Thursday, December 13, 2012

Well, we've moved into our new offices at the school. I'm loving it. I've hung one of my Christmas wall hangings up over my desk. Not very well as you can see by the silly pin on one end. :(
Anyway, I love the way it looks in there. I have a couple other quilted pieces in the office. I'll take more photos tomorrow.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Finding Inspiration Everywhere

Inspiration for quilts and, in this case, quilting, is everywhere, you just need to keep your eyes and mind open for anything. Two of my sisters, and I were at lunch last week when I noticed that our bench seat had a very neat design on it. It reminded me of stitches on a quilt. Like soft flames maybe. I think I'm going to try this. It looks very cool.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Free Motion Quilting practice

I made four small Christmas wall hangings so that I could practice my free motion quilting.

Ready to Quilt


Pointy Paisley 

Soft Flame

Echo Shell

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ball Jar Pin Cushions

I saw this great idea on Pinterest. pin cushion jars

So I decided to go and get some jars and give it a try. WELL, I found the best jars. They are a little larger, but not really. I love them. They are squashed Ball Jars. They are the perfect size. I found scraps in my scrap basket to make them. I think I'm going to get more. They are so fun and easy to make. Click on the photo above for directions.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Take Five

As if I didn't have enough projects piling up in my studio, I started a new one this evening. Let me give you a bit of background on this one. My husband Bob is a huge jazz fan. He's been wanting to get album covers to frame and use for artwork in our middle room upstairs, his music room. Last year I bought him the Time Out Album by Dave Brubeck so that he could frame it. He jokingly said that I should quilt the artwork.

Guess What? I've decided to do just that.

OK, well. I wasn't exactly sure how I was to go about this. I talked it over with other quilters and have decided to start by tracing the piece of art onto piece of muslin. 

Now that I have that traced I will start looking through my stash to find the solids that I will need to applique the shapes onto the muslin. The challenge will be the quilting. I want to try to re-create the brushwork by free motion quilting. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Tumbling Blocks

Every time I post something I say I'm going to be much better about posting something everyday. Today is no different. :)

Here is an update on my tumbling blocks quilt. I have the rows pieced, now I just have to get the rows put together.

This was my week to get a lot of sewing done. So far, I haven't gotten any sewing done, :) but I have gotten quite a bit done on our new guilds.

The Finger Lakes Modern Quilt Guild now has two new guilds starting as spin offs. The Rochester Modern Quilt Guild and the Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild. I hope you'll be able to join us for one of our meetings.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Shadowplay Class

Last Saturday at Ivy Thimble Quilt Shop in Victor, New York, I took a class for the Shadowplay quilt. I've always wanted to make a three dimensional quilt so when I saw this was going to be a class I jumped at the chance. 

There are five rows in the center part of the quilt In the photo below I have the top row sewn and the next two are just placed.  On the rows that have four squares there is a flying geece piece on either end which gives the allusion of another piece. The pattern actually calls for a few different colors for the main square. I tried to use fabrics that I already had. I'm all about using up my staff lately. I'm hoping to be working on some scrappy quilts this summer. 

Main Square

Layout so far

I can't wait to see this one when it's done. I will keep you updated.

Happy Quilting  -  Sherri

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

My Solid Challenge_So Far

I think I mentioned that I went to a quilt retreat last weekend. It was fun. I got there a little late which meant I was at a table by myself. Not that everyone didn't try to remedy this. They were all very nice. I kinda wanted to use the entire table so I stayed where I was. It did feel a little funny at times but to be honest I was sick so it was probably a good thing I was by myself. I went to a few tables and some of the ladies came over and chatted with me, some more than others. It was all good. A whole day of quilting where the only interruptions were to talking with other quilters. So, anyway I took a few projects to work on, of course and I was able to get my Finger Lakes Modern Quilt Guild Solid Challenge top done. We were to use up to seven colors. I've never done a piece like this before. I like it, and I can't wait to start quilting it.

This coming Saturday I'm taking a quilt class at Ivy Thimble, Victor NY. The class is for the pattern Shadowplay. I've been looking for that book, so this the class is perfect.

