Saturday, April 25, 2015

Summer Flowers

Sometimes, just before I fall asleep I'll see a quilt in my head, if I can remember it in the morning it's usually some impossible curving thing that is probably my brain saying I should be painting. 

I remembered this one and I even know where it came from. I've been asked to make a Dresden throw with heavy quilting.


I've never been interested in Dresden's, but I started researching and found a lot I do like. I've always seen them in 30's fabric which is pretty, but has never appealed to me. It's pretty obvious to me that this quilt was my rebellion against working in lighter fabrics, LOL. 

The borders don't wrinkle like in the picture, if I want to lay a quilt on the deck I need to be quick before the terrible twins see it, nothing like all of that white with puppy prints added. David says lock them in, I'd rather be laughing and getting doggy kisses.

The heavy quilting is what was really bothering me, how do you quilt a dresden? For my rebellion quilt (that's what I call this one), I pebbled the purple centers, then shadow (is that what you call it?) the rest of the flower. For the white sections I drew more flowers and repeated the outline/shadow quilting. This thing is really quilted!


Now that I've got that out of my system my future holds a more traditional Dresden. Neutrals, not brights, rounded plates, not pointed ones (my research was for the pointed ones) and heavy quilting. Any hints or tips would be much appreciated. Do they need to be hand sewn when you do the rounded plates? How would you quilt it, with and without sashing (she hasn't decided yet). Would you use the freezer paper method to make the plates? I bought the EZ Dresden ruler, but I don't think that will help me with these plates, will it? As you can see HELP, just help, LOL.


Meanwhile I'll probably make a Dresden or two in the style I liked.


Later Gators,
Dana 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Jazzy Peter

It's said that here in the Keys we have two seasons, tourist and hurricane, one just ended and things are slowing down around here so I'm hoping to get back to blogging. 

I made this just before Easter, when chocolate bunnies were dancing in my head.



I drew him up one afternoon and had him appliqued the next. For the border I used the left over fabric, added a few colors, then sewed it on log cabin style. The yellow background was hand dyed, I just didn't have that perfect bright yellow in my stash. 

Years ago we had two pet rabbits in our family. I was approached by a friend who told me the story of "Peter", he was being horribly neglected and the man who owned him had been reported, but nothing was happening and the abuse continued, which led to a truck pulling up to my house at 1 A.M. just before Easter, three woman I didn't know all dressed in black unloaded a hutch and handed me a skin and bones, cloudy eyed rabbit and left. 

The second one came when David heard about a family who's electric was on the fritz with no money to pay for an electrician. David went by to help out and met a rabbit they had found and couldn't afford to keep. David said his family would love to have the rabbit and took it as payment, I love that man. So, Jazz came here to live. 


I call this guy Jazzy Peter :)

I'm linking up with the Creative Goodness party over at QuiltShopGal's blog (formerly know as SewCalGal). I've been wanting to join in since she started it months ago. 

Later Gators,
Dana

Friday, April 3, 2015

"Let's Book It" for March


I was afraid I was going to miss the link up for Let's Book It for March, I had the pictures ready to go, but finding the time to sit and write wasn't happening. My walking partner broke her ankle, yes while we were walking, and I quickly filled that hour of time with other things, now she's back and I'm having trouble squeezing that extra hour out of the day. I'm supposed to be mopping floors and cleaning, people are coming on Sunday, but I work better under pressure :)

For my Let's Book It I used this:

It's from Winter 2013/14

I had been working on a HST quilt, beautiful but by the end I wanted something quick and easy, so I picked this:

I had a fat quarter of bright batiks I wanted to use and thought this would be perfect with all of the white. 


It was easy and quick to make and I like how it turned out,  BUT the pattern called for 10 inch blocks to start out, then trim to 8 1/2, mine came to 8 1/4, so I ended up with really big trimmings


I won't repeat what I had to say about wasting fabric, use your imagination, but when life gives you scraps you make lemonade or whatever that saying is, so I made more, randomly put them together in a log cabin and make this

I think I like it better than the other quilt. 

I hope you're linking up with Let's Book It, it's a nice no pressure way of using what you already have, I like that, no waste :)

Off to mop, that's probably not true, it's a beautiful day here so I think the terrible twins and I need to enjoy it :)

Later Gators,
Dana

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Let's Book It February 2015


I was surprised this morning while reading blogs to see the "Let's Book It" links up on Sharon's blog, February...the rip off month. 

I used McCall's Quilting from July/August 2010

To make this quilt

I liked the directions for this one, pretty much it said you can copy this one or do your own thing. I made mine in lime greens and pinks, lime green is one of my favorite colors to work with, it plays well with the other colors and adds such a nice pop. 


I like free form sewing, it's freeing not to worry about the size of strips, although it can also look like a fabric store puked on your quilt, LOL. Some of the blocks ended up a little small so I added color instead of white to make them bigger.


Straight line quilting gave it amazing texture. 

