Sunday, December 29, 2013

Celtic Solstice on Design Wall

Life …
Dustin and Gina came down from New York for what I’m hoping is a looooooooong visit.

We had some of the cousins in for supper and an evening of visiting.


The men sat in the living room laughing and telling stories.
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And the children had a high time playing!

… as a Quilter
My design wall is holding parts of my Bonnie Hunter’s Celtic Solstice mystery quilt. Now I’m backing up and making the chevrons in step 2.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sailboats III and IV

I decided to take a reader, Karen’s comment and idea and just bind Sailboat III and call it good enough. And now, I rather like it. The fellow there steering is my nephew, Scott.
Sailboat III
$65 SOLD
7 7/8” X 10 1/2”
Materials: cotton fabric and an assortment of cotton and polyester thread
Techniques: fused and heavily quilted
Finished with “Fast Finished Triangles” and ready for hanging
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And here is Scott again on Sailboat IV that I started HERE.
I like the effect the two layers of black tulle over the water give the piece.
Sailboat IV
$125 SOLD
7” X 10”
Materials: commercial cotton fabric, cotton and polyester thread, black tulle
Techniques: fused, machine quilted and machine free motion quilted, hand stitched binding to back
Finished with “Fast Finished Triangles” and ready for hanging
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Creations by Nina-Marie

December Finishes

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Shelves for my Quilting Thread

I have a boxed in place in my sewing room where we were going to mount the ironing board when we built the house and then be able to fold it up into the wall and close a door over it. Well, it never materialized and I like my ironing board parallel to the wall instead of perpendicular to the wall.  My sister Emily suggested that we put shelves into the empty space and set my pretty quilting thread there. So … we got the materials and yesterday Paul worked on the shelves.

I donned rubber gloves and stained the wood.

Paul used to be a carpenter, by trade, and build houses, so when he asked me for a  carpenters square all I had to offer him was my acrylic ruler for cutting fabric. He said that would work.

Now, will this be a temptation for the grandchildren?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Celtic Solstice and Sailboat Quilts

Life …

Paul with “the boys.” “The girls” all went away for Christmas.

Quinten is glad for some meat for their freezer.

… as a Quilter

I have finished step 1 and step 3 of Bonnie Hunter’s Celtic Solstice mystery quilt. I’m afraid the lavender and green don’t contrast enough!

In the mean time I pulled out my Sailboat III that I started earlier HERE and put it on my design wall (Patchwork Times). Perhaps I need to wash it again to get the green trees and green grass to bleed some more. It just seems to have too much going on. Any suggestions?
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And now I have started Sailboat IV. My idea here is to use the same fabric in the reflection as I use in the sky, grass, and sailboat. Then I want to lay black toile over the water part which you can hardly see at the dark brown fabric in the picture below. Maybe I should add another layer or two to make the water darker. What do you think? After quilting it, I’ll add the top sailboat.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Life, Tina, and Quilt Inspiration

Life …

Paul got another 10 point buck this morning.

Happy Birthday!

Tina Sue turned two.

Ashton, Tina, Katie Joe, and Lia

… as a Quilter

A fish feed bin with rust is inspiration for some sort of art quilt.


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Design Wall Monday and Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt

Life …

I accompanied Paul driving a bus load of youth to Bay Springs to sing Christmas carols for residents at a nursing home.

… as a Quilter

On my design wall…

… I’ve pinned my continuing “Sailboat” series that needs to be finished.

I’ve started working on clue #3 of Bonnie Hunter’s “Celtic Solstice” mystery quilt even though …

… step #1 is only partially completed and step #2 hasn’t even been started.

And the winner of my Fabric Giveaway is #130, Robin. Congratulations!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

“Only a Lily” – New Quilt From an Old Favorite

This year the traditional block that our quilt was to represent was the “Carolina Lily.”

I was stunned when I received a call recently that my quilt “Only a Lily” had won 1st place. And then I got all giddy and had to call some family and friends and share my good news.


When my sister, Emily, started making some quilts using Gloria Loughman’s technique from her book “Radiant Landscapes,” I loved the effect.



So, I bought a book too and studied it and decided to make a ‘lily’ quilt to practice for my entry. 

I was pleased with how “Lily” turned out and decided to use the technique for my entry.

So, I found a piece of fabric that I thought would work good for the background …

… and I cut red and green squares of 2 other pieces of fabric. I traced off a motif of the traditional Carolina Lily pattern onto the squares … 

… and cut them out.
When Emily saw my little bits of scraps left over she decided to make another small art quilt using them in the sky of her “Setting Sage” quilt.

I thought it marvelous and decided to change my background to the same yellow that she had chosen. But alas, it didn’t have the same effect that hers did.
So I went back to my original choice of background fabric and I loved what I saw.

Here, I have added a black border with slight curves.

Then I cut out ‘lily’ parts and laid them on the background. Deciding which lily I liked best was a hard choice.

When all the fusing was finished I was ready to quilt.

And after the quilting was finished the quilt wanted to wobble, ripple, and pucker up.

But that didn’t cause me too much worry as it all flattened out when I blocked it with lots of water.

And then I added the piping and binding and blocked it again.

Only a Lily
56 1/2” X 56 1/2”
“I am only … a  [humble] lily of the valleys [that grows in deep and difficult places]. … Like the lily among thorns, so are you …” –Song of Solomon 2:1, 2 (Amplified)



Don’t forget to enter my fabric giveaway HERE.

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Creations by Nina-Marie

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