Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sampler Quilt

I follow Anita on Bloomin' Workshop and over a year ago she started her Random Sampler.  I loved what she was doing and decided to start my own.  She is using the talented Gwen Marston's quilt in Liberated Medallion Quilts as inspiration.

My center medallion block is a block that finishes at 12 inches that I didn't use in another quilt.  So, I added half square triangles and borders to it.  I like it now, not so much before.  It's amazing how adding to a block can improve it.

This is what I have going so far.  It's been fun using my favorite fabrics.  And, creating different blocks.  I started using a lot of medium fabrics and then looking back at Gwen's quilt she had a lot more white backgrounds so I went searching and shopping for some lighter backgrounds to add.

Anita's blog has some great tutorials and ideas for blocks to add to the sampler.  I have some others I need to make yet.  I really have enjoyed this quilt and it's easy to sit down and make a block in an evening.

This is Gwen Marston's Sampler Quilt

Friday, November 29, 2013

A Little Knitting

I have been making hats and scarves for American Girl dolls.  This hat is my eighth hat.  I have a bag of leftover yarn I purchased at a garage sale and it's been fun knitting up projects.  The small hats knit up so fast. :)
The hat pattern I used was called Preemie Cap from the blog Bella Bambina Knits.
The scarf is just 12 stitches on your needle and I just knitted for 22 inches.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

THE BIG ONE: Houston Quilt Show

The Houston 2013 International Quilt Festival is starting on October 31 and goes until November 3.  I have never been there, but I can say I have a quilt hanging at the quilt festival.  My quilt called, MOOrage, is hanging in a special exhibit called MOOston.  I would like to thank Mary Lou Weidman and Mel McFarland for putting this special cow herd together and allowing me to be a part of the herd.  Mary Lou and Mel have been putting Cow Stampedes together and added a few more smiles.

The basic pattern for the cow quilt is in the book called, Out of the Box With EASY Blocks, by Mary Lou and Mel.  Then, be creative and make your cow special.  Mary Lou's blog has some great photos of the Cow Show at AQS Quilt Week in Des Moines, Iowa.  The photo below is from the Des Moines quilt show which took place in early October.  There were 45 cow quilts that hung in the AQS Des Moines quilt show.

Since I won't be in Houston, I wanted to participate in Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Fall 2013 Quilt Festival.
My entry is the for a Wall Hanging.  

Amy does such a great job of putting on a quilt show!!  Thank you Amy!  I love all the inspiration!

Someday I will get to Houston.  I can't even imagine what it's like.  All of my favorite quilters, vendors, classes and a GREAT QUILT SHOW!  For now, I will keep dreaming and if my quilt could talk it would tell me all about the great people that viewed the show.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mirage? No MOOrage

I'm making another cow from the book, "Out of the Box with Easy Blocks," by Mary Lou Weidman and Melanie Bautista McFarland.  It's fun to think of new ideas for this pattern. 

I really enjoy the show, "Shahs of Sunset" on Bravo.  My creation is my take on a desert mirage, but now it's MOOrage.  I wanted my cow to be a camel cow.  I gave my cow a sadle and put the cow in the desert setting.  I love how camels look when they are all dressed out. 

This is what I have finished so far.  I have to get the top quilted and then I can do some more embellishing.
(I took the photo out in the snow and the shadows are the trees in our backyard.)

 I'm having some problems with the sunglasses.  I made some fabric at Spoonflower of a desert scene.  I wanted the sunglasses to look like reflective sunglasses of my cow looking out in the desert.  They  need to be outlined to show up better.  Got to work on that!!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Still Life

I have been taking a beginning drawing class on Tuesday nights.  This is my drawing using charcoal.  Sad to say I have only two more classes left!  It's been fun.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mary Lou's Trip to Lincoln

This last weekend I took a class with Mary Lou Weidman.  It was so fun to be inspired by a talented quilt artist.  I took a class with Mary Lou a couple of years ago and I knew seeing her again was a must.

Mary Lou showed us how to cut our blocks to give them more interest.  I't's always fun to see Mary Lou's quilts because they are so FUN and COLORFUL!!

Above is the beginning of a small quilt I made in class!  Mary Lou drew me a bunny. I'm going to use that pattern to put a bunny in each corner. I'm also going add Mary Lou's style of flying geese as a border.

Above is a block from one of Mary Lou's quilts.  I love how wonky and fun it is.  The big polka dots add a lot of interst.  This story quilt is in progress for Mary Lou. I would love to see it finished.  I'm on the hunt for the egg fabric she used in the borders.  Below, Mary Lou's bee earrings were so cute I had to take a photo. 

There's nothing like taking a quilting class in the winter to get you motivated to create something special when it's cold and the snow is flying.