Monday, February 27, 2012

The chair dominated the small room.

I'm playing along with Jenny's Saturday Centus.  Melody passed the link along to me and I had no intention of playing along, but that first sentence kept swimming through my mind and I had no choice. I thought it was supposed to be 100+ words starting with "The chair dominated the small room." I didn't realize that it was 100 words plus the first six words.  I ended up at about 180 - oh well:)

So, here are my 100+ words:

The chair dominated the small room.  Vera was barely visible, slightly slouched over the quilt that she was hand stitching.  It wasn’t that long ago that she came to visit her grandma sitting in a similar position, in a similar chair, in this very room.  She sighed deeply.

Ted was gone, had been for several years.  The kids were all grown and married, heck even the grandkids were grown and married.  They would call on holidays and come for a visit when they passed through town, which seemed less and less often.  She couldn’t blame them, but oh how she longed for their company. Pictures lined the TV console. All those cute faces smiling out at her.  She was sure she could remember their names if she had enough time. Time, that was a funny thing.  It had slipped away so quickly. Yet now, the days, the hours, the minutes alone in this house, in this room, in this chair dragged on.

“Vera,” came the call from the other room.  She sat up a little straighter. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Baby Blanket

As you know, my first grandchild - a granddaughter - is due to arrive in April. I started making this blanket at a retreat before I knew she was a she.  Frankly, I was still getting used to the idea of being a grandma.

Over the past several weeks, the blanket came together piece by piece and peace by peace.  There is definitely something therapeutic about making a quilt. As I was sewing along, I imagined the baby.  Her little lips, her little nose, her red hair - because in my mind she has red hair.
The baby, became a baby to me and no longer just the idea of a baby.  Does that make sense?  Aaron and Tasha's daughter.  Josh and Sara's little niece. Our granddaughter.
I added minkie on the back for extra cuddles and quilted it in a design that I had never tried before.  I don't think she'll notice my mistakes.
 The only thing left to do is add a label and the baby:)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Free Fabric

Have you seen Emily's give away?  She is giving away yardage of the the fabric that she designed!  Stop by Crazy Old Ladies to enter!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Process

Our quilt guild is having another block exchange! Remember the last one with the pumpkin blocks? This time, we are going with a spring quilt with flower blocks. After browsing the internet for ideas, I finally settled on a paper piecing pattern.  I made a sample, then bought some fabric and got started.  After making the second block, it quickly became apparent that I was never going to get through 17 blocks by April.

After more searching I settled on a machine applique block that would work with the fabric that I had already bought. Just thought I would share the process.

First I traced all of the flowers and leaves out on fusible web, ironed it onto the fabric and cut them all out. 51 leaves, 51 yellow flowers and 68 orange flowers.  I did all the cutting out watching movies with the family.

After ironing on stabilizer, I traced out the stem and the flower placement with a friction pen.  Have you seen those?  They are really cool, once you iron the fabric, the pen marks disappear.
Next, I used a straight stitch on my sewing machine and followed the stem line. I went over the line four times to get the right thickness.  The fabric puckers a little, but once you iron it, it flattens out.
Be sure to place all of the flowers on the block before you do the ironing.  It only took one time of ironing before I placed the flowers to realize that once ironed, all of the placement markings disappeared :)
Finally I used a button hole stitch to outline the leaves and flowers.  All of my blocks have the stems sewn on and the flowers and leaves attached.
 Now to finish all of the button hole stitching. Not to mention 17 coordinating 9 patches. It's a labor of love.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February Block

The February Block  for the Hello Sun Quilt Along. The perfect sun for this gray morning. 

The winner -randomly selected number- of the Fairy Tale Quiet Book is Krislovesfabric! Just send me an email with your email address and I will send the pattern out to you. For those of you that didn't get your January block posted on flickr, there is still time.  All blocks posted between now and March first will be included in the next drawing.

Just to put another bee in your bonnet, this pattern works really well as an embroidery pattern.  I printed it out at 75% and used the mirror image feature.  In Word, you go into printer properties, click on the Effects tab.  In the Resizing Options section, select % of Normal Size, then type in 75%. Now click on the Finishing tab, then in the Orientation Section, select Mirror Image.

Cute, no?