Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Two more

The hummingbirds are here in full force.  The Rufous are noisy and guard what they now claim as their territory--our two feeders.  I love to see them feeding from plants, and I hope soon, we'll have trumpet vine flowers for them.

I finished two more quilts for Dr. Kaufman, the last of the stack Patty E. gave me.  I have one more from Kathy F. to quilt, and two that I put together.   I used Feng Shui Fans panto from Dave Hudson and also  had a backing with fans for this top with Oriental fabrics. 

I used my other new panto, Pharoah's Collar from Judy Lyon.  I can't say enough about her designs.  I used to be intimidated by them, but now I revel in their complexity.  I do prefer them on solid colored backings where they'll be more visible.

Thanks to friends, specifically, Tove, I have a lot more tops to quilt before I have to resort to piecing more.  I received a box yesterday with ten tops she is donating to our cause along with a quilt for my longarm services.    

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sewvivor--hilda's hideout--Hilda

I've been looking for a challenge in my quilting work.  In looking over things I had made in the past, I felt they were a little more creative and I missed challenging myself.  On my early morning blog hopping I came across Rach's Sewvivor Season 3--Quilter's Edition.  I wasn't familiar with her previous season challenges, but this seems perfect for me.

Here is my audition, my just recently finished summer quilt.  I'd been meaning to make a summer quilt for our bed and finally got it done, using my recently acquired Kaffe Fassett stash.  

The stats:  The quilt measures 89 X 94" after shrinking quite a bit in the wash.  I used 100% silk batting which said should be dry cleaned only.  That's rather impractical and anyone who knows me, knows if it doesn't survive the washer and dryer, it doesn't last at my house.  I did take special care, washing it in cold water, and low heat drying.

I used 100% Egyptian cotton king size sheet for backing which was just a bit too short for the top, but I had quite a few flying geese leftover, and was able to use them to grow it some.  

I used Meadowlyon's Coils panto on it, and I love the texture it gave the quilt without standing out over the piecing.  I used So Fine thread on top and Fil-tec magna glide bobbin.  This quilt turned out light and perfect for summer.  This was my first experience with silk batting, and I love the loft of it.  

I hope I'm able to go on and compete in this!  I already have some ideas for some of the challenges!


Friday, July 11, 2014

More insects!

These two moths were hanging out on the garage wall.  I think they are a type of Sphinx moth.  They look like they'd blend in better in a more wooded area.  

I finished this great quilt from Kathy F.  I used my new Judy Lyon panto, Coils.  While it is very dense, it's not overly difficult.  The texture is wonderful.  

Our plants are doing well.  Finally the Spanish broom is flowering.  It really needs the protected east side of the house.  The gaillardia (blanket flower) beside it is a wild volunteer.  
The bird of paradise started blossoming.  I don't think it will ever get very large because of our winters, but at least it's surviving.  

Friday, July 04, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!

This was Pat's Christmas present.  Not an original idea--but borrowed from my friend Rosie with permission.  I have a little washboard to make one for me, but I have nowhere I can hang it.

I've been working on getting my summer quilt finished.  Just had the last border to do which I was too tired to do last night.  Being refreshed this morning didn't help me avoid several mistakes, and I'm reworking it for hopefully the third and final time!  

As I came out of the sewing room, this beautiful grasshopper was outside the door.  Daughter Lindsay was familiar with the breed, Dactylotum bicolor--Rainbow grasshopper, but this is the first one I've seen.  I'm not fond of bugs (major understatement) but admired this colorful guy.

Hallelujah!  We had two rainstorms in the past few days, first with a half-inch of rain, and last night with five-eighths-inch.  I hope it's the start of a real monsoon season.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Since delivery...

In the past week, I've finished two quilts to start a new batch for Dr. Kaufman.  Both of these were made by Patty E. and are nice bigger quilts great for teenagers.

I also picked up a project I had started some time ago...

A cover for my sewing machine.  I quilted it all on the domestic machine, and it really didn't take long to get it done.  

I finally have started on our summer quilt using my Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  I saw a pattern on Quilt Inspiration blog that caught my eye and I'm trying to recreate it.  Since I don't really love complex piecing, a four-patch block seemed right up my alley.

We also fostered these three sweet dogs that showed up at our place, a momma, and two puppies.  We don't have a fenced yard or these might have become permanent residents.  They just showed up out of the blue, drinking out of the bird water.  We took them to the animal shelter and hope they'll be adopted quickly.

I also finally started and finished Pat's Christmas present.  I was just waiting for inspiration and after a false start, I restarted and got it done.  No pictures since I'm going to surprise her with it tomorrow.      


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A baker's dozen

I finished a couple more quilts bringing the total up to a baker's dozen.  This one is from Patty E.  

 I still have four more tops that she gave me to finish up.  Thanks again, Patty.

This top was in the stuff Dr. Kaufman gave me, along with extra Cat in the Hat fabric, and the red used.  I added the borders, and used the red for binding.

I used flannel for the backing.  

I also finished a quilt for Pat, that we found when going through her stash.  I have a few more of hers to finish as well.

Pat and I delivering quilts tomorrow.  

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A few more...

Last time Pat and I delivered quilts to Dr. Kaufman, she passed along some quilt tops and partially finished quilts that she had been given.

The nine patch blocks were all made and the pieces parts were there for me to finish this one.  
I had this fall scarecrow fabric in the stash that worked with the top.

These two tops were done, and didn't require finishing, just quilting and binding.  They were a bit challenging to square up given the variety and stretchiness of the fabrics used.

I backed them with flannel leftovers.  I'm hoping some little kid will be thrilled.  I still have another top that needs to be grown with some borders.  We have enough to deliver a nice batch soon.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

This past week...

A week ago last Sunday, Pat came over and finished a BQ3 top for her goddaughter.  She was headed to Austin for the graduation celebration and I pushed her to get it done so I could get it quilted.  I finished it and delivered it on Wednesday--but didn't get a picture of the finished quilt before it left for with Pat for Austin.
I suspended working on this one to do the BQ3.  Pat made this one some time ago, had it sandwiched, and had done some quilting in the ditch.  I decided to practice my freehand work, and did pebbles in all the circular parts.  

I filled the rest of the areas with feathers.  I also used all kinds of partially filled bobbins to empty them out.  The backing is a heavier weight home decorator fabric and I thought it would make a good car quilt.  This gave me enough license to practice without worrying too much about perfection.

After finishing Pat's car quilt, I loaded another quilt for Dr. Kaufman and tried one of my new pantos from Judy Lyon.

It worked great on this quilt, sort of echoing the pattern of the backing fabric.  

I also had enough of this black and white and black faux piping binding I used on Jackie's king quilt to get this one bound. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Two more finished!

I've been plugging away on the tops I got from friends at retreat.  

This one from Patty E. is great with all the fish and ocean life.
I used Dave Hudson's Sea Turtles panto. 

This lovely quilt is from Kathy F.  

I had to widen a twin sheet with more planetary fabric.  I used another Dave Hudson panto, Rings of Saturn.   

I will be making a delivery to Dr. Kaufman soon!


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Poor plants...

I spent the morning playing with plants.  Repotted several plants, took many of the plants back outside after spending the winter in the sun room.  I cleaned up, had lunch, and then the storm came in! 
 Oh my.  I know we need the moisture, but my poor plants didn't need the hail! There is a lot of leaf litter on top of the hail from our trees.

It looks like a summer snowstorm out there!
 Meanwhile we've had a pair of scaled quail visiting regularly.  They are hard to catch with the camera.  
And of course the orioles.  I put oranges out for them.