"A very Merry Unbirthday to you, to you. A very Merry Unbirthday to you." from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland"

Saturday, April 28, 2012

April FMQ Challenge

This month we were shown Don Linn's method of transferring quilt designs to fabric that I found unique and helpful.  At first I thought it seemed like alot of work, but when I utilized the method I found that it is easy.  I like it very much.  You can get the how-to here:  http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/2012/04/april-2012-fmq-challenge-tutorial-by.html

We used tulle and a permanent marker to copy the design and then transfer it to the fabric.

The nice thing is that the tulle can be saved and used again. 
Now, when I did the sewing on this beautiful design, things didn't go as nicely.
I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever get good at this.  One of the problems I have is that when I'm sewing forward or towards me I can see and follow the lines easily, but when I sew away from me or sideways, I can't seem to follow the lines. 

I won a fat quarter bundle during SewCalGal's Golden Quilter Awards event.  http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/   It is the first bundle I've ever had and boy, do I love it.  It's a Darlene Zimmerman's Sweet Pickins bundle from Robert Kaufman fabrics.  It's very much 1930's type fabric.  Jackie of Canton Village Quilt Works donated the bundle.  http://www.cvquiltworks.com Thank you to Jackie and to SewCalGal. 

I have more quilts from MQX East to show.  I was so happy to see this booth.  I have the fabric to make a QOV for a family member and I hope to get it done soon.  I have SewCalGal to thank for introducing me to this organization because of her event last year. 

God Bless You.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Part 3 of Festive Mystery Almost Complete

I've been working on Part 3 of the Festive Mystery Quilt for two days and am almost done. There was alot a work involved in this section, so I feel that I've made major progress on the quilt top.  I still have to square up the rectangles (funny, huh?)  and redo a few, but that's nothing compared to everything else I did. 

I like the diamond design in the strips.  And the hourglass square is one of my favorites.  And I'm happy with the dark fabric near the white background.  We're halfway done I believe.

This is another quilt from the MQX East show.  My attention was caught by the border edging. 

It makes me want to be more creative when I'm finishing my quilts. 

I sometimes like to see simple quilting and this one is an example.  The quilter just used a circle template and created her design.  I have read that Amish quilters use this technique for border designs. 

I love the 3D effect on this quilt of the little quilts on the clothesline.  I like the simple quilting, too.

The prarie points look great, too.  I haven't tried those yet, but I will.

God Bless You.
Have a great week.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Christmas QAL April Post 2

I enjoyed the MQX East in Providence very much and I did take lots of pictures.  Funny thing, but one of the vendors told me she did not allow pics so I deleted the one of her quilt that I had while she watched me do it.  Oh well.  I do have pictures of the winning quilts and some others with special attention to the fmq that was done on them.  I'll just show a few now. 

I just visited Lynn's blog http://sewnwildoaks.blogspot.com/   and was pleased to learn that one of her quilts was on display at the quilt show.  I wish I had known.  I looked at so many, but I think I do remember hers because I love the traditional quilt styles and spent more time looking at them.

This quilt won Best in Show.  I guess you can see why.

This quilt looks like a huge photo from afar.

The quilter used quite a few techniques to get her desired effect.  The water is silver decorative thread.

This one I love.

Of course, I love this cat quilt.  But I noticed that the quilter kept her fmq simple and achieved a pleasant effect, which won her a ribbon.  There are feathers quilted in the sashing, but the squares are simpler. 

God Bless.

Christmas QAL April Post 1

I'm getting ready to go to the MQX East http://www.mqxshow.com/MQX/East/Home/index.cfm
but I wanted to check in with Lesley http://lesleythecuddlequilter.blogspot.com/2012/04/april-christmas-quiltalong-is-here-with.html and everyone else to see what you are all doing.  Thank you, Lesley, for the applause and I hope you are enjoying your cinnamon buns.  They probably smell and taste delicious:)  They certainly look good.

The instructions for this month are posted so I hope to get to it later.  If I don't I'll still look in to see everyone else's progress and enjoy the sight of all the beautiful Festive Quilts being put together out there. 

Have a good one:)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Christmas QAL Reminder

Lesley of The Cuddle Quilter http://lesleythecuddlequilter.blogspot.com/  is the our bright and shiny hostess tomorrow for the Christmas Quilt Along.  She will have the third part of the Festive Mystery Quilt and we all are waiting for that.   

I plan to attend my first quilt show tomorrow, but will definitely get sewing later in the day and hopefully have some photos to share with you.  I guess it may seem funny that I've never been to a quilt show or attended a quilt class, but it's true.  I hope I'm not totally intimidated by the quilts and decide to never touch my rotary cutter again:) 

So have fun over at Lesley's and I'll join in later in the day.  With three parts of the Festive Mystery Quilt done our quilt tops are going to really take shape.

God Bless!