Thursday, February 23, 2012

One mini finish...

I can only show you one of my mini finishes since the other 2 are still a surprise. Here is the books that I started last Friday night. 

This is the first time that I sewed using selvages.  It was fun picking out 'titles' for my books. 
Some of my favorites...

See Hometown/Chicago? Just so happens that Chicago (or at least the suburbs of) is my hometown.  But my real favorite is Fowl Play made From Scratch. Sounds like a mystery novel to me.  

After finishing the upper portion of this quilt, I decided I should challenge myself a little more and create letters for the word 'READ'. I used inspiration from Tonya Ricucci of Lazy Girl Quilting.  This is my first attempt at word play.

Not perfect but I'll take it! It was fun to do.

I found a striped piece of fabric in my stash that works with the linear design of the books. 

This quilt now resides in the 4th grade classroom of my niece-in-law, Meg (my nephew's wife).  Pretty perfect place!

Last Saturday my DH and DD1 went to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. There were several interesting installations. 
[I apologize for not remembering the names of the artist.]


This very large piece was made with spaghetti noodles. It was quite dynamic...not only in size but in the colors and depth of the painting. 

My favorite piece was this sculpture. 

I could walk around it a million times and each time it would change. What you saw depended on where you stood. Moving one little step forwards, backwards, to the right, or left changed the sculpture. This was so mind boggling. 

The art was also in the staircase. Beautiful architecture!

Well, I hope to be able to share more of my minis soon. Thanks to all of you that have inquired. Stay tuned!

I'm linking up with

Saturday, February 18, 2012

FnsI Results!

Another Friday night enjoying sewing with all of you. ♡ 
I actually had most of Friday to sew. Lucky me! 
Remember this quilt? 

My day started with sandwiching it. I had previously pieced the backing but hadn't gotten around to sandwiching it. Sew now it is ready for quilting.

In the late afternoon, I spent some time hand quilting this mini quilt. I can only show a peek as it is a surprise gift to someone.

I have a few more cups to hand quilt and it will be ready to bind!

After dinner, I decided to work on another mini quilt that I have been wanting to try. A book shelf...

All the books are sitting on the shelf but I need to add the titles to the books. I did rummage thru my selvages and choose the ones I want to use.  There was some picking out going on last night...not my favorite thing to do. 
I used this tutorial for this project. 

What did you do on FNSI? You can find out what others have done here.

I also have added a few more flowers to my hexi garden this week.

And some beautiful tulips to brighten the day!

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I'm joining...

...the challenge with Jennifer over at Ellison Lane Quilts.  You can head over here to get the details or find the button on my side bar.  
Last week and this week are inspiration weeks. There have been many guest bloggers showing their mini modern quilts to help the creative juices.  
Next week starts the creating and sewing weeks and finally the date to enter your mini into the contest. 
Yes, of coarse their are prizes but even so, everyone is a winner if they tried and created something new. That is my 'word up' word for the year...challenge! 

Stayed tuned for my Modern Mini Quilt!

I also found this group on Flickr that makes Quilts for Kids in foster care. I joined in to make a block. The request is for an asterisk block in the colors purple, chartreuse, and grey. I used this tutorial from Carla at Lollyquiltz. Here is my block. 

I had a lot of fun making this. I may have to make some more!

And don't forget FNSI is this Friday night. Won't you join the fun! Check out my side bar to find the link.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

On the Bandwagon Wagon Again!

I have picked up my hexagons again! Here are the flowers that I have recently put together. 

Very scrappy! These little hexagons flowers are so much fun to make. I use a 3/4" hexagon paper pattern from paperpieces.

I sew my hexagons without sewing thru the pattern piece. This is the back of my pieces. How do you stitch your hexagons?

I have also finished the second book in the reading challenge. For a book with something you'd see in the sky,  I read The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

This book is told from a dog's point of view.  Enzo is the name of the dog and he takes you through a season in the life of his master, Denny.  Enzo wishes that he could talk be so he can tell 'the humans' all that he knows.  Although there are sad situations in this story, it is an enjoyable book to read. You can find what others have read for this topic here.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Another One!

I was hoping to get this done to count as a finish for January but it just wasn't meant to be. I have been busy at work and it took me a while longer to quilt than I expected. I am pleased to show you my finished Birdie Stitchery Quilt! 

The details are hard to see here. The quilting is stitch in the ditch around the squares, a simple zig zag in the sashing, a winter poem I wrote around the inner border, and a feather pattern on the outer border. 

The backing ~ the extra block is used as the label.

This block was originally planned as the June block but I decided it was too busy compared to the others so I used it as the signature block and designed my own June block. This was actually one of my favorites to stitch!

Fabrics: Sunkissed by Sweetwater and Moda Bella White
Backing: found at Joann's

All Stacked up!

Soon it will be time to head over to the Superbowl Party! Enjoy!