Friday, September 26, 2014

barn quilt

I entered two quilts in the OKCMQG quilt show and my Barn Quilt made the cut : )
I have blogged about it here and here.

The OKCMQG show starts in October, and I will be writing a post
about it so you can see some of my guild friends quilts too!

If you are wondering which quilt didn't make the cut it was this one,
Garden Path.  They said the venue had limited space and there was room for only one of them.  
That was fine with me, both quilts were fun to make!
I blogged about this quilt here and here.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

liberty of london charms on point

I turned my LOL 2.5 inch squares on point and I added
some osnaburg cotton on the sides.  Now I am big stitching blue circles.
Not sure what this will be when I finish…maybe a zipper pouch
or a journal cover : )

I used the turning charms on point technique that I have done before….

liberty of london charms on point


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….

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!


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!