Monday, September 15, 2014

around the world blog hop

Today is my turn to join the Around The World Blog Hop.  
I was invited to participate by my friend Amanda from The Cozy Pumpkin.
We are both members of the OKCMQG and I hope you will check out
Amanda's blog, as well as the OKCMQG blog.

Now here goes….

What am I working on?

I have joined an Instagram swap called Liberty of London Round 1,  because
I am a big fan of LOL fabric.  I visited Liberty years ago on a family trip
to London and that is when my love for LOL fabric began : )  My husband brought
home some fabric from a recent business trip to London, and I am very excited to make
something with my growing fabric stash for this swap!  


Until I receive the information about my swap partner, I thought I'd make
a little project with my LOL stash using the technique I call
"turning charms on point".  It is my most popular post and also one of my 
first posts : ).  You will find the original blog post here.

These 2.5 inch LOL squares are waiting to be turned on point!  I will
blog more about this project later this week.


If you are interested, here are a few posts that contain 
projects using the turning charms on point technique:


How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I think this is a difficult question because I am not unique.  One thing that I
do like to add to most of my quilts is big stitch quilting.  I sometimes machine
quilt my quilts, but I really like the look a big stitch gives to a quilt.





Why do I write/create what I do?

I enjoy making things…I am a maker!  
I absolutely love color.  My grandmother taught me to sew 
when I was a girl and I have always loved to make things.  It is very satisfying 
to finish a quilt but I also love to garden, and I dabble in weaving and knitting.
I want to learn to crochet.  I think creating things is just good for the soul, it is who I am.



How does my writing/creating process work?

I rarely follow a pattern when making my quilts.  I like to buy patterns and I
look at other quilts for inspiration, but I don't like to duplicate someone else's work. 
I usually get an idea, draw it out on paper, and pull my fabrics….a pretty simple process! 
As I mentioned before, I love color and enjoy trying new things and getting out of my comfort zone.
I have made many mini quilts over the years so that I could try a new technique.
I find solid fabrics to be very inspiring, and I am using them more and more in my projects.

I have asked Cindy from Live a Colorful Life blog to join the
Around the World Blog Hop next Monday, September 22.  I have followed Cindy's blog
for years, and her way with using solids has been a constant inspiration for me.
 I bought a darling selvedge pincushion from her
several years ago and there is a picture of it here.
Please check out Cindy's post on the 22nd and be sure to take some time to
look around her blog and enjoy!

I also asked Mary from Molly Flanders Makerie.  She has already been asked to join the
hop, so please check out her post on the 22nd too.  Mary is one of the people
that has inspired me in my big stitch quilting.  She calls it pick stitching : )
When I first started my big stitches, I emailed Mary about how to hide my knots.
She gave me great instruction and encouragement : )

Jacey from Jaceycraft blogs about knitting, sewing and cooking.
I also enjoy following her on Instagram because I love her cat pictures as well as her
crafty endeavors.  She inspires me with all the different projects that she is able
to accomplish…oh, how I wish I could knit like she does.
  And like Mary, Jacey has already been asked to join the hop, so please check
out her post on the 22nd, as well as the others!  You will be glad that you did : )

Thanks for stopping by….
piece,
elizabeth






Thursday, September 11, 2014

a little pincushion distraction

Sometimes while I am working on a big project(like finishing my quilt entry for the OKCMQG show in October), I like to take a break with quick project. 
  
Making a pincushion usually works for me : )


This was lots of fun to make, and I gave it to a friend in my guild!

piece,
elizabeth
  

Monday, September 8, 2014

machine quilting with a side of big stitch

I've been sitting at my machine sewing straight lines over and over and over!

I occasionally take a break and add some big stitches : )



big stitch mixed with machine stitched



It is going slow but steady…I think I am going to like it when I finish!

piece,
elizabeth




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

nautical banners

We spent last weekend celebrating the marriage of my son… the rehearsal dinner on Friday
 evening and the wedding on Saturday evening.  The charming old church is
close to a big lake in Oklahoma, so naturally, we had to have an evening cruise on the lake for the
rehearsal dinner on Friday evening.

It was great fun, with lots of Mexican food, beverages, and "stories" with many
 close friends and family.  I knew there wasn't much need in decorating with the
beautiful lake surrounding us, so I just made a few banners to hang and flutter
 while we were cruising around on the boat : )

I didn't get any good pics on the boat of the nautical banners, so these pics will have to do!




For dessert we had the cutest sugar cookies shaped like anchors, but did I
get any pics before they were all gone….nope : )

It was a fabulous weekend, and now I have a wonderful daughter-in-law!!


piece,
elizabeth

Saturday, August 16, 2014

virtual garden club

As I have mentioned before, one of my favorite things to do(besides quilting) is to work in my garden.
I feel like gardening is so good for the soul…digging in the dirt, breathing the fresh air,
hearing all the lovely outdoor sounds!  Well, I have joined a Virtual Garden Club and
thought some of you might be interested too : )

(I have added the VGC badge to the right, check it out!)

I started out my morning at a community garden close by my home.  It is always fun
to see what is happening there, and today there were 10 caterpillars on the fennel.


It is a great group of fellow gardeners, both old and new to gardening.  I found
it through the Urban Neighbors OKC Association.  It is fun to garden with
new friends, and I am unable to grow vegetables in my shady yard, so
I am blessed to have this community garden so close to my home!



Here are a few pictures that I have recently taken in my yard:

Purple Passion Flower Vine

Pagoda

Black Pearl pepper

Hope you had a chance to enjoy a little nature today : )

piece,
elizabeth




Monday, August 11, 2014

banner day

The OKCMQG is having a quilt show in October.  We are gathering banners
from our members to hang from the rafters!  We have over 60 members, so if
we each make two banners, we will have a lovely display above our quilts.

I first made these little cuties for "To Boston With Love" that I posted about here.
These are the banners that I made for Boston...



The tutorial can be found here, and believe me, they are a quick project that make quite
a cheerful display : )

For the October show banners, I started with strips of colors that were chosen for us
to use, so that all of our different banners will go together well.  Our local quilt shop,
 Oklahoma Quiltworks, sold bundles of fabric in our colors making it easy for people like me!

I used improv piecing by cutting the strips of fabric at different angles and this
is what I came up with for my banners.

OKCMQG banners

As one of my FB followers commented:  "It looks like they are holding hands" : )






I look forward to seeing what my guild friends come up with when
making their banners!

piece,
elizabeth


Friday, August 8, 2014

sewing curves

I took a class on sewing curves at the SewOK retreat a couple weeks ago.  The teacher was
Dana Bolyard from Old Red Barn Co. blog.  She has written a wonderful book 
called Imagine Quilts from That Patchwork Place.

Here is the block that I made in her class using some black Essex linen and
Amy Butler's Hapi fabric.



imagine quilts with Dana Bolyard

I decided to add more borders of Hapi….why not?


I finished with an off-center block and now I am ready to start quilting!
It measures 45 X 45 inches….just the size for me to machine quilt comfortably : )


I am still deciding on how the quilting will look….
do you have any suggestions?

piece,
elizabeth