Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Inspired, tired and cleaning up

     The Bonnie Hunter workshops in Rochester through the Genesee Valley Quilt Guild were awesome. Bonnie was personal, helpful, encouraging and moved everyone up on their game. She does not stop moving and has lots of energy.
     Part of the workshop includes show and share after lunch. People bring in Bonnie tops or vintage or whatever. I knew no one in any of the workshops, but learned a lot from them. 
     I don't do selfies or stuff like that because I don't like pictures of myself, but I just had to have a picture with Bonnie as she means so much to me!
     One workshop was Pineapple Blossom and the other Texas Braid. Bonnie always has everyone put of all their work together at the end and see how much was done. Kind of impressive.  

        The second day, over 13 vintage machines showed up (out of 33 participants). My favorite, that I had never seen in the metal, was Verna's 404. She showed me her notebook where she catalogs her machines. I was impressed with her documentation.
     If you go to the link, in the first 4 seconds, you will see my 301 and blocks. Bonnie's blogposts show a lot about the workshops.
     Some of the show and shares included a beautiful large Lozenge quilt by Norma and a vintage quilt she found at a thrift store. 

     All sorts of braids were made, like this Christmas braid.
      One woman did not make the workshop block, but Mad City Momma from the workshop book, using the Shweshwe fabric she bought at the Canada Quilt Show. She could not bear to cut it up small, so she used it as the block centers.
    Next post will have the blocks I made, enough for now.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Not quite Sapphire stars yet

     The last couple clues from Kevin came fast and furious and were fussy clues. For now,  I assembled one block and got all the other pieces ready. I have to change the color of sashing and redesign the outer border so it will be continuous, and thus, it has been a slow process.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Off to see the Queen (of scraps)!

     After months of waiting and wrangling, I am packed to leave for 2 Bonnie Hunter workshops in Rochester, NY, about 1 1/2 hrs. from here. I do not like packing, so it is always difficult getting ready. I had to cut fabric for the patterns and hope I have enough. I never know how much extra fabric to take. I hope to learn to work better, see Bonnie who is such an inspiration to me, and look forward to seeing what others are working on. I am so excited!

     Looking in the garden after I packed, these mums come back every year- the only ones that have no matter how hard I try with other ones. They are over 8 years old.

      There are still some gorgeous coneflowers blooming and the one big sunflower is now a seed head. I have to take it down before the maniac squirrels get it.

Aren't the shapes just awesome?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Scrappy Super Zig

    Another quilt I made for the Easy Scrappy Quilt Presentation coming up is Super Zig by It is a free pattern that uses pieces 4 1/2" x 8 1/2". However, I wanted to show how to use scraps, especially 5" wide strips cut from scraps. Once I cut the length I needed (3 pieces x 8 1/2" long- 25 1/2") from a 5" strip, I cut the width of the pieces to the required 4 1/2" so the remainder of the 5" wide strip could be cut into 5" squares making more precut squares for the next quilt. I will show them how to choose scraps that will read well together. If I had more time, I would have used scrappy creams and whites for the backgrounds.
Stacks of all cut scraps by color

Blocks pinned in place

Rows sewn 

All sewn

Monday, October 9, 2017

A twist on Disappearing Nine Patch.

     In a couple weeks, I have to give a program at my guild called "Easy Scrappy Quilts" and talk about making precuts from scrap fabric, storing them, and turning them into quilts. One pattern that I revisited was the disappearing nine patch, but added sashing to the blocks. I got the pattern idea from a pattern on Interweave by Lisa Swenson Ruble called Disappearing Nine Patch. I made the quilt with 12 blocks instead of 20 (3 x 4) because it will be a comfort quilt for a child. I will show this quilt in my presentation. Yes, I made a big mistake in orienting the animals. I arrranged them like I would for a regular Dis9Patch, but they stay in the same orientation in this block. 
Making the blocks 
With sashing

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Stick a pin in it

     In honor of my new sewing machine and a pincushion challenge from my guild, I built a sewing machine pincushion. It won third place. I am using this one and it is next to my Singer 301 loaded up.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sunset and wonder

      I live in a small Cape a block from the City of Buffalo line and I love my neighborhood. Even though it is not an exotic location or a wonder of the world, I have fun living here and I am awestruck on a regular basis by beauty. I guess that is one reason I garden.
      The other night, I caught some orange glow out my window and ran to the corner and carefully stood in the street. The view was awesome and I kept snapping until the glow died back. The orange just draped the clouds with colors. One woman was walking towards me with a dog and I said, "Turn around and look". She did and said, "Meh" and kept walking. The wonder of nature and colors motivates me all the time. That is one reason why I love fabric and paint and make things with them. Try some wonder on for size soon.