Friday, May 19, 2017

Marie Webster Mash-Up

Our quilt guild is having a show in July and of course there is a quilt show challenge.  The title of our show is "Quilts are Homemade" and we were required to put a house somewhere on our quilt.  We were also required to use homespun fabric somewhere in the quilt.  I wanted to do something that felt French-inspired and included cats!  

I searched for patterns and eventually decided on doing applique Iris' to represent the fleur-de-lis and landed on patterns by Marie Webster.  Her iris was perfect with a slight modification as I didn't want to spend forever appliqueing all those tiny bits and pieces.  My eyes and hands aren't what they used to be! 

My house is a free pattern from Le Rouvray and I modified it to suit my purposes too.  The homespun component is my roof--I might add that I really hate homespun so that alone was a challenge to include in any of my quilts.  The little window boxes were cut from fabric I purchased in Pairs last year.  I was thrilled to be able to use it on this project.  Of course there are cats in each window!

In the end I was quite pleased how the quilt turned out.  I did try a different approach to applique as I typically do a traditional needle turn technique where I baste all of the pieces beforehand but this time I tried back-basting and I really liked it!  I just may do a little more applique now.

Cheers!

Debi


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Le Progres En Provence

During the holidays I tried to work on En Provence along with everyone else but you know how it goes.  My progress has been exceedingly slow and I was having a few issues with my color choice, which were the same as Bonnie's, and I realized I don't like yellow and green together--crazy!  Now if it is an appliqued flower or something along those lines I am just fine with it but for some reason in a pieced quilt it doesn't suit me.

After much thought and shuffling of fabrics I realized I needed to make En Provence my own and use the colors that work for me.  I swapped yellow for turquoise/aqua/teal and the green is now lime or some bright variation.  I am so happy with the results.  The colors remind me of Easy Street which I just love!
Here is a close up of my favorite part so far.  Hello Kitty!
I have decided to use my Eiffel Tower black and white fabric along with my magenta as a constant.  I know it isn't the south of France but I do love Paris and I have to include it.

Love to see some fabulous finished quilts along with other works in progress?  Then quickly click on En Provence, A Quiltville Mystery to see what everyone is up to.

By the way, I am absolutely loving all of the borders that folks are putting on their quilts.

Cheers!

Debi
 
 



Monday, December 26, 2016

Changes--Grrrr

My how things change when you don't post anything!  Windows 10 has driven me nuts with the changes in the way my photos are managed.  Okay, I don't like change when it comes to doing things on the computer!  So let's see if I can get a photo to post, here goes.
Well call me lucky because today I was actually able to load a photo!  Three weeks ago I couldn't and who knows what tomorrow will bring.  As you can see I am dabbling in En Provence the mystery quilt with Bonnie Hunter.  Perhaps by the end of the week I can figure out were a few more of my photos went and I can actually link-up with the rest of the world.

Cheers,

Debi


Monday, May 16, 2016

Looking for My Mojo

Not only am I looking for my quilting mojo but I need some mojo to post on this blog as well.  I have dabbled on a few things in the past few months and I am finally getting around to getting photos uploaded so I can share.  After all, sharing all things sewing and/or quilting is quite boring without a photo or two.

Awhile ago I ordered some Riley Blake Union Jack panels with the hopes of getting a couple of lap quilts made for myself and a friend.  The first one went together rather quickly but the next one is still sitting in a pile just waiting for attention.
As you can see there is snow in the upper corner of the photo so it has been quite awhile since this quilt was done!

Red is always willing and ready to help with just about any sewing project.

I have high hopes of getting those other quilt tops together and then quilted before the snow flies.

Cheeers,

Debi






Saturday, November 21, 2015

Whoops, I Forgot

It has been so long since I've logged on to my blog I forgot my password!  I suppose I should do a little more sewing and posting so that doesn't happen again.  I haven't been doing hardly any sewing but did finish up a couple of orphan blocks from a group raffle quilt that was made last year.  The raffle quilt:

And the orphan block pillows:
The pillows ended up taking so much longer to make than they should have as I kept making mistakes--so much for trying to hurry!   The pillows are items for a craft show for Spay and Neuter Abandoned Cats & Kittens, Inc.

Cheers,

Debi


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cat on Quilt--Sewing Supervisor

Woohoo!  It's time once again for the Pets on Quilts quilt show hosted by Lilypad Quilting.  My entry this year, as in most years, is in the cat on quilt category. 

Red joined our household late last year and has learned to love and appreciate quilts and the quilting process in no time.

Supervising the cutting of fabric.
Helping with the trimming of stray threads from the back of a quilt top.

Hmmmm, stray threads trimmed but now where is the sticky tape to remove cat hair?

Learning how to clean, adjust, and sew on a child's sewing machine.
What a great little helper!

Cheers,

Debi



Sunday, July 19, 2015

Repurposed Bag

In 2012 I took a trip to London and picked up this cute little muslin bag at Cath Kidson.  2012 was the Queen's Jubilee so the bag was sold in celebration of this event.
When I purchased the bag I thought I would never use it because it most likely wouldn't hold up very well with a lot of use.  The little bag sat in a closet aging until a few weeks ago when I decided to take it apart and make pillows.  

They turned out really cute and the best part is I get one and the other goes to my travel friend. 

I guess you can probably tell where I am planning to go next LOL!

Cheers,

Debi