Saturday, December 20, 2014

Looking ahead

 Monday I will be adding the linky to show me your Cascadia quilt. I have had a few photos sent and I will post those unless I know you have a blog, then you can make up a blog post and add your link. I'm looking forward to seeing them. If yours is just the unquilted top, that's okay! I'll draw a name from one of the links/photos and someone will win something. (yet to be determined)
How are you coming on your flag blocks?  We will plan on posting them on the 31st of December. If you haven't got to this month's block, that's okay. Show me the blocks you have been working on. We want to see them. If you are on schedule we should finish up the blocks in March, assemble the top in April. 

I hope you are enjoying the holidays and not stressing. It seems Christmas always comes too fast, and poof! it's over. Then it is just cold and gloomy for a few months..... I've been lighting lots of candles and want to keep that up through the short days of winter. 

Happy Saturday (despite the gray rain!)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sally Post Ta-Da!

Binding attached and sewn down! Quilt washed! ta-da! This was another one of my long term projects,  couple of years, at least. It is a terrific quilt to end 2014. 
Thank you Gay for the pattern! I love it!

 You may be wondering why the 3 rows are facing outwards rather than the traditional "all one direction so you can see them layout". That is how the original antique was and I liked that, so I copied it. I know many of you were working on this quilt, did you do it the way Sally did? Or the more traditional way? I'm curious.

I tried several times to get this section to turn and it won't under my power. 

    This block may be my favorite. 
The quilting on this one was done by my friend Kathy McCarty in Ohio. 
After I dragged it around outside to get decent photographs I washed it. Thankfully I put in color catchers.

If you are interested in this pattern Gay from Sentimental Stitches has reproduced her antique into patterns. She does a very good job of it too. Happy weekend!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Quiltworks First Friday

I wasn't able to make it to First Friday because of icy roads, but got a chance to see the quilt exhibit this past weekend. As usual, it didn't disappoint.
The quilt group Blockin' Robins did a row by row which was so fun to see. They were very creative!

 How darn cute are these VW vans?!
Loved this one too.

 We stayed in Cody, WY on our road trip a year ago, so I liked this one a lot too.

This was a cool collaboration of quilters that I thought was really great. 

If you are in Bend the month of December, be sure to stop by and see these up close and personal.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bear Paw- Classic and Vintage

Several months ago I was asked to participate with the Fat Quarter Shop in the Classic and Vintage quilt block series. This month they are showcasing the Bear Paw block.

They have a wonderful youtube video showing you how to assemble this block. See it HERE.

I opted to make 4 of them and use it on my table. I love the classic colors of cheddar and red and tried to use contemporary colors and patterns to mimic that vintage combination.
Here's a close up.

I kept the quilting simple and did crosshatching.
I found this adorable backing that fit perfectly with the front. (too bad I couldn't get it to stay upright!)

Isn't it great!?

You can get the free pattern from fat Quarter shop right HERE. Try it, you'll like it!
See Jolly Jabber Blog HERE.

If you want to make a table runner like in the video, or other options they show you can purchase the pattern HERE

Thank you Fat Quarter Quilt shop for including me in your Classic and Vintage quilt block project!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Another Almost Finish

My Sally Post quilt arrived back the same time my Flowers quilt arrived. 

 This one is a little bigger....
But the binding is made ready to apply, then hand stitch. Yeehaw! I imagine this will be my last quilt of 2014.

Have an awesome weekend!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cultural Fusion Book WINNER!

Thank you all who entered to win Sujata's book. I hope you liked my blog and will return. 

Without further ado the random number generator chose #62. Quilt smiles! What a great name. Congratulations! 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

When this you see, Remember Me

The weather cleared enough to take the quilt outside and get a couple of photos. I love it!

I was asked to show the backing. There's nothing too spectacular about this one.

Except I do really love that fabric!