So there you have it, February done! We've had lots of company so my many plans for the month have stalled. As much as I love winter here, I hope it ends soon for all of you in the bitter cold and snow. Hopefully March will do it's lamb thing and nicer weather will come along. 

Did you make something from a pattern, book, magazine or really anywhere? Sharon's rules (if you can call them that) are pretty loose and a great way to clear that stuff out. I hope to see you over there.

FYI - I saw this on blogger dashboard this morning:

On March 23rd, Blogger will no longer allow certain sexually explicit content.

Boy, am I reading the wrong blogs, let's clean it up ladies, LOL.

Later Gators,
Dana


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Quilt Alongs

I don't do quilt alongs, I say I am, I promise I will, I even swear an oath with another blogger (hi Leslie) that we will push each other and then....nothing, nope, nada, they fall to the bottom of the to-do list. 

But, this morning two quilt alongs have caught my attention. Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict has started the Sweet 16 Quilt Along, totally doable and a great scrap buster, plus it's all there, no waiting for a month to find out the next step.


Go here, that colorful one has my name all over it.
Then go here, giant stars! What more could you ask for?

How about elephants!!??

Sew Fresh Quilts

I can't resist elephants


This one hasn't been made but he's been calling, trumpeting? to me so he's getting made. Plus I have another one in the planning stage which when I told David my idea he looked at me oddly and didn't say a word, so I know I'm on the right path. 

Later Gators,
Dana

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Let's Book It Jan.

Whoops, I have last years badge.

With the end of another month it's time for Let's Book It over at Vroomans Quilts. I'm so glad Sharon decided to continue this linky party, I got rid of 4 magazines this month, the pile is getting smaller. 

This month I found my quilt in The Quilter Magazine Dec/Jan 2010-11

I almost passed this quilt by because the colors didn't appeal to me

but, I went back through with my mind on hearts for Feb. and decided this was good with some changes.

I changed the colors and the size of the block (actually I didn't read any of the directions) and came up with this


My favorite greens and aquas with hot pink and that splash of orange made it perfect. 

I had just the right fabric for the backing
Can you see those tiny pink hearts?

Then I quilted it light in spots and heavy in others, so it has great texture while staying nice and soft.

I love it! It's a new year and the perfect time to join in the fun, you're working off of your own punch list so no excuses.

Later Gators,
Dana 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

December and Final New FO

2014 NewFO Challenge

I'm so sad to say this is the final NEW FO linky party, after 3 years Barbara is calling it quits and there's nothing to say except Thank You Barbara for putting it together, I think we've all had a good time, met new people and enjoyed a chance to talk about what we started during the month. 

The FO party always made me feel like an overachiever, I'm a start to finish quilter, putting something aside even for a few days finds me bored with it and moving on to new, better and shinier "best quilts in the world". That's what I call most of my quilts. So, I find it a little ironic that for the last linky party I have lots of starts and only one finish.

This is my "Let's Book It" finish, when it ended up so different from the original plan I should have just locked the sewing room door, my brain went on vacation for December, this is what followed.

I trusted a fat quarter pack and put together a quilt which was hideous, the colors were awful, why is there always "that color" in a fabric line? this one had two. I had all of the rows together and had started sewing them together when David said the dreaded "It doesn't look like your usual quilts", that's code for "this quilt is hideous". So here's the quilt
I spent a full day cutting it apart and keeping the pretty ones, so now I have a whole stack of four inch squares, which I've laid out and played with but the brain is still on a beach some where, so no go. 

Then I made these for a fund raising quilt
But I didn't like the way it was turning out (probably the brown, I don't usually use brown), some of them became mug rugs and the rest are just sitting there whining. 

That led me to making another fund raiser quilt, which I've made before.
The blocks are made but, brain on beach=bored with making the same thing again, so now the dogs and cats are playing nicely together in a pile. 

Yesterday my brain lit up and came back on line (yes, I'm a geek).
I spent the day making HST's from the cut up quilt blocks, it just needed some white to cut down on the relentless color in them.
I'm still not using the ugly colors, can't find them, may have trashed them, LOL.

Now with the brain back I've got so many ideas and quilts to make. I woke up this morning and added another. Years ago my daughter handed me a garbage bag full of her t-shirts from her sorority and asked for a quilt, I said "yea, O.K." and threw the bag in the back of the closet. The "sisters" all get together a few times a year and they just decided they need a traditional spring break, traditional meaning Ft. Lauderdale which is where Cori lives. Cori offered her house for anyone that wanted to stay there and they all accepted, 7 woman at last count will be in her tiny house, but what a great time to have that quilt done, right? David of course, asked what I'm going to do when they all want one, but we'll cross that bridge (probably jump off it) when we come to it. 

So there it is, the final New FO. Normally I encourage you to jump in, now's the time if you've been thinking about it. Again, Thank You Barbara for giving us these years of fun. 

Happy New Year Everyone,
Dana