Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fun Class

Baltimore on the Prairie is an appliqué conference held at Mahoney State Park, midway between Omaha and Lincoln Nebraska. I live close by and was able to attend a one day class yesterday with Sue Garman.

The class project was the rose fan, the top center block on Sue's Bed of Roses quilt.

Sue had a wonderful way of teaching, she split the class in three smaller groups and kept everybody busy at all times. The smaller groups would go up to her work area one group at a time to watch her demonstrations.

It was a very personal way to watch her techniques and while your group was not at her area you got a chance to visit with your classmates from around the country and even Australia.

The conference continues this weekend with three day classes. I am still absorbing all of Sue's time saving methods from my one day with her.

My friend Leslie and I are working away on our block here and note we each have a sheet of paper filled with tips under our scissors. I am going to make four of the rose fan blocks, it makes an interesting secondary design, and make it into a Christmas table topper.

 

Happy Stitching,

Cheri

 

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Strangest Fabric Bleed

I was working on a hanging sleeve for Ladies of the Sea and noticed a little dirty spot on the back of the quilt. I wet a wash cloth to clean it and it became larger! A purple fabric bleeding! It is the strangest fabric bleed I have ever seen. The quilt is completely quilted and, thankfully, the bleed is only showing up on the back.

The front is okay, this purple fabric on just this one compass point is bleeding through the batting to the back of the quilt. I had hand washed every single batik I used on this appliqué and rinsed it until the water was clear.

Strange, but again, thankful it is on the back of the quilt. Now a little camouflage is necessary.

With the boat and ocean theme of the quilt I decided to appliqué a little family of sea turtles swimming across the back of the quilt. I though one lone turtle would be a little suspicious of a cover up.

It is a little difficult to appliqué and not go through to the front of the quilt but I think this is going to work. Bleeding disaster averted and Ladies of the Sea is still getting sent to the AQS show.

Cheri

 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Ladies Of The Sea -an update

I thought it would be fun to enter a quilt into a national show and guess what, Ladies Of The Sea was juried into the American Quilter's Society's Des Moine Iowa show. The show is this October 1-4. The entry process is a little intimidating to a national show but the American Quilter's Society website is wonderful and takes you through it step by step.

Ladies Of The Sea is a pattern by Sue Garman (comequilt.com) and part of the entry process is to obtain designer permission to show the quilt. I sent Sue an email and she very graciously sent me an immediate letter granting me permission to enter the quilt. She even posted these pictures on her June blog entry. (If you have not ever seen Sue Garman's blog - suegarman.blogspot.com - she posts once a month and it is just loaded with wonderful pictures and lots of explanations of her design process).

I almost missed my notification email as it arrived in my junk mail and I had deleted it. I really am happily surprised and honored to have it in the show and can not wait to see it hanging among all the beautiful quilts.

I have been working steadily on Auntie Green's Garden (pattern by Irene Blanck). The last braided border on the center took me forever. Once it was completed I did the bathtub plunge thing and washed all of the glue out of it.

I am happy to say it survived and now is so soft without all of that glue in it . I am now started on the next borders. This is the third background fabric, and it will be used for the final two borders.

My only other stitching I have accomplished this summer was this small blue work embroidery block going into a raffle quilt my small group is making.

Happy Stitching All,

Cheri

 

 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Auntie Green's Garden

The center is almost finished on Auntie Green's Garden. The braided bias border is the next step and I have just not had time to make bias lately.

The clemantis are blooming in my yard, they are my favorite summer flower. I bought this old buggy wheel hoping the vine would grow through the spokes. It is covered with buds so there should be a lot more flowers.

 

Happy Stitching,

Cheri

 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Patchwork Of The Crosses

My stack of finished PTOC blocks is growing.

I have realized, however, that I need to start working on adding the background pieces as I make the blocks or I am going to get bogged down at the end.

So lately I have been glueing piles and piles of the background pieces. My goal this weekend is to sew these pieces in strips of threes which seem to be the best way to sew them onto the blocks.

I also came across a small piece of this brown fabric and thought it would might be a good color for the one inch connector squares between the blocks.

This is a fabric that is a couple years old and to fussy cut all of the 1 inch squares I would need would require three yard of fabric. Yikes! What did we quilters do before online quilt shops and web searches? The fabric arrived yesterday and I am loving it.

My blocks are growing in number and size.

Happy Stitching,

Cheri

 

Friday, May 2, 2014

All Prepped, Ready To Sew

The flowers are back basted and the various berries and circle flowers are all ready for next section of Auntie Green's Garden.
The next Benjamen Biggs block is a paper cut block, one of my favorite album blocks to stitch. I sat right down and traced out the block and have it all prepped.
Here is another Patchwork Of The Crosses all cut out and ready to be glued onto the paper pieces and stitched.
But,
Spring has FINALLY arrived in Nebraska, my neighbor's cherry tree is all blooms. I have a new buggy wheel I picked up at an antique shop this winter to plant a new clemantis to grow on.
My other neighbor has a blooming crabapple tree.
And my deck flower pots are crying for geraniums and petunias and all the other goodies at the garden store. The day is warming up and I don't think much sewing is going to happen. But soon I will be in a lawn chair enjoying this glorious spring weekend probably with one of the above projects in hand.
Happy Spring,
Cheri

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hope Quilting

I had a post last summer about helping a young co worker make her first quilt. She wanted a T shirt quilt of sorts using her young children's baby clothes. She did a great job and ended up making two of them.
She has graduated to designing her own quilts. She participates each summer in Race For A Cure and wanted to make a raffle quilt to help earn money for the event. She had the idea of how she wanted the quilt to look and I helped her get it on graph paper
and to decide the overall size of the quilt. She had her colors picked out and we figured out how much fabric she would need to buy. Off she went to all the local quilt store and got everything she need. Back at my house I helped again with the rotary cutting and she started sewing.
The last bit of help I did to this point is applique the word 'HOPE'. We are set to finish it up this weekend, get it layered, and start quilting. The T shirts are specifically for breast cancer, a cause close to Tish's heart because her Mom is a breadt cancer survivor.
My own Mother recently has deteriorated with her Alzheimer's to the point of being moved to a memory care unit.
That is such a simple statement, but it has actually been a heart breaking few months to get to the point we are today with so many ups and downs I just can't bear to think about all we went through to get her where she is currently, which is loved, well cared for, and safe. My mom always did a lot of knitting and quilting and one of the things that she has recently been very interested in is some fabric squares, triangles, and hexagons that I cut out for her and she arranges over and over on flannel.
The nurses even stop by and she 'teaches' them how to lay out the patchwork.
This love of quilting never seems to leave us, it gives me hope that quilting will continue to keep her occupied, less anxious, and content.
Happy Stitching,
Cheri