Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What happened to Spring??

I woke up feeling cold this morning. What wacky weather everyone seems to be having. I couldn't believe I pulled a long sleeve shirt over my head this morning and still have it on this afternoon. I thought summer was imminent but I guess we have a few more days of cool weather. 

I'm plugging away at stitching the borders on Colorwaves - I finally settled on cross stitches with white stranded floss. I don't know what I was thinking when I thought I'd get these done in an evening or two - I've done multiple stitching sessions and am only halfway through. Now my goal is to be done by the end of the month as I'm working on a few other things in between to break up the monotony of the rows of white. Borders aren't my favorite thing to stitch! 

Our local quilt guild had its bi-annual show this past weekend. As a member of the committee, I'm happy to have the event be finished. I thoroughly enjoyed the show and spending time with a few special friends.  On Saturday I did a bed turning (basically a Show and Tell of my quilts and telling their stories). It was really interesting to see the progress of my quilting journey and how eclectic my taste is. I like a little bit of everything - civil war, brights, batiks, and I'm starting to enjoy the "modern quilts". I bought some fabric up in North Carolina a couple of weeks ago and designed a quilt to use it. I've started it and am thinking I may chart a design to go with it. I've been thinking of turning a piece or two of mine into a quilt for a long time and think I may have decided to finally do it!

I entered three quilts and was thrilled to get a ribbon on two of them, especially as one of them was a "Judge's Choice" ribbon - there were five awarded and mine was for "Scrap Quilt" and the abundance of fabrics! I was thrilled when I walked around the corner and saw the different colored ribbon! Whether it's quilting or stitching, I like lots and lots of color and pattern!

I started this quilt several years ago and finally finished it this year - it combines two of my favorite quilt blocks - stars and log cabins. I'll be really happy to put this out for Christmas this year!

Here's one of my favorite quilts from the show - I loved the variety of the orange fabrics and it was a really happy quilt!

Thrilled to have the taxes done and in the mail! I'm spending the afternoon stitching and quilting to celebrate!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Fools - No Jokes here...

Happy April! I always loved April Fools Day when I was a kid and loved coming up with believable ways to trick my friends! No tricks in this post though!

I just got Stained Glass Stars back from the framer - here it is!

Looking forward to finishing Colorwaves, a new colorful design I've been working on. I've showed a few sneak peeks on Facebook but wanted to share them here too. I'm really loving working on this and hope to be releasing it this summer.

I love using all the colors in one design!

Back to stitching on this beautiful spring day - I'm actually headed outdoors to stitch in the sunshine!


Friday, March 21, 2014

Happy Spring!

Welcome Spring!! I've never been so glad to see ya! I'm hoping for a long spring - this is my "creative time" when new designs are born and spring into my head. I'm actually working on two different things right now, something which I rarely do. Nothing I can show you yet but here's my Spring Logs - finally time to add it to the cushions on the sofa and put the Winter one away! The first one is mine and the second is from a customer to show you a different fringe - mine has a large cording covered with a gathered fabric - I was in a hurry to get it done for market and didn't have any good fringe so this was a "make do". I like it but think the fringe is probably better!

Back to yard work and stitching!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New Releases...

I finally can show you a photo of all of Stained Glass Stars! The patterns are off to distributors and shops today! This was a really fun piece and was stitched all with Watercolours except for the background which is an overdyed floss from Threadworx. It finishes at 13x13. I included six additional colorways in the pattern and you can see photos of them on my website.

Also now available is Color Delights - Lemon. When I took a good look at the Color Delights as a group last fall, I realized I only had one design that was yellow (Sunshine). Since yellow is such a happy color and we could sure use some sunshine around the country about now, Lemon is the perfect project to head towards spring!

Hope you're staying safe and dry wherever you are - it's a cloudy rainy day here - perfect for stitching but I'm mailing kits for classes and packing to head to Texas on Thursday.


Monday, January 27, 2014

Color...and more color

I've had trouble adding photos to my blog and finally figured out a way to work around it and get some added so here we go! 

Here are a few photos I've recently received from people who've done awesome things with some of my Color Delights patterns! First up is Rainbow - Jodi B. added two borders to my original design and really elevated it! 

