Sunday, July 13, 2014

Patchwork with a twist ...



I started this as a patchwork of 3.75" squares from my scrap bins which I posted here … then twisted it up a little with some 3.75" strips of white in the midst.

This is for my niece's graduation present from high school last month (yup, as with all my quilts lately, it's a little late).


I quilted it with a X pattern … and was able to do it free form … I am pretty pleased with how straight the lines came out!


For the back, I used up some of the extra blocks that I had from the front and then made a label for the quilt.



Kaitlin loves a riot of color … and I think this pretty much captures that.  I used a few different colors on the binding to bring the color fun home.


Great week off at the cabin … heading back to the real world tomorrow morning …

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

All the best,
Lisa

Friday, July 11, 2014

Vacation Projects ...


A week at the cabin … a glorious week … in glorious weather at the cabin!

I was able to sneak some quilting in this week between kayaking, running and getting a few other projects underway.  I had purchased the table and chairs on Craig's List last summer and made the seat covers (blogged here) then as well.  This week I finally got around to painting them.

Chairs before paining
It was pretty simple.  I purchased 2 colors of Valspar Outdoor Satin spray paint at Lowes (Spring Sprout for the chairs and Dried Pepper for the table).

John did a little sanding and I was able to spray paint them up in the garden.


In total, I used 4 cans of paint for the chairs and 2 on the table.

It's kind of nice to have some color back in the garden … since the deer worked so hard to remove it the week before we got here.


After our kayaking fun a couple of weeks ago, we were able to pick up a Kayak on Craig's List and have a second one on order.  Guess we underestimated how awkward it can be to walk around a 1 car garage with a 14' kayak in it ;-).  So John found a great tutorial for a kayak rack online … and pulled it together this week as well.


We have some friends coming out for the weekend and it's meant to get above 90F here … which should be interesting in a cabin with no air conditioning … thank goodness we've got great neighbors who have offered to loan us a couple of their kayaks as well … playing in the canal will be very refreshing!

I was able to finish a few of the quilt tops that have been laying around … once I've taken some photo's, I'll share a few, stay tuned!!!

Enjoying the rest of the week off … hope you had a great week!

All the best
Lisa

Monday, June 30, 2014

"Art" Quilt


I fell in love with this quilt … IN LOVE!!!  

I wanted to try an "art" quilt, as opposed to a "quilt" quilt?  Make sense???

Anyway … here it is …


There was a lot of seam ripper involved in this quilt … squares didn't work, it needed to be linear and rectangle … the whole section under the light blue was re-pieced at least 3 times ;-).


I felt a little Frank Lloyd Wright-ish while making this … but loved where it was taking me to and where my mind wandered after having seen the original.  


The process … undertaken when I was under stress … was cathartic and helped me relax and lose myself in the process.  It's a different type of quilting for me and one that I want to do a little more of (design walls certainly help!!!).  


Simple back … had to find somewhere to use one of the squares that didn't work on the front ;-).  


It's for a friend who was a bone marrow donor for her sister back in April of this year …

And then when I finished … little relaxation for John and I …




Hope you're having a great week!

All the best
Lisa

Bed Pillow


 I had bought a couple of the longer pillow forms at JoAnn's a few years back when they were on sale … always with the intent of making a pillow for our bed.

Well … I finally got to it … just some scraps from the bin … an invisible zipper …


… and a red dot sale at JoAnn's for the material on the back.


You can't see from the photo that I have a fair amount of yellow and green in my bedroom, so this goes quite nicely in there and adds a bit of a pop of brightness and color to the bed.

Hope you're having a GREAT day!

All the best
Lisa

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Scrap Patchwork


Another high-school graduation present on the design wall … love it when we can make them totally from the stash … don't you???


After cutting out ~360 3.75" squares from my scrap bins … I sewed the squares into dyads.  mixing them up as I went along.  Then, turned them into blocks of 4 squares … before putting them up on the design wall.  

I like the colors and overall it's looking like a pretty good start.

Winding down an incredibly busy month of June and looking forward to a little cabin time over the next few weeks … because in my world "cabin time" can also mean "quilting time" ;-)

Hope you're having a great weekend!

All the best
Lisa


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Scrap buster ...

WIP Fan Quilt

It's graduation time again … and my niece is graduating from high school next week!

I saw this pin in Pinterest -- and knew what Kaitlin's grad quilt would have to be!  The inspiration quilt has 6.5" blocks.  I wanted it to go a bit bigger … so my squares are 10.5" and I used paper piecing to create the blocks and keep the fabric from stretching.

I must admit, making paper pieced scrap quilts is not my favorite thing to do … but I do LOVE how they turn out.  The picture above shows the 10.5" blocks after I had removed the paper, but before I sewed them together (which I accomplished today).

Today's a bitter-sweet day.  It's Father's Day … and while I am blessed to still have my dad with us, it was one of my first calls to him where it was clear that the Alzheimer's is taking it's toll.  The long goodbye is not going to be easy …

Dad -- at his 80th Birthday party in 2013
Hope you all had a great day … and for those dad's out there … hope it was a special day.

All the best.
Lisa

Monday, June 2, 2014

Getting caught up ...

My husband's middle son Doug married Kate back in December … technically, you have a year to give them a wedding present … right ?!?!?


When I asked John what he thought they would want … he suggested this one, which I had made as a wedding present late last year for my cousin's daughter.

If you recall … last time the pattern was because I hadn't made all my geese the same size (they were out by mm … but mm count when there are 20 of them in a row).

But this time … I bought a template!  It helped … they weren't perfect, but do believe that they were all a bit more uniform this time.


I like the simplicity of the quilt … and was thrilled to have the Juki back in the house to quilt this on (jury still out on repairs and I will hold off for a few more quilts before I pass judgement again … stay tuned).


Must admit … I am a complete convert to Rachel's zigzag binding technique.  The binding goes on perfectly, quickly and I feel is far more secure than hand stitching.  The zigzag also gives it some visual interest.





Congratulations Doug & Kate!!!

All the best
Lisa

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