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Monday, May 2, 2016

Seeing stars

Three things to be happy about:
(1) turning the calendar
(2) seeing stars
(3) Ott lights

Saturday I took a portrait workshop with four friends taught by Yetunde, better known as Sistah Stitchalot.

It was really laid back, and we had a lot of fun fusing and trimming and cutting and chatting!

Most of us finished our portrait - looking good Gwen!

Penny (Livin' Blue Quilter) finished her granddaughter's portrait.  She fought the glasses, wanting to take them out, but Yetunda made her keep them in - good decision!

Tammy did a portrait of Lawrence Fishburn, and made his sunglasses from glittery fabric.  I'd never have thought to do that - very clever!

And last but not least, yours truly!

I actually finished the layers during the workshop, now I have to quilt it and add a border, yes!!!

Meanwhile I've been seeing other stars!  I'm working on these little star blocks for my Bee's community service, due in August.

I'm using 2-1/2" neutral squares, with random scraps for the star points.

So far I've pieced enough for 13 blocks that should finish at 6 inches.  My thought is to use red centers as the one constant fabric.

When I decided to use stars I planned to just set them with sashing on each side.  But just this morning I was thinking of using 9-patches as alternate blocks and eliminating the sashing.

We'll see....

That's it for now, time for breffus!  Sew forth and sew n til later!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A quilt airing

Three things to be happy about:
(1) fresh breezes
(2) a song in the air
(3) free stuff

There's a new  phenomenon in my neighborhood, just 6 houses down the street from my house - Freedge!

When I first saw this "freedge" last month I thought it was something nice the home owner had done, but it's actually a free sharing space sponsored by Freedge.org.

I've seen items such as water, bread, cookies, yogurt and fresh fruit in there.  They're trying to go nationwide with this program, and the very first one in the DC area is on my street.

Go check it out!

I took two of my quilts for a stroll yesterday; I figured since I was going to be in Wheaton Plaza anyway, I'd see if I could get some "atmosphere" pictures.

Jasmine, a manager at DSW Shoes (my FAVORITE shoe store) very generously allowed me to pose my quilts in their store.  You can't see them in the picture but they had some really nice hats and bags for sale!

Same quilt, "X and Plus," in the pattern section at Joann Fabrics.

I like the way the colors in the books echo the colors in my quilt!

"Red and Black Passion" at Joann Fabrics!

I need to learn more clever ways to pose my quilts, but there you go!

I'm pleased to say I didn't buy one piece of fabric, tempting as some of them were!  On sale at 40% off, even!

That's it for now, I have a workshop today with Sandra, also known as Sistah Stitch a Lot - gonna learn how to make that portrait if it's the last thing I do!

Sew forth and sew on til later...

Friday, April 29, 2016

Three quilts done

Three things to be happy about:
(1) one quilt finishd
(2) another quilt finished
(3) and a third quilt finished - yes!!

I got these back from the LA in record time!

I was waiting for a good day to photograph them outside where the light is better, but it's been overcast the last couple of days.  Also, it's been raining and I won't chance these on my porch railing.

So here's my X and Plus, looking good!

Closeup to show the quilting.

I really like the border I put on this one!

My Red and Black Passion.

Is that the name I finally settled on???  Need to know before I label it!

Closeup of the quilting, she used a variegated thread.

When I give Bernerdett my tops and we discuss the quilting pattern I usually end up saying "ount know."  In this one she quilted a design that echoes the border fabric - clever!

And last but not least, Allietare!

By now you've seen plenty of these floating around the blogs, so I just posted a closeup to show off the quilting.

This is the one I'm binding now, just 1-1/2 sides left to do!

So that's it for now, have to make a run to Costco and Target today, not looking forward to going out - I dislike trundling around in yucky weather!

Sew forth and sew on til later!