Jana B. has been working on what she calls her "Color Delights Mashup" and just sent me a photo of the finished piece! She was inspired by this post. She did a great job and even changed some of the colors to use the designs she wanted. 

I've just finished Stained Glass Stars, which I will be releasing next month. There will be alternate colorways listed in the pattern - I'll show them to you later but here's my finished stitching. Next up is writing the instructions - definitely not the fun part!

This is the last week to register for my Shining Needle class "Hope & Love". Here are all the details. I'm hoping get a log of registrations as part of the proceeds are being donated to various causes.

Until later - 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Wishing you much love and hope and all the strength, courage, and energy to make 2014 the best year ever. While I enjoyed the holidaying, stitching, and quilting in December, I'm actually looking forward to "getting back to work".  I've just finished stitching (woohoo; I already have a finish for 2014!) a second colorway for a new design I think will be offered through   Shining Needle Society.  Here is the first colorway I did and I’m calling it "Hope".  I have a very close friend who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer so this one is pretty close to my heart and will eventually be sent to her. She was actually diagnosed after I had this done...

I’m calling the second colorway “Love” as it represents my support of the American Heart Association and especially, Women's Heart issues.  Working with red is always a challenge as it doesn’t shade well but I’m happy with the way this turned out.  When I photographed the two, I was especially surprised to see that I’d stitched a different stitch for the background – I didn’t look closely at what I’d done for Hope and just went from memory…It’s a “happy accident” though as it shows different options along with the variety of patterns I’m doing for the corners.  
I’m looking forward to creating the other colorways and coming up with the causes I want to support – I’m open to suggestion and would love to hear what is close to your heart.
I wanted to be able to show you a finished Stained Glass Stars but I’m still working on it! The last stitches of 2013 and the first stitches of 2014 were on the background of this piece which I am finally thrilled with – I think I tried about six different things for the background and even stitched one side. I got to take it all out after it kept getting more and more NOT okay the more I got on the canvas. I should be able to finish this up in another couple of stitching sessions. Here’s a part of it…

I’ve got a few other things in the works but next up publicly is appearing at Merchandise Night for Callaway Gardens in a couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to seeing old friends, spending some time with my mom, and of course, shopping in the boutique! I can never have enough threads…

Hope you’re having a great New Year so far – it seems odd to have it in the middle of the week!



Monday, December 2, 2013

Back from vacation...

I'm back from two weeks vacation and have had to drag myself back to the computer to work again.

I spent the first week of vacation in Shipshewana, Indiana at the Dear Jane quilt retreat. I missed going last fall so it was especially wonderful to see old friends and meet some delightful new ones as well. The weather was interesting the last day we were there - these two photos were taken 10 minutes apart! It was fun to see snow the last day we were there and a relief to not see too much of it on our drive home the next day!

I stitched all the way up on the drive but spent the rest of the past two weeks doing hand applique. I'm hoping to put a quilt in our local guild's quilt show in April and was able to get a lot accomplished but I still have to stay on task the next few months! I finished up the 40 applique blocks for the quilt - here are the last ones I finished up at the retreat - I'm not sure what I was thinking when I picked out the brown flowers in the middle one...there's red in them but it sure doesn't show up in the photo. My background fabric is fun - it looks like an overdyed fabric with tints of blue and green. It's more subtle in person than this photo shows.

 Here is a border that I finished last week (it's 72 inches!) - three more to go! After finishing this, I think I can finally say I'm comfortable with hand applique. It has been a long time coming...
and a close-up of part of it...
This is a fun quilt but I'll be glad to get it done, mostly so I can start something else. I've been working on it since March to the exclusion of everything else in my sewing room and am looking forward to getting back to my machine.
I celebrated Thanksgiving and my birthday (same day) with my family in North Carolina - since it was a big birthday (you know, the ones with a zero at the end), mom made a cake and even put candles on it. By the time they were blown out, wax had to be scraped off the frosting, giving everyone present a great laugh. It's always fun to have my birthday fall on Thanksgiving, especially as I was born on Thanksgiving as well.
Will write again soon with photos of stitching in progress...until then, keep the needles moving and pause to enjoy the holidays... I'm still trying to decide if I want to take the time to put up a tree...