Monday, December 1, 2014

Quilted Dragonfly Wallet and : check out my friends blog

This is the front of a little wallet I just finished up yesterday. It was made with leftover silk fabrics from another project that was finished years ago.

All the pieced ready to stitch.
I used my Aurifil thread for the quilting and edge stitching.
Lots of satin stitching on the edges!!!
And finally done!
Here is the back
The back again showing how the cards fit in.
I've got some changes to do with it so will be working on updating the pattern in the near future. I am pleased with the outcome though and love the dragonfly!!! Hope you enjoy the photos!!

Now, if you have time, you can check out my friends blog, Sew Many Roads. I tagged her in the blog hop, Around The World Blog Hop, and she will be tagging her friend, Ruth Blanchett of Arbee Designs. So go take a peek!!!

Take Care, Thanks for the visit and Happy Quilting!!! Keep those needles sharp and changed!!! Martha

Monday, November 24, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop-My turn!

"Currents"

So, I was tagged by Sherry from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc. to play in this Blog Hop. Sherry was tagged by Kitty from A Left-Handed Quilter. Both Sherry and Kitty are lefties and so am I :^)

Anyway, the hop is about four simple questions for me to answer-so here I go!!!

The four questions are -
1. What am I currently working on? 

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

4. How does my writing/creative process work? 


1.   What am I currently working on? I am currently working on so many projects I could not begin to tell you them all. That is how I work, so many projects laid out here and there or piled up here and there. I have to work on focusing on just one, and it isn't easy.

So the main project I am working on is my "She's At The Quilt Show" quilt. I was supposed to have it done for our guild meeting in October, but my focus button went missing!!!


She coming along fine. I just need to design the ceiling and figure out how to make her feet. The pattern for my beautiful gal came with no feet or legs, so I have been drawing them out. Now how to put it all together. (Notice she won a Best Of Show on the left and a first place on the right :) .

I am also working on postcards as I belong to a group on Facebook who exchange a postcard monthly. We have members around the world and it has been a really fun experience!!!

2. How does my work differ? Hmmmmm..... I have no idea!!! I know my work looks different. I had a patient see me at the quilt store and she asked what I was currently working on. I had no words to simply tell about the quilt above other than, "Welllllll", and she laughed!!! She said, your work is always so different but I love it!!!

So no simple answer on that one, it's just plain different.

3. Why do I create? Another difficult question. I have an impelling need to create. I felt it as a child but really didn't know what it was or where it was coming from. I remember in 6th grade we learned how to use a compass and our teacher had an art contest using the compass and pencil. I won. I had SO MUCH FUN designing with that compass!!!! I cannot explain the feeling!!

I was adopted and I have found my birth family. And lo and  behold, they are artists/writers/quilters!! It finally made sense. Now I know where that energy to create came from. I am so thankful!! I was given life, a wonderful home to grow up in, and the opportunity to meet the family who gave me the creative skills. Pretty cool!!!


4. How does my process work? I do not think that hard on it!!! I really don't. Ideas, images just come to me. Sometimes at the strangest moments and I try and sketch out the idea before I lose it.

I get ideas from some of the incredible people I follow in blogland and on Instagram and on Facebook.

I get ideas from the outdoors, my garden and flowers, grandkids, trees, food, Harley Davidson Motorcycles!!! Pretty much everything around me can spark an idea!!!

Hayden with Cinderella
Cooper and his silly face
A beautiful salad!!!
My husbands Harley
So there you go. Questions answered to the best of my ability. I hope you enjoyed the journey!! Next up is a friend of mine, Cindy of Sew Many Roads. Her blog post will go up in about a week. Then???

We are hoping that one of you bloggers reading this would like to play along. If so, leave me a comment and we will tag you after Cindy!! If no one replys, then this blog hop may end here!! 
:^(    I hope not, it is fun to see how we get to where we are and share the journey!!

Thanks for visiting, Take Care,  Happy Quilting and keep those minds sharp! Martha

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Preparing for The Around The World Blog Hop

This is what I did on Monday!! A very good day with the
littlest grand!!! :^)

On Monday the 17th I will be participating in The Around The World Blog Hop. Easy one. I just need to answer these four questions and then tag another blogger.

The four questions are -
1. What am I currently working on? 

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

4. How does my writing/creative process work? 

So, stay tuned!!

If there are any bloggers out there who would like to participate-please leave me a comment and I will tag you in the fun!!!

Here's a sneak peek of what I have been working on lately.


"Currents"

Quilting with my Aurifil and my cute little scissors!!!

Later-take care-Happy Quilting-and check back on Monday for more fun!!! Martha

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Two new Free motion quilted Postcards-done!! Ready to mail

Two more postcards done and ready to mail. I love how they turned out!!! I quilted them with my Aurifil 2315-Pale Flesh and edge stitched with this gorgeous Aurifil thread-2340-Cafe' Au Lait!! I love it!! I also used a rubber bird stamp that I found at Hobby Lobby and a black ink stamp pad!




