Friday, April 17, 2015

A novel idea

The quilt shop in Bend, Quiltworks, has a show every month. The April show is displaying quilts that were made to reflect the owner's interpretation of a book. The book was A Tale for the Time Being.  I think all the quilts are so interesting and so different!





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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Quick trip to Bend

We took a quick trip to Bend and since our Sunriver house sold, we had to rent something. I've always wanted to stay in Bend so this was a great opportunity. I found this small, old cottage that's been perfect!

Yup. It's 100 years old! Look at the bathroom floor! I don't know if it's original but it sure is awesome!


Even the shower curtain over the claw foot tub inspires!


I picked up my Bernina from the storage place and even had time last night to sew a bit!

I was overly optimistic and brought along this adorable kit I picked up in Wisconsin!


I loved the fabric: Barbara Bracknan's Ladies Album, which wasn't available in yardage. Maybe I'll finish my first project tonight and get to start this. 

Flying back home tomorrow night  for Nana Day on Friday. 

Here the 3 of them were playing in Jack's pack n play. Emma refused to keep her shirt on, by the way!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Large print uses

One of my Wisconsin friends had a great idea to utilize large print fabrics!!

Here is the original fabric. 

She layered it so that there were 4 layers,exactly  the same. She then cut squares. I think she cut them at 4", although you could go smaller or larger.

Here are a few piles. 

Then she rearranged the squares until she found a layout she liked. 

She sewed the 4 patches together and laid out all of them. 

Her plan was to put a thin black sashing around each new block and add white sashing between the blocks. Great idea to use up fabric you don't want to cut into!

When we went into Spring Green to the Country Sampler store, I found a gorgeous cheater cloth I thought would make a great utility quilt!
I got 2 yds but realized that wouldn't work out so I called and got another 2 yds. I think it's a great find. The fact that it's primarily blue helps a bit!! VBG

I'm trying to keep up with the Barbara Brackman 6" stars every week.   This week's theme was foulard prints, which I hadn't understood before. So I made one using only foulard prints. If you want to read more, check out the latest Stars in a Time Warp posting. It's posted every Wednesday and can be found alongside my blog. I've no idea how to put a link from my phone. Sorry!!


Hope everyone had a great Easter! We are enjoying lots of matzoh!!

Monday, March 30, 2015

More eye candy

Pat put this top together from a swap that pre-dated my friendship with them. Otherwise I would've done it. I think it's adorable!


We did this dipped in chocolate swap I've complained about. This was actually the second go-around for the swap. Patsy, who owns the Homestead Retreat, came by last night to show us how she put her blocks together. I love what she did! Seems way more civilized than what I'm doing! My top has 780 4-patches which was sashed into units of 4--- I needed 195 of those units, which I did finish yesterday! Whew!! Now those units need to be sashed. That's for another retreat for sure!


She sewed 8 sets of 4 patches together without sashing in between them.

We took a drive yestersay to Reedsburg to a cute quilt shop there. 


Everyone has barn quilts in Wisconsin. I really want one!! I'd put it over my garage. You don't only see them on barns, obviously. 

On the way, we passed this adorable milk house, sitting right in front of the modern silos. This is a huge juxtaposition of time periods. The milk house dates back 100 yrs or so. 


We stopped to try to pickup snacks for our last night, thinking this place had groceries. Definitely not! This was the sign on the door into this establishment:


Sad to leave my friends and my second home in Wisconsin but I'll be happy to get home. Go Badgers! 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Shopping excursion

No retreat time is complete without a quilt shop stop. The town of Spring Green has the most wonderful quilt shop called Country Sampler. I love their fabrics and the samples throughout.

This is in the basement so it's a little dark but still filled with treasures!

I think the quilt on the bed is a cheater-cloth but you can't tell!




This is what DarLynn finished:
She tried to convince me to make it too but fortunately someone else took the pattern home! It's adorable though. It's an old Quiltmaker pattern. 

This is a kit from Country Sampler using French General fabrics so of course I loved it!  Here are a couple of close ups of the blocks:



Someone was going to throw out (imagine that!!???) her extra hsts so they became mine:

They were 1-1/4" unf! Tiny!  And since I had nothing else to do (NOT!) I looked around for a pattern. Look what I made!

I bought that gold fabric at JJ Stitches and love it!

One of the women is a great embroiderer! Look at this Christmas green quilt:

The machine quilting was amazing too! A change of bobbin thread made a huge difference!



Back to sunny and warm California tomorrow!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

First day's progress

Once again I'm amazed by the productivity of these Wisconsin quilters! They're prolific and have such great taste in fabrics!! They inspire me to focus!! We know I need the help!! Vbg

I did get my Barbara Brackman Stars in a Time Warp all caught up!!
They said purple!!  

Double pink

Blues 

Poison green. Can you see the arrows I used for the background? I got it at JJ's Stitches. 
Matters. Or is it Madder??

Here are some pictures of what some of the women have sewn already!

That's a pattern from the Jelly Roll
 book. 

This was made using one woman's late husband's shirts!

This has a small wool appliqu├ęd center. The hsts are very small!

This is Pat's X's and O's, which I'm very happy I finished last fall!

I've also been working on a swap we've done based on a quilt in Fons and Porter's magazine last fall called Cheddar Delight. There are lots of quarter square triangles which are fortunately not terribly small!

We took a trip today to Spring Green's Country Sampler. I'll show you the pictures tomorrow.