Friday, December 05, 2014

Magnolia II

… as a Quilter

It’s time to begin my “real” Magnolia for our PTQ Ultimate Guild Challenge. You can see my first sample HERE.

Can you see a very faint sketch of the magnolia through the background fabric?

I cut out oblong shapes to fill the petals and now that I’ve placed them on the background fabric I think something needs to change.

The small oblong pieces were cut from the bottom fabric. It seems I need more contrast to make a distinction with the light and dark on the petals. Should I choose another fabric for the petals? Or for the background? Or both?

I hope you enjoy lots of inspirations at these creative links.
Creations by Nina-Marie 

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Christian Aid Ministries Guests

We had guests on Sunday for lunch from all over the US. These folks have come to help rebuild with Christian Aid Ministries in the Louisville, MS area where the tornado went through this spring.
Anthony Miller – Ohio, James and Joanne Lengacher – IN,  -- and Norma Schrock -- TN

Dennis, Donna, and Dawn Petre – AL

Marlin & Karen Eicher family – Sterling, Alaska
Dale, Rita, Judy, and Rose

Then for supper we had our children and their families in along with Larry and Joann Yost from Nebraska.

Darryl & Laura Schrock also came for one last time before moving to Detroit.

--Parting Shot--
Josiah had fun splashing and sloshing in spilled water.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Stitching – Bonnie Hunter’s Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt

With my sister Polly’s persuasion, I decided to join in the fun of making Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt, Grand Illusion this year.
I’ve thought long and hard about fabric selection considering the value of the fabrics along with the color. And yet, we don’t know how the quilt will end up so it’s hard to know which values to use. I guess it’s all part of the fun.

Bonnie posted the first clue on Friday and I’ve made 30 of the 100 broken plate blocks that are needed. Then I arranged them just so to get some sort of a design.
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This is last year’s mystery quilt, Celtic Solstice, that Polly and I made. I love the way both of these quilts turned out in their own unique color ways, so different, and yet so alike!

You can find more inspiration at these linky parties.
Grand IllusionFresh Sewing Day Patchwork Times

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Day

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. –Psalm 100:4

This morning the birds flocked around the house by the thousands.

There was only a small group of us Grabers together for lunch at Lanell & Rhoda’s.

This looks like a fun and easy way to farm.

I cleaned the counter tops in the sewing room getting ready for Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt, “Grand Illusion” which debuts tomorrow morning. I’m having second thoughts about my choice of pink fabric. I like the richer darker look, but I’m second guessing if it contrasts enough with the green and blue.

I wonder how many of you readers are joining in this year or just following along?

I Quilt @ Pretty Bobbins

Monday, November 24, 2014

Another Glimpse Through the Lattice

On my design wall...

I chose these fabrics a couple weeks ago trying to decide if they would work for another “lattice” quilt.

The process has begun.

And it continues to take shape though I switched sides of the countertop.

The fusing is finished.

I pinned it to my design wall and tacked up the rockers that didn’t make the cut for my first “lattice.” I’ll think on this for a while before finishing. Maybe another blue rocker, or 2 blue rockers, or … something completely different.

Linking to:
 Wednesdays are WOW days crazy mom quilts Confessions of a Fabric Addict Creations by Nina-Marie
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