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Sunday, June 26, 2016

FAMILY TIES

This post is about quilting, but it is about a great deal more.  For many years, my hubs has been hoping to connect to his father and, possibly other siblings.  He never met his father and had only one photo of him.
Each time he thought he might have found his dad, he would re-think connecting with him for many reasons.  Among those reasons was his hesitancy to disrupt an established family who might not know that he existed.
A few months ago, through Facebook (don't we love FB?), he found a connection.  He discovered that his father had passed away a couple years prior, but there was a sibling.
After a good deal of communication, he felt like a meeting might be possible.

We took our vacation to Florida and hubs reached out to his sibling and we were able to have a wonderful lunch meeting.  The two of them instantly liked each other and three hours later, we left the restaurant.

Now, about the quilting . . .
Before vacation I was trying to put together a project for an upcoming Workshop I am teaching.  I kept looking for a traditional block that I could "modernize".  I came across a version of Dutchman's Puzzle in 5500 Quilt Block Designs  by Maggie Malone.  This block dates back to 1886 and I had seen it before but it never held my attention long enough to make it.  Somehow, this time I kept coming back to the block in the book.  I kept thinking there was another block for me to use.  But finally ...
I chose this block and cut my fabrics and started construction.

Now, for the interesting part. . .
Hubs discovered that his father was from Indonesia of Dutch heritage.   I had no idea that we would learn this about my hubs'  dad. 
As I was quilting my project, all of a sudden I had an Ah Ha moment.
I experienced a bit of chill bumps as I thought about the fact that I was working on a quilt pattern called "Dutchman's Puzzle" and my hubs just solved his Dutchman's Puzzle by meeting his sibling.

Thank you to my quilting muse for directing me to the "Dutchman's Puzzle Block" for my project.

My Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt is a tribute to Eric Spoelstra and John Spoelstra Suggs and their newly found family ties!!


                                    -sandi


Saturday, June 11, 2016

ABSTRACTION

INSPIRATION
Tannehill Valley, Alabama


Four of us signed up to do a program on Abstraction for our Chattanooga Modern Quilt Guild.

As we looked for inspiration this covered bridge became the picture we chose.  I was fascintated by some of the angular elements of the bridge and built my sketch piece from that.

My favorite part of this Covered Bridge is the support poles on each side of the opening and the "window openings" along the inside walls.

This is the first piece in this Abstraction process.











This was so much fun!!!  Will continue to play with this.


                                 -sandi


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

MORE MAY FINISHES

I have a large stack of quilts and quilt projects to be quilted.  This month is dedicated to getting many of them quilted.  They are all layered on my guest bed.



The first one to be finished is a small (16.5inches) piece that was appliqued using a back basting needleturn technique.  I love hand applique.


Another finish is my Thoroughly Modern Mini Swap quilt.  It is about 16 inches by 24 inches and has already gone to the recipient from the Memphis Modern Quilt Guild.

I worked on some alcohol ink jewelry pieces.  These are so fun and addictive.

It was fun to get some pillowslips made for my guest room that coordinated with my QAYG Quilt.


This month I have worked on several things but have not completed them, or, they are complete and I cannot show them until next month because they are part of a program for Chattanooga Modern Quilt Guild in June.

Here are a couple that I cannot show the front of yet.





Both of these pieces are abstract work.











Perhaps, I will make a bigger dent in that stack in June!


                                  -sandi



Monday, May 23, 2016

OOPS!

Sometimes I plan a project and think I have a real clear idea how it will go, then something happens.

Recently I did a Back Basting Needleturn Applique piece.  Pretty straightforward.  It was a basket with a couple flowers and a heart.

The first step is to trace the design on the wrong side of the foundation fabric.  I wish I had a picture to show you, but maybe I can explain it.  I laid my background fabric onto the light box and thought I had lined up my basket to fit diagonally from corner to opposite corner.  So I guess the fabric slipped or I moved the pattern.  Nevertheless, my drawing was not on a true diagonal.  It was a little skewed to one side.  

When it came time to square it up and add the finishing touches, there were some gaps along two corners.  Uh-oh!  So I had to get creative!

I simply decided to start adding borders and working to get it square.  I was really pleased with how it turned out.  You will note that the corners are not alike.



It is square but it gives an illusion of being a little off center.  I was able to take a very traditional pattern and turn it into a modern version.  
I faced the piece instead of adding a binding.  I am a happy camper!


