August 30, 2012

Barely liberated for Benita

Before flying out, I got about 45 min of stitching done.

Hope you like it. Will drop in the mail on Tuesday.

August 14, 2012

Solid as a Rock...

Hello quilt world. This past weekend was a whirlwind, quilt making weekend. I finished 2 quilts In about 12 hours total. They are each about 45 x 45 inches. So I guess you can say it was one 90 x 90 quilt.

They are both for people in my life that are in need of "Quilty Love". I delivered the one entitled "Solid" and still have to deliver the one entitled "Powerfully Pink".
The solid quilt was a great way for me to work through some feelings, and at the end of the quilting and gifting. I must say that love truly is, solid as a rock. No matter how angry, disappointed, frustrated you may be at someone... I you love them solidly, nothing can change that.

Here they are...

"Solid" August 12, 2012 for LWS

"Solid" Close up

The back of Solid

"Powerfully Pink" August 12, 2012 for LP

August 7, 2012

215 to go, oh my baby Jane

Okay so I have 10 completed. I guess I haven't really worked on that many since i began. I just did five over the past two days. I figure if I can manage 2-3 a day minimum, and then perhaps with more than an hour and a half... I can complete more. I have been machine stitching. I thought It would be faster. It still takes prep work.

First you have to trace the block then cut it out of freezer paper. Then iron it onto fabric. Then outline the shapes. Then cut the shapes, pin and finally sew the various parts. I suppose as I progress I will learn to appreciate it even more.

I can say it is teaching me patience, and the importance of straight stitches and lining up my seams. It is even teaching me the need for precision. So it is definitely a fruitful endeavor that will prove to sharpen my skills.. I mean make me take the time to cut and piece properly. lol

Let's see when I have 100 done. I publicly promise to complete all 225 blocks. And so the journey continues.

August 2, 2012

A much needed RETREAT...quilty style

Well, it was an amazing 9 days. Funny how things work, I decided to change my vacation plans to help out a dear friend by dog sitting for them. As a result I ended up with a retreat that rivaled no other. While away i am usually scheduled with events and activities, just like at home. But funny how God works.

God wanted me to be in my own space, in my mind and in my creative zone. So although I made it out a bit and some some friends, I spent the majority of the time by myself, stitching, swimming, and relaxing away.

Thanks Queen Bumblebeans and family.

Here is a pictorial montage of my retreat.

Red Headed Mermaid July Queen Bee Block

Yummy Vittles

Another One Completed  "Back to Basics" July 2012

"I Do" is I done...took a class a couple of years ago and finished quilting July 2012

Fabric and the Beasts..I guess this is their usual bed...smiles

Making use of a design WALL.

Urban girl Does a bit of weeding in the garden

Ahhh a doggies Life...

Deciding how much quilty stuff to bring

Quinoa Pizza..the crust is from soaked quinoa, blended with water seasonings and olive and poured into the cast iron pan and baked.

"Winter" quilt complete.  Began August 2011, finished July 2012

Out and about

Contemplating, what shall we do now..
The beginnings of another quilt

Still thinking about what to do with this.
Yes, I occasionally eat fried food.
working it out in the studio..
Completed top for a gift
Yes, this is how cucumbers are born...smiles
My days harvest from the Garden
Local Black Sea Bass, stuffed with garlic and onions pan seared and baked...yummy.  
An excuse to stay in and keep sewing..

A swimming kind of day

Quilt top complete...on to the backing and basting.

Took a trip for some backing

Fast asleep
My Vintage Ebay find, finally completed

At the end of the retreat...time to read a quilty novel..