Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sharing Ideas at Quilt Expo

 I will be sharing ideas for highlighting your quilts 
with fabric bits and pieces. 
If your studio is filled with smaller scraps of fabric, 
rejoice in your good fortune.   

Learn creative paths for using these small treasures in your next quilting masterpiece.  

Ideas for both traditional and art quilts will be discussed.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Designing New Purses

This week I had the fun of working with an upcoming designer, 
young Miss E.... 
We have been working together for several years now 
(actually since before her foot reached the pedal). 

Now she is on her own behind a sewing machine
 and developing quite a talent for putting fabrics together.

She is quite proud of the purse she just finished.
The bag is machine quilted to give it body 
and a serger was used to stitch and finish the seams.

It features a button closure and

an inside pocket.

(Is it a hint that the pocket is just the right size for a cell phone?)

And, here is our designer and busy stitcher modeling her creation.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Why are You Cutting Strips?

Have you been busy cutting strips? 
Are you getting ready to sew an amazing new quilt top?  

I, too, have been cutting fabric strips. 
Strips and more strips. 

But these strips were not for another quilting project
 but for braiding a fun and colorful purse. 

The pink and blue vivid, graphic fabric is a diva in itself
 but comes in second to the chunky pink yarn I have incorporated in this bag.

A little bling on the center and strap provides a finishing touch.

And on I went........

For this second bag, I've used a eye-catching purple print 
with a never-shy chartreuse print.
I've also added a chunky yarn in this bag.

In the detail, you can see the braided strap attached with a bold button.

This bags are showy and are certain to take center stage.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Today's Quilting Bee

Things haven't changed through the years. Women have always been diligent caretakers. Not only caretakers of their families but they stretch their arms out to help others as well.

One way that quilters help others is by sharing their talents and create wonderful cuddly covers full of love to give to those in need. Each quilt wraps the recipient with hugs and warm wishes.

I am so happy that I am part of a group of women who meet regularly to put together some of these quilts.

Karen, Cathy and Mary are busy at work tying quilts, never idle, 
as they share the latest gossip.

Linda is always entertaining us with the silliest stories as she sews.

Today, Barb and Ruth are finishing up the quilts and adding labels.
"Stitched with love
by Undercover Quilters"

We are so thankful for the many who provide us 
with some of their extra fabrics and notions, 
our prayers are with those who couldn't get to the meeting 
because of health and family concerns.

With our hearts filled with happiness 
and our tummies filled with oh, so, delicious food from our pot-luck lunch, 
we will meet again next month.  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Going In vs. Coming Out of My Brain

Apparently the information that goes into my brain does not translate into my projects. 

After enjoying the beauty of the lilies and thinking about nothing but lilies, 
I end up with purple shapes. 
No way do these even remotely look like my orange lilies. 

I did start with a muslin foundation cut into a shape. 
After stitching on a multitude of different fabrics, I trimmed the edges adding my seam allowance. 
I used an "Add-a-Quarter" ruler and moved it along the edge 
continually turning it to follow the shape.

The trimmed piece is now ready to piece to another section.

I did get into my orange fabric and combined several pieces on this piece.

Into my brain go lilies, out come pod shapes. 

We'll see where these lead. 

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