Sunday, October 31, 2010

I'm done

The fun thing about starting a blog is I have lots of things to show.  Things I've been working on for a very long time are new to you.  So here is my latest finish... you probably recognize it since I got the idea from Jamie Muller over at the Moda Bakeshop.  This quilt is going in my beach house, when I get one.  I always love 3 Sisters fabrics and Martinique was no exception.  I saw it as being more beachy and the ruffles reminded me of waves so I turned it horizontally and made this with a bunch of charm packs.  In what can best be described as a moment of temporary insanity I decided to hand quilt this.  I wanted baptist fans to go with my wave image and I was pretty sure my machine quilting wasn't up to the task.  I also don't have a ruffle foot so that part was a bit of a nightmare.  In the end it was all worth it; )

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Inspired or Insane?

This summer I picked up a fat pack of Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane with the idea I'd use it with the tutorial over at Quilting on Turtle Hill and make a Whirlygiggle quilt.  So this week I finally broke it out of it's shrinkwrap and started looking at the fabrics.  Maybe it's the polka dots (which I love) but I saw it coming together as more of a stripey thing with circles.  I also thought it would look nice done like Teaginny Deisgn's Pure Baby Boy.  So after playing with it for a while I decided I cut pieces for all three quilts at once.  I hate cutting so I might as well take advantage of the fact that it's already pressed and ready to go.  Here's where I am.

Now with a 10" cut from each fat quarter I can get my whirlygiggle rectanges, different length strips for my stripey thing and some bonus 2 1/2" squares .  We'll see if I can actually get all three quilts made before I run out of steam.  The real challenge will be quilting them all!  My TBQ pile runneth over...

Monday, October 25, 2010

How Ghastly

Look what I've been up to...  I am all about pink and green so I instantly fell in love with Alexander Henry's Ghastly Manor and bought up every piece of it I could find. 

The theme print is huge so at first I was stumped as to how I was going to cut it up and put it back together without losing the cuteness.  I fussy-cut the motifs and went with a wonky log cabin.  I'm more of a precision piecer so this was a stretch for me.  I used Jason Yenter's Wintergraphix for the outer strips. I like the way it spins around and makes you a little dizzy.  The back and binding are Basic Grey Onyx Grunge which really picks up the pink.  Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Building my street cred

So sure, I told you I'm an obsessive quilter but I really haven't done anything to prove it.  Exhibit French General:
alidiza: Rouenneries Rail Fence Quilt
Rouenneries Rail Fence made with a bunch of honey buns.  These aren't usually my quilting colors but this line goes with my house so I bought a ton of it.  See how perfectly it matches my couch: )  There's a table topper made with some leftovers waiting to be quilted and a plan for some matching napkins.  The goal is to get them done in time for Thanksgiving... you'll hold me to that, right?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

To blog or not to blog, that is the question

I realize I'm a little late to the blogging party.  A few years ago when everyone started doing it I checked out a few Mommy blogs, followed my friends for a while, read some random stuff... but I didn't get it, at all.  Why were people so fascinated by the minutia of other people's lives?  Then I stumbled on some quilting blogs and I was hooked like heroin.  So for the last year I've been stalking you.  Not in a bad way, just checking out your latest creations, reading about your new fabric loves, and using your tutorials.  No comments, no give away entries, just quietly watching and quilting up a storm.  And thanks to you I've grown as an artist until I realized it's time for me to take the next step and start blogging myself.  I hope I can do for you what so many others have done for me: make you laugh, show you how to do a thing or two, and ignite your creativity.  Enjoy!