Sunday, December 20, 2015

Tis the Season

Hello, dear readers!

Well, here it is....and more to go !!


The first rosette of many more to go! I can really tell you that this is very addictive for sure.  I can't put it down.  So now I have to select fabrics for the second one.  I'm using Inklingo and hand piecing.

I'm still at it today! 
Merry Christmas to everyone!
Until later...

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Using Inklingo for "Millefiori Quilts 2" - Ballet



Hello, dear readers.

I've been working hard.
Quilting is a disease!  
For some odd reason I can't leave this one alone.

For the fabrics, I'm using "fossil ferns," "Moda marbles," and hand dyed (origin unknown at the moment).

So it has taken me a long time making the yellow stars.  
I thought I'd sew the green  pieces on first, but not sure if I should have.  
The directions show that you sew it as a unit.
Too late now!  LOL




The final round will be done when the yellow stars and the orange pieces have been stitched.



I had trouble deciding what color to use for the raspberry stars and their centers.  I didn't know if the center should have been a dark or light, and again, I'm not taking it out now. LOL


I thought I'd use the color orange (Moda) as you can see in the previous px, but I'm not sure at this point.  And I have one more raspberry star to finish and then stitching everything that's been left.

I do enjoy EPP (English paper piecing) but I also enjoy using "Inklingo" - printing your pattern pieces right on the fabric.  How easy is that?
Well, you know what I am going to do, LOL.
Until later...

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello, dear readers!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Well, I've been slowly working on Ballet.  
I decided to stitch this one and using Inklingo.  
The hardest part for me is to pick combinations.  
I have so many choices.  The fabrics are mostly "Fossil Ferns."




So now I've completed a few cogs and am working on the last round which involves some thought. 


 I'm not sure if I like this combination of colors, though.

I'll have to think about this one.


Hmmmmm

I guess I'll have to sleep on it and go through my stash (again) tomorrow.  
I get tired after a while.
Hope you had an enjoyable day!
Until later...


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thursday for Ballet

Hello, dear readers !

I'm having so much fun, I wish you could join me!
Tonight is football!  Need I say more?

These are some of the fabrics that I intend to use for this quilt.  Some of my fossil ferns are only pieces so I'm going to wing it - and I'll have to add that px, sorry.  
The bottom fabric is Kaffe Fassett and I'm using that selection for another quilt.



So basically I've changed my mind (again) to stitch this one using Inklingo.  So far, it's relatively easy.  I have had problems with ironing the seams.  I found that if I press each round before I add the next, it works okay and looks a lot neater (well, at least to me).
Almost ready to iron.



I've got a few more stars to go and then the next layer to add.



Max was supervising the printing.


I needed 100 skinny diamonds for stars that's going to be added soon.
Print and sew - a snap!
Too bad he couldn't slice and dice for me :)
easy - peasy



.
Well, more to get done.
Until later...

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Ballet Quilt - Kaffe Fassett

Hello, dear readers !

I finally put one of the center stars together.  
It takes a while to do :)

This is the first Ballet "rosette" that is shown on the cover and in the first part of the book.  
I have a very long way to go!

I'm using my stash of Fossil Ferns and whatever I can find that might go with them.  Who knows what it's going to look like as a miss-mosh quilt.  LOL


Now I'm all set to sew the outer ring and then there's a larger ring, what am I thinking?  LOL
I'm going to try to get most of this ring done tonight, in between football games.  Yep, it's that time of the year when DH shuts down and can't hear me when football is on.
Until later...

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Three Millefiori Quilts

Hello, dear readers!

I'm still very busy.
This piece of fabric started out as one fat quarter and I had to figure a way to get at least 10 identical sets of something.  Taking the time to really, really look at your fabric, something magical happens.
The repeats were in a swirl!  Yay!
LaPass  

This is what I cut and wrapped using EPP.


Plus I had a smidgen left for the stars.  I'm trying to put it all together for you as a finished rosette.  I can tell you that I've not had this much fun with quilting in a while.  It's amazing what you can turn up with the fabrics.

Now I'm thinking that in order to have enough repeats I might (might) buy yards.  But I'm holding back on this because I wanted to use most of my stash.

I am still in the process trying to decide colors with my fossil ferns stash.  I may have to add something different, but I'll be happy just to mosey along.

Ballet beginnings

Hopefully, tomorrow I'll be able to show you the next round.

I also ordered EPP papers and an acrylic template for another beautiful work of art
which is in book 1 and is called Memories of Asia.

You can take a spin to www.paperpieces.com and see all the wonderful papers, templates, and goodies.  They have everything you could need.  I really like using the glue pen, wrapping the papers goes really fast.  I have thread basted some of the smaller pieces, but it's your preference, or I can trade off when I need a change of pace :)

It's so addictive, unreal.  
It's a fabric puzzle!
Gonna play!
Until later...

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Lesson Learned

Hello, dear readers !

Well, I keep working on La Pass.  This is what the back looks like when paper pieced.


I still have one more round to finish for this rosette.

Anyway, my other book arrived with all the papers and I thought I'd give it a whirl.  I'm making a sample first.  This one is called Ballet from Millefiori Quilts 2.



As I look at what others are doing or have done with both of these quilts I have learned a lesson today.  
I need to take my time and enjoy the whole experience.  It's not a race, it's to create something beautiful.  Every piece that is added to the quilt is love.
So slow down and enjoy the ride.

