Live Colorfully

This simple 9-patch quilt has been so much fun.
I can’t help but smile when I look at all those colors.
Each block reminds me of  a quilt or product that I made with these fabric pieces.
There are still quite a few 2.5 ” blocks remaining.
It’s time to donate these and other pieces in my stash.
Maybe my buddies would like to have a remnant swap.

The teal border I was thinking of using was nowhere to be found.
I did, however, find the yellow border strips that I had made for the QOV. (Another WIP)
Once I added the yellow border, the quilt looked even more cheerful and charming.

Now, I am trying to decide what to do about the second border.
I am planning a keyboard pattern of the different fabrics, but I cannot decide if the border should be made with  2″ X 6″ strips or with 6 inch squares.
These are four blocks I have left over that I was planning on using as the top corners:

There is enough pink and white polka dot fabric in my stash that could also be used as a border.
But, I don’t know how a bright pink would look.
I welcome any suggestions or ideas for a second border.

UFO or WIP

When my friends and I last met to work on the Brackenridge River Quilt, we had finished preparing the photo appliques. We were supposed to meet today, but plans were changed.
It seems we are all going in different directions for the next two months.
I was going to be the one to applique the photos, so I picked up the quilt today in order to finish the top.
My friend lives near the Mesquite Bean, and I stopped by just to see what is new.
Big mistake.
I have two designs in my quilt design sketch book.
One is a dinosaur quilt.
The other is an All You Need is Love Quilt.
I found great fabric at the Mesquite Bean that would be perfect for these two designs.
I did some major talking to myself, and decided it would be best to shelve these designs for now.
It was difficult, but I walked out of the store without fabric.

When I got home, I knew I had made the right decision.
This is what I saw when I took the river quilt to my sewing table.

Question: Do I scoop up these 2.5 inch squares and throw them in the UFO bin?
Or do I finish piecing the top for the 9-square patch quilt and then throw that into the WIP bin?

I knew if I placed those 2.5 inch squares in the UFO bin this quilt would never be finished.
I have grown fond of this design, so I decided to work on completing the top.
It really won’t take too much time.
I feel better about finishing the top and placing this in the WIP bin.


I set the blocks up into 4 columns.


Then I tried laying the blocks out into 3 columns.

I made some more blocks and decided that I prefer 4 columns.
Tomorrow, I will work on finishing the blocks.
I might have 5 rows of 4 or 4 rows of 4.

There will be time to work on the river quilt this weekend.
Problem solved…for now.

July Celebrations

July is one big month of celebrations.
It starts with the 4th of July hoopla.
Then, today, I celebrated the birthday of my twin sons.
Tomorrow will be Ringo Starr’s birthday.
Ringo asks for people to post #PeaceandLove at noon in order to send a wave of positivity across the world.
In preparation for doing my part in spreading the wave of positivity tomorrow, I made a Peace and Love tote bag.
Last summer, my granddaughter chose this colorful peace sign fabric.
At that time, I was practicing piecing different types of 12 inch blocks.
I remembered that I had two of these blocks in my quilt block box.

My remnant box had black and white polka dot fabric that I used to add around the quilt block.

I also found some pink and white polka dot that I used for the lining.

I appliqued a heart to one side of the tote bag.

Don’t forget to post #PeaceandLove tomorrow at noon.

Scrappy Quilt

In one of my past moments of trying to get organized, I had cut remnants into 2.5 inch strips and squares.
Yesterday, I happened to be rummaging through my stash boxes, and I found a bag of the 2.5 inch squares.
Instead of following through with the project on which I was working, I started a new project.
I found enough white fabric leftover from the Transformer quilt I made, and I cut that up into 40 of the 6.5 inch blocks.
Then, I made a 9-Patch with the 2.5 inch squares.

I decided to put these together to make a 9-Patch chain quilt.
At first, I thought there was too much white.
But then, I realized that the white just makes those 2.5 inch squares of color pop out.

