Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Green -- Rolling Hills

When the CAC sent a call for entries for a GREEN exhibit I decided to submit a small piece that I call “Rolling Hills.”
I found a piece of green fabric that gradually shaded from one green to the next. Ombre, I think it’s called. I cut the fabric in strips and sewed a cream narrow strip between the green strips.

Then I added a backer and batting, basted it with safety pins and quilted organic lines with my sewing machine.IMG_0089

Then I shaped and cut the top of the quilt into a smooth curve for the “rolling hills.” Next I added the cream fabric to the top along with batting and backer and echo quilted the curve.
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Instead of the regular 1/4” binding that I’m used to, I made it 1/2” to keep it consistent with the 1/2” cream vertical strips in the quilt.IMG_0134

The back has “fast finished triangles” for mounting with a rod.IMG_0138 - Copy

I printed the label onto fabric that I had ironed to freezer paper and sent it through my printer.

This was a WIP, but now I'm all finished. Check other WIP at Freshly Pieced. And meet other quilters at Lily's Quilts.
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This is what greeted me the other day when I drove in the lane and up to the house.IMG_0143

The next day we saw him and smelled him, road kill, out on the highway.IMG_0147

Gabriel is still faithfully working on his ultra light, Leagle Eagle in his spare time.IMG_0156

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Purple–Rainbow Scrap Challenge

This month I have made panels of purple for the


Here you can see the January pink panels with my February purple panels.

Ashton slept under Talya’s quilt last night. I hope she doesn’t mind him using it.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Possum Town Quilters Show and Tell

Show and Tell is one of the highlights of our regular PTQ meeting.
Linda G. showed a wedding quilt for Paige & Justin.

Judy completed her “Easy Street” by Bonnie Hunter.

Tonya also completed her “Easy Street.” Notice how the color of the border changes the color of the quilt.

Linda B. completed this sampler.

Annette shows a piece of fiber art that she made.

Diane completed this quilt for her dad. She started the blocks in the class “Blueberries and Key Lime Pie” by Klaudeen Hansen.

Tonya finished her Ultimate Guild Challenge, “Closed for the Summer.”

We were treated to a small trunk show by Marjorie Williams.

She made this quilt long ago to commerate her trip to Paducah with friends including Martha Skelton, Lorene Paris, Ozell Ivy, Liz Clower, Martha Dubbard, and many more. They each have their signature in the quilt.

Marjorie started this quilt in a class with Deb Karasik. And here it is finished!

She made this “Northwind” quilt from a class with Dorienda Evans.

This applique quilt is beautifully done.

This is a “Jewel Box” quilt that Marjorie finished.

Let’s give her a big hand!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Finished–Birds at Play for Talya Renee

I’m glad to say that I finished my quilt for Talya. I’m hoping now to get some pictures with her on the quilt, but alas, she is off traveling.

I quilted most of it at our Heatwole Sewing Retreat and added the last 2 forgotten lines today.

This is my finished goal for February at
Hosted by: Shanna of Fiber of All Sorts
Melissa of Sew BitterSweet Designs
And now my goal for March is to get my “Spring Storm”  wall quilt made and finished.

Can it be 5 years already since Kirby was born? We were invited for supper to Quintens to celebrate …

… and visit with the Lee side of his family.

Kirby let the other children help open the birtday gifts.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

En Plein Air Quilting

My artist niece, Coleen (Claire Bleu), as we call her accompanied me home from sewing retreat in SC. I was so glad for her company for the 9 hr. drive home. She had a hankering to do some en plein air (French for in the open air) painting, and in this case fiber art painting. I was eager to learn from her with fabric so we worked together on separate “paintings.”
First she sorted my fused fabric scraps and snippets by color. IMG_1476
She drew her outlines onto her fabric canvas and I photocopied my picture to get templates for my picture.IMG_0012
This was supposed to be a 3 hour project, but it ended up being more like 3 days of fun, not work!IMG_0007
Claire’s picture depicts our farm including the hog barns, shop & pump house, and grain bins. Somehow she made it beautiful, just beautiful!IMG_0014
I’m anxious to see her project with the thread painted on it and all finished up.IMG_0016
During the day, Claire Bleu painted on this portrait until 5:00 when it got too dark to see good. She worked on the fabric painting in the evenings and at night.IMG_1478
All too soon it was time for her to go home. Her brother Gabriel was going to GA for the weekend, so she went home with him.IMG_0018
Be sure you check out her website Coleen Barnhart. I think you will like her paintings.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Romania (4)

My sister Coleen summed up our trip to Romania in a wonderful post on her blog. Read about it here.

The shape of this building in downtown Alba is fascinating to me.

Visiting with Christian friends who speak limited English witout an intrepreter is a challenge.

 Their home is a 2nd story apartment in this building.

We came home by way of the Frankfurt Airport in Germany.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013


I've enjoyed watching all the different projects coming together this week.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Stack's Pancake Quilt

Mother treated us to brunch this morning at Stack's Pancakes.

Our waiter was a jolly fellow who kept us laughing. He wanted a picture of our group so we decided to make the picture into a small quilt.

Polly cut and sewed squares for a border.

Barbara helped her.

Jolene took care of getting the picture printed.

 June prepared the backing.

Emily cut out the binding.

 Polly sewed the picture into a sheet protector.

Barbara added the borders.

June cut out the backing.

Coleen glue basted and  prepared the piece for quilting.

 I machine quilted it.

Coleen squared it up.

Emily sewed on the binding.

Sheila hand stitched the binding to the back.

Mother signed her name on the back.

Javonne and the rest of us signed it.

The finished piece.

The happy waiter.

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