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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Committed Hexagons

I thought you might enjoy seeing how I've used 6 of the hexies I recently created.

Christmas Coasters

Coaster Backs
I thought they needed to be dressed up, so I made this "bowl" or "pouch holder" thing.
They fit just right when stacked on top of one another. 
Perfect presentation for the holidays.

Now go have that luscious cup of tea or coffee :)

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hexie Crazed? Hexie Nuts? Hexie, why??

Have I been hex-ed??

There are times when I just like to sit and sew by hand. Sometimes I’m tired of sitting at the machine, computer or table. Even if I “relax” by watching a program on TV or a movie, I feel like I’m doing nothing. So I placate that drive to be productive by hand sewing. I think I actually get more out of the sewing than I do out of watching the program. (So why did I "watch" it??)

 In July I received a “freebie” at the Sisters (Oregon) Quilt Show: 1” hexagon papers for English paper piecing and precut sample fabrics (2” x 2” squares). I read the instructions to make my first flower:


I love chickens…how did they know that?? Had they read my blog?? I wish I had cut the fabrics myself so that I could have centered the chicken heads in each piece.

Since this beginning foray into the Hexie-World, I’ve been adding to my collection using scraps left over from other projects. I also bought a new packet of 1.75” hexie papers. What will become of them???



Ideas:
  • Use them singly or in combination with other flowers or other hexie shapes.
  • Applique onto other items, such as quilts, handbags, pillows, etc.  
  • Dare to cut one in half for another effect.

       They can be scrappy like I’ve made these, or planned out for specific effects and designs… “sew” many possibilities.

I enjoyed watching techniques for making hexies, including Sue Daley of BusyFingers. I guess these can be addicting!

HAPPY HEX-ING!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Portland Street Fair

I have been busy for the past few weeks preparing for a street fair in a major northwest city where I'll be selling some of my wares. I almost have my banner done:


I used fabric that I hand dyed in July for the background and dug out the red fabric from my stash. I'm getting excited!!

Here's one of the projects I'm still working on. I am auditioning fabrics for the binding:


A sampling of other items I've completed for the show:
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A tablerunner

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A tea cozy


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Placemats
Stuffed carrots

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An autumn tablerunner

...and much more!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

HALLOWEEN ALREADY??

TOO EARLY FOR HALLOWEEN??

I don’t think so, especially with a street fair coming up on September 6!! I’ve got oodles of items to make or complete. So far I’ve completed:
  • 3 table runners
  • 1 potholder
  • 10 stuffed items for home décor
  • 1 wall hanging (home décor)
  • 1 apron
  • 1 tea cozy
  • 4 crocheted washcloths
  • 2 gift bags
  • 1 large lined & quilted shopping/marketbag
  • 30 Fabric Gift-tags

I am currently working on a reversible Halloween table runner. I have a little more machine quilting to do with orange Floriani polyester thread. Then I'll make the binding. 



I have so many more items for that street fair in my head and covering my cutting mats!! When my husband walks into my "studio," he must wonder how I can stand the "mess," LOL :-)  Happy creating!

English Paper Piecing

Wait! Thanks to Audrey at Glory Be Quilter for the reminder that I did make my first English Paper-Pieced (EPP) block this past week:

Perhaps you know this already, but I'm partial to cute chickens, which are also featured in this fabric. The outer edges of this block are still unfinished because I haven't committed them to anything yet. 

Speaking of chickens...


I bought 3 new hens in April (pullets actually, which means they're at the pimply teenager stage). I'm proud to say that one of them is now laying cute little eggs everyday!! She's so proud :-)  I'll post photos of the bunch of 5 that I have now in the future for your enjoyment.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A lucky find at local Quilt Show!

A friend asked me to volunteer for the set up of a local quilt show. I have to admit that I didn't really want to, but I showed up. Shame on me, cuz I made some good contacts in the quilting and art world! I look forward to developing these contacts and relationships in the future.

