Thursday, August 30, 2012

I'm Going to Quiltcon!

Whew.....I was kinda nervous about getting into a workshop at Quiltcon.  Registration opened this morning, and it was thought that the workshops would sell out fast (and some have).

I’m Going to QuiltCon

But, I was able to register for the workshops that I selected.  Doing the happy dance :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WIP - Proverbial Quit Progress

Woo Hoo! I finished paper piecing all of the letters on my quilt for the Proverbial Quilt along.  Now, its time for me to put the words together.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday today at Freshly Pieced.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Desing Wall Monday - Proverbial Quilt Along

This weekend we finally got some much needed rain.  This means plenty for time of sewing and not much time for bicycling.  But, I did get a short ride in and the very first thing I did when I pulled away from my car was crash.   Not a big crash.  I just ran into those skinny white divider plastic cones.  FYI - those cones make a real big noise when you run into and over them.  

So, I had time to start my quilt for the Proverbial Quilt along at Poppyprint.  I have several jelly rolls and some bundles of Tina Given's Havens Edge that I have been wanting to cut into.  The pattern calls for making templates.  After making a few test blocks , I realized that I could paper piece the blocks.

I do not have much experience with paper piecing, but thought I would give this a try.

After piecing, I turned the letter over and trimmed the blocks to include a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

I still have many more letters to go.  I decided to use the quote that came with the pattern:

When we are flat on our backs,
The only way to look is up.
Find release from your cares,
Tomorrow is another day.

Linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times. 

Also, linking to the Blog Hop News at Plum and June.   This week's schedule on the Lets Get Acquainted Blog Hop:

Aug 21
Marta from From Marta with Love
Marion from My Quilt Diet

Aug 23
Ginny from Fish Creek Studio
May from Confessions of a Fabraholic

Friday, August 17, 2012

Behind the Seams - Ironing Board

Today, I am joining up to the  Behind the Seams linky party at Fabric Engineer.  This month's topic is ironing boards.

This is my ironing board.  I think it is the most basic board that is sold every year during the back to school sales for college students.  And yes, my mom bought this as part of my stuff that I took to college. 

I cant remember ever using this in college (sorry mom), but I am using it a lot now.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

WIP Wednesday - August Color Palette Challenge

OMG!!!  I can't believe the amount of projects that I am juggling right now.......its all good though.

I thought I would get started on my project for this month's Color Palette Challenge at Patchwork Times.  I am glad that I have been able to keep up with all the color challenges for the months of 2012 so far. 

This is an in-progress pic taken with my iPad of my August mini (8x8).  When I saw this month's color palette, I thought that the colors were right for a civil war piece.  I wasn't to keen on making a civil war project since I have been moving more modern, but thought it would be OK for August.  I went to pull colors from my stash, but I didn't get very far.  This circle fabric was sitting on the top of a box and it matched up so perfectly that I knew I had to work with it.

I used some solid color scraps for the circles and thought it looked bland, so I started working with the beads.  So far, so good.  I should be finished with this soon.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday today at Freshly Pieced

Monday, August 13, 2012

Design Wall Monday - New Quilt Along

Well, I seemed to have done it again - started another new quilt project.  I just cant help myself since the more I read blogs, the more projects I find to make.

I just signed up up for The Proverbial Quilt along at Poppyprint.  It uses the Proverbial Quilt pattern by Denyse Schmidt.  Now, I just need to find a quote.  The first thing that came into my mind is "Live Long and Prosper" (LOL), but I think that I will need a longer quote.  I may need some time to think about this.

Still working on the pinwheels from Material Obsession 2.  I have finished the "cool" blocks and now need to start on the "warm" blocks.

Linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times and to the Blog Hop News at Plum and June

Monday, August 6, 2012

Design Wall Monday - Pinwheels

This weekend I thought I would work on several of my 2012 goals:  conquering my fear of triangles and using my good fabric.

I started cutting into some of my Flea Market Fancy stash and making blocks for the Playground Days quilt found in Material Obsessions 2.  The block reminds me of a pinwheel and there are plenty of half square triangles.  I supplemented the FMF with other Schmidt fabric that I got at Joann's.

I have created a small stack of blocks, with plenty more to go.  Not sure I will get any more completed this week with company in town.

Linking up today to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Pets on Quilts Show

Hi y'all.  We are the current quilt dogs that assist here at Kinda Quilty.  OK, so assist may be a bit of an overstatement.  But today, we are finally having our way here and decided to join in the fun at the Pets on Quilts Show.

Pets on Quilts

You see, we have a rule here at the house that basically says we are not to touch the quilts, quilt supplies, and anything quilting related in general.  But rules are made to be broken - right.  And what our dog owner doesn't know won't hurt her - right

OK, sure there may have been some incidents.  Like the time a previous quilt dog chewed up the entire stash of thread.  And there was that recent incident where my dalmatian cousin here jumped on our dog owner and grabbed the needle and thread from her hand.  Oh boy was that a sight to watch my dog owner chase my cousin and try to search that dalmatian's mouth for a large needle.  Ha, ha, I still kid my dog cousin bout that!

You see the dog owner thinks that we just sit around looking cute.  I bet she imagines that we mostly think about things like cats, squirrels, and other security threats.  But sometimes, I think about all those mini quilts hanging on the wall that look like such a perfect dog sized quilt - and we are not allowed to touch them!  Bummer!

So, we have to sneak on a quilt whenever we get the opportunity.  Like me on the tulip quilt.  My dog owner was standing on a ladder and I saw her with the camera.  I thought she wanted to take a picture of me, but I found out that she was trying to get a picture of a naked quilt.  (Naked Quilt = Quilt without a Dog).  I mean, like, who wants a picture of a naked quilt?  Am I right?

My cousin sneaks onto quilts as well, but she is just much faster than I am.  See that action photo shot.

Got to go now before the owner lady gets back.  We're gonna check out the other pets on parade and maybe even have a good laugh.. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Color Palette Challenge - July

This month's color palette was chosen by Vicki Welsh at Field Trips in Fiber.

Please don't laugh at me this month (.....OK, go ahead). I don't know what it was.  Maybe it was that I really liked the colors or maybe I have been in a wishy washy mood. But I tried 4 (yes, four) project attempts with these colors. I don't know what happened, but nothing was really working for me.

I stared at my stash - nothing.
I went back through my stash - nothing.
I went on several occasions to the fabric store with my mom, my cousin, and my sister - nothing.

I bought a fabric remnant that I thought may kinda work and was pleased with the result. I know the color choices don't all match exactly, so I will say that my piece was inspired by the challenge colors. The finished piece is 32 x 30 and is hand quilted.

I really liked the graphics on this comic book fabric which I think appeals to my inner geek/nerd. (I wonder if they make Star Trek fabric...)   

The plan was to applique the words "BAM" and "POW" on the piece.   I searched for a bit to find the fonts for these words and had cut out the applique.  But then, I thought that I liked the piece the way it is.   I hand stitched straight lines every one inch apart.  It almost feels to me like a cheat because the mini is a whole cloth and not pieced, but I do like the result.  I may applique "POW" on it later, but for now it will hang in my sewing area.

Please check out the other challenge projects at Patchwork Times.