Happy Quilting   ~   Sherri

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Wonky Top Done

OK, well these were done last week and this is my first chance to get them up. I've been also working on a solid challenge which is surprisingly a challenge. Laugh Out Loud. I actually thought doing a quilt with just a few squares and mostly white would be easy. It has turned out to be a learning experience. More on that latter, I need to get a photo of it first.

More about my wonky quilt. I've gotten a lot of, "that's cool" to a few, "oh wow". Not everyones taste and that's OK with me. I just have to piece them together which is coming along easy enough. I moved a few of the squares around and I think it fits a little nicer. Thinking about a boarder, not sure.

I went to a quilt retreat yesterday. My first and I have to say it was nice. I met quite a few nice woman. I came away feeling like I made some new friends, but at the same time realized I was a little out of my element. I don't know a lot of sewing terms or quilting terms for that matter. I think the one thing that stood out the most and made me realize that I'm a no rules, whatever looks good sort of quilter was when I told one of the women that I had learned this really cool way of doing half square triangles. You take two squares and stitch all four sides and then cut cross ways and you get four half square triangles. She nodded and said, "Yeah that would work". A short pause and then, "but then you would have two that were on the bias." I smiled and thought to myself, oh yeah, I guess I don't really think about that all the time. I really don't. I mean it crosses my mind sometimes but if my fabric is not long enough for a piece I need I turn it around and if it happens to be on the bias, OH WELL. Should I be worried about this? My first thought is no. Do I dream of someday being able to sell my quilts? Yes. SO, should I be worried that I'm not a by the rules sort of quilter? I'm still thinking no. Can I improved my skills? Absolutely. I think that's what I'm doing all the time. Every time I'm in my sewing studio, cutting, piecing, or machine quilting I'm improving. I think that is the lesson I will take away from yesterday. Everyone has something to learn or to teach. Weather it's at home online with quilters or at a retreat watching, talking, and getting to know other quilters. It's all a learning experience.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

And then there were TEN

OK, so I have made a little progress on my wonky quilt. I'm trying to figure out another quilt at the same time, so actually I think I'm doing well. I've been trying to do at least two a day. SO I now have ten out of 16 done. I'm working on another as I'm writing this. I have green and black scraps everywhere which are being used in the corners of these blocks. I like having NO RULES.
Not sure if this is the actual order they will end up in, but I think it's looking good so far.

Monday, March 26, 2012

My First Wonky Quilt

I have been drawn to this style of quilt for quite a while. Whenever I'm doodling one seems to show up. Well, I have a black and lime green quilt that I am making and I thought why not try it now. It takes a little getting used to, but I'm having fun. Come to think of it I might have done some squares like this before. I'll have to dig up some photos on an angel quilt I made some time ago.

Back to this one. Here are a few photos to show my progress so far.

initial drawing

Like I said, I'm having fun. Can't wait to see how it turns out. You'll notice, however there are a few times that I was short just a bit and I ended up having to add just a smidgen to one side. I think the hardest part is trying not to waste fabric. I only have so much. I still have 10 more squares to go. 

I think I'm going to make the quilting on this very simple. Just straight lines.

till next time,

Monday, March 12, 2012

Marissa's Quilt

I decided that my niece Marissa needed a quilt from me. Her mom, my sister-in-law, and I talked about what colors she might like and I knew that batiks would be perfect. I started this right after Christmas and just finished it last month. I tried to get photos of it at each step. I didn't have a pattern, however I saw a quilt made like this in an ad in one of my magazines (Quilts and more, Summer 2011- ad for lollipop Tanga Batiks). I knew it was perfect. A great way to show off all of these great fabrics. I had never made a quilt using more than one batik. I had never really bought very many. WOW! I LOVE THEM! I can see why some quilters use them in most of there quilts. I'm happy to report that she loves it. 

choosing the fabrics (my favorite part)
Purchased at Material Rewards
the center squares
cut strips for 2" squares

sew strips together
cut strips
form block
connect blocks
quilting detail
I used one of my favorite Leah Day patterns:
Spiral Matrix

border/binding detail
If you look close at this you can see that I quilted Bamboo Forest on the border.
I didn't get a photo of this in progress, however
I used left over strips from the squares and cut them down to 2" for the binding.
The lighting on this does NOT do much for it so I added the next photo.