Local groups set up booths on the actual day of the event, including my Eugene Modern Quilt Guild. I stopped by the booth and found a baggie full of cut half-square triangles in 1930s types of fabrics for 25 cents!!! I snatched those up and have sewn them together, making them one of my most recent "works-in-progress":

A pile of lovelies!


Close up shot of the actual fabrics

I can't wait to play around with them some more to find out what they'll become! I know that there will probably be stars involved, and I believe it needs some red added to it, don't you think?

1st Place at the Local County Fair!

Unbelievable! I've never entered anything in the county fair in my life. I had a few items sitting around and thought, What the heck! Here's the winner in the "Quilted Tableware" Category:
   

Bright Reds & Whites


Friendship Star centers


Reversible back

Another New Project

I'm starting to make some cute aprons, and this is just the beginning:

I love the birdcage fabric. This will have 4 scalloped pockets when complete. (Pattern by Vanilla House Designs, "Pocket Aprons" #P115)

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Analyzing a quilt and finding surprises!

One of the first quilts I became attracted to at the recent Sisters Quilt Show (Oregon) had lovely colors. 



As I gazed at the Churn Dash block design, I began to notice some detail that I hadn't been aware of upon first perusal. I knew there was something about it that caught my eye and held me there. The intrigue caused me to inspect it more closely.



Here's what I discovered as I focused on the opposite color corners in each block (pink and orange): those Churn Dash blocks aren't just "wonky." Each Churn Dash is actually made up of four Friendship Star blocks. It's much easier to see them in the white stars to the bottom left and right of it. How clever!! Have you ever seen this design before, or made it? I love how the base half-square triangles give it that "wonky" look! If you know the name of this particular pattern, please let me know.

This little "twist" helps me to understand how design can make a big difference in a quilt's appeal.

My sincere apologies for not having the name of the person who made and quilted this lovely piece.

DON'T MISS my previous post on July 19 to see a fabulously homespun, paper-pieced quilt :)   
Especially if you're a CHICKEN FAN like me!


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Quilt Show Feature: Homemade Paper-Pieced Farm Quilt

I thoroughly enjoyed the Sisters Quilt Show (Oregon) on July 12. My strategy: start as soon as it begins in the morning, before it gets REALLY HOT and crowded, which is 9 a.m. officially, though I sometimes arrive a little before.

The creativity displayed throughout the town is like visiting an outdoor art show. Even my husband enjoys looking around for about an hour (then he checks out to a quiet place to read until I'm done). I grazed around the show with my sister and niece, marvelling at the ideas, skills, colors, patterns. 

One of the biggest highlights of the show this year was a special jewel that I almost didn't find. It had become very HOT, as usual, and I was tiring out. I knew that once we left, we wouldn't be returning that day, and it's just a one-day show. There was one corner that we hadn't looked closely at kiddy-corner to the fabric store (Stitchin' Post), so we wandered over. That's where we saw this:
With creator and designer: Lisa Wipf of Salem, Oregon

DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS!!


This creative woman paper-pieced every block. Not only paper-pieced, but she designed every one of them as well!! Then she personally quilted it!
See the hens with the farmer holding the bucket of feed in the center block, surrounded by hens??

The outermost border also features hens, in various poses and colors. Note the larger blocks featuring pigs (top left), goats (below pigs), and, even though it may be difficult to see clearly, to the right of the pigs is a woman behind the clothes she's hung on the line! Wow!!!
 
Notice the cow with the sunflower block (top left), sheep block with barn in background below that.

The detail in this particular block is incredible: There's a sunflower in the middle. To the right of it, in the same block, is a beehive. If you look REALLY CLOSELY, you'll see yellow with black center stripes which are paper-pieced tiny bees!!! Note the quilting design: cows, pigs, chickens, bunnies, sun & more.

On the back, she included some leftover random hens:


Here's a close-up of the woman hanging out the laundry, including quilts hung with 
clothespins! There's a few bees buzzing above the line as well. Notice the bird on the clothesline post on the right!!


Here's a close-up of the farmer:


All I can say is
WOW!!I'm so glad we persisted and saw Lisa's quilt! It made our day. I hope it makes yours, too!