Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Finish! Customer Quilt

Quilted and bound!  This pretty little quilt is actually a cheater cloth that a customer brought by last week and asked me to quilt for her grandson's graduation gift.  It was easy enough--just follow the lines she said.  She is making a set of pillow shams to match and is very excited to pick up her quilt tomorrow.  

When I called to ask about the binding, we decided that I would use a solid green so that I could save the bit of burgundy backing for her shams.  She has had the fabric for a while and can't get any more, so every bit is important.  I think we managed to make it work though.  I like the dark border on the quilt since it frames it out nicely.

I saw several Jacob's Ladder quilts when we were in Paducah last summer and have been smitten with them.  This did not help....I really want to put one together just because it is an easy block but looks difficult.  Well, that and it's an interesting block, as well.  I'll have to see what I can do to get started on one, but there are a few projects that have to hold priority: a couple more customer quilts, for example.

Thanks for visiting.

Happy Quilting,

Monday, April 21, 2014

Modern Monday

The La Traveling Quilt Bee is getting under way.  In fact, I've made my first block and will send it off in a day or two.  I am not sure that it's what I want, but I am working on a customer quilt that has a deadline, so my block will have to wait.  

There are things that I like--the color, the size, the fabrics--and things that I'm not so sure about.  I think I'll just send it off and hope for the best.  My idea it there, but it's not what I envisioned.  Of course, I'd have to either start over or do lots of ripping.  Neither sound very appealing, but I don't have to make my decision right now.   

I do like this particular fabric.  It is an off white background with calligraphy words.  Some are readable, but not many.  Some are French: I can figure out famille (family) and a couple of other words.  However, there may be some words that are not French or English.  They are so difficult to read that I just don't know, but that adds to the appeal.

This little applique reads "make a quilt for each of my children."  Now that I really love.  The light blue is almost gray and I've decided to request grays and neutrals.

If you're interested in following some of our antics, there are a few ways that you can keep up.  One is to see what we pin to the Pinterest board that's been set up especially for this purpose.  I'll add a few more links later, when I figure out how to access them. lol  It seems I'm going to have to learn a few more computer skills, especially how to use hashtags. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Quilt Inspiratation: Pastels

Happy late Easter everyone.  By this time, all the eggs are eaten, the baskets emptied, and masses prayed.  In honor of Easter I thought I'd use pastel colors. They remind me of the dresses we wore as little girls.  Nothing fancy or lacy, just cotton fabrics in spring calico prints.  Momma made a dress for each of us to wear to Easter mass.  

My favorite was purple flowers, but there were always lots of options.  

While I was looking for pictures of vintage calicoes, I found this picture of yo-yos.  Of course, they remind me of vintage calico quilts.

I wish I had one iota of crafty fabric talent. This quilt makes my heart pitter patter!

Calico quilt from Michigan, Pook & Pook.  Love the colors and simplicity
Detail, Antique c1880 Small Triangles Cutter Quilt Red White Blue | eBay, vintageblessings

Huge True Charm Quilt 1870's Tons of Fabrics Perfect Unused Condition | eBay seller rags; 90" x 94"; each shape: 5" by 5" by 5" by 2"; all hand sewn, unusued, unwashed, medium weight

Patriotic 19th C. calico quilt top, Indian Hatchet design, Pennsylvania. Ragbaby Antique Textiles.

Japanese, Lecien ANTIQUE FLOWER in PASTEL, Fat Quarter Bundle of 13

"Ann Dixon worked on a sweet baby quilt."  -  Quilter Beth's Blog: 2011 Patoka Valley Quilt Guild Winter Retreat

And that takes us to more modern quilts. 

scrappy Saturday - crazy mom quilts

Peak Hour Chevron Quilt PDF Pattern designed by Sandra Farnsworth

Triangle Baby Quilt by Coraquiltscarla - I loooove the turquoise!

Whos Peeking by flossyblossy, "Made for my little boy and in Issue 9 of Fat Quarterly"

fast, easy, attractive!

Sampaguita Quilts: Soft as a Feather

Join me tomorrow for Modern Monday.  See you then!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Fun

This is a post from 2012 but I thought you might like to know how to get these beautifully dyed eggs, so I'm reposting.

We managed to have a couple of days of fun for our Easter vacation.  Although we go back to school tomorrow and face state testing this week, I was able to forget the stress of work for a few days.  All three sons and their families visited on and off over the weekend.  

