Monday, October 17, 2016

It is Monday!

and I have something on my design wall :)

Some Row by Rows that were worked on a couple of weeks ago, the start of a Christmas present, the start of a class sample and some random flying geese.

My hope this week is to get some concentrated time in the Sewing Dungeon and work more on the class sample and Christmas present ... as well as work a bit more on another class sample.
I am loving this Origami Christmas Tree! Yes, the red/pink and grey are non-traditional, that just means I can leave it up through Valentines Day!

Monday, September 19, 2016

On My Design Wall Today!

I faced a dilemma this week. All of the Camper Rows that I have acquired have lovely blue and green backgrounds ... well, MOST of them do. A couple have something else altogether. Those two just don't fit in well with the rest of the rows. The one I pulled to work on this weekend had this fabric for the background:
While it is a nice fabric, it wasn't going to blend well with my other rows! So I started pulling options from my stash:
 Too dull on the left, OK on the right, but it is a FQ, so I would have to seam it.
 The one on the left is too light. It is a hand dye that has almost no color to it.
 Oh! the one on the left is not bad, I might just use that one, but the green on the right is just not going to work (though I love the fabric!).
 I found one more possibility - this hand dye is just right, not too bright, not too busy, the applique elements all show up ... So it is now ready for applique stitches!

I am participating in the Design Wall Monday Link Up at Patchwork Times, check it out!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Design Wall Monday - September 12, 2016

Life is busy, college is in full swing, the Boybarian is job hunting, Princess Sunshine is in the throes of Tech Week, and The Army Guy starts terminal leave (and job hunting).

I got a few minutes in my Sewing Dungeon over the weekend and got another camper row fused, ready for applique stitches:
That makes two, with lots more to do!

What did you work on this weekend?

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Design Wall Monday August 15, 2016

 I have three things on my design wall this morning :) two things from the Row by Row Experience; the Cardinal Creations Row (I chose to use the one with a snow ground), and a Beeskep together with one piece from a class I took at AQS Grand Rapids.
I took a class with Esterita Austin on a monoprinting technique ... this is a better picture than the one from my design wall. There is organza used, giving it a sheen that just doesn't photograph well when using a flash.
NOT on my design wall, something that followed me home from AQS - a new machine :) I would be playing on it today if I weren't teaching a class!

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

I AM A FINALIST! (yes, I am shouting!)

Remember the Lion King Challenge by Cherrywood Fabrics? The one I have been sharing since May?

Up for the Challenge
The Challenge Continues
Challenged and Plugging On
Challenged to Finish - Tree of Life

Well ... out of over 300 entries, mine is one of 120 finalists :)

That means I get to pack up my quilt and send it off to Cherrywood Fabrics where it will be professionally photographed and judged. The quilt will be published in a book dedicated to this challenge and, if chosen, will become part of a traveling exhibit for the next year (?). There are also First, Second, Third place quilts, etc.

I am rather excited :)
#lionkingchallenge #cherrywoodfabrics

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Challenged to finish - Tree of Life

 My Lion King Challenge piece is completed. I showed sneak peeks over the last two months, now it is done and submitted. Cherrywood Fabrics will announce the finalists on July 8th, so I am crossing my fingers that mine will be chosen.

I was inspired by images of the Tree of Life, the Sun, Gazelles and patterns I found used in costuming and the sets of the stage production of the Lion King.
I quilted each section differently, added applique elements, did some thread painting, made some confetti applique pieces, did a touch more thread painting, and added in some glitz with hot fix crystals.
 Waiting to hear what quilts were accepted for the traveling exhibit is hard, though I imagine that it is even harder for Cherrywood Fabrics to choose only 120 finalists out of over 300 entries!

#CherrywoodFabrics #LionKingChallenge

Monday, June 27, 2016

Rowing along

Over the last 7 days I have been picking up Row patterns and kits from around Michigan, participating in the 2016 Row by Row Experience.I have two rows almost done and have started on two more. The Hexie bees nest and the log cabin blocks are from two different rows.

I am going for a whimsical look to my quilt, so where the shop chose more traditional colors/fabrics, I have been swapping out my own for brighter, happier colors.

I have enough patterns and kits to choose from for my finished quilt ... now to get crackin' on putting them together!

For more design wall goodies check out the links at Patchwork Times.