Saturday, February 24, 2018

MQG Mini swap

Today is the day I get to meet my partner in the mini quilt swap at Quilt Con! This year the swap was an open swap, meaning partners were paired off to make for each other, so we knew who was making for us.
I had a great time creating for Tzitzi and I hope she likes what I've come up with. She likes red and aqua (a match made in heaven I think!) so I worked from my stash and made this design with half square triangles. Straight line quilted with some echo quilting on my Janome.
it's easier to see the quilting on the back. Oh, and a splash of red in the binding just for fun. I hope she likes it! Can't wait to see what she's made for me.... I'll share it with you when I get home.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

What to Wear Wednesday - another Ebony Tee

 Here I am in another version of the Ebony Tee by Closet Case Patterns. This one is the "dress" length with set in sleeves and a scoop neckline. I do love the scoop, it lays nicely. The set in sleeves are fine, but I will admit I prefer the raglan version. If I make another longer ebony, I will adjust the raglan view I think! But this is very wearable (I wore it to church this morning!).

The fabric is a t-shirt knit from Hobby Lobby and it's a great quality. I wore it over a pair of black leggings which works well with my fancy leg wear, haha! Sad to have to plan my wardrobe around a clunky brace but I can walk, so not complaining. Oh, and if you are looking for me at Quilt Con the next few days, the leg brace is a dead giveaway.

When this post pops up I'll be flying off to Pasadena! Hope to see some of you there!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

EPP Lion

When I first saw Violet Craft's english paper pieced lion pattern I knew I had to make one for my oldest, Leigh Anne. She's the one I plan to go to Africa with... and she loves warm oranges & pinks... perfect!

I have to tell you how very impressed I was with Violet Craft's pattern. It's so well laid out, the epp pieces are sturdy and well labeled. It was a delight to make. It took me quite a while to make, working in spurts, and I love the results! At 20" square, it was perfect for a pillow for Leigh Anne's New York apartment.

I used an orange grunge for the envelope back, and a ric rac accent...
It was easy to mail to NYC in a padded envelope, and send a pillow form via amazon. I couldn't wait until she received it so I could share it with you. The pieces held up so well, I could easily use them again. Maybe a lion for me too? We'll see.

Monday, February 12, 2018

valentine swap

Just wanted to share this sweet Valentine zipper pouch I received in our guild swap last week. It was filled with adorable clothespin clips and sweet treats and was made by my awesome friend Bonnie (and no, I didn't know it was hers when I chose the bag! Just good luck). Did I take a picture of my Valentine Bitsy Box before I gifted it? No. I did not. Oh well! Thank you Bonnie for this treasure!

The mug with our McKinney Modern Quilt Guild logo on it is new swag. I received this one as a birthday gift from the guild. I love it!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

What to Wear Wednesday Ebony T-shirt

Ha! I told you What to Wear Wednesday wouldn't be a weekly event! Looks like maybe monthly? Oh well, I'm trying.

Today's feature is the Ebony T-shirt by Closet Case Patterns. What a great pattern! I made view c, the raglan tunic length in a size 16 and it's absolutely perfect. A very quick make. I'd love to make the dress sometime too. Just need to find the perfect fabric!

This one is a herringbone textured knit I found at Urban Spools. It has a great drape & is the perfect weight for this short sleeved, spring top. I used a gray rib knit I had on hand for the neckline.

Kudos to my photographer (hubby) who also got some fun headshots for me without meaning to. This top is going straight into the "pack for quilt con" pile! See you there?

Sunday, February 4, 2018

weaving dishtowels

The Woolery is having a weave off. Basically, you weave a dishtowel using their Bluegrass Mills 6/2 cotton yarn, and send it to them. There are different categories, & prizes for each, but here's the really cool thing. When the contest is over, they will donate all of the towels to a local women's shelter! I just loved that idea, so I quickly ordered 2 colors of their yarn (aquamarine and queen anne's lace) and set to work.

It was fun to experiment with a new-to-me yarn. It worked up very nicely and I will surely use it again!

I wove three towels on my warp, a plain weave windowpane pattern (yarn doubled in both warp and weft for all three towels)...
a waffle weave with two strands of the aquamarine....
and a waffle weave with one strand of each color....
I bound the edges in a Cotton & Steel fabric I had on hand and added my labels...
Thanks Woolery for your awesome weave-off!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

word of the year quilt

Every year I make a quilt for my word of the year. This is my eighth year doing it! Hard to believe. Each word has had a special meaning for me and I love looking back at my past quilts.
This year's word is journey. My original plan was to take a huge airplane trip with my oldest daughter. We have been planning to go on a mission trip to Swaziland together. It will be a great opportunity to meet the children I sponsor and to serve in the communities there. Unfortunately, my recovery from recent surgeries is going to take some time. I need to be 100% for this trip! So we are putting it off until next year.

So, what to do about my word? I had a quilt planned that featured a giant airplane. hmmm. There will still be airplane trips this year (hello Quiltcon! I'm coming for you soon!). I decided, rather than change my word, I would embrace my journey, whatever it turns out to be. I made my airplane a bit smaller and in a color that would blend into the background. Then I added feet! My journey this year definitely involves walking.

Funny how sometimes my words evolve. Some years I know exactly why I've chosen a word. Other years, I have no idea, and I discover the purpose as I go. Then there are years like this one, where the meaning of my word changes and evolves. I'm open to that!

I really need to get these quilts up on a wall! Do you have a word for 2018? I'd love to hear your story