Saturday, July 4, 2015
Lucy and her friend Mr. Frog want to wish all of her friends a very happy July 4th! She doesn't like the fireworks too much, but she does like all the red and white stripes in the flags!
We are having a very rainy 4th here in New Jersey.. and I think most of the Northeast. Good day to stay inside and sew.
I have embroidered the crest on top of my peacock's head. It looks more appropriate than the pattern, which had an applique piece that looked more like a chicken comb.
You can see an actual peacock crest here. We used to live not far from a peacock farm.. beautiful birds, but boy are they noisy! LOL
I will finish up the tail feathers today. And maybe start the next block - Assorted Bouquet.
I traced the pattern to my pieced background. Since it is such a dark and rainy day today I had to get a little creative. I don't own a lightbox so I lowered my sewing machine into my table and placed a light under the plexiglass insert. It worked great and I just needed to move my pattern and fabric around so it was over the light. Easy-peasey! Just be careful the light doesn't get too hot.. it could warp the plexiglass. :-)
Lucy hopes you enjoy the weekend and have a safe and festive July 4th holiday! She is just going to spend it on her flag quilt on the back of the couch....
Until she gets tired of Mr. Frog and pushes him off the couch!
Happy Independence Day!
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
If you haven't heard around blogland.. the color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for June is Light Blue.
I discovered that I don't have a lot of true light blue in my stash... who would have known?? :-)
But I got them done with some supervisory help from you know who....
In other hexie news... Awhile ago I found that Eileen over at RobinHill Quilts was also making hexies... BIG hexies, like I was, in Kaffe prints, like I was. These are my hexies that measure 6" across. You can see her large hexies here.
I suggested that Eileen and I do a swap of some of our Kaffe hexies. After all... variety is the spice of life... and in my opinion the spice of any quilt, and it seemed like we were both on the same wavelength! Here are the hexies that she sent to me.
Aren't they gorgeous!?? Definitely colors and patterns that I did not have in my Kaffe stash. It's always so much fun to incorporate other quilter's fabrics into your own. I tend to by the same colors, etc. sometimes. This was great way to add some variety! Thanks Eileen! I hope you enjoyed the hexies that I sent as much as I am enjoying yours!
And a bit more of great mail recently. Eileen (no a different Eileen) sent me two quilt labels she had in her stash. They are so cute and I can't wait to add them to just the right quilt! Lucy particularly liked them.. no surprise there!
Aren't quilters wonderful?
Linking up with other wonderful quilters at the RSC linky party at So Scrappy. Check out the other light blue projects. You won't be disappointed.. I've taken a peek already! <wink>
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Finding time lately to quilt has been a challenge.. and finding time to blog about it has been even more of a challenge. I guess it is just that time of year. We have had some family visits, weekends away, and time spent getting our beach condo ready for the rental season. The condo is now ready for our first guests which arrived yesterday, so now we can relax a bit. This time of year, with the warmer weather upon us, is a time to slow down, get out of my studio, and get back to some slow stitching.
Do you remember this? If you don't, you shouldn't feel bad because I am not even sure I ever posted the start of this block. I can't find any reference to it, but I am guessing it was close to a year ago that I started this block from the A Bountiful Life quilt. Where does the time go???
I finally picked it up again a few weeks ago. I think I know what was stopping me... those darn bird feet! I love all the birds in this quilt, but those feet sure are challenging!
Four feet... I just needed to get them done so I could move on with this block. I label the freezer paper patterns so I remember where they belong on the block.
Once I got them done, I could add the Red Winged Blackbirds to the block. Will anyone notice I changed the fabric for the bird feet? I knew that a batik would fray a lot less than a regular cotton fabric. And it was easier... but still challenging. I also changed the beaks, making them closed rather than the open beaks in the pattern. Much easier!
After a dip in the spa, my block was clean and ready to be pressed. Oh it felt so good to get this one finally done!!
I wanted to keep this momentum going and moved right on to the next block, The Peacock. I always start with the stems and baste down the leaves. You can see the blue marking pen I use to mark the pattern on my fabric. There is a lot going on in these blocks and it is easy to not have everything fit together.
Here are some of the fabrics I have chosen from my stash for the peacock and the roses.
And, of course, I will have more bird feet to deal with. I need to change them a bit to make them easier to applique.. besides they look a little strange to me. :-)
Also completed awhile ago is this block from My Enchanted Garden. Funny that I am working on both of these quilts and they are both based on the Bird of Paradise quilt.
Love the wool and cotton combination.
And the addition of the beads.
But my favorite part of this block is the bunny. So sweet.
I'm linking up at Kathy's Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching. Hopefully I can get some stitching done today!
Happy Father's Day to everyone. If you are lucky enough to still have your Dad with you, give him a big hug if you can!!