Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Not Quilting Much

Just a quick note to let you all know that I have not been quilting as much as I would like to be doing.
We went to Astoria, so I was able to mark the quilt while there. Look at the view from our room. The marina at the Port of Astoria.

We cleaned the graves and put new flowers out for family members.

 I've also been cleaning off the deck and getting it ready for summer dining.
 I've also been planting the garden and goofing around with the grandchildren.
And of course I cannot forget
I still work full time!!!

So I missed my May OMG-One Monthly Goal so it shall become my June project. It has been pinned and I have started the quilting process, but there is still so much garden to take care of.

More later!!!

Happy Quilting! Martha

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May OMG One Monthly Goal

Here is my May project for Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal Challenge. I started this quilt a few years ago at our quilt guild. We have disbanded and I never finished mine.

I already have a name for it, "Rise and Shine".

Next on the to do list is one last border and quilt it. I am really hoping to have it done by the end of this month.

I am in need of a quilt that measures 52" wide. I have quilts hanging in 3 different medical offices and one Rehab center. I move the quilts around about every 6-8 months and one place needs a wider quilt. So to do that, this quilt is going to get 5.5" outer borders!!!

Well, that is it for now, wish me luck, I am going to need it!!!!

Happy Quilting!!!!!


Monday, April 23, 2018

Riley Blake Designs Fabric Challenge for the Modern Quilt Guild-OMG April 2018

This is the finished quilt.

And I am happy to say I made my OMG-One Monthly Goal for April!!!!! Very happy about that!
 I went through so many design ideas before settling with this one.

It had several names from Window Box to Flower Boxes until the quilt decided to name itself. Every time I looked at it I saw Dance!!

I settled on 
"Let's Dance"

And the day that I finished it, while doing some hand sewing, the video of David Bowie singing "Let's Dance" came on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This quilt has some intense background stitching. I wanted to really push back the background to allow the feathers to really pop.

I will show you the progression of the quilting. I love how the three layers become one. Actually for me it is four layers. I put Quilters Dream cotton on the bottom with Quilters Dream wool on top, then of course the backing and the quilt top.

I finished it on the due date, thank goodness. 
I will admit, this is not really modern. I'm not sure that I really understand the concept, I try but I seem to be pretty traditional. 

I still like it a lot and look forward to my next months goal!!!

Happy Quilting and thanks for the visit!!!!!

Martha in sunny Oregon!!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

OMG One Monthly Goal for April-Riley Blake Challenge


So for April my OMG-One Monthly Goal is working on my Riley Blake Challenge for the Modern Quilt Guild. This is due to be finished by April 22nd, so I need to put it in high gear.

I am giving you just a peek of what I have done. 

I have more completed than what I am showing you now and I have some sketches, but they will remain secret until I re-post the finished quilted!!

We were given 4 fat 8th's to work with. We can add any other Riley Blake fabrics to the group.

My background is a Riley Blake fabric that I happened to have, so my main goal is to use what I have. I will need to find a backing as it also needs to be by RB.

So there you are.
I shall be back soon with more to share.

Have a lovely week 
Happy Quilting!!!


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Quilted Postcard Exchange

I joined in on a Quilted Postcard Exchange through Elm Street Quilts. Our cards  had to finish at 4 X 6". When we signed up we gave a theme and my recipient chose "Rose".

I was going to do an applique but then decided to do a simple thread piece.

After searching for a simple method to draw a rose I found one that I thought I could do.

But first, I had to prepare my fabric.

 Left over pieces to sew together
 OK, this is it.
 Pinned and ready for the background quilting.
 Curvy crosshatch is so easy.
 I love the texture.

 Because of the size of this piece, I can get several bookmarks and postcards out of it.
 All marked and ready to draw and stitch the rose.

 All drawn and ready to stitch.
 Before stitching and after.
 Need to remark the edges and cut out.
 The layering process.
 Then trim to the finished size.
 Edge stitching.
 Lots of edge stitching.
 If there is any white showing I use marker to cover it up.
 Almost finished.
 This is the ink pad I use and stamp.
 Now we are ready. Just need to pop it into a clear envelope and pray that it makes its' way safely to its' new home. This one headed to Sweden.

Hope you enjoyed the journey.
Happy Quilting