Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
I should have used the time to clean my house, but guess what I did instead? The picture shows you the answer...
It is "K-1 Crooked Creek", which is appropriate since we don't live too far from Crooked Creek where my husband likes to kayak and birdwatch. The pieces could easily be rotary cut, but I prefer the accuracy of paper piecing. This is listed as an intermediate-level block in the software. Again, the colors are more vibrant in person.
Friday, June 27, 2008
In my pre-blog life, I would have made the block on the left ("E-3 Paddle Wheels") and not worried about the fact that one of the points will be chopped off when I sew this block onto a sashing piece. However, because I now have photos of these blocks in cyberspace where they are out there for the whole world (and the Quilt Police) to see, I decided that I had to try to fix it. The better (but not perfect) one is below...it will probably still be chopped off a bit, but maybe if I sew a really, really scant 1/4 inch, it won't be too bad.
It's good enough for me...
I paper pieced this block, but it could be easily done with rotary cutting as well.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
The second is "Twisted Stitches", front and back.
I was fortunate enough to attend last year's show with my family and got to see one of my quilts on display there. It was quite thrilling. It was also a great boost to my ego to have the quilt sold -- perhaps the two this year will sell as well. If you want to see all of the quilts that will be for sale at the Sisters show, just clink on the link in the first paragraph and then click on "Preview 'For Sale' Quilts Here".
I have to recommend that if you love quilts and love to go to quilt shows, you must go to the Sisters show at least once in your life. It is breathtaking. Pictures will never do it justice, but if you'd like to see shots of my trip last year, click on the "Anya's Photos on Webshots" link listed under "Favorite Links" on the right side of my blog.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
The wonderful weather that we started off with on Laurel Festival parade day (see previous post), didn't last all day, so I had some time to quickly complete another DJ block. Unfortunately, the parade was cut short due to a thunderstorm.
This block didn't take long. It's "I-2 Kaye's Courtyard", another paper-pieced one. If I don't tackle some tough ones next, I know I'll get bogged down with them later.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
The Wellsboro Diner was a busy place this morning!
The arts and crafts and food fair will be a busy place as well.
I've had very little time for quilting during these Laurel Festival days. I hope to get another DJ block done in the next day or so. In the meantime...I think I'll hit the bag of kettle corn that we just brought home...
Thursday, June 19, 2008
This is much better. I knew I couldn't live with my first attempt at "F-4 Star Struck" (see post from a couple of days ago), so I made another one in more contrasting fabrics. It's still bright, but the star is definitely more noticeable. Very straightforward paper-pieced block.
Here are a couple of new supplies/gadgets to help me along my DJ journey...
A headlamp was recommended to me by a fellow guild member who makes the most exquisite applique quilts of anyone I know. It will come in handy when I attempt to applique DJ blocks in less-than-ideal lighting conditions. It's not usually too bad when I'm sewing at home, but on the road, at retreats, or at other quilters' homes, the lighting can leave a bit to be desired. The strap is comfortable and the intensity of the light can be adjusted, as well as the angle. For those who prefer not to wear the strap, the light can be removed and then clipped onto a ballcap or visor. It even has an emergency flash mode (in case I stab myself with a needle and need to summon help). I purchased it at a local "outdoor adventures" store, Wild Asaph Outfitters, where the woman who waited on me seemed taken aback that I wanted one of these to use when I sew. I don't know why she was surprised...the store is located right next door to our local fabric shop...Needles Quilt Shop.
The long tube contains spools of 5 different neutral colors of silk thread. When I started my DJ project, I had purchased one spool of gray silk thread, hoping it would match most of my fabrics. I wasn't satisfied with how it looked on certain colors, so I bit the bullet and ordered 5 neutrals which should work with most anything.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
These are my first appliquéd blocks. “B-2 Sweet Tater Pie” and “E-10 Five & Dime”. I used gray silk thread since I needed to hide my stitches as much as possible (as you can see, I didn’t score 100% on that test). The silk thread was not as slippery as I had feared, but I did have to take care not to pull too tightly or the thread would break.
I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed getting together with my fellow quilters, some of whom I know well and others not so well. I was inspired by the exquisite work I saw displayed and came home energized to keep working on my blocks. To those who were there yesterday-- if you are reading this...thank you, thank you, thank you. I value your willingness to share skills, your appreciation of the beautiful things in life, and most of all, your friendship. No one forces you to attend gatherings like this, but you come anyway. What a joy it is to be in this company of women of the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild!
Sunday, June 1, 2008
My guild's first real working meeting of the DJ club is tomorrow afternoon and evening -- we have 2 sessions to accommodate everyone's schedules. I'm looking forward to seeing what others have done and getting pointers on how to improve my applique skills. I have 4 blocks ready to be appliqued, so hopefully the next post will include a couple shots of those (if I'm not too embarrassed to show them).