Monthly Archives: August 2015

Quilting, Relaxing, Cooking Over an Open Fire and More!

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Luanne and had not camped together since we were in high school. So, that has been more than a couple of years!! In conversation a while back we talked about how we liked to camp, and cook over a fire. Well that notion evolved into our own little camping/quilting retreat.

My kind husband hooked up the camper and helped us to get set up at a nearby county campground. Yep, 10 minutes away!! It had more to do with getting away than a destination. Also convenient if something were needed or forgotten, and one needed to make a trip back. (of course that happened, but only once)

Luanne was really thinking and we had the best looking campsite at the park! She added a picnic quilted tablecloth and flowers to our table. The fire was stoked and we cooked most of our first breakfast over it! Great way to start a day. Somehow food always tastes better when you are camping!wpid-20150821_091959.jpg

In no time we had our outdoor sewing room set up complete with an ironing station, cutting station and a design wall! Projects came out!! Scraps flew. The weather…. well it was absolutely perfect. (Even though there were a few pesky mosquitos biting at our ankles!)wpid-20150821_103809.jpg

wpid-20150821_103856.jpgwpid-20150821_103913.jpgLots of Catching up was done as well as a lot of laughter! One night we played a game of this:

wpid-20150821_203222.jpgwpid-20150821_203116.jpgWe quickly realized how little we knew about quilting. You have to answer a question correctly in order to move off of the center of the board. That alone took a long time! Technique, Products, History and More were all a part of the Quilting Trivia Questions that were asked in the game. While just the two of us played this game, I cannot imagine a whole group because you would be up all night… takes awhile. There are certain destinations on the board you have to reach, and you have the choice of adding additional destinations. We added 3, and that was plenty. Our lack of knowledge had us a bit giddy, and even laughing till we cried.

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Waking up on Saturday morning we found that this very important door knob in the camper no longer worked! Wouldn’t turn… was it locked? Nope.. not a lock on the BATHROOM DOOR! Just did not work! The Bathroom Door! Aside from the obvious need for this to work was the fact that all of my toiletries were in that room, and this girl needed a shower! Again, our hero arrived with his white stallion Car and Tools. He wielded the Mighty Crowbar and got the door open! Turns out, a piece of metal had broken in the inner workings of this door knob! He was rewarded with a tasty breakfast sandwich! We were both very grateful to have been on the outside of the bathroom rather than locked inside!! That door would have been broken down!!

In the next couple of posts we will fill you in on the details of our projects…

What do you do with a mystery quilt finish that is not really your thing?

Round Robin Quilts

A New Template (love) and the  Great results!!

Enjoy the Day   – Pam

Where are my hexies?

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or Pam and Luanne’s great adventure!

We have both been packing, which involves looking for projects that we haven’t touched for awhile.

In search of our hexies… Luanne at her house and me at mine! I don’t work on mine often but love the relaxation  of hand stitching.

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Destination? CAMPING!! We camped together a number of years ago and still both enjoy it. Cooking over a fire. Relaxation. Catching up and sewing! Yes, the machines are coming along!

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Why wouldn’t they?

Here’s to starry nights and few bugs!

Pam

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Kitchen Sink Quilt Part 2

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I am amazed at the amount of extra parts that I have! There are more than what I have been able to fit onto the wall. How to make sense of all of it? My first strategy is to figure out what I want my over all finished look to be.

Do I want it to be all squares and leftovers sewn together and made to fit?

Do I want it to have a background that will be the common piece throughout?

Do I want my quilt to appear as though the pieces float? How to obtain that? In my mind that involves a dark background.

I have chosen the dark background. However, I have 3 dark values, A dark charcoal gray, a medium charcoal gray and a very deep (almost black) brown. I thought the little bit of difference could add some interest. Not to mention, that I don’t have a lot of any of these fabrics.

Where to start? Where to start? That is always a sticking point! So, I started by completing some things using the dark background.wpid-20150812_183932.jpgAnd Lo and Behold I came across another block I had made as kind of a study. I wasn’t sure that due to the colors that this would fit in anywhere, but I think it will work! I am thinking that I will add more dark strips between the blocks on the sides.

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While I have sewn together hexies when doing English Paper Piecing, I have never sewn them together on a machine. It is very doable. Next time I am at the machine I will put together a little “how-to” and post it.

Later gator!

Pam

Critters and a Kitchen Sink!

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This is the kind of chaos that happens at my home on a regular basis… We live in the country surrounded by corn fields and wheat fields.
Dogs nap,
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Kittens lounge on the front porch,
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And sometimes a guest shows up at, or in this case, on your front door!
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In our over 12 years of living here we have seen a whole host of wildlife but never a walking stick. My husband opened the door on Saturday morning and, this is what he discovered, and of course wondered why there was a twig on the screen! It was pretty neat to see so up close.

