Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sunset continues and continues...

Yay! It is all pieced now. Whew.

Pieced and pressed.  And now I finally decide that that white strip is too white, lol.  Not to worry, I believe in tulle.  Yellow tulle. 3 layers should do it. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Crazy Quilters, Mukwonago Wisconsin Quilt Show 2014

I wasn't able to go to Paducah this year after all. I did get to Mukwonago, Wisconsin though for the Crazy Quilter's Biannual quilt show.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Sunset continuing...

Instead of working today, I'll just blog about working.

Actually, the Fold/Sew rows are done on the top part of my sunset quilt so let me share with you the steps I took to get this part done. 

Ellie approves

 In my last blog I showed you some of the steps I took to get the strips on a foundation.  Now I'll show you what to do once you get there.  *Hint*  (It involves folding and sewing along those rows you drew!)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sunset still in progress

I am making progress - slowly but surely! This blog entry will show you a bit of how I use a tear away foundation to piece my quilt tops.  I call it the Fold and Sew technique and I invented it in a moment of desperation years ago. (I have a patent on it, if you can believe it!)

I use a foundation to piece long strips.  It makes a huge difference keeping those straight rows straight! HUGE difference.  What you are seeing is the top part of my sunset quilt; it is all the strip segments sewn together and transferred to a tear-away foundation. I use a simple glue stick for paper to glue the strips to the foundation and will fold and sew along some lines I drew on the foundation earlier.

I explained the technique much more in depth in my first book and it will also be part of the subject matter of my second book.  And maybe a third?!  So, let me show you some of the steps involved in using a foundation to piece. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Quilts, Spiders and Snakes

Ok, so maybe not spiders... lol.
National Quilt Museum

I bet you are wondering about me and my sanity about this time! (You wouldn't be the first.)

Hubby and I decided to head down to Paducah, KY to see the big show this year. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I really should be working today.... but I'm feeling lazy so I was poking around old pictures - it is National Siblings Day today - and found this.  THIS is the little magazine article which gave me my business name.  A friend of a friend had written it up and submitted it to a  Christian church magazine and this is the title they gave the article. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

New quilt in progress...

Sunset - not sure of the name yet!

This is my progress after a couple of days.... I don't work steadily so maybe I worked 8-10 hours total?  I can show you the steps I've taken so far though.  :)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Architecture and Light - Creating Dimension

Detail from "A Floral Vista" by Cathy Geier

I'm in between quilts and I'm bored! Sometimes the hardest thing for me to do is decide what to make next.  Am I ready for a BIG project I can sink my teeth into - one which will take me a couple of months?  Or do I want something fast and simple.  I just don't know.  In the meantime, I'll show you an older quilt and explain a bit about lighting and shading.  This is a detail photo from "A Floral Vista", I made it in 2006 or so.