Black Tie Affair

It’s Halloween Month!  Tomorrow my Halloween posts will begin, but today I have an exciting finish to show you from this past week…my Black & White quilt, Black Tie Affair, is quilted and bound, and off to be judged and hung in our Guild Show this week:

It’s a generous throw, roughly 65 x 80 inches.  It’s hard to see in the photos, but it is quilted (by my fabulous friend, Trina) in hot pink thread!

I have had that Dress Form fabric for a few years, and I ADORE it.  The pink is Moda’s Petal Power by Maggie & Sharon, another fabric that came from the stash. See that sweet hot pink flange on the binding?  Trina taught me how to do that as well (Tutorial coming soon!).  Here’s the backing fabric (LOVE that Michael Miller Button Up print!):

I really like quilts that create secondary patterns…the kaleidoscope has endless options depending on your fabric placement…

This best part of this quilt?  It’s for *me*!!  (insert happy dance here).

Tomorrow, the Halloween-O-Rama starts here at Threads of Conversation…  I’m all set with my snappy new icons:

See you tomorrow!!!!!!!

At the end of October, I will be giving away multiple prizes, including a quilted item, holiday fabric, patterns, etc.  The more posts you comment on in October the better your chances of winning something!  Follow my blog and you have an even better chance!!!
So, do you have a favorite holiday?  If so, which one and why?

Kikus and Hexies

I spent last night fussy cutting hexagons, not for English Paper Piecing, but for the Candied Hexagons Quilt I’m finally starting!  No doubt Janet (my inspiration) and Lorraine (my benefactor) have both given up on me!  Never fear, I always get around to my projects, eventually!  I’m cutting these with templates lent to me by another generous quilting friend, Linda.  Much slicker than my paper templates I was planning to use!

Monday night I started yet another project, sewing a new Summer dress for myself:

It feels good to sew clothing again, I need to find more time to devote to it!
And I finally have finished pics to share with you of the Chrysanthemum Quilt.  Made for my best friend’s birthday, as the Chrysanthemum is a traditional symbol of friendship.  In Japan chrysanthemums, called “kikus”, are exchanged between friends as a symbol of the virtue and incomparable value of their friendship.  The quilt is of my own design, in Michael Miller’s Espresso brown solid, Kona Stone, Meadowsweet green scroll and greens from my stash:

My photos are not great, next time I’m at her home I will need to retake!  This one shows the truest colors:

My meander/stipple quilting continues to improve:
Who knows, maybe one day I’ll even master feathers! A girl can dream, can’t she?!
What are you working on this week?  

Quilt in a Day

If Eleanor can do it in a day, I should be able to do it in a week, right?! No problem…. I need a gift for next weekend (Saturday) so I pulled fabrics for a throw quilt last Friday.

Also, I’m not using a pattern, just this photocopy of an old newspaper quilt block called “Chrysanthemum”. I’m making the pattern up as I go. The chrysanthemum is the traditional symbol of friendship, and the quilt is for a very dear friend of mine. If the quilt isn’t done in time for the event, she may be getting a bouquet of real chrysanthemums to tie her over…

On another note, I’m trying to upgrade to a “dream machine” and so, I’ll be de-stashing some fabric, patterns, books, and my current machine, the Pfaff.
UPDATE: Sold the Pfaff–the search for my “dream machine” continues….

Kiwi Kisses

I’m back! Moving is behind me, and while I still have some settling, organizing and decorating to do, I have found time to create again, and that makes me very happy.

My Mom and I spent this past weekend at a quilt retreat in Ankeny, Iowa, a ‘burb of Des Moines and I managed to finish the binding on my Kiwi Kisses quilt that I first showed you a month ago. Here it is in all it’s Lime & Black glory:

The front and binding are all from the Timeless Treasures Kiwi line of fabric, hence the name of the quilt. It’s made from Atkinson’s Designs Happy Hour book.

It was quilted by a friend of mine on her Gammill, click on this photo to enlarge it, I dream of one day being able to do free motion quilting that looks like this:

The back is pieced, and I love it as much as the front! The only piece not from the Kiwi line is the black & white print at the right of the photo, from the Luna line by Maywood Studio.

This one I will definitely be keeping for myself…it was made as a shop sample for Quilter’s Cupboard. BTW, if you come to Des Moines for the AQS show in a few weeks, be sure to stop by our shop, it’s a great quilt store with something for everyone!

I also made two tops for kid quilts (finished photos to come soon, I hope!), assisted Mom in completing two of her tops, ate too much junk food, and basically had a great, relaxing time! I have a four day overnight retreat coming up in a month…can’t wait!

Stop back soon, I have a fun artsy project to share with you tomorrow! And studio pics are coming…you don’t want to miss that!