Thursday, November 24, 2011

More Free Motion Friday - Almost Caught Up

I'm trying to get caught up Motion Friday hosted by Cindy at Fluffy Sheep Quilting! This has been the hardest one for me, so far. I had the hardest time getting it started. It looks more like a flower in the center. This one would take a lot of practice. The outside of this one started to work. Like I said, a little more practice and maybe it could work. Maybe. This first one is Leah Day's Stomach Lining.

And now the BRIGHT STAR
This one I liked, I guess because I thought it turned out OK, without too much effort.  Go to Fluffy Sheep Quilting to see more Bright Stars. First you see Leah Day's Bright Star. My fabric piece wasn't exactly square, but non the less OK. You can see her other designs at The Free Motion Quilting Project. 

OK, I think that gets me all caught up until tomorrow. :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Free Motion Friday / Oh, OK so it's Wednesday

I really do love that Cindy at Fluffy Sheep Quilting started Free Motion Friday. I just can't seem to get caught up. This week was Leah Day's H20, her's looks great, of course. 

Here is mine. Not great, but I'll take it. 

NOW, to try to get caught up.
I do love doing these. They are pushing me NOT JUST TO WATCH Leah Day's videos, but to sew the new patterns as well. So, here is the Free Motion Project pattern Pine Needles.

 And mine. I got a little confused at first, but . . .   Not my favorite. Good practice.

I still have a couple to upload. I'm trying to get ready for dinner tomorrow as well.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Small Brick Quilt

OK, so today was my daughter Sarah's LAST EVER High School swim meet. It was sectionals tonight. She swam her best time in the 100 free (58.33) and her best time in the 100 back (1:05.76). I only cried a little at her 100 back. She went in seated 9th and was in the first heat. When the race started the girl next to her was leading the whole way and was about a body length ahead of her. I couldn't believe it, she went in ahead of her and should have been beating her. In true Sarah form when she did her flip turn into the last 25 yards she came out of nowhere. It looked as though she out touched her but she lost by like a finger nail or something. So, she took 10th overall. She told us later that she started crying her last 25. :(
Her team came in second, but they all swam a great meet tonight. Very proud of them.

OK - back to quilting.

I think this was my first charm pack. I wanted to make something quick and easy and just loved these Andover fabrics designed by Kim Shaefer.

I also quilted the pieces with flowing glass by Leah Day.

Small Brick Quilt

Small Brick Quilt _ detail

Small Brick Quilt _ detail

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

More on Christmas Tree

I finished the quilting on my Christmas Tree wall hanging. I loved Star Flower Bands from Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting project and knew I needed to find a place to use it.  When I put up my flowers last week I had a comment that some of them looked like a poinsettia and I had to agree. I knew it would be perfect for this. So I put it around the border. I love it. Now I just need to finish the embellishments and I'm done. As you can see I'm still putting off the quilting on the pink and brown quilt. :)

the front view



back view


Monday, October 24, 2011

Free Motion practice

I have been practicing my quilting, getting ready to start the quilting on my daughters quilt. (FINALLY- I keep saying this) this isn't the pattern, but I love this and I'm going to try it with verigated thread on white.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Free Motion Friday - Slate Tile

OK, I know, it's Sunday night. Actually Monday morning. I didn't read it correctly last week and didn't realize that the design was already out there. So when I saw on fluffysheepquilting that it was slate tile? oops, I hadn't done it yet. I will have the new one ready for next week.

Here is what slate tile looks like from Leah Day on her blog The Free Motion Quilting Project. 

Here is my attempt at slate tile. Wasn't quite as easy as she makes it look (as always), but I was pretty happy with the results. I sort of ran out of room on one side, but if I was to use this on a quilt I would better prepare for that. Mark at least approx. where the columns would go. The more I look at it the more I think it should be a little LESS uniform. But I guess that's why this is practice.

I also have something I want to throw out there. I'm working on my daughters pink/brown quilt. I'm FINALLY going to start actually quilting it. This is what I had doodled over the summer that I thought might look good. Sorry about the quality of my photos that last couple of days. I've been using my phone and the lighting is off. Anyway this is what I was thinking of doing. I don't want to over quilt this one. I want the quilting to be open.

THEN I started a sample for myself.  I'm not wonderful at flowers, however I think I need to think BIG. I would love feedback/comments/suggestions on this one. I threw a few different kinds of flowers on this one.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Free Motion Quilting - Christmas Tree

I have about five projects going at the same time. Most of the time I think that's nuts. On the one hand, if I get frustrated with one project I pick up another one and work on that for a while. When I go back to the first one I seem to be able to focus again and it works. On the other hand it takes a while to finish a project.  Am I crazy? There must be others out there working on this many projects at one time, right?

Yesterday I posted photos of my free motion quilting of Drop Art. I decided to look at some of the projects that I have laying around that need to be finished. I still have Sarah's quilt that I just spray basted. (that's for another day).

The Christmas Tree wall hanging is a great project. I stopped working on it because I was trying to figure out what to quilt on the boarder. I made three of these last year. This one didn't get finished, because it was for me, of course.  The other two didn't have any filler quilting on them. I think I quilted a star on each of the corners but that was about it. I decided to use this one to practice some of the free motion stitches that I've learn from Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project.

The center white part is filled with Spiral-Pebble. It doesn't look too bad. Now I just have to figure out what design to use for the boarder and I'll be all set. I have red glass beads for the ornaments and buttons that look like toys to place on the skirt of the tree. I promise to post them when it's done.

