What can I say? The fabrics are just so beautiful, I couldn't resist.
Jan 24: Started one of the purple sling bags
Brown Sling Bag for Joanne - 03/19/2012
Mar 19: Cutting out this sling bag to make for my daughter, Joanne. I have devised a way to make plusher, sturdier straps and want to replace the one she graciously bought from me. Shhhh! It is a surprise.
Pink Sling Bag - Not Made Yet
One day...for someone.
1st Purple Sling Bag for Pamela - 03/13/2012
Jan 24: I am making this one for my friend, Pamela. It must be chameleon fabric because every photo comes out a different color.
Jan 25: Cut the batting I am using as the lining. Decided to pre-wash the fabrics since I know this friend will wash hers!! LOL This way the bag won't shrink on her & the colors should no longer bleed.
Mar 13: Finished
2nd Purple Sling Bag for Joan - 03/16/2012
Dec 25: 2011: A Christmas gift from my daughter, this quilt features 12 Stonehenge fat quarters, a Stonehenge beige background and a peach blender fabric.
May 26, 2012: Studying the pattern, doing EQ7 rendition. Changed the quilt top design by adding a row of blocks to the bottom to balance the symmetry. Cut the fat quarters and background into 5" squares for 1/2 square triangles and four patches.
May 27: Marking and then sewing 1/2 square triangles & 4 patches.
May 28: The basic blocks are ready to combine into larger blocks. Deciding how to arrange the colors is not going to be easy.
May 29: While doing the layout of the blocks I discovered that I didn’t have enough 4-patches. That is because the center blocks are supposed to all be the same and their own color. So I just made 24 more blocks with the inner border fabric. Hope it works. Truth be told, I don't see that it makes much difference. Got one block done so now I know I will have to trim each triangle block down a tad. I'm done for the day as soon as I clear my bed for the night.
May 30: Only finished the 4 blocks for row 1. The rest of my time was spent trimming. I also toyed with how to finish that wide 7" border without doing applique. Lastly, I took time to work on Dorothy's angel quilt project she will be sending soon.
May 31: I managed to finished trimming all the blocks & have stored them away as May is over.
June 05: Finished the 4 blocks for row 2 while waiting on thread.
Dec 17, 2015. I remember working of this some in the years since now. Was looking for it earlier this week to work on it some more. Couldn't find it. My search stretched into going through every project box under my work table. I have the backing & remnants in one of those boxes but no block work. I have searched every nook & cranny in the longarm room, going through every box stored there (trashing everything I did not need). I looked through the closet repeatedly but today I will take it apart thoroughly. While this is not my favorite quilt but now I am dead set determined to finish it.
To St. Anthony, patron saint of lost things: "Tony, Tony, look around. Something's lost & must be found." Hey, it has always worked in the past. HA! Just found it in the bottom of a large storage box topped off with packing air pouches. Thank you, St. Anthony.
Turns out, I have pieced 14 of the 24 blocks (6 rows of 4). Now I have to put the closet back in order.
Jan 06: 2016: Continuing the piecing. Got all the rows in the blocks done. Redesigned the layout again as shown below.
Jan 09: Determined to get the blocks done.
Jun 23: Earlier this week, I got the blocks done & planned a final arrangement. Today I got the 6 rows together. I noticed for the first time this morning that I altered the pattern when doing my EQ7 rendition. Funny I didn't even see it until now. Oh well--as they say, there are no rules when quilting.
Jun 28: Connected pairs of rows 3-4 and 5-6.
Jun 29: Finished quilt top center.
Jun 30: Added 3 borders thus finishing the quilt top. Pieced the backing.
Dec 22: I know a lady, Joyce, whose favorite color is yellow. This quilt came to mind with a yellow flannel backing. Can't wait to see if she likes it. Ordered the flannel.
Dec 28: Flannel is here.
Jan 16, 2017: Went to see Joyce to show her Scrap Basket Trellis & several other quilts. Scrap Basket it is with the yellow flannel backing I selected just for her & Joyful Teardrops. We are all set. All I need is time.
Jan 20: Pre-washing the flannel backing. Less than 44" width plus shrinkage from washing--don't have enough. Ordered 2 more yards.
Jan 26: Fabric is here & prewashed.
Jan 27: Backing is pieced. Ready to quilt.
Mar 27: Prepping and loading. Noticed 3 mistakes. Removed the errors.
Mar 28: Put the pieces back in the quilt turned the correct way. Finished loading.
Mar 29: Programmed. Quilting.
Mar 30: Quilted. Attached the binding.
Mar31: Hand work.
Apr 01: Binding is finished. Hand delivered.
This small quilt pieced by Donna Roberson uses the Dogwood Trail fabrics. That's has some tricky points to piece, Donna!!
Dec 24-29 : Got all questions resolved. Back is ready to load.
Dec 31: IQ pattern is worked out & top is ready to load.
Jan 03, 2012: Quilted.
Jan 04: Ready to ship. Need an address.
Judy is one of the contributing artists to the booth, donating cards, posters and a Christmas mug & plate. As she dedicated it to me, I in turn dedicate it to all of you sister quilters!! I am so humbled and blessed by this kindness and honor. Thank you, Judy Tolle / RedQueensElf.
Robin is one of the contributing artists to the booth & you may remember her from the bell pull of her images on fabric. Today she surprised me with an original, glasses and all. LOL. Since we've not met in person, she created this from some pictures I sent her many moons ago.
I am so humbled and blessed by this kindness and honor. Thank you, Robin Monroe / RoMo.
Forget-Me-Not by Robin Monroe
_The flower symbolism associated with the forget-me-not is true love and memories. In 15th century Germany, it was supposed that the wearers of the flower would not be forgotten by their lovers. In a medieval legend, a knight and his lady were walking along the side of a river. He picked a posy of flowers, but because of the weight of his armour he fell into the river. As he was drowning he threw the posy to his loved one and shouted “Forget-me-not”. It is also told in pious legend that the Christ child was sitting on Mary’s lap one day and said that he wished that future generations could see them. He touched her eyes and then waved his hand over the ground and blue forget-me-nots appeared – ’Livingartsoriginal.com
Leave it to Joan to make an amazing memory quilt from odds and ends of well worn t-shirts, etc. After adding two borders and preparing the backing, I'll be doing a simple meander of moderate size.
Dec 10: Add two borders and prepare the backing
Dec 11: Loaded
Dec 12: Quilted. I will be doing the binding on this one as well.
Dec 13-16: Binding
Dec 16: Shipped