Tuesday, May 19, 2020

OUR 2020 SENIOR

Our grandson, Daevaughn Chatman,
 is a Senior in the Class of 2020


That means many heartbreaking things...
Missing the prom, graduation ceremony.
The longest ‘Senior Skip Day’ ever.
For me, it meant a graduation quilt!

I have a ga-zillion precuts and I found some 
by Amy Ellis that read masculine.


I decided to use Charm Pack Cherry pattern.
 Its quick and easy using charm packs!
Not too much fabric to pack for my winter snowbird adventure 


The pattern is free over at the FQ Shop.  
Click here to get your copy!

I began working on the quilt, in the small condo we had rented. 
A padded TV table for my ironing surface and my Featherweight


Lots of chain piecing the 5" charms together 


They were then cut in half and sewn back together.


I made a few 9 patch blocks to make the quilt larger.  
A photo opp outside the condo. 


I quilted it on my Bernina 740 with 
simple straight lines design - vertical and horizontal
Thrilled with the end result. 


The backing is made with a coordinating Layer Cake 
And a couple strips to make it large enough. 


I used the text sewing function on my Bernina 
to add the label info, directly on the front of the quilt. 


We don’t know when or if there will be a graduation party.
But regardless, ‘I got him covered’














Monday, May 4, 2020

NOW THIS IS A CHALLENGE

My biggest challenge is keeping up with my blog posts.
I save my pics to a draft post...then I get side tracked.
I hope you don't mind my flakieness!

February, 2020 attended Airing of The Quilts
Venice, Florida, sponsored by SWMGQ.
That day...it rained but I still enjoyed looking
at what we could see under the Gazebo.

I found their challenge quilts very interesting.
Each participant had yardage of one fabric.
A fabric that looked like an improv quilt!

It was very busy, some might say ugly,
but definitely had a modern spin to it. 



I jotted down the name of the fabric and found it
 on-line so I could provide some details.

I am sure there were guidelines or rules for
entering this challenge, but I don't have those.
What I do have are some photos of the
creativity these makers used with this fabric.
Sorry I don't have the makers names
or credit would be mentioned.

Look closely at the way they used the fabric,
the colors they added, the quilting.
It is amazing to see such creativity.  



















Have you ever participated in a quilt challenge?
I enjoy them.  They make you think outside
the normal sewing box!


Friday, April 24, 2020

WINTER THREADS

Sew...what do I mean by Winter Threads?
Just that last winter I found some really great threads
while I was in Florida.

Like this embroidered Heron on a jean jacket.



And some threads that were being knitted and crocheted
by a fun Meet-up group I joined.

This looked like a bullseye dart board design.
She was having fun wearing it!


These ladies were all busy with their needles
and helping those of us with questions.


This is my project for the winter!
Dusk to Dawn Shawl by Briana Kepner



I am using a Superwash Merino
50 Shades of Gradient, Panther Pride colorway.
560 yards


A yarn swap with Kathy Guenther 
gave me this fun variegated Flamingo colorway.



Some shopping, of course!
I have not knitted anything in a solid color.
Now I can thanks to a great sale rack!


And here we are in April...
Is the Dawn to Dusk Shawl finished?
NOPE, but I am getting close!












Monday, April 13, 2020

WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?


Meet Marilyn Byerly...she is many things.
A wife, daughter, sister, god-mother, hospice nurse,
 educator, music lover, thrift store shopper, former neighbor
 and most of all my friend.


We have been friends for a very long time!
 I haven't worn glasses for years!




Our spouses, Phil and Tom also good friends.
They enjoyed the scenery at Fort Myers Pier
and it had nothing to do with the ocean view!


A trip downtown found a rooftop bar...
under construction.


For 9 years Tom and Marilyn were our Ohio neighbors.
I met them at their yard sale...where 'classical music'
greeted those who shopped.

Here they listened to 'Celtic music'
while we enjoyed a Celtic festival by the river.


The Byerlys' have now lived in Florida for 13 years.
They are the main reason we decided 
to "snowbird' in Fort Meyers this past winter.