                                     -sandi

Monday, May 16, 2016

2016 FIRST QUARTER FINISHES

This year I would like to do better at posting my finishes.  Below are a few things I finished in the First Quarter of the Year.  Let's see if I can do better with all of this.


JANUARY
Made a new cover for my daughter's vanity stool

A really nice lap quilt size
Snowflake QAL
Faith, Hope, Love Angels










FEBRUARY


Needle Case made from selvages

Needle Cases for Retreat Guests















                                                                MARCH
Modern Mini Swap
Mug Rug for my Modern Mini Swap





                                           -sandi



Wednesday, February 24, 2016

NEEDLE CASES

I love working with selvages.  I make some neat mug rugs using them and keep several on hand for little quick gifts.

The other day I was looking for another quick little gift that I could use these selvages to make.

I started with a bin of selvages....
This is one of the bins of selvages.  







Then I took a stack of used Color Catchers ...

I foundation pieced my selvages onto the Color Catchers, layered them and quilted them.

I dug into my bin of leftover bindings to complete them.
After binding them it was easy to create the little felt inside layer to put needles in.

After adding the ribbon ties, I had a really neat little Needle Case.

Of course I could not stop with just one, so I used up all the mug rugs I had completed ...

Now I have a stack of Needle Cases ...

Love these!!!


                                                -sandi

Monday, February 1, 2016

GYPSY ALONG 2016

Gypsy Wife by Jen Kingwell is a very interesting quilt pattern. A friend of mine was working on hers at a Retreat.  I could hardly wait to get my copy.  Well, that was several months ago and I am just now getting started.


After I opened the pattern, I realized this would take some reading ahead to figure out just exactly what was going on.  I put the pattern aside.

Just recently, Hydeeann of Splish, Splash, Stash and www.hydeeannsews.blogspot.com posted that she would be leading a quilt along using Jen Kingwell's pattern, Gypsy Wife.

 I am joining with Hydeeann and doing this as a monthly quilt along.

I plan to work from my stash and use up all I can from my Freebird by MoMo and Juggling Summer by Brigitte Heitland leftovers as well as other miscellany that would go with this palette.  

I am choosing to use Kona Bone for my background.  I think this will calm the pattern some and give a cohesiveness to the design.

So, let's go with these fabrics:

Next up, start cutting!

                                                       -sandi

Sunday, January 31, 2016

2016 DEAR DAUGHTER BOM

2016 has started off with a bang for me!  I have completed three projects already.



Another quilt I have finished is my Vintage Quilt Revival Sampler.  I still need to add the binding and the label.

Today I pulled fabrics to make RebeccaMae Designs Dear Daughter BOM 2016.

I have chosen some solids, stripes, and some bright prints.

It took me about an hour and a half to cut the components of the first 7 blocks.  Now I am ready to sew next week.  This will make the First Chapter.

I am looking forward to this adventure this year!!!!


                                      -sandi

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

UFO FINISHED

I always have more plans for Holiday gift giving than I ever get finished.  This year was no different.  I had planned to have these Wall Hangings done for Christmas 2015.  Did not happen.

They are now finished and I will pass them on to the lucky(?) recipient by Christmas 2016 so they may be used in the Holiday festivities.

I fell in love with this pattern when a friend of mine shared it with me.  I decided that it would be gorgeous done in Batiks.  Making three separate pieces seemed to be a better plan than making one large piece.  I thought this allowed the pieces to be displayed in more ways.

This is raw-edge applique with organic straight line quilting.  These are very contemporary pieces and I decided less was more.





           FAITH is actually done in purple, the color of power

HOPE is done in green, the color of abundance

LOVE is done in red, the color of strength

HOPE, LOVE, FAITH

Pattern by J. Michelle Watts


-sandi

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

UPDATING A STOOL

My mother had a vanity stool that was part of her bedroom suite that my daughter loved.  Eventually this vanity stool ended up at my daughter's home.  For several years it has needed a fresh cover for it.


This is how pitiful this cushion has looked!









I decided to recover it as a gift for my daughter.

So I made this little piece using the Mini Quick Curve Ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful.  Love these Drunkard's Path blocks.




Quilted it with a serpentine stitch.










So I had the hubs get out the stapler and we covered the vanity stool.


Love the way this looks!!!



                                              -sandi