June 14, 2015

Getting the juices flowing again...

So it's been about a few weeks since I had to send my quilts for the animals we love contest sponsored by the Quilt Alliance.  Since then I have been in a remove, renew and refresh mode in my home.

Something just hit and I ended up with some major changes in my home.  It all began with the repairs to my kitchen and bath from the snow leak.  And then next thing I knew, I was replacing and refreshing.  It was much needed.  Twelve years in the making.

So as a result, I have not spent much time in my studio.  So I am now playing catchup... So here is what I have been working on.

I had to get started on my sizzix challenge quilt.  This challenge uses all of Victoria Findlay Wolfe's sizzix templates.  I chose the big DWR... And after drafting and trying out some ideas... I have just completed the top.

In addition to this.  I have been working on my NYSSQ blocks and added one.  I also found a number of others that I will ale to add to this quilt.  The ideas are percolating.

Above are blocks that were given to me.

I have also been working on my E quilt... And had to get some more blocks.. Thanks Helen and Deborah...Spin have to add a row or two

I also had to finish and send off my quilt for the New York Bar Foundations raffle basket.  I am a board member and we have 13 baskets for our fundraiser in Cooperstown as well as a ton of items in overflow.  We are excited about this endeavor.

Here is what I made to include.  It's called Rose Colored Glasses

So off I go... Happy Quilting.

April 14, 2015

Cut it up with Floppy on Toppy

Soo -  okay I wanted to share this...

My dear friend and Queeps Victoria has her new sizzix dies available and they are an absolute dream.  Now you also know she is Queen of cutting up things that many see as perfectly great tops. 

Well here is a bit of a peek at my project using her big melon DWR dies.

So yea her theme is cut it up, as seen in the last post, my shirt, tatoos and more.
And a special shout out to Lisa (the red headed mermaid for use of her humongous sizzix machine.)

And the floppy on Toppy is from Victoria's awesome sizzix video that shows you how to whip these babies together in a flash... 

So I dig this little diddy out and decided... To "Cut It Up".

I also had these vintage blocks. I guess originally (some years ago) I had a plan. 

Well a trip to Darien and a night of sipping, laughter and some stitching and cutting.  I now have this beauty... That I am putting together. And remembering "floppy on Toppy"...

April 4, 2015

Wherever does the time go...

Well since my last post I have set up the Frame, made the leaders for the pole and then had no time to keep going... Away every weekend... Beginning with Quilt Con and bought a new machine and oh so many more distractions.

I am hibernating this weekend... So I shall put the frame use on my list of must dos this weekend...

Here is a pictorial of the past month and change...

Victoria can be seen throughout, especially at the sizzix booth.

Yes I whipped up this little diddy while there with Karla's scrumptious Cherrywood fabrics.

Who says quilters don't have fun

Soo happy to have a chance to be in the presence of these amazing spirits (Gees bend quilters - China and Mary Ann Pettway)

This is really all we do when not creating lol... Creative faces hahaha

And then next week Hilton Head..

Had a blast.

And after that Maryland the next weekend..

And the week after that the NYC Half Marathon

I even found the Mario brothers...

My second half, almost a year after breaking my ankle a week after my first one.

And the next week off Visiting my beautiful grandma that was turning 88 years young.

And yes everytime I touch down in NOLA I must hit Katy's- 

And even got in some golf while in New Orleans...

And came back to finish Ms. eggplant Brown

Whew and many more weekends to add.  I need a rest lol..

February 4, 2015

Sooo excited to try this...

So I discovered that you could put your home machine on a quilt frame... And so the quest began.

I began researching all of the options, there are a number of frames available for a range of prices.  My focus was on space saving and ease of use and set up.  

I found one that I would hope to have at some point.  The major problem is that it is not easily storable and requires the consistent space.  It also takes over a days worth of set up. So the search continued.

So I saw a few other possible options, however the reviews and such pushed me away from it..

Then I saw a blog that features Kenneth Lund's DIY quilt frame. I viewed all of his videos, read the reviews and the price point was on point.  Most importantly, it can stow away easily... And with multiple poles to roll your quilts on, the poles can store multiple quilts that are in progress... Therefore score.

I sent him an email with some questions and he promptly responded.  BONUS... And the kit was currently on sale...SUPER BONUS...

And then it was put together and shipped promptly and arrived in 3 days... Sweet..

And when I got the package it even included a gift of fabric. Extra sweet...

So I look forward to putting this together.

Have to pick up a few items at Home Depot because it is cheaper than shipping.. All of a few dollars worth of items...

And stay tuned...

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