So, the fabric did start out looking like this. I played with some Crayola crayons!!! Here is a photo of what the fabric looked like before I started and what it ended up looking like after I played with melted crayons and freezer paper flowers!!! It was a LOT of FUN!!!!!!
Before and After

One of these little gems will soon be on it's way to
Malaga Spain!!
I decided to use some of the same fabric that I began with
on the front-before crayons-for the back!! Then used
my postcard stamp, and done!!

 I am thankful for Aurifil for their lovely threads that allow me to incorporate color and design into my creations, and Crayola for their amazing, safe, crayons.

Take care everyone, Happy Quilting, and keep those seam rippers sharp!!! I use mine A LOT!!! :^)

Martha

Sunday, November 2, 2014

What a mess!!! And a few My Dear Jane blocks to ease the frustrations!!!


This is part of our guild challenge that was supposed to be done last month. I
just couldn't work on it. So now I am!! The tile floor is being constructed and
it is a mess!!
I layed it out and now I am sewing the sections together and
I am not liking it a whole lot!!!
It is just a mess. This happens to me all the time. I have visions, get working
on it. Then I hate it and have a hard time continuing with the production. 
So here is a litte more with some sewing done!! I really hope it turns out like
I had envisioned.
A little more sewing. I will get back to it today, but last night I just had it. Could
not do any more as I was feeling deflated!!
So I decided to work on some of my Dear Jane blocks.
I did one last week, so I found two really easy ones to put together.

This is the one I did last week. Templates cut and ready to sew.
Love this fabric, so cute!!!
And done!!! YES!!!   A-11 Pebble's Protest
And here are the other two I made last night. So easy to sew together. A sigh of relief!!!

Simple piecing!!

M-12 Hopscotch

M-10 Simple Simon

Sometimes, when frustrations get the better of you, it's best to put things aside and work on something that you will find easy joy in. These Dear Jane blocks are just the ticket for me!!! I felt much more relaxed after getting the last two done :^)

Today I am going to get back to that floor!! I need to have it done before the next guild meeting, so I have 3 weeks to finish piecing and get it quilted!!!

Take Care, Happy Quilting and keep those needles sharp!!! Martha

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Connections-Done!!

Well, I finished the little quilt this morning. It measures 32" square. I think I
am going to name it "Connections". But not exactly sure at this point in time.
I'm very pleased on how it turned out and I am SO excited to
get it to it's owner!!! I hope she likes it!

The story behind the quilt.
You know, there is often a story with the quilts we create.

A year and a half ago a friend showed me this really cute purse made out of license plates. I thought it would make the perfect gift for my birthmom who, along with her husband, are really into classic cars and go to car shows.

My friend said she could get the purse for me, with a Washington and Oregon license plate,  and in return she would like a little quilt. I have many at my work hanging on all the walls, 26 to be exact, and any would do.

Well, that would not do. I wanted to make one that was specific for her and I told her it may take me awhile to get done, but I would create a little quilt just for her.

And this is the quilt!!! It reminds me of her and I cannot wait to give it to her. She has been so patient waiting for her side of the barter!!!

The center block is from QuiltMaker Magazine's 100 Blocks Volume 7 Summer 2013. I made it when I was doing block testing for QuiltMaker Magazine. The Designer is Jo Moury.

I added more borders and decided to do a lot of free motion feathers.




All the quilting was done with my Aurifil threads. I used both 40wt and 50wt.





I also did some really tiny pebbling around the applique!! That was a bit tough to do!!!



But I do like how it  turned out, so it was worth the effort!!
So, I am now done. Just need to put a label on the back and let the owner know her quilt is done and ready to hang!!!

Take Care everyone, Happy Quilting, and keep those minds sharp!!! Martha :^)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Feathers/What I am working on today


I am working on a small wall quilt 32" square for the past couple weeks. This is helping me to stay focused and not cry so much about Maddie. I miss my shadow so very much!!!

My grandson asked that I not cry today!! He was at the house when I got the message from the Vet, so today I am staying busy and focused!!! No more crying, at least in front of Cooper.

So this quilt is for a friend. We bartered, I got a really cool purse for my mother and I am trading a small quilt for it!!

I will show just a bit, but will post the whole process when I get finished!!!

I've only used Aurifil thread for the quilting. 40wt and a 50wt.
So far, so good, no problems with the thread and it looks
fabulous!!!



There will be butterflys in all four corners and lots of stippling. I love the colors, so spring or summer feeling :^)


Well, More at a later date. I am hoping to work hard this weekend and get this quilt finished, When I do, I will be sharing the results with all of you!!!

Take Care, Happy Quilting, and keep those scissors sharp!!! Martha