THE KITCHEN SINK…..
as in a”kitchen sink quilt! ”
Parts a plenty seem to multiply when I am not looking! How do they happen?
Leftover blocks from other projects.
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Leftover parts from other projects.
Random things I sew together when I am between projects. I can’t always decide what I want to work on next, so I dig into the scrap bin and just start sewing things together
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OR I sew strings of fabric onto phone book pages. I am always thinking that one day, someday, this stuff will find a home!
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I pulled all this stuff out and it is far more than I thought I had!
Step 1 -Put as much as you can up on the design wall.
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Step 2 -Coming soon!

Enjoy the weekend. Until then lounge a little and play with scraps!
Pam

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This Just Finished and Coming Off the Wall!

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This was a start a few weeks ago: On the Wall at Pam’s House

There are 16 sections like the one above that I made to make this into a nice sized throw.

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Well, somehow over the last couple of weeks I have made significant progress. Once you get used to sewing curves and using a few tricks in regard to doing so, it becomes a fairly easy process. That is not to say that I never have to pull out that seam ripper, because that would not be true!

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I chose bold and large polka dot centers for each of the 4 rings. Then I added in a bright orange and purple print for the very center as well as the 4 arcs to finish off the sides where the rings intersect. There is a lot going on in this quilt, and while I do have repeats of some of the fabrics, I felt the need to tie it all together in a couple of ways:

  • the outside corners all have a brown base
  • the inside center corners all have the deep purple base
  • the centers of all the rings have the same polka dot fabric
  • the very center and outside arcs are the same bright orange

The space and layout of my room doesn’t really allow for the best angles and such for picture taking. I am pleased to say though that the piecing is done!

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Now I am thinking about the backing and how I will quilt this!! Both could be a lot of fun!

Next on my mind is always… what will I make next???? I am already working that one out! I have a bunch of random pieces and blocks that are started. Looks like a “Kitchen Sink” quilt will be in order!

Until next time!

Pam

Quilters Who Inspire Me This Week!

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There is so much inspiration out there!! Sometimes we tend to either just do our own thing, or pick a fabric line and stick to that or find a designer we like and follow their work. We will buy their books or patterns because that is what appeals to us at the moment. We get to know their work and their style and it becomes comfortable to us. And then sometimes, something catches your eye… something different from what we have been doing. Perhaps it is a challenge on the horizon for us. It could also be their sense and use of color that draws us in. While these designers and their works have been around for quite some time something sparks our interest!

This week two different designers have caught my eye:

Tula Pink
Aardvark Quilts

More about each of these talented artists can be read by clicking on the links. I love Tula Pink’s choices of color. Her fabrics are quirky and fun.

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Aarvark Quilts offers some beautiful and different patterns!

Where are you drawing your inspiration from?

 

Pam

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Found Treasures

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My sister recently uncovered in a closet a couple of long forgotten quilts that Grandma made.  One she remembers as a wedding gift, and the other she thinks Mom brought out to her.  As she was married in the 60’s, the fabrics are from a scrap collection prior to that.

The quilt from her wedding is a neat pattern using hexies and rectangles. And I haven’t yet figured out how this was pieced.Love the old fabrics including the backing.  This quilt was hand pieced and quilted.

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The edges were all hand sewn around with a blanket stitch.

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It was fun to see fabrics that brought us back to our childhoods.  One of the fabrics had little umbrellas all over it.  Thinking back. ..I think I had a doll blanket that used that fabric.wpid-20150801_092239.jpgThis other quilt may date back further. It is strings sewn together. They all vary in width and some are even a bit wonky. Love the fabric and again the backing is wonderful. Pretty roses.wpid-20150801_092952.jpgwpid-20150801_093037.jpgwpid-20150801_093124.jpgwpid-20150801_093048.jpg
This particular quilt has been well loved. There are a number of areas that have come apart at the seams to reveal another layer of fabric underneath. No batting was used, just a layer of fabric. This quilt was hand tied with bits of red yarn.

So great to be surrounded  by great memories of a talented lady! I still have 2 flannel blankets she made for me as a child. LOVE them! True Treasures!

Pam

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Kalona, Iowa

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This weekend we found ourselves having to hit the road to be with family. Our first night was spent in Kalona, Iowa which is the quilt capitol of Iowa. We had a short window of time before we needed to hit the road and thought it would be nice to sightsee a bit. Kalona’s downtown has a number of quaint shops. Quilt squares are certainly a focus! I think there are roughly 100 quilt squares in the side walk, as well as flags on the posts featuring quilt squares.
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Fabric was to be found at a couple of shops…and some was!
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There is also a Quilt and Textile Museum as well as a historical village on the same site. We did not have the time to participate, but there is always next time!
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In the surrounding area there are numerous barn quilts to be found. We didn’t, but plan to on another trip.

Can’t wait to explore again!

Pam

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On the Wall at Pam’s house…

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Working on Bright Lights Big City from Victoria Findlay Wolfes Book: Double Wedding Ring Quilts – Traditions Made Modern.

Using a wide variety of large prints, and a few textured solids. I will have a couple of surprise elements that will bring it all together and add some uniformity to tame the chaos! Sounds like a plan anyway!

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Enjoy the day!

Pam