Thursday, January 28, 2010

Give Me Your Heart

I made this quilt to donate to the Orange Blossom Guild's Little Quilt Raffle and am about to leave for our meeting, but I wanted to share it with you. I had to take the picture with my iphone (hanging over my sewing table) so it is not very clear. I experimented with different techniques for the hearts; foiling, angelina, foil, tyvek, and applique with crystals. I love it and hate to give it up. I hope someone will love it as much as I do.
I am still working on "Knights of the Round Table". I am having some tension issues still but I think it is the thread. Anyone out there use Superior's Rainbow thread with success? Let me know your advice.
Four more days till they pick my quilts for the show. I hope I get done.
If you have a blog or website that is interesting, let me know. I love to see what others are doing.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me

Last night our "Loose Threads" art group met and we celebrated my 52nd birthday! What fun! Deo made a fantastic cake (need that recipe!) and this doll. Isn't it fantastic. The rest of my friends made me my own "snake" quilt. It is 6 inches wide and has five panels that are 52 inches (how old I am). That's 260 inches of love. Thanks Grace, Barbara, Barbara, Adena, and Sara. There is nothing better than celebrating your birthday with friends. Though I have to say I had a great birthday with my family on Sunday.

I took a class today on how to use my Bernina 820. We had fun and boy did I learn a lot. I can hardly wait to use Razzle Dazzle for some bobbin work. It was easier than I thought with this machine. I was quilting on my 730 yesterday while my machine was being updated, and I really missed the space and light on the 820. If you have never seen one or tried one out, you must. It's fantastic!

I have some ideas on the quilting of my Bella Bella quilt I posted last time. Thanks for all the help. I hope to show it to you when I am done. It is now named "Knights of the Round Table". Thanks Serena!

Back to the sewing machine. Keep on quilting!

Friday, January 22, 2010

I Need Your Advice

I am so excited about having a blog and sharing ideas with my quilting friends. Of course it took me a week to get back here after Barbara, my quilting and computer mentor, set me up.
Road was fantastic! We couldn't have asked for better weather, especially if it had been this week. We could have gotten stuck on the Grapevine or washed away. I am so thankful it was last week. The quilts were amazing and inspirational. There are so many talented quilters out there. It was a privilege to see their work.
Now I am back and realize I have one more week to go before the Best of the Valley quilt show crew come to pick my quilts for the show. Where did the time go and why didn't I get more done!
I need some help on the quilt I really want to get done for the show. I am quilting on my Bella, Bella quilt (which needs a name, by the way) and need some quilting ideas. I have no idea what to do with the french braid border. Do I stitch in the ditch? Do I quilt over it with a feather pattern? What thread do I use? What pattern do I use? HELP!
So if any of you have ideas, please post.
I do hope to write more often and hope to explore your blogs too.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I'm At Road to California and I Started a Blog

With the help of my friends, sitting on the bed all designing this blog.

Today's class was Thom Atikin's on beading. Even though I took a class, I still found plenty of time to shop - it's amazing how much damage can be done to the pocketbook in such a short amount of time. Lunch breaks should be shorter.

I will post pictures of some of my favorite quilts of the show at a later date (when I'm home and on my own computer. )

Until then, I'll leave you with one of my latest creations from the Material Girls 2009 Challenge.