Friday, May 24, 2013

Roseville Album and my block #2 completed...

 I like how on the back of this block the stitches remind me of neon because of the black background...
I began this block on January 21, 2011.  There have been a LOT of changes in my life from those first stitches to these last stitches...  I marvel at the stories a quilt keeps.  ; )

And, since I now have everything unpacked, I started my third Roseville Album block preparation today.

Piecefully, Pam

Monday, May 20, 2013

"TREE"-mendous Fun!

Here is my first border of Kim's Trees of the Four Seasons.  With this quilt, I'm starting with dessert first--the borders.  Since I still haven't found a wall large enough to photograph my completed Roseville Album top (working on that), I decided I'd better downsize Trees so it would fit on an available wall.  Of course that means working with some extra-tiny circles and leaves, but this border takes care of most of those.  Working on the Kaffe Hydrangea Spots background is pure pleasure; I just love it.  

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Bizzy Bird Farm @ Denver National Quilt Festival

Hi Everyone,
   It has been a long time since I've posted on this blog and thought I would toot my own horn.  For the people that couldn't attend the Denver National Quilt Festival you can look at a slide show on The Quilt Show website,   My Bizzy Bird Farm (aka Roseville Album) was juried into this show but was not a winner.  Search the Denver Quilt show part 2 you can see my quilt along with 3 closeups of it.  My quilt also received Judges Recognition Award from Judy Simmons at the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival February 2013 and also is in the AQS desk art calendar 2013.
  I've yet to finish the Medallion quilt by Kim, hopefully later this summer, will post when I get back to it.  I have been very busy with finishing up other projects.  I have taken a couple of classes on how to machine quilt on home sewing machine as I have always been and still doing hand quilting.  I actually entered one that was machine quilted at the Denver Quilt show, wall quilt done in wool & embroidery called One Little Red Bird so I could get a critique on it....judges said the machine quilting was very well done....yeah...thought this was great for a beginner at it.  Sounds funny to say I'm a beginner at something since I've been quilting since 1974 !!!  This quilt along with another large applique hand quilted will be shown at the MN quilt show in June if any of you are going to this show and want to look at them. 
  That enough about me, got to get back to my machine sewing....had 20 wall quilts on my list 'to do' and have knocked off half of them.  I've been saving all of these until I learned and had confidence in machine quilting. 
Have a good summer.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Aine's Farm

I call this "Aine's Farm", made for my great-niece Aine Tenoch --she has both Celtic and Aztec ancestors.  It's 36 inches square. I'm getting pretty good at selecting parts of Kim's designs and using them in small quilts-- more manageable for me.  I know I'm never going to make a queen- or king-size appliqué quilt but I get enormous pleasure working on these smaller projects.  These handsome animals are from Pandemonium.  Fabrics by Kaffe of course.  It is hand-appliquéd and hand-quilted.  I can't wait to start another one.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Lollypop progress

It's been over a year since I posted any progress on my Lollypop project.  I still love it but got sidetracked by several other projects (wedding quilt for my daughter among them).  As you've probably experienced, once you step away, it's sometimes difficult to get back on track.  However, I finally focused and finished my third block.

Am I the only one who finds the selection of fabrics to take more time than the handwork?

As I've mentioned before, I was inspired to use the red background after seeing Francoise's version.  I haven't regretted my choice for a minute.  Hopefully I'll be back with another finished block sooner than this one took!

~ Jan (Be*mused)