Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sneak Peeks!

I have gotten 2 more quilts back from Shari the Quilter.  Dunkel couldn't wait and had to test one out right away.  He looks pretty comfy, doesn't he?

Sneak Peek #1

This one has been waiting for the quilting for quite a while.  I'm glad it's finally done.
I'm getting the binding ready to go right now.

Sneak Peek #2

Still debating binding options for this one.

I'm anxious to get these two done!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Thing 1

"String Thing 1" is back from Shari the Quilter, bound and Finished!  Well, almost.  I still have to add a label.

I took it outdoors for the photo shoot, as we had some sunshine. 

Here's a shot of the border where you can see the fun quilting that Shari did.

The back.

This one is called Thing 1, as it is the first one finished from The Great Spring String Fling of 2009.  (Try saying that one 3 times fast!)  You can read all about this one here.  I have more string quilts in progress that you can see here and here.  

Some detail shots.

I'm very happy with this quilt.  It's really a memory quilt, as I have old and new scraps from other quilts that I've made, including some charity quilts, pillowcases I made for my kids, grandkids and friends, strings from my friends (especially the ones at the retreat), and other fun things.   They all bring back good memories!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Blast From the Past

23 inches square

Here's an oldie from 1989.   I was looking for something in the linen closet the other day, and ran into this.  I'd forgotten I even had it!  I made this for my Mom, and it was made for a specific spot in her apartment, as I remember.  When Mom passed away 9 years ago, I got this back.  I stuck it in the linen closet and forgot about it.  I think the pattern is Old Maid's Puzzle and it was 4 blocks, but I made the 4 patches that come together in the center into one large patch. When I look at this, I think of "Miami Vice" and remember all the soccer games where I sat and did the hand quilting.  I'm not terrible impressed with it now - I think the contrast is too low.  But it's nice and summery and I'm enjoying it hanging in the hallway.

Here's a better shot of the hand quilting.  I used a peach thread, which barely shows.

I'm making Very Slow Progress on the Disappearing 9-Patch/I Spy quilt.  One more session of trimming the rest of the blocks and I'll be ready to get them up on the design wall.  Then the fun begins! 

I thought this carousel horse from the local county fair was pretty cool!  It's a Sea Horse!  I love that metallic turquiose and the fin-thing on the back of the saddle.

I hope y'all are having a great summer!