #1 is all done. You can see 'improv' blocks and 'coins' in it.
My 'coins' I started for AHIQ now has a turquoise border with orange 'liberated' triangles in it.
I do love orange and turquoise, any little excuse and I'll throw those two colors in!
The lighting was not so good here today so a better photo is coming soon. Who knows, by then maybe it will have more borders added.
I'm linking up with Ann and Kaja at Sew Slowly
for AHIQ, where fun design happens. Stop on over to get inspired!

I've also decided to try something new and I'm doing a block of the week, by Piecing the Past Quilts designed by Debbie MacInnis, Rest and Refreshing- A Civil War Sampler Quilt.
Yes, I know, very different for me, but I want the challenge of traditional piecing.
I certainly cannot promise to stick to historical reproduction fabrics exclusively, but I think it'll turn out fine just the same.

I'm linking up with Linda and Julie with Sew Stitch Snap sharing projects and progress, hop on over for inspiration!

Hope you're having a productive week, dreaming or piecing or stitching.
I'll be by to visit!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Mod Block by MSQC, New Edition Out, Wasabi #1 small quilt almost finished!

Butterfly fourpatch, adding and rearranging.

Asymmetrical Wasabi #1 almost finished with hand sewing binding.
Back of Wasabi #1 approx. 21" x 18" , I machine quilted it.

New issue of Mod Block by Missouri Star Quilt Comp. great ideas!

'Oberlin' by Heather Jones in Mod Block, so cool.

Happy Friday from Rancho Palos Verdes!
Sunny and windy today.
Almost Happy Easter too!

I've been replanning and changing around my liberated butterfly fourpatch quilt I started last fall.
There was just too much white in it so I took apart rows and blocks and I'm in the process of adding more color to the fourpatches and making more butterfly blocks. More color makes me happy.
I was going to have it fade out to white but just wasn't pleased with that effect.

Also Missouri Star Quilt Company has their new Mod Block out, full of ideas and colors. I highly recommend it. Heather Jones quilt in Mod Block, 'Oberlin' is the perfect size for me as I like to work small, just 36" x 36". I made a sample Ohio Star runner for work over a year ago but I had to leave it at work as it was a sample. I would like to make another one, it makes a nice gift; object de arte.
Nobody's paying me to say any of that either, I know a good thing when I see it!

I also machine quilted my asymmetrical Wasabi #1 and I've almost got the binding all hand sewn down on the back. I machine quilted it rather than hand quilting because it fitted more with its personality. Yes, true confessions, my projects have their own personalities. 

Enjoy your Easter weekend and all those chocolate bunnies.
I'll be by to visit soon.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Midnight Quilt Show and a Lighthouse

Painted Lady butterfly at Point Vicente.

One of many goats at Point Vicente kept there to keep the brush under control.

Point Vicente and light house.

Point Vicente Lighthouse closeup.

Happy Friday from Rancho Palos Verdes!

Today for fun we visited the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. It's a good spot for whale watching and walking around the nature trail. Goats are kept there in fenced areas to keep the brush down and they are entertaining to watch. There's also a working light house on the point closed to the public except on certain days and times for tours. It's only about a mile away from where we are staying.

Angela Walters hostess of the Midnight Quilter Show ,
has a fun tutorial, 'Wallflower Variable Star' on Youtube.
In fact she has several tutorials and all are entertaining. Each 'show' features a different quilt pattern which Angela pieces together. Then she machine quilts it giving ideas and tips.
Enjoyable and she is a hoot!

I hope you have a good weekend. Don't forget to share a smile and I'll be by to visit.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Kaleidoscope of Butterflies and Orange Triangle Border thingy

Clouded Sulphur for April 2017.

Tilted 'coins' with border added, that's right just two sides for effect.

Happy April!!
Featuring my butterfly for April, from my butterfly calendar, the Clouded Sulpher .
I'm celebrating butterflies with Ann @ fretnotyourself , Kaleidoscope of Butterflies.
Clouded Sulphers  live in North America and can be seen in meadows, fields and roadsides.
They're also known to swarm around mud puddles.

I've had some time to work on my version of a 'coin' quilt. I tilted the coins and now they're on edge and I've added borders on just two sides. The asymmetrical look is speaking to me. This is another of my small quilts. I don't have a large work space right now so small is the thing. And small is great for trying out design experiments.

Have a great Monday and I'll be by to visit.