Monday, January 19, 2015

Finished Flimsy

Since I finished quilting and binding three quilts recently, I gave myself permission to make another top. Now it's ready for quilting and binding. 

The pattern is "Falling Charms" by Missouri Star Quilt Company. Here's a link to the video, Quick and easy.

It's made with a couple of charm packs of NYC fabrics that I picked up at The City Quilter when I was in the city for Quilters Take Manhattan back in September.

Friday, January 9, 2015

To Brighten Your Day

I don't have anything quilty to show, but I want to share a photo of my amaryllis that is blooming gloriously right now!

I hope to get back into my quilting studio this weekend!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year!

While visiting family in Asheville, NC this past Thanksgiving, I spent some time visiting the city's famous art district. I find I'm drawn to artistic pieces that are filled with lots and lots of color, and so it's no surprise that I especially enjoyed Jonas Gerard's gallery

This quotation was hanging on the wall of the gallery...and I love, love, love that visitors were encouraged to touch the artwork. As quilters, we all know how healing the touch of a quilt is, so it makes sense that touching other artwork is good for us as well.

some of Jonas Gerard's work
I may not be making art in 2015, but I definitely hope to be creative!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Two More Finished in 2014

I made it just under the wire for two more 2014 finishes. 

These photos are awful, but that's what happens when you have a lousy camera and lousy lighting conditions. I wanted to count these as 2014 finishes, so the lousy photos will have to do for now.

Two of my resolutions for 2015 are to buy a new camera and to set up some sort of clothesline to take photos of my quilts outdoors. I used to do it at my parents' old house where they had the perfect setup, but since they've moved here, I've been stuck with less-than-perfect photography conditions.

The free pattern is available here. I just adjusted it a bit to make the quilts bigger.

I did a simple meandering quilting design on both, but only took a picture of one. The colors are much, much richer in person.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Finally, a Finish for 2014!

I've been working feverishly to finish up a few quilts in 2014. This is a top that I made in November of this year using a jelly roll that I bought on a whim when I was having fun on a quilters' day out with friends. The pattern is Jelly Roll Jam II, a free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop. Very quick and easy.

Here's a closeup of the meandering quilting...

And a shot of the pieced back...

I used up every inch of the jelly roll by putting the extras on the back. No scraps to add to my out-of-control scrap bins!

Of course, I had to add bias striped binding, but you can't see it well in the photos above. Here's a better shot taken while I was sewing it on.

Now on to the next quilt top. Can I do it for 2014? I'm certainly going to try!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

For Family and Friends, Near and Far

An early Christmas greeting to my readers who celebrate -- and a Happy Festivus to everyone!

How did I make the lights on my tree twinkle in the photo, you ask? It's done using an app called "Photos" on my Android tablet. If you have an Android device, you probably have this app on there -- the icon looks like a primary-colored pinwheel. The effect is called "Auto Awesome". When I uploaded my tree photo to my Google account, the program recognized that there were lights on the tree and it automatically created a photo with the lights twinkling.  There are a few other interesting effects available (like capturing the best smiles on faces, creating panoramic photos, etc.). My son is on the engineering team working on the app at Google, and he tells me that the app is not available for Apple products; however, if you have a Google+ account, you should be able to do this to photos that you upload there by just using the web, not an app. No smartphone or tablet necessary.

If you want to learn more about Google+, here's a link with info, and if you want to learn more about the photo features, click here.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Can I Do It?

Earlier this year I vowed to quilt two quilt tops for every new one that I pieced (I had quite a backlog of tops waiting). So far, I haven't broken that vow and it looks like I may even do better. This is the third top now loaded on my machine since I last pieced a top. I won't agonize over how to quilt it; I'll just meander and get it done! And then I can start the new year with lots of new piecing projects!