I have to get binding made for another quilt. Woo-Hoo! Close to another finish!
Happy Wednesday!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday Morning Mash-Up

In 2011 I purchased this from Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. It was made by Sujata!  I liked her work then and I like it now!
Thank you all for the great comments on my Toran interpretation. If you haven't had a chance to comment to try and win her book , do it now! Comment HERE.

Almost done hand sewing my binding down. When I said binding wasn't my favorite part, I do like hand sewing the binding, I just do not feel like I am good at sewing it on by machine. There is so much bulky quilt to keep on the table.  I've only got about 24" to go! Yay!

I mentioned this quilt this past week too. I LOVE this pattern. I love the fabric I used. I do not love my workmanship and cringe every time I see it. It is wrapped and the recipient will love it.

 This weekend was the Scandinavian Fest in Portland which my son and I have a standing date to attend together. This year was bittersweet in that our friend, exchange host mum from Denmark, Lene,  passed away from aggressive cancer on Dec 3. We toasted her life at a Scandinavian restaurant, as well.
Then we had the pleasure of getting this ginormous tree in our house! It's in, but no decorations yet. I had my husband pick it out at a tree farm and he said it was hard to determine the size! I guess it was!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Cultural Fusion Quilts- Giveaway

Wow! I've been blown away by the wonderful photos and terrifically written reviews of Sujata's Cultural Fusion Quilts book. I have to admit I'm a bit intimidated. But in the usual Humble Quilts style, here I go!

I was sent the ebook and this photo caught my eye as I made my way through the book.
(The Root Connection in Cultural Fusion Quilts) In India, string banners, known as torans, are used during cultural celebrations to create arches in doorways and pathways to welcome
guests. Torans made from fresh leaves and marigolds strung on cotton
strings adorn the doorways of private homes on a daily basis.

It immediately reminded me of this:

It isn't a celebration toran but laundry flapping and waving in the breeze on top of home in Guatemala. I was just there and was fascinated by this. 

Sujata's Quilt "Toran"

My mini version. Doesn't look a thing like hers! lol
I used her assembly instructions and it really went together easily. They were wonderful instructions. I didn't use any pins to sew these parts together. Sujata gave great tips for free form piecing.

If you look back at her Toran quilt you will see the quilting is  an important aspect of this quilt. I tried to mimic that with wavy quilting using my walking foot. Again, it wasn't as nearly as effective, but I now have my own little quilt to remind me of the waving colors on the rooftops of Guatemala. 

You will have plenty of chances to win  Cultural Fusion Quilts. Leave a comment to win on my blog. If you are in the United States you will win a hard copy. If you are outside the states you can win an ebook. I will draw a name on December 11th. Good Luck!

Check out these other bloggers to read more about Sujata's Cultural Fusion Quilts and for more chances to win!

Tue. Dec. 2 - Sujata Shah on C&T blog and
Wed. Dec. 3 LeeAnn Decker
Thu. Dec. 4 - Victoria Gertenbach
Fri. Dec. 5 Rachaeldaisy
Sat. Dec. 6 - Lori D.
Sun. Dec. 7 - Casey York
Mon. Dec. 8 - Malka Dubrawsky
Tue. Dec. 9 - Sherri Lynn Wood
Wed. Dec. 10 - Bonnie Hunter
Thu. Dec. 11 Jake Finch
Fri. Dec. 12 - Jan Burgwinkle
Sat. Dec. 13 Janet
Sun. Dec. 14 - Lindsay Conner

This giveaway is now closed! Thank you for entering!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Wool Applique "Flowers"

I got my flowers quilt back from the quilters and finally got a chance to look at it up close and personal. 

Thanks Kat for doing such a beautiful job of quilting! It's suits the quilt perfectly.

I brought it downstairs and trimmed it up. Next to make binding and apply it. (not my favorite part)

I'll get a full on shot soon!

Thank you for your kind words about the quilts I display during the holidays. 

Tomorrow I'm having a Saturday blog post featuring Sujata's new book , "Cultural Fusion"! Please check it out and enter to win yourself a copy.



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