As I write this, the local news is reporting the egg knocking competitions in our parish.  The children did get an opportunity to go to the Cottonport Egg Knocking on the Bayou for the egg hunt.  When they returned, we took naps then woke to our own egg fun.  We dyed about seven dozen yard eggs.  

The little girls really had fun with egg dying.  Jenny brought a kit that the grandchildren used to dye their eggs.  I, however, dye way too many eggs to play with dying one at a time.  Instead, I've perfected my own egg dying technique, which I really like because I'm able to get brilliant, rich colors.  

To dye eggs, I first place a towel in the bottom of a large gumbo or stock pot.  Carefully putting the eggs in the bottom of the pot, I add hot tap water to cover the eggs and turn the stove on high.  Once the water comes to a boil, I turn the heat down to keep the eggs from moving around.  When the eggs are cooked, I move the entire pot out to a table on the lawn where I've already put some large glass bowls, Wilton food dye, and vinegar.  The recipe of one/eighth cup vinegar, 1/8 teaspoon food dye, and hot water to cover the eggs in the bowl seems to work very well.  I like to dissolve the food dye in the vinegar with about one cup of water before adding the eggs.  I use the hot water from the pot because the eggs and water are the same temperature and the eggs are less likely to crack.  

Note that most of my bowls are deep rather than wide, so that I can put in four or five eggs without having to add a great deal of water.  I also gently stir the eggs so that they are evenly dyed.  When the eggs are dyed to my satisfaction, or I simply get tired of waiting, I put them on the table to dry.  I've found that placing them in the crack between the boards is especially useful since the eggs don't roll around and the space allows for faster drying.  I also like to store the eggs in a carton because they are less likely to break or hit against each other.  

Why all this egg dyeing?  Because knocking, or pocking as many people say, is a tradition in central Louisiana that is fun.  I love that the elderly people enjoy it so much.  When our children were young, we spent most of our Easter Sunday visiting from house to house, Easter eggs in tow, so we could "pock" eggs.  This photo is of my grandmother, who died 20 years ago.  She is on the porch at my parents' house with both hands full of colored eggs, apparently going to pock with someone.  That smile is the reason I still dye eggs.  I think of her every time I dye eggs.  The tradition of dyeing and knocking eggs runs deep in both mine and Richard's families. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pin It Wednesday #61

Happy middle of the week before our Easter break.  I'm excited to have a few days off.  I have tons of paperwork and grading to do, but I might be able to get some quilting done, too.  I hope so, at least, I'm sure missing getting a few stitches in.

Esthers Blog: Flowers For Me

Aren't these appliqued flowers just gorgeous?

Country Threads: Di Ford

Look at these applique pieces!  Love the trees.

Jacobean Fantasy block made by Janet Beyea

Pennsylvania Dutch

Happy little birdies these are!  

one piece at a time blog -- applique tutes

Rambler Rose by Yoshiko Kobayashi.

Kim McLean Flower   Pots Block



beautiful floral quilt - love the colors.

wall hanging

Large flower and a little love letter

Poppy by Maureen Thomas at A Quilt Artist.  Hand painted applique

Can you tell that I love flowers?  Well, there is that, but also I am definitely into the spring season.  The weather may not be cooperating 100% but it's beautiful enough to want to be out there in the cool sunshine.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Modern Monday is back!

Love this!   The Traveling Quilts Bee - Round 4Remember my plan to write about modern quilts on Monday? Well, I haven't forgotten, I just haven't had anything to say.  Till now, that is.  The Northeast Louisiana Modern Quilt Guild ((NELA MQG) has started a traveling quilt bee.  

I've joined the fun. At the end of the bee, each of the participants will have a quilt top to finish into a lovely modern quilt.

The Traveling Quilts Bee - my addition to Heather's block by Happy Zombie, via FlickrI'm excited to be part of this bee idea.  Of course, I'll chronicle my adventure and hope that you'll join me here.  

I hope that this coming holiday will give me a chance to look at some modern traveling quilt bee ideas on Pinterest and also allow me to actually sew up a block or two.

The quilts on this page are a couple that are from previous traveling bees.  There's so much about them that I like.
But we'll talk about that later.  For now, I'd like to revel in the idea of quilting with others and for others. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014