May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 NIV

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tribute To Stephen

I began this project in January 2010, not quite a year after Stephen's passing.  I started it in a class at Road To California.  The class was called Making A Grand Entrance and it was taught by Kathy Kansier, a teacher from Missouri.  It was definitely a challenge class for me. After looking at her samples on line, I began to consider what I could make.  I had two photos of Stephen that had  been taken during my time with him.  One was a shadow picture that he took against a tree.  The other was one that I took on an outing to Dana Point.  I took both to class, hoping that the instructor would help me choose.  In the end, I decided that the shadow picture, though interesting, was too sad for me.

I also took along a picture of an arched window from Spain.  I wanted to use it to enclose the picture because Stephen had always wanted to travel to Spain. He was never able to fulfill that desire, but in 2012, his dad and I traveled to Spain with his brother, Jon and his family.

Here is the pattern that I managed to draft for my project.  I pretty much stayed to that size.  A picture of the window that was my inspiration is also shown. 

 I found that I had to be in the mood and feel Stephen "speaking" to me in order to work on this project.  Part of me felt I should get it done.  Part of me wanted for it to marinate and speak to me about what to do next.  The project languished off and on.  I'd work on it a little and then put it away without making much progress. It provided a good opportunity to try out thread painting and quilting skills. 

Below are pictures that might be labeled "in progress. 

I knew I wanted the backing to reflect music so I used up lots of collected musical fat quarters and pieced them in no particular order. 
I played around with the idea of adding foliage of some sort but I could never come up with exactly what I wanted.  For a while I thought about bougainvilla but I didn't feel skillful enough to create something like that.  So it sat, and sat, and sat until one day while looking through a Quit Arts magazine, I saw a quilt about cancer that had a lot of words on it.  I had my ah-ha moment........Stephen's quilt needed words.   
We were coming up on Stephen's birthday on September 15th.  He would have been 38 years old.  I knew what I was going to do that day.  I was going to finish his quilt.  I sequestered myself in my sewing room and went to work.  With Stephen's spirit beside me, I have finished my tribute to my youngest son.  I love you Stephen. 









Monday, October 27, 2014

On The Wall and In The Room

A project finished today!  I bought this material thinking about a sewing machine cover.  My previous sewing machine cover was made 30 years ago with a piece of pre-quilted calico.  It's been time to replace it for awhile.  I even made this one reversible.  Sometimes, a project just makes you happy.  
This one makes me happy and it also cheers up my sewing/office space.

Other projects hang around on the wall waiting for finishing touches.  The two blocks were for practicing machine quilting.  The one on the right was a funky bird block that I didn't like so I cut it up and put it back together.  I call it "Chopped Bird". On the chair is a sandwiched community quilt ready for quilting at Quiltinators.

And finally in the spirit of finishing UFOs, I have finished the Southwest Bear wall quilt that I bought as a kit three years ago in Sedona, Arizona.  What I am going to do with it, I have no idea. 
Also finished four table runners which I gave to my sister, my sister-in-laws and my DDIL. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Keeping Busy

It is so nice to have uninterrupted time to sew when I feel like it.  Once again, we are having mild SF Bay summer breezes so heat is never anything we have to deal with.  A little rain might be nice to help out the current drought conditions in California. 

Just posting a few pictures to record my quilting projects. First up is Makayla showing off one of two star blocks that she has made for a quilt that we are working on together.  She is getting quite good at straight line sewing.  I love the days when we are able to sew together.  Grand-daughter fun is the best.
A friend ask me to make her an elegant wristlet for her up-coming cruise.

Tried a new easy peasy technique for a block and then just kept on going

Working off and on on getting this row by row challenge quilted.

That new technique?  Tried it out smaller and made a placemat

A kit bought in Arizona four years ago.  Top finished.

Wristlet sideways with a strap for over the shoulder for the DGDs.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Distracted Quilting

This picture reflects the current state of projects on my wall.  Two are UFOs from at least 10 years ago that I am trying desperately to finish.  One is a more current UFO that needs some hand embroidery embellishment completed and then there are the "try out a new technique" blocks that have nothing to do with anything.  But they were fun to make. 
The summer goal is to finish as much as possible and not get involved in starting new projects.  I need to put those new blocks away because they are very enticing.  Finish, finish, finish is my mantra. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Quilting with a Modern Twist

 Happiness is a quilt finished.  Thanks to a Craftsy class, I got going with some modern quilting using my walking foot.  It went really well.  I used this quilt as kind of a sampler to try out different patterns.  I'm really liking this and it is easier for me than FM quilting.  Very time consuming.  Lots of stitches.

Birthday Surprise

 I am now officially part of the Medicare generation.  I was told by my DH to set aside certain days to celebrate this milestone birthday this year. I was whisked away on a Thursday afternoon before Memorial Day weekend to Half Moon Bay for a lovely spa weekend.  We had delightful weather and I enjoyed relaxing spa treatments and yummy meals.  We'll probably never do this expensive of a weekend get-away again.  It was a once in a lifetime treat and it will be remembered forever.

Back Home for another celebration with the DGDs and family.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Carpinteria - Becoming an April Tradition

Once again, the DGDs Spring Break came at just the right time for a trip to Carpinteria and the Cottage on Fifth.  DDIL had to stay in Los Angeles to deal with family matters, so Aunty Cheryl drove the girls up to join me for 3 days. The weather co-operated and we had a lovely time just hanging out. 

The other objective of the trip to the beach was to relax and sew.  DGD #1 began a new project but other interests kept her busy so she didn't get much done.  I, on the other hand, got borders on a quilt top and got it ready for quilting.  Then I played around with a lesson from Craftsy and made a few blocks.  Sudoku took up a lot of my time along with walks around town and at the beach. 

Already thinking about next year.