Friday, August 18, 2017

It's Summer, here is a Tour of My Gardens


I love flowers! A psychedelic wonder with fragrance so sweet.

It is important to me that my art quilts suggest a meaning to the viewer rather than simply decorate walls. Underlying much of my work is the theme of wonderment for the workings of the earth.
Roses are Red
Flowers are a significant visual influence in my daily life. I can almost feel the warm summer sun and smell the fragrance of roses from my quilt garden. This is a glorious sensation.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Seattle Summer

Watching the goslings learn to fly is very fun! They run across the water until they nose dive into the water. Then do it again!

During the second year of their lives, Canada geese find a mate. They are monogamous, and most couples stay together all of their lives. If one dies, the other may find a new mate. The female lays from 2–9 eggs with an average of five and both parents protect the nest while the eggs incubate.

The incubation period, in which the female incubates while the male remains nearby, lasts for 24–28 days after laying. As the annual summer molt also takes place during the breeding season, the adults lose their flight feathers for 20–40 days, regaining flight at about the same time as their goslings start to fly.

As soon as the goslings hatch they are immediately capable of walking, swimming and finding their own food (a diet similar to the adult geese). Parents are often seen leading their goslings in a line, usually with one adult at the front, and the other at the back. While protecting their goslings, parents often violently chase away nearby creatures, from small blackbirds to lone humans that approach, after warning them by giving off a hissing sound and will then attack with bites and slaps of the wings if the threat does not retreat or has seized a gosling.

The offspring enter the fledging stage any time from 6 to 9 weeks of age. They do not leave their parents until after the spring migration, when they return to their birthplace.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Summer Garden Tour

I don't garden, but I love gardens. Here is one of my favorites.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Saturday, It's Quilters Anonymous, Edmonas WA

Fast Finishes

First we learn to join pre-quilted blocks using several innovative techniques. Go home ready to make
larger machine quilted quilts without all the work of trying to get it into your machine. The Quilt-As-You-Go method allows for more detailed quilting using a standard sewing machine since you're only quilting a small section at a time. Fast finishing concludes with super-fast binding. Is binding the quilt your least favorite part?  Bindings and piping are a snap with this no-fail completely machine-stitched method.  In this class you will be making a sample to take home to keep as a ‘how to’ example for your own quilts. Binding will never be the same again!
Check with Barbara 

Here's the supply list:

3 Quilted Quilt blocks 5 x 10” (firm batting works best)
          Option: use pre-quilted fabric
Fat quarter fabric for front and back sashing strips
Fat quarter batting
Fat quarter each binding and piping fabric
Rotary cutter, mat and ruler (medium size)
Sewing machine
Walking foot (Frequently an extra item with open toe capability if possible) OR open toe embroidery foot AND ¼” foot
Seam ripper
Thread snips
Fabric scissors
Thread to match the sashing strips, backing and piping fabric
Size 75/11 quilting needles

If not provided by the guild
Extension cord
Iron and ironing surface

Optional, but nice
Chair cushion


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Always Something to Learn from Old Quilts

I just love old quilts! Send me to a show of old quilts and I'll be there forever! There is always something new to learn.

My friend Ruthann brought this family quilt to share at the recent gathering of my small group.
My flowers!

What I loved most was this edge treatment. The quilt is faced with a tiny piping.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Quilting with Big Inspiration

I usually don't work with bold prints like these. Their graphic nature just screamed at me, how could I resist? It turned out to be a fun experience! The printed shapes suggested so many ways to quilt the quilt!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

em-bel-ish - a purse

Note that the closure is a hair elastic.
I think that if you need to ask the question 'is it enough?' The answer is always NO! Here is a great example of that idea.

I made a really needs to be decorated.

4 layers of nylon net, cut 4 & 6" wide

layer one on top of the other, long stitch down the middle

pull gathers to desired length
pin ruffle on to purse

Great lining for a strap
And a bit more ribbon!

Friday, August 4, 2017

A Great Idea

I try to be neat, but sometimes I just can't get there from here. If messy thread isn't your thing either, here's a great tip. On a trip to the dollar store, I purchased a package of hair elastics. For my dollar I got 36 tangled thread solutions! What a find!