Sunday, February 27, 2011

Pretty Pleased

I've been trying to figure out how to change my blog header with a correctly sized photo...FOREVER! Finally figured it out. So simple, now that I know how! I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself. 

I took the picture last summer when I was out on a bike ride with the family. I just love the colors.

Thought I'd share a picture of fabric my sister sent for my birthday in a while back. I don't have any plans for it yet but it's so pretty. Such potential there.

Hope you all are well. It's been raining like spring time here. Maybe it's around the corner.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sunkissed Scraps

Sunkissed scraps
I finally let go of this pile of teeny tiny scraps left from trimming blocks on a quilt that's off being quilted. I used Sunkissed by Sweetwater for Moda along with some Kona Solids. These bright fabrics breathed a bit of sunshine into a cold winter. No photos of this top secret quilt yet...I can hardly wait!

What I can share is an article from Kansas City Star about modern quilting. It's a great story full of beautiful quilt pictures, great resources and even a bit of history. Jacquie Gering and Lauren Hunt are leaders in the KC Modern Quilt Guild and gave lovely interviews. I wish you could see how passionate, talented and funny they both are in real life. Well, you can if come to one of our guild meetings!
Birdie Tracks
This warm weather that's been giving me the itch to get outside and walk (or maybe even run a little) is headed out. I just heard rain hitting the windows and there's snow in the forecast. Maybe I'll see more of those little birdie tracks in the morning. I'm so glad we got in a trip to the playground this afternoon!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Hexagon Doll Quilt

Hexie Doll Quilt
Here's Jenna's little doll quilt! I had so much fun with this quilt and it was the beginning of my love for hexagons.

It all started in Knoxville last summer when I watched a gentleman making hexagons in the Paper Pieces booth at the the AQS Quilt Show. I picked up an Urban Chicks 1974 charm pack at a scrapbook store and used it to practice making hexie's with my mom and sister. I decided to make a little sampler of flowers and strips just to see if I liked working with hexagons before I embarked on a larger project. It was a great portable project and Jenna even helped pull the needle through a few stitches.

Quilted Name
I handed it off to my friend Sheryl to quilt and knew she would do an amazing job because she is a very talented quilter.  I almost cried when I saw Jenna's name quilted into the top. It's just beautiful and I know Jenna will treasure it.
Red and Aqua hexie
This is my favorite hexie. I have to laugh when I think of the woman at a retreat that looked at the flowers I was making for this quilt and asked if I REALLY liked all those colors. Honestly, some of them aren't my absolute favorite but I think it gives the quilt some interest to have a nice variety. And REALLY what kind of question is that? Would I have used them if I didn't like them! I guess that was her way of saying she didn't like them :)
Hexie Doll Quilt - Back
I just love the design that appears on the back.

I have another hexagon project in the works. I imagine it will come along slowly until I get some other things finished or have another long car ride.

Here's a hoop and a Halloween kitchen towel made with hexagons. I'm sure more hexagons will pop up again from time to time since I enjoy it so much

Happy Valentine's Day!


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