August 26, 2013

Monday posting

Okay sorry no EPP update...  I did do some last week.  But that's on the back burner now.. Lol

But I did finish Deirdre's July Block.. An improv on Klimt's "Kiss".

Ha at first I thought she wanted us to duplicate the block in some form.  So I began there and then re-read the instructions and realized she wanted us to make something that inspired us.

I had a number if thoughts and ideas.  I noticed that other bee folks focused on the Mondrian type style.  I was drawn to the circles..  Probably because Emily's August block was all about circles.  So I went on this portion of the picture.

So I began my uncircular circles... I did not want them to be proper and round because that is not how I saw the image I has in mind.

I freaked out and reached out to Deirdre to ensure that she would like my block, prior to my hand appliqué work.  Lol.  Fortunately, she did.  Here is my finished block.  note I had intended on making the block circular-ish.  However I decided to leave that up to the Queen bee.  Smiles

August 22, 2013

New techniques - new for me

So my bee block for August was circles galore.  I did a search and found a technique from HGTV... On how to make circles with freezer paper etc. Video: 

Here is my attempt... Caveat: I believe it was designed for individual circles and not the multitude that I created from one freezer paper sheet... But it was not too bad.  I had to cover up some treats with Misty Fuse and another circle lol...

I hope Emily likes it...

 All of my circles drawn and cut out from the freezer paper and ironed on to my background fabric.

The right side up, cut out...

The wrong side clipped and glued down as per the instructions.  The other fabric is placed over this with some glue.. This is why I believe it was intended for one at a time.. It got a bit crowded and messy.

 You are suppose to remove the freezer paper once you attach the color square... It plops out (allegedly) lol.  And then you see around the edge on the wrong side.. The spokes are glued to the colored circle and you stitch around.

I had to top stitch some.. Anyway here is my final.

August 13, 2013

Off to College Quilt

So.. My cousins son is off to college.. Woo hoo another one off into the big beautiful of course I have planned on making him a quilt to take with him.  And of course I thought I had time to do it.  And of course life happened.  So what did I make.

Friday afternoon I was at City Quilter after work to get fabric for his quilt.. So home at 6:00 and off to work I began.

Cut and tryin out some layouts.

Top is pieced.. Can I make a back and baste it before bed...

Of course I can with some refreshments..

 And it is basted and ready for morning stitching.  After all the party starts at 2pm.. Yikes

And I am off...

Quilting is done.

Even managed a thread color change.  Woo hoo.

Binding complete.

 Back is sweet.

Dedicated and signed...

 And delivered.. Whew...

Black and yellow black & gray & cream

Well it is that time of year again.  This time I am fortunate to have the company of Queen Bumblebeans and family... So what have I been up to yesterday and today...

Stepping outside of my comfort zone. I have been practicing my new skill.. Ironing.  Lmao.  Picked that little diddly up while at Quilting By the Lake.  Lisa aka the redheaded mermaid and Victoria aka Bumblebeans convinced me it is essential to great block making.  I saw the difference in how crisp Lisa's blocks looked compared to mine... And Victoria explained that it is for the ease of construction.  It is indeed.. 

I have also trimmed and squared up my blocks.. All of these are first... Along with flying geese and making blocks for a quilt.  Lol. The only improv was in my choice of blocks.

Anyway, still have two sides of borders to make tomorrow.. But here is a pictorial of my process. 

Working with another Juki was a uber plus.. I was in Juki heaven since she has one of the new computerized one.  My intro to Juki came from Victoria a few years ago.  Fell in love and bought one in 2011.  It is my work horse... But the computerized one is also a dream..

And it begins.

And it begins.

 Churning out the blocks...

Use those new skills.  Lol

Using up all the bits

And there is the computerized Juki.

My first time using geese in a quilt.

Moving right along..

And more geese... And 80 more to 20 more units to complete before I am done ski.


August 6, 2013

Monday Morning Star EPP count 8/5

Well,  I was a bit more productive this week.. Sorry for the late post Jess...

I was in Arizona and managed to stitch together 5 complete hexagons oto the main piece.  Prior to my departure I also cut up all the fabric i have remaining for this and separated them.

Therefore, I have committed myself to finish using all of the fabric I purchased for it.  We shall see the size that I end up with...

So there, I have made some progress.. Lol