Showing posts with label Barcelona Nights. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Barcelona Nights. Show all posts

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Stitches in Bloom at the Oregon Garden

At the end of January I had the interesting experience of sending my Barcelona Nights quilt to be displayed in a quilt show at the Oregon Garden.  It was mostly interesting because the Postal Service managed to lose my quilt for a couple of days and nearly gave us all heart failure!  Thank goodness it was found and made it to the show in time to be displayed (Thanks to a very lovely lady who was good enough to go pick it up at the post office when they left a notice instead of actually delivering it).  Mary, you have my undying gratitude for all your patience and kindness!

Then my husband and I went to the show to check out the quilts on Saturday - it was a good weekend for a road trip.  The show was awesome - so many inspiring quilts.  I took lots of pictures, so will share a few of my favorites here.

This is my sweetie with one that caught his eye.  He would like me to make a quilt with a leopard in a he thought this one was a good one to inspire me...I do like the silhouette of the tree a lot in this.

This one is definitely a favorite of mine!  See how the quilted lines in the sky get closer and closer?  I love the way this adds to the perspective of it.  I have some photographs I would love to make into quilts, so when we went to Powell's bookstore later, I picked up a quilting book on this!  So excited to try some new techniques.
 This one was gorgeous!  I felt kind of awkward posing by a quilt that wasn't mine, though!

The quilting in this one is so beautiful - very inspiring!
And here I am with my quilt - so glad it got there and hung in the show.  It was a good experience, and next time I am going to plaster the box with priority tape - what we think happened is that it got mistaken for a parcel post package and did not receive the priority handling I paid for.  I will also make sure and purchase the proper insurance.  I did not insure this package as it was only traveling 150 miles and I felt sure that it would come to no harm in such a short journey.  Not a good idea.  All's well that ends well, but I will not take such a chance again.

I'd encourage you to enter your quilt in a show, then go visit!  It's lots of fun, and very inspiring!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday Summary - What I got done this week!

I actually had a pretty good week for sewing this week.  I had several alteration appointments and finished this week's deadlines - a maid of honor dress and shortening sleeves for the grandmother of the groom for the same wedding.  After that I couldn't decide whether to work on quilting some quilts, finishing tops, or working on some other projects.  I decided to finish one quilt, then I could go on to some of the piles!

I finished the quilting on Barcelona Nights and it is now hanging in Threads That Bind.  I'll take some more pictures of that this week, but here is what it looked like on my bed:
I pieced a baby quilt from a charm pack (also a shop sample) - here it is before I added the border - 

 Yesterday a pieced another sample from Angles With Ease - Rising Star Table Topper.  I think these fall colors are very pretty.  The star fabrics are from the new Sandy Gervais line.  This one is now basted and ready to quilt tomorrow!
Today I sewed a third sample from Angles With Ease.  I love the blues in it!  This one was a little bit trickier with the cutting and piecing, but the instructions were great, down to the pressing of the seam allowances.  This one is going to be very pretty once it is quilted.

Now I've reduced my piles of fabric that need to be pieced into quilt tops, but my pile of quilt tops that need to be quilted means that this week will be a quilting week for sure!  The good thing about that is I will have some nice new quilts to show off next Sunday, if my week goes according to my plan.  Which we know doesn't always happen, but a girl's got to be flexible you know....

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Wednesday WIP - Happy Fourth of July!

This is a special request from a customer - combining her patriotic fabrics with a charm pack of Prairie Paisley II.  I had to cut a LOT of 2 1/2 squares to make this little quilt (40 x 45)  and I have totally forgotten how long it takes to do this one square at a time!  Now I remember why I like strip piecing so much.
It is a great scrappy quilt, though!  My favorite is those stripey blocks.  They really give the quilt pizazz, I think.  It's all basted now and ready for quilting.  I didn't quite get it finished before the fourth, but it does make a great quilt to work on for the day.
I've also made a bit of progress on Barcelona Nights.  Pictures do not do this quilt justice!  I would have taken a better picture, but the wind was whipping up and I was lucky to get this one.  The one other picture I got features the quilt folded in half....we'll see if I can do better if I go out in the morning tomorrow :)  

As usual - go check out the Quiltsy Blog for more WIPs!  And don't forget the giveaway coming up - you WILL NOT want to miss it!!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wednesday Wip - Glad to be Back!

After being gone all last week it was really nice getting back into my sewing room this week!  I pulled out a project I had left partially finished and decided to get it done.  After sewing 12 blocks I realized that they were all 1/2 an inch short.  I ended up ripping them totally apart, buying new fabric and redoing them because I had not only cut the center section short, but had also cut the center of the two side sections of the block short!  Once I got them finished I was very pleased that they measured correctly and went together with the other blocks perfectly.  So I got one top finished!  (Thought it is a small one.)
In between ripping out and going to the Quilt shop to buy more fabric I got the 12 foundation pieced blocks finished for Barcelona Nights.  They went together well, but I accidentally cut out four extra blocks.  Guess the quilt will have a matching throw pillow ;)
And I did some designing for a Block of the Month for the quilt shop I work at!  That was super fun, and I enjoyed checking out the new fabrics for Christmas.  I'm rather fond of Kate Spains line - In From the Cold.  Might have to find some online to play with!  Here is my Classic Christmas Block of the Month in those fabrics:  
Love using EQ7 to play with different fabric lines!

Today I chose fabric to actually make this quilt in, so maybe next week you will get to see that.  At the least you will get to see block one finished.  Are you working on Christmas stuff yet?  I am hauling my big box of Christmas fabrics down and will start working on some projects this month.  I have several quilts and other things in mind and can't wait to get some new fabrics, too! 

Make sure you go over to the Quiltsy Team blog and see what our other members are up to - and check out our upcoming giveaway - you won't want to miss that!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

WIP Wednesday - 6-12-13

I have so many things in the works right now that it's hard to keep up!  This week I worked on Barcelona Nights and got all of the A blocks done and the B blocks - good progress for a week that was half out of town getting to greet my new grand daughter.  The B blocks gave me a bit of an issue as the directions did not match up with the illustration.  I tried to reach the writer of the pattern, but haven't heard from her as yet, so I made an executive decision and went with what I felt looked right.  I am doing this as a shop sample, so when I write up my hints and tips for the kit will include directions for how my version varies from the written instructions.   The next blocks are paper pieced so I am looking forward to doing those.  The red and black are very dramatic and dark, not really my usual choice of colors, but they are very striking and I think I will like the finished quilt.  Pictures definitely don't do it justice!

I also completed the piecing for my Giant Dahlia quilt!  I have loved working on this and can't wait to choose a pretty background for it!  I thought it was really easy to piece - now the cutting, that's another story!  It was really great to go digging through my batiks for these bright happy colors, though.  This quilt is one that's been on my "life list" and I actually can see myself doing more of these in the future.  Not as hard as they look!

And speaking of cutting I got this in the mail this week - the new Olfa Splash cutter!  What can I say, but I love it!  The feel of it in my hand, the way it cuts so smoothly and the gorgeous color - this is my new favorite tool.  And the best part - it is guaranteed forever!  Wow!  My grandma is 94, so I'm pretty sure I have a lot of good quilting years ahead, so I will be putting this to the test.  My original Olfa cutter is going strong at over 20 years worth of cutting, so I'm sure this one will stand the test as well.

Next week I'll be at my daughters house snuggling the new grand baby, and playing with my sweet grandsons - so I'm not sure if I'll be getting any sewing done, but I might pack up some Dear Jane blocks to hand sew.  We'll see!  I will have some cute baby pics to share, though.