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

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pizza Supper Guests and Fiber Art at Columbus Arts Council

Life …

Some of our guests this evening included,
Darryl & Laura S. They are in the process of moving to Detroit and haven’t been around for a while.

We also enjoy the presence of Gabriel and Dana from around the corner.

Gabe is getting his bi-wing ultra light plane close to flying. They taxied it around today. Scary!

And then Quinten & Evie and their boys were also here.

Dana and I played basket ball with Kirby, Stacy, and Ashton using the dumpster for the hoop.

We missed Craigs, Dustins, and Joel’s girls.

… as a Quilter

This is the view you get when you walk into Gallery 2, the gift shop, at the Columbus Art Center. I am so pleased how they presented my pieces. There’s 8 of them there. Can you find them? 

And then out in the main gallery they are exhibiting pieces that are “Artfordable.”  Everything is $100 or less hoping you can find just the right gift for that special person. Here are my pieces in that exhibit. 
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Glimpse Through the Lattice

I finally finished this piece of fiber art last evening by adding the label on the back. You can see my process HERE.

A Glimpse Through the Lattice
In days gone by, Southerners escaped the heat by sitting on a shady front porch and listening to the cicadas' rhythmic song. Neighbors could drop by for a short visit and spend the afternoon shelling peas and telling tales over a glass of sweet tea and a slice of pie. This quilt invites viewers to look through the lattice of the past to a simpler, slower time and rest a while in the rocker while reflecting on their own memories.
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Dimensions: 21.75” X 21.75”
$275.00 Email me.

Techniques: Raw edged fusible applique, heavily stitched with Superior’s Rainbows thread and an assortment of other thread

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Detail with piping and binding.
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The Label

Come … rest and relax with a glimpse through the lattice!
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Linking to:
Wednesdays are WOW days My Quilt Infatuation Creations by Nina-Marie   

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

2014 Magnolia Guest Day Sewing

We were greeted this morning to sign in at this table adorned with an old hand pieced quilt top.

Activities of the Day

Carmen & Shirlene work together tying a comfort top.

Mary, Rhoda, and Joan stitch the binding to the back of this quilt by hand.

These ladies are tying a cheater’s cloth top that is being made into a comforter.
Crystal, Tab, and Karla

Natasha, Tab, Crystal, Carmen, and Rosetta

Cheryl and granddaughter, Veronica, and Evie and son sew small dresses.

Making Christmas Bundles for the less fortunate in Cherry Creek, SD and Belize.
Karen, Isok, Carmen, Beth, Whitney


Angie and Josiah

I helped with the ‘string quilt’ project. We started this quilt last year. You can read about it HERE.
Alma, Tressa, and Pat

Some of the blocks ended up smaller, so we decided to make two separate quilts.

Thelma made 4 string blocks at home for the beginning of another “String quilt.” The same 4 blocks look different depending which color you turn toward the center.
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These ladies continued quilting the Rocking Horse Quilt that we started last month.

Martha and Krista stitch on a bright “square in a square pineapple” quilt that I had pieced earlier.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced I Quilt @ Pretty Bobbins Creations by Nina-Marie 
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