There are 200 of the colored 2.5 inch squares, and 160 of the white 2.5 inch squares.


This is my make-shift designer wall.
It is the flannel back of a plastic table-cloth that I purchased at the Dollar Store.
Right now, it is folded in half.

I have some teal fabric that I used for a one inch border on another quilt.
There might be enough to use on this 9-Patch Chain quilt.
Then, I think I might make a border of 6.5 inch blocks from my stash.

Just what I needed…another project.

Gift

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.
Hubert H. Humphrey

Fifty-eight years ago, I was fortunate to make the acquaintance of a very special person.
This friendship has seen us  through many years, and I value Nancy as a gift in my life.
Among her numerous qualities and traits, Nancy is super creative and artistic.
Check out her etsy account, ReynoldsCreativeWorks.

She is so very thoughtful and generous.
I had told Nancy that I will be going to Tulum, Mexico with my granddaughter, son,
and daughter-in-law. Today, in the mail, I received this homemade gift from Nancy.

Nancy knows that my granddaughter and I like to journal.
So, she made us these cute journals for our trip.
The starfish is embellished with the beads and sequins I had given Nancy.
They are from my mother’s stash of beads and sequins.
Such a thoughtful gift!
The starfish earrings are for me…and I am wearing them already!
Thank you, Nancy!

Happy Book Day!

Hurray!
Today is the launch date for What This Story Needs is a Vroom and a Zoom,
by  author and illustrator Emma Virjan.
You can order the books at Barnes and Noble, Harper Collins, BookPeople, and Amazon.
If you are in the Austin area on July 11th, stop by BookPeople at 10:30 am.
Emma will be having a storytime.
It will be fun for everyone.

Learning Something New

 

Thanks to Mary J. Puckett from Zippy Quilts, I learned about fabric postcards.
The fabric postcards she posted are so pretty.
I decided to research some more information about fabric postcards DIY.
This morning, I made a patriotic fabric postcard.
It is very basic, but I wanted to keep it simple on my first attempt.
I happened to have the necessary supplies and fabric remnants.
It was so much fun…I plan to make more!
Thank you, Mary!

Brackenridge Park Quilt Project, June 29, 2017

After a brief hiatus for trips and granny duty, the Brack Pack met today to work on the Brackenridge Park Quilt Project.
We have the quilt all pieced.
Our first attempt at printing photos on fabric was a bust.
Marti took the photos to her brother, and together, they did a great job printing the photos on fabric.
When we last met in May, we still didn’t know exactly how we were going to applique the photos.
We had bought wool felt and discussed embroidering with Sue Spargo – type stitches.
During one of my granny trips, I had made a super hero cape for my grandson. I used the fusible interfacing technique of applique. I made a perfect circle to applique on the cape. Today, I tried this applique technique on one of our extra photos, and we decided it would work.
All the photos are ready to be sewn on to the quilt.
My first attempt ended up with an upside-down photo.
The second attempt was crooked.
So, we shelved the project until we meet again next Friday.
It was definitely fun getting back with this group.

Liebster Award

 


Years ago, a technology instructor in my school district, introduced me to blogging.
I immediately saw the instructional benefit and the fun that this form of communication could be for my students…and me!
I had a classroom blog and a teacher blog. Once I retired, I decided to start a blog to share my new creative journey, and also make new friends along the way.

Through blogging, I have connected with many inspiring and creative people.
One of my new-found blogging friends, Abbie, has nominated me for the Liebster Award.
This is an award given to bloggers by fellow bloggers.

