Sunday, August 30, 2015

Fun Adventures in Quilting

Hi there - well, my summer travels finally ended (but were fabulous)...  and I've found some time to get back to the sewing room.

Remember this little quilt??? finished earlier this summer?




Well, I'm trying something like that with black batting instead of white.  First I copied a pattern and enlarged it, then sewed that onto organza and black batting.  Next, I removed all the paper, and cut away the excess batting, leaving this:
 Well, it really wasn't all that quick... actually, cutting away all the excess batting took forever and and a day...  but it makes a great travel project - just snip, snip...a bit at the time.
 See all that yucky white thread????  Well, that's wash-away thread... so it will disappear. 
Now to quilt around all the designs, and free-motion in the spaces.  Fun?  yes............ Quick?  not so much...........

I'll be back to show you progress as I make some....

Happy last days of summer to everyone,

Kate

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













 
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