If I had a dollar for each time Marilyn and I 
shared cocktails and great laughs, over the years..
I'd be a millionaire!



It’s lunches like this with Marilyn that cause my legs to get ‘thick’ 
which causes great laughter and stumbling! 





Marilyn kept me busy with fun adventures.
Like this 'sip and paint' class!
A first time event for both of us.

One might see a storm reflected 
in Marilyn's painting?
Or maybe it reflects the passion and love
 for her Sunny SW Florida?


My painting looks so different.
I see my love of a beach sunset?


Our time together in Florida was filled with fun!
FCF - Fried Chicken Friday, outdoor festivals.
trips to the beach, dinner's together, parties with new friends,
shopping, thrifting, lunches, cocktails, great food.

The Byerly Kitchen was the BEST restaurant
in town, with Chef Tom at the helm!


THEN...
CV-19 began to rare it's ugly head.

 Everything was closing.  Even the beaches.

Phil and I decided to head north
and be #saferathome in our home on the neighborhood
street that we once shared with the Byerlys.

  The point of this post.
Some people touch our lives for a moment.
Others last a lifetime...
and these two remain a FIRM yes
to the question...

Won't you be my neighbor?


Friday, April 3, 2020

THE MAKING OF A FLAMINGO

I luv me some FLAMINGOS!

I saw Pinkerton...the Laura Heiny collage pattern and
bought it some time ago.
I didn't have much stash with pink and coral flowers.
Sew...as payment for a trunk show at 
The Perry County Sewcial Club
I asked the members to donate scraps to make this Flamingo!
That being said...I received 44 pieces of fabric
and She will be named "The Perry County Flamingo" 



This post is full of tips and ideas for the processes
to make the Flamingo...at least til she's glued and quilted.

Laura recommends using Steam a Seam 2 
for the collage pieces.  It's a double sided fusible, 
re positional and readily available from many stores. 

I did pick up a few more FQs for large designs.
These white flowers said wings and tail feathers!


I cut small pieces to begin and fused them..you need lots
of options in size, color and designs.


Because the Flamingo is 6 feet, tall I needed lots of BIG flowers


And I found some!



I made a test piece to make sure I understood
 how the steam a seam was gonna work.


I have the Kay Buckley scissors for cutting.
 The blades are serrated and keeps fabric edges from fraying.  
They aren't cheap..but sew worth it!


Here's my workspace while I wintered in Florida.
Not ideal, but I made it work.
If you don't have a rotating cutting mat...why not?
It's one of the most versatile tools for quilting.



Being in a small condo I wondered where the heck 
can I lay out the pattern already drawn
on 'Pattern Ease'  and begin pressing down fabrics?
The King Size bed, of course.
It took me 6 hours to get the design where I liked it.



I had to move fabrics around and walked away several times.
Take breaks...don't rush this process!
I placed the wings, chest feathers, legs and neck
pieces that pleased me...not exactly fitting the outline. 
Give yourself the freedom to "draw outside the lines"!



I used my wool pressing mat underneath the 'Pattern Ease'
and on top of the bed sheets to steam down the pieces. 
Work one small section at at time.



And here she was...ready to be cut away
from the 'Pattern Ease' foundation!
 I kept thinking...please don't cut her leg off!
I used the Karen Buckley scissors for this as well!



I did NOT cut along the pattern lines, 
but rather I followed the FLOWER designs
 to make her look more feathery.

Also note in the pic below how I positioned
the flowers for the wings....not necessarily putting
 them exactly where the pattern indicates.
Flexibility is the key to making these collages work.


I have to roll her up (I need a pool noodle)
 and take her home to glue her to the finished background.

 Fabric Fuse Glue is what Laura uses to glue
your design to the quilt background fabric. 
 Just run a bead around the edge. 
 It is stitchable and dries clear.  BUT drying time is 6 hours.
I will do this on my a pool table when I get home.



That's all you get for now.
There are LOTS of YouTube videos
on collage quilts.  I liked Lauras the best. 

When I return to Ohio in April...
The Perry County Flamingo 
will continue her stitching journey!