Showing posts with label jubilee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label jubilee. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Fifty Shades......of Lavender!

Hooray!  My first big finish (top) for 2014.  This is a quilt for my daughter Hanna's bedroom.  It's not really 50 shades of lavender, but I couldn't resist naming it that.


You can see by my boot prints that we got lots of snow, about 8 inches.  I'm working on a quilting plan with variegated purple thread and a gorgeous backing fabric.


Here is a view of the 8" of snow on the deck early this morning.


I love when the snow looks blue in the early morning.  Coco is making a serious inspection of it.

 Hmm......

A good batch - I'm planning to do a little snow shoeing later with this wild animal.


Jubilee quilt update - I've nearly finished the whole center portion!


You can see it better on the back.  I'm always amazed how different the quilted areas look and feel.


I've posted more photos and information on The Jubilee Quilt blog.

I've got lots of new ideas and projects percolating and hope to be posting more in the future.  Time seems to be flying by lately!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wassup?

Popping in to report on the little bit if quilting I've done lately.

Hand quilting update on the Jubilee quilt.


Here is the back view.  You can really see how the wool has great loft and body.  I'm loving it.  Surprisingly, I'm using a size 9 between.  It has great strength and I'm able to achieve small stitches (small enough for me anyway).

If you are wondering if those circles are a pain to quilt, YES they are.  But I like the look with the stuffed berries.


Here is an update on the projects I took to the retreat, which was fabulous!

I got all the blocks pieced on this.  I have to get it on the wall and play with it.


Here are my blocks for my eventual king sized bed quilt.  I'm loving it so far.


and Hooray!  I purchased one of Lori's quilts from AAQI.  I've been wanting to and when I saw this one it really spoke to me.  Lori has done an amazing job toward achieving her goal of $1000. for this worthy organization.


 
That's a wrap for me.  Have a somber and joyful Easter week if you celebrate, and if you don't Happy Spring!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow!

Happy Birthday Abe!!  This is a magnet that my friend Margaret brought me as a hostess gift.  Isn't he the cutest? 


Interesting that I'm exploring Log Cabin quilts this year.  Coincidence?  I think not....

I'm currently reading (on my ipod) "Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker"  by Jennifer Chiaverini.  It has been interesting and offers a different prospective on Mary and the Freed Slave experience during the Civil War.  It is easy for forget, but these women sewed these gowns by hand, talk bout haute couture!


Non sequitur:  How about those mourning dresses on Downton Abby?  I was sorry to see a character die, but I'm so glad we got to see the Jet dripping black dresses.

After seeing the movie "Lincoln" I decided to make a companion quilt to my Abe quilt.  This one will feature Mary Todd Lincoln.  I feel she is a complicated and misunderstood historical figure.  I'm hoping to start work on it soon!

Friday before the big storm on Friday, I finished my Jubilee Top!!


I had  HUGE snafu while finishing the borders and you can read the whole sad story here on the Jubilee Blog.

When the top was finally together I celebrated!  You know how I roll:


This is the beautiful new Christmas 2012 flute.  It is a BIG flute and has a gold trimmed red bauble on the stem.

I'm hoping to finish the marking and baste it today.  I'm using wool batting for the first time, wish me luck!

Here are some photos of the Blizzard of 2013. It was beautiful!  The best part?  We did not lose power!!  Hooray!

I love the bluish color of the dawn snow.


Our wrought iron chairs look like thrones for the snow king and queen.

 See you Friday with a recipe and fun.

Happy Birthday Abe,
Happy Mardi Gras,
Somber Ash Wednesday,
Happy Valentines Day....
what a busy week!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pioneer Days!

Thank you so much for your emails and messages checking on us here in northern NJ after Sandy.  We were out of power for a full week.  Now I know why pioneer women of the 19 century kept journals.  Everyday seems the same!

My thoughts are with all my friends and neighbors who still may be out of power.

Here was our first stash of supplies.  We had to go out for more fire wood, candles, and ice.


Luckily we were able to eat out to get hot food.   Thanks Five Guys - you complete me.


Thank you to my friends who took me in for a meal, cup of tea and to charge my devices.  Your sheltering friendship really helped me through.

Here are some of the flying geese blocks that I exchanged with Jill and Susan.  I think I'll be going with this setting.


I did lots of hand applique' while listening to Winter of the World, by Ken Follet.   I finished the first border and got a really good start on the second.


To see more visit the Jubilee Quilt blog here.  In the post you can see how I made the pattern and prepped the vines and stem for applique.

On Sunday and Monday before the storm I started this miniature quilt to commemorate Sandy, aka Frankenstorm!
It is the Storm at Sea Pattern - appropriate right?  lol


The pieces are quite small.  This is how far I got when then the lights went out.


Now I'm off to cast my vote and bask in the heat of my cozy well lit home.  The Nor'easter is on its way tomorrow, so the candles and flashlights will remain on hand.



Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pressing Matters

Who doesn't love a good pun?  I have had some pressing matters the past few days.

1.  I had many projects that needed pressing.
2.  Pressing does matter.  It can save or kill a quilt top.

Hooray!  My Halloween Apple Core top is done.  It is 13 (unlucky number) apple cores wide and long.

So.... I only sewed 2 of the long rows wrong.  Ripping out is always painful, but when it has been hand sewn,  waaaaa   :( ::::::


This was some tricky pressing.  It was difficult to avoid un-pressing previously pressed areas.  Know what I mean?


After about 40 minutes and 3 refills on the steam iron and a dose of starch, it turned out great.


I spent time pressing lettering onto Steam-A-Seam.  These will be on the borders of the Apple Core Quilt.  can't read them?  he he


Here is a little project I worked on recently and was able to use my pressing stick, which helps to keep from un-pressing.


This was a lot of pressing.


These were left over blocks from my Lincoln quilt.  I'm going to machine quilt it and use it as a runner.


Finally, I pressed a lot, and I mean a lot of bias stems for my Jubilee quilt.  Here is the first border that is ready for stitching.


Good Luck with all your pressing matters!