Friday, July 27, 2012

Quilting Gallery Entry

On Tuesday morning I logged on to my laptop and the first place I went to was my Facebook page and found a posting by Michelle Foster from the Quilting Gallery about their weekly quilt contest.  They were accepting entries for their "Buildings and Homes" contest and one of my favorite quilts came to mind immediately.  I have since entered my "Home in the Woods" quilt in the Quilting Gallery contest, voting starts on Friday evening and continues through the weekend.  Please check out the voting at Quilt Gallery  and I hope that you will vote for my quilt.

Home in the Woods

I designed and created this quilt which started out as 3 house blocks that were UFOs from a Round Robin project.  These three lonely blocks were just sitting around waiting patiently to be added to a bigger project and what came to mind was a cabin in the woods.  I  made the tree blocks and used blue cloud design fabric for the sky, I then paper pieced the sun block and added some log cabin blocks to create the center medallion.  When I think of the woods or a forest I think of birds that fly south for the winter, so I created 68 flying geese blocks and placed them in alternating directions around the medallion and finished it of with a brown tone on tone border and a final border of a golden tan.

This quilt was made pre HQ16 mid-arm quilting machine so the only option was to quilt this beauty on my domestic sewing machine, a Baby Lock Espire.  The center house and tree medallion were done in an outline stitch with stippling in the blue cloud fabric and the rest is an allover meandering design using Warm and Natural cotton batting.  By the time I was done with this 78 X 88 inch quilt I felt as if I had been run over by a truck, it was my first free motion experience and I was very happy with the outcome.

Thanks for dropping by and please remember to check out the Quilting Gallery website and cast a vote for my quilt. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Blog Feature

Check out this great blog 13 Plum Confessions  featuring my Etsy shop along with some other Etsy Texas Crafters.  There are some very talented people in the sate of Texas creating a wide variety of fabulous items.  If you want to find some of those shops just go to  type teametsytx into the search bar and it will take you to thousands of listings of handmade items and crafting supplies.

Here are some items from my shop that will help you do some Christmas in July shopping, add the coupon code CIJFRENZY10 to get 10% off the purchase price of all items in my shop.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Scrap Quilting Blues

My latest creation


I decided that using up scraps to make some bed size quilts would be a good use of fabrics and time.  I sorted my scraps by color and really like the look of this new quilt and will be making a few more in different colors and block designs.  

The next one will be in tones of brown and beige and although it is taking on a rail fence block look I may just cut diagonally to make up a totally different blocks instead.