It was a pretty long week for me. I spent a LOT of time in the car with my husband this week. So I was more ready to go for lots of walks this weekend than doing much more sitting at my sewing machine. But, I did get my machine back from being serviced, and it seems about back...
There has been a surprising amount of discussion about synesthesia over the past few years. I am going to quote the introduction to Wikipedia's article on synesthesia:
Synesthesia is a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. People who report such experiences are known as synesthetes.
Difficulties have been recognized...
Since I returned from SewDown Portland, I have had quite the backlog of projects sitting on my shelf. I came home with 5 unfinished projects and I had a project ready to be basted and quilted already!
Works in Progress 2/10/2014
Lee Heinrich‘s “Shooting Star”
Julie Herman‘s Sidekick Sampler
Sherri Lynn Wood's Improv Round Robin
Heather Jones' You + Me
A set of disappearing nine patch...
On Thursday after work I got the binding stitched down to the front of the You + Me quilt. I used a lot of the remaining fabric from the front for other projects, so I went with a scrappy binding. I used the last of the yellow and blue from the front and a bit of the backing fabric...
I did not have a very productive weekend in quilting; somehow I just never got around to working on anything. Thankfully, my husband had a dentist appointment Tuesday afternoon, and I ditched work a bit early with him so that I could work on the You + Me quilting while he got his teeth cleaned. I finished the quilting...
On Sunday, I had a bit of a painful adventure getting the backing put together for Heather Jones' You + Me quilt I started in SewDown Portland. But I persevered and the back was completed and I got the quilt basted, too!
I got to spend about a half hour working on the quilting tonight. I just seems to scream for straight line...
Yesterday afternoon, I was happily working away on making a backing for my You + Me quilt that I started in Heather Jones' class at SewDown Portland on Saturday. I was pressing open a seam, and as I tugged the fabric to move it down the ironing board with one hand, I pressed the edge of the iron I was...
It only took 2 hours to get the binding whip-stitched down this morning. Which leaves me with plenty of time to work on something else this afternoon!
Here are the other posts related to this quilt:
Whale of a Time - Blocks
Whale of a Time - Completed Top and Backing
Whale of a Time - Starting to Quilt
Whale of a Time -...
I had a great time quilting "Whale of a Time" over the weekend. I was moving right along and on Sunday evening I had visions of getting the binding on... and I was so focused on finishing that final row of quilting detail that I failed to notice the folded over backing I was stitching down. Oh well, a...
I had a very productive afternoon today! I got home from work and went straight into basting this quilt. I had the quilt basted and ready for quilting in about a half hour, so I just went ahead and started quilting!
I wanted to do a really loose initial quilt pattern that was soft and wave-like. I got half of...
I spent the weekend in Tennessee visiting with family and meeting my niece, Lillie, for the first time. I had a great visit with everyone, and I managed to make it to a quilt store or two (I reeeeeally did not need that fabric...). I bought batting, so this weekend promises to see some good progress - hopefully I...
Receiving photos of quilts I have made being used and loved makes my heart sing!
The McMenemy family shared this photo of Woodland Creatures and said, "Thank you again for creating our wonderful quilt! The raccoons and squirrels are a big hit."
And I was super happy to get to go meet my niece, Lillie, for the first time this past...
I had a fun and productive day today getting this quilt top pieced together. Creating the final top layout and sewing it together is my favorite part of the quilting process; it is just so satisfying to see it all come together!
As I mentioned in my earlier post about these blocks, I decided to use solid color blocks to...
*WiP = Work in Progress
I mentioned that I came home from SewDown Portland with 5 projects. 4 projects came from the classes, and the 5th was started during the open sew on Friday night after registration and dinner. I didn't have a project to work on with me, so I stopped by the pop up quilt store (Drygoods Design)...
I've completed another project I started at SewDown Portland! Today I finished up the Sidekick Sampler by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts. Julie designed the sidekick ruler to cut 3 different shapes in 4 different sizes, and in her class at SewDown Portland she reviewed how to cut all the shapes with the ruler.
At the class I was able...
I just completed the first project from Sew Down Portland - Lee Heinrich‘s “Shooting Star”. She brought in a demo in the same colorway, and I adored the quilting on it. So, I quilted mine pretty much the same way. I am really pleased with how it turned out, and I've hung it in my sewing room for inspiration!
Shooting Star: A Modern Traditionalist Mini
I really was not sure what to expect from Lee Heinrich's "Shooting Star" class. She was definitely prepared and ready to talk about her passion for creating beautiful traditional blocks/quilts with decidedly modern twists. We learned two different ways to make flying geese. And she taught paper piecing (yes, I believe I was the only...
Improv Round Robin
There were 4 fabulous instructors at SewDownPortland. We had a 3 hour class with each instructor over 2 days. On Saturday, I had my first class with Sherri Lynn Wood who blogs at daintytime.net. Her class was a twist on Improvisational Quilting in which we sewed a round robin. Which meant we first created a block as...
I had a great weekend at #SewDownPortland. The rare snowstorm that affected the area did not seem to dampen anyone's spirits. I made it home (a day later than originally planned...) with 5 new projects. I can't wait to share them with you!
The tire tracks in snowy downtown Portland streets reminded me of tumbling blocks!
I was so thankful to...
Today was a beautiful and productive day. I started out this morning spending some time figuring out Etsy - it is going to take a while, but I think I will eventually open an Etsy shop to sell my quilts (yay!), then I put binding around my pattern sample block, I took a 4 mile walk with my husband...