Until later...

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Busy, busy, busy

Hello, dear readers !

Well, I've been busy.
I've made my papers and am now working on several collections of 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 squares.
It's the perfect size for my hexies.



I've managed to separate each collection and getting ready to put them together.  I'm aiming for a lap quilt.  It shouldn't be too difficult, right?






I bought Kona cotton from Amazon and it's wonderful to work with.  A jelly roll.  It's 2 1/2 in width and there's a bunch.  This will be used for my centers and fill.




The other day we took Max to his groomer and my DH loves the look and I think he looks well, scalped. LOL  He's not looking at me.



And to finish off the day, I'm almost done with one of the larger rosettes for La Pass.
Needs to be pressed and put on my wall so I can see how it's looking with my other rosettes.  
So far, so good.


Now, tomorrow, the mail lady will be delivering the 2nd book and more English paper piecing papers for a Kaffee Fassett fabric quilt called Ballet by Willyne Hammerstein. 

Until later...

Monday, October 12, 2015

La Pass

Hello, dear readers!

I've been steadily working on my La Pass quilt.  I finally finished the 1st rosette.  The stars are not my favorite thing. LOL

I did a lot of basting.


This is good to go.

What's really funny is that I can't put it down.  Now, I'm going to choose some more fabric!  I'm trying to use up what I've got.  However, it would be nice if I could get some more prints.  Hmmmm?

Until later...

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sewing day

Hello, dear readers !
It's been fun for the week so far.  I was able to work on my hexies  (will show you that tomorrow) and today a partial shipment arrived from Keepsake.
Yummy

I really needed new fabric, right?  LOL


I finally made a decision to use the papers from paperpieces.com and will get an extra set when I run out.  It appears that when I take my time and don't rush it, the pieces come out really great!


I'm not perfect, but it's okay for me. :)


The zebra looking fabric hats are for pattern E and I'm going to need 50 for this rosette. 



As I got into it, I really had a lot of fun trying to find a decent piece of fabric that I could use for this shape.  Kind of silly, but I don't care.  The wackier the better.
Well, back to the fun!
Until later...

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Hexies and beyond!

Hello, dear readers!

My little shipment of 2 1/2 x 2 1/2" squares arrived the other day from www.Anniescatalog.com. 
There are approximately 42 pieces in each package.  They are so darn cute!!!!  Beautiful selection!  I'll be revisiting this shop for more charm packs, you can count on that.  
Great selection, customer service, and reasonable prices.



I've been working hard all day and you know when you just can't seem to get anything going?  
Then BAM!  The light bulb came on.

After you give up and roll your eyes a bit and rip your hair out, it helps to get on the Net sometimes and READ directions.  DUH!!!  I have been using freezer paper for my hexies  and printing them off my pc for the papers and tried the glue thing, nope -  basting was first choice, that worked well, then stars and bars, a revelation, an item using English Paper Piecing with the FP (freezer paper) coated side up!!!  No glue, no basting!!!!  
Press, and away you go!
What was I thinking?  
It made a nice crisp hexie and I'm so pleased with the results.  
I actually bought a new little iron from Amazon and it's wonderful to use.
It's a Dritz and has a wonderful handle you can adjust and it comes with it's own kickstand.





You know what I'm going to be doing for a while.  Football Sunday(s) - how many weeks to go?! LOL
Until later...

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Spider Lilies

Hello, dear readers!

Well, I blinked my eyes and there they were!  Spider lilies!  Aren't they cute?
They were just hanging around and there they were, in all their glory.  This is the second year they bloomed.




So, I've been working steadily on this baby blanket.  I didn't realize how long it's going to take me to finish it.  Then I've got another couple of balls of yarn left to make the jacket, hat, and booties.  I think the kid will be a teenager before I finish it all. LOL


I'm waiting for a small order that it's coming from Annies Catalogue.  Should be here by the weekend to go with my flower garden quilt.
Until later...

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Granny's Flower Garden Quilt

Hello, dear readers!
Well you know me, always changing my direction.  It doesn't matter because I'm definately scattered brained too. LOL



Okay, I'm using EPP from www.inklingo.com  and cutting my squares 2 and 1/2 by 2 and 1/2 and using a basting thread.   Using an egg carton to hold all my little hexies for now.  And, we will go from there.







More later....

Thursday, September 17, 2015

La Passacaglia quilt

Hello, dear readers !

Well, I've been playing with the center design in the La Passacaglia  quilt.





Let me tell you what I've done.  Stitching the star ring took a lot of effort, using the EPP papers.  My hands hurt after making a few stitches.  They are tough stitching them together.  
Must be old age. LOL



The ring is ready to be stitched to the center two rows already finished.

So anyway this is what I came up with.  
With Inklingo - you can find it here www.Inklingo.com, I printed out a master copy of each page piece.  Then I made copies of each with 1/4" seams and without seams.  The 1/4" FP is for fabric to be wrapped around the FP papers (the paper pieces).  I do like the glue method best.  It goes so quick.  You can print the pieces with the 1/4" on your fabric and off you go!



I must admit that I like EPP because I love to see the little shapes in my sewing box, all ready to go,  With the FP I found that it's really easier using this to stitch.

Until later