Friday, August 21, 2015

Let's Talk About Crumbs !

Hi all - 

I'm here today to talk about CRUMB BLOCKS !!!!  Do you have a stack of them somewhere?  They are so fun to make, but they tend not to find their way into quilts...

I took a GIANT stack with me to a retreat last weekend - and before the retreat, I sewed triangles on each side to make the block into a square in a square................

I hoped that would make the blocks more easily usable - giving some solid for the eye to rest, and making it able to make a quilt that looks like its on point, without having to sew an onpoint quilt, which is just a little bit more challenging...

Well, let me show you some of the results... various ladies chose from the stack, and made these kid-sized quilts...........each block is 9 inches. 


 
 




 
 
and, finally, just one shot of the lovely hot air balloon we saw in the morning, on the lake.  Great retreat !  Great ladies !  Great quilts.
 
 


Hope everyone is enjoying the last days of summer !!!!

Kate















Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Here, There, and Everywhere !!!!

oh hello my blogland friends...

I do apologize for having been so long without posting...............

I've been traveling....................first I went HERE:  for a business meeting in Washington DC... fun, fun, but HOT, HOT


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Then DH and I, along with my sister, spent a week, HERE:  yes, that's a photo of Alaska - that's a gorgeous fjord called Tracy Arm, near Juneau - we saw mountains, glaciers, whales, we ate crab and shrimp, we caught salmon from our front yard........... it was WONDERFUL !
 


And, on Friday, I'm off to HERE:
yes, that's Lake Tahoe...  and I'm going to a quilting retreat ... FUN,  FUN

so - I'm well, happy, busy, and having fun !!

What more could a girl ask for ????

not much, I think.

take care,

Kate













 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Progress and a bit more Progress

Hello everyone - hope you are enjoying a nice summer !

I have been sewing like a woman gone mad -

Significant progress on this white linen quilt.  I am trying to get the structural work all done, and then will go back and do detail work.  
 
 I love this design - so big, bold, and fun to stitch:

The center design has a lot of 'over/under dimension to it...

 and there is still lots of cross-hatching to be stitched down !!!  That seems to be taking forever, and  as you see, is not finished yet !
 
Overall, though, I am very pleased with this piece, and enjoying seeing it move forward !
 
 
Oh - before I go - Mystic wanted to say hi -  He is chillin'................
 
 

Enjoy all the stitches !!

Kate

Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Finish for the Fourth !

Well, it's not Red White, OR Blue...

But it's FINISHED.... yipeeeeeeeeeeeeee...







This is a pattern from the book "Shadow Trapunto" by Geta Gamma.  It is SO FUN and the results are dramatic.  

I think I will play some more with this technique. 

Happy Fourth to everyone !

Kate




Sunday, June 28, 2015

Born at Retreat

Hello everyone, and happy days of summer..........  The Quilting Professor is finally on a lessened, summer schedule.  I am on a 12-month contract, so work goes on, but at a much more relaxed pace.

So - let the sewing kick into high gear ...............

A few weeks ago I went to my first ever quilting retreat - in charming Auburn, CA, with the extraordinary quilter and teacher Cindy Needham.  It was a fabulous four days of sewing, eating, laughing, and relaxing. 

Mostly I worked on that pile of "in progress" stuff - and made some headway, but no finishes...

But there was a START  - ie., to me, it feels like a 'birth', thus the title of this post.




oh my, this is a lot of fun !!!

This linen is a piece of Madeira linen, which has become my favorite.  I found it on eBay.  It was in pristine condition.  It is mounted on a piece of gold Hoffman Radiance. 

Stay tuned for more photos !!

(and yes, I have another one in progress.... no its not finished.....  I just needed a break from it.....)

Kate

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I HAVE A FABRIC PROCESSOR !

WOW - -

Now, you may ask... "What is a Fabric Processor?"

Well - a Fabric Processor does the following:
1.  Assists with fabric shopping and transport;
2. Picks up boxes from the post office, mails squishies and other boxes away;
3.  Washes new fabric, and folds it neatly;
4.  Cuts scraps into pre-set sizes - for me it's 8.5, 5, and 2.5 inch squares.

Wait  - - it does more: 
5.  Enthusiastically "oohs"  and "aahs" about finished quilts;
6.  Transports large boxes and bags of charity quilts;
7.  Helps assemble hanging frames for quilts;
......... and best of all.....
IT IRONS - ESPECIALLY CHAIN-PIECED SQUARES...

Yep - I HAVE ONE....

Where did you get it??  you may ask...
Did you buy it online??
Did you find it at Joann's??
Did the creative folks at Martelli make it?

awwww, shucks,  I FOUND IT IN MY BED !!!!

yep, it's   DH....  
here are some photos of his most recent work:  cutting scraps into squares

 
loading up the car for me to go to quilting retreat !


Resting !!!  With Cat, of course !




I think i'll keep him !!
 
 
Kate

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Things Finished....

Hi all - just a quick post - life seems to be going by awfully fast lately !

I finished up my Hands2Help quilts with these two "masculine"  cuties...


then completed a blue/yellow heartstrings, also for charity


And to I went to my first-ever quilting retreat !  Sewed my brains out for three days - what great fun !

Pretty soon, I'll have some more photos from work accomplished at the retreat - just you wait and see!

Now it's unpack, do laundry, and rest up a little before work tomorrow - ugh !

Kate
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