Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Past Quilts....

Just a few of the quilts I have made over the last 20 or so years.  I seem to have gone through phases.  
I realized that I haven’t taken photos of a lot of quilts – shame on me!

Currently I’m hooked on scrap quilts and looking forward to making a quilt from the ideas in the following book.

 The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker
By Elizabeth Hartman
Her Blog ohfransson

Mariners Compass  1994

Flying Quilts (Front) 1998



Pinwheels   2001

Sail Away    2001

I Spy   2004

Memories  Baby  Quilt 
The white squares were signed by the guest at the baby shower.
Then I put the quilt together.

Lap Quilt 2004

Spinning  2006

Walk in the Forest  2006

Wild Horses  2010

Unfinished Top  2011

Playing around with colors.

 Unfinished top 

Hope you enjoyed the samples of my work.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Letting the world in...

Today I’m inviting the world into my sewing room.  It’s not very big but it serves it purpose.  I acquired this room when we added an addition to our home and there was just enough room for a special place for me.  At first I used it as a place to practice yoga – but it works much better as a sewing room.

Welcome to my space…..

Great view of the woods

Cutting area and fabric stash in the bins (sorted by color)

Idea wall                         

    Design wall

Thanks for looking....

Monday, February 27, 2012

Stepping outside my Comfort Zone...

I'm a private person.   By blogging, even thought nobody is following me yet - this is a huge step for me!  I'm stepping outside my Comfort Zone, I guess at 50 it's about time!

What's keeping you from stepping outside your Comfort Zone???

I've been a traditional quilter for a long time and have never felt fully satisfied - I've always stayed just inside the lines.  So this quilt is something totally new for me.

Keep posted more to come...

This is the quilt I just finished.

Fabric: Rouenneries Deux by French General for Moda Fabrics. Purchase from Kathie's Quilt Shoppe.
Debonaire Quilt Pattern It's Sew Emma, Rachel Griffith purchase from The Fat Quarter Shoppe.

Now I need a chair cushion.

I think the back it should be just as nice as the front.

 Back to the chair cushion.  So I made a few extra blocks from the quilt.

So I decided why not and I cut the block diagonally, like this......

Then I sewed a solid red center w/ the gray center star and added a 1" border.

I made 2 sets of blocks and sewed them together and added a border.   

Stay tuned for the finished product.

This is what I've been reading:

The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker
By Elizabeth Hartman
Her Blog ohfransson

Block Party--The Modern Quilting Bee: The Journey of 12 Women, 1 Blog, & 12 Improvisational Projects
Kristen Lejnieks and Alissa Carlton
Kristen's Blog kristenunraveled and Alissa Blog handmadebyalissa


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Living the Dream....

Welcome to my blog 

I've been thinking a lot about living the dream. 

Somewhere along the way I seemed to have gotten side tracked - so this is my way to grab hold of a small piece of that dream and see where I can take it. 

Do you have a dream that you have put aside or too afraid to follow? What is stopping you?

What's stopping me - not sure what I want, the fear of failure, too busy with raising the kids and working, etc, etc. there will always be things that will get in the way - do I really want this? If so stop making the excuses and DO IT!

I  LOVE  fabric and quilting - so please follow me on my journey.