Thursday, January 15, 2009
Hi everyone! Lots to update you on! Today was so cold and it snowed quite a few inches, I have been frozen solid all day.
Alright, so I've been determined to really get down to brass tacks with paper piecing. Last year I attempted a 4" block from Carol Doaks "300 Paper Pieced Quilt Blocks" book. It wasn't anything special, not even a pattern just a crazy patch style block, very easy, 4 pieces. At the time I was like ok, easy enough... until I volunteered to make a 12" block for a friend for a charity quilt she was putting together. I decided on the "Star O'er Bethlehem" block from quilterscache.com. It was a struggle, there were a lot of tears, a lot of cursing and more tears. I had almost given up, it was tough and all of the piecing and ripping and repiecing was really getting to me. I finally wound up with this end result:
The blocks were also voted on, there were many, many very beautiful blocks and I actually won first place! I was extremely honored and very humbled. So it all paid off. I tried to re-make the block a while later and i was not successful. The end result was completely wonky and unable to be worked with.
Fast forward to now, yesterday I decided to pick a block make it 8" and work on it. It took an hour, jeez! But I am satisfied with the end result:
Today, I worked on this one, love it! The whole thing reminds me of my boyfriend's mom and her love for florals, coffee and shabby chic design. I chose the fabric with her in mind.
My goal is to do at least one a month and by December make a nice little wall hanging. I don't know if I can commit to more than one a month at this point, my time is very limited.
I started taking a class at my LQS today. It is a 4 week class that is held every Thursday from 10am-12pm. Those 2 hours fly by so fast! The class is for Cheryl Phillip's book "WedgeWorks" it's an 'easy' Mariner's Compass with no paper piecing. Here are 3 photos from the book *please note these are not my work:
Cover of the book:
At first, I wanted to make the China Blue Sampler. Then I started leaning towards the Persian Star. When I got to class, almost everyone was doing the China Blue and it really made me want to deviate and since I wanted to do the Persian Star anyway... then I decided i'd make one Persian Star then mat and frame it and make the sampler. I pretty much understood the directions for the sampler and since everyone wanted to make it the instructions were being talked about a lot. Once I got home I was reading over the star instructions and while I don't feel like I can't do it... i'm like hmmm, I wish I had spent more time in class reviewing it. At this point though, I feel like i'm beyond the technicality of the directions and i'm really faced with a challenge with choosing the fabrics. I know contrast is everything with a Mariner's Compass and I am keeping that in mind. I just also feel like I have a big opportunity to learn a lot from this class but with my given time constraints I really feel like I can't do the class justice. It's a horrible feeling. Hopefully my shopping trip to Joann tomorrow will relive me and i'll find some incredibly inspiring fabrics.
This weekend I will be spending with my 8 year old son and we have my nephew's birthday party to go to on Saturday. Tuesday I start teaching my Crazy Patch Heart class and I'll have my Thursday class going on, then next weekend I'll be in New York with my best friend. Not to mention I will also have the next round of the CQ RR block to work on, it'll probably arrive tomorrow. Oh! And i'm hosting 2 buy ins: silk ribbon and perle 8 cotton.
Over the past 3 days i've managed to needle tat up 7 or 8 baskets too. I'll post a picture of them tomorrow.
I always manage to keep myself extremely busy! I hope to post pictures of more progress on the paper piecing soon!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
This round i had the pleasure of working on huntres9's autumn themed block. It proved to be a bit difficult and challenging at times because I was concerned about adding the wrong colors! My work on the block is finished and it's off on its way to the next gal. Here are the 2 peeks that I shared for the blocks owner.
I traced this tree out onto tissue paper, basted it down and embroidered over it ripping the paper off after. Added a couple SRE flowers at the base of the tree. It has a small bird's nest with 2 blue eggs in it.
Friday, January 9, 2009
I made these pillowcases for a dear friend who was my "Secret Sister" last year. I have been working on them since early December and I had really wanted to get them to her by Christmas but it just didn't work out that way. So, I got them off in the mail to her on Tuesday. Hey, at least they're done and they've arrived! She was very good to me, extremely attentive - always right on top of my posts on the messageboard. I always received a heartfelt letter in a box that was packed full of bows and ribbons with lots of care. Hope she enjoys them!
I seem to be lacking here in blog land. I have been extremely busy, honestly... seems I don't have too much to show for it though. Ah! I know, i'll have peeks to share with you from this round of our CQ Round Robin and I also just finished the siggy wedding quilt I was hired to make! I'll have photos of that for you soon!
What's coming up for me? Starting Tuesday, January 20th I'll be teaching four 2 hour classes at a LQS for a Crazy Quilt heart (i had blogged about this earlier this year.) So that is very exciting! I am prepping my kits for that, still have some work to be done but it's well on its way! 2 weeks after that I'll be starting my 8 week class on CQ. I still have lots to do for that one. I'm also taking a class for Cheryl Phillips "WedgeWorks" book. (the first one) That starts Thursday January 15th! I am a little concerned that it's a time intensive class and I have so much going on I hope I can give it the attention it deserves because I also have the CQ RR going, 3 more rounds to go! Oh! Oh! And i'll be visiting my very best friend of (eep!) 15 years in New York for the weekend of Jan 23-25! Then i'll also be visiting her for my birthday on the weekend of Feb 20-22. We're going to a comedy show and we'll hang out a little bit, i'm so looking forward to a nice weekend away, but you know i'll bring at least one needlework project ;) probably my tatting since it's so space friendly and portable.
Well, there's my update for the new year. I hope this entry finds you healthy and well! See you soon with some CQ peeks! Stay tuned...