Abbie’s blog, Sparkle On, truly does sparkle! Her blog is filled with fun, creative ideas.
Thank you for the nomination, Abbie!
Oh, and thank you for your sweet comment about my having  “Joie de Vivre”…you made my day!
Here are my answers to your 10 questions:

10 Questions

1.) Who inspired you to quilt/sew?
My family.
My mother had seven sisters, each one talented in many crafts such as sewing, quilting, crocheting, embroidery, knitting, and painting. They were all inspirational women.
Mom did beautiful embroidery and crocheting. My Tia Isidra was the one who got me through Home Economics sewing class…no one could help me through the cooking part of the class!
Tia would let me choose the fabric and design my birthday party dress. She also made clothes for my Madame Alexander dolls.
Quilting was something I always wanted to do. I never gave myself the time or opportunity to study quilting when I was teaching. My first attempt was a quilt I made for my mother-in-law. All eleven grandsons drew on cloth squares and I somehow patched it together.
I also made small wall hangings with drawings that my students made.
It wasn’t until I retired in 2014 that I attended a quilt convention and my sister Adri encouraged me to go for it.
My husband and sons encourage my endeavors. And I just love designing quilts especially for them.

2.) If you could meet one “Quilting Celebrity’, who would it be?
Jenny Doan’s enthusiasm is contagious. I love how she explains and demonstrates techniques in her tutorials. She makes me laugh.
I also would like to meet Vanessa Vargas Wilson from Gemini Crafts. She has such a down-to-earth manner in her tutorials.

3.) What was the last movie you saw in the theater?
My friends and I went to the theater to see Love and Friendship. This was in 2016.
I really don’t go to the theater anymore, but I am a movie buff.
I love old movies, especially silent films. Charlie Chaplin is one of my favorites.
Movies with Bette Davis, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth, and Greer Garson are still what I prefer to watch…over and over again.

4.) What kind of music do you like?
Mom always had music playing in the house and I love listening to most genres.
I particularly like folk, blues, jazz, swing, country, rock and roll and classical.
I grew up in the time of great music, and I still listen to my favorites which include: Bob Dylan,Willie Nelson, anything Beatle, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin….anything from my era!

5.) What is your favorite candy bar?
Oh, I have a terrible sweet tooth. If I had to choose, I would say Baby Ruth.

6.) Which is your favorite quilt block?
I just love trying new and different blocks. I seem to favor Flying Geese and the different types of Star blocks. I am also interested in the New York Beauty block.

7.) To pre-wash fabric or not to pre-wash? That is the question!
So far, my answer is to not pre-wash. I have never found the need to do so.

8.) What is your favorite color?
I love playing with colors. I tend to favor anything purple.

9.) What is your favorite quilting/sewing notion?
The best sewing notion I ever purchased was the quarter inch sewing foot guide.
It has helped improve my seam accuracy.

10.) Do you have a favorite quilting book (or any book for that matter!) to recommend to others?
I recommend Block a Day by Lucinda Ganderton. I have learned so much from this book.

 

There are a few blogs that I follow, and I am always looking for more.
It is my turn to nominate, my nominees for the Liebster Award are: Linda, at Take Time to Create and Mary J. Puckett from Zippy Quilts.
Linda’s blog is filled with creative ideas and projects.
She described her blog as being “all about trying new things”…something I like to do.
Linda creates beautiful products in various media. Check out her Faux Sea Glass post.

I just recently started following Mary’s blog, Zippy Quilts.
The subtitle of her blog, “Modern Quilts with a Twist”, caught my attention.
The first few blogs I read were filled with exciting, new, fresh ideas.
I look forward to learning more from Mary’s posts.
Today, she posted information about Big Stitch quilting…wow!

Linda and Mary, here are the rules and my 10 questions.
Feel free to answer any or none of these questions.
I look forward to your responses and your future posts.

Liebster Award Rules

1. How do you define creativity?
2. What do you do to get in a creative zone?
3. What theme song would you select to be the soundtrack of your life?
4. Is there a particular project that gave you the most joy to make?
5. How do you handle any moments of “creative block”?
6. Is there a particular time or place where you feel more creative?
7. Are you a stickler for plans or a go-with-the flow type of crafter?
8. What is your favorite media for creative expression?
9. Who inspires you and encourages your creativity?
10. What advice or words of encouragement can you give to someone who wants to try new things but is not sure of their abilities?