Thursday, April 17, 2014

snow and quilt

Yesterday it was kinda dark in the house since it was snowing outside, yes still snowing in April. I thought taking pics of quilts in the snow would be a good idea........so I gather the quilts and camera and put on outdoor shoes. I'm gingerly stepping down the steps and whoosh I'm on my fannie on the middle step. Good thing its well padded. I gather my dignity and firmly plant my feet on the patio and pull myself to an upright position. No sense in wasting the effort I spread this quilt on the snowy ground and snap a couple photos. The color is so much brighter in natural light. There was a bit of a hill in the center of the star as is so common with six and eight point stars with bias edges.  Okay I admit it was a mountain but as my friend Bev always said no baby is going to cry over that. I did a lot of patting as I layered the quilt and more as I quilted it and once through the washer and dryer (and isn't it wonderful that cotton still shrinks) a multitude of infractions were diminished. I picked up the quilt, shook off the snow wrapped the camera strap around my arm and padded it with the quilt then turned around and looked at the steps. The other doors to the house were all locked so I had to go back the way I came. Nothing gingerly about the trip up the stairs I stepped in snow over my ankles and plodded up the steps. Safely inside I took off my shoes and changed socks. Only one quilt got the Senior-pics-outdoor-photo-special.  Mailing it will wait 'til the snow is gone. --Ann--


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Afterimage the last stitch

  I stitched the last stitches of the label last night onto Afterimage.  I finished DD baby quilt the eve of her birth, yesterday's post. Happy Birthday Darling Daughter!! I'm so glad I added the hot pink and the bright turquoise to the mix of fabrics. They are light turning on the lights. It is snowing here and the ground is white. --Ann--


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Out of the Cupboard

Twenty-three years ago today I finished the binding on this quilt. I remember because Darling Daughter was born the very next day. She couldn't have timed it better.
I pieced the rail fence in the center because it made me think of the neat little gardens in the Beatrix Potter books. Followed by a row of carrots from the scraps of 1/8 yard cuts.  I hand quilted the figures from the Peter Rabbit and the Benjamin Bunny stories. Then I still had scraps left over so I built a garden wall around my garden with a gate for Peter and Benjamin.  A couple months after she was born I stitched her name, birth date and weight in the space below the flower. It is all hand quilted a lot of it in the ditch. Happy memories.--Ann--
 





Monday, April 14, 2014

Carrots

 Twenty some years ago I made this carrot quilt out of 1/8 yard cuts that I bought a quarter century ago. Doesn't a quarter century ago sound ancient compared with 20 some?? Remember when a fabric store would cut less than 1/2 yard cuts? And I had all that left over fabric............come back tomorrow to see what I made.--Ann--

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Out of the cupboard



 Just a little quit I made 20 some years ago. I recall I started this for a doll quilt for DD but it got too big. I think it was also one of my first attempts at free motions quilting. Looking at it close I had a flash back of practicing a zigzag free motion and moving the fabric back and forth with each stitch of the machine. I stitched around the flowers and foliage so there are some zigzags. I still love that print and it reminds me of DD in her toddler years.
The dress I sewed for her had little angel ruffles and a ruffle at the hem, it buttoned in the front and had little matching bloomers. I made the same pattern with 2 or 3 other floral prints and larger sizes.  Cherishing the memories. --Ann--

Monday, April 7, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Afterimage machine quilting was finished over the weekend!!!!! The circles just seemed to get bigger and bigger as I went. Two rows of stitching in each circle,  288 overlapping circles. I do like the over all effect. Next to cut binding and finish and maybe make matching pillowcases. If I use the  left over lengthwise strip from the borders there will be enough for pillowcases.
 Easily distracted from clearing the table to trim the quilt I put blue triangles over the tan and a couple possibilities for borders.  I think my original plan was to use tan for the corner triangles and maybe sashing between blocks but that is kinda dull okay down right boring. I like the blues better maybe they are beach balls bouncing over the waves in the deep blue sea instead of beach umbrellas. Check out the quilts at Judy's design wall Monday.  --Ann--


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Quilting on Afterimage



I'm 2/3's done machine quilting. Last night I thought I must be 3/4's done, its hard to tell when is it rumpled under the sewing machine and bundled  on the table surrounding the machine and the pieced circles keep getting bigger in the center of the quilt. The goal is to finish quilting it this weekend. Projects like this brighten the gray day with the chance of more snow in the forecast. What do people do who don't quilt or knit on these long extended winters? Happy stitching--Ann--