Rollercoaster

Full on line

This quilt is aptly named – not only for it’s looks, but for the difficulties I experienced while piecing it.  This is the Red Onion quilt pattern by Karla Alexander in her book Stack A New Deck. I resized the pattern pieces to make smaller blocks which is probably what lent to the difficulty in piecing.  The first three pieces went together rather smoothly, and I really do enjoy piecing curves. The last piece (green stripes), however, caused me great difficulty.

Block

I had to resort to stretching, stomping, steaming, and more stomping! In the end however, it was worth it. I think it was the perfect pattern to use for this jazzy fabric. I love how the red, green, black, brown and white work together. I also chose a backing that seemed to go with it naturally.

On rack

This is the only rollercoaster ride I was willing to go on and am so glad it is complete.  It is also my 19th out of 20 finishes for my guild’s UFO challenge. The 20th has it’s own messy story – more on that in another post!

on lawn

Going for the Gold

IMG_0363 (Large) A young lady in our community who has also been a part of my quilt guild, is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award. This award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Having been adopted at 14 months old from Russia, she has a keen awareness of those in need of adoption or in the foster care system. Her project is to make and donate 16 twin size quilts for teens who age out of the Foster care program, and also raising community awareness about the needs for Foster Care. She is also putting together baby quilts for her orphanage. She shares her project and it’s progress on Diana’s Golden Needle,  and all are encouraged to lend to this worthy project. IMG_0362 (Large) Diana’s is using Bonnie Hunter’s Scrappy Trip Around the World pattern. Each year at the Quilt & Sew-In Retreat blocks are constructed for a charity quilt and this year all helped in the construction of blocks for Diana’s quilts. The blocks are pretty and fun to put together.

I am excited for this fine young woman and for her project. You can follow this excellent project and see some great pics on Diana’s Facebook page, Diana’s Golden Needle. You can also join in the fun to assist her in this project – please message her first to see what her present needs are.

Retreat – Part II

Ruth's pretty pink creation.

Ruth’s pretty pink creation.

It always amazes me how much is accomplished at a 3 day retreat.  Lots of sewing without all the distractions of home! Here are some of the creations from the past weekend – and..there were more!!

Haven’t ever been to a retreat? You are really missing out! Not only do we have a lot of fun, we get a lot accomplished!!

We also worked on a charity project that I will fill you in on next time.

Linda's applique snowmen - so cute!

Linda’s applique snowmen – so cute!

Renee was a star!

Rene was a star!

Renee was the scrap queen!

Rene was the scrap queen!

Marsha's very bright quilt - reminded us of "going to the circus."

Marsha’s very bright quilt – reminded us of “going to the circus.”

Carol added several more rows and finished this huge, bright chevron!

Carol added several more rows and finished this huge, bright chevron!

Cathy's amazing batik quilt with lots and lots of flying geese.

Cathy’s amazing batik quilt with lots and lots of flying geese.

Jean L. knows how to work with wood!

Jean L. knows how to work with wood!

Jean's flag quilt - her own design.

Jean’s flag quilt – her own design.

Cathy's wild log cabin mini-quilt for her guild's show challenge.

Cathy’s wild log cabin mini-quilt for her guild’s show challenge.

Karen was the queen of half square triangles - this is only one block of  her quilt.

Karen was the queen of half square triangles – this is only one block of her quilt.

Dale is the baby bonnet gal!

Dale is the baby bonnet gal!

Janice's first quilt! Wow!
Janice’s first quilt! Wow!
Beverly's colored with crayons quilt. Clever!

Beverly’s colored with crayons quilt. Clever!

Back Home from Retreat!

Just back from Blowing Rock, NC and the 2015 Quilt & Sew-In Retreat! Twenty gathered to sew, laugh, play, laugh, and sew some more!  Here is just a tiny sampling – come back tomorrow for more!!

Twenty retreaters - from North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia!

Twenty retreaters – from North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia!

The 4 on the right traveled all the way from Ohio to retreat with their "sister" on the left.

The 4 on the right traveled all the way from Ohio to retreat with their “sister” on the left.

Judy - thinking, thinking, thinking.

Judy – thinking, thinking, thinking.

Marsha probably causing trouble!

Marsha probably causing trouble!

Jean hard at work.

Jean hard at work.

Jean and her cushion.

Jean and her cushion.

Prep and Pack

The Quilt  and Sew-In Retreat 2015 starts in just 3 days. I’ll be heading up a day early to collect my thoughts and haul all the goodies up. I’ll be working on projects at the retreat too.  Said I would not cut out another quilt.  Well….23 fabrics later….I have the makings of a log cabin of sorts.  Picking the fabrics was a lot of fun, but the cutting grew tedious. That doesn’t usually happen to me, but it seemed to take forever this time. There are fabrics by Tula Pink, Amy Butler, and Anna Marie Horner – all yummy!

cut fabric (Large)

I’ve packed up 3 sewing machine projects, one hand sewing project (English paper pieced hexagons) and my trusty tool box.  Will Thursday to Sunday be enough time?  Of course not! It will be lots of fun with great gals!

box (Large)2 boxes (Large)

 

 

hand work (Large)tool box (Large)

 

 

 

 

Sew Much Progress

Poh with borders (Large)

The Pohutukawa (New Zealand Christmas Flower) quilt top is now all together. I completed the last of the blocks over the last two days, put the blocks together and added the border. Three fabrics were used in the border, piecing them on a diagonal. I really like the look of this – especially for a wall hanging. The border corners are mitered – something I haven’t done in a while and had to put my thinking cap on! My next challenge will be to quilt this piece.  That, however, will wait until after retreat which starts Thursday. I will be heading to Blowing Rock on Wednesday – a little R & R for myself before all the fun (and a bit of madness) begins! The next couple of days I will be finishing last-minute details for the Quilt & Sew-In Retreat 2015.

Retirement has afforded me so much time to do things I really enjoy. In the last month I have completed four books and done much organizing. Good Will has been the recipient of a couple of carloads of “stuff.” The sewing studio has also gotten a bit of a clean out and reorganization. And…much sewing has been done. This wall hanging was begun years ago and I am thrilled that it is now together. And this Christmas season it is sure to be hanging on a wall in my house!

Pop! Garden

on grass

That’s the name of the fabric by Free Spirit and it’s what I have named this quilt. It is all too fitting.  I love the brightness and boldness of the colors. This is a strip quilt that I did on a phone book paper foundation. I am working on several gifts that I plan to give this summer, so have been doing fairly easy patterns.  This was easy, but did become a bit tedious towards the end. I chose to do the Magic Binding method, giving me a bright yellow flange and all done by machine. This is going to a family with young ones so it needs to be durable.

binding

on shrub

This is a quilt I hope they will cuddle in and maybe even bring on a picnic or two! I am doing a total of five different gift quilts – two more to go!

on lounge

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