Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dancing with the Stars-Done and Shipped to New Home

Whew, made it under the deadline (which I had set for 12-6). Shipped today to new home in Peoria, Illinois.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Dancing with the Stars

I'm posting this just to put it in writing that I'm one and a half blocks away from finishing hand quilting Dancing with the Stars quilt (see pictures in previous post). I plan to start the borders by Sunday, then binding, then whooohoooo, fini. I'll post pix when done.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Paper Piecing Patterns Available

I've thoroughly tested my paper piecing patterns now for the Love Letters blocks. If you're interested in getting a set, email me at johnniemckenzie@att.net. I'll contact you with details on payment and delivery. If you're in the Atlanta area, you can get the patterns at Kiwiquilts in Powder Springs.

Block 6 is below.


Work In Progress -- Sneak Peak at Another Pattern
Two different looks/fabric styles.





Thursday, November 10, 2011

And Another One Joins the Party

I've made five of the six blocks and am really enjoying this fabric! I got the corners on the last one and #5 on the board a few minutes ago.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Another Love Letters Block on the Board

I'm beginning to like the Paisley background more and more.


And I added one more block this afternoon...very little gray except in the corner block, which I'll add before end of day.


More BOMs...more of Etchings fabric

I purchased more of the Etchings line than the BOM lists and love the paisley print. And of course, I'm not following the prescribed color placements. I'm auditioning the paisley as a background. Once I get the corners on, I'll know if it works. Right now, it's too little contrast with the red print for my taste. We'll see later this afternoon. Believe me, paper piecing is the way to go on this quilt! Block #2, the one being auditioned, went together in under 20 minutes. Anyone interested in foundation patterns, let me know.


In answer to Crazylegs' question about design wall. The one in the picture is white flannel (cheap). I have one by Fons and Porter that has a grid on the back that I take to the quilt shops where I teach. It has grommets and works great with those Comnmand strip thingies.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Paper Piecing: faster, easier, better

I can't remember the last time I pieced a block the traditional way. Cutting little pieces of fabric just isn't for me. So, I turned the local BOM quilt into paper piecing blocks and zoom, zoom, zoom, I'm on my way.

Half way mark hit! Twenty-one blocks done and 21 more to go on this super fast project.



Then, there's my other project, hand quilting Dancing with the Stars so I can ship it off to our friends the first week of December. I've completed 15 blocks (half the blocks). Then there's the border. But I'm sure with such a capable assistant (Lily), I'll make it with no problems.