If I stitch fast enough does it count as aerobic exercise?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Free Motion Friday - Drop Art

OK, well I know it's Monday, but I just found this today. I have done flowing glass and thought this would be easy. Not so much. It would take a bit of practice to get my drops consistent. They are either too fat or skinny. :) Thank you Fluffy Sheep Quilting for starting this. This encouragement to work on designs I might not of otherwise tried.

my first attempt:

On my second attempt, I tried to do some fills to see what that would look like. I think my favorite is simply echoing inside. I think if I used this design that is what I would do.

my second attempt:

I'm working on getting my machine flush with my table. When that happens I will get the Supreme Slider. I have a couple different pairs of gloves that my husband have bought for me. I have to admit that the ones that I bought for myself are the best so far. Don't laugh . . .   I tried using my rubber (dishwashing) gloves one day just to see how they would work. I like them. 

Can't wait to see what's next on Friday.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Pink Raffle Quilt

OK, I do remember telling you that I wasn't sure how good at this I would be. I've never been very good at writing in a journal, although I've tried in the past.

I have several projects in my studio that I should be working on. That might be the problem there, "several projects".

I read somewhere where this woman only works on ONE project at one time, only has enough fabric to work on that ONE project and never has scraps. I can't imagine that. I sometimes wish I was that disciplined, but then again maybe not. I may not get a lot of projects done, but when I do I'm very proud of them, and maybe I shouldn't change what isn't broken.

The last couple of years I've been very involved in the local Relay For Life committee. Here are a couple of quilts that I've made to help raise money for such a great cause.

Here is the pink raffle quilt. I loved this one. I had originally bought the fabric with my best friends niece in mind. This little peanut was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer at the age of three. I ended up making her a quilt from puppy fabric instead. I will show some other quilts from her fundraising dinner at a later time.

Anyway this fabric has pink cancer ribbons on it and love prints, pink flowers, and just beautiful fabrics. It was a jelly roll.  It came out perfect. I had never done a quilt like this and didn't think about the fact that when I started piecing the rows that I needed to alternate sewing from the top and then from the bottom. It became so slanted that I thought it was ruined. I ended up ironing the heck out of it and it helped but then I unstitched it down the center and flipped it. Came out just fine. A young lady heading off to college won the quilt and was thrilled with it.

Happy Quilting

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Teresa's Watercolor Runner

Last Christmas I made this table runner for my sister Teresa. Years ago I had made myself a wall hanging at a watercolor class. It's very simple but nice. Teresa loves it and so I thought it would be perfect. She doesn't use it as a table runner at all, instead it hangs on the wall. I think that's quite nice. The fabrics are the left over squares from my wall hanging.

The quilting is "square spiral" from 365 Days of Free Motion Quilting. I put it on an angle, but it's the same thing. I've learned so much from Leah Day and her blog. Very talented young lady.

Happy Quilting

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Dawn's Table Runner


Here are photos of the table runner that I made my sister Dawn this past Christmas. Her kitchen has red in it and the toile is left over fabric is from the curtains I made for her. It was perfect.

It was my daughter Sarah's birthday today (yesterday). I have attached a couple more photos of her. The first is of her at two or three. And the other is another senior photo.  Sorry, I will try to stick with Quilts from now on. It's just hard it being her birthday and just getting all her senior photos.


Happy Quilting

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sarah's Baby Quilt (1994)

Yesterday I mentioned that I haven't made a quilt for her since the first one I made in 1994. I started it when I found out I was pregnant. I had been wanting to start quilting and never did until then. It seemed like a good time to start. We didn't know the sex of the baby so I just chose pastels and my husband made sure I bought yellow flannel for the back. "Baby's need to have a soft blanket". We loved it so much that I've never put anything but flannel on the back of all the baby quilts that I've made. Even the quilts that I've made for adults for that matter.

The lighting isn't great, but the bottom is closer to the color. Just a very simple pattern. 
Notice that the square was not pieced by piecing like colors together, with say a blue rectangle and a blue square. I didn't know to do this. I didn't use a book, pattern, or anything. Just graph paper and colored pencils. I can't remember but I think I sewed the white square to one of the rectangles together and then added the next rectangle to that and so on. How crazy. I then stitched in the ditch (not knowing that is what it was called). Then I tied it, most of which is missing. I had also made square blocks with the left over fabic. It was perfect. She loved it for so long. I think the only reason it isn't in her room now is because it doesn't go with her color scheme. It's nice to look back and see how far I've come.

Happy Quilting,

Monday, August 8, 2011

Working on Sarah's Quilt

OK, so it's been over a week. I'm starting this blog a little slow. Hopefully I will do a little more as I go along. I've never been one to keep a diary or anything like that. I decided to do this to push me a little to work on my projects more. Not working so well yet.

SO, this is a quilt that I'm working on for my daughter. Her room is brown with pink accents. She helped me pick out the fabrics which we bought at Patchwork Plus Quilt Shop in Marcellus, New York. There is a white boarder going on and then a brown dot print that is part of the quilt going on for the outside boarder.

I hope to have the top, which is almost done, done by the weekend.

I can show off a couple photos of my daughter. She is a senior this coming school year. This is the first quilt I've made for her since my first quilt I made back in 1994 when I was pregnant. I will have to add that photo sometime.

Below are some samples of freemotion quilting I've been working on. These are from Leah Day's 365 Days of Freemotion Quilting

Happy Quilting,

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Welcome to The Creekside Quilter

Hello there, and welcome to The Creekside Quilter. I have finally started a blog. Not sure how well it will go, but I'm going to give it a try. 


A quilt I made from my doodles. 
I made it school